I found this pattern more than a year ago and showed them to my sister one day to see if she'd like me to knit her a pair. While I waited until she was back in a climate where she could appreciate them, I did finally manage to knit them up for her for Christmas.
I used knit picks glossy fingering, a combination of merino wool and silk, for extra warmth and a little extra shine. The yarn was quite lovely to knit with, and I really like how these turned out.
The big surprise for me was learning that my normally extra-loose gauge totally tightens up when knitting with two colors. It makes sense, given that I am not as adept at holding the yarn in my left hand and everything ends up getting tightened up a bit, but it made me a bit nervous.
My sister has small hands, but I'd already gone down a couple of needle sizes (as I have started to do as a matter of routine, these days) and they ended up a little bit small, especially in how the thumb fit to the rest of the hand.
Thankfully, some post-Christmas blocking seemed to help (so she claims) and now my sister is wearing her new mittens around the house. She has so far avoided wearing them outside because she "loves them too much." Well, I tried to argue that mittens should be used, but really, who I am to say she can't decide these are precious objects.
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