You know, over the past few months I've had the urge to knit some mittens. Mittens requiring colourwork. Specifically, mittens from the Selbuvotter book, or maybe the Latvian mittens book. (Ooooh baby, scandinavian knitting. Skürdy hürdy gürdy).
There are several reasons why I haven't thus far.
1 - It's Spring, ergo the weather will be getting warmer and there will be no need for mittens.
This argument is flawed because while it may technically be Spring, it's still incredibly cold. Stereotypically cold in fact. As in, this is what the rest of the world thinks Canada Springs are like, if we even get one at all : wet and cold and grey and yucky.
The argument is also flawed, because while glorious summer may be just around the corner (we DO have a glorious summer, and it WILL come, damnit!), it doesn't in fact last all that long, and Old Man Winter will be rearing his frosty nose soon enough. Might as well be prepared.
2 - I have no suitable yarn for knitting mittens.
This may be hard to believe, but I don't have the right yarn for the kind of mittens I want to knit. No REALLY (You in the back! Stop that laughing!). I have practically nothing in the way of fingering weight (or worsted, for that matter) solids. I've convinced myself that what I really need are the KnitPicks Palette samplers, and as they're currently unavailable to order, I'm out of luck. Besides, the whole issue is moot anyway, as I'm currently on a yarn diet. Ahem!
3 - Even if I didn't want to knit colourwork, I still don't have a generic "mitten pattern" in my library.
There's no getting around this one: I need to get Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. Hmmm, perhaps with the afore-mentioned Palette samplers? Except I won't be ordering those. Right. I forgot.
Happy Knitting Everyone!