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April 30, 2013
Mystery Mittens

On a whim, I decided to play along and make some April Mystery Mittens in the "I Make Mittens" Ravelry group, and I'm glad I did - LOVE these mitts! The designer was Julie Hamilton from Julie's Yarn Shop - and what a mystery these mittens were! I didn't have the design figured out until the very last clue.

mystery robin mittens

mystery robin mittens

Pattern: The Secret by Julie Hamilton
Size: Woman's Medium (72 stitches around) 11" cuff to tip and 8 1/4" circumference
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in 5 colors
Needles: 2 mitts on 1 40" 2.25,, circular needle
Mods: I added a little extra embroidery on cuff and in center of flowers, otherwise followed this well written pattern from start to finish. If I made them again, now knowing the outcome, I would do all the color work stranded and not do the duplicate stitching at the end, although it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be....and I got better and better at duplicate stitch :)

mystery robin mittens

It is so difficult to pick out colors when you have NO IDEA what the mitten is going to look like! I limited my choices to stash yarn only, and chose 7 colors of Knit Picks Palette. We were told the basic colors to use (light gray background, red, green, black, brown, lemon yellow, white) I didn't have all of those so substituted when necessary and went with a "country colors" palette. (You'll notice that 4 of the 7 colors were left over from my recently completed Polar Chullo). I was VERY unsure after clue 1 because I felt like there wasn't enough contrast with my choices, but from clue 2 on, I was happy :)

mystery robin mittens

She designed these with beautiful detail - the thumb even has all 4 motifs on it (flower, bird, heart, butterfly) - I realize that I didn't get a good thumb photo, but you can sort of see both sides if you look at both sets of pics.

Something wrong about knitting mittens in the springtime... these wintry mittens need snow - not flowers!

april mystery mittens

All month I worked on the coop during the day and knit on these mittens in the evening - a very nice combination of projects! I scored this amazing brooder box at the grocery store last week - It is HUGE and now has a window and door in it - pics when chicks come...In 10 days!!!

brooder box

After hanging the coop run door yesterday, I got very focused on making a handle from a pruned lilac branch - I LOVE my new door handle!

lilac wood handle

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


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