David bought me some cross-country skis a few years ago, but we didn't have very much snow for me to use them often. This year has been a big change, as New Jersey has had one major snowstorm after the other!
When we go skiing, I am bundled up in various knitted and fleece things, and since this is a hard workout for me, I usually get so warm that I have to un-bundle a little bit to stay comfortable. David, super athlete that he is, does not get so much of a workout and has been complaining of his hands getting cold even while wearing his glittens.
Something had to be done.
These are a pair of RAGBRAI Mittens. I didn't take a long time choosing a pattern this time because I just wanted to have the mittens done by the next snow! I like the bicycles on the pattern, though, since David usually bikes to work when the weather is nice. I added a braid because I love braids, and I changed the thumb to come off the side of the hand (as it actually does) instead of off the palm.
I used a variety of worsted weight yarns. The constant color is some Ella Rae in brown, and the other colors are short leftover bits from different projects. I divided them in half when I knit the first mitten, and followed the same pattern for the second.
These are a lot warmer than the glittens, as there is two layers of worsted weight yarn instead of two layers of fingering weight yarn. (Worsted is about twice as thick as fingering.) We went on one ski before both mittens were done, so David wore just one mitten and reported that his left hand felt much warmer.
Yesterday we went skiing again, and this time he got to wear both.
By the time we got back to the car, David admitted that his hands were actually a little bit sweaty, and I consider that to be a success.
Oh, and last Tuesday was my seventh blogiversary! I dropped out of blogging for several months at a time along the way, but I'm happy to be back posting regularly again. I can't believe it's been seven years! See you again here soon.