Hand spun yarn is precious. So precious that I rarely use it for knitting. Recently I decided that this was like hoarding and I should use the yarn that I had made myself. I decided that I didn’t have to wait for the perfect project or a special project. Just a good project. One I would enjoy making. I still didn’t want to use just any pattern though. After looking through a lot of patterns on Ravelry I found one that I really loved and cast on.
Pattern: Pop Blossom Mittens by Thea Eschliman
Yarn: white— my own handspun; pink: Knerd String Merino in the Hotter colorway.
Needles: size 3
My first start to this project was too small so I frogged it and then switched to bigger needles. I also decided to use two different balls of yarn and knit them two at a time using the magic loop method. This was a little fiddly at times but I like not having to count rows to make sure I knit each mitten the same length and I can completely avoid second mitten syndrome completely. This pattern is well written and charted and totally worth the money I paid for it. I love the different iterations of the flowers on the mittens and I was especially pleased with the flower motif on the thumbs.