When the lost get found it is always a happy moment, but if you know you will never find what you have lost it is best to face reality and get a replacement. Two years ago, I lost a mitten from the first pair of mittens I had ever made. I loved those mittens and they were vital in keeping my digits warm during the many cold winter months here in Minnesota.
I eventually allowed myself to accept the fact that my one mitten was gone forever and I needed to go about replacing the set. With the same brand of yarn (but unfortunately, not the same color way) I set about creating a new pair of mittens - last year. Luckily it was such a warm winter, that when I lost interest it wasn't a big deal because there were so few days of true winter weather. This winter has already proven to be quite a bit colder, so I was motivated to finish my these mittens (plus I just hate having WIPs sitting around).
The pattern is the Flip-Top Mittens in La Gran Mohair from Classic Elite Yarns. (The patterns in this book are where all of my first knitting projects came from!). I chose to use Cool Wool yarn, which is a 100% wool in sport weight. I modified the pattern by eliminating the cables (I have nothing against cables, I just didn't want to make my mittens too complicated because I also wanted to add color work). The fair isle pattern is Snow Bunny from the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 3 book - an absolutely fabulous resource for knitting with color!
My favorite thing about these mittens in the flip top - for many reasons. First of all, it allows my to free up my fingers to make it easier to dig for my car keys at the bottom of my purse, while limiting their exposure to cold. Second, having the flip top with hobo gloves underneath provides two layers of wool, keeping my fingers extra warm.
In all honesty, I am still sad about not finding my one lost mitten, as I actually liked my original pair of mittens better - both the color choice and the pattern I chose for color work. But, I am still happy to have a hand-made replacement that is a reflection of me.
What's the longest it has taken you to replace something lost with another hand made item? What is your ideal pair of winter mittens? If you live in a warmer climate, what's a weather appropriate accessory that you have made or would like to make?
Live in this moment and love life!