It seems kind of wrong to knit mittens when we have the windows open and the heat off (in December!) but I think part of being a knitter is wanting to be prepared at all times: a snowstorm could strike before your next trip to Target, and what will you do if you don't have any mittens?
I decided to cast on these mittens the night of December 22, and they were blocking Christmas morning. Considering they're DK on size US2 needles, that's a pretty good timeline, especially when you consider I was working those days and not sitting around knitting 24/7. Cabling always seems to help speed the process along: before you know it, you've done 14 four-row cable repeats and you're kitchenering the mitten while watching Elf.
This was my first time using Plucky Knitter yarn, and while I love the finished product, the process was a bit annoying. This pre-blocking knit at a heavy fingering/sport gauge, and the yarn was so tightly spun that it kept kinking back on itself. However, it totally bloomed during blocking and the ends were plumped up to a DK. The mitts were tight on my hands before blocking, with a very dense fabric; now they're comfortable and soft, perfect for our hopefully mild winter.
I officially love making mitts and mittens now; they're like socks but better because they move so quickly! I already have ideas for more...if it ever gets cold enough to wear them.
Pattern: Tin Can Knits Grayling Mittens / Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Plucky Sweater in Icey Audrey / Ravelry notes here