Mitten mash-up

I like the crisp fall air, but my hands are not so crazy about the cold. Since purple fingers aren’t ever in fashion, I’ve been thinking that it’s time to get moving on a new pair of mittens.

Of course, I don’t want to make just *any* pair of mittens…I want ones that are one-of-a-kind. I spent some time perusing the options on Ravelry, but kept coming back to the idea of a pair of super simple mittens.

Mittens to Fit, by Slavi Thomsen, on Ravelry

Then I remembered these great striped socks from the Purl Bee:

Photo, the Purl Bee,

And a certain souvenir that I brought back with me after my weekend in NYC last month:

These mini (10 m) skeins of Koigu are marketed as needlepoint yarn, but I think they’re just the ticket to add a set of subtle racing stripes to a pair of mittens, don’t you?

So it’s settled. On Sunday I bought a couple of skeins of Koigu sock yarn (EweKnit, a new yarn store in Toronto, has an amazing selection of Koigu) and I’m looking forward to getting to work. As soon as I finish that sweater, and the shawl, and the cowl…wish me luck!

Have you done a great pattern mash-up lately? Tell us all about it in the comments. If you’re new to the idea, check out Knitted Bliss – Julie, the blog author, does an awesome series called Modification Monday that’s sure to inspire you.

P.S. Ever struggled to find a good knitting pattern online? This oldie-but-goodie post from Glenna (who designed our awesome November knit design!) is sure to help.