Road to the State Fair ’16: Finally Done!

I’ve done it, I have finally finished these friggin’ mittens for the Minnesota State Fair (with days to spare to submit them).
Pride and Predjudice Mittens
Don’t get me wrong, I love the pattern I came up with, I love the yarn and I love the finished mittens. I just struggled with knitting them for some reason.
Pride and Predjudice Mittens
I wanted to use this beautiful dark blue/green because it is a very peacock-like color, but at a gauge of fifteen stitches per inch I had a really hard time seeing the separate stitches and kept dropping them. I spent a lot of time in my reading glasses picking up stitches that had fallen four or five rows back. I finally finished both hands and then it took me three tries to get a thumb design that I liked the look of. This meant lots of tinking back tiny, tiny stitches. I finished the first thumb, picked up the stitches for the second and realized that I had made two right mittens! At this point I almost gave up thinking there was no way I could finish on time.
7/12
But I didn’t give up. I frogged back to thumb, moved it and reknit the whole top of the mitten. So now, they are still drying from a blocking. I’ll probably also steam them and manually tighten a few loose stitches before bringing them in for judging.

I have to say, I have never been so happy to finish a pair of mittens, ever. I am working on getting this pattern together to share, so look for it later in August.

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14 Comments to Road to the State Fair ’16: Finally Done!
    • Dot
    • I hope you win this year! I’ve seen your previous entries, and they all were beautiful. But these are really extra special.

    • Natalie
    • They look beautiful! I really love the colors you chose. I hope you win!! I will look for them this year when we go to the fair.

      • Kat
      • Thanks Natalie! If you go on opening day come say hi to me at the Knitters’ Guild Booth in the Creative Arts building.

    • Manisha
    • I also believe these are very beautiful. Honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen such lovely gloves before. I think that has to do with the color! Great job, Kat! I think I might make it to the fair this year so I’m looking forward to seeing the blue ribbon next to your work!

    • Pat
    • Oh Kat……..! What an amazing accomplishment. I am speechless…..! T
      The only word that comes to mind is …….SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS….!

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