I have been seeing all of these amazing patterns for charted mittens. I was inspired as well as intimidated by the idea of knitting them. After doing a search on Ravelry for mittens, I kept getting hits on these great mittens out of the book Magnificent Mittens by Anna Zilboorg. As luck would have it, our local library has a copy and I was able to request it. Can I just say, “AMAZING!” I have not looked at enough of these types of patterns to know if her top down design is used by others but I really love it. I am not fond of the cuffs she puts on her designs, but it is easy to knit the designs without them. Her illustrations and instructions were easy to follow. I am really hooked on this type of mitten design. My kids keep fighting over who gets this first pair. So I am definitely going to have to make more. I may try to use my homespun “Fruit Loops” as one of the colors and black as another. This pair is made from Knitpicks swish dk in storm and asparagus.
Also, I got an email from a friend about charity knitting project. So I am knitting a Cap or two for the “Caps for Connor” project. This link takes you to the Ravelry group for it. It is a pretty cool project. They are knitting hats for this boys entire school in order to support him in his fight against cancer.