Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, in deep blue
Needles: 4 mm DPNs
Comments: This pattern was a bit of a whimsy, primarily inspired by my cold hands. The radiator in my study doesn't work, so every night it gets to a certain point when I can take it no longer and have to close my books.
My study looks out into the gardens of my neighbours. I live in an old Victorian terrace block, so all the houses back onto each other and the gardens are closed in. At night I have a perfect view of the moon and a few ancient trees, and I'm almost certain one of them houses an owl. Well, one of them houses a very noisy nocturnal creature, in any case, and I like to think it's an owl!
As it's about as cold inside as it is out, it's a very good thing these mitts knit up so quickly. It'll be marking season soon and I foresee a long winter of working deep into the night, so I need them. Hopefully they'll keep me working late enough that I'll be able to catch a glimpse of my nocturnal friend.
Once I worked out the kinks of the original, this pair only took about 5, maybe, 6 hours to knit up, which makes them a rather attractive prospect for Christmas knitting. It's a very good thing none of my or Matthew's family reads this, otherwise it would spoil the surprise.
If you'd like to knit up a pair, you can download the pattern here.