After finishing the red heels and toes for my boot socks, I was taken with the idea to knit a pair of mittens with the remaining red Kashmira yarn. The red seems to work well with the goosebumps yarn that feels great to the touch but was too prickly for neckwear. I immediately consulted the Fall issue of Vogue Knitting (the one with the mittens on the cover, of course) and picked the Potpourri Mittens (Seen here if you scroll down--the last pair, the light blue ones).
The swatch came out ok, front and back.
Part of my urge to knit these mittens comes from a recent snafu. I wanted to take a fair isle class at my lys this month, but missed the first class. I thought a little practice might be good for developing my ability to fair isle. Although I'm pleased enough with this little swatch, I can see that the gauge is too large for the Potpourri mittens. Nonetheless, I started the cuff, hoping it might tighten up in the goosebump yarn, which is a lighter worsted weight.
I should keep trying. Swatching for mittens provides a little relief from boredom on these gray winter days.
You might note that the red in this last photo looks less bright than the red sock toe in my last post. I've edited to improve the color accuracy (and to be a little arty). However, since I'm getting a lot of variation between my laptop monitor and my desktop monitor, I can only imagine how it might appear on others.