I have been off work today for medical stuff. I left the house around 9 a.m. this morning and got home about 15 minutes ago. That's a long day of prodding, poking, scanning, and whatever else they felt like doing. Fortunately, it's all routine to guarantee that nothing NOT routine shows up. But it is still tiring. Having said that, it's still better than a day at work for me, which is sad but true.
Anyway, I mentioned previously that I was moving along on the fingerless mitts requested by The Tim. Before I left for my appointments this morning, I'd been able to add the middle finger.
Once I had knit the ring finger, I knew what to expect, so the middle finger didn't take long at all. Even better, after that it was a pretty short road to a HO:
Someone (Bonny, I think?) asked me about the pattern. I initially started with a couple of free patterns from Ravelry, but to be perfectly honest, they were not well-written, and since I had never made fingerless mitts with separate fingers, I wasn't able to extrapolate what I should really do (others might not have a problem, but my mind doesn't easily handle that sort of thing, especially if I've never tried before). So I ended up purchasing the Iron Horse Mitts pattern, and I'm really pleased that I decided to do that. Though I do think the original pattern designer might have used more than one color of yarn, since it occasionally refers to the Main Color (MC) and Contrast Color (CC) but the mitts in the pattern photo are one color, so once I determined that I was truly not missing something important, I was good to go. I won't be adding leather palms to them, because I don't really like them that way, and also we try to avoid leather when we can.
I'm very pleased with the first one, and will get started on the second later today or tomorrow. I think it will be very doable to have them both completed well in time to give as a Christmas gift. It's also a good feeling to know that I was able to do something new (to me at least) successfully, so it's a real boost for the day!
Down the road, I may even make a pair for myself ... :-)