Christmas Finale!

As you may recall, last Christmas I gave my family gift cards for knitted objects. I managed to finish my mom and Jen’s hats, my auntie’s mittens, and, yesterday, just before the year-long deadline, I finished Angie’s mittens.


She requested black/grey mittens with some holly on the backs. Despite my experience with cross stitch, I am no embroiderer, so these mittens sat Β in a very finished state for a long time in the bottom of the project bag as I contemplated *how* I was going to add the holly.

Last night, as I was relistening to season 4 of the Walking Dead (and trying to avoid *seeing* all of the gore . . .) I finally broke out the mittens for their finishing. I decided on some duplicate stitch as a means of adding the embellishments and was, in the end, supper happy to have had an occasion to try out this technique.

While the mittens are far from perfect, the duplicate stitch was quite fun. Granted, it would have been easier on a flat object, rather than a 3D object . . . but I only caught the yarn once or twice and did not sew the front of the mitten to the back of the mitten. In other words, no real tragedies occurred in the finishing of these mittens. As you can also see, I decided to go with holly on one hand and some cute little red berries/hearts on the other. This was my husband’s idea: he figured it would be pretty difficult to replicate the holly without a pattern and so, why try? He suggested going for something with a bit of contrast and fun. I’m glad I did.


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6 Responses to Christmas Finale!

  1. polwygle says:

    A great idea from your husband! I find mine to be helpful when decisions out of my expertise need to be made. I bet these mittens will be cherished.


    • lissymail says:

      Thanks! Yes, my guy tends to be the smart one when it comes to design πŸ™‚ I think the mittens should arrive by tomorrow–hopefully they will be a welcome post-xmas pressie!


  2. Carie says:

    Oh they’re so sweet and I love how their complimentary not identical – they’re somehow more special πŸ™‚


    • lissymail says:

      Aww, thanks! Difference is good, eh? In reading your blog, I realized you’re in Birmingham! I’ve visited there twice in the last year for work–cool city!


  3. Alina says:

    Lovely mittens! Such a cute colorwork! Happy New Year!!!


    • lissymail says:

      πŸ™‚ thanks! I am still planning to learn some fair isle in the New Year and that would certainly add to the color work possibilities!


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