frog pond frog pond

So I started these truly lovely mittens for my mom, in a very classy black and cream fair isle pattern. I was in love, we were happy together, everything was perfect.


(insert ominous music for heightened suspense.)

I got to the hand, and I thought that the palm was looking suspiciously wee. I tried it on, and it was too tight, but I managed to reason this away. Since, I thought to myself, I have giant freakish monster hands, these mittens would be just fine for my mom, who has more normally sized paws. (Justification is always a bad sign) So I kept knitting.

I got almost all the way to the bottom of the thumb, when I had to admit defeat. The mittens were DEFINITELY too small. I don’t know why I thought they would somehow magically get bigger if I kept knitting? In my defence, these were my first mittens. Also, I have no experience with these mittens that are knit in a straight tube. They make me kindof suspicious. Also, colorwork has some kind of magical seductive power that makes you want to keep knitting at all costs. (I cannot believe that I just admitted that.) AND, it’s Christmas knitting, so frogging is a waste of time that cannot be tolerated! Okay, so that’s a lot of excuses >.<

So once this bitter realization hit me, I knew what I had to do, the only sensible, adult, mature course of action. First, I petulantly threw the mitten back into the knitting basket. Then I glared ferociously at it. Then I proceeded to make faces at it. Then I went to sleep.

When I get home from work, the mitten and I are going to have a time of reckoning. I’m going to rip it back to the wrist and switch to big needles. (sigh)



  1. Oh dear. I’m SO very sorry to hear about your mittens! It is always so disappointing when that happens. I knit the Jaywalker pattern a few years back and had the same problem with the first sock. Couldn’t get it over my heal – argh! It took me another 2 years or so to finally frog it back and restart with larger needles. Now they’re one of my very favorite FOs 🙂 I’m with you on colorwork though. SO addicting! Best of luck starting over…..

  2. Ugh… “heel”. I hate it when I leave a typo 😦

    • Thanks! I’ve actually knit back past where I had to go back from, and it makes me very happy. I love that feeling when you use the last bit of yarn from the previous ill-fated endeavor, and you’re back to unravelling the ball of yarn. It’s like everything is back to normal and there’s no chance you can make the same mistake again 😛

  3. Lol! Well, you’re still ahead of me on your Christmas knitting. I have only knit one scarf. That I want to keep. Sigh.

    • That always happens to me. I’ve got a few lovely things that were once intended as christmas presents.

  4. Oh no!! That’s so disappointing! I find that a lot of colourwork mittens are on the small side, actually. Good luck with the redo.

    • Thanks! I’m almost to the top of the mitten now, so here’s hoping I can do the thumb without incident 😛

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