I stayed up late again last night, but now I have new mittens to hide the dark circles under my eyes. I even added a few rows to the thumb of the first one--I guess I have long thumbs--and now they fit great.
Here they are from the outside--I love all the patterny-goodness on these mittens
And, by special request (sorry I forget who asked), the inside. My stranding isn't perfect on the cuffs because I was experimenting with some techniques, but it does give a good look at the inside of a fair isle.
You may notice that the mittens don't appear to be the same size. Either through blocking differences (my kids destroyed my first blocking form) or gauge changes, the second mitten is a big bigger than the first. It doesn't show unless they're really close together. What's that thing about a trotting horse?
Now for the hat. I have almost full balls of the pink and brown left and I'm not sure how to knit it up. I know I don't have enough for much fair isle. I'm thinking of making a striped Silk Garden Beanie style with some fair isle peeries to break up the rows. I might throw in one of those Nordic flowers, but I'll have to see how the yarn amounts hold out.
Must get to bed earlier tonight so I might have time to get some exercise tomorrow. (Hopefully if I make my intentions public, I'll stick to them.)