Valentines Mitts…For Me!


Happy Valentines Day to me! Happy Valentines Day to me (and you)! Happy Valentines Day dear knitters evvverrrrrryyyywhhhherrrreee! Happy Valentines Day to me (and you!)Simple mitts anyone can knit!

I don’t know how I get side tracked on these tangent knitting projects, but I do. Somehow instead of working on all my other “important” projects, I decided to knit another pair of these mittens from Susan B. Anderson. Except this time I didn’t fret about the color (Malabrigo Worsted in Orchid) being too bright because I like bright.

So there. Simple mitts anyone can knit.

This is a super simple mitten pattern. Definitely a great first-time-ever knitting mittens pattern. Or, my best friend’s birthday was yesterday and I totally need a special gift ASAP pattern.

Whatever works.

I mostly knit these in the car and a dimly lit hotel room. They basically knit themselves. This time, I chose to knit the smallest size because my hands are, uhm, petite.  Simple mitts anyone can knit.

What says Valentines Day more than pink orchid mittens?

Exactly! That’s what I thought too.

I have decided that is perfectly acceptable to give yourself gifts for special (and non-special) occasions. Especially if you make them yourself.

Additional items beyond knitting included in the category of Acceptable Self Gifting: cake (especially varieties involving chocolate or lemon), chocolates (although that’s a bit of work and requires the use of a candy thermometer, which I always find stressful), jewelry, clothing, plants from the garden nursery, and gift certificates for house cleaning conducted by someone other than you. Simple mitts anyone can knit.

As soon as I knit myself new mittens, we had a heat wave. Fruit trees are booming everywhere I look. I even planted the spring garden with little Reed the other day. Peas, spinach, onions, garlic, kale, chard, cauliflower and three distinct varieties of broccoli. This will be good luck for my mittens, however. This happens every year when the weather warms up mid-winter. I jump the gun thinking we have survived the super cold days and go plant the early garden. Then we promptly get an ice storm and two straight eerily dark weeks months of freezing rain and snow.

There’s hope for these mittens yet.

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  • Reply Andi February 14, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Perfectly acceptable to knit yourself gifts. Especially when they are beautiful mitts. Love the color!

  • Reply Becca February 14, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Stunning Malabrigo colour! A new pair of mittens are next on my to-knit list after my WIPs are done, and these look so cosy! We knitters must take good care of our hands anyway! x

  • Reply Leah February 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Good on you! It seems we always knit for others and often forget to knit for ourselves, but what a treat when we do. Enjoy your beautiful mittens!

  • Reply Leigh February 14, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for stopping by Wren House to say hello! So nice to meet you! Your mittens are just lovely. Happy Valentines day : )

  • Reply bonnyknits February 14, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Those are gorgeous! I’ve had the itch to knit some mittens, and I think I have some of that exact yarn in my stash, so I might be self-gifting soon too. 🙂

  • Reply Stefanie February 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I love the color of your warm, winter coat. It’s cute with your new, cozy mitts. Happy Valentine’s Day. Nothing big going on here. Still rejuvenating. Thankfully, my digestive system is less stressed and I’ve been catching up on sleep.

  • Reply Gwendolyn February 15, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I love the color of these mittens. Good choice!

  • Reply woolythymess February 15, 2016 at 7:57 am

    love the mittens….and of course, you deserve a self-gift!!! great colour….and I love the early garden planting rationale of why they will be in use a lot in the weeks to come. (The groundhog disagrees, but then, Phil is usually wrong anyway!) Enjoy!

  • Reply Alina February 16, 2016 at 6:17 am

    What a lovely color! Beautiful, Andrea, love these photos!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise February 16, 2016 at 9:41 am

    happy valentine’s day to you as well, I loved your serenade to all of us 🙂 Your mitts are the bestest ever and I love the bright pop of color you chose! that would cheer up my super rainy day here..

  • Reply Amber February 16, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    They are beautiful!

  • Reply knittedblissjc February 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    beautiful new mitts, and perfect for spring things! There’s always a few more cold days, i’m sure you’ll get a bit more use out of the mittens yet.

  • Reply elaine February 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Love this! I so agree with your list 🙂 Gonna print it and hang it on the wall ~
    Your sweater will be beautiful – love the color! Perfect for spring…

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