A very good friend of mine had a birthday earlier this month, and I wanted to do my part in helping her celebrate her day of good fortune (no one loves a birthday like I love a birthday, it's true), so I made her a pair of mittens. Because she lives in a chilly and snowy place where winter wear is required to function, I figured she wouldn't mind winter gear that was cute as well as functional. And since I know she knows how to knit, she would appreciate the knitted goodness that are handknit mittens.
I have been wanting to knit Elizabeth Zimmermann's Mitered Mittens pattern for quite some time now, probably ever since I saw Maritza's, and that was well over a year ago. I am not sure why I waited so long. They are not difficult or overly time-consuming; and, they are an enjoyable knit (especially if knit with Noro--I bet dyed handspun would be pretty awesome too, actually). And, as with most EZ patterns, the construction is pure genius.
I made two modifications: first, I used Grace's thumb mods that she posted on the Kathryn Ivy blog because most people prefer to have their mitten thumbs where they should logically be; and, secondly, I made the mitten tips less elf-like by stopping the decreases sooner and grafting the tips. The end result is a nice little birthday treat, if I do say so myself.
In addition to helping a friend out west celebrate a birth anniversary, I helped celebrate one on the home front, too. Special K celebrated another year of aging earlier this week. He is not that into celebrating, but since his wife and his children are into birthday hootishness, that's moot. There were many balloons and much cake consumption, as you can imagine.