A few weeks ago I took the brief walk from work to the station with a colleague I no longer see very often. It was in the midst of the un-Sydney-like cold spell we had a few weeks ago and she was saying how much she felt the cold. She was wearing a pair of fingerless gloves and extolling their virtue.
Coincidentally, I'd just finished my Zumthor hat using Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter yarn. I'd had to break into a second ball of yarn to finish the hat and had kept the unfinished skein on my coffee table. You know what it's like...if you put the partly used skein away 'safely', it disappears forever. I didn't want this to happen, but, wonderful though the yarn is, I also didn't really want a partly finished skein of yarn as a constant feature on my coffee table.
So, I decided to make my friend some more fingerless gloves. At least I knew she would wear and appreciate them. Two evenings later and even I, slow knitter that I am, had finished the mitts.
The pattern is Leslie Friend's much-knitted Toasty. The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter in 'Nest' colourway. I used 5.00mm needles and the knitting was super-quick for a very satisfactory outcome.
And - best of all - my colleague seems to like them.