Christmas cast-on day 5

My final knitted cast-on and it’s another pair of mittens using more wool from the Countess!

I’m a visual learner and much prefer to see someone demonstrate a technique if I’ve not done it before. I’m also quite happy getting lost down a YouTube hole watching different videos/podcasts/tutorials. My go-to knitting help on YouTube is the brilliant Very Pink Knits and after seeing a tutorial video for the Knock Knock Convertible Mitts I added it to my queue.

The mittens are very similar to making socks (at least to begin with) and have the option of a cover/pouch that comes over the fingers – my current plan is to do the optional cover but we’ll see when I finish the main part of the mitten…

The yarn for this project was the first Brexshit special colourway from Countess Ablaze and I picked this skein up whilst at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival earlier in the year. It’s a fingering weight yarn on the Lady Persephone base which is made from a Bluefaced Leicester/Nylon mix. This soft and squishy yarn for socks is going to make the perfect pair of mittens!

As directed in the pattern when I wound the skein into a cake I split it into two smaller 50g cakes which will mean I know I won’t run out on the 2nd mitten!

When they’re done I’m going to have a matching mitten and cowl combo (see day two’s blog!), both in Countess yarn and whilst different bases, they have the flash of fluorescent colours which attracted me to the yarn.

I didn’t get much knitting time on this project but I’ve cast-on and knit the cuff, and then started the main body. I’ve got a few more inches to go before starting to think about the thumb shaping.

Tomorrow is a crochet project and my final ‘cast-on’ so until then, Happy Crafting.

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