I’m not big on repeating things that I knit. Well, patterns, that is – I will knit two sleeves, two socks and two mittens. I tend not to have 2nd ___ syndrome.
And there’s also the charity knitting exception. Sure, I’ll knit a bunch of socks for charity, but there are always some changes that I make to the project each time, just for me, to keep it interesting.
The same goes for gifts – last year I knit some necklaces for gifts – but each time I twisted things up with the color of the beads and the yarn. This year, I’m doing the same thing with a different pattern:
I’ve got three necklaces in a couple of evenings so far:
my modifications to the pattern can be found on Ravelry here.
Last night, contrary to my usual knitting mojo, I actually knitted a second time in exactly the same yarn and size. Behold the fingerless mittens:
It’s actually a modified glove pattern by Ysolda called Vintage Button Gloves, and no, I don’t use any buttons either. The yarn is partly why I decided to knit them again, it’s a lovely alpaca, merino and silk tweed called Acadia, which I am in love with!
The first pair I made were a gift to my friend Aimee, and it turned out that I bought enough yarn to make two of them, although I didn’t know it at the time. Once the first pair were sent off in late winter, I cast on for a pair for me, but then the weather turned warm, and my interest waned.
Last night I was rooting around in my knitting things, and found them — with only part of the 2nd hand and two thumbs to do. So I got busy and finished them, just in time for my trip back to Princeton next Saturday, where they’ll come in handy.
I don’t think a third pair will be happening. Knit two was plenty.