I blame April and The Sheep. It is obviously, unquestionably, undeniably their fault.
April has been
bragging posting about how it's been "all mitts, all the time at Chez Insanity". She's knit at least six pairs of fingerless mitts since the beginning of December. The Maine Morning Mitts have even had an encore appearance in a different yarn.
Monday, Sheepie chimed in with how it was "all MMM" for her on Sunday, such that she even forgot to have her black and white cookie. She then had the audacity to show up on the blog yesterday with photographic evidence of having completed one mitt already.
I was utterly powerless before the onslaught. I mean, here I was with 1½ skeins of leftover Bollicine Maxi from the JIT Hat and two
fingerless mitt pushers knitting peeps all but demanding encouraging me to knit Maine Morning Mitts.
Then the hat itself got in on the deal, complaining about how I kept pairing her up with simple black leather gloves. Though I tried to convince her that black is classic, that black is timeless, that black leather goes with any hat or coat, she would not be swayed. She started demanding matching handwarmers. The hat didn't really care whether she got gloves, mittens, or fingerless mitts; she just wanted color coordination.
Yeah, you knew where this was going all along, didn't you? You're very quick that way.
I downloaded the pattern and cast on. After a few rounds, I stopped to evaluate the fit and the fabric. The cuffs were obviously too small; the fabric was just as obviously too loose for mittens/gloves.
So, I dropped down a couple of needle sizes and increased the cast on stitch count by 33%. With these modifications, things progessed nicely. There wasn't a whole lot of time yesterday for the knitting, but this is how a Maine Morning Mitt looks just before you start the thumb gussets.
PS - Yes, I am planning to post the numbers for my mods once I am finished. There will be a fair few since my yarn is light worsted, not Aran weight.