Just like that, I needed a break from the Princess Shawl.
Also, both of my girls needed some warm things, and I'm in a mitten sort of mood.
The Pixie made off with a lace scarf of mine two years ago, and loves it still.
She wanted mittens and a hat that kind-of match.
I'm trying my best to make do with what I have, and fortunately I have a drawer full of Knit Picks Palette yarn, courtesy of a friend of mine in the guild. (I only paid $1/ball for her destash, and the money went to support Access Arts.) After spending an evening carefully reading through all of my mitten books, I settled on a traditional Shetland pattern and gave it a go.
Butterflies for Bairns by Carol Rasmussen Noble
Knit Picks Palette - 5 colors (sorry, tags gone)
Knit Picks Harmony DPNs, 2.25 mm
Dec. 30, 2011 - Jan. 3, 2012
Changes: I dropped three colors from the main bands, which not only simplified the knitting but also made the butterflies really pop. I also cheated on the interior finishing, choosing to tie the ends and clip them short rather than weave them all in. I've read enough fair isle technique books to know that I picked a valid option...especially given that after one wearing the mittens were starting to felt a bit. (The kid was so excited she tried making off with them before I could weave in the ends anyway....)
One wee project down, and a few more to go. Mom loaned me Knitted Tams by Mary Rowe, and so there will hopefully soon be a matching hat!