As if I wasn't chin deep in knitalong projects, I decided to cast on for mittens knit two-at-a-time in the Linden KAL. I saw a teaser for Jane Richmond's Linden mittens about a year ago. They were knit in the best colorway of Felici ever: Kingpin. The next time I placed a Knit Picks order I was sure to include two skeins of Kingpin. They have waited patiently, actually were lost, under my bed all this time.
When I saw that Jane was kicking off the release of the pattern with a Linden KAL, I had to join in. Two-at-a-time is really only tricky for the first two rows. After that, it's just a matter of not yanking too hard on the circular as you slide the work down, so as not to slide it completely off the needles. I set my first mitten up on one needle and knit the first joining round, then do the same with the second on a longer needle for magic loop. I then transfer the first needle, with equal number of stitches on each tip to the longer circular so that the two mitten cuffs are side by side with exactly the same stitches in the same places.
I've been working on these while sitting outside with my Papaw as he smokes his pipe. My grandparents have recently moved to a retirement apartment (assisted living) and it has been a difficult adjustment for them. There is so much great potential in them living there, but it is hard to get used to a new environment, especially when your memory is failing you.
So, I'm making it my mission to help him feel confident walking out to a patio to smoke by himself and finding his way back. The work you see here is from our first trip to the smoking area. He rocks, I stitch, and we go over the move again- why it was necessary, who it's for, and if it's for forever.
My hope is that my grandmother will start catching a nap during this time and a new habit will form for them both. I also hope these mittens will be infused with the smell of Carter Hall tobacco when they are finished. It is one of the most comforting scents I know.