I've been meaning to show you guys these since like 8:45 pm on Boxing Day (when they were given to their very sweet owner, my sister in law). They are, at this point, my proudest achievement in knitting.

The photos are a bit sub-par (I didn't get a chance to take pictures until we were visiting family; I forgot my real camera at home and had to use my phone) but I think you can get the gist. The reason they are such a source of pride is in the yarn - I dyed the fibre, then spun it exactly to the grist I needed (this is a big deal for me) in multiple skeins of equal length. It knit up perfectly.

The pattern is

"La Joie du Printemps" by Heather Desserud

and it was worth every cent of the $5 I paid for it. I am in love with these mittens. I can't wait to make a pair for myself. They are soft, cozy, well sized, and insanely warm.

My only regret is not doing the thumbs at the point in the gradient where they join the hand. Well, that and running out of the cream with about 10 yards still needed and having to spin more. However, I'm exceedingly proud that I got all the yardage I needed, both of the main colour and the contrast colour, using less than 4 ounces of wool. I'm really getting better at spinning less densely.

Want to see the yarn? Of course you do.

All ready to begin knitting in cute little sushi balls

Half the spinning complete

I took the mitten photos in the elementary school library where my sister-in-law works, and this pic makes me happy:

So what are your proudest knitterly achievements? How about crochet? Spinning? Weaving? I'd love to hear about them!

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