It's undeniably colder this week, and the boys are beginning to baulk at having to wear their uniform shorts to school. Thankfully, half term marks the point beyond which long trousers are acceptable attire, so their knees should be warmer shortly.
Chilly knees are not really an issue for me, but I loathe having cold hands, so as soon as Autumn hits in earnest, there is always a pair of gloves or two about my person. And since I lerned to knit, these have often been Toasty mitts. They are the perfect simple pattern - incredibly straightforward and forgiving of almost any yarn substitution I have thrown at them.
But I had a hankering to extend my mitten knitting repertoire, and Fetching mitts have been in my knitting queue for a considerable time. When I rummaged through the stash, there were two balls of Cashmerino Chunky. And so I cast on, and got to grips with my very first cables.
I'm pretty pleased with them (though I might modify the thumb if I knit them again). Small projects are perfect for trying a new technique - because I'm all about knitting instant gratification. And these proved cables are as easy as everyone told me they were. A couple of evenings and a quick visit to the new 'needles and natter' group at Rosie's Tea Room, which I've been enjoying and they were off the needles and wrapped up ready to post off to a friend. And I'm thinking another pair to keep is definitely on the cards. Unless there's another great pattern you know of that I really should try.