Pattern: Calgary Mittens by ME (Jennifer Johnson). (HOLY CRAP I DESIGNED THIS!)
Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zarina in 1912 & 1401
Needles: US 1 - my guage on stranded knitting continues to improve!
Notes: Oh god this ended up being so much more work than I thought it would be!
AND NOW- the story can be told.
To date, this was one of the most difficult things I've ever knit. The knitting itself, once I got into it, wasn't a problem, but the planning and planning and PLANNING of this pattern took MONTHS in advance. I agonized over design elements and agonized over what should and should be there. I harassed family members to regularly vote on what they liked and didn't like. Family members who I'm sure thought it regularly, but never said it out loud, "You're over-thinking this too much!"
So much graph papers with doodles and false starts and trying out ideas.
YEAH. That's a lot! I sketched and erased and tried to come up with ideas that would cohesively blend together. Every design, every detail on that mitten was created by me. And I tried to be really thoughtful about what went on there representing my city.
On the cuff- the criss cross pattern is meant to look like the Peace Bridge in Calgary.
After the flood last year I was so impressed by the way complete strangers helped one another out- I was always smitten with the idea of boys and girls holding hands, representing the strong sense of community this city clearly has.
On the hand I chose icons that are so well known in this city... the Calgary tower, the mountains so close to us and of course- the stetson we all don 10 days out of the year while we celebrate Stampede. That pretty much sums up Calgary to me. My original design has also included the city's name
but as you'll remember- the mitten was too long and I had to rip it out. (*sobs again*)
On the inside of the hand, a maple leaf for Canada and thumb elements of a rearing horse (taken from the City of Calgary's logo) and on the inside a wild rose design for Alberta. (pictured in the collection below)
I started and stopped this project so often there's part of me that still feels this lingering concern that I didn't finish it even though it's already handed in.
This post is picture heavy because I'm proud of myself. I'm proud of what I did. Will I design mittens again? Maybe, although right now my brain needs a break and my hands just want to knit simple things. But for now, we wait- we sit back and wait to see what the judges think.