One of my Saturday Knitting buddies wrote Fire In The Head, a pattern for fingerless mitts. She recently re-wrote the pattern and asked for test knitters. I have never test knit before. It was an interesting experience. It made me realize how many times I read a pattern and use my own technique to accomplish a pattern element. This time (at least for the first one) I knit it exactly as directed. I found a few minor typos, but otherwise it was very well written especially the bits that make the pleats. She included a photo tutorial, but I did not need it.
I chose to use up a partial skein of alpaca that has been hanging around my stash. As you can see, I used all but a few yards. It does not show the pattern well, but it works well with all of my jackets and coats. These were also a very quick knit. It is very satisfying to make something in an evening and wear them while driving to work the next morning. I love fingerless gloves. I love mittens too, but with the gloves, you have warm hands while holding the cold steering wheel and I can use my hands. With mittens I find that I have to take one off and that is a pain in the tuckus.Hopefully, in a week or two I won't need them anymore for the season.