I suddenly got a brain-bug about the mittens from Charlene Schurch's Mostly Mittens. They're beautiful patterns, very complex, and yet simple in their overall concept. I have some lovely Kauni yarn, and some simple coned yarn in black, and I'd love to combine those to make a beautiful set of mittens for myself this year.
But I have almost no practice at stranded colorwork, particularly at this gauge, and didn't want to have a first attempt be with this yarn if it didn't go well.
So I've decided to work with some JoAnn Sensations Bamboo & Ewe - in a bright, long and short repeat multicolor and a charcoal grey, and practice. How does one practice a mitten? You make a totally insane golf club cover for your father!
The part the covers the shaft is just like the wrist ribbing on a mitten. But will be 6 inches long instead of 1.5 inches.
The head cover is going to be about 2/3 of a mitten back chart, and the underside of it will continue the ribbing.
I had to modify the cast on count a little, there will be some stitch rearranging once I get to the head so the ribbing continues smoothly, and I'm not certain what I'll do when I get to the pointed decrease at the top end, but so far, I really like it.