So, I got to work on the knitting machine. Digging through the stash, I was disappointed....I didn't think any of my washable wools were girly enough while still being neutral/basic. Other yarns were "too good" for something I'm making to give away and I don't even know if the receiver will like it. I finally opted to use Patons "Decor" in a dark, dark green and Bernat Mosaic in a colour with some pink. The Mosaic is slightly thicker, but I hoped it wouldn't show.
I crocheted the little heart in pink for the one mitten because there ended up being no pink in it's stripes.
I made the mitten first, using numbers from Ann Budd's "Handy Book of Patterns". On the LK150, 40sts, I think T5.5. 20 rows of ribbing. Then, I worked on the cupholder. I did the cuff the same, then took half the stitches, and put two rows on waste yarn. Then I continued over all the stitches for twice the length of the regular mitten. Took off on waste yarn.
I wanted a bottom. A while ago, I had made a newborn hat in this yarn, but it was a little small. I ripped it back so I could use the yarn, and somehow, I had a crochet circle that was nearly a perfect fit! I sewed it in along the seam line. Added my personalized tag, and wrapped her up.
I made this on December 18/19. I'm a member of the Yahoo group for Machine Knitting. I wasn't really keeping up with the group digests. Last week I got a chance to look through them more closely--especially one message that said it was a "surprise pattern" (and posted on December 14). I checked the messages and someone had posted a picture of their completed surprise. It was a cupholder mitten!! I can't follow along her pattern very well just by reading it (my fault, not hers). I will have to re-read it really well and try to visualize it. If only I had read it right away--and knew what it was supposed to be! The one thing I'd change with my pattern is to do some plain knitting after the ribbing and make the opening where the thumb of the regular mitten splits off (my opening was at the base of the thumb, and the ribbing gets pulled up to compensate).
Of course, I didn't write down how many rows I ended up for the cupholder. And I didn't weigh them. And the girl that won them doesn't have a kitchen scale. And now that I've remembered that some of the yarn came from a project already accounted for...bah. I'm sticking with the 100gr estimate I already included in last year's totals. I based that on there being 100gr left of the two balls, which were each 100gr.