I've been doing a lot of knitting though, mostly for stress relief. There's been days where the only thing that's saved me was taking 20 minutes to just knit and read a book!
This buddy of mine just landed herself a geology job in the far FAR north - so far north that I believe they're under 24 hour darkness right now! She was my cross-shift at my last mining job, and I remember finding all sorts of warming devices on our shared office when I'd come into camp.
Pattern: Edith Mitts and Mittens, by Faye Perriam-Reed
Yarn: Drops Nepal in Deep Ocean colourway
Needles: 3.5 mm and 4 mm
Mods: ALL OF THEM.
I'm not actually a big fan of this pattern. I got it ages ago, thinking it was charming, but in reality they're really large and long mitts. I made a size small and they were almost too big for my larger (for a woman) hands. I mean, I've learned that I have short palms, but the first mitt went to my fingertips when I followed the pattern, and would've covered my entire thumb if I didn't modify it. Sort of defeats the purpose of fingerless mitts, in my mind.
Rav page for a quick summary. First off, I did an extra round of increases before separating the thumb stitches since the thumb gusset was too short. Then I cast on 2 less stitches over the gusset to keep the amount of stitches the same. I still feel like there was too many stitches around the thumb, but my mods made it work. On the hand, I removed one lace repeat and started the ribbing early and did 5 rows of ribbing before loosely binding off.
How are you folks doing? Are you already for Christmas (if you celebrate)? I hope you're finding some relaxing time too in all of this craziness. I also hope you have a fantastic holiday and that you get to spend it with people that you love! <3