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It’s been obvious to me these past few days. Fall is here and the mornings are cold. I have switched my cardigan for a jacket when I take my bike to work. It’s getting more and more clear though that there might be a need for some kind of fingerless mitt to finish the ensemble (and prevent me from freezing).

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In times like these, when there is an urge and something needs to happen quite fast, the easiest is to just turn to the already known. A pattern I’ve already made and are familiar with. It happens so easily. Sometimes I just happen to like the pattern and therefore enjoy knitting a lot from it to get it out of my system. Sometimes I suspect it’s pure laziness. Like that shawl pattern I used for three Christmas gifts in 2010 (sure, I was a much less experienced knitter back then but how would I have learned more if I only ever made one type of shawl?) or the Cupcake Cutie Caps in 2013.

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Now with the evident need of a pair of fingerless mitts (and of course I don’t care for the ones I already have right now (granted most of them are mere wristwarmers and I’m looking for something a little more “covering” and that I made most of them in 2005 which means they are kind of worn out (and by worn out I mean that some of them are literally falling to pieces))) my first thought was to go the pattern for the ones I made in late May and early June.

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I have, not a rule, but a goal, an aim. I have plenty of pattern books and magazines and booklets and to sort of advocate to myself the need and necessity of all these books, magazines and booklets I try to knit at least one pattern from each item in a sort of “If I’ve used them it wasn’t an unnecessary purchase”. This has prooven a bit difficult at times when the rate of my pattern purchases exceeds my ability to knit.

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When I first cast on wristwarmers in late May I was happy, it was a new pattern from a book that was in my book case and I could tick off another book.

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Now though, these are already done and I’ve made something from that book and why don’t I try something new? What’s the fun in making something I’ve already done? Why should I wear the same kinds of fingerless mitts as everyone else? Sure, it’s easy, but should I go for easy every time? No, I’m going to search my pattern library and pick something I haven’t knit before. (I can at least pick another pattern from the same book.) Surely I can do it!

(This means that The Sweater Committment will be a little less committed for a week or so but I believe that the question of warmth should be a priority this time of the year.)

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Pattern: Rosa Rubiginosa Mitts by Hunter Hammersen. Yarn: Malabrigo Sock, color 204 Velvet grapes and Drops Baby Alpaca Silk from Garnstudio, color 6347 blue purple (I think).