One of Leah's pals in the ukulele band was having a birthday this week. During the winter, he complained about his gloves not keeping his hands warm enough, so she whacked together stash wool yarn, a basic mitten pattern, and a star chart pulled from an Elizabeth Zimmermann book. She ended up with some lumpy mittens that had potential.
Knowing the transformative powers of blocking, especially on stranded knits, into the soak water the mittens went with a bit of Eucalan. Dried overnight on a fluffy towel, the stitches settled in together to make a nicely smoothed fabric, so she ended up with a gift from the heart, fit for a friend.
The whole uke band sang happy birthday to him. Every rehearsal is like a party for those guys. Leah's thrilled to be a part of their group and I'm thrilled that we found them.