I'm embarrassed to show you the butt-ugh-ly Blomst mitten I made on vacation. It's truly horrible. I'm a consummate fair isle knitter but these turned out terribly. First off, they're HUGE. I have pretty big hands but they're at least four inches too big. They're even too big for Tom and he's 6'4"!
I screwed up the flower, too... there are a couple of extra rows in bottom petals. Awful. If I make these again, I'm going to use fingering weight yarn and swatch, too. God, I hate this mitten. I love the design but my implementation just SUCKS. I think this version of Blomst is gorgeous. Wish mine looked this way.
Fortunately, I do have something pretty to show you: the back ribbing for Tom's Christmas sweater. This I love. I made a fortuitous mistake; the ribbing is supposed to only be knit and purl stitches, but I added in the cable column by mistake and liked it, so I made the whole ribbing that way. As the pattern grows, you'll see that the cables in the ribbing blossom into the complicated cables that extend to the neck. Cool! I showed it to the picky bf and he likes it. Good, because he's required by law to wear this damn sweater!
In case you forgot, I'm making Norah Gaughan's John Sweater for my beloved boyfriend. The pattern is available free from Berroco.