A couple of years ago, I jumped on a bandwagon. I'm sure that seems so hard to believe, to cyberknitters, but it's true. The Yarn Harlot posted about needing new dress mittens, and suddenly, everyone out in the blogiverse was knitting pointy tipped, Scandinavian style Frankenmittens. Including me.
They were beautiful. They drew many oohs and ahhs. They won a ribbon at the local fair. They were glorious mittens. I wore them every day, from October through to May. They got a little bit of abuse from daily wear in two Ontario winters.
But, a couple of weeks ago, one of my mittens got snagged on my keys. Ack!
That was when I noticed the nearly-worn-through bit. My vision got a little grey around the edges and I felt a bit wobbly. And then I saw this
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! My beautiful mitten was falling apart before my eyes.
What's a girl to do when her favourite pair of mittens disintegrates at the end of winter? Do I mend them? That thumb is pretty far gone. Do I start looking for a new pair to knit? I should be able to have an equally gorgeous new pair of mittens knitted up by fall. Right? One thing's certain. When I can produce something this beautiful and functional myself, store-bought ceases to be an option.
So. What would you do?