My first project was a pair of wrist warmers in this wild yarn I’ve never been able to find again. It was Skacel, and probably acrylic/wool mix. There’s these extra long, soft fuzzies hanging off of the main bulky strand, and it is in this grey-black-charcoal mottled hue. I wish I could find this yarn, as I’d love a scarf in it! I’m sure it is discontinued 😦
Basically, I knit a couple of rectangles, and (poorly) crocheted them together, leaving holes for the thumbs. They are all in garter stitch, there are a couple of dropped stitches that were poorly sewn up and they scream FIRST KNITTING PROJECT EVER! OMG! They are in my project file, if anyone is interested, in my projects page.
But, those things are so darn warm, I don’t care who fusses about their look. I wear them proudly at work as a sign of confidence and perseverance. I have a really stressful job, and sometimes warm fuzzies help me get through the day!
Later, I was at work, where it is deathly cold on graveyard. One guy was absolutely freezing, and his hands were nearly seizing up. Long story short, he ended up with wearing those gloves all night long! (Ironically, they matched his grey shirt!) He agreed they were very warm and worked super well.
Apparently, I am now the boy scout of handknits. In my bag also were: two shawls, another pair of fingerless gloves and a wool hat. This winter, at no point did I have less than two hats and four pairs of mittens added into the mix. I am prepared.