Despite the dark, dreary day (thunderstorms and eventual snow on the way) and my resulting inability to get a shot of this mitten that I'm happy with, and despite it still being thumbless, I couldn't wait to post about my progress so far on my dream project, my first, almost-complete Latvian mitten. *sigh* I'm in love.
For all of you who've drooled over the Upitis book but have been paralyzed by the thought attempting these mittens (me, for years,) I'd say, come on in, the water's fine! They really are not difficult. What was difficult for me...not difficult, but intimidating...was piecing together the directions. The author presents several mitten pattern instructions, but none were exactly what I wanted. Once I figured out the basics, taking a little from this pattern and a little from that, it all fell into place. Now I have a basic pattern for my hand worked out (still needs a little tweaking...I'll know better once I get the thumb knitted and block the mitten) and I'll be able to play with patterns and colors within that basic pattern.
As an aside, I can't praise Terri Shea's Selbuvotter book enough as an introduction to patterned mitten knitting. So much of my success with this Latvian mitten (Am I jinxing it? It's not done yet...) was due to my experience with Terri's mitten patterns. Her charts are large & clear and seeing them laid out the way she presents them in her book makes the structure of a charted mitten easy to visualize.
When I finish the thumb and can get some decent photos, I'll share some of how I got from 'eyes glazing over at the mere thought of trying this' to 'ta-da! A mitten' Did I mention I'm in love?