I have a problem. It's called Raynaud's phenomenon. When I experience cold weather, (or a rapid change in temperature), the blood vessels in my fingers contract and blood supply is decreased. It's not dangerous, but it is unpleasant, and I therefore try very hard not to get my hands cold. (It's true for my toes, too, but the problem is generally easier to solve with 2 pairs of socks.) Combine this with naturally low blood pressure and not great circulation, and it's a recipe for needing mittens in October.
This means that I need a fairly extensive collection of warm hand-wear. It's October now, and I'm already wearing fingerless mitt to walk the dog in the morning
Morse Code mittens are my latest Fair Isle mitten design.
Come the middle of November, the Fair Isle mittens will start to fail me.
At this point, I usually give up with the hand-knit mitts entirely, and switch over to my Everest-rated Expedition mittens from Mountain Equipment Co-op. Come January, I'm wearing those with an additional layer underneath.
This year, I'm trying something new.
I'm making stranded Fair Isle mittens to be felted! So they're wool, stranded, and they will be felted. The felting will make them thicker, denser, more windproof. With any luck, these will keep me going until December...
Felted Fusion Mittens from Green Elf Designs, using Briggs & Little Heritage yarn.
Unfelted, they are comically large. Being a household with only a front-loading washing machine, 'll be hitting up my friend with the top-loader again this weekend.
And there are rather a lot of ends to weave in. It's a good thing I'm teaching a Finishing class tonight... I always need a good demo for weaving in ends...