It's now week 2 of the On the other Hand Mystery Knit Along, so we have the instructions for the hand part, including the thumb gusset. I've done the first mitt, as well as the cuff of the second.
I did Option 2, the stranded knitting option, and it looks really good (apart from my slightly uneven knitting). I tried Option 1, but my knitting wasn't turning out very neat, so I switched. I love the thumb gusset, with the colours reversed. (And for non-knitters, yes I do know how daft it sounds to say 'I love the thumb gusset'. I don't care.)
Not sure how they are going to finish off the thumb - part 3 should give us two options for finishing the mitten, so each option will have to fit with both options for week 2. We'll find out on Friday.
I must confess I didn't entirely follow the instructions. I tried the cuff in the medium size, and decided it was a bit tight, so the cuff is the large size. But then I decided that a large hand size might be too large, so I switched back to medium. So large cuff, medium hand. (Did I test my tension beforehand? No, I didn't. Partly out of couldn't be bothered, but also I thought that testing my tension on stocking stitch might not be a good guide to my tension on stranded knitting, because I'm not a very good stranded knitter. And knitting a tension swatch in stranded knitting for a pair of fingerless mitts seems wasted effort - you might as well just get on with it.)
I am quite pleased with myself that I did knit the hand part with one colour in each hand, as you are supposed to. And it was surprisingly easy to do.
I'm still not sure that the green and red contrast enough in shade. I took a photo of the two balls of yarn, before I started knitting, and converted it to black-and-white, as Ann recommends, and they were sufficiently different, I thought. But then I've taken other photos of my knitting in progress, and sometimes the two colours come out the exact same shade of grey. I think it depends on the lighting. Damn.
But never mind - I'm obviously not going to go back and start again. I like the two colours together - that's why I chose them of course. I think the pattern on the palm may not show up very well at any distance, but then that's kind of a secret little pattern for me to admire as I wear them. And on the plus side, I've made a couple of mistakes, with a green stitch where it should have been red, and v.v., and the mistakes would be much more obvious if there were more contrast. (I might swiss-darn the mistakes later. Or not.)
Here's a black and white photo, just to show that the design does show up properly, at least if the light is good.