When saying thank you is not enough, what does one do? For Gunilla I offered to knit mittens. Mittens that will last for years.
I was prepared to knit mittens with complex patterns or many colours to show off the Twined knitting technique. But, I was asked to knit black mittens with no colour patterns, no striping, nothing extravagant. Possibly a hint of a second colour, and if so, it had to be gray.
I started these mittens a number of times, and frogged them over and over again. I became quite unhappy about how to design them and I got "knitter´s block" (if there ever was such an expression) about this project. It lasted until I decided to follow Gunilla´s wish to the point, it was after all quite explicit.
Suddenly everything felt much better and knitting became a joy, as it should be.
So here they are, Black mittens knitted with my favourite yarn from Wålstedts in Dala-Floda, Dalecarlia. I used two black and one gray strand for casting on, traditionally it would have been one in red, but Gunilla had said yes to gray so I used that. The only decorations used are a couple of rows of an ornament that I saw in 2010 when visiting Dalecarlia studying old twined knitted items.
Next week these mittens will be sent to Gunilla - hopefully she will like them.