For a while, several years ago, my husband got me hooked on watching Doctor Who with him. I've mostly lost interest since then, but there was a period when I was sort of into it. (That period may or may not have coincided mainly with the years when cutie patootie David Tennant was playing The Doctor. But I digress!)
Anyway. There was this episode with Rose Tyler and The Doctor on a beach in Norway or something, having a dramatic goodbye. He might have been dying, maybe? (Real fans of the show are no doubt cringing at this description. Apologies if I've blasphemed here.) In any case, as Rose fretted and wailed and threw her arms around The Doctor's neck (I think they kissed, too--ooh la la!), my knitter's eye spotted the gorgeous fingerless mitts she was wearing. Oh! I wanted those mitts.
Recreating a piece of knitwear spotted "in the wild" (or on tv, in this case) is the knitting equivalent of musicians figuring out the chords to a song they heard on the radio so they can perform their own cover version, or a foodie deciphering the ingredients needed to reproduce a favorite restaurant dish at home. Sometime later, I discovered that someone else had saved the rest of us the trouble and had figured out a pattern for the mitts and published it on Ravelry as a free download.
This pattern had been in my queue long enough (yeah, okay, three years), so I finally decided to knit these as my first project for this fall. I made mine a little longer and added four rounds of ribbing around the fingers and thumb.
As part of my Forty-Fourward (tm) plan, these mitts serve double duty--I'm crossing a project off my to-knit list as well as using up some yarn that's been in my stash for a long time. They accomplish more as well, of course--keeping my wrists and hands warm and my fingers free, while adding a stylish new touch to my fall wardrobe.
Pattern: Rose's Wrist Warmers by Christina Slattery
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh dk in Glazed Pecan
Needle: US 3 (3.25 mm)