Joy Mitts – YoP 20/21 – Week 21

Hello everyone – happy Sunday – wow I can’t believe American Thanksgiving is this week! On Sundays I post updates on my Year of Projects plans. YoP is a Ravelry group of bloggers who make a plan (or in my case, vauge guideline) for the year and then blog about their progress.

Lots of progress was made this week, I did finish the Anders sweater for my sister’s friend, but it’s drying now and I want to get nice photos of it once the buttons are on. I finished late Friday night, and then yesterday I was in a colorwork and finishing mood, and so I picked up my Joy mitts to see if I could make the second this weekend, and well I spent all day making it so now I have a finished pair of mitts!

  • Pattern: Joy Mitts by Ysolda Teauge
  • Yarn: Rauma Finull (I received the yarn and pattern together as a kit, which it looks like they no longer sell on Ysolda’s website)
  • Timeline: Cast on 9/26/20; cast off 11/21/20

I love these bi pride mitts! This was my first time making an Ysolda pattern, and I really liked how she noted that she wanted to include the flags explicitly but they don’t look too out there. This is one of those like “if you know, you know” patterns which I quite like as someone who is still working on being openly out and proud. The pattern itself is very satisfying to make. The first inch is VERY INTENSE, with a provisional cast on, insarsia, and double knitting, but if you just stick through and follow the pattern the results will be worth it. The pattern comes with templates for the rainbow and trans pride flags in addition to the bi pride one.

Finishing the Anders sweater meant I finished 30 projects this year, and the mitts are #31! This is exciting to me. The most projects I’ve knit in a year was 23 (in both 2015 and 2016), but none of those were garments. The fact that I made 3 full sweaters and 3 tops in addition to other projects is super awesome! I mean, the reason it happened like that is, yah know, global pandemic, but silver lining, right? right?!?

Today I’ve been working a bit on my slipstravaganza shawl, because it’s what I had ready at hand for chuch, church meeting, and Blogville knitters meetup, but I think this week I’m going to cast on a shawl for my friend for her wedding. What are you working on this week? Do you have a long weekend to be able to have some relaxing crafting time, and if so what do you plan to do with it?


  1. I love your mitts – they turned out just great! Love the subtle little flag there too 🙂 You are getting a lot done! I do have a long weekend – took off Friday – and hope to get a big bunch of knitting done 🙂

  2. WOW congratulations on completing so many big projects!! I’m hoping I do better in 2021. I have a lot of sweaters/tops planned. I love the mitts and look at all the techniques you got to practice!!

  3. They look so good! I remember that I loved the subtlety of the design – and that if someone isn’t out, you can still have the colourwork without the flag if that isn’t or doesn’t feel safe. It’s a really cool pattern and they look very warm, too! 🙂

  4. Your mitts turned out great! You are so productive. I’ve been knitting for years now and I’m retired and I don’t think I’ve made as much as you have! LOL! I must admit I am slow. I’m glad you explained what it means. I would have never known…I’m behind the times for sure! I’m so glad you feel comfortable sharing with us. No one should ever be made to feel ashamed of who they are….ever! Big hugs to you!

    1. Thanks Sandra! I have always considered myself a slow knitter but I guess I just have a lot of time on my hands now!
      Yes the bisexual pride flag is definitely not as commonly known. Thanks for your support!

    1. Honesty, it’s probably the biggest reason I’m still on Ravelry – they do all the counting for you as long as you enter a finished date – I’ve just not been in the mood to set up another project tracking system.

  5. The mitts look great! And wow, that’s a lot of projects completed!

    I’m nearly done with a pair of gift socks for my mom, which means I’ll be able to focus on the gift socks for my MIL. But this long weekend, I think I’m going to try to focus on a laceweight cowl that I started on a whim earlier this month. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it when it’s done (keep or gift?) but it’s a fun knit.

  6. The mitts are in all my favorite colors. Way to go on working all those techniques simultaneously! Provisional cast-on is honestly my favorite cast-on these days.
    Also: way to go on blowing your project goal out of the water! You still have 5 weeks left in the year.

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