Oh hey, remember when I used to make not-ballgown things? Me neither - but I did, and I have photographic evidence!
I started making these mitts back in fall of 2011, right around the time I started at NYFA. My hands were always cold when I walked up the street to get coffee in the morning, and I worked at a yarn shop at the time, so I figured, why not buy some squishy pink llama-cotton yarn I had been eyeing for a while and make some fingerless mitts? I remembered lusting after this pattern from when I was a really new knitter and didn't quite have the skills to make them yet, and thought that this was the perfect opportunity to give them a whirl.
So I knitted one, wasn't happy with the limp, too-big cuff, and shoved it in my WIP basket for three years. (What, cotton isn't the best choice for stretchy ribbing? I'm shocked.) A few months ago, in my efforts to finish languishing projects, I picked them back up, ripped and re-knit the ribbing, knitted the second mitt in a day or two, and voila! Fingerless mitts, just in time for summer.
Even though it took me forever, I think I'll get a lot of wear out of these. I still get cold fingers walking down Ballard Ave in the fall, so their original purpose is totally valid. High five, self!
Details are on Ravelry here.