Can we talk about shopping for jeans?  I don’t look forward to shopping for jeans.  It’s really a lot of work, huffing and puffing in the dressing room as you pull on these “skinny jeans”.  What the hell are those about anyway?  I can never find the perfect pair of jeans that fit my awkwardly shaped body.  Jeans have a way of looking good on either my waist, my butt, or my thighs.  Never all three at the same time.  And they’re always, always, too long.  I recognize my unique build and that’s why I hate going shopping for jeans.

Knitting on the other hand lets you control the fit.  You make the decisions on how a garment fits you.  And when all is said and done, you have a perfectly fitting garment.  Well, that’s how it’s supposed to work.  Right now, with these mittens, I feel a little bit like Goldilocks.

This one is just a tad too long…

And this one is just a tad too short….

Why the difference in size, you ask?  I read many tales on ravelry of these mittens being notoriously long.  So, I adjusted accordingly by knitting one less band of flowers.  But it just didn’t seem like it was enough.  So the second mitten was made with two less bands of flowers (you know, so I could compare).  However, as evidenced by the above photo, that just isn’t going to cut it.  I have to decide if I should add a couple of rows to the second mitten and adjust the decreases or repeat the first mitten and deal with the mittens being a little bit too long.  It’s just that there’s nothing I can’t stand more than a mitten that’s too long.  Well, except maybe jean shopping.

PS.  If you look carefully, both top bands have only a single flower.  You won’t get that if you just omit a single band of flowers from the pattern.  I achieved that by shifting all the flowers over by half a patterns worth of stitches (ie 3 stitches).  I really just wanted the lone flower at the top of the mitten, because I like symmetry… and unnecessary complications in life.