They're done! I finished up the thumb last night and immediately washed and blocked the mittens. They're still not completely dry but, let me tell you, they are warm, even damp! I love how they turned out. I love the colours, I love the warmth. There is just nothing I don't love about these mittens.
As a recap, the pattern is Heather Desserud's Ruba'iyat Mittens, available as a free Ravelry download. The yarns are Louet Gems Pearl (the brown yarn) and Fleece Artist sock (the coloured yarn, obviously), both fingering weight yarns. The mittens were worked on 2.5 mm circular, using the magic loop method. The only modification I made was to start with a picot edging rather than the ribbed edge that Heather used.
Now, I have plans on making a stranded hat. It probably won't be in these colours, even though I still have plenty of this yarn at my disposal. Hmm... I probably could design a hat using the same motifs, couldn't I? At least that way, for once, my hat and mittens (or gloves, as the case might be) would match! I'll have to think about that a little more. In the meantime, I have a pattern in mind, and yarn to work with. It will be a project that includes something I've not done before, a challenge. More another day.
Right now, though, it sounds like John's moving furniture again. I'd better go and check up on him... and the status of dinner.