I'm home today. Yesterday, I had to undergo some minor surgery and was told to take it easy today, so that's what I'm doing. How better to "take it easy" than to sit and knit! To that end, I've been alternating between two projects today - the Elbistan mittens and John's gray socks.
The only reason that I haven't been working exclusively on the mittens is that my hip has been bothering me when I sit too long at the dining room table, so I've been alternating between the table, where the mitten is, and the sofa, where the socks are. And both are seeing progress... best of both worlds.
You will notice that these mittens are being worked on double pointed needles rather than the Magic Loop method I've been using for mittens thus far. The only reason for that is that I couldn't find a 2.5 mm circular needle. I don't know why I couldn't find one; I know I have a few of them. Oh well, I'm just as comfortable using dpns, and I've noticed something. I'm finding that my tension is more even using the dpns that the circular. I'm not sure why that is, but it's definitely a good thing.
This bottom picture is the palm side of the mitten; I don't think I showed you that side before. I'm really liking this palm pattern. It's a simple one to memorize and work, with the longest float being only 3 stitches.
I showed the mitten to John when we got home yesterday and he was very impressed! (Rightfully so, I would think!)
Speaking of John, his father is out of the hospital and back at the residence he's been living in for the last couple of years. Apparently, they've been bringing his meals up to his room and he seems to be okay (apart from his toe, that is). With Tony back in his own place, John's work there was done and, after a night at my daughter's, with the four kids, he's back home safe and sound. I'm happy!