I managed some knitting over the Christmas holidays - the weather was so poor over the period (mostly raining) that outdoor activities were minimal, so indoor activities such as knitting took precedence.
I made my first pair of colour-stranded mittens, using a free pattern from Ravelry called Squirrelly Swedish Mittens. It was an easy pattern to follow and make and using the 2 handed stranded knitting technique meant that the yarns didn't get tangled.
I used Rowan Fine Tweed in Askrigg and Buckden. I needed almost 2 fulls balls of Buckden (my background colour) and just over one ball of Askrigg (the pattern colour). It was lovely yarn to knit with and once washed the mittens are very soft and cosy.
There were a few technical hiccups along the way and having mastered the stranded knitting, I obviously relaxed my technique and the second mitten ended up slightly larger than the first, so after some vigorous washing in hot soapy water, I finally had what you could call a "pair" of mittens. Warm, woollie mittens.