I finished these puppies last night. Yarn is handspun, Navajo-plied; finished yarn is about a DK size. Needle was size 5, cast on 36 at the cuff. There's probably enough leftover orange yarn for a hat.
Store-bought mittens never fit me right- I have small, skinny hands and stupidly long thumbs. My hands always feel adrift inside them. But these fit.
Spring cleaning this year includes donating most of my stash of commercial yarn. To lighten the load and remove further temptation, I've decided to only knit with yarn I've personally hand-spun. It keeps the stash under control, is super-cheap, and limits me. I have the utmost respect for limits. No, I'll go further and say I truly love limits. They free me up from too much choice, which I've always found crippling.
Funemployment is an excellent opportunity to exercise the voluntary simplicity muscles. Well, ok- I suppose the simplicity in this case is actually semi-voluntary. But still, it is liberating.