But the mittens were just too narrow for Phoebe's hands. I was keeping the yarn tight as I knit to make the mittens more windproof, but alas, the mittens had little stretch for her hands and she fussed a lot when I tried to jam her fingers beyond the cuffs. If this was a sewing project, I could fix it any number of ways, but I was truly stumped and sad because I thought all my time had been in vain and the mittens would have to go (where? who could appreciate my hours of labor and also knew a narrow-handed baby? ) and my baby would still have bare hands.
Fortunately, global warming kept the weather on my side as I walked the kids back and forth to school little or no wraps and suddenly, in walking, I hit upon a solution!
I steeked the mittens.
It was staggering to just cut them apart, but I did it because what did I have to lose? I cut off the narrow stockinette tops and then I used my sewing machine to zig-zag the scarily loose edges of the ribbed cuffs. I attached new mittens made from a fuschia felted wool sweater. It worked! I was elated.
Phoebe wore her mittens on the chilly walk to school this morning, Success! Also, I really enjoyed knitting the i-cord that keeps the pair together.