Mittens, gloves, fingerless gloves/arm Warmers, so many options, so much winter.
I have cold hands I’m the best of weather and I’m a commuter. So I tend to need fingers and dexterity as well as having warmth. Trying to pull out a metro cad with half frozen fingers or gloves on are not a way to endear you to everyone else trying to get through the turnstile.
I need a balance. And with everything else my balance comes in layers. I tended this year to wear fingerless gloves under full gloves. Actual mittens have never quite worked for me, granted I have never knit myself a pair. I have made flip top mittens, but I tended to keep the top in the flipped position and it wasn’t the best for actually keeping me warm.
Right now I have a set of arm warmers in Madeline tosh worsted tart. I have a pair of fingerless gloves, made of Zealana the merino possum mix and a pair of gloves knit of what I believe is Art Yarns. My usual combination are the art yarn gloves with the Zelana beneath that. One blistering day 11 degrees or some such horror threw in the worsted and wished I could stay home with the cat instead. Sadly not all of us get to stay home all day and find comfort sitting on blocking shaws and hopping in boxes.
So maybe this will be the year I try mittens or flip tops again. I do have all that sock yarn I will never be making socks with at this rate.