So, here's the thing. I'm an experienced and pretty confident knitter. I adjust patterns all the time to create garments that will fit me the way I want them to - shorter sleeves, adequate busts, buttons where I want them, all kinds of modifications.
Even though I can and usually do take my actual body's measurements into account when I'm knitting, until now, I've only ever knit mittens that are too big for me.
I really have no explanation for this. I tried them on as I went. I could see that probably they would be "a little bit long". But I still finished them.
Exhibit A: a basic mitten recipe, and handspun that I got at one of Victoria's yarn stores.
The cuff is WAY too long. The wrist-to-fingertip portion isn't too bad, but the too-long-cuff means it never sits quite right. Also notice the lobster claw thumb, which is weird and wrong but I love it.
Exhibit 2: Beautiful cabled mittens out of Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter yarn, which is unique and gorgeous.
WHO HAS ARMS LIKE THIS?! (Just to be clear - the birth mark on the left of the photo is about 1" away from the inside of my elbow. Is there a name for "inside elbow part"? Inbow? Brb googling... "Antecubital Fossa".) Pattern, you crazy. Sarah, you also crazy for not realizing you made a mitten sleeve, and then MAKING ANOTHER ONE. So beautiful, so too long for me.
Exhibit III: Okay fine, these pretty much fit. But the button loop at the end makes them a little bit impractical... or at least a little bit quirky. (The pattern is by the super talented Ysolda Teague.)
Finally, enter New Favourite Mittens That Fit And Also Have Nostalgic Childhood Resonance!
Following another Raveller's modifications, I eliminated several sections of the (very nice, and very free) pattern, in order to shorten the cuff, the palm, and the thumb, substantially. And behold! A my-hand-sized mitten! It's made out of 100% angora, which is BANANAS soft.
When I was a kid, I had a pair of plain white angora mittens and a matching hat that were super super soft, and only for special occasions, and I treasured them. They weren't handknit, or cabled, but they were soft and pretty and made appearances on the kind of days when my sister and I had to wear matching dresses my mom had sewed with crinolines and too tight sleeve elastic. I'm pretty stoked about the new, adult version, that I can wear anytime I want :)