I would like to present to you the train-wreckery that is the Littlest Latte's new mitten, taken from Aneeta Patel's Knitty Gritty beginners' knitting book.
(This is just one mitten for demonstration purposes. Obviously there are two. I am not DIM or anything. Also, I know it looks like something dead I found in the sea)
As you can see, the mitten is a little well provided for in the thumb department. And this is after I modified the pattern, after knitting the specified 6cm (which would have provided well for even my thumb) and then looking at it, thinking "really?" and unravelling it again.
The mitten was knitted after a whole winter of the Littlest Latte refusing to wear mittens, and running around with tiny raw hands barking: "I like cold!" Littlest got to choose the wool. It was meant to convince her that mittens were a good thing.
"It's a bit long," she said this morning, wiggling the thumb bit suspiciously. There is A LOT of thumb bit to wiggle suspiciously.
"I'll wear it when you have made the flowers, mummy," she said, and skipped off to pre-school with her cold little hands, happy in the knowledge that her mother would be fruitlessly knitting woollen flowers this morning FOR A PAIR OF MITTENS THAT NO-ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS WOULD WEAR.
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.