Mittens of Majesty: These thick woolen gloves do not restrict the wearer's manual dexterity. They generate a continuous endure elements effect which protects from the cold only. They also grant a +5 competence bonus to Diplomacy and Knowledge (nobility and royalty) checks. Finally, once per day, the user may use mass suggestion as an 11th-level caster (Will DC 19 to resist).
Moderate abjuration and enchantment; CL 11th; Craft Wondrous Item, endure elements, mass suggestion; Price 87,780 gp.
My husband has been calling these mittens of magesty as I have been working on them for their complicated-looking pattern, and their purple and gold color.
I started these mittens closer to the end of July than I would have liked, because these were for Camp Loopy project 2. I was busy trying to clean up the last of the knitting for my husband's sweater. However, last Thursday (August 4), I finished the first mitten at the Pints and Purls night at Gather Here, and immediately cast on for mitten 2. The second mitten took me until Saturday evening to finish.
The pattern for these looks complicated, but in the end these are very simple cables combined with the simplest of colorwork. If you were afraid of the cables, you could get an awesome impact just doing the stripes on the front and the tweeding on the back.
These mittens were my first colorwork project since taking the class with Mary Jane Mucklestone at Squam.
This pattern by Pamela Wynne (I've also made the February Lady sweater) is awesome. The instructions are clear, the charts have a good legend which makes following them simplistic. The hardest part of this project are the first few rows of the color pattern, because you start the thumb chart and the cable charts at different times. I have yarn to make at last one more pair of these (though I do not know if I have enough yellow left for a second pair).