Part of the story of my Square Route Mitts is really about the awesomeness level of Shannon Okey. (Hint: It's a high level of awesome.)
I sent the pattern notes to her with some photos of a version of these smocked mitts in a worsted-weight yarn. She emailed me back: Great idea! The gauge, maybe, is not the best, though.
I love that she saw potential in the idea, encouraged me to pursue it, and published the final pattern.
I made up a version in the scrummy Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino.
Well, not only did Shannon publish it, she made it the cover of the second issue of Knit Edge magazine.