Before admiring, let's take a moment to note how important blocking is.*
Here is a picture of the mittens straight off the needles.
I soaked them for awhile in cold water and Soak to give the wool time to relax. Then I used my extremely expensive mitten blockers* to stretch them to the shape I wanted.
After they dried, they looked like this:
and the backs looked like this:
I love them and am really pleased with the way they turned out. Here's hoping my mother-in-law loves them as well.
*If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here.
**Also known as "bits of an amazon box cut up and wrapped with plastic grocery bags."