More Mittens!

Over the past little bit I’ve made mittens for my brother as well as my dad and myself. I figured I should probably finish up by making my mom a pair. I’m using this orange yarn (the second yarn I ever made on my wheel!) and Anna Sudo’s Olla pattern.

Orange yarn hand spun by yours truly

Orange yarn hand spun by yours truly

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Thrummed Mittens

Last winter was one of the most intense I have ever experienced. Some days were so cold that neither my hand-knit wool or alpaca mittens were warm enough. They were fine when all I had to do was walk from the door to the car, but if I was spending any significant amount of time outside the icy wind would just cut right through the minuscule gaps between stitches and numb my hands. Imagine my horror when I heard that this winter is predicted to be colder. Whether that actually plays out or not, I’m determined to be prepared this time around. Enter Thrummed Mittens.

These are mittens with bits of unspun fleece actually knitted into them and they’re supposed to be like little ovens for your hands. I’m using the Yarn Harlot’s pattern to make myself a pair. I was planning on finishing all my WIPs before starting these, but it’s already November and I could very well be needing these in a couple of weeks. That’s the beauty of hobbies, any deadlines or goals you set for yourself are flexible – it’s better to work on the mittens now so they’ll actually be available when I need them.

Winding yarn cakes

Winding yarn cakes

Remember that handspun I showed you a last week? It started off as Wool of the Andes roving from Knit Picks in Tidepool Heather. When I started winding it into a yarn cake (using my trusty Knit Picks swift and ballwinder, of course!) I realized it wasn’t quite enough for the mittens, so I’m using another skein of handspun for some subtle stripes. This one is made from Malabrigo Nube in the Aquas colourway.

Thrummed Mitten Ingredients

Thrummed Mitten Ingredients

They’re really close, so these are going to be very subtle stripes. Since the thrumming will kind of look like polka dots it’s probably best – don’t want too much going on at once!

Mitten Progress

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Still knitting away at these

 

The mittens are coming along slowly but surely. I’m finding it really difficult to just sit down and get to work on these, even though once I start I enjoy the process. I think it’s a combination of second mitten syndrome (second sock syndrome’s equally despised cousin) and the simple fact that these aren’t for me.

I’m using Knit Picks Palette and it really is great for colourwork. The yarn has a nice grabbiness to it and you can’t beat the colour selection (150 colours!?!).