I couldn’t resist taking a picture with my latest edition of The Prisoner of Azkaban since the purple of the hat totally reminds me of the Knight Bus!
I hate to admit it, but it’s been ages since I last used my spinning wheel. In fact, the last time was back in the fall when I started spinning this Knit Picks roving I dyed myself.
The colours reminded me of those gorgeous Caribbean sunset pictures, but I thought that realistically they were a little too bold for me….
In order to start making a dent in the stash I figured that my next project should be a sweater. I thought about this carefully and realized that if I start now I will probably (hopefully!) be finished by late winter or early spring. With that in mind I knew I would want something fresh rather than something that screams middle-of-winter-coziness. Which leads me to this…
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.
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.
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!