A year or two ago, Mom & I visited a somewhat local farm that had advertised a selection of handspun yarn, weaving, knitting, felting, etc. While it wasn’t what we were expecting, and definitely not what I was hoping for, I did pick up a few goodies. I found a couple skeins of handspun yarn, direct from the sheep raised on the farm. One skein was an undyed, natural color. I knit Lamb from Scratch with it, about this time last year.
The other skein was a pretty, variegated purple, blue and pink skein. It also had a couple strands of sparkly thread spun throughout.
I have been wanting to knit this yarn for a long time but could never come up with a project I was happy with. Every time I thought I had it, I changed my mind. The yarn isn’t particularly soft so I knew it couldn’t be a cowl or anything like that. I considered a hat, but wasn’t really thrilled about that either.
Which left me wanting to make fingerless mitts. I found the pattern Cozy Thermal Mitts, shown in a yarn with a similar appearance to handspun. I liked how the example looked so I cast on myself.
Are you noticing a trend with the recent items I’ve knit? They’re all simple. Quick. I guess instant gratification is what I need at the moment. These mitts are no exception.
Once I had them knit, I put them on to test them out. I won’t lie when I say I was a bit disappointed when I started feeling a little irritation on my wrists. The mitts are a bit scratchy, not soft like I’m used to.
Originally, the yarn was purchased with the intention to gift something to Sis. Then I never found a pattern. When these were finished I decided I would try them out, see how they looked when complete and then decide. If I was uncomfortable, I knew she would be too. (She’s a very tactile person.)
But I decided to send them to Sis anyway. I think she may be able to wear them over another pair of gloves. She got glove liners from Mom & C at Christmas, and since she lives in Colorado, these would be perfect to slide on over top of her gloves. Added warmth, with the ability to manipulate her fingers. Win-win in my opinion!
I enjoyed the pattern and the textural interest the stitch pattern created. They took a small amount of yarn – I only had 124 yards and I didn’t even use it all (although there’s only a tiny bit left). I would recommend this pattern to those of you who have one skein of worsted weight yarn that you just don’t know what to do with.