Hopefully by the time this post goes live, my mum will have received a package in the mail from me. Inside the package will be a bag, a bag that I made. When I posted recently that I’d learned to make a lined drawstring bag, mum asked if I could make one for her. I chose some fabric in the Addicted to Fabric sale a few days later and here it is. I also made one for my sister, Adele from the same fabric.
Inside the bag are some fingerless mittens my mum asked for, before she asked for the bag.
My mum suffers from arthritis in her hands and like me, uses her hands a lot. I think winter must be very hard for people who use their hands but suffer with pain. So when mum asked for some fingerless mittens in something light and warm, I thought immediately of the Felted Tweed I made my Coraline cardigan out of. In the weeks since I finished it I’ve loved how light it is to wear but how very warm it is. It’s the alpaca in the mix, I think. It seemed the perfect yarn for mittens that could be worn while working at the sewing machine.
So these are Cranford Mitts, a great pattern by Jane Lithgow, who I was fortunate to be able to meet a few months ago at RoseRed’s baby shower when she was visiting from London. I made these for mum not only because they are a lovely pattern, but because, like me, she’s a big fan of the adaptation of the novel by the same name, Cranford. The Elizabeth Gaskell miniseries was one of the best things to come out of the BBC and the pattern’s nod towards women wearing something nice to keep their hands warm was a fitting tribute that I knew mum would appreciate.
I made no modifications except to up the needle size to 3.5mm because the yarn was heavier than the pattern specified.
It’s a lovely, simple pattern that took a few short days to complete. Hope the Felted Tweed warms your hands so you’re able to keep working, Mum.
Special thanks to my sister, Fee, for modeling them at my birthday morning tea.
Ps edited to add – they arrived and she loved them.