A while ago, as winter settled in, I hit upon an idea. I knew that Sean had a fair walk from the car to his office in the morning, and that he used that time to catch up on new on his iPhone. I pictured him walking along with bare hands through the fog, crunching over frost and I thought it was time I made him some fingerless mittens.
And so I did. Here they are.
These aren’t just any old mitts though. I knew when I wanted to make them that I wouldn’t be satisfied with just pulling something ‘male appropriate’ from the stash. That would have been SO dull. I needed something to inspire me to get to work and so asked talented Sydney spinner, 1FunkyKnitWit, also known as Margarita, to come up with something wonderful. We chatted back and forth about requirements and off she went. When she sent me this photo, I knew we were onto something. It was as if she’d read my mind.
Before I knew it, the yarn had arrived and I was off. I haven’t knit much with handspun. I’m not sure I have at all. I’ve been wary of it. I haven’t always been drawn to what I’ve seen but this naturally coloured, evenly spun Corriedale merino felt so earthy and rich in my hands that I am now a convert.
And Sean loves them.
This pattern is so odd though. It’s a very popular pattern, the brother pattern of the ubiquitous Fetching mittens. I almost didn’t consider them because they’re just so much a part of the knitting landscape now that I wanted to do something new. But they work and are popular for a reason. A good, solid pattern with a strong, simple cable – but oh wow so much length. I shortened these between the last cable and the thumb because Sean tried them on and they were half way up his arm. I think if I were to do them again I’d shorten them considerably. Who needs that much length in a fingerless mitten?
I also added a thumb gusset to these because I like the look and feel of a gusset, instead of just a hole created for the thumb as the pattern states. It was simple enough – my notes on my Ravelry page detail that if you’re interested.
What amazed me about this yarn is that although it was certainly a little rougher to knit with, the fabric it made was stunningly even and once washed, felt sturdy and yet soft. Not baby soft, obviously, but wearably soft. And I imagine that over time that will only increase.
So thank you, Margarita. Your stuff is wonderful. I’ll be back for more!
A note also on the photos, as in the last post where I posed against the rolling hills of Majors Creek, Sean posed by the old well in the middle of the village. It’s abandoned now but still adds to the charm of the town. Those who said they were curious about Majors Creek, come back in a few days when I’ll show you more.