Knittin’ Mittens

Today’s post contains actual knitting content. Today is all about knittin’ mittens (well, gloves actually, but let’s not quibble). I just completed a pair of fingerless gloves for my Aunt Janet who, with my Uncle Tim, moved from Los Angeles to central Wisconsin just in time for the polar vortex. Janet and Tim worked in the film industry for years but they never really came to love Los Angeles. They are Midwesterners at heart and after years of designing and re-designing, they finally built their dream home in Wisconsin, complete with their own ponds for fishing (but sadly no alpaca farming). Of course, as soon as they “retired,” they both got hired for new jobs in two different cities in the South.

This is the second time I’ve knitted the “Evenstar Gloves” by audreym; both times, I’ve used Rowan Felted Tweed DK. This bright green is color #161, “avocado”; the last pair I made was in a light gray-blue (color #165) called “scree,” which is a word taken from the Old Norse word for “landslide” and means “a steep mass of detritus on the side of a mountain.” In spite of its unpromising name, the color was deep and full of tweedy details, just like “avocado” (look closely, for example, for the little flecks of marine blue, dark gray and white tucked here and there in the lime green background). One skein makes two mittens with size 4 needles, and the pattern is well-written and easy to follow. If you are comfortable working cables in the round, you’ll do fine and I think you’ll love the results as much as I have (twice).

I’ve also just cast on a new pair of “Susie Rogers Reading Mitts” — for myself this time. What does a woman living in Los Angeles  (which is currently setting all kinds of records for heat and drought) need with a pair of alpaca “reading gloves”? Good question… but I guess the heart wants what it wants. I’ve been itching to make something out of these two balls of sport-weight alpaca from Blue Sky Alpacas that I bought several years ago simply because I loved the color so much. I’ve had these two skeins for so long, they don’t even use this labeling or logo anymore. Too bad… it’s adorable.

Susie Rogers' Reading Mitts, in Progress
Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts, in Progress

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