It's been far too long since I've written about knitting, and a lot of knitting there has been...
I spent an afternoon last week sorting through the basket of winter accessories, trying to simplify our cold weather clutter. It was overflowing with hats and mittens that had been worn out and out grown. I love to see how much their little (and not so little) hands have grown from last year. I even found a lone mitten of Luke's from when he was around 4 years old. It's so tiny and I couldn't resist adding it to his keepsake box.
By the time I took out all unwanted items, the basket was almost empty. No mittens? Whatever shall I do?
Luke's mittens were first, one pair in a natural Fisherman's Wool and one pair in Shepherd's Wool. This Fisherman's Wool is fantastic, because it retains the natural lanolin and keeps hands especially warm in wet snow, but the Shepherd's Wool is sooooo soft. This was my first time working with the yarn, and I didn't want to lose any of the softness that can come from dyeing. I also know that white mittens and white snow don't mix, so I dyed just a tiny bit of the skein red for some color at the finger tips. To my delight, the red is just as soft and the rest of the mitten.
I designed these mittens a few years back and they've been my go to pattern for everyone. I love that they're interchangeable, so you don't have to worry about which mitten goes on which hand. I also love the tubular cast on. It's incredibly stretchy and has a beautiful finished edge. The color pattern was thrown in, because I love neutrals with a pop of color! It was a great way to use up the left over bits of yarn from the stash, too.
I've knit these about a bazillion times for my kiddos, but I'd really appreciate having some test knitters make sure they fit appropriately for everyone.
If you'd like to test knit the Adair Mittens, please send me an email at: thesittingtree at gmail dot com and let me know what size you'd like to knit: 2 to 4 years, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, Adult Small, or Adult Large. I'll choose at least one person for each size. I ask that you be able to complete the mittens by December 15th and also be able to try them on the recipient right away so we know that they fit.
What have you been knitting lately?
p.s. Joining Ginny