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Rag-Top Mittens

Making mittens is addictive. My house is a mess. My hair is a mess. We are having hot dogs for dinner. BUT we have very warm hands. It is important to look on the bright side. 

Making patterns is addictive too! I have a new one on my Pattern page today, the Rag-Top Mittens. I like them because they are a graceful shape, a little Nordic in feel and so quick and easy to knit, I can make them for all of my friends :) They’ve got an extra strand knitted into the fingertips and thumb for extra warmth and I discovered some great new yarns in the process.


Usually, my go-to worsted yarn is Cascade 220. I’m always amazed and inspired by the awesome range of colors. Though I still visit Romni Wool in the old neighborhood with alarming regularity, my move to the country means I have a new LYS. I’m sure most knitters who live in country towns are not half as lucky as me; my new shop is the Rose Haven Farm Store. (Oh-la-la!) As it happens, Rose Haven does not carry Cascade. Instead, I got turned on to Ella Rae Classic. Happy accident! Love it! I creates great stitch definition (can’t wait to try it on cables) and has a lovely, soft sculptural quality. The #09 Cream shade that I used is beautifully lustrous, however, I found most of the solids rather flat. Having said that, the heathers are heavenly. I picked up a gray/rose heather that I am currently using for my thrumming project and I’m finding the color rich and enigmatic.

Rowan Purelife Organic WoolI’ve had a life-long lust for rag yarns but have often found them a little coarse and scratchy. I spied a last skein of Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Undyed DK in the sale bin and grabbed it. It is an incredibly soft and delicate yarn and because it is undyed, the shadings are tender and subtle. I immediately got online to see if I could find some more, imagining myself sporting a cleverly cabled pullover, the kind you wear every day. As usual, my imagination got ahead of me. I couldn’t find a single skein. Ravelers who possessed the ‘golden fleece’ were not parting with it at any price. Can it be that it is discontinued?? Perish the thought.

Next up: thrumming!


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