Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 4

I created these mitts for the mother of a neighbor. The neighbor gave me one of the greatest gifts I ever received, our dog Kitsune. Kit has been gone many years, but I still miss her, the more because I cannot have a dog until I am in a more universally designed home and can care for a dog on my own without adding to Oscar's (dh) burden. I am glad to be able to help warm her mom.
The mitts sparked an idea for a pattern which I hope to have ready for testing at the end of the week. It will be a set of related patterns using the same stitch with the choice of using one color of yarn, or more than one (it dramatically changes the appearance of the fabric in ways difficult to anticipate, which I find fascinating)
The set will include fingerless mitts, like these but in a finer gauge of yarn, a slouchy hat between a toque and a beret, full mittens, and a cowl, all in 4 sizes. I have one mitten (solid) finished and one mitt (2-colors) almost done. Next up is a hat (solid), then the cowl (3 colors). I am using a luscious yarn called Andean silk; a blend of silk, alpaca and merino wool. The mitts in the photo are made from a wool processed to be machine washable and dryable.

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