Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Some Northern Stripes. . .
I'm taking a small break from the garments to knit something smaller and definitely faster. You can never have too many pairs of mittens when hiking in English rain. Even though I have a pair of high-tech waterproof gloves, the water inevitably finds its way in, soaking your gloves from the inside out which leads to very, very cold hands. This makes for utter walking misery. If I know it's going to pour, I've gotten into the habit of always bringing at least three pairs with me.
This pattern is by Sarah Hazell from the March 2015 issue of Knitting magazine. It was called "Cozy Angora Mittens" but these were knit with the Peer Gynt wool I bought in Norway. It's a very decent, hardworking yarn that isn't the softest, but feels quite durable. I changed the stripe sequence and omitted the tree pattern on the front, but kept the slip-stitch cuff. It forms a lovely texture and feels quite snug against my wrist which will hopefully keep those pesky raindrops from sliding inside. I have plans to knit a larger pair of mittens with some Herdy wool, reputed to be very waterproof, but rather coarse against the skin. The plan is to wear these mitts inside the other pair for some added warmth and protection. We shall see if that works. One member of our club swears by her black dish-washing rubber gloves which she wears over a pair of mittens.