Mitten Smitten!

Who doesn’t like a pair of cosy mitts to knit when it’s hot and humid outside? I certainly do!  Especially when they are as delightfully medieval-y as these Tortoise and Hare gauntlets by Kate Davies. They make me think of cool autumn days to come, skipping through crispy golden leaves *sigh!*


I’m knitting these lovelies on 2.5mm and 3mm needles in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, in 4 colours: Chartreuse, Eesit, Thyme and Paprika. I’ve been wanting to try this yarn for ages, having heard loads about it via the excellent Knit British podcast (there’s a great interview in episode 30), so I was delighted when I just “happened” to spot some while browsing in new-to-me LYS Spun in Huddersfield during a trip to the UK last week!


I’ve also picked up my Cille Bluse again by Lene Holme Samsøe. This is an easy knit, but I did the whole of the front before realising I’d done it on the wrong size needles and had to start again! It’s knitting up lovely though in BC Garn Shetland Uld- I love the spiral design.


I’ve been spinning up a lot of marled jacob wool recently that is absolutely gorgeous, and now I’m experimenting with some natural black finnish breed wool with the view to creating a loose cosy cardigan. I spun a chain-plied super chunky yarn and knit a swatch on 10mm needles, but it’s not quite what I’m looking for as it’s too dense and defined. I wonder if a 2ply would work better. If you’re a spinner and have some ideas and tips for creating a lofty yarn, let me know!

innocent pleasure shawl-001

The last thing I want to show you is a finished object! I have been working on a test knit for Iglinz Crafts, the Innocent Pleasure shawl, which is finally done! I absolutely love it- it was an interesting and beautiful knit, and I got to use my skein of Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish Sock in the Je Suis Prest colourway. I knit the shawl on 5mm needles intending to see how far the skein could go, and I ran out after 3 pattern repeats, so I did the edging in Woolyknit 4ply Classics in Navy, which matched the flecks of dark blue in the shawl body. I wore it out to a folk festival the very next day, and it was a perfect wrap on a warm breezy day over a tshirt :)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Rosie x

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