These were designed for a fantastic knitting retreat sponsored by The Net Loft, in Cordova Alaska. It was one of the most memorable experiences in my life, If you ever ever get the chance, you have to go to No Road Cordova, where the fish is fresh, the scenery spectacular and the people are fantastic – creative, warm and welcoming! You can see some my the pictures here…that water I’m diving into is Crater Lake, an alpine bowl with crystal clear freezing water. Wonderful!
The famous indescribably delicious Copper River Salmon come from Cordova and so these mitts are covered with fish, a school of them swimming upstream!
My opinion of fingerless mitts was once much like my early opinion of cowls, I just didn’t understand them, like why wouldn’t you want fingers? I’ve come to find out just how useful they are, especially living in a place like Maine, and living in old drafty houses. It is nice to have free fingers, so you can use them – indoors and out! Plus – they’re cute. So there.
I used yarn by local Cordovan talent (and new mommy) Shelly Kocan, dyer for The Net Loft’s own Snow Capped Yarns; Old Salt Collection – Egg Island Fingering. The rich dark blue of the water is called “Stormy Seas” and the green fish are in “Sea Change”.
And because I can, I made them in a different colorway too. And larger. Just by using thicker yarn you get a different size. The pair above uses 2ply jumper weight in Jamieson and Smith’s newly reintroduced minty color #71, the color of lobster boat trim and a sheepy grey #21. They just matched the driftwood I found on the beach!
So hurry on over to Ravelry today and get fishing!