In French, bucheron means “wood cutter” or “lumberjack”. My Bucheron Mitts are in the Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits which should be on the newsstands now.
I was delighted to find they are the lead project for the “Out by the Woodpile” story with a stunning double page spread…where the model is actually handling wood. Yay! The colors were inspired by the brown of Carharts and the red of old barns accented with the ocher of winter-faded grass.
I designed the mitts to be sturdy enough to really use while stacking wood, thick enough to repel splinters, but with fingers free. Let me tell you, I wish I had them now because it is wood stacking time again here in Maine. The yarn is Harrisville’s new Watershed line which is heathery, beautiful and strong – perfect. Yet Bucheron are pretty enough for a weekend in the city. Again, I wish I had them so I could wear them to A Gathering of Stitches in Portland Maine, where I’m teaching this coming Saturday November 23rd. I will bring the magazine along though!
Those of you who know me know that there is a lot of time and talk devoted to wood around my house. We cut it, split it, stack it and burn it for winter fuel. Each one of us has our own idea about the proper way of doing things. We are not alone in this obsession – last year Norway broadcast a 12 hour long television show devoted to burning wood. Four hours dedicated to chopping, splitting and stacking offering many differing opinions. The final 8 hours are left for live action wood burning. EXCITING! (link: Norway’s National Firewood Night)
Here’s Sophie in front of one of our woodpiles, wearing a family favorite – Cabled Chullo.
What about your family – any wood obsessions?