At long last the stand-alone pattern for North Coast Fingerless Mitts is available for all on Ravelry. They were originally designed for Our Back 40, purveyors of fine domestic alpaca yarns, as a kit which is still available.
Since this is WOVEMBER I decided to make a pair using sheep wool, because that is what Wovember is all about. Sheep wool. Alpaca isn’t wool, it is….alpaca. I decided to use Jani’s yarn, Starcroft Fiber Mill Nash Island Light named after the lighthouse not the weight, it is light worsted weight. I showed you the sheep in the last post (you can meet Jani there too, and hear about our Rhinebeck Sweaters).
What colors to choose. I have a lot of them. I chose Sea Glass, a pale turquoise and Raven, a black-navy. Beautiful….But in the morning, I realized that another pair of mitts that will be released later this month are those exact same colors, kind of sort of… and I thought, people will think I have no imagination and always choose the same colors…which might have just been an excuse I used to try another colorway. I’ve been wanting to use two colors that are closer in value…Whelk, which is purple which I usually hate…you know what I always say, get out of your comfort zone…but I like this purple, it leans towards red-violet and it looks smashing with the Raven. I also wanted to swap positions of the lighter color and the darker one. I really like how it is coming along.
Ok. I haven’t finished. Either pair. I would have had at least a single mitt done if I hadn’t changed my mind…but then you couldn’t see both colorways…maybe I’ll try Sea Glass and Whelk together….hahahaha… I’ll never finish a pair!
So….to compensate I offer you a sneak preview of a Travel Tale… The project bag from the cutest yarn shop in PARIS – and all of France I’m betting – L’Oisive Thé et Tricot.