My summer travelling project, both in Bath and on Arran, was knitting a pair of sparkly mitts. It all started when my kind friend Roobeedoo gave me a beautiful skein of Natalie Fergie sock yarn with sparkles shot through it. You might think that this would be really scratchy, but quite the reverse – the yarn is very soft.
The pattern is Carthorpe by Rachel Coopey. It took me a little bit of practice to get the gauge right, and to learn the cable pattern which runs up the mitt both on the back of the hand and on the palm – but it was well worth being patient on both those counts, because once I settled in to the pattern it was a great pleasure to knit them.
It’s almost impossible to really show the sparkles in a photograph:
One evening on Arran I was waiting for the Dafter and her friend to be ready, knitting under a hallway spotlight, and in that focused light the mitts were sparkling almost violently. They looked as if they should be worn with a sequinned dress to an award ceremony. The girls oohed and aahed over them.
So if you want to treat yourself or a friend to some special yarn, I highly recommend Natalie Fergie’s sparkly yarn. And these mitts have made our unseasonably cold weather a bit less depressing!
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I seem to recall that there is a major holiday in the USA soon? Here it is business as usual, although last Monday was a holiday down in England. The Dafter has been continuing to tackle the challenges of going to school part-time, and has been keeping up her charity work and babysitting. I will give you another update soon.