Posted by: christinelaennec | August 30, 2014

Sparkly mitts

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.

One sparkly mitt...

One sparkly mitt…

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:

Two sparkly mitts.

Two sparkly mitts.

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.

Sparkly mitt: palm

Sparkly mitt: palm side with heartsease.

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.



  1. You well know I cannot crochet. I cant do cable either! They are fabulous.

  2. Ooh, lovely.

  3. They are a delight I love the cable pattern.

  4. I think you should start knitting classes for some of us less proficient folk in Glasgow! I love your gloves what a lovely pattern and yarn. x

  5. Love them! 🙂 xx

  6. Lovely mitts! I can just see a little sparkle. 🙂 I just bought a skein of Madeline tosh in the color “Rain Water” and it is similar to the color of the mitts, but not sparkly. 🙂 Hoping to make a shawl sometime. Yes, yesterday was Labor Day and it was a new experience having Rachel off of school for the day (since she now goes out for high school) and Andrew as off from his online school so that meant I took the others off of homeschool for the day. We enjoyed a hike in the morning, some pool time in the afternoon (last day the pool is open), and then a family movie in the living room at night. It was a very enjoyable day, certainly one of the nicest Labor day’s we’ve had as we don’t really have any traditions. Now it is back to the “grind”.

  7. Oooooh! They look so soft! A little sparkle is good for the soul. So happy to hear The Dafter is attending school once again and keeping up with work and friends. Your heart must be so full. It’s wonderful. xo Karen

  8. Love the mitts! I bought a simple book on cables and want to tackle learning those this winter. I’m so glad the Dafter is doing so well! Blessings to you and your family!


  9. Thanks everyone for the kind comments, both about the mitts and about the Dafter’s progress. Yes, my heart is full, though I still find myself somewhat holding my breath.

    marksgran, I’m happy to do some knitting with you!

    Heather, thanks for the update about your brood. I’m so glad that you all enjoyed a relaxing day off for Labor Day. I sometimes think that teaching our children to take time out is one of the most valuable things we can do!

  10. very nice mittens! it is always lovely to get the gift of wool from a friend. I am impressed with your cable; I haven’t yet mastered that talent. I’m now back online – thanks for your kind email. Happy September to you and yours!

    • Thanks Alison, cables are really not mysterious, as long as you have a cable needle. Some people do them without the cable needle but that, to me, lies in the realm of mystery. Glad you are back in blogland!

  11. Glad to read that they are soft. I have never had mittens without fingers. They could come in handy, like when one is taking pictures.

    • Kathy our winters are nothing like yours, but I do find fingerless mitts very handy for lots of things. Perhaps in your climate, they could be handy in spring and fall.

  12. I love the gloves, Christine. I will tackle a pair of socks this winter, I think – it’s the one thing I’ve not yet knitted. (My friend gave me some beautiful yarn to encourage me.)

    I’m glad to hear that the Dafter is in school again – and charity work and babysitting, to boot! Fantastic! I’ll keep sending her positivism from this side of the pond. xo

    • Thanks so much, Stacy. All the positivism is very welcome! Good luck with your socks. I have made them, but I really haven’t enjoyed it. Some people love nothing better though!

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