Perfect project marriage?
These are what mittens are supposed to be. Cushy and warm and a hug for the hands. It’s the product of a perfect match of pattern and yarn. Needles, too. (More on that in a sec.)
Often over the past year, I have been a lurker during months of the Knitter’s Book of Wool wool-along. Sometimes it’s been too complicated to source the breed-specific yarn, or things were just too nutso to add another project on anything like a deadline. Kind of defeats the purpose of knitting for sanity. So I skipped Targhee back in April.
But lo and behold, the Stash Lounge at the Knitter’s Review Retreat held three skeins of Montana-grown mule-spun Sweet Grass Wool. The two-ply is definitely what Clara Parkes describes as having “a dense, doughy quality.” In a mitten, that’s exactly what you want, especially in New England.
Grove mittens by Jared Flood were originally written for a light-worsted yarn. Some knitters complained that their results were
too small for the average female hand. I’ve been fascinated by the pattern since I first saw them, and decided that the heavy worsted/aran of the targhee on an appropriate needle might fit the bill. I have long fingers, so I imagined I might have to adjust near the top. What looks like a lot of cabling is actually twisted stitches, other than on the cuff, where you can easily learn how to make the traveling rib without a cable needle.
It’s been a long time since I have rated a pattern anything other than “easy.” I would not call these easy, but they’re not difficult, either. I think a Knitty classification between “tangy” and “piquant” works. Not surprisingly, I worked these one at a time.
No pattern modifications whatsoever. The first one fits perfectly, even without a soak. I was too excited to wait to post the pair. As in, giggling with exuberance.
Oh. my. goodness.
I also worked them one one of the three new sets of Signature Needle Arts circular needles I received for Christmas – Size 6, stiletto tip, to be precise. (And these needles are ALL about precision, let me tell you.) They are slick; they are sharp; they are indeed the Porsche of needles for me. (I can only hope that a birthday will result in the upcoming size 3 and 4 needles, sizes I use constantly.)
As soon as these gift mittens are done, I’ll be casting on another pair for me.
I would dearly love to know which kind knitter donated this yarn so I could send her/him a big soft squeeze. Preferably while wearing these.
Bring on the blizzard!