Note: Mentally insert Jaws music here.
Doh! Yeah, he bit (and paw thwacked) the mittens (wish I'd gotten a better picture with more teeth showing) : ) I had to retreat for a bit to preserve the puncture free state of my fingers...
He was probably getting me back for this:
Don't they look like furry feline Marge Simpson impersonators?
Thrummed Mittens (Interweave Knits, Winter 2006)
Shaefer Yarn Company Lola, 100% Merino Wool Superwash (280 yards / 114 g per skein), what I'm calling "rooster colors," 0.46 skeins
merino wool roving for thrums (~ 1 ounce)
US 3 & 5 dpns
I knit these pretty much as directed except I started the thumb a bit earlier (I didn't figure out I liked this better until the second one, so I did surgery to remove the first thumb and reattach it - fun stuff). I like the wild combination of yarn and thrums. The only thing I wish I'd done differently was to make the thrums more robust. From the written description of thrum making in the pattern, I thought I was making my thrums on the large side... little did I know. Unfortunately, they don't do a great job of blocking the wind as they are, so I may try to use a crochet hook to add more fiber to my thrums at some point.
However, if we have any really cold days in the immediate future, I will be reaching for these gorgeous things in lieu of the ones I made:
Can you believe my luck! Rosina made me the cushiest, warmest, most all around wonderful thrummed mittens for Pay It Forward. She saw them in my queue and started before she knew I was making some, and I'm so glad she did!
Just take a look at these (Moana helped me unwrap them):
Now, those are real thrums! (compare to my stringy, anemic ones above) ...and they are so buttery soft (being BFL, and all). The yarn (Berroco Ultra Alpaca) is super soft, too!
But what's this?
She also made me a bag ! The wool fabric is recycled from a skirt. It is definitely perfect for "toting around a small project" (as she suggested in her note to me). Check it out:
I love the lining, and it matches the mittens so well:
I am so impressed with everything! (I hope my downstream PIF folks aren't disappointed with my meager offerings - don't worry guys, I didn't forget - they're in the mail!)
Since I'm already exceeding all rational limits for photos, I'll save my Entrelac Wrap reveal and some other stuff for a future post (hopefully soon).
Now for a few more gratuitous cat/mitten shots courtesy of Bug (cue the Jaws soundtrack again, if you wish - those mittens are sneaky!):
Yep, Bug thinks they're pretty darn comfy, too : )