Wednesday, January 5, 2011
FO: Alice mittens
Oh, I love them! The pattern is Alice in Wonderland mittens, by Jennifer Lang of Sadie & Oliver. These took a while to knit up, as there are quite a few fussy bits, including long cuffs with a cast-on picot edge, sewn buttohs with buttonholes,
the colorwork of course (palms shown here),
and the lining! In the end the lining was the hardest part to push myself to do--it was basically knitting two whole mittens (lining turned inside out):
But in the end the lining was totally worth it--the mittens are a hundred times warmer, it's so smooth inside without any floats to catch fingers/rings, and the mittens are just poofier and cozier and mitten-y. See the poofiness?
Also fiddly was the embroidery, but this really makes the pattern. Since my piss-poor embroidery skills can't convey what they are: the white rabbit is holding a pocket watch,
and Alice is holding a key. If you don't know why those objects in particular, or why there are roses all over, you should read the books!
The yarn was Silk & Lambswool by Simply Shetland; it contains the fibers mentioned in the name. I reversed the colors on the second glove in case I ran out of the "main" color, but in the end I think there's about half of each ball left over. (My scale's battery is out right now so I can't measure exactly). The lining was the leftover Estelle super alpaca lace paints from my Toronto Shawl, 100% alpaca. Finally, a great use for leftover laceweight yarns!
My mods were to reverse the colors on one glove, and to add the key to Alice's hand. Otherwise, this is a very well-written pattern, and a true pleasure to knit up!
These mittens are off to their recipient, brand new mama to the Beanstalk blanket-recipient, with many wishes for a good fairy-tale life!