Saffron mittens

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This knit project is the last of the 2013 Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club – November’s color is Saffron, a gorgeous saturated, fall-toned yellow, in TFA Yellow Label DK yarn (100% superwash merino).

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The pattern, designed for this month’s yarn club color by Julie Crawford, is Pemba Mitts.  It’s knit on US 2 dons to make for a very dense fabric – perfect for mittens.  This was a great pattern – it’s sized well, so that the small mittens (the size I knitted) actually fit snugly (I hate it when my hands slide around inside mittens, they don’t stay warm at all!)  The pattern was interesting and detailed, but actually pretty simple once you got going.  Altogether, the perfect size, design, and finished fabric for mittens!’

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The directions called for wet blocking, and I almost didn’t, because I like how tightly they feel, and the pattern shows off great when they’re on your hands, but I decided I wanted them to look good off my hands, too, so I went ahead, but I blocked them pretty gently so that I wouldn’t stretch them out at all.

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There was lots of yarn left over, and to use it up, Julie also designed a headband, which I think is very clever, but not something I would wear, so I added the leftover yarn to my TFA yarn stash.  Sometimes Tanis designs great multi-colored patterns, so I’m hoping for another one that will let me use up all my scraps!  The perfect stash-busting TFA pattern would use yarns of different weights, but I’m not sure how that could be done – something to think about . . .

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2 comments on “Saffron mittens

  1. These turned out wonderfully, and look so great on you! I don’t like loose mittens either, they don’t keep my hands warm at all.

  2. lovely. the pattern shows of the yarn beautifully. why am i thinking of corn, confetti corn, creamed corn, maize, thanksgiving……um yeah, maybe thats it! but really, brava – they are awfully nice! They make me feel warm and toasty inside just looking at them. best wishes for a happy holiday!

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