Could it Really be Spring?

Here in the Canadian prairies, winter goes on and on forever, cold, windy and long. But in one short weekend, we have turned the corner and almost all of the snow has vanished! 

Which, it is to say, makes it harder to focus on winter knits. IT might be time to switch to woven cotton scarves!

In any event, here is what I have on the needles currently. Didn’t realize I was on a bit of a blue run!



Sandinavian style mitt in 100% Peruvian Highland Wool



Braided Cable Neckwarmer in wool and alpaca



Facing the Seemingly Impossible

I set two goals for myself this year: to master stranded knitting and to learn the Brioche stitch. Having taken a workshop on Brioche, I now feel comfortable enough to start a brioche stitch cowl really soon. I would have made one already but I have been fighting with my latest obsession, the Scandinavian mitten.

My original goal was to get back into Fair Isle or Icelandic style of colourwork, but I got side-tracked when I started reading about the origins of knitting in Scotland and the Faroe Islands. Which of course lead to many hours of scouring Ravelry for patterns, where I came across my new favourite: Scandinavian-style knitting. Oh…the triangular ends, the two-colour stranding, the red-and-white colour and wonderful designs! While I have many, many stored in my Ravelry library, it is the Snow Ghost Mittens and Hat patterns by Aimee Alexander of Polka Dot Sheep Publications that I fell in love with.

The whole endeavour wasn’t without its challenges. I started the right mitten no less than five times to find the right size, with increasing sizes of needles and even a brief foray into a thicker yarn. But, at long last, success!!

What seemed so complicated at the beginning fell into place with all of the extra practice with the pattern. The rounds got faster and the mitten grew. so here it is: the right hand mitten!!!

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the bottom side

the top side

the top side

I haven’t washed and blocked it yet so the colours will even out a bit. I am showing today it to my friend Nancy, who claimed the mittens as soon as I showed her the pattern. I am thinking she might expect a left mitten too, so back to the needles.

Happy Knitting, Happy Life.