I just blocked two pairs of mitts, one an old pair that has had a lot of wear, and the second a brand new pair for my husband. Both are Anne Hanson patterns of www.knitspot.com
I am a slightly crazy Anne Hanson fan. Which is to say, if she came to the UK I would try to persuade her to stay with us and would follow her round her yarn shop crawl and sign up to every class she was giving. She would be pretty freaked out! But her patterns are just so beautiful! And so clearly written. And so much fun to knit. She has over forty years of knitting experience, whilst also having trained as a speech pathologist which is what I am too (although here we go by the title speech and language therapist). Maybe it’s to do with that training that she writes such clear patterns. I often find I’m wondering what a designer means in an instruction and end up trying it out to see, or trawling the internet for clarification. Not so with Anne’s patterns. Beautiful, intricate stitch work written without ambiguity. You can sit back and watch the patterns magically emerge. You bind off and you have a gorgeous finished object which you’ll wear and wear.
That’s been the fate of the wussy pillow mitts, made from gorgeous yarn from Babylonglegs. The yarn has worn really well and is soft and has a depth of colour which is striking and which it hasn’t faded over time.
I hope that will be the fate of the Peu Borgeons mitts, made in yak yarn from Anne Hanson’s Bare Naked Club 2012. I have to confess that I did get second mitt syndrome on this one. It’s a satisfying pattern and really simple. Maybe a bit too simple on this occasion, although I did make an error (the row of purl you can see half way up. My husband agreed we could make it a design feature; this way they really are unique… I’m pleased with how they came out though, and that yak wool is really special. So warm, and check out the colour – these are undyed – that’s how it comes off the animal. Ben always has cold hands so these are going to get lots of use, especially while he works on his computer.
I’m definitely a convert to fingerless mitts, especially long ones. I’ve found they are pretty versatile and I feel a bit special in them! And just the right kind of project for a special single skein of yarn.