Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mitts and a Winner

Remember the yarn I dyed with hickory nut hulls? It's become these:

Chalice Mitts_1
Pattern: Chalice Mitts, by Julia Trice
Yarn: Valley Yarns Northampton Sport, cream, overdyed with madder and hickory nut hulls
Needles: US3 and US4 dpns

I've been wanting to knit something by Julia Trice for a long time. Her sweaters and accessories are classics—designs you know you'll wear again and again—and always so beautifully photographed. The Indie Design Gift-A-Long gave me the motivation I needed not only to cast on one of her patterns but also to finish in a timely manner. (The Gift-A-Long continues through December 31, with many more prizes still to be awarded.)

Chalice Mitts

I really love the sculptural quality of the lace stitch Julia used for these mitts (as well as for her matching Chalice Cowl). And the cartridge rib at the bottom and top provides the perfect contrast. They're just the right size too—I've worn these out and about all day and am pleased with the length and the fit.

Chalice Mitts_3

I admit, these are a bit of selfish knitting rather than a Christmas gift. But, now that I see how quickly they knit up, I think I might cast on a few more for gifts.

It's time to announce the winner of the Gratitude Giveaway. The Random Number Generator picked comment #96:


Persimmontree on Ravelry, that's you! Congratulations! I'll be in touch on Ravelry. 

Thank you, everyone, for participating by leaving a comment about what you are grateful for. I was touched by all the comments—they gave me much to think about—and I hope you enjoyed reading them, too. 

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