Over the past few months I’ve sung the praises of Martine – the creative lady behind the iMake blog & podcast – many times. I live in the middle of the United States and she lives on Guernsey, an island in the middle of the English Channel, so we’ve never met or even spoken to each other, but as co-hosts of the MerryKAL we have been in touch over the last few months many times via email. I’ve also been listening to her podcast & even left her an audio message which she shared on her show. I have been so thankful for her involvement in the MerryKAL — the space she’s provided for the KAL in her Ravelry group has been such great fun. Beyond that, the energy & enthusiasm she brings to everything she undertakes is contagious and so fun to be around. It’s hard to not walk away from one of her projects smiling & excited for whatever comes next. In fact, I find it pretty hard to move at the speed of a mere mortal afterwards. It’s a curse I happily bear!
A few weeks ago, Matine very kindly gifted me one of her patterns: her Twiglet Mitts. I did a stage four stash dive (this was pre-organization, so it was kind of a big deal) to find the perfect yarn. I was looking for something kind of earthy to contrast the lace, so I settled on some Dream in Color Smooshy in the November Muse colorway. I am a big fan of Dream in Color yarns — they are also a US distributor of The Herdy Company, makers of pretty much the cutest sheepy gifts on Earth (they even make a lot of their stuff in the UK — love those ‘local’ manufacturers!). Some day I totally want these.
But I digress.
Anyhoo, Smooshy & pattern in hand, I started out on my Twiglet Mitts the day before leaving on our spring break vacation to Omaha.They were super fun to knit — not too hard, but not boring either. I did the bulk of their knitting in the car to and fro’ our vacation spot. By the time. I got home I had finished my beautiful mitts.
I have thumbs that were made for a hitch-hiker which makes my hands rather wide — it makes me well-suited to piano playing, but I did need to add on stitches to make these mitts fit properly. Have no fear, though, Martine includes easy to follow directions for doing this. She thinks of everything.
The fit could not be better! There is a lot of hype on her Ravelry thread from those who have completed the pattern about the excellent fit of the thumb. I am here to concur that this thumb construction is the best fitting thumb I’ve worked. She really outdid herself perfecting it!
I’ll be announcing the lucky winners of the MerryKAL giveaway shortly — some of the lucky participants will be winning a copy of this pattern. Thank you again, Martine, for contributing the patterns & helping make the April giveaway — and the Merry KAL in general — awesome! For those who don’t win a copy, you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry here. You won’t be disappointed!
For details on my Twiglet Mitts, check out my Ravelry project page here.