Snowfling Mitts

It seems so appropriate that I write about my Snowfling Mitts today. Yes, today on March 12, 2014 I awoke once again to snow. Tonight promises record low temps near 0F. It isn’t unprecedented for these parts to be this cold this late in the year, but it has been a l-o-n-g winter. It’s nature though, and there’s nothing we can do about it. So…if you can’t beat ’em, make a new set of pretty mittens!

Snow now seems like an appropriate theme.

detail of snowflakeI’ve been doing a lot of contacting different shops, dyers, and yarn companies about sponsoring a couple giveaways for the Socks with Sarah KAL. Fortunately/unfortunately, there has been no avoiding some personal shopping while attempting to acquire items for this purpose. I’ll talk in more detail about in the next few days, but suffice to say Tanis Fiber Arts is one such shop. I carefully selected a couple skeins of sock yarn and as I was literally about to checkout when on a whim I clicked on the button for kits. And I saw the Snowfling Mitts kit. I had just been talking with a good friend about colorwork mittens and we had been ooohing & ahhhing over these mittens. Somehow one of these kits wound up in my cart and shortly after in my hands.snowfling mittsAnd now they are on my hands. I love that the snowflakes are a classic motif and yet presented in a modern way, just like a real snowfall.

palm side mittThe palm even side has a delicate, simple snowflake pattern.

cuff detailThe cuff has a beautiful arrow pattern and the picot edge is just a perfect touch.

Β I followed the pattern exactly except for how I finished the picot edge & attached the gorgeous merino/cashmere/nylon lining…

liningRather than sewing down the picot edge & then attaching the lining, I just did it all at once — tacking down the picot edge while picking up the lining stitches. Isn’t the gold lining beautiful?

This project was two firsts for me. I had never tried a Tanis Fiber Arts pattern before. I found it very well written & easy to follow and the fit of the mitt is perfect. I am already looking ahead at using more patterns from Tanis LaVallee including but not limited to her Smokestack Socks and Business Casual Socks as well as the Fairview Scarf. And please, don’t get me thinking about the Coolbreeze Sweater Kit. I beg you.

The other first was the Tanis Fiber Arts yarn. The kit contained both Yellow Label DK weight yarn for the outer colors and Purple Label Cashmere Sock for the lining. Both were a dream to work with. I could tell from the photos that the Garnet (red) yarn in this kit would be beautiful, but the subtle depth of its rich color really was more than I even imagined. It is truly, truly beautiful.

All in all, these mitts were a joy to knit and are luxurious to wear. Thank goodness the weather has taken another turn toward wintry conditions so I can use them? Yes, that’s my sentiment. It’s March 12th, let it snow a little more. Why not? I have pretty new mittens to wear.

For my Ravelry project page for these mitts, click here.

31 responses to “Snowfling Mitts

  1. I *just* started a very warm earflap cap for my littlest this week (at her request as the old one is now too small)…it was in the 50s on Monday….my knitting is thankful for the return to cold again (I suppose!). I LOVE the contrasting lining & the picot edge of your mitts. Lovely lovely!

    • Honestly, I don’t mind that winter sticks around. The spring weather can be taxing on my joints, so putting that off a bit is fine by me! Although I did just order a new walking stick, so I suppose spring can show up once that arrives — LOL!

      I will admit that I am addicted to lined, colorwork mittens — they are so warm! I also must confess the gold lining is what sold me on these. So. Pretty! *And* they are a cashmere blend — really, how could I say no to that?

  2. I’m desperately coveting these mittens! though I would probably go for the ones with turquoise. They’re just so pretty, and classic! I love the picot edge and the little pop of gold for the lining! I am so super jelly right now, I can’t even tell you πŸ˜›

    • So, funny story. I actually originally ordered the turquoise. Within about 5minutes after the impulse purchase, I realized that blue-lover that I am already had blue colorwork mittens and a red hat with no coordinating mittens. So, full of shame & embarrassment I emailed Tanis and asked if she could switch my order to the red kit. She was super, super nice about the change. And now I have mittens to match my fave red hat. :). You really can’t go wrong though. These yarns are too beautiful!

      • I have that same problem! I recently ordered four different blue spinning fibers in a row, and them realized that I needed to step away from the blue before someone got hurt (or just sick of my favorite color)

      • For fiber, I started doing a fiber club last year and I love it because it insures I have a variety. For yarn, I try very hard to utilize the rainbow and for the most part I’m pretty good at remembering what I have. Keeping my stash up-to-date on Ravelry really helps me keep an eye on it, too. πŸ™‚

  3. Your mittens are lovely. It’s up at 20 C (!) here so unseasonably warm so not really mitten-knitting weather but seeing these beauties I’m tempted to get ahead for next winter!

  4. Those have to be the most beautiful mittens I have ever seen! Love the gold lining.

    When it comes to patterns I’m trusting you implicitly! The Churchmouse socks were a joy…loved learning to knit them. I made two pairs using that pattern. Now I’m trying the Hermione pattern and It’s not going so well. I’ll get through it, but I’m not looking forward to doing the second one. Definitely much harder to understand.

    Considering that would I just have a terrible time knitting some of those gorgeous Snowfling mittens?

    • They are stranded colorwork, so that might be a new technique for you. I would recommend getting some practice with it before hopping into the mittens – it’s not that it wouldn’t be a good first colorwork project, just that it might feel like a lot of pressure to get it *just right*. A good small first project would be Churchmouse’s Colorwork Cuffs. They are a small project with great repetition. Colorwork is one of my favorite techniques, but it does take some practice to get the hang of. πŸ™‚

  5. So pretty! I was in Philly this past January and finally learned why people line mittens: if I ever move someplace cold, I think I’ll make lined mittens in batches!

  6. Gorgeous mittens, they seem like a perfect answer to a long and dreary winter. The little peaks of yellow from the lining are just great against the red and white of the outer mitten. Simply beautiful.

    • Agreed! The yellow is what sold me on the kit. A lot of times I don’t bother with kits, but is knew I couldn’t beat this one for awesomeness.

  7. I have knit several pairs of Business Casual Socks. I love this pattern; it works so well with tonal yarn and the raised cross-stitches make for a very well-fitted sock.

    • I just do what the patterns tell me to do – we can thank Tanis from Tanis Fiber Arts for these beauties – her yarn & design make me look brilliant. πŸ™‚

  8. Love these mitts! I have never had much luck with colour work but I am going to try the Churchmouse pattern you recommended (thanks for sharing!) at some point then these mitts. I am knitting the Business Casual Sock and the pattern is very well written imo. Loving them so far!

    • I find that the biggest hurdle in colorwork is settling on a good way to hold your yarns. I hold one color in each hand and it took a bit of time and experimenting with how I hold my yarn in the hand I don’t usually hold yarn in to find a comfortable position that maintains proper tension. There are tons of options, so experiment a lot! You’ll be surprised what works!

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