Wishmakers

Earlier this month, I shared a special skein of handspun that my friend Jennifer sent me. It happened to be her birthday a couple weeks ago and while I was late in shipping her gifts, the idea began in the beginning of August when I first saw Erica Heusser’s Wishmaker Mitts pattern. I knew so instantly that I had to make these for Jennifer that I immediately bought the pattern and ordered the recommended yarn, Magpie Fibers Domestic Fingering from Tolt Yarn & Wool. Normally I try to find substitutes locally, but my mind was made up at first glance with this pattern.

I then embarked on my 3 project program to achieve my best possible colorwork. Come to think of it, I haven’t shared project two yet — whoops! Soon I promise! In any case, with the Wishmaker Mitts in (or should I say “on”) the hands of their intended recipient, I can now share them with you.

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Jennifer loves greens and browns and is an avid gardener, so I had to go that route, of course.

 

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The Harpoon colorway — the brown — is definitely very subdued and understated and I dare say it doesn’t stand out to show off the detail all that well, but the colors are correct for Jennifer, I think, and I wouldn’t change them.

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The green and grey are called Norwegian Wood and Alloy, respectively. I do really love the fluid artistry of Heusser’s designs. You may not remember, but the Passerine Hat I made a couple of years ago was hers as well. It’s the organic, free-flowing design that I so love. It feels like such a welcome departure from the more traditional applications of Nordic design. But at the same time, when paired with…

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The simple & traditional styling on the palms of these mitts — well, I just find them divine all around.

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Even the thumb, the details are just lovely.

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It’s definitely fair to say I had as much fun knitting them as I did giving them away. The pattern is very well-written and easy to follow. There are some longer floats requiring trapping in the colorwork, but nothing out of character from what you’d expect in such a project. The yarn was a perfect match for the project, too, and because it’s available in mini-skeins, there is not a lot of leftover yarn which is often the case with colorwork projects.

Normally I don’t knit for other knitters, knowing that for fellow crafters the act of making is more than half the fun. These, though, as I said earlier, just seemed like something I needed to make for my friend from the moment I saw them. And as I knitted, I was reminded that with gift knits, we knit our thoughts and memories and hopes and — wishes — for the recipient into the items we create. When we knit or spin or create for others, I think that’s a detail only fellow crafters really grasp entirely and thus it’s a special thing when crafters exchange their handiwork — like these mitts or the skein of yarn I received earlier this month or specially hand-dyed yarns. There is a depth there in the giving not just of a talent, but it is truly a part of your heart & mind that you are giving.

I packaged up the Wishmaker Mitts last week, as I almost always do, in simple white tissue paper. And I grabbed a special braid of fiber to go along with them. And off they went with a note reminding my good friend that they are “wishmaker” mitts, therefore when she puts them on, a wish should definitely be made just as wishes and good tidings are infused in every stitch. It seems only right and appropriate, don’t you think?

 

21 responses to “Wishmakers

  1. So lovely. In your personal opinion is it possible to learn this process of knitting from video classes or youtube? thank you

  2. Well-written with loving words, as the mitts are well-knitted with loving thoughts. These are stunning and SUCH a lucky receiver. I just know she will receive them with the love and joy with which they were made. SO beautiful on so many levels. KUDOS.

  3. Sarah, they are wonderful and so thoughtful! And I have gone from never having heard of Tolt’s to having read wonderful things about them twice in one day. Wow! Add them to my list of favorites. 😀

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