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.
Jennifer loves greens and browns and is an avid gardener, so I had to go that route, of course.
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.
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…
The simple & traditional styling on the palms of these mitts — well, I just find them divine all around.
Even the thumb, the details are just lovely.
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?