Wednesday, March 19, 2014

winter's last hurrah







Winter is having a last joke on us. 

A week before the first day of Spring, we in Eastern Ontario were slammed with a huge dump of snow. While I'm as eager as anyone for a breath of warm air or a scent of earth, I'm kind of selfishly happy to have a chance to wear my Dala Mitts a few times before the warm weather truly arrives.

They were made with Brigg's and Little Sport (from my stash). Ravelry notes are here. The pattern is a free one, though not for the faint-hearted. I have appointed myself, officially, as an expert knitter now that I've completed these. Next challenges to attack: steeking! Growing my own dye garden! Raising my own sheep! I tell you, diving into a too-difficult project and actually succeeding gives you confidence like nothing else!

No sooner had I finished my pair, that I cast on for the next pair in the same colours for a friend who insisted she must have her own. I'll knit them happily, knowing how much she'll love them...any horse lover would. But first, I'll be casting on for a pair of special mittens for a special someone who celebrates in April...because, according to the weather report today, we won't see true Spring till the last two weeks of April. 

Sigh.



6 comments:

  1. Your mittens are beautiful! Nicely done!

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  2. Wow - those are some fantastic mitts!

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  3. Happy Spring to the homestead! The dala mittens are stunning and I suspect you might be wearing them for awhile. Ontario has had such a harsh winter we are hovering around freezing today .

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  4. Gorgeous. The mitts and the photos of your sweet babe! S.

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  5. Yes you definitely are an expert! - fantastic mitts (love the nail polish).
    Steeking and hand dyeing with plant colors is on my to-do list also, unfortunately husband not into me having sheep - even a wee little one!! hope you get yours soon.
    Been snowing here in the alps for the last two days.
    Keep warm.

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