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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Clever how life works..... innit??!!!

I succumbed to the amazing yarn at New Lanark Mills, but was somewhat restrained in only buying 1 ball of of the 100% wool in DK, and one ball of the Donegal Silk Tweed, 90% wool, 10% silk in aran weight, with the intention of tension swatching and generally have a looky-feely!!!!!
This is the Aran Donegal Silk Tweed in Damson.

Well....... that all arrived at the beginning of the week and was shushed upstairs whilst I got on with other things (namely the divine CPH which I'm loving making!)

Then last evening, out of the blue, I got a PM on the poultry forum, asking for a favour. A pair of mittens is needed for a friend of a friend who has arthritis and can't get gloves on...... well how perfect is that??????
Believe it or not it's not that easy to find patterns for enclosed mittens, so I've kind of made up my own, which I will write up over the week. These are just a quick fix/stop-gap I think some lovely thin sock yarn mittens would be lovely as we move into the (hopefully!) spring.

So the verdict on the yarn is that it's fab! - It's fairly soft for a yarn of 90% wool content... I don't think you could wear it next to your skin, but it's certainly perfect for cardigans and over-garments. It has a lovely twist and doesn't split at all, and seems to hold a pattern beautifully. And just to cement it's beauty ...... it's a flippin' bargain!!!!


  1. Funny...I've just given in to those prices too! I've got some of the DK and it's lovely! And with yarn so cheap, no project is too expensive!!

    Lovely looking mittens.

  2. I am going to get some of that yarn one day, I have the shade card ready! The mitts look great.

  3. I'm still resisting ;) I love the purple though, and the mitt looks fab!!

  4. arn't you a nice friend of a friend making the gloves. That purple is a fantastic colour. :o)

  5. Noo, you;re a star, thank you for knitting these. My friend will be really happy.

    Gorgeous colour......and so quick. If she'd waited for me to knit them, it would have been next winter before she got them lol.



  6. Noo, you temptress! I'm still trying to hold out and NOT purchase more yarn. BUT IT IS LOVELY;) Blethers swithers ever closer to another yarn purchase...

  7. New Lanark is ace! I have a sweater size pile of pure wool Aran and a single ball of DK waiting for my attention!

  8. Such gorgeous yarn! I've also been seduced by it after Mrs J lead me into temptation on her blog. I haven't bought any yet, but you can bet I'm going to!

    Love the mitts, Auntie N!

  9. Loving those Mittens!! And now i am going to take a look at the Link and you are the only Person i will blame if i buy something!!! As i am looking for a replacement yarn for yorkshire tweed DK. You be in trouble if i find it and have to buy it!!!

  10. catherine7:20 pm

    i m 'the friend of a friend' and i love my mittens!!

    many thanks to you and kathy xx

  11. Go on, buy siome more and join the New Lanark KAL
    You Noo you want to......


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