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Early Gifts.

Back at the beginning of November, I spun up the SweetGeorgia Yarns’ Fibre Club. It was a beautiful 100% Wensleydale that I spun as a soft singles. In under an hour, I had a beautiful skein of yarn and I was so excited to knit with it! After washing and drying, the club fibre needed to be re-dyed and Felicia dealt with this hiccup incredibly graciously, as well as quickly! The fibre lost a lot of it’s colour in the washing process but the colours were still stunning. For strength, I fulled the singles after spinning by placing the skein in the hottest tap water I could, then sinking it into cold water and repeating several times.

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After the skein dried, I was still just as excited to knit with it so I decided to cast on a pair of Camp Out Fingerless Mittens. I’ve knit this pattern before and really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d knit it again with this yarn. Per usual, the yarn did not disappoint! It was beautiful to work with – an incredible halo in the finished object is noticeable – and softer than I thought they would be. I suspect the soft-spun singles have to do with that. I caked up the yarn and cast on!

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Pattern: Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by Tante Ehm

Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Wensleydale in November 2016’s Fibre Club: False Creek

Needles: 4.5mm DPNS

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After I finished knitting, I tried them on and realised the length of the mittens I had made didn’t fit my arm very well. I ripped back and added some ribbing for an inch. Also, I added a few extra stitches but they were still a bit tight. I’ve also been wearing my Icelandic Fingerless Mitts a ton and loving the length, so I decided to gift these to my sister-in-law. I was going to wait for Christmas but they were here this weekend and our weather has been ever colder so while we were outside with the kids and I could see her hands were cold, I pulled them out and said, “Here. You need these now!”

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She was so pleased to receive them and comment quite a few times about how warm they were for her hands. They fit her like a dream, and are completely and totally her colours, which is awesome! I have more than enough yarn left to make myself a pair, which I will do this weekend! I’ll share my pair when they are finished!

Until next time,

-r. xo

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