More on Cocoa and the Mittens

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Plan B. I promise my niece a pair of cashmere mittens in her favorite color, pink. I order Jade Sapphire Cashmere 2 ply in petal pink from Woodland Woolworks and pair it with some fuzzy pink kid mohair from my stash. Yes, that will make lovely mittens.

But lo and behold! What do we have here hiding in my yarn closet? Yes! I find the Richesse and the Douceur left over from the gray mittens. I get out my digital food scale and weigh the Richesse. Oh boy, I have exactly enough Richesse to make one mitten. I don’t bother to weigh the Douceur because I’m certain I have enough for one mitten.

I asked my niece if she still had the orphaned mitten. I told her I had found my leftover gray yarn and had enough to make another gray mitten. I told her I was still going to make the pink mittens, but if she still had the lone gray mitten, I would make it a mate. Naturally, the orphaned gray mitten had disappeared without a trace. Darn!

So, I make a pair of pink Magical Mittens with cashmere and fuzzy mohair. They are incredibly soft. I wish you could feel them. While I was knitting them, I kept stopping and holding them against my face. I couldn’t believe how soft they were. They might not be as warm as the gray mittens since they lack silk, but they would be hard to beat for softness.

I gave the pink mittens to my niece for Xmas and she was very pleased. Then she informed me that the lone gray mitten had turned up. Hooray! As soon as my better half and I got home from our Christmas trip, I cast on the gray mitten. I got about a third of the way done and was pleased to know that I definitely have enough Richesse to finish the mitten. But, you guessed it, I ran out of Douceur. The knitting gods have once again made their presence felt. That’s what I get for being so certain, so smug.

I’m happy to report that unlike Richesse, Douceur is still alive and well, and the pale gray color known as fog, pictured above, is still available. I ordered some from one of my favorite on-line yarn sources, Judy Alexander at I was notified yesterday that the Douceur has been shipped and I’m now waiting for my yarn to arrive so I can finish the mitten and send it off to my niece,

If you are reading this, chances are you are a knitter, too. So you will understand why I couldn’t order just one ball of Douceur. I only need a small amount for the mitten, but what will I do with the leftover? If I order two balls, says I, then I can make the Ice Queen cowl sans beads. (I don’t do beads.) And while I’m at it, says I, I really ought to get enough Jamieson’s Shetland Ultra for a shawl.

I know you get it.

Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. When I get the mitten finished, I will take a picture of it and post it here on my knitting blog. As soon as I replace the battery in the digital camera. But that’s a story for another day.

Happy New Year to all.



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