I'm taking a mittens class right now to improv my skill. That's right, I want to IMPROV. Specifically, I'd like to learn to work without a pattern. Wouldn't it be great when you fall in love with a yarn, to know exactly what to do with it? No more spending countless hours searching for a pattern.
This handspun, pure wool yarn from Uruguay is a heavy worsted weight with thick and thin stranding. The company, Manos del Uruguay, is a non-proft organization dedicated to bringing opportunity to rural women. I love the fact that one skein makes a pair of mittens, so the cost is quite reasonable.
Our class assignment last week was to create the cuff. The teacher had several suggestions. To me, this autumn-colored gold called out CABLE!!! I chose to make a sort of fake-cabled cuff that is actually quite easy as it does not use a cable needle.
For the hand, I knew I wanted glorious, honest-to-goodness real cables. I looked through a stitch book and found a cable stitch I liked and just knew it would be perfect.