Monday, June 11, 2018

Sweet Nectar Mittens

Everytime I finish a knitting project I get so anxious to start the next knitting project. There is something about the relaxation that comes over me when I am knitting that I really love. It's also quite lovely that you get a beautiful, finished garment or accessory out of this relaxing art. 
I started these mittens after I finished my Paloma cardigan in April. The pair of mittens, including the lining, took me only about 3 weeks to make. I really should start keeping track of my knitting hours to better have an understanding of how long the project actually takes me to make. I usually knit in the evenings, while watching TV, but sometimes knit during the day, too.
I knew I wanted to make a gift for a friend to give later in the year and mittens seemed like the logical choice. When I saw these Sweet Nectar Mittens I knew that they were what I was meant to be knitting for her. Anxious to begin making them, I went to my local yarn shop and found the perfect yarn. I wish you could feel how soft these mittens are. 

sweet nectar mittens

The palm side of the mittens is a repetitive motif with a fun detail on the thumb and a heart at the tip of the fingers. The fact that the self-striping yarn yields a lovely blended color pattern adds to the overall beauty of the mitts. I have to admit I followed the lead of the designer and chose a yarn similar to what she used. I loved the idea of one color fading into the next. 

Image result for noro shiraito color 30

I also knew I wanted to line the mittens with the same Mohair yarn that I had used in my Fiddlehead Mittens.  I was so happy when I saw that the Rowan Kidsilk Haze came in the perfect color to line these mittens.

rowan kidsilk haze

The very fine yarn is held double when knitting the lining, which creates a soft layer of warmth and a surprising pop of color.

I started these mittens at home, worked on them in Wisconsin (at retreat) and Arizona, while visiting our son over Mother's Day weekend, and finished them in the car on the way home. I really love stranded knitting (colorwork). This pattern was well written and easy to follow. The mismatched, coordinating motifs on each mitten is fun and hopefully will brighten those long winter days for my friend. My daughter-in-law's table decor was the perfect setting to snap a progress photo.

sweet nectar mittens

Mitten Stats:
Pattern: Sweet Nectar Mittens by Tanis Lavallee
Yarn: *Noro Shiraito color 30 
          45% Cashmere/45% Angora/10%Wool
          50 gr/180 meters
          *Sublime color White
          75% Merino/20% silk /5% Baby Cashmere
          50 gr/127 yards
          *Rowan Kidsilk Haze color Alhambra
          70%Mohair/ 30% Silk
          2x 25 gr/230 yards
Needles: Addi Turbo Sock Rockets size US 3 32" circular needles
           Knit Picks 5" Caspian Wood DPN size US 3


Robby said...

Those are really gorgeous! And that mohair and silk will keep fingers cozy. Lovely job.

Debbie said...

Boy these are beautiful. I can't even imagine one would make something - and cool about the lining. wow

Susan Snooks said...

Absolutely beautiful Di. I love the soft colours, the subtle design and how soft and warm they look. Your friend will love them instantly!