it’s funny what inspires a design . . . when asked to create a pair of fingerless mitts for the Y4S NOT SO SOCK CLUB 2010 that would be appropriate for a “my fair lady” themed kit, my very first thought was that i wanted to put a pleated hem at the cuff.
why that?? i dunno—that detail just seemed to exemplify everything about a mitt that a victorian flower seller would wear.
as it turns out, that pleated hem is the most remarked-upon feature of the design—which brings a secret smile to my heart every time it’s mentioned, because it’s my favorite thing about them, too.
well, besides the yarn, that is—this year, i was once again paired up with kim from the woolen rabbit as my yarn collaborator and she came up with a color so fresh and true-blue that i was a little scared at how perfectly it matched the idea i was carrying in my head. every stitch of this project was a complete pleasure; it just sings out that spring is on the way, paraded in by with lady slipper, cornflowers, larkspur, lupine, campanula, forget-me-nots, and all of their blue, blue sisters.
shown here: size small, in woolen rabbit lucent, a merino/cashmere/nylon blend with a gorgeous sheen, in colorway lady slipper. it’s not in kim’s shop yet, but if you plan to attend SPA knit and spin this weekend, she will have plenty of this yarn and the pattern in her booth. everything will go up in the online shop when she returns on monday.
you know, kim and i have collaborated on many, many projects by now, yet each time i am awed by our synchronicity. it’s as if we are seeing the project with the same set of eyes; she possesses a fearsome level of artistic insight and intuition (it actually sends a little shiver down my spine—but in a good way). thank you kim, for the way you open your heart and mind to possibility! if you haven’t yet been to kim’s shop, please visit—you will be enthralled.
we were so lucky to have phoebe and claudine on board to test knit this design; many thanks for their help and feedback on this pattern. we could not get along without their patience and good cheer for working with projects in progress.
once again, i must say that i’m blown away by the beauty of this photo shoot—david and kim really know how to make knits look great, don’t they?