In the month that Kate Davies’ new yarn and pattern club has started, I thought it might be a good idea to show you a finished project of her previous yarn club that ran a couple of years back. The Kokkeluri mittens were part of the Buachaille: At Home in the Highlands pattern collection that came out with the release of Kate’s first very own yarn, Buchaille. The club ran in 2015, and was the first yarn/pattern club of this kind that I participated in. Long-time followers might remember I actually started this pattern in or around the same time of the club. I finished the first mitten in what I can remember was a rough week at uni. Possibly there were exams involved. Anyway, I finished the first mitten, was quite chuffed with the result, and subsequently never cast on for the second mitten.
Wait, hold on…what? Yep, second sock syndrome with mittens is a thing. A weird, mysterious and terrifying thing. Over the years occasionally my mind would return to the mitten, I even mentioned it here on the blog a couple of times, sometimes even in the form of a goal of some sorts to guilt trip myself into finishing the mittens. However, one day at the end or beginning of December I found myself in-between projects. I just finished a big project, and had decided on and ordered yarn for a new project, but it hadn’t arrived yet. So I went upstairs to my hibernating-projects box, located the project, located the yarn, started working on it like the adult I really am, and three days later I had a finished set. Just like that. The moment felt equally monumental, fantastical and silly.
I made this in the exact same yarn and colourway as the pattern suggests. I’ve always loved greens in combination with naturals. Islay was my favourite the colour of set right away, for no other reason than that my childhood toy rabbit, which I’ve owned since I was a baby, is the same exact colour.
Similarly, the Kokkeluri mittens were my favourite pattern from the collection, they still are in fact. I like mittens, and I wear them a lot. Curiously though, I haven’t knitted a lot of them. I like mittens because they carry a rich knitting tradition, which I love reading about, and they are a great canvas to play with colourwork motifs. They remind me of all the good bits of childhood winters and nostalgic winter scenes as painted by Rien Poortvliet.
I knitted the mittens as per pattern, save for switching the cuff colours to the opposite colour. When I cast on the second mitten I noticed I had done this with the first mitten, and I honestly can’t remember whether this was a deliberate or accidental ‘design choice’. I had enough left of both colours to go either way, but since I liked it this way equally, I decided to just leave it.
Counting the time between the making of both mittens this is probably the longest I’ve “worked” on a project. I am a fairly monogamous knitter, working from project to project as I finish them, so I don’t have a lot of hibernating projects or works in progress. I do have some, but I try to either come back to them fairly fast after abandoning them, usually when I’ve finished the project that distracted me from it in the first place, or -if I’ve fallen out of love with the project- I frog it. The mitten never made the frog list, but until recently it also never made the finishing list. I’m glad I got it together at last, and the project is now well and truly finished.
I took these pictures at the same time when I also took the project photos for the Brackett hat. So these pictures have the same winter wonderland vibes as in the previous post. In addition to the bracket hat I’m wearing it with my Afmaeli Lopapeysa. The snow is long gone these days, but one can still hope for some more cold days.
I mentioned in the introduction that this month Kate started her second yarn and pattern club. When I first heard about it I wasn’t sure whether I’d sign up for this one. As more and more information came out, I got more and more enthusiastic. You can see were this is going, can’t you? The new yarn turned out to be a tweed, spun in Donegal, and the words “ideal”, “for” and “colourwork” were used in its description. Kate announced the club wasn’t going to be just accessories, there would be an equal amount of garments. Garments! Also there where hints, dear reader! Hints of colourwork yokes. So really, in the end dear reader, how could I resist? By now, three of the patterns have been released, and all of them are colourwork designs so I’m definitely not disappointed! Yesterday Còinneach, the yoke jumper that was hinted at was released and I’m already thinking about different colour combinations. I’m looking forward to see the rest of the collection!
As a final aside before I truly bugger off, you might have noticed I redecorated the blog a bit. I gave the layout a bit of an overhaul. I wanted to smooth out some kinks that had been bothering me for a while, but one thing turned into a whole list of things I wanted to redo and in the end it turned out that it was easier to just redo the whole lot. You can imagine how much fun I am when you’re clearing out the attic with me, we start with the attic and end up I retiling the bathroom! Anyway, the idea was to have a cleaner and more practical blog. I hope you like it!