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Happy Birthday Alexander (Adult edition)

My favourite mittens (a goodbye)

My Fiddlehead mittens have been the hand knit I've worn the most. I love the fit. I love the short cuff that covered my wrist but didn’t mess with the cuff of whatever coat I was wearing. I love the colour—colourful but grounded in a neutral. I love that they had a built in liner to keep my hands warm. 

I knew they were perfect the minute I finished them  

I wore these mittens most days in the winter. I rode my bike wearing these mittens even in the coldest weather. (Okay, so they weren’t great below -20C, but that’s asking a lot of hand knit mittens). 

They’ve been repaired and washed and loved. But then they were too worn out to repair (shifting gears on the bike is the likely culprit).

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This year it’s time to say goodbye. 

Sniff. 

I snipped out the liners and added a cuff. They can line some other mittens and live a little longer. But the outer mitt is done. 

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Sniff. 

Yes, I can knit another pair, but they may not be the same. The Tanis kit is no longer available so I might use two colours of the same yarn this time (If you have a kit in stash I will buy it!). Maybe I’ll strand in some kidsilk haze for extra warmth. Maybe I’ll knit something completely different just so I won’t compare. 

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We had eight great years together. I already miss you...

Comments

I bought a great wool/alpaca kit for these mitts at the Peterborough yarn shop. I ageee. These are awesomely warm, perfect mitts.

8 years is a great run for mittens especially with all that riding....love the idea of mohair add in
Sharon

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