Aspen is a name that embodies luxury and nature. These mittens were created to be functional and beautiful, use tradition and innovation, and be relaxing. Winter is my favorite season. Snow, layering sweaters, and pretty accessories make it so much fun. These mittens are done in traditional Fair Isle motifs, winter colors, and chunky soft alpaca yarn. They are a great gift or perfect as a treat for the knitter. They are simple enough to work quickly, the yarn allows the pattern to be easily visible, but they have a couple of challenging pieces to keep your interest. There are some long stretches where the yarn needs to be carried with floats.
Unlike traditional Fair Isle mittens, the pattern wraps around your hand, keeping your attention on both sides. Technically, these would be stranded colorwork, but that is quite a mouthful for a piece made with traditional intent. You will also learn a two-color cast on and colorwork braids, two-handed Fair Isle knitting, carrying floats, and the after-thought thumb. I hope you will join in our adventure to create beauty and function with a nod to tradition.
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I learned to knit from my grandmother when I was 6. She started my love of crafting with knitting, embroidery, sewing, paper dolls and beading. My focus in life has always been big picture, so I find great pleasure in spending time with detailed projects where I can loose a day in the enjoyment of the project. Knitting is my first love, because of the adaptability and variety. I enjoy lace, fair isle, stranded and garment knitting. Designing patterns is always something that I have done for myself, designing for a larger audience is my next challenge. I teach knitting at Fancy Tiger, instructing in 101, 201 (hats), lace, fair isle, socks and specialty classes. I also volunteer teach knitting at The Gathering Place, a local day shelter. I get my beading fix by making stitch markers, which sell locally and on etsy. Lately, I have been hand sewing with applique, beads and reverse applique in Alabama Chanin style. I live with the love of my life, my very supportive husband, Bill, and our chocolate lab, Roscoe, who runs a close second in my adoration. We spend time hiking, biking, camping and enjoying the beautiful Colorado mountains when I am not crafting.
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