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Lopi Smittens


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These fingerless mittens are very comfortable to wear and a joy to knit. They are knitted from Lopi wool. Lopi wool comes from a special breed of sheep from Iceland. It is a pure and honest single twined wool. The example is knitted with a Lett-Lopi thread held double on needles 6mm/US10/UK4/CAN4. It is also possible to use Alafoss Lopi. This is thicker and can be used with a single strand. I love the look of the garter stitch ridges. This is achieved by knitting a knit stitch round followed by a purl stitch round. These contemporary mittens with gusset thumbs are knitted with the Magic Loop method on one long circular needle. You can also knit them on two circular needles or on double pointed needles. When finished they can be washed in lukewarm water and air dried. A night in the freezer takes care of the possible itching of the Lopi wool. The Twisted German Cast-On with a cuff of garter stitch make these mittens stretchy and comfortable around your wrists. Two of the mittens pictured are knitted with all sorts of Lopi scraps and one pair is knitted with a solid colour. GAUGE 14 stitches and 12 rows = 10 cm/4 inch with needles 6mm (US10/UK4/CAN4). SUGGESTED YARN 109 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Lett-Lopi

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My name is Renee and I create many different things. Not being able to specialize in one or maybe even two of my passions, I finally embraced the inevitable fact that I cannot stick to one discipline. That�s a good thing, because I simply have to create! It is important for me to be involved in the whole process of creation, from start till finish. The design begins in my head and my hands make it from my heart. Something with a soul emerges, seemingly out of nowhere. It has been made with passion. The time and thoughts that are part of the process get a special meaning. Not only to me, but also to the one who receives my creation. It means a lot to me when customers recognize this passion and appreciate it. In a distant way, I become part of their lives because of what I made for them. It has been a long journey from the very first knitted doll�s scarf (1970) until the quilts, greeting cards, teddy bears, jewelry, accessories and knitting (today). This journey hasn�t reached its final destination yet, not by far. Every day I learn new things: about techniques, about my products and about what people like and what they don�t like. Gradually I�ve come to realize that it has been good for me to start my own company; this truly fits me like a glove. I am thankful to my father who taught me how to hold a hammer and to make do with what is available. I am thankful to my mother who had the rare gift to be able to make with her hands what she saw in her head. And I am eternally thankful to my maternal grandmother for teaching me the old school crafts.