New Design! Milis Mitts


Milis, now available on Ravelry (perfect photo for St. Patrick’s Day!)

I love fingerless mitts. And I love colorwork. So, this is a match made in heaven.

Milis (which is Irish-Gaelic for “sweet”) is knit in STF Birte, my DK weight superwash Merino, cashmere, and silk blend yarn. Birte is truly next-to-skin soft and luxurious, and they feel FABULOUS on my hands and the more delicate skin of my wrists.

I chose the colors Happy Dance, Good Vibrations, and It’s Not Easy Being Green for my pair (all three colors are in stock). In the depths of winter, a shot of color can be so wonderful. I knew I’d love wearing these bright mitts when it’s cold and dreary outside.


The idea for a new pair of fingerless mitts started percolating in January, while I was designing and knitting Craic. For much of winter in Virginia, full mittens and gloves aren’t really necessary (for me), but fingerless mitts are perfect. They give just that little bit of added warmth and keep the draft off my wrists. Drafts are a funny thing: if my neck and wrists are warm it keeps the cold at bay. Scarves and mitts are my go-to’s for winter.


I wear them while working on the computer (my studio can be chilly!), or knitting while I watch one of my kids sports events, or just tooling around town. I designed Mili slightly longer, so they can be tucked into sweater and jacket sleeves, or even worn with ¾ length sleeves to cover the wrist and forearm area.

Milis can be knit with three colors, as I’ve done with my pair, but can easily be knit with two colors instead. Just knit Color B whenever the pattern calls for Color B or Color C, and you’re all set. If I knit another pair, I could totally see Happy Dance and Good Vibrations (the softer, grayish speckled color on the cuff) together for a more softly contrasted pair.


They don’t use much yarn at all, so they’re perfect for stash busting and using up leftovers from other projects. I was hoping to make up some mitt kits for this pattern, but I Just ran out of time (all that skeining of minis is pretty time consuming). I may try to do some mitt kits in the future, but for now I’m working on a design to use up all or most of the rest of my three skeins, and will publish that in the near future.

Luckily or unluckily, it’s still cold enough in Virginia to wear them. And I know all of my Northern neighbors have enough winter left that this quick little project will still get some use this season. Happy stitching!

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Dyed-to-Order: Chicken Yarn!


Dyed-to-order listings are now closed for these colorways, but read on to hear all about this fun collaboration, the Subscriber Color Inspiration series!

The reaction to the Subscriber Color Inspiration yarn I dyed last week has been fabulous.  Thank you! Originally, I thought that this would be a Lucky Pot color, here and gone. Except, I totally forgot I wrote the recipe down! I’m so used to tracking my recipes, I did it out of habit. Which was a lucky circumstance indeed.


Chicken Chicken, dyed on Aurora

Since I found that I actually DID write down the recipe for this colorway, I’ve been rethinking my plans for the Subscriber Color Inspo yarns (yes, it’s definitely a work-in-progress). I’ve decided they’ll be colors in-between my regular, repeating colorways, and the new one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-seen-again Lucky Pots. I’ll do is a special dyed-to-order update for them, once each month. I don’t want to dye “too much” of any of these colors, but I also don’t want to not dye enough. Because, if a person wants yarn, a person should have yarn, amiright?!


Chicken Butt, dyed on Aurora

These Subscriber Inspired colors will have a limited ordering window,  only available for one week after the color is published. Then they truly will be gone forever. Sayonara, baby.


Chicken Wattle, dyed on Aurora


Chicken Chicken with it’s complimentary colors, Chicken Wattle (left) and Chicken Butt (right)

This month’s colors will be dyed on Aurora, my fingering weight 100% superwash merino single ply yarn. Future colors may be dyed on additional weights – what do you think about more yarn base options? I could, potentially, dye the special Inspo color on 2 or 3 different bases … maybe … still thinking this through. So any thoughts or opinions you have are very welcome! Leave me a comment if you’d like!

Dyed-to-order listings are now closed for these colorways. Thanks to everyone who ordered! This was a big success, and I hope you all love your yarn!

If you’d like to play along on future Subscriber Color Inspirations, make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter (there’s also a link on the upper right of this blog), and then send me a photo that inspires you before the end of each month. I delete all photos at the end of the month, so you can always send me the same photo again if it’s not selected. And, don’t forget, the person who sends me the photo I choose will get one free skein of their special color!