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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Finished Object: Caragh Sweater


Caragh, in her Caragh, knit in STF Brigantia in Scrimshawl

At long last, I finished my Caragh Sweater last week. I was a test knitter for Laura Nelkin for this pattern. Well, I was supposed to be a test knitter. Good thing she had a lot of other test knitters this time around, because sadly, I was a complete fail on this deadline.

As always, this was a fun pattern to knit. I love Laura’s patterns, because they’re always unique in construction. Caragh, like Vindur and Gola, is knit side to side, and then back and forth along the sides and under the sleeve. Caragh is fun because there are cables on the sides, and around the neck.


It’s a really good pattern if you’re knitting in a place where your focus is or could be scattered. Kids sports events, or knitting groups, for instance. Since the body is stockinette, and it’s all knit first, there’s plenty of knitting that can successfully be done in these types of settings, because all that’s required is a bit of increasing / decreasing / shaping. Then you can save the cabled parts for later, when you’re home (if you’re like me and sometimes mess up your stitch patterns because you’re paying too much attention to the conversation or sporting event 🙂 ).


I love these side-to-side sweater patterns Laura has created, and have knit Gola (which I DID test knit for Laura, in the timeframe she needed 😉 ) and Vindur as well. The addition of cables up the sides and around the loose turtle / cowl neck really adds to this design, too. Caragh loves her sweater, which makes me a very happy knitter (and Mom).


Laura’s recent Faded Gola has me, once again, thinking about another sweater. I love the Gola I knit for myself, and I love the speckled / faded color kits I’ve been putting together this Fall. So, there might be another Gola on my needles one of these days!

PS I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’ve added Gift Certificates to my online shop! Perfect for the choosy yarn lover who likes to pick his or her own colors. You can get them here.