A wise old man once said that the best way to get your hands warm was to wash a sink full of dishes. Meh, sorry Dad!
Ha! Then the second best (and preferable) way is to slip on a pair of mittens!
Kith & Kin
This week Sweet Paprika Yarns released Kith & Kin Collection, 8 Mitten Patterns for the Whole Family. Naturally, all 8 patterns feature Sweet Paprika's beautiful hand-dyed and hand-painted yarns.
I am so pleased to have a pattern included in this collection. My design, Macon Mittens, is shown in Minuet, a DK weight superwash merino wool. Minuet is just the right combination of squishy and soft, and the semi-solid colors show off pattern texture beautifully. Macon is a unisex design written for 6 sizes, Toddler thru Adult XL. There is a Latvian braid at each end of the cuff (tutorial link included), and since cuffs are so small, it's the perfect opportunity to learn this technique if you haven't tried it yet. It's a great textural feature and it looks way more complicated than it really is! The back of the hand features a seed stitch and cable pattern that runs to the fingertips. These were fun mittens to design!
There are seven other patterns in the ebook that are sure to please: stripes, texture, fair isle patterning... this collection runs the gamut. Elizabeth and Debbie, the brains and creativity behind Sweet Paprika Yarns, did a great job pulling the collection together to offer great options from designers from around the globe. The ebook of the full collection or the individual patterns are available on Sweet Paprika's website or on Ravelry.
Elizabeth and Debbie have been kind enough to offer a copy of the full ebook for me to give away. Let's make it fun. As publishing time drew near, Elizabeth emailed me and asked me to verify the pronunciation of "Macon". My response was immediately that it "rhymes with bacon". I think we both laughed!
So, if you would like to enter to win Kith & Kin, leave a comment with the word "bacon" in it. I will select the winner via random generator at 10 pm US eastern time on 10/28.