Year of Mittens: December Mitten

December 1st is here! Winter temperatures have finally hit Philadelphia, and we’re delighted to have a new pile of mittens to choose from when braving the colder temperatures.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

The December Mittens are built for warmth, durability and comfort. Inspired by traditional gansey patterning, the cuff of the mitten begins with a Channel Island Cast On, a traditional, firm cast on with slight texture that is commonplace in many Gansey deisgns.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

The top of the hand is worked in a traditional gansey pattern, and the palm utilizes a texturized broken ribbing. Much like the original gansey garments, these mittens are worked at a slightly denser gauge, which provides a nice, structured fabric on both front and back.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

I originally envisioned the mittens in Derwentwater, as navy is a traditional color of ganseys, but when we received our new Cumbria Fingering colors for fall, I knew the final sample had to be made in the new mid-tone blue, Coniston.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN: The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering: Coniston, 1 skein.
GAUGE: 30 sts + 48 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in broken rib pattern, after blocking.
NEEDLES:
1 - set US 1 (2.25 mm) dpns.
NOTIONS: Stitch marker, tapestry needle.
SIZE: 10.75” (27.25 cm) total length, 8.25” (21 cm) circumference.
SKILLS: Working knit/purl patterning from charts, Channel Island Cast-On.

USEFUL TIPS:
• For a tutorial on the Channel Island Cast On, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on working from charts, visit our Charts Series here
• For a tutorial on cabling without a cable needle, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on picking up stitches from waste yarn to work the mitten thumb, visit our tips and tricks here.

KW Year of Mittens December Mitten in The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering

You can buy the individual pattern via our pattern page here, or on Ravelry here. If you are a subscriber to the full year of patterns, your update notification should be waiting for you in your inbox!

Designer Feature: Second Grace by Bristol Ivy

Bristol Ivy's latest pattern Second Grace is a departure from her typical designs that feature lovely geometric details and unique stitch combinations. Designed using The Fibre Co. Cumbria, Second Grace is a pullover with a simple shape featuring an intricate colorwork yoke.

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The design's name was inspired by Nick Drake's Second Grace album, which I'm thoroughly enjoying while writing this blog post. 

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If you attended Rhinebeck last month you may have spotted Bristol in her Second Grace sweater. Maybe, like Meghan, you were able to rub elbows and get yourself a photo with her too? I still wish I could have checked out the festival. There's always next year! 

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SPECIFICATIONS
YARN: The Fibre Co. Cumbria: 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins in Nutkin (MC), 1 skein in Appleby Castle, 1 skein in Buttermere, 1 skein in Castlerigg, 1 skein in Helvellyn, 1 skein in Scafell Pike, 1 skein in Windermere
GAUGE: 19.5 sts and 28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch in middle needle, after blocking
NEEDLES: US 7 / 4.5 mm,  US 8 / 5 mm, and US 5 / 3.75 mm.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 31.25 (34.5, 36, 39.5, 42.75, 46, 49.25, 50.75, 54.25, 55.75, 59)”/ 79 (87.5, 91.5, 100, 108.5, 116.5, 125, 129, 137.5, 141.5, 150) cm bust circumference, after blocking
Sample shown in size 39.5” / 100 cm with 2.5” of positive ease.

You can view more images and purchase the pattern via the listing on Ravelry here
For a LYS that may carry The Fibre Co. Cumbria, visit our stockist page here

I want to knit this and am adding it to my queue stat! What colors would you choose? 

Photography by Leah B. Thibault

Gilmore Girls Revival! Let's KNIT!

The Thanksgiving holiday is over, and I hope everyone's fridge is as full of delicious leftovers as mine is! This weekend Netflix released the new Gilmore Girls reboot, and it was a post-holiday binge-wathcing tv dream, so finally, last night I settled in with some pecan pie after the kids went to bed and watched the first episode. Gilmore Girls has always had fantastic hand knits (and crochet), and this reboot is surely no exception. 

Last week, designer Lisa Whiting got in touch with us to let us know that two of her company's designs would be worn by Paris and Rory on the show - using The Fibre Co. yarns! Episode One did not let me down, and I spotted the scarves towards the end of the episode.

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On the left is Eponymuff worn by Paris, and on the right is Dots n Dashes worn by Rory. Eponymuff in particular has set knitter's queues on fire this weekend, with over 900 hearts on Ravelry! 

Eponymuff is knit in The Fibre Co. Road to China Light, shown in Topaz and Tanzanite.

Eponymuff is knit in The Fibre Co. Road to China Light, shown in Topaz and Tanzanite.

Dots and Dashes is knit in The Fibre Co. Knightsbridge, shown in Flintshire and Barley.

Dots and Dashes is knit in The Fibre Co. Knightsbridge, shown in Flintshire and Barley.

Get your kit tonight from Lisa Lucia Knits, or visit your Local Yarn Shop and pick up some Knightsbridge and Road to China Light in your choice of colors!

Kits include everything you need to make our patterns, delivered right to your door. Monday’s debut will feature the Dots & Dashes Hat and Scarf Kit (scarf worn by Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life) and Eponymuff Kit (worn by Paris Geller). Both kits will be available Monday, November 28 at 6pm.
— http://www.lisaluciaknits.com/patterns.html

In celebration of the release of the new episodes and the accompanying patterns, we're having a contest! Two lucky winners will be chosen to receive the yarn to make their choice of scarf. Let us know in the comments which scarf you'd like to make! We'll announce a winner on Friday at 4pm EST!

The only other question is, "Do we KAL or not?" I just know my mom is expecting an Eponymuff Scarf of her own for Christmas this year... 

UPDATE 12/2/16: Congratulations to Ravelry user Poohtum! She won our Gilmore Girls Giveaway and will receive enough Knightsbridge yarn to knit Dots and Dashes! We messaged you on Ravelry, and we'll have your yarn on it's way to you shortly. Thanks to everyone who entered our contest!

Color Stories: Wild Irish November

Blustery winds, waves crashing on the coastline, damp moss covered stones, and sheep clustered on jagged hills lined with babbling brooks; this is what we experienced on the western coast of Ireland last winter when we traveled to the mill to design The Fibre Co. Arranmore.  As we have just received a large shipment of Arranmore from the mill, I thought I would make my mood board reflective of our time in Donegal.  

Ireland, though completely modern, still retains it's wild and magical essence. References to its dramatic history and pagan mythology can be found everywhere you turn, from restored castles and ancient ruins, to wild ponies, fields of gorse flowers, and relief carvings of historical figures like Brian Boru. Contrary to the wild coastlines and harsh winter weather, the people are kind and warm and completely ready to welcome visitors into their toasty, peat-fire heated homes.

We think of green when we think of Ireland, and while that is true, there are so many other beautiful colors to be seen.  The gray stone flecked with light and dark minerals, the yellow gorse, the warm brown grasses covering the grazing meadows, and the cold, black water are just some of the colors ever present in the landscape of the western coast.

Using the colors based on the wild Irish coastline, I would like to make Courtney's St. Brendan colorwork yoke pullover. Above, it's shown in the alternate colorway, which is close to the colors I've chosen.  Below, I've laid out some charted colorwork examples of possible Irish color combinations.

If you ever get a chance to visit Ireland, definitely take it.  Wear your Arranmore sweaters and send us pictures!