I have met the Alpacas who will warm my hands. I love that. It’s like the Michael Pollan of fiber...I’ve gone and traced my way back to the origins of my food cycle or something. I know this fiber’s origin (or at least its friends--I can’t actually say for certain that I’ve met Grant and Washington, but I’ve chummed it up with their herd for sure).
At first I was sure this yarn would be too fine. Who wants lacy mittens? I always think mittens must be dense and sturdy, but these Winter Wonder Mittens have a delicate quality to them. I had forgotten the extra layer colorwork creates by carrying the second color along behind the first. And alpaca is very warm despite feeling very light and astoundingly soft. I suspect once these are blocked, they’ll be quite snuggly. Right now they are promising to be beautiful.
This is not television knitting. Attention must be paid when working a pattern like this. You need the little post-it note trick, keeping track of you rows and stitches. It’s like lace work in that regard. I ended up blocking the pattern into 10-stitch quadrants and putting stitch markers every ten inches so that I was only checking 10 stitches at a time, not an entire row’s worth of non-repeating pattern.
I'm excited, and looking forward to the rest of this project.