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Bella’s mittens project

December 26, 2009
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I searched on Ravelry.com for a new mitten pattern.  Up until know, I have been knitting a very basic mitten with no designs.  I have always been intrigued by cable pattens but thought it must be very complicated to create the intertwined effect.  There are thousands of mitten patterns posted on the website. Narrowing my search to those with free patterns available, I stumbled on one called Bella’s Mittens.  I admit to only vaguely being aware of Bella and that is mostly because the latest Twilight movie was heavily promoted recently.  You can view the original mittens on the Ruth Cross website.

I chose Rowan’s Cocoon yarn in shale for the project. I thought this colorway would best show off the cable design. And as an added bonus it should not show dirt as easily as a lighter colored yarn.  The yarn is a blend of 80% Merino wool and 20% Kid mohair.  It feels incredible soft and luxurious.

Did you ever wonder what a Mohair looks like?  Turns out there is no actual Mohair beasty.  Mohair is a term used to refer to the silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat.  The wool is both durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen.  Mohair is composed mostly of keratin, a protein found in the hair, wool, horns and skin of all mammals. While it has scales like wool, the scales are not fully developed, merely indicated. Thus, mohair does not felt like wool.  Mohair increases its diameter with the age of the goat, growing along with the animal. Fine hair from younger animals is used for finer applications such as clothing, and the thicker hair from older animals is more often used for carpets and heavy fabrics intended for outerwear. [1]

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