Forgive me if I mention our Minnesota winter twice in a row, but man, it has been cold here! I wore through my pair of felted mittens, patched them and then wore through them again this winter. So, I decided it was time for a refresh. 5 years of constant wear out of that last pair seems like pretty solid longevity, so I stuck with a tried and true pattern by Nancy Lindberg for this next pair, too. I think I may eventually add a bit of embellishment to this pair, but for now, they are my everyday mittens. I doubled up with a pair of liner mittens inside these and immediately put them into use as soon as they dried!
Felting is such a fun phenomenon. You take a monstrous piece of knitting, add a little hot water, soap and agitation and you end up with a wearable, shrunken item that doesn't look knit! A little before and after spread for you to show some scale:
I named the project after the color of the Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport yarn I used: Limestone. I like looking at this color in the dead of winter because it reminds me that there will eventually be green in our outdoor environment again. Eventually.