Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Straw into Gold
I found a bunch of superbulky wool at the thrift store, not knowing what I might do with it. When the call went out for mittens for children, I thought I might be able to do some magic.
These mittens are going to children in one school, so I wanted each pair to be different. I dyed the wool in batches ( and a couple of finished mittens) with Wilton's food coloring, the kind for cake decorating, and a big slug of vinegar. The washing, dyeing, and vinegar treatment really softened up the wool.
I used Susan B. Anderson's free pattern Outsider Mittens. It's a quick pattern on number 13 needles, though I made some pairs with number 11s, and I liked the firmer fabric. The pattern is available in three sizes.
I hope these will keep some children warmer through the winter months.