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Saxon Invasion Mittens

These are a modified version of Jared Flood’s Druid Mittens.  I changed the wrist panel to a sideways-knit cable pattern (which is the “Saxon Braid” from Barbara Walker’s 3rd Treasury).

The yarn is Buffy Sock by Juno Fibre Arts, colourway “Graphite”.  It’s really lovely stuff and so nice to work with.  After some trial & error, I found that this yarn is well suited to cable stitches and not so much to knit/purl combos like the chevron stitch in the original pattern or traditional bobbles—hence, the cabled wrist panel and nupps.

I was very motivated to knit up this yarn because it was part of a very thoughtful and totally unlooked for gift from a lovely person.  It’s funny, but I felt like I had to do something really special with this yarn as a way of thanking my new friend for her kindness.  Normally when I acquire new yarn, I squirrel it away as if there is an impending global yarn shortage…especially luxury or indie-dyer yarn like this, which I never feel qualified to knit.  But I braved it, and now I have new mittens, just in time for the first snowfall of the season!

(Source: ravelry.com)

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