Just before Christmas I managed to finish these mittens. They are from the Rocky Mountain pattern by DROPS Design. The pattern is FREE! Although, I would caution it is translated from a Norwegian pattern, so not for the beginner knitter. I wish I could remember the wool I used, but I am terrible at saving the papers and even more pathetic when it comes to putting my finished projects into my Ravelry account. The cuff is a baby alpaca and is buttery soft. The main color also had some merino in it I do believe. I am all about soft with warm.
How I found this pattern was after an exhaustive search for a pair of mittens that resembled a pair in Little Women. My daughter Lydia fell in love with Amy's mittens and wanted a pair. I very rarely knit myself anything, but I have always been fond of mittens and decided this particular pair was in order. Alas, Lydia is still waiting for her pair.
Whilst waiting for my truck to warm you will often spot me with my mittens cradling my face. My children always ask what I am doing, they think it is a bit odd for some reason. I'm just keeping warm anyway I can!
The current read is Katie's book, Kisses from Katie. I found her blog and ministry AMAZIMA several years ago and was simply captivated by her story. Such an inspiring young lady and a sharp contrast to the young ladies of today. Her story is one of love and surrender to her Saviour from a very young age. With sacrifice and quite a bit of pluck she has adopted 14 young girls in Uganda and ministers to the needs of the many impoverished there. Often times, as I make a frivolous purchase I am reminded of her sacrifice and how far my money would go if I denied myself and blessed her ministry instead. We take so many things for granted here in the States and waste money on so many earthly pleasures when suffering is abundant. Katie's story is very convicting and reminds us to focus on the eternal not the earthly. Her message is simple, loving people like our heavenly Father loves us, is the greatest gift we can give. I think every young lady should read her story!
Looking forward to your knitting and reading recommendations. Joining in with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along.