Several years ago I ordered several skeins of laceweight Shimmer (70% baby alpaca, 30% silk) from KnitPicks. It was hand- and spaced-dyed purple, green and white. When it arrived, I realized I didn’t like the color “in person” as much as I thought I would. So into one of my stash bins they went.
Recently I pulled out the yarn and designed and knit these mitts (two threads, size 2 needle). I didn’t really need these mitts for anything specific but knit them for three reasons: (1) I like having little projects to work on when traveling, (2) I’m still trying to find a protein fiber that won’t bother the Itchy Musician, and (3) I wanted to actually write down a pattern for fingerless mitts for a friend I am teaching to knit so she could knit up my remaining skeins of Shimmer. 🙂
Finished, I realized I really still don’t really like the yarn colors. Today my daughter tried on these mitts and asked if she could have them if they weren’t slated for anyone. Sure, and I offered to overdye the color. She seemed very pleased at that offer, so I figured she wasn’t thrilled about the color either.
Oh, I tried on the mitts too, and I think Shimmer is a little too scratchy for the Itchy Musician. So back to the drawing board.