Sunday, November 4, 2012

Denali Handwarmers

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Lovely Lori bought this yarn in Alaska, in Denali Park, the crown jewel of which is Denali herself, the tallest mountain in North America, and the tallest base-to-peak mountain in the world.  That’s right, Everest, I’m looking at you!  I don’t know why I enjoy that little fact so much, but I do.  Frankly, I’m very competitive.  Take that, Tibet!  Anyway, I won Lovely Lori’s giveaway (thank you, Lori!) and when the package arrived, i dropped everything and made these. 
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This yarn is by Subarctic Spinners Homespun Yarn, and it is quite scrumptious indeed, a chunky three-ply in the color of campfire smoke and mountain mystery.  A beautiful bluish/grayish/purplish merino wool.  It is soft enough to use for making baby pajamas, but as I have no babies, I decided to make handwarmers instead. 
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(Check out that Caribou Antler button, also part of Lori’s prize booty.  They look and feel like wood.)  It looked like there would be just enough yardage for a pair of fingerless mittens, and I decided to forego cuffs in exchange for more hand coverage.  Somebody once told me that a good way to regulate your body temperature is to expose your wrists, which seems nuts, but so do a lot of scientific things; for instance, did you know that your nose and ears will continue growing throughout your entire life?  I know!  For those of us who already have too much in the way of ears, that is an alarming piece of information.  Anyhoo.
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I’ve written up the pattern for these little lovelies, and you can find it here.  Enjoy!
[Edit:  if you can’t open the PDF, you can right click on the link and “Save As” or you can try disabling Adobe’s Firefox plugin.  I don’t know how to do that last bit, only that it might help!  I’m sorry it’s not simple.]