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.]

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on winning the giveaway. Gorgeous yarn and even more gorgeous handwarmers. I also love your fact. I must write that down somewhere for future use :) Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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  2. These are so gorgeous and look so cozy!!

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  3. Love the gloves. I just made myself a pair too! Couldn't get into your Dropbox file. I think I may have to register or something? Not sure.

    Congrats on the giveaway. That was a goodie.

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    1. There was a goof in the link, which I think is fixed now. Try again? :)

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  4. oh my goodness!! kristen i am so amazed by you. these are fantastic, perfect for the wool, and the buttons too, agh! brilliant! thats true about denali, a HUGE mountain, so thrilling to see. thank you for the kind words and i'm just so pleased you have enjoyed. amazing.

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  5. having trouble with the link...i'd love to have your pattern.

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    1. I think the link is fixed now, Lori! :)

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    2. Unless you're using the newest version of Firefox, in which case you'll have to either right click and "Save Link As" or disable Adobe's Firefox plugin.

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  6. clever idea!!!
    thank you, xxx Ale

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  7. Great blog Kristen (you could be a writer one day!!!) and love the fingerless gloves. They are on my list to do when Autumn comes...but so glad that it is Spring for now!

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  8. This Firefox thingy has been killing me.! I have to keep going over to Safari to download pdfs. Anyway your fingerless gloves are brilliant. The color of that wool will go with just about anything you throw at it, and those cute little buttons finish it all off rather nicely. Very cozy!

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  9. Schitterend ! en heel leuk, met dat knoopje afgewerkt !

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  10. Yummy yarn all the way from Alaska, wow you are a lucky girl. Love the mitts.
    HUgs and have a great week,
    Meredith

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  11. Very nice gloves. They look really warm and I did not know about the nose and ears thing....we learn something everyday! Shari

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  12. They look sooooo snuggly warm! Oooooh - I love your nail polish too - what a fab colour.

    Leah
    xx

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