Three Irish Girls Mitts

I love their yarn, their colorways, and their Irish names. It’s also wonderful to knit with.  We added in their Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted a couple of weeks ago, and I snagged this skein of Saoirse to make a pair of fingerless mitts for Elf Susan for her birthday (which was yesterday). This is my favorite fingerless mitts pattern, Mom’s Cabled Mitts. I love the feel of this yarn on my hands and am now looking for the perfect cabled scarf pattern to use with it. I’m also looking forward to knitting their Adorn sock yarn, which we just added in this week.

The glove stretchers in the photo were something I found in an antique store awhile back. I don’t recommend them – it took a lot of stretching to get the mitts on there! Fortunately that pattern/yarn has a lot of give. But it’s not something I would use on my mitts and gloves again.

Did you know that January is “Selfish Knitting Month”? That means that after all of the gift knitting you have done this fall, you get to spend as much time as you want (or at least the entire month of January) knitting things just for you. And if you didn’t knit any gifts at all, you can still do Selfish Knitting Month. That’s the rule and I’m pretty sure that all knitters must follow it or face stiff penalties. Just a warning.

We will have a new Quarterly Challenge coming along for the First Quarter of 2011. Tune in to the blog sometime between Christmas and New Years and I’ll let you know all about it!

Just a quick reminder about our holiday schedule. We will be out of the shop on Thursday and Friday of this week (12/23, 24), as well as Friday of next week (12/31).  But do check back to the blog this Friday, as I have a great Chocolate/Peanut/Caramel/Sea Salt Bark recipe for you, and it’s another RAK Reporting Day!

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  1. I am ready for selfish knitting month – I have put all of my selfish knitting into hibernation for the past two months and I am also ready for another challenge (still have some needles w/out projects … do not even KNOW how many sets of needles I own – maybe should not know).

  2. I love Three Irish Girls yarn, too! Glad you’re carrying it now. Your mitts are great — I want to make some of those!

    Thanks for the suggestion on the Classical Carols – ordered it the day you posted about it and got it already. Beautiful!! A new favorite!

    Thanks for the warning—I don’t want to face any stiff penalties!!! I promise to knit selfishly in January — it sounds really good about now……actually just knitting at all does!

    Have a blessed Christmas

  3. Those mitts are beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I may try that pattern for my first cable project. I’m quite a fan of Three Irish Girls, too.
    Happy Holidays!

  4. I love that pattern, too, and I was wondering what to do with the skein of 3IG that I received from you a few days ago. I recommend Palindrome as a cabled scarf to match the mitts.

  5. I have knitted 4 sweaters for Christmas, my daughters, son’s girlfriend. Yeah for selfish knitting month – I need some knitted things for me!!

  6. I started selfish knitting month early! Cast on a nice big fair isle sweater for myself last week…. it will probably take me until the end of January to finish it though.

  7. Believe me selfish knitting/spinning/weaving month is beginning here tomorrow at the latest. I’m on my next to last Tuck the turtle from Spud and Chloe. I will be done when I go to bed tonight and then it will be all about me-knitting for a while. I will continue to gift knit on Sunday. Sheri and elves, have a merry merry Christmas!

  8. The Irish Hiking Scarf might be a good match for the mitts. I’ve done two in Cascade 220 and they came out beautifully.

  9. You mean only one month is “selfish knitting month”?? Uh oh.

    For my RAK, I sent fruit to some lovely elves. It was fruit, I tell ya, fruit!

    Wishing the Berger family, all of the elves, and all the Loopy Groupies a wonderful and joyful Christmas and a Loopified New Year!

  10. You’re saving me money! I’m off tomorrow and Friday and I was going to go by the shop and…shop. I had my cart all queued up so I wouldn’t forget what I wanted. Maybe next Thursday. 🙂

  11. Sheri – Happy Holidays to you and all the elves! Can’t wait for the recipe on Friday it sounds wonderful. You did take the calories out didn’t you?

  12. I’m ready for Selfish Knitting Month too! I’ve signed up for NaKniMitMo and knitting a pair of mittens allllll formyself, that is if my hands and wrists aren’t too sore from all the gift knitting I’ve been doing (one more left still to finish!) 🙂

  13. Sheri and Elves – Happy Holidays!!! Thanks for all you do for us! I hope your holidays are all you hope they are. 🙂

  14. I wasn’t even thinking about selfish knitting as much as finishing all of the sweaters I have on the needles before starting a new one. I think I have at least 3 sweaters on the needles and yarn for at least 3 more!

  15. Merry Christmas Sheri! You gave me the best present! You must be done with all your gift knitting and starting early on the Selfish Knitting if I read your tag line correctly. I have a sweater for DS to finish and a commissioned shawl to finish before I get to start.

  16. I forgot to tell you that I love those glove blockers. My darling daughter has absolutely giant hands so she can only wear hand-knit ultra-modified gloves (I have to add an inch to each normal finger). I wonder if I could commission some crafty wood or metal worker to make her some glove blockers so her gloves will keep their shape after washing. I invite suggestions.

  17. Selfish knitting! … I wish I was knitting on something that had no deadline /no worries about whether it would meet the fashion sensibilities of teenagers/young adults/ that I was sure (SURE) that I had just the right amount of yarn – not too much, not too little.

  18. Merry Christmas Sheri;

    I wish the blessings of the season to your and your “elves” I envy you your snow. We have had a green Christmas this year. Good for travelling, but not the same. 2010 was the year my daughter and I discovered Wollmeise and a number of the other beautiful yarns at Loopy Ewe.
    I would also like to hope for a bountiful New Year for 2011to all of you.

    Linda Hebb in New Brunswick Canada

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