A few months ago I sat looking at a lonely skein of Manos del Uruguay ‘Silk Blend’ on my shelf. I loved the yarn and the color was one of my favorites but for some reason it had been sitting there for quite a while.
I took it down and started swatching, I wanted to knit it at a nice tight gauge and experiment with cables. I started out with a very elaborate cable sketch that morphed into a tulip at the top but it looked really silly when I went to knit it up! Instead the combination of the single sideways cable that crossed over ribbing really captivated me. I began working with just that and the zig zag cables began growing out from there. And so the Ambroso mittens were born, they’re available right now on the current Knitty Deep Fall 2o11 issue.
Working these mittens uses several different cable types, to make them very visually easy to pick out I would suggest color coding them so you can see at a glance where you are at, you can just use highlighter pens or markers of different colors for different cables:
I also got a lovely surprise in this issue of Knitty, Contemporary Irish Knits made it to the top of ‘Cool Stuff’! I had no idea that Amy had such a soft spot for Ireland (she’s actually going to be teaching a class at This Is Knit in Dublin very shortly!)
My blog tour is now well underway, and you can find the latest review and interview with Shannon Okey (aka knitgrrl). She had some fun interview questions so it should make for a good read!