Is there anything nicer
Than red woolly mittens,
As fluffy and soft
As a blanket of kittens?
Red mittens to keep
My hands warm as toast,
On cold winter days
When I skate or coast.
(found on numerous education sites)
I know, I know, I should have been working on the pretty purple Koigu gloves or the NE Koigu socks or the laceweight cardigan.........but the little leftover ball of red polwarth, just kept catching my eye, sitting atop my knitting basket, looking so bright and cheery. The mittens are edged with a little chocolate angora (thanks Java!!).
I wish you all could feel just how yummy this polwarth is. A few years ago, I purchased a number of polwarth fleeces from Australia........this red yarn was from one of them.
*Polwarths were developed in Australia in 1880, when Lincoln x Merino ewes were bred back to Merino rams to produce a dual-purpose breed with an emphasis on wool production (*In Sheep's Clothing)
It is only next to Merino in terms of softness and I find that it wears a bit better than Merino. There is also much less grease in the fleece, which makes it much much easier to prepare.
The gray fleece in the above picture is one of the many that I have out in the barn and I am looking at it with renewed interest. Earlier this summer, I spun up this skein out of some of that fleece and it went on to win a blue ribbon at Fryeburg fair this fall. Part of the reason for it's success, is the incredible handle polwarth has all by itself. Very nice wool indeed!
I am heading out tomorrow morning to Atlanta for a board meeting and a dog show. I will not be showing any dogs, but one of the girls is coming along for a breeding. I was fortunate in the timing, which is going to allow me to breed her to an English and CKCSC champion.
I will admit though, that I am going to miss this little face while I am away. There is nothing quite as wonderful as an adoring glance from one of our canine companions!
Have a great weekend!!