Sunday, October 03, 2010
My good friend Betsy married her sweetheart last weekend in Maine. Both love to be outdoors and are animal lovers so when Sarah and I were figuring out what to make them for their wedding, it was decided that mittens would be good presents.
We settled on the aptly named "Wedding Mittens" pattern in Jorid's Pattern Shop and tweaked the motifs according to the future wearers. We also deviated from the pattern by including thumb gussets ala Beth Brown Reinsel.
Sarah knit Betsy's mittens and I knit Jonathan's. Since he is a boat builder I settled on waves and anchors for his cuffs. I used charts in Sheila McGregor’s Traditional Fair Isle Knitting.
Betsy has a dog and Jonathan cats, so a little cat is facing the groom and a little dog the bride. The cat and dog charts are slight modifications of ones in McGregor’s Traditional Scandinavian Knitting.
Their initials happened to line up (both have last names that begin with “M,” even if she keeps her last name) and it’s hard to tell in the photo but there is another anchor topstitched in blue under “2010.”