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Dáithí

Another day, another new pattern! Daíthí finger-less glove pattern is now available!

These pair of finger-less mittens are made from Irish wool sheared from Christine’s pet sheep in County Leitrim and spun by Natural Fibre Company in Britain. Christine of Formerly Fleece then dyes the yarn using natural dyes or sometimes, the yarn is dyed at the mill!

The gloves, pictured here in large, are named for my fear cheile, who declared an urgent need for a pair of finger-less mittens! They are knit in the round starting with a twisted rib cuff, continuing in Stocking stitch with a twisted stitch motif on a reverse stocking stitch background and increasing for the thumb gusset. Stitches are set aside for the thumb while continuing with the remainder of the mitten and casting off with an i cord trim.

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Blackberries

The Sheep and Wool Centre spin and dye small samples of Galway, Connemara Blackface and Texel fleece on their premises in Leenane.  All yarn is dyed using natural ingredients and set using salt or alum and heat. Natural dyes have been used for centuries in Ireland.Initially plants, lichens, berries and shellfish were commonly used before other dyes like indigo, logwood and brazilwood were readily imported. Sméara DubhaThe yarn in my Sméara Dubha mittens came from a blend of Connemara Blackface and Texel fleece, dyed with blackberries and young gorse flowers.  Continue reading