I'm doing a crafty-exchange with a friend who lives in northern Maine. She requested some cheerful fingerless gloves for wearing in her chilly house, and she offered to trade some custom embroidery work. I finally have her package ready to go.
These mitts are from a free pattern (Fetching
from knitty.com) and I knit them out of some Merino Style
in my stash (in the old Maple Leaf colorway).
They're super-soft, and it was a great speedy stash-busting project. I did add a row of single crochet to the bind-off edge, just to reinforce it and keep it from rolling. It'd be a good project for teaching someone how to do Magic Loop and how to cable.
I had just been to a great Spanish tapas restaurant
here in Portland, and one of my favorite little dishes on the menu came with honey mixed with smoked paprika. It was so warm and comforting, I picked up some honey-with-honeycomb and a little smoked paprika to add to my toasty care package before sending it off.
Needles: Nickel-plated Options interchangeable needles, size 5
Yarn: Merino Style, Maple Leaf (discontinued color from stash)