These mitts started with the yarn. A few short months back, I went to a little Fiber show here in WNC called Fiber Feel Day. My friend Maria & her buddy Nikki had started up their own yarn adventure, called Fern Fiber. I knew they were using locally harvested fiber, while also having it spun here, and then dying it using all natural plant materials.
A small sample of products from the show
I ended up with some gorgeous aran weight wool that came from Rosabelle the Romney. This particular yarn was dyed using elderberries & alkanet. I loved the tonal brown/grays that came out.
Can’t you just reach out and squoosh it?!?
Once I began swatching I was quick to realize that any sort of ‘intricate’ pattern would get lost with this yarn. I needed something more bold, which naturally turned me towards cables.
I began with the cuff, which I worked in a lattice pattern, only 2 stitches cross at time. I knew I wanted it to close with buttons, they are not only beautiful, but functional as you need them to get the gloves on & off.
For the top of the mitts, I wanted a large cable, but with the gauge of the yarn I couldn’t go too big – it still needed to comfortably fit on the back of the hand.
As for the name, the Rocky Broad is a river here in NC, it runs very close to Lake Lure – and you can see here why it has that name.
I can certainly see why people would fish here – but go whitewater rafting?!? Sounds more like a death wish to be. This river is surely any rock hopping person’s delight. I thought this a great name for my natural, rustic mitt design.
So – back to the mitts – I placed the larger cable is on both the top & the bottom of the mitts.
Finally, I picked up the thumb and put a gentle little twist on the outer side of that as well!
These are so rustic, but still cozy & warm. They knit up quickly (you could certainly do them in a weekend), making them perfect for a last-minute gift. I know I have at least one friend who has requested a pair, and I will be happy to oblige her.
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