Wool And The Gang Lovisa Mitts

Wool & The Gang Mitts

About a million years ago, Wool And The Gang, a London-based yarn and knitwear company, contacted me about trying out some of their yarn. Yum! Yes, please! But as you know, I’ve been through a pretty crummy time over the last few months, and the timing of the yarn arriving to me was the worst you could possibly imagine. I decided what I wanted to knit almost immediately, but I just wasn’t able to get my mind properly into a knitting pattern.

Wool & The Gang Mitts

Until one day a few weeks ago when I picked up my half-heartedly begun pair of Lovisa Armwarmers, sorted out some minor sizing issues I hadn’t had the brain power to deal with, and knocked them out in a couple of days. Suddenly, the time for comfort knitting had arrived – I’ve done and planned more projects in the last few weeks than I have in a year. Knitting has always been my comfort craft, but distraction crafts have been better for me this year. I’m really glad knitting is back for me now, I missed it.

Wool & The Gang Mitts

So anyway. Wool And The Gang were kind enough to send me out two colors (Snow White and Space Black) of their Sugar Baby Alpaca, so that I could give it a go with some colorwork knitting. You know how I love colorwork, don’t you? I’m always on the lookout for yarns that knit colorwork well but give a drapey, snuggly fabric. Colorwork can often be more pretty, less cuddly, on account of the rustic yarns traditionally used. A sportweight baby alpaca seemed like a perfect one to try out.

Wool & The Gang Mitts

Full disclosure and all: you know Wool And The Gang sent me this yarn for free, to review, and I promise I’d tell you if I hated it – scout’s honor. But oh the yummy! The Sugar Baby Alpaca knit like butter, such a pleasure to play with, and made such a delicious soft fabric. I used 4mm needles for these Lovisa Mitts (pattern by Sarah Pope, available free on Ravelry), which have been in my queue foreeeeeever, and added an extra 4-stitch repeat to make them slouchier on my sadly not-thin arms. Alpaca is so perfect for something slouchy like this, it just sits on my wrists like a scrumptious alpaca puddle. NOM.

Wool & The Gang Mitts

I added these cutesy-pie vintage buttons (eep, tiny hearts!) and I love these mitts to pieces! (They look perfect with my new winter coat too, as an added bonus.) I’m really in love with the yarn – thanks so much for letting me try it out, Wool And The Gang! – and I already have a possible pattern idea for it. I haven’t written a knitting pattern in ages, but there’s something a-brewin’ in my head!

6 Comments on Wool And The Gang Lovisa Mitts

  1. Jo
    January 16, 2015 at 15:14 (2 years ago)

    oh I love Wool & the gang! I’m currently knitting one of their snood patterns with their extra thick sexy wool, it’s so soft and the colours are gorgeous!

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  2. Nicole Follow the White Bunny
    January 16, 2015 at 20:05 (2 years ago)

    oooh I wish I could knit, these mittens look lovely! I actually bought a book about knitting around Christmas time but I doubt I will ever learn how to. But I’d love to buy ‘Wool & the Gang’ yarn, such a great name haha

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  3. Jenny
    January 17, 2015 at 09:41 (2 years ago)

    so glad you’re enjoying knitting again – these look so snazzy! I can only knit basic, basic stuff – maybe I’ll learn more someday! Well done though – and eep!! those buttons just finish them perfectly!

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  4. Dani
    January 19, 2015 at 13:51 (2 years ago)

    They are lovely Julie!!

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  5. Rebecca Bell
    January 19, 2015 at 20:25 (2 years ago)

    They look really nice, gorgeous buttons too. I so wish I could knit. And I’ve not heard of that wool, I’ll have to give it a try.

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