Friday, May 1, 2015

FO Friday: Fingerless Mitts from Bijou Basin Ranch

I finally got a chance to block and photograph the fingerless mitts I knit in Bijou Bliss yarn! Even though it's still pretty cold around these parts, there are some signs of spring to liven up my FO photos this week.
These two skeins of yarn have been in my stash for at least a couple of years - I distinctly remember getting at least one of them at the first VK Live here in Chicago. Recently, the hand-dyed colors have been discontinued, but you can still get this yarn in natural cream and natural brown - perfect for at-home dyeing experiments, if you ask me!
The pattern is from the Rocky Mountain Collection by Marly Bird: the Long's Peak 3-in-1 Mittens are fun and easy to customize to suit your taste, since the pattern includes instructions for 3 different options. Since my home office is pretty chilly, I opted to make some fingerless mitts that would allow me to type unfettered. As a bonus, I now have plenty of leftover yarn to add to my cozy memories blanket!

Forever Linked Hat & Mitts
As it turns out, this week's project is pretty timely, because the maker of both the yarn and pattern, Bijou Basin Ranch, is holding a fundraiser to send help to Nepal to help victims of the recent earthquake. As their website explains, they have a working relationship with many yak ranchers in the reason, which is why they feel compelled to lend a hand. All net profits from the sale of these products will be donated to AmeriCares, which is on the scene to provide medicine, medical treatment, and other support to victims of the earthquake.

One of the products which will help raise funds is the Forever Linked Hat and Mitts, designed by yours truly. I hope you'll consider sharing this page or making a purchase to help the cause. If you are wanting to learn more about how you can help people in Nepal, this blog post on Woolen Diversions does a great job of explaining some more of your options.

Have a crafty weekend!

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