Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chebeague Island Fisherman's Wet mitten. (after fulling)

Chebeague Island Fisherman's Wet mitten. (before fulling)

I just knit up a pair of these. Bartlett's 2 ply yarn purchased at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. Pattern from Robin Hansen's excellent Favorite Mittens. They knit up very fast, over a weekend , more or less and about an hour to do the fulling (scrubbing in hot water and then plunging in cold water repeatedly). Hoping they will provide some much needed comfort in the winter riding ahead. The fishermen wet these in cold water and wring them out before going out for the day. We'll see how well that works. I suppose it's a bit like a wet suit. I wonder how these would stand up to the famous Dachstein mittens? From what I can tell they seem to be a bit thicker than these. Anyone out there own a pair?


Tom said...

Lesli at Archival Clothing did a post on Dachstein/Ortovox a few months back. They're intensely thick, but nicely windproof and wildly warm.

Beth Hahn said...

These are amazing. I haven't tried fulling(?) yet. Is it like felting? I could do this with a pair of mittens that i made that are too big and stretchy perhaps?