My sister recently went to Ireland with her husband for a belated honeymoon. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little jealous of her trip. However, she thought of me on her many adventures and brought back some yarn for me. This was a very special gift for a number of reasons, but mostly because my sister took the time to track down a little yarn store while on her vacation, dragged her husband with her to talk with the shop proprietor and picked out some lovely skeins just for me. My sister is not a crafter, yarn is not something she swoons over, it means so much to me that she brought back these treasures just for me.
With that in mind, I feel like I need to do something special with the yarn. There are about four skeins of each yarn, varying in weights. That rules out any kind of sweater or larger project, but I think a few of them might be perfect for some lovely wool mittens. And because the yarn hails from Ireland, maybe something a little fair isles is in order. But I can't stop there, this yarn is more special to me than a mere pair of mittens. I'm going to make this project an adventure of my own. I am going to design said mittens. Yikes! I've designed a few simple baby garments before, but mittens will be something new and I think challenging for me. Charts, changing colors, a wearable finished project...this could be a perilous path. So, this is the first installment of a multipart adventure to take a project from the very start to a hopeful finish in what I hope is a timely fashion.