This lovely hank of fibers is a kit is for thrum mittens by Fleece Artist. The hank includes 125 grams of Blue Face Leicester Aran weight yarn to knit the mittens and 60 grams of roving for the thrums. This color combination is called Late Winter Early Spring.
Until recently I wasn't really familiar with thrumming and what it is all about. But I saw an excellent tutorial of the process at Hello Yarn entitled "How I Thrum". There is a clear explanation with pictures on how to create the thrums from the roving and how to knit them into the mitten.
After reading the tutorial, I really though it would be fun to try, but I wasn't sure that I really needed thrum mittens in North Carolina. Then I saw the color combinations in this hank and I immediately decided that thrum mittens would be a great idea. And I have no idea how I've lived without them all my life.
I figure I can wear them walking the dog in the winter months. My hands are always cold when we are out for the last or first walk of the day in winter. I have to hold the leash and can't really have both of my hands tucked into pockets. We also visit family in the Midwest during the winter holidays on occasion.
Well you can see the result of my logic - I bought the kit. And besides, I already had the recommended needles (3.5 mm / US 4). I can talk myself into almost anything. If you ever need help justifying a knitting purchase - call me. I can always come up with something.
In other knitting news, I have started my husband's man socks. I'm doing them toe up so I can have him try the socks on as I knit. I'm still working on the toes - so I haven't decided on a stitch pattern yet - but I'm getting to that point.
Hopefully I'll have something worthy of a photo sometime over the weekend. We are big college basketball fans so almost all weekend will be spent in front of the television for the NCAA tournament. I'm looking forward to the knitting time.