Mighty Mitten Update

I’ve been so enjoying the Mighty Mitten Challenge that Shave ’em to Save ’em put on for the month. Considering that the challenge ends tomorrow, my progress doesn’t look so great. I’m not mad about it, though:

one finished and one in-progress mitten

This CVM yarn has been a joy to work with. CVM, or California Varigated Mutant, is considered a threatened breed by the Livestock Conservancy. They are the multi-colored derivative of the white-fleeced Romeldale, also threatened, which is a cross between a Romney and Rambouillet. The goal was to up the quality of the fleece, and they were wildly successful. Most have a micron count on par with merino, and the crimp is amazing. I can even tell that in this yarn I didn’t spin. It’s super elastic (the finished one has been tried on multiple hands and fit every one to a tee).

I’ve so enjoyed the classes they’ve offered with the mitten challenge, too. Deborah Robson has offered so many tips (my favorite part of any class) on all things mitten: closing thumb gaps, gauge and fit, even some really great tips on thrummed mittens, which I’m eager to try. There’s also been some great discussion on what breeds are good what what projects, mittens and otherwise.

If you can get your hands on some CVM or Romeldale, I’d highly recommend it! And join us in the Shave ’em to Save ’em initiative if you’re interested in utilizing more rare American breeds.

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