Growing up in Central California I have always been surrounded by oak trees. They are ubiquitous in that region and where I live now in Southern California. If its not California's state tree, then I think it ought to be.
For that reason, it's only natural that I wanted to knit these mitts. Not only do they feature an oak leaf motif but they are also knit in a fingerling weight yarn which is perfect for the climate and casual lifestyle enjoyed in California. Because while it's not often cold it is often cool outside early in the morning when it is nice to hike or bike or whatever you enjoy doing.
But no matter where you live there are activities that take you outdoors. And fingerless mitts are a great way to keep your hands warm while allowing you the mobility to actually do something with your hands. For example, I like to wear this style of mitt out for coffee and you would be surprised how many comments I receive both from men and women. There's something very appealing, apparently, about sipping coffee wearing mitts if the attention they receive is any indicator. "Those are nice gloves" says a wistful admirer. Smiling I say "Thank you. I knit them myself."
Particulars: Oak Grove Mitts designed by Alana Dakos (nevernotknitting); madelinetosh pashmina (left over yarn from my Autumn Vines Beret); US 3 double pointed needles. I made the version with fingers but found knitting the fingers a bit tedious and another time I would simply make the fingerless version. I love fingerless mitts and there are a number of cute free patterns in blogland including: Kyla Mitts; Horray for Me Gloves; Susie's Readings Mitts; Garter Stitch Mitts; and Great Weekend Mitts. Incidentally, its my Kyla mitts that have received so much attention.
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
For those who may not be familiar with oak trees and California flora, I took the following pictures at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden which is ten minutes away from where I grew up in the beautiful foothills of Santa Barbara, California.
April and early May is probably the nicest time to visit the botanical garden as the wildflowers including masses of California poppies are in bloom. And, I am reasonable certain, poppies are in fact the California state flower.
Until next time, be well and love well and follow your heart on whatever path it leads you.