I can't believe I didn't post about these mittens earlier! What happened? I was sure I posted about the first pair, but not the second pair. I know I posted on my Facebook and/or Instagram page! So none of this yarn is in my "Yarn Out" total? Awesome.
I had this idea, back in the spring when business was slow, that I would start making mittens to have in stock. I wanted a 100% Canadian wool, preferably machine washable. I also wanted it to be worsted weight. And affordable. And available locally. Well. There aren't too many options for that! I finally settled on Briggs & Little "Heritage", back in ....March. This wool is great value. The two skeins, 113gr each, cost me $13.45, and I got three pairs of mittens, ranging from large child to a large lady/small men. I had just the swatch and a small ball left over. I tested them in the machine, with a load of laundry on a gentle cycle, I think it was. There didnt' seem to be any appreciable felting, though a hot wash/cold rinse might be another story. Unfortunately, my gauge was something like 4.5st/in and the chart in Ann Budd's book of Handy Patterns only has full numbers. I used 5.0mm needles (just for my own future reference).
I do hope to make more, in another colour and some smaller sizes, though I have to get more wool. And, somehow, I suddenly got a huge influx of orders and inquiries, and I'm still working on those Christmas stockings! Better get to work!
Yarn In: 3017gr
Yarn Out: 217gr + 4574gr = 4791gr
Balance: 1774gr more used UP than brought in
Costs: $145.08 /246 days = $0.59/day