Una Cosettina, or ‘ A Little Something’ is the name of these half-mitts, designed especially for Oropa 1ply yarn, which is made with wool from sheep which have roamed the foothills of Alps of Northern Italy for perhaps a thousand years. Who knows for sure? But, there is an age-old mill in Biella which uses much the same processing methods as of long ago , and which make the wool from these Old-World sheep into yarn. Oropa 1ply is a rustic heritage yarn as rugged as the mountain terrain it comes from. Truly Oropa yarn is nothing less than a timeless treasure.
((Lots of information about The Wool Box at bottom of page))
I talk a lot about the yarn, and Biella’s place in Italy’s wool industry in Posted From Italy , Yarn Whisperer , and some about elements of design process in my previous post.
We have a pattern friends !!!
The design incorporates my own edging which I will simply call my ‘eyelet edging’, a cast-on and bind-off’ , having elements of i-cord, rib, and lace all in one.
Shown in Pearl Grey & Natural Oropa 1ply, sturdy & feminine, these half-mitts will keep your hands toasty warm, while letting the spring breezes through from it’s open lace-work. A feminine take on riding gloves of olden days perhaps, slightly bell-shaped , stylish, and ready to make a spectacular conversation piece when people ask about them.
The photos show both sizes, and two slightly different cast-on eyelet edgings at the beginning of cuff, the end result in pattern, is slightly again different, combining both. (it was just a matter of changing one round of rib, into knit stitch).
In the weeks ahead this very same pattern is undergoing translation into Italian, and it will then become available to purchase in kit form with the very same Oropa 1ply yarn as you see in photo. As soon as I have any information to the kit being ready, I will post in celebration of a job well done collaboratively , having a sense of place from both Northern California, and Northern Italy.
Meanwhile I will have this pattern for sale along with my other designs, which you will find on Yarnings over it’s pattern page HERE
and on Ravelry HERE
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Thank you Bonnie, for asking me if I would like to design una cosettina (a little something) for The Wool Box, because I most certainly and thoroughly enjoyed it ! May only ever the warm & soft breezes of spring blow through your lace ~~ Ciao.
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Now, for a little more information about The Wool Box !
You may read a little bit about Some info on The Wool Box and then check out the English translated websites that Volunteer English-speaking Ambassador to The Wool Box , Bonnie, as created on Ravelry HERE and on Facebook HERE.
You can read more about “The New History of Italian Wool” from Bonnie’s blog called “Wool In Italy” . . . on her post HERE .
If you would like to contact The Wool Box directly (in Italy), below are links Bonnie has provided me:
The Wool Box Shop: www.thewoolbox.it
Customer Service: firstname.lastname@example.org