Yesterday, Markus and I were waiting at the bus stop on Highland Ave (near Hampton St. in Highland Park) when I found a frozen pair of mittens laying on top of a bush. Aren’t they lovely? Look at all those cute cables, and yes, I’ll say it, cute bobbles.
These were obviously handknit with lots of love, and I’m certain the person who lost them is very sad. I sure would be! So I snatched them up to see if I could find the rightful owner. When I got home I put the frozen mittens into a bucket with some water and a little sweater soap (they were a bit dirty from being out in the rain all night), then logged into Ravelry. Using my Bloodhound Gang detective skills, I did a search for mittens with the tag “cable”. Wouldn’t you know it, one of the first hits I got was the Aran Island Mittens pattern by Marcia Lewandowski from the book Folk Mittens. How awesome it was to find the exact mitten pattern!
I had a sneaky plan to find the owner of the mittens that I though just might work. There are currently 239,401 Ravelry members, and 43 of them have made the Aran Island Mittens. So I clicked on all the mittens made with the same color wool. I had my fingers crossed that the person who knit them lived here in the ‘burgh. Sadly, no luck on Ravelry. These mittens could have easily been given as a gift to someone who lives in Pittsburgh, or, more likely the person who knit them has not yet discovered the wonderful world of Ravelry. I posted in the Steel City Fiber Arts forum asking if anyone knew who they might belong to. I also posted in the lost and found section of Craigslist, and I plan to put up a note at the Tazza D’Oro cafe in Highland Park (which is near where I found the mittens). If none of those outlets helps reunite the owner with his/her mittens, I plan to donate them to a homeless charity.
Too bad I’m not a mittens kind of gal. These look like a fun project to knit (except for the bobbles). 😉