Long, long ago, before I broke my arm, I knitted a pair of luscious lofty fingerless mitts out of what was a new yarn from Quince and Company, called Piper. The fingering-weight yarn is 50% Texas merino and 50% Texas mohair and is completely manufactured right here in the good old U.S. of A.

first mitt on hand

It just so happens that the pattern is now available for purchase from Quince and Company (complete with a couple much more appealing photos). But it also just so happens that I have another skein of this lovely that I’ll happily raffle off with a copy of the pattern.

Just respond to this post telling me where you live (I’m interested in learning if people other than my family members read my blog), and I’ll draw a winner Monday, January 12. In the meantime, I hope you’re keeping warm!

115 thoughts on “G.L.O.R.I.A.”

  1. Of course we read your blog!
    Hope you are starting to feel better. New cast yet?
    I live in Rifle Colorado.

  2. I just don’t know what I would do if I was in your situation! I so need some fingerless mitts! I am a teacher in Minnetonka, Minnesota (suburb of Mpls.) and our weather has been horrendous! So, so cold and now blowing snow. Building people came around measuring the temps in our room and our walls were registering 32 degrees!!! So many of our kiddos wear short sleeve t shirts to school! My hands get stiff in this inside cold! Love your blog! Heal fast but thoroughly!
    Kathy Waldusky

  3. Leslie Rasmussen (Rav I D. Razzledays)

    Yes, I do! And I appreciate the way you follow the projects on your patterns. You are so accessible for tips or questions. The first time you commented on one of my projects It felt like visiting royalty! Hope your arm is healing well.

  4. Karen Hutchinson

    Your blog posts are great fun. And I really just live up the road from you in Loveland. But tonight I’m in Santa Cruz Bolivia. I don’t know what the temp is at home but it’s been close to 80 all say here with just a little rain. I will be home in time to need those mitts though.
    Karen Hutchinson

  5. Good evening, Ann, sorry that you have to go thru this crazy time. So i’ll tell you I’m here in mid-Miisouri where it’s cold. Not cold like some but single overnite temps but cold enough to bundle up in my hand-knits. We’ve been here for more than twenty years but I still miss living in the Southwest – Southern California desert, Phoenix. i’m a desert gal at heart, but in love with Missouri’s change of seasons

    Take care,

  6. I live near Dallas, Texas where it was 16 degrees this morning. Brrrrrrrrr! That’s quite cold for this neck of the woods. Beautiful pattern and equally beautiful TEXAS yarn. Hope you are in less pain and healing.

  7. Karen Bester…I spend the winters living in a golf course community in Avon Park Fl. Where I knit and golf…sometimes both at the same time.

  8. Nancy from Chickasaw country

    I am in “balmy” southeast central Oklahoma where I was greeted to a 12 degree day made even colder by a blustery wind out of the north. May you mend quickly and not suffer from winter dryness (and, therefore, the itches).

  9. Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. I won your birthday giveaway so I don’t think I should win again but I love reading everything you write. Got your Master Sock Book when I was away on vacation.

  10. Clare, Michigan, where we know sub-zero windchills this week;-). That yarn looks beautiful. I’m working my way through the second pair of socks from your book, Sock Knitting: Master Class. And I am enjoying your post.

  11. Central Coast of California, and yes we wear fingerless gloves here. Not five minutes ago, I finished blocking a tam I made using your Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, which I bought with a gift certificate I received from my DH to my LYS. I can’t wait until it dries! Hope your arm is knitting quickly and in gauge.

  12. Oh my goodness, jane george! I grew up in rehoboth.

    I live in rochester, MA — not the one in NY, lol– Hope you’re feeling better!

  13. I moved to Maine from Colorado – traded the fabulous skiing for summers in a kayak (and winters with bone chilling humidity). I am slowly getting started on using local yarns so the Piper and fingerlass mitts would come in vey handy.

  14. I’m a huge fan of your work and would love to be a winner this time. I live in Annapolis, MD but am on the road to Breckenridge, CO where we will spend the winter.

  15. Fort McMurray, Alberta. Knitting a Top Down Sweater right now, with a little (lot) of help from your book.

  16. Hi Ann, I live in Britton, MI, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it little town. Today started with a temperature of -3 with -30 wind chill. New mitts sure would be nice.

  17. Sharyn from "Down Under"

    Hi Ann, I hope the arm is improving. I am in Wollongong, Australia, where it is a steamy 28C (or 82F to you).

  18. I live in Lincoln, Massachusetts where it was -1 this morning! Talk about brrrrrr! Hope you’re healing well Ann.

  19. My, we are all over the place! I’m in Arlington, Virginia where it’s 22F (so I wish I was in Wollongong!). Hope the arm is healing up!

  20. It’ 17 degrees in Lubbock today…..brrrrrr! Would absolutely love to knit these fingerless mitts. Love your blog Ann! Hope that you are healing nicely!

  21. I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I hope you are improving each day and enjoying some of the movies that were recommended.

  22. Believe it or not, it is thirty degrees here in Austin, TX and they are making noise about a light snow in the morning. I’m actually going to need mitts! I am so excited this pattern has been released! I have been keeping an eye peeled for it since you first blogged about it. I think you and Quince make a great combo. I hope your arm is well enough to knit comfortably soon.

  23. Hi from chilly Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada… or as it’s fondly called Winterpeg πŸ˜‰

  24. I love your blog-one of my favorite “blog stops”! I also love your patterns and have several of your books that are SO helpful. I hope you are not experiencing too much pain and that you heal well. Fun to see where all of your readers are from-I am in Vancouver, WA.

  25. I’m sure you have a ton of followers other than your family. I’m in Brandywine, Maryland, 30 minutes south of Washington, DC, where it is currently 21 degrees at 10:22 p.m. which is up from 9 degrees this morning. I still went out dancing though. πŸ™‚

  26. Golden Valley, Minnesota!

    I read your blog, I read your books and I take your classes whenever you come to Minneapolis! I have loved your designs in magazines for over 20 years!

    Love Quince & Co. too!

  27. I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and love to read your blog! (And I love all things Quince…)

  28. Jacksonville, Florida here πŸ˜€
    We actually had a tiny bit of snow flurry here; it’s not unheard of, but the last time it snowed here was before I was born (as far as I know). Anyways, for Florida it was really cold. Of course, having lived in Iowa I do have experience with even colder weather, but still … weird for this state.
    Thankfully, I’ve got a sweater and mittens that I’ve knitted, and a scarf and hat my sister knitted for me this Christmas, so I’ve kept pretty cozy!

  29. Faithfully read your blog and have most of your books. You are one of the people that keeps me knitting socks. Hope you are.on the way to healing. By the way, I’m in Parkersburg, West Virginia right on the Ohio River. Wind chill was -13 this morning at 8:30am. This really cold for this region.

  30. I live in Glendale Hts. Illinois and am currently enjoying a balmy 13 degrees. It’s so much better than the minus 1 this morning!! Love these mitts and your blog!!

  31. I live in Manitoba, Canada. And I always read your blog and love it. I also have bought many of your patterns and books and love them as well.

  32. Hi Ann
    I live north of Seattle on Samish Island.
    Recently, we have had a few mild, sunny days. Like that we are slowly gaining daylight.

  33. I Live in the small town of Stillman Valley IL east of Chicago. It is -35 wind chill tonight. Love your blog.

  34. I live in North Palm Beach, Florida. I have a daughter in Boulder, and I would love to knit a pair for her.

  35. Wow, what a Christmas! Hope things are improving. I love knitting socks and keep coming across your name on the internet until I found your blog. I live in Asturias, Northern Spain where I have found knitting agrees with the long, rainy winter evenings. Also hurt my back on this farm so knitting is my excuse to avoid the heavy stuff and somehow feel productive and creative. Get Well Soon!

  36. Of course others than your family read your blog! Houston, Texas – where it’s actually in the low 30’s and raining.

  37. Hi Ann,
    I’m living in Toronto, Canada and would love to use that skein of beautiful yarn to knit a pair of those fingerless mitts for my 92 year old mother whose hands are always cold. Hope you heal quickly, June

  38. I live in Camden, ME and Leominster MA and it’s F R E E Z I N G in both places so this would be very very useful right now

  39. I am sure the cold temp are nothing new for you, however in South we love our fingerless mitts and these are beautiful!!!
    Take care of the arm and good luck with knitting.

  40. I’m in rural Southern Arizona, near Sierra Vista, Ft. Huachuca, Bisbee, and Tombstone. It was cool and rainy yesterday. I’m thankful for the rain, but prefer the warm and sunny days. I wear fingerless mitts year-round. Perfect for cool winter days, and protecting my hands from air conditioning in the summer.

  41. I live in south-west Indiana, small town of Wadesville. Presently we are in the deep-freeze with rest of nation. My daughter in law lives in Chicago and she would love a pair of these fingerless mitts. I hope you are healing.

  42. I live in Rochester, NY. It is 20 degrees and just stopped snowing. These would be a great addition to my collection.

  43. I sure enjoyed reading all the previous comments. Amazing where all the readers are from. I live in Wisconsin and the wind chills have been -25 to -35 this week, so fingerless mitts outside don’t cut it, but they sure are nice inside. I don’t believe I have ever used any wool from Texas – it looks lovely. Hope your arm is coming along well.

  44. Tehachapi, CA. I know, I know, people say CALIFORNIA? Mitts? We had 13 degrees the other morning. Not wet enuf for snow, but we DO get it!

  45. I do follow your blog and I do wear fingerless mitts in the winter in Anaheim CA. I wear them in the house when I knit or I am on the computer. I love them and have give several pairs as gifts.

  46. I regularly follow your blog and am in Cape Town, South Africa. We are in the middle of summer now but even in winter there is seldom a need for gloves. Knitted sweaters and scarves are always welcomed though. Hope your arm heals soon – must be so frustrating.

  47. Susanne Scheurwater

    Read your blog all the time and am so sorry you have had to go through such a horrendous break! I live in cold central Alberta, Canada. Edmonton to be precise. We are experiencing very cold temps these days (-25C) but we always survive the winter as we have for years. Thanks for your great blog and continued speedy recovery!!!

  48. Just a few miles north of San Francisco. Temperatures have been spring-like lately. Still knit fingerless gloves.

  49. Your neighbor to the North–Fort Collins. Love it when you come to our fair city to teach. I especially like your Go-To Sock pattern and have made several pairs for myself and my husband. Take care of you arm.

  50. Michelle Kendall

    I live in the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay, Wisconsin, where – 3- to 40 wind chills have kept us housebound this week.
    So sorry to hear about your arm – I hope that you have figured out a way to knit!

  51. Abbotsford, British Columbia, just north of the USA/Canada border. What fun to see where your readers are located!

  52. San Francisco Bay πŸ™‚ Fingerless mitts are perfect for our level of chill! Hope you’re back to knitting soon!

  53. Omaha, Nebraska here but we’ll hopefully be moving to Denver/Boulder area soon. (And don’t worry about putting me in the drawing, I won one of your books last year. I don’t want to be greedy.)

  54. I live in Oregon. I have 2 houses, one in the Willamette Valley wine country and one in Central Oregon, high in the Cascade Mountains on a beautiful trout stream

  55. Luscious indeed. Currently living in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, right on the border of the Great Canadian Shield so we have farm land south of us and lakes and forest north of us. What could be better?

  56. I live in a small town just west of Indianapolis Indiana. I enjoy reading your blog and have quite a few of your books. I really sympathize with your situation right now—–about four years ago I broke my arm when I fell on some ice and not being able to knit for 6 weeks was the hardest part of the whole ordeal!!! Hope you heal soon!

  57. Battle Creek, Michigan. I check your blog everyday. I love reading it and always enjoy your conversations with us out here in the blogoshpere.

  58. Hi, Ann, so sorry to hear about your arm issue. I was looking at a notebook I had on the wonderful Alaska cruise and found the note I took down about your favorite gin, Dancing Pines. We never did get that martini. Take care and get well soon. Janet, St. Michaels, Maryland

  59. Anchorage, Alaska, where it was -3 on Tuesday and 35 today. Goooooo climate change! My compliments on an absolutely glorious bruise–I hope you are healing well!

  60. Hi Ann, I live in Pennfield, New Brunswick, Ca.
    I hope you are able to knit soon, your arm looks very sore!

  61. Hi, Ann –
    Here in Minnetonka, MN, I’m feeling (some) of your pain, having fallen and broken my foot in mid-December. When people exclaim about the horrible time of year for such an accident, I have to laugh. This is NOT inhibiting my knitting, maybe even enhancing it. There is no warm weather for gardening (my summer hobby/obsession). This is a PERFECT time of year to have a broken foot. Best wishes for your speedy recovery!

  62. I’m down here is South Carolina where we think it’s cold, but not like your cold. Hope you are back to knitting soon.

  63. Greetings from Reno, NV!
    It’s unseasonably warm here but I have a lovely new Futon that both dogs, the cat, my husband and I can all fit on and still leave enough space for a pair of needles. πŸ™‚

  64. Kristine Nielsen

    I live in Bloomington, Indiana. I enjoy following your blog. Sorry to hear about your arm and hope it mends quickly. I’m also a member of your “Save Our Stitches” class on Craftsy.com.

  65. I live in Santa Fe where it is colder than cold right now. And Mohair is the magic fiber for me; nothing is warmer that I have found, except maybe fur.

    I hope your arm is doing better now and that you can get back to your knitting quickly.

  66. Send healing vibes your way. It is chilly here in Frozen Tundraland aka Green Bay, WI where we await the Ice Bowl replay tomorrow! Stay warm–knit faster!

  67. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand where it’s been in the high 20’s (celcius) for the last couple of days and I’ve been painting windowframes instead of knitting.
    I hope your arm is feeling better and that you heal quickly.

  68. I do hope your arm is healing quickly! What a Christmas for you. I love your work and I’m currently knitting “GoatHerder for my husband. I live in Amboy. Wa, north of Portland, Or, in the shadow of Mt St Helens.

  69. ~ Kind regards to you Ann.

    My sweet Mom, who lives in Vermont, just gifted me your book: Top Down Sweaters.
    I live in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where we finally have * Snow Faeries * visiting us, but I pine for living in Maine, by the ocean.
    I wish you well, to knit soon. The hardest part of my cancer surgeries was not being able to knit,…… not even a little. Believe me, I tried.
    I have often purchased Quince & Co yarn for my knitting students. I like them to realize how important it is to support USA farmers who raise the “wool critters” of all kinds & those who have remodeled old spinnery mills.
    ~ Merci for the chance to win the beautiful yarn & pattern ~
    It is perfect for my teenage students.
    Shell ~

  70. Nancy Powell Thompson

    Greetings Ann,
    This is a little late to offer condolences for your shoulder injury. I fractured my shoulder and wrist a few winters ago. Egad! But with vigorous physical therapy, all ended well, including knitting. I’m sure you’ve had more movies recommended than you can watch, but I’ll add a couple: Off the Map, a lovely little film set in the southwest with an off-beat fun story with Joan Allen & Sam Elliott. Another rec is Horseman on the Roof, a beautiful French film set in Provence with Juliette Binoche. Best wishes.

  71. Karen (MsBlondieKnits)

    Look at you, 113 responses and you thought just your family was reading your posts! I don’t need the yarn or pattern, but just wanted to pop in and say I hope your arm heals quickly! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015!

  72. Greetings from Belgium, dear Ann, and wishing you a speedy recovery to be able to pick-up your knitting asap πŸ™‚
    Overcast and blah winter without snow

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