Monday, July 09, 2012
Mitts for Jess
I knit and embroidered these mitts in record time (for me) for my niece, Jess. One week after graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Biology, Jess' car was hit head on by a drunk driver going the wrong way up a divided highway. Jess suffered from a broken collarbone and bad burns on her wrists. Amazing girl, she went through surgery and having a plate put in her shoulder, then within a few weeks started her summer job as a research tech at the San Diego Zoo. The mitts are to protect the fragile new skin on her wrists. Jess is doing great!
The mitts had to be really soft, yet not so warm that they couldn't be worn during warmish weather, so they are made from BeSweet Bamboo. The yarn has a great hand-paint look with subtle color gradations and is so soft and smooth that it is a pleasure to work with. Be Sweet is made in South Africa and supports job creation programs and educational development projects in economically depressed areas. The bamboo is listed as "eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, and machine washable". Perfect for the busy young scientist.