Every year for the last few years, Summit Yarn has sponsored a design contest for the Fiber Festival.  One year was hat design, another year was scarves.  This year the challenge was mitten design and we were not disappointed.  There were nine entries, each one gorgeous and hand-crafted.

This year's nine entries!


We had three independent judges, Lisa Tizzoni, Martha Wells, and Kathy Rautenbach.  Each pair of mittens was looked at by each of the judges and scored by a list of criteria.  The pair of mittens with the highest score won first place.  I always feel that every entry is a winner and this is why everyone is awarded a ribbon.

The first place pair of mittens. Not only were they knit from handspun yarn; but the yarn itself came from sheep owned by the knitter! I especially love the Celtic knot I-cord detail.


close-up view of palm and top of hand side of the first place mittens


Second Place Classic Selbu mittens worked with a contrasting pop color to great and ORIGINAL effect....well-done!


Decoratively Thrummed crochet mittens with crocheted rib cuff...Third Place and awesome!


Thrummed pieces have fleece or roving (sheep’s wool before it is spun) worked into individual stitches with the bulk hidden on the inside of the piece for extra warmth and dryness.  Here is an interior view of these creatively thrummed mittens:

note the wool on the inside of the mitten


Very traditional and beautiful mittens...Thank you for your entry!


The pattern for these mittens is available on Ravelry. It was written by a woman in honor of her cat who had heart disease. I especially love the mittens on the cuff.


The motif on top of the mitten is a beautiful decorative effect!


I love the combination of the spiral rib with the horizontal stripes....a wonderful use of color and texture!


The combination of intarsia with stripes is INSPIRED! I love the idea and can't wait to play with it for other items...like maybe a TEA COZY?


These pink and grey Selbu Mittens were knit from Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply...this is one of my most favorite color combinations for just about any project.


Two of the judges finishing up...the third judge was hiding behind her camera!


There are a bunch of free patterns for Tea Cozies on Ravelry.  I have more at the studio and stacks of stitch dictionaries to help you design your own piece of artwork.  Come in and visit me with your ideas and inspiration.  We are all looking forward to next year’s contest.  Please join in the fray with us!

loads of love, light and laughter,

Mary Ellen