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Saturday October 25, 2014

09:00 Advance polls today in Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford, Cornwall »The Guardian - Local News
Advance polls will be open today in the big four communities in Prince Edward Island. Polling locations will be open today, Monday and Saturday, Nov. 1 in Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford and Cornwall. The hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The actual election day goes on Monday, Nov. 3. Gary ...
08:42 Optimizing social media Optimizing future technologies »The Guardian - Business
Over the past summer I was surprised to hear that so many organizations in P.E.I. do not allow the current and future trends in business such as social media in their organizations. I wonder sometimes, do they not allow calculators, credit cards, automobiles or telephones. If managers only ...
08:20 Province House ‘a virtual reality’ »The Guardian - Opinion
Alternate multi-media opportunity for visitors only option to view historic site for 3 to 5 years
08:18 Unsettled weather continues across PEI »peistormchaser
Saturday October 25th 8:15am.. The low pressure system that has plagued the Maritimes over the past few days is finally moving away. This system was stalled off the New Jersey coast  on Tuesday-Thursday and gave flooding rains to parts New … Continue reading
08:17 Another hero to remember »The Guardian - Opinion
The National War Memorial in Ottawa has always seemed a very tranquil place to me, in spite of two paradoxes involving it.One is that it’s dedicated to the lives of people who, in most cases, died very violent deaths. And, the memorial is located in an urban setting, which means it is ...
08:15 Is Pope Francis more liberal than Mr. Ghiz? »The Guardian - Opinion
Last weekend, the leader of the world’s most conservative organization attempted to move his institution in a more liberal direction, while the P.E.I. government, which is liberal in name only, thwarted attempts to have abortions performed in the province. Pope Francis was attempting to ...
08:14 Guards put themselves in harm’s way »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: On September 12th, while Marilyn and I were in Ottawa, we visited the National War Memorial and observed the "changing of the guard" ceremony. Yesterday, October 22nd, was a sad day for Canada when one of the Memorial guards was shot down in an act of cowardly terrorism. This morning's ...
08:14 Half a century of music »The Guardian - Living
The Who marks milestone by releasing The Who Hits 50!, a two-CD set featuring 42 tracks 
08:13 Tolerance is one thing, acceptance quite another »The Guardian - Opinion
Just before the new pope was elected in March of 2013, I wrote that a progressive, forward-thinking leader was needed to bring about necessary changes in the church - changes like allowing priests to marry. Nearly 20 months later, I’m convinced of at least two things: Pope Francis is the man ...
08:10 Finding our way in the fight against terrorism »The Guardian - Opinion
By Jonathan Coady (guest opinion)
08:10 Take a slice out of The Bologna Cookbook »The Guardian - Living
This is the day readers learn about The Bologna Cookbook by Kevin Phillips.Probably the first about its subject, it costs $19.95 from Flanker Press. And if you like bologna, it’s a bargain; there are two hundred recipes, each featuring bologna in this attractive and well-arranged book. And ...
08:08 Woman who buys close to $5,000 with stolen card gets 45 days »The Guardian - Local News
Jamie Lynn Gill, 29, of Charlottetown does extended shopping at Sears
08:07 Get out, vote, attend services »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: We are going through a very challenging time with terrorists wanting to bring down our morale by instilling fear by their actions. It must have been horrifying to have been on Parliament Hill not knowing if this deranged shooter was going to get at you.These moments, however, make me ...
08:06 We’re an island, not under bubble »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I hope I would be one of the last ones to run around yelling “The sky is falling”, but I have to disagree with some of David Steeves points in his letter on P.E.I.’s reaction to the Ebola fears (“We’re acting like scared children,” today’s Guardian). He says “Islanders love to get ...
08:05 Business sherpas needed more than capital »The Guardian - Business
A couple of interesting conversations with local business people this week has revealed a sentiment of frustration. A discomfort borne of operating a small business in a challenging economic environment, paired with disenchantment from gaining market traction.I understand and can relate to this ...
07:17 Singer/songwriter Irish Mythen creates buzz with strong voice, banter »The Guardian - Local News
Irish Mythen comfortably mingles with a cozy crowd numbering just over 30 gathered on a Friday night at the Trailside Café in Mount Stewart. Most of her audience knows what is in store when the Irishwoman that stands a mere five feet tall makes her way up on to the corner stage armed with ...
03:04 Intentional Gratefulness v.6 »Lot 65
02:04 UPEI men's soccer team focused on winning today »The Guardian - Sports
The UPEI Panthers control their own destiny heading into the final weekend of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s soccer regular season.The Panthers (3-2-6) play Memorial (4-6-1) today and close out the regular season Sunday against Cape Breton (8-3-1). Both games start at 3:15 p.m.“I’d ...
02:00 Panthers women's soccer close to clinching playoff spot »The Guardian - Sports
The UPEI Panthers are one point away from clinching the final playoff spot in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s soccer conference.UPEI (5-4-2) plays Memorial (7-3-1) today and Cape Breton (6-4-2) Sunday to conclude the regular season. Both games start at 1 p.m. St. F.X. (3-4-5), which ...
01:52 Islanders play Remparts tonight, Screaming Eagles Sunday »The Guardian - Sports
The Memorial Cup hosts and a division rival are in town this weekend to play the Charlottetown Islanders.The Quebec Remparts are in tonight for a 7:30 p.m. contest while the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (7-7-1-1) visits Charlottetown (6-6-1-1) Sunday at 3 p.m.“They are two big tests for us,” ...
01:40 Hurricanes drop to 0-2 at national baseball championship »The Guardian - Sports
For the second straight game, errors got the best of the Holland College Hurricanes at the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association national championship.A first inning featuring five Hurricane miscues led to a big inning for the Université de Montréal Carabins as they cruised to an 8-0 victory ...
01:40 Hurricanes drop to 0-2 at national baseball championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
For the second straight game, errors got the best of the Holland College Hurricanes at the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association national championship.A first inning featuring five Hurricane miscues led to a big inning for the Université de Montréal Carabins as they cruised to an 8-0 victory ...
00:56 [BLOG] Some Friday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the exocomets of Beta Pictoris.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper on the luminosity of cold brown dwarfs.

  • The Dragon's Tales links to one paper suggesting that Polynesian migration up to the 14th century depended on a pleasant global climate and links to another describing the discovery of a Polynesian canoe from 1400 CE in New Zealand.

  • Eastern Approaches notes that coal is facing serious pressure in central Europe, even in Poland.

  • Far Outliers notes how the Chinese northeast is once again a promised land for North Koreans.

  • Inkfish notes that at least one species of fish plays.

  • Marginal Revolution suggests that Jewish sects see such fierce leadership because they have become so consolidated.

  • Language Log reports that apparently it is harder to learn to read Arabic than it is to read Hebrew.

  • Language Log comments on the decent nature of Mark Zuckerberg's Chinese.

  • The Planetary Society Blog notes China's test of a moon mission.

  • pollotenchegg maps the divisions of Luhansk in the east of Ukraine.

  • Spacing Toronto's John Lorinc suggests we Torontonians can learn much from Calgary and its mayor Naheed Nenshi.

00:25 Storm trade Cayole to Brampton »The Guardian - Sports
Ferguson, Trotter, Coleman released
00:25 Storm trade Cayole to Brampton »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Ferguson, Trotter, Coleman released
00:13 Panthers earn home victory »The Guardian - Sports
Travis McIsaac tipped in the game-winning goal Friday as the UPEI Panthers defeated the Dalhousie Tigers 4-2 in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s hockey action. “We’ve been generating a lot of chances, and we knew eventually we’d be rewarded, it was just a matter of time,” McIsaac said ...
00:13 Panthers earn home victory »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Travis McIsaac tipped in the game-winning goal Friday as the UPEI Panthers defeated the Dalhousie Tigers 4-2 in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s hockey action. “We’ve been generating a lot of chances, and we knew eventually we’d be rewarded, it was just a matter of time,” McIsaac said ...

Friday October 24, 2014

23:00 Panther recognized for growing rugby »The Guardian - Sports
Mosher-Gallant receives AUS award for involvement in rookie rugby program A UPEI Panther has been recognized for her grassroots efforts to grow rugby. Shanda Mosher-Gallant received the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) student-athlete community service award Friday in Wolfville, N.S., where the ...
22:55 Capitals lose OT contest in Campbellton »The Guardian - Sports
Former Charlottetown Islanders winger Robert Pelletier scored 35 seconds into overtime Friday as the Campbellton Tigers defeated the Summerside Western Capitals 4-3. The Maritime Junior A Hockey League game was tied 1-1 after the first and second periods at the Campbellton Memorial Civic ...
22:55 Capitals lose OT contest in Campbellton »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Former Charlottetown Islanders winger Robert Pelletier scored 35 seconds into overtime Friday as the Campbellton Tigers defeated the Summerside Western Capitals 4-3. The Maritime Junior A Hockey League game was tied 1-1 after the first and second periods at the Campbellton Memorial Civic ...
21:50 Moving North in Saskatchewan »PEIBlog.ca - Need peace? Go East!
10,000 found some bigs heading North in Saskatchewan
21:10 Love Is Strange at Friday, October 24, 2014 at 9:10 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 9 days left to see this film.

Rated: 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language)
Runs: 98 minutes
Director: Ira Sachs
Country: US
Released: 2014
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei

“Love may be weird, complicated and uncertain, but it is also wondrous. Love Is Strange makes that case with a remarkable blend of tenderness, wit and intelligence. A deftly written and sensitive film about a longtime New York City couple dealt professional, economic and emotional blows, it is, above all, terrifically acted by leads John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. Molina and Lithgow have terrific chemistry. We fully believe these vital older men have been together in a loving, committed relationship for nearly four decades. The film takes their long-standing romance in stride and opens on the day of their wedding... The ceremony is an idyllic moment in their lives, but things soon unravel. George loses his job as a music teacher at a Catholic school. His sexual orientation was an open secret, but once the couple made it official by taking vows, the archdiocese steps in and fires him. Without George's steady salary, the two are forced to sell their Manhattan apartment. Even with George's income from giving private lessons and Ben's pension, they can't afford to rent a place and also pay health insurance... Soon, the pair split up temporarily, compelled to reside apart with neighbors and relatives for significantly more than a week or two. George sleeps on the couch of former neighbors, a much younger - and rowdier - gay couple. Ben goes to stay in Brooklyn with his workaholic nephew Elliot, Elliot's wife/author Kate and their adolescent son Joey. Each is given makeshift accommodations and they all find themselves awkwardly in the way... Their union is put to the test. We feel their enduring love and the pain over their separation.... Love Is Strange is realistic and compassionate on all fronts... A deeply poignant and understated tale, with a pair of masterful performance at its core, Love Is Strange is a profoundly moving examination of love's ability to withstand adversity.” - Claudia Puig, USA Today. “An exceptionally thoughtful, elegiac nocturne of a film. It’s romantic without being cloying, it’s sad without being maudlin, it’s funny without winking at the audience, and above all, it’s real. Not a note feels inauthentic... It is full of breath-taking beauty, both visual and thematic, and the score, largely comprised of Chopin, is the perfect accompaniment. The penultimate scene just may be the most affecting you’ll see this year... This one sticks with you.” - Mark Rabinowitz, Paste Magazine

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21:00 Towhee »justpictureit
photo - Towhee

Rufous-sided Towhee - Pipilo erythrophthalmus From the Seattle area

20:22 P.E.I. Muslims condem attacks »The Guardian - Local News
The Muslim Society of P.E.I. says it stands united with Canadians and strongly, unequivocally, condemns the attacks in Ottawa and Quebec, and asks all muslims living in Canada to speak out against the violence it says has threatened the democratic values of the country. On Wednesday, a gunman ...
20:08 It’s about championships, not stats »Journal-Pioneer Sports
The big news this week was Peyton Manning breaking the NFL touchdown passing record held by Brett Favre.
19:55 Rash B Havior at top of his game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
The next to last live harness racing program goes post ward (1 o’clock) Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside.
19:40 O CANADA! #letsgoredblacks (at TD Place Stadium) »timothycullen.com


O CANADA! #letsgoredblacks (at TD Place Stadium)

19:26 Borden-Carleton's Johnny Doull talks bodybuilding, personal struggles »Journal-Pioneer Local
MIDDLETON –As he answers his Middleton home’s door, 24-year-old Johnny Doull’s frame fills the doorframe.
19:06 Team Blue wins Storm’s inter-squad game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
ELMSDALE -- Team Blue overcame a 22-20 first deficit by going on a 25-point run Thursday night en route to a 112-99 win over Team White in an Island Storm Inter-Squad game at Westisle Composite High School.
19:05 Still no identity for man found in water in 1997 »The Guardian - Local News
Promising lead turns out negative
19:02 Hurricanes drop opener at baseball nationals »The Guardian - Sports
The Holland College Hurricanes committed four errors in dropping its opening game of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association championship Friday in Montreal. A throwing error from Dillon Doucette in the bottom of the fifth allowed the go-ahead run to score as the Hurricanes fell 2-1 to the ...
19:02 Hurricanes drop opener at baseball nationals »Journal-Pioneer Sports
The Holland College Hurricanes committed four errors in dropping its opening game of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association championship Friday in Montreal. A throwing error from Dillon Doucette in the bottom of the fifth allowed the go-ahead run to score as the Hurricanes fell 2-1 to the ...
18:39 A business salute »The Guardian - Business
Chamber to pay tribute to Kent Scales
18:07 Wizard returning to Rotary Friendship Park »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – The wizard has returned.
18:02 Ottawa Senators assistant coach reflects on Wednesday’s shooting »Journal-Pioneer Local
OTTAWA -- Dave Cameron was out for a pre-game skate with the Ottawa Senators Wednesday when he checked in on a couple of broadcasters at the arena. “You guys look awfully quiet,” the assistant coach commented. It was at that point that he was informed of the shooting on Parliament Hill.
17:55 Summerside lands U-21 Canadian Women’s Fastpitch Championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside is renewing its reputation as being a sports hosting town with the announcement Friday that the city will host the 2015 U-21 Women’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship Aug. 12-16, 2015.
17:52 Sports Hall of Fame opens at Credit Union Place »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – For over two years the accomplishments of Island athletes and builders of sport have been shut away in boxes.
17:49 Summerside voters support public debate concept »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – Nothing draws a crowd like a good old fashion down home debate.
16:04 Some of the best »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor, I arrived home a few days ago from a total knee replacement by Dr. Scott Wotherspoon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown and had such a positive experience I thought I would share it.
15:31 P.E.I. actors set to open the curtain again »The Guardian - Living
After successful runs in two Island theatres, a new and improved Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story returns to the stage Oct. 24-25, this time at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown
15:18 Sources of pride surround us »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
First Nations roots run deep all over this beautiful Island we call Prince Edward.
15:11 Don’t let terrorism win »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
In the Vancouver airport, the parents of a Muslim family stand stock-still, watching the news from Ottawa play out on television screens.
14:48 Good things we love to hate »Journal-Pioneer Living
Ever since I opened my ‘insect hotel’ in by backyard this summer I have been made acutely aware of the fact that this is a bad idea, according to some pretty smart and generally well-informed people that I know. My, how wrong they are.
14:00 Souris man sentenced to jail time for drunk driving »The Guardian - Local News
A Souris man who was driving with a blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit was sentenced Thursday to seven days in jail. Ernest Elmer Gallant, 61, originally pleaded not guilty to impaired driving and failing the breathalyzer after his arrest on Jan. 9. After a trial in ...
13:59 [PHOTO] Canada Geese in High Park, Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
13:35 Island native recounts role responding to attack on Parliament »The Guardian - Local News
His days of policing were behind him, but the instincts of a cop remained fresh. Souris West native Greg Peters, a retired RCMP superintendent, was changing into his uniform Tuesday morning as Usher of the Black Rod to the Senate when all hell broke loose. He heard on his security radio that ...
13:29 Summerside to host Canadian women's fastpitch tournament »The Guardian - Sports
Summerside will host the Canadian under-21 women’s fastpitch championship next summer, the city announced Friday. The tournament will take place from Aug. 12 to 16. “We are thrilled that Summerside will play host to the best softball players in the country,” said Mayor Basil Stewart. This will ...
13:29 Summerside to host Canadian women's fastpitch tournament »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Summerside will host the Canadian under-21 women’s fastpitch championship next summer, the city announced Friday. The tournament will take place from Aug. 12 to 16. “We are thrilled that Summerside will play host to the best softball players in the country,” said Mayor Basil Stewart. This will ...
13:05 Some tips to consider before you decide to get a dog »ordinaryaverageeveryday
I’ve always been an animal lover, but I started working with animals just about a year ago. It has been rewarding but also disheartening at times because I see a lot of neglectful owners. One of the hardest things for me has been coming in contact with owners who don’t even realize they’re neglecting their […]
13:03 Montreal Expos Nostalgia »CBC PEI Island Morning
It's World Series time - a favourite time of the year for baseball fans. But it's bittersweet for Montreal Expos fan Campbell Webster.  It is now ten years since the Expos left Montreal...and 20 years since the team almost won...
13:01 Journal Pioneer and Summerside Rotary Book Sale for Literacy on now »Journal-Pioneer Local
The Journal Pioneer and Summerside Rotary Book Sale for Literacy is on now at the former Burger King location on the Summerside waterfront, 151 Heather Moyse Drive.
12:21 Visser to play for Canada at universiade »The Guardian - Sports
Keirsten Visser is going to Spain in February. The fifth-year UPEI women’s hockey team member will play for Canada at the Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain from Feb. 4 to 14. The Crapaud native is studying science and plays defence. Panthers coach Bruce Donaldson is an assistant on Jon ...
12:21 Visser to play for Canada at universiade »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Keirsten Visser is going to Spain in February. The fifth-year UPEI women’s hockey team member will play for Canada at the Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain from Feb. 4 to 14. The Crapaud native is studying science and plays defence. Panthers coach Bruce Donaldson is an assistant on Jon ...
12:02 Sunflowers for Kenyan Classrooms »CBC PEI Island Morning
The sunflower is often seen as a symbol of strength and hope.  It's perfectly suited to be part of the fundraising effort Callum's Classroom... to build classrooms for students in Kenya. The campaign is named for Callum Russell MacLean  who...
12:00 Innovation Minister Al Roach commends hero in Ottawa shooting »The Guardian - Local News
MONTAGUE — The veteran officere who saved countless lives on Parliament Hill Wednesday from the attack of a radicalized gunman followed his training, and did his job well, says P.E.I. Innovation Minister Allen Roach. “He showed tremendous courage and stepped up to the plate,’’ said Roach ...
11:29 No longer business as usual »The Guardian - Opinion
Terrorist attack on Parliament changes the way we Canadians have public access
11:27 Professor too harsh on student’s views »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I commend the student for his well-written letter (Oct. 16, 2014) in which he offered his assessment of the war on ISIS. He clearly understood the need to rid Iraq, the region and indeed the world of horrible creatures who, murder, rape and torture those who do not subscribe to their ...
11:22 Sincere thanks to civic councillors »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: As they leave their tours on council, Cory Thomas and Tina Mundy deserve sincere thanks from the citizens of Summerside. They both came to office to uphold democracy and trust on City Council. They were honest to the core and Summerside would be lucky to have either of them back at some ...
11:17 Poignant memory of young soldier »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I am an Islander who has lived in Ottawa for almost 15 years now. Every day, on my drive to the office, I proceed north on Elgin and make a left on Queen, passing by the National War Memorial. Tuesday, it was pouring rain. I recall looking at the two soldiers on duty there, so obviously ...
11:06 A bad case of terrorism envy »The Guardian - Opinion
On Feb. 19, 1985 my stepfather, Bill Harris, was machine gunned to death by a Guatemalan military death squad. He was shot because he had not fully understood that the extortion notes demanding money that he, and many others had received, were backed up by a ruthless army colonel. Anybody who ...
11:00 Directing women »The Guardian - Living
Record number of female directors taking part in Island Media Arts Festival in Charlottetown this weekend
11:00 P.E.I. tuna fleet nearly fills its allocation »The Guardian - Local News
ALBERTON — Just 28.9 kilograms, that’s how close the P.E.I. tuna fleet came to filling its 2014 allocation. “The Island has really been good,” said the chairman of the P.E.I. Fishermen Association’s tuna advisory committee, Kenny Drake, in describing the fishery’s adherence to its ...
10:52 Classic albums revs up the place »The Guardian - Living
The group of tribute musicians called Classic Albums Live was certainly all revved up last Friday night — and contrary to what the lyrics from the Meat Loaf song would have you believe, they did, in fact, have a “place to go.” And that place was Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Homburg Theatre ...
10:44 McQuaid looking forward to only trip to Charlottetown »The Guardian - Sports
It’s homecoming weekend for Alexander McQuaid. The 18-year-old defenceman from Meadow Bank and his Quebec Remparts teammates make their only trip to Charlottetown Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. game with the Islanders. “I can’t wait,” McQuaid said Wednesday. “That’s been circled on the calendar for a ...
10:22 21st Century Learning - Oct 23 2014 »EdTechTalk (Dave Cormier)

11:45 minutes (13.46 MB)

Alex and arvind discuss the book "The Charisma Myth" by Olivia Fox Cabane and how people can learn to build their charisma through practicing skills around presence, power, and warmth.

 

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10:00 Emotional return to work in Ottawa for P.E.I. MPs »The Guardian - Local News
After spending a day in lockdown following a gun attack in Parliament, Prince Edward Island MPs say returning to work Thursday was emotional but an important part of moving on from the tragic events. “We’re not going to see our values, our freedoms, our belief in a peaceful and open society ...
10:00 Uncle Bob's Lined Mittens »Jobo Designs

A few months ago... at an extended family dinner... Uncle Bob asked me:  "What kind of yarn makes the Best, Warmest Mittens?"  Well... ask the obsessed wool lady a loaded question will ya? I know he was expecting me to talk his ear off, so away I went!

He was looking for a better hand warming solution. He had gone out and purchased fancy leather gloves, and other types of mittens only to be disappointed with hands that were still chilly and stiff after his 15 minute walk to work.  He had thought that by buying a supposedly "nice" pair that he would have warm hands. 

We live in Eastern Canada - translation:  It snows here. A lot. There is often a wind chill factor drawing the "feels-like" temperature well below freezing. 

I'm not surprised that leather gloves wouldn't do the job properly. Even with a lining, without the safety-in-numbers of the fingers to keep each other warm, leather just isn't a great insulator for warmth. It might keep the wind or moisture out, but not ideal for the chilliest of days. Maybe as driving gloves, when you're in your car?

The Yarn:

So... enter the world of Wool.  Warm, even when wet, and versatile - if you want warm mittens you probably want wool.  After measuring Uncle Bob's hands, we went right to talking about what kind of wool would be best to keep his digits toasty. I suggested maybe a straightforward superwash wool outer shell, with a soft and fluffy layer inside for a lining to trap the warm air nice and close to the skin.  We decided to go with Knit Picks yarns, because they have great reasonably priced products, in lots of appealing colors, and the quality is excellent value.

- Outer Shell: Knit Picks Swish Worsted - 100% Superwash Wool in Cobblestone Heather

- The Lining: Knit Picks Reverie - 80% Baby Alpaca/20% Acrylic in Wine.

The finished mittens will need to be hand-washed because of the baby alpaca lining, but overall should be easy to wear and simple to rinse and lie flat to dry if they get soiled.

The Design:

- working from Uncle Bob's measurements, I set off to create the perfect pair of mittens!  I've made (no joke) probably 50 pairs of mittens in various sizes over the years.  I decided to just wing it and not bother looking for a pattern.  Mittens are my thing...

- He wanted nice long cuffs to tuck into his jacket sleeves. I decided to do a bit of an offset alternating cabled rib, just to make them look unique. It's basically glorified 2x2 rib... comfortable, stretchy and resilient.

- The outer shell of the mitten was knit in plain stockinette - simple and smooth looking.  I like to Kitchener the tops of my mittens closed to avoid the pointy look.

- The gauge of the lining yarn / needle combo was a bit different from the outer shell... resulting in the need to change stitch counts and rework the increases a bit. The result though, was a nice and lofty feeling lining that fits just perfectly inside the shell.  I carefully sewed the lining in, using small invisible stitches.  You'd never know from looking at the outside that it's in there!

- The final result is a delightful 2-layered approach to the Maritime winter season.  The layers are thin enough to not feel clumsy or awkward, but you can feel that warm difference moments after you put your hands inside.  That baby alpaca warms almost instantly, and the wool keeps that warmth inside.  I'd bet even after a snowball fight, when the outer shell gets a little damp - these suckers will still be toasty warm and comfortable on the inside!

Uncle Bob's Reaction: "Do they come with a Mitten String?  If I lose these, my wife is going to kill me!" (Aunt Christine was in the corner giggling!)

 

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