And that makes me very sad.
If anyone out there is interested in a pair of gorgeous mitts, please let me know. You can have them for the cost of the wool: $15 plus whatever it costs to ship them to you. They fit a woman's hand and are very stretchy. They will be extremely warm.
My thoughts about the wool, besides it being itchy. It's a very dense spin that has created a very round yarn. The stitch definitely, therefore, is gorgeous. It's very lofty and the cables really pop, as you can see. The ribbing that goes around the hand created a nice snug fit without and the knit wales are pronounced and very pretty.
What I found while knitting is that the yarn wants to knit up very tightly. I had to keep reminding myself to knit looser so that I could easily get my needles into the stitches on the next round. The cable, at times, could be difficult to completely twist. The overall finished product, though, is a nice, dense fabric that will wear for a long time and be extremely warm.
I did enjoy working this pattern and will look for another yarn that I think will do the cables justice to make a pair of these mitts for myself. I'm not sure if it is the extra amount of hay present in the yarn (I picked out what I saw) that was causing me problems, or if this wool has simply taken me beyond the limits of my comfort level.