Last year I was lucky enough to go to Salt Lake City Comic Con. I was in Salt Lake City for a conference and as a happy coincidence, the comic con was on at the same time. My favourite stand (and where it must be said I spent all my holiday money) was the Weta stand. Weta are the company that do a lot of the props and creatures for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films by Peter Jackson, which I love and have watched far too many times.
Not only were they selling fantastic souvenirs but they also sold yarn kits!! I think I died and went to geek heaven - yarn and comics in the same place. They had kits for Bofur's gloves or his scarf. I was torn but eventually went for the gloves (and the white tree of Gondor pendant in the photo below).
The yarn is called Mithril (great name for a dwarf-inspired yarn) by Stansborough who supplied the wool for the clothing in the Hobbit film. It comes packaged in a cute little box with the pattern, an info sheet about the blue grey sheep that supplied the wool and a little card to certify that this is official merchandise.
The pattern is really simple, knit in the round moss stitch gloves which look great in this yarn as the effect looks like chainmail. They yarn has great stitch definition. I would love to make a textured jumper out of it with lots of moss stitch.
I made the larger size and used every last bit of yarn. They are still a bit on the small size, I would have liked to have made them another inch longer in the hand so they would fit comfortably past the knuckles but overall they look great.