Saturday, January 07, 2017

2017 ~ YEAR OF THE MITTEN

Because the world needs more warm hands.  Because the lovely mitten is often overlooked in knitting (and crochet) circles by its sister, the sock.  Because my nickname is "Mitts" (short for My Wool Mitten, something that I've come to be quite fond of!)  Because I live in the mitten state.  Because I've dedicated and named the yarn and wool portion of our farm production "My Wool Mitten at Serenity Farms" And, well, why not?  



Over this past Christmas time, I knit a lot of mittens.  And could have/should have knit a lot more.  Mittens, fingerless mitts and even gloves are an easier gift to give then hand knit socks, I think.  Socks need to be a pretty particular fit, don't you agree?  While something for the hands can be a bit more forgiving in size - especially when made with lovely wool, a natural material so willing to be formed and shaped.

All over the crafting community at the beginning of a new year, plans are made for knit a longs for socks.  Year long knit-a-longs.  Exciting monthly knit-a-longs for socks!  The most popular podcasts knit socks.  Enthusiasm is at an all time high!  All well and good.  But my love for mittens, my sad shortage of mittens in 2016 and the loss of one of my favorite pairs of handspun, hand knit mittens (probably laying in a snowy parking lot somewhere!) inspired me to crown 2017 the "year of mittens"!  Surely there must be some of you out there who feel the same?


The mitts above are made from a free pattern on Ravelry "One Cable Mitts" by Valerie Teppo. Knit from our yarn A Breath of Snow and Ashes

So, let's knit/crochet hand wear in 2017!  We can do it together!  My goal is one pair per month, whether for myself or to gift.  Mittens, fingerless mitts, gloves...something to cover and warm the hands.  I want to fill a basket with mittens by the end of the year!



A "Basket of Mittens KAL"  Here is my empty basket, waiting to be filled.  Maybe you can only knit one pair, or six.  Maybe you make twenty-four, who knows? No rules here, just knitting fun and hopefully a new obsession for you (I hate to be in this alone, LOL)

I think that today, January 7th - Distaff Day! - is a lovely day to start, do you?  I don't have a podcast or a ravelry group, but if you would like to join in just leave a comment, follow the blog if you'd like to (not required).  I am on ravelry as grannysheep, if you'd like to find me there.  Because I'd really love to hear about more warm hands in the world (and there may be a giveaway of yarn or patterns here, wouldn't that be fun!)



Tell me your thoughts, share your mitten love (or frustrations).  During the winter solstice, I cast on a particularly lovely mitten pattern from Pia of Kammebornia podcast (pictured above) called Shine Mittens and I'll continue working on that. But today, for my official kick off, I'm beginning a pair of mittens called Those Zig-Zag Mittens that my friend Lynn and I meant to start a month ago.



Hurray for the year of the mitten, 2017!!!  Let's do our part to make the world a place with warmer, gentler hands and hearts...


NEWS FLASH! LOL, at least I think it is!  My friend Tiffany, who hosts a lovely podcast called The Woolen Homestead, has agreed to play along for the year!  So if you don't already, give her podcast a listen or come and join her Ravelry group.  Thank you Tiff!

16 comments:

Susan Moore said...

Cary
I'm all over this idea. I'm so done with socks.
Have you read my last blog post? Not a happy one I'm afraid.
Happy New Year to you and yours.
S

Auntea said...

Oh yeah, mittens!! I justgave my husband a pair of handspun mittens today. I knit 5 pairs of fingerless mitts for Christmas. I will be making mittens with you.

Cary ~ My Wool Mitten at Serenity Farms said...

Susan and Auntea, I'm so glad you'll be knitting mitts with me! I don't feel alone now ;)

Susan, my friend, I have no words but my heart is with you x o

June said...

What a lovely idea! I would love to knit mittens with you! Knitting mittens is always a favorite thing to do. As I look out my window here in NC, it seems to be more like MI....so much snow and ice! Now I just need to find a good pattern for homespun. Any suggestions?
June in NC

Cary ~ My Wool Mitten at Serenity Farms said...

Hurray, June, I'm so glad your knitting mittens with us!!!

annmarie said...

I am with you in knitting more mittens! ­čĺŚ

Goatldi said...

I am in. I did a pair of fingerless for myself and am working on a nifty pair of the same in a lace pattern for a cousin. I love mitts because they can be instant gratification! Socks are grand but oh so time consuming. Sent you an email about an order did you get it?

Sarah said...

Yes! I was gifted a skein of your lovely yarn and knew it wanted to become mittens so this is perfect!

Cary ~ My Wool Mitten at Serenity Farms said...

Hello AnnMarie, Goatldi and Sarah, so glad that you're knitting mittens, too!!! This will be fun ;p

I'm part way through two pairs already, just need to find time to update with pictures

Pom Pom said...

I love your mitten plans! I found you in Minna's group! Yay!

Cary ~ My Wool Mitten at Serenity Farms said...

Hello Pom Pom! Are you going to make mittens with us?

Goatldi said...

Cary

Do you have a copy of the pattern with the cables? I would love to do those with some of your yarn. Looking forward to my yarn arriving in the next few days.

Goatldi said...

Smiling in True Nor Cal yarn is here!

tboam said...

I love you, Miss Mitts!!

Cary ~ My Wool Mitten at Serenity Farms said...

Hurray tboam! Are you going to make mittens with us? ;p

Sandy/StitchedbyMimi said...

Hello Cary, As I sit here admiring my order of Serenity Farms wool and North Star Farms Alpaca I just had to reach out to you and give my thanks for your quick response in shipping my order. Love it all and want more!
I would love to knit mittens as I've never knit a pair. Love how your zig-zag mittens knitted up. I got a peek of them on Ravelry. I'm stalking you! Sandy/StitchedbyMimi