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!