It's hard to put into words how much knitting mittens (and gloves) means to me. The symbolism of warm hands, holding hands, hands reaching out, offering a hand to another. Not to mention living here in the middle of the mitten state. Friends I've made through knitting mittens. Warm and fuzzy feelings ;)
Thinking on these things and knitting Pia's Shine Mittens last year inspired my own Year Of The Mitten 2017 and then the Basket of Mittens Knit-A-Long. My friend Tiffany of The Woolen Homestead podcast and etsy shop has been a wonderful co-host and her Ravelry group is where we base the KAL. Fun and relaxed, meant mostly to encourage and inspire, when asked we were most happy to continue for a second year the Basket of Mittens KAL.
Come and join us! I have a goal ~ mittens for every pocket, LOL, so whatever coat or sweater or jacket I'm wearing, I'll have a pair of mittens to go along and not have to search for any (full pockets you see) But you can knit one pair, or six or a dozen it's totally up to you! Knit or crochet, full mittens or fingerless mitts, gloves. Make them for yourself or for gifts or charity. We occasionally offer prizes, too!
If you're on instagram, be sure to tag your project #basketofmittenskal2018 so we all can see. There are several other wonderful mitten kals happening this year and we welcome double-dipping! One thing we really try to encourage in this kal is sharing mitten knitting tips and hints, favorite patterns and designs. In that spirit, I have something I want to share with you about my personal favorite mitten technique and a little design to offer up. I'll be putting that here on the blog, beginning tomorrow (February 21) Not a pattern so much as a plan for making mittens. I'd love to see you here so I can share! Bring your favorite cup of something warm to drink ;)
Mittens in progress, coffee always close at hand ~
Be sure to join The Woolen Homestead Ravelry group if you haven't already to be eligible for prizes and show us your mittens!
|Pattern above Minky Mittens by Gretchen Tracy|