I thought I should get that in before the end of the month. I think I made it …
I may have fallen off the face of the blogging earth for the past month or so but not the sewing earth. It has been loco en la casa de hippie. I had a sudden and unexpected job change in November which left me with lots of time for sewing last minute Christmas gifts. Thank God because I always procrastinate with handmade gifts. Yep, I was stitching Christmas Eve.
Picture piles of these mittens all over my house. Everyone got up-cycled felted wool mittens for Christmas! Who doesn’t love getting mittens as a gift? And hopefully these were a little special.
So for the deets. I used a pattern I found over at Purl Bee. I used the full size for adult mittens and reduced it to 85% for the kids and ladies with dainty hands. Instead of the felt the pattern recommended I used old wool sweaters that I have been collecting. Just threw them in the wash with the hottest water lots of soap and an extra agitate cycle and dried them in an hot dryer. They felted nicely. I was able to get at least two pairs out of one sweater. First, I sewed them on my machine with a small zigzag, then turned them out and used fingering weight yarn to embroider over the seems. Sorry, I can’t remember which stitch, I don’t know a lot about embroidery. It looks kind of like a blanket stitch, but extends to both sides.
For Bro’s girlfriend.
Unfortunately I only have pictures of a few pairs. I just didn’t think of photographing them altogether. Too bad, it would have been a pretty picture, a rainbow of mittens.Only now that I all the mittens have reached their anticipated owners was I able to post the pics and get feedback. Everyone loves them! Some have requested additional pairs. Although I have a lot of ideas for the next batch, I think I’ll take a break. After making so many, and how cold it has been here in the northeast, I’m tired of mittens for now. I have my eye on summery frocks:)