M is for Mittens

I have been an advocate of wool mittens since my husband and I took up cross country skiing when we were first married. We wore boiled wool mittens, and they could be frozen solid around our hands, but inside our fingers stayed nice and toasty. Many times we took them off still shaped like our grip around the ski-pole and let them thaw out while we sipped hot cocoa.

When our first son was a baby, we were out one day and his hands got cold. The cute acrylic baby mittens did not keep out the breeze. Since it was an emergency, we stopped at a store that happened to have a basket of hand-made wool mittens. Never mind that the only color in his size was pink, we bought them and slipped them on. What a difference! Happy baby!

After that, I made sure my kids were well supplied with wool mittens. Two color ones are even better—the extra strand of color makes a pretty pattern, and second layer for extra warmth. They are also very durable. I think all my kids wore that first pink pair.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I went on a knitting-themed schooner cruise. I chose a pair of mittens for my project because it was small and easy to tote around and I thought I might even finish them.

They had a pattern of pink flamingos on a white background. I couldn’t resist because flamingos are my favorite bird, but some of the other knitters thought they were amusing because flamingos=tropical and mittens=arctic. Oh well, those crazy mittens have served me well.

Last year we took a trip to Alaska to see the Northern Lights and the start of the Iditarod dog sled race. Yes, Alaska in the winter! My hands were never cold.

Now, when I have to drive and use my fingers in the winter, I choose fingerless gloves, but I still rely on 100% wool. I have some in my Etsy store, with more to come as fall approaches.

Since I have a circulation problem in my feet, I have expanded into wool socks, but I will save that for another post.

Here’s my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandKnitComfort

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