Mittens from the mitten state


This pair of mittens is Anne Bosch’s Wisconsin Warmer Mittens. The pattern’s available on the Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mills site or on Ravelry. I knit my pair on the shrimpy side because they were made for a pair of favorite local shrimps, my 3rd grade neighbor-twin set.These mittens are knit in Stonehedge Fiber’s Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in the antique rose colorway, with blue spruce highlights.

This is a very straightforward pattern. No right mitten left mitten fussiness. And, best of all, a nice rounded mitten and thumb top. I know that hands sort of come to a point because, obviously, our middle fingers are the tallest ones we have. But I just don’t favor pointy mittens.

Here’s another pair in the same Shepherd’s Wool, this time in antique rose and garnet.


This pattern is Mittens For All, by Jodi Lewanda, a free RedHeart pattern. It’s a super easy knit, just like the Wisconsin Winter Warmers, but somehow that pointy top and thumb just don’t sit as well with me.

My favorite neighborhood twins often make the point that they are not identical twins. When they came over to try on their mittens, both pair of mittens fit both well. When they left, they were each wearing one mitten from each set. So, not identical twins, but twins for sure.

Cozy slippers

gray_slippersI know, it’s warm now. Even in Michigan. But feet can still get chilly in warmer weather. These are Anne Bosch’s “Quick Knit Slippers.” The pattern is available through Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill or on Ravelry. About 185 yards of bulky weight yarn will do the trick. Mine are knit of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, an 85% wool, 15% mohair blend that’s been a Brown Sheep yarn since Kelsey was a pup. (No, I don’t know where that expresion comes from either. Does anyone but me know it? It means a long time.)

These slippers are a very quick knit, on two needles. The only modification I made was to switch to 4 needles for the top roll, and to make it roll with all purl rounds (preceded by a few knit rounds), rather than garter stitch. That avoided the seam on the top of the slipper.

gray_slippers3How did those bears get in here, anyway? They are Pat Kreiling’s double knit Jiffy Bears. Here they are all dressed up.


These “Lounging Slippers” are from an out-of-print Workbasket Magazine booklet called “The Classic Collection: Fun Family Footwear.” The only attribution for the design is “by the staff of Workbasket Magazine.”  One cool thing about this old booklet? It’s printed in what seems to be 18 point type. Easy to read.

These slippers are also easy to knit. Mine are worked in Cascade 220 wool. I decided I’d stick to the idea that matching things are boring. But it’s still nice to signal when something’s a set. They are possessed of an unfortunate elfin quality off-foot. But they mold nicely to the foot once feet get poked into them.