Thursday, January 22, 2009

Let It Snow

Well......maybe just one more time. My hands really freeze when we go out and snowblow. There are two jobs -- one person does the snowblowing, the other shovels and does general cleanup. The former is a bit more fun, but results in cold hands (and being snow covered), the latter much less fun, but a bit less cold. Mittens are much warmer than gloves, but even doubled weren't completely satisfactory. So I thought some felted mitten covers might work.

Here they are before......15 inches for a giant.

I felted them yesterday.....ran them through two cycles in our front loader machine. The first time they were wadded in two little balls -- it was like separating a ball of velcro all stuck together. So I stuffed them with plastic shopping bags for the second cycle. Now they're about 10 inches long and fit pretty well over my standard knitted mittens. The only problem is the thumb -- it looks like a mutant lobster claw -- I must've misinterpreted the instructions.

Now all we need is more snow!

Pattern: 103-32 Felted mittens in 2 threads (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino color Palais
Needles: Size 10 (US) circulars (magic looped)

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