These little mittens have a big story. Long-time readers may remember when my grandmother, Nanny, gave me all sorts of old patterns and yarn. I donated the yarn and kept the patterns, along with a small ziplock bag with these mittens inside. They were finished, except for the thumb of the second mitten. (And there was a third, which looks to me like something went a bit awry with the beginnings of the thumb.)
It didn’t take much to improvise a thumb for the second mitten, and now I’ve got a pair. I’m extra excited about this because there’s a great-grandchild in our family now, and this will be her first Christmas. I’m planning to take these mittens to show Nanny, and to remind her that she did most of the knitting, and to ask her if she wants to be part of my surprise: we’ll wrap them up and give them to our family’s newest addition, my cousin’s 11 month-old daughter. The mittens will be a bit too big for her this year, but I’m not sure Nanny will be quite as lucid next Christmas. Sewn, knitted, and crafted gifts from her were always a big part of our family Christmas celebrations when I was little, and I love the idea that there will be something made by her hands under this year’s tree.
And there’s this guy, holding onto his favorite bone. It has nothing to do with the mittens, but I had to share.
View from the porch, sometime last week.
Homemade hummus with toast.
Stay tuned for more holiday knitting…if I finish it in time!
What a sweet project — I’m sure that your Nanny will be so glad about this, and it will be a treasure for you cousin. Boh seems to get cuter with each passing year. Is this possible? Happy holidays to you and yours.
I love this post for so many reasons!!!!!
What a wonderful thing for you to do. This is so sweet, and just what handmade gifts are all about!
Good family story. I hope someday something I’ve made will make it to another generation.
This is really, really, really awesome. What a special gift for the new addition to your family, and a wonderful way to connect to your grandmother.
How wonderful. It is just fantastic that you finished what she began, and it must mean so much to her to see you continue her traditions. Love this.
What a lovely idea. Those mittens really do mean a lot.