Thrummed Mittens and Big Snow

(Sorry for not posting this yesterday.  We're all in various stages of a nasty, never ending bug.  Sometimes sleep wins out over blogging.)

Last week, the younger boys and I took a trip to the local art gallery, in hopes of catching the glass blowers in action.  (My guys could watch them for hours!)  They were out for the afternoon, so we walked around the gift gallery hoping to find some locally, handmade gifts.  I had to laugh, as the boys were immediately drawn to a basket overflowing with brightly colored, hand knit mittens.  And not just any mittens but thrummed mittens.  Oh, how have I lived in Wisconsin and never owned a pair? 

Thrummed mittens are regular mittens with little bits of wool roving knit into the stitches.  It creates a whole extra snug layer of wool, keeping out the cold and snow.  

My only complaint is that thrumms are a little finicky to knit.  Next time around I will make all my thrumms first, to keep the knitting moving along more smoothly.  Ravelry notes here.

The first pair are for a larger sized guy in our family who shall not be named.  Next, I'm starting a green  pair for a younger someone in the house.

After the holidays, I'm knitting for me.  

Want to make a pair?  I used these tutorials here and here.  

What are you working on this week?

p.s. Joining in with Ginny.

p.p.s.  We have a lot of snow.  Thrummed mittens are a necessity.  

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