12.12.12

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.  

19 comments:

  1. i have never heard of this before, that is soo cool. :) they look lovely

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  2. Looked at that snow, how lovely, enjoy! And those mittens are amazing, love them. Thanks for the links.

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    1. My pleasure, Kim. The snow is fun, the little ones are finally well enough now to go outside and play!

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  3. I love thrummed mittens! I've never seen them before. I can hardly believe that snow. I've never seen snow that deep in my life.

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    1. This is just the first snow, KC! It's late in coming this year, and it definitely won't be the last. :)

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  4. iI had never seen these mittens before, but they are great! I'll try to make a pair some day!

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    1. I'm really glad I tried knitting them. They are worth all of the fussing around!

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  5. I love this idea. I have bought my kits and long to finish the Christmas present still on the needles so I can get started!

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    1. Wishing you speedy holiday knitting, so you can start the next project!

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  6. these sound and look gorgeous, would love a pair for myself :-) x

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  7. hi, new follower~ your mitts are gorgeous~~!
    and i am in love with your Willow necklace. i would like one :)
    angela
    imisswaylon@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks and welcome to our blog, Angela! If you'd like a necklace, contact me over on etsy and we can get you all set up. :)

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  8. Your mittens are just beautiful, of course. But I am most envious of the snow! Our children cannot wait - you would think way up here in northern Vermont it would have arrived, but soon I am sure.
    Hope you are all feeling better soon.

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    1. The snow has been such a long time coming! I was surprised to see bare ground in your recent photos, too. Any day now, I'm sure of it. :) We're feeling much better today, thanks.

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  9. These are gorgeous! I'd never heard of these...I don't think! I'm going to be trying it for sure, thanks for sharing the links! xo

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  10. Wow! Those are lovely, and I've never seen thrummed mittens before, but as a fellow Wisconsinite, these are on my post-Holiday knitting list if I can figure out the process :) Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I love the thrummed mittens! I always love your knitting (and visiting your space here too!)

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