I just finished stitching this pile of mittens for Christmas gifts! They are made out of old wool sweaters that had been felted.
This summer I had stumbled across a garbage bag of felted mitten supplies at the Lancaster Creative Reuse, a thrift shop for crafters. I could not believe my good fortune!! Felting wool is mess - I've done enough of it in the past that I had no interest in ever doing it again. In light of my aversion to felting, this find was quite the treasure!!
The bag was stuffed with sets of mittens, carefully cut out and pinned together, all ready to go.
Some were even embellished with felted flowers or crystals, like this one.
Even the patterns were included!
I keep wondering what happened to the person who so carefully prepared all these mittens for stitching, then had to abandon the project....
I was so happy to have the privilege of finishing them up and seeing that they get to good homes. I still have a number to finish, but I was able to complete enough for Christmas gifts.
They are wonderful - oh so warm and cozy, lined with fleece!
Maybe I will have to revisit that felting thing....