I hate having cold hands! One thing that always freezes my fingers to the point that I could cry is scarping the ice off my cars windows.. so I decided to felt an ice-scraper mitt; a thumbless mitten with the handle of the ice-scraper going through to the inside where you hold it and keep warm. I didnt take process pics, but made 2 at once by using a double resist which I cut in half part way through felting.. giving me 2 scraper mitts
I decided to give these to my aunties for Christmas.. hope they liked them (I havent seen them yet) They should be good for ice-scraping as they wont get wet.
Now I needed to make for myself. Oraigionally I planned to make a thumbless mitt, but I have I've always fancied a pair felted mittens that I can wear out and about.. last time I tried it turned out like a felt boxing glove lol (I'd used way too many layers!). Also I wanted the thumb to be positioned slightly to the front rather than at the side.. Gary solved this for me very simply, he pointed out that I can turn it slightly as Im working the felt so the thumb is where I want it.
|For surface decoration I used a pink and yellow silk cap that I dyed a while back|
and some pretty variegated finger roving brought back from Wonderwool Wales
Generally I am really happy with these.. I shall tweak the resist next time to make the finger area slightly narrower. When I made these I didnt want them to restrict my fingers, but I think there is just a little too much room there. I may wet them and work the fingers a bit more yet.
Safe to say there will be more mitten making in the future :)