11.09.2011

Fingerless Mittens Tutorial

With kids running around and always needing their noses wiped or help with toys, I find myself constantly taking my gloves on and off.  So I decided to make myself some fingerless mittens and thought I'd share.  They are super easy.....here we go.

I made mine with fleece and then embellished with some jersey scraps and buttons I had around.

First, I traced my hand, adding about 1/2 inch all the way around.



I outlined a pattern with marker.  You want to leave extra at the top of the finger and thumb part since it's going to get folded over and sewn.  I made one set just leaving the raw edges and though it looks okay, it doesn't hold up well over time. 
Fleece definitely has a right and wrong side and one way stretches more.  So make sure you figure out which side is the right side and how it stretches.
Fold the fleece in half and cut 2 pieces for each mitten.  Sorry about the pink background, taking photos at night is tough!
Fold the top of the finger portion and thumb portion 1/4 inch to the wrong side and sew with a wide zig zag so that the seam will stretch. 
If you want to embellish, do it now!  Make sure you do the mirror image halves of the set.
Put the front and back together (1 embellished piece with 1 plain piece) and sew as shown.  Don't sew across the top or the thumb piece for obvious reasons :)
There you have it!  A cute pair of fingerless mittens!


Make a pair for yourself....


And for your favorite photographer friend.  Figuring how to to trace your friends' hands without them getting suspicious is the trick. 

Let me know what you come up with!
 

11.05.2011

A Halloween to Remember

The day before Halloween, we woke up to almost a foot of snow and no power.  In 9 years in our house, we've never lost power.  We knew this wasn't good.  But, we had no idea just how bad it was until we tried to leave.
 Snow is nothing new in Massachusetts, but the combination of wet snow and leaves on trees was disastrous. 
 The main road in town was barely passable with tons of trees and power lines down.

 Almost 48 hours later, there were still crushed cars in the road and few people had power back.

 In all the destruction and loss, there is still some beauty. 
We were fortunate and our power was restored relatively quickly, but we still have family and friends patiently waiting.  
It's amazing how a community can come together and how loosing power for a few days can make you really appreciate everything you have.