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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Mittens were Hung by the Chimney with Care...

Well, ok, maybe not by the chimney when these pictures were taken, but you get the idea! This gigantic mitten pattern is an old one from Mary Maxim which they don't offer anymore. I'm not sure if you could coax it out of them with a very friendly phone call though. It might be worth a try if you really want it. (More information added 1/23/09: See this post for information on how to order this pattern.)

So why am I showing it to you if you can't even get it yourself? Well, because I think it's just so darned cute! Take a look...

I always wanted to do matching stockings for my husband, myself and our daughter, but for many many years we just used what we had. One day I was looking through the Mary Maxim catalog and came across a kit for two giant mittens, one red and one green, and I just had to make them. So I ordered the kit and whipped one up. They are made with Mary Maxim's own Titan Bulky Yarn which comes in lots of nice colors and uses size 10 1/2 needles. Quick and cozy are two words that come to mind when I think of this yarn.

I let Elizabeth pick out her own color of yarn for her mitten, and she chose the gold color. So we had three mittens hanging on the cabinet. Then a few years later, we had to pick another color for our little guy and denim blue was it. That filled up the cabinet quite nicely.

Then a year later we discovered that we would need another one before the next Christmas, so we picked a color that would be good for either a girl or a boy, Plum Heather.

And there is Gracie's mitten hanging at the bottom! Of course now we know that PINK would have been the most perfect color since it is her favorite, but we did our best at the time! I think she'll forgive us as long as her plum mitten ends up looking like this....

every Christmas morning! That Santa can sure fit lots of fun stuff into those stretchy knitted mittens! The thumbs are even big enough to hide little treats in.

I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely.

Happy Stitching!

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