I worked to finish a pair of mitts for Bracken for Christmas and he had the opportunity to give them a try on our first snow day! He picked out the yarn he wanted me to make them with, telling me he was choosing snow and ice colors. We didn’t get any snow at our house last winter and this year he was really, really hoping for some. The blue yarn was leftover from the little vest I knit and the light colored yarn was some special handspun angora I had been saving to make something for him with. Last winter I knit Bracken the softest cowl ever with two strands of handspun angora, and I had a little bit of yarn left, just enough to make him matching mitts to his cowl. That angora is just heavenly soft and cozy!
When I gave the mitts to Bracken, I told him I had woven some wishes into them while I knit, hoping he would get that snow he wanted so badly. We both decided the mitts might have contained a little magic because we did indeed get some snow! After knitting them, I decided to embroider a snowflake inspired design on each one with the blue yarn. It was my second time embroidering with yarn, and it was fun! Nothing fancy, but even a simple design can really add something I think. I thought about calling Bracken’s new mitts his snow and ice mitts or something along those lines, but when we went out into the snow he started catching snowflakes and immediately called them his snowflake catchers. I loved that name so much! Snowflake catchers, it was.
I have to thank Bracken for allowing me to take some pictures. It was not easy for him to stay still for a moment because he was so excited to play in the snow and I didn’t blame him. But he tried to be as patient as he could be while his mama took some pictures, and I’m grateful for it. I made these mitts a little different from the last ones I knit, but am working on a simple pattern, so will share more details when the time comes. One mitt ended up getting lost and Jeff and Bracken found it in the snow. It reminded me of one of our favorite books called The Mitten by Jan Brett. Luckily the mitts had the blue edging because it helped them spot the mitts in the white snow. Our snow has all melted now, but I wasn’t finished with the snow posts quite yet!