Don’t you love having fans? My biggest fan is my 4 year old daughter.
Every time she sees me making something or working on a new project, regardless of what it is, she exclaims with genuine enthusiasm “Oh, that’s so pretty! I love that! Is it for me?” There’s always a brief moment of disappointment if I have to explain that no, its for someone else or for sale. More often than not, I end up making a smaller, child’s version of whatever it is I’m making. In fact, her only criticism of my work is that I don’t make nearly enough things in pink. In her eyes, the pinker, the better!
Last week, she caught me working on a pair of Happy Hands fingerless mittens.
She liked them so much, I ended up chasing her around the house to get my prototype pair back. So, of course, I ended up making a pair for her, too. She couldn’t decide if she wanted hearts or flowers on them, so we went for one of each. I think they turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!
The mitts are actually pretty fun to make. I bought a bunch of second hand wool sweaters for another felting project I’m working on (another post on that, another time!) and realized the bottom part of the sleeve would fit perfectly as a fingerless mitten. I sewed an opening for a thumb and used wool yarn to embroider around the raw edges and then added an applique from a another wool sweater in a contrasting color. Voila! Thick, warm, felted mitts! If you like the kids version, check out my adult version in my Etsy shop.