Mittens in May!?!

It is better not to make mittens in a hurry.  (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac, 1974)

Mitered Mittens submitted by Jane Gibson

And so here we are at the end of another knitting guild year, ready to venture off on summer travels and lots of on the go summer knitting projects. How appropriate that this month’s EZ project is mittens! Mittens are small compact projects perfect for wherever you travels take you. They are also a great project for you to experiment with different stitch patterns and creatively use up your yarnleftovers.

Starting to make mittens as early as May will give you a jump start on keeping all those little ones in your life warm come December. For the past 4 years the RKG has partnered with the Rochester Public Library in a project called Bundle Up with a Good Book. In December, each year the library gives out hundreds of books and mittens (and hats) to school aged children. In the past 4 years YOU have donated over 2000 mittens to some very appreciative children. So during the next few month please consider making a few extra pairs. Our goal is to donate 300 pairs of mittens, that’s only 1 pair per RKG member! Let’s try to flood the Community Knitting table with mittens at our first September Meeting. I can’t wait to see all of your unique creations.

In the May chapter EZ provides patterns for two different mittens. A charted Norwegian snowflake mitten and a creatively shaped mitered mitten (see photo above)

Even though the guild is about to go into its annual summer vacation mode, I’m going to try to keep up with my year’s quest of knitting through the Almanac. Here’s a preview of the summer projects:
* June: Borders & Three Hats
* July: Shawl
* August: Christmas Fiddle-Faddle
You can track my progress or more likely my summer travels here.
Hopefully I’ll have lots to show you all at our first September meeting.


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