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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Donating Knitted and or Crocheted Mittens

Mittens, these are examples of some wonderful knitted mittens, tagged with size in a variety of colors and sizes.  Mittens are one of those item we always have requests for and the never seem to have enough of.  They aren't the easiest thing to make and many of us who knit and or crochet can't make them, so we truly appreciate those who can.

In doing a google search I found some interesting information about mittens.  The first thing that took me by surprise were a fair number of people who said Michigan was shaped like a mitten....really, I'm pretty georgaphically challenged, but never heard that before, or saw it.  Do you think it is when you look at a map of Michigan?  Being a Buckeye, of course we tend to refer to it as the state up north, lol.

I found an interesting defination of gloves,  mittens, fingerless gloves, and gauntlets.  This was helpful to me, beause I tend to lump everything that is an imcomplete glove as wrists warmers, fingerless gloves etc.

Gloves are a garmet that completely covers the hand and has separatations for each finger.
Mittens are a garmet that completely covers the hand but, has only a separate space for the thumb and the one larger one for the 4 fingers.  Mittens are warmer then gloves as they keep all the fingers together.  Fingerless gloves are incomplete gloves with separate finger areas and part of the fingers are covered, while a mitten that doesn't cover the whole hand has an opening for all 4 fingers and a separate area with partial covering for the thumb is called a gauntlet.

In Homers Odyssey's Laertes (don't know how to make umlaut above the e on Laertes) is said to be walking in the garden wearing a pair of gloves.  Apparently this means gloves have been around a long time, but apparently this translations is only 1 translation and the line doesn't appear in others.

Gauntlets were worn in the middle ages by soldiers, as part of their defense.  Ladies in the 13th century wore gloves that covered their hands and came up to their elbows made of fine linen and silk.  In the 16th century Queen Elizabeth is said to have worn gloves made of very soft chicken skin and called attention to herself by putting them on and taking them off frequently.

Kings and Emperors wore gloves, as did Popes, Bishops and Cardinals who celebated Mass back as far as the 10th century.  Some felt it was for cleaniness, while others thought it just part of pompt and ceremony.

I keep saying I must learn how to knit mittens, though I've not yet tried my hand, it is a goal for the upcoming year.

Our donations are as follows:

2011......258
2012......300 (+42 then the previous year
2013......178 (-122 less then the previous year
2014......130 (-170 less then the previous year

average 216 over the last several years which is 86 less then our most recent year.


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

2 comments:

  1. Greetings from Sue in the Mitten state of Michigan! Look at your left hand, palm down, fingers together, thumb out. That is Michigan. If someone says they are from the thumb area, you will know where they are from. I am in the middle of the palm, toward the lower part.
    Hope everyone is doing OK from all the snow storms. We got 12 inches, schools were closed yesterday. Some schools were closed again today. We are to get another 1-3 inches tonight. Be safe everyone.

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    1. Thanks SSeger for your vists and added info on the shape of the state. Held out my hand and followed your direction....awesome!

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