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Seven Pairs of Mittens

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. (Proverbs 31:21)

If you are a Christian woman, it is likely that you are familiar with the description of a virtuous woman in Proverbs 31.

I used to read that chapter of scripture and be in awe. This woman that is described was very much a fictional character in my mind. How could she do so much?

Now I know different. I no longer see unreachable goals when I read those versus. There are tangible and obtainable activities in the list of virtues. But only after my heart and mind was enlightened by the Holy Ghost. Showing me that homemaking is a high calling given to us from God.

I might see the virtues as attainable now, but that doesn’t mean I think it is an easy task or that it is simple for me to do.  I have to take baby steps.

Last winter I made some lovely little thrummed mittens for my daughter. They are knit with regular acrylic yarn, but the thrums are wool roving. I hadn’t ever really thought of knitting mittens before.


A pattern for this and an article all about what “thrums” are will likely emerge sometime this winter. Be sure to let me know you are interested in the comments and that will give me motivation to do it!

These cozy gloves kept my little girls hands so warm! It was amazing! The kids would go outside to play and her fingers would be the only ones that the cold had not gotten to yet. And remember- they were not knit with pure wool. Lanolized wool would have been water resistant and even warmer!

This year I have a tangible goal: To knit all of my  kids a pair of mittens-and hopefully myself.


This photo is already out-dated…how does that happen?!? The baby is now almost 2 and my oldest is 15!

There are seven children. Counting the ones I made last year (even though they don’t meet my new standards of wool they still keep fingers warm!), I have two pairs finished and one that needs pieced together still. So that is almost 3 completed pairs of mittens. I think I can do this! Then as the Proverb at the top of this article stated,  I won’t need to be afraid of the snow for my household. It also combats this virtue in the 27th verse:

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

My hand will surely be busy these next couple of months!

And like the multi-tasker that I am, this goal has had duel purpose. I get to teach a Mitten Workshop beginning next week. For this I have been working up a fabulous pattern that I will share here as soon as I finish testing it out.

Here is a sneak peek:


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