Posted 1 January, 13on:
Every now and then, there is project I just have to do for sheer joy of just doing it. That was totally the case with these hedgehog mittens from Morehouse Farm. As luck would have it, a good friend who loves hedgehogs has a birthday every year. For once, I did not procrastinate… and that was a very good thing. I was worried about learning how to knit a mitten, specifically the thumb part. (There is a thumb in the photo, I just have my thumb tucked in so you can see all those quills.) Well, a mitten thumb is no big deal, but those quills!!! The quills were not hard, but they were time consuming… and plentiful.
Look at all those quills. Take a moment and look at how many there are. I highly recommend this pattern because the mittens are to die for, but be prepared for all those quills. They are worth the effort because look how cute they are.
If you are making these for a gift, start early. I started in October even though my friends birthday is in December. Those quills take a long time. I made lots of progress during the 24 hour gaming marathon. The students cheered when I reached the end of the quill section on the first mitten. Once the first mitten was completed, I had the motivation to power through the second one. The mittens were completed before Thanksgiving. The hard part was keeping them a secret until my friend’s birthday at the end of December. Yes, there was lots of squealing when she opened the present.
Ok, one eye looks a little wonky in this photo. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to take a photo of a mitten while you are wearing it??? I guess I could have used the timer feature and a tripod. Besides, the wonky eye adds to his charm.
Oh… some details about the pattern. It was about $30 for the kit which includes the pattern, yarn, eyes, and shipping. The yarn is quite lovely and there is plenty to complete the mittens. The directions were fine. It took me a minute or two to wrap my head around how to do the quills, but I soon had plenty of practice and was whipping out those little buggers pretty fast in no time. I don’t know how warm and/or functional these would be for real mittens, but they sure are cute. My friend is an elementary school librarian. She does a hedgehog unit with itty bitties every year. These will be a huge hit!