This holiday I made a(nother) batch of mittens.
My paternal Grandmother passed away about 5 years ago, and after her passing I was able to have a few pieces of her wardrobe. I wasn't sure what I would do with any of the clothing items. I had taken bits and pieces to incorporate into my youngest daughters' baby quilts, but other than than I wasn't sure. I did know, however, that in time I would figure it out.
About six weeks ago when Hurricane Sandy hit I started to go through my fleece collection. My intent was to send materials out east to a friend that was working furiously to help with hand sewn items to keep folks warm after losing their homes. I realized that I didn't have much of a fleece collection to speak of - and thus ordered her some fleece for her efforts - but I did find a fleece jacket that belonged to my Grandmother tucked inside the pile. And I started on a project to keep some hands warm closer to home.
The jacket was enough to make mitten backs and I put together my other left overs and upcycled fleeces to make the palm pieces and linings.
In the end I made 7 pairs of mittens - a pair for each of my Aunts, and one pair for my Mom. She took the leftover scraps and made holiday ornaments for each of my Uncles' families.
I wrapped up each pair of mittens with a note about the origin of the fleece, and a hope that the mittens would warm both their hearts and hands on a winters' night.
May your own holiday season be filled with love and warmth, memory and hope.