Winter blues ….. make mittens!

Bring on the cold!
fingerless mittens
Fingerless mittens are cozy and functional!

I am lucky to live in an area where I get to enjoy four wonderful
seasons, winter being one of them. Sometimes we find ourselves
complaining  “too cold”, “too dark and dreary”.  I am getting better at
learning to enjoy what is.

We really can’t do anything to CHANGE the
weather, but we CAN do something about how we are thinking about the
weather.  We can CHOOSE to focus on the negative and let it bring us
down, or we can CHOOSE to focus on something positive.

So, when it is dark and dreary outside here are a few things I do to shift the negative energy.

  • light candles
  • turn on the lights (my husband just bought me a “happy light”  for Christmas)
    fake light that generates natural spectrum daylight without dangerous
    (uv) waves. It is supposed to lift your spirits and your energy level.  Remember, “if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”.
  • get cozy and read a book
  • make soup or some yummy hot cocoa
  • bundle up and take a walk in the snow
  • get out your felted sweaters and MAKE MITTENS!

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time for a fun sewing project.  Dig out your felted sweater stash, or make a trip to a thrift store and get yourself some wool sweaters.  I suggest getting a sweater that is at least 80% wool.  The sweaters will shrink down making the fibers nice and tight for a warm water repelling mitten.  The pattern to make these mittens can be purchased at my Craftsy and Etsy shops.
They really are quite simple to make.  If you have little ones, there is a pattern for them too.

upcycled wool sweater mittens
Designed for hand hugging coziness!

Wherever you live and whatever weather you are experiencing, CHOOSE to make the best of it.  Before you know it, we will be sitting in the blazing heat.  Just keep that thought in your head, and do whatever you need to do to keep your spirits up.  I am going to SEW!


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