Fortuitous events caused me to make a handful of mittens this year even though I hadn’t been planning on it. They were fun! They’re up in the Etsy shop if you’d like to see them there.

In response to popular request, I make my mittens with a bit longer cuff and keep it adjustable (it’s not tacked down). This means your wrists are just as protected as your hands are — no breeze can touch that tender skin at the end of your coat sleeve. Each mitten is also snugged in at the wrist to keep it comfortably in place. All mittens are lined with fleece for double warmth.

These mittens actually fall into two categories. First, there’s the traditional design, where the most interesting fabric is on the back of the hand:











Then there’s the nontraditional design, where, just for the fun of it, I put the interesting pattern on the palm side of the mitten. I enjoy the “surprise factor” of these :)







And they’re ready in the nick of time — many of us have snow coming soon! If you’re interested in staying warm in winter with some mittens from The Green Sheep, please come browse my Etsy shop.  Take care and stay warm!

Put on a Poncho

I know, I know, this is the Midwest. Weather is hardly predictable. There are likely many warm days ahead before summer is officially over. But right now there’s some fall in the air. I’ve heard the earliest of the Canadian geese honking overhead. I tie a sweater around my hips when I leave the house.

If you ask me, it’s almost time to put on a poncho.



















The ponchos are designed to come just past the elbow and are comfortable worn both indoors and out. Interested? See “Contact me” in the Pages section of this blog’s right-hand column.

woolen stockings

In November, my newly-married daughter called and said, “I was thinking of sewing a pair of Christmas stockings for us — but then I thought of you…” Could I maybe sew them a pair? Would there be enough time? Her request fell into place after the year-end orders, and then I made the time. So for my dear daughter and son-in-law on the occasion of their first Christmas: keepsake woolen Christmas stockings.

(Unfortunately, our house is not equipped with its own fireplace mantel for the perfect photo shoot, but I do have this gorgeous oak buffet passed down from my parents. Hmmm, yes, I think it’ll do.)

Green for him:

And red for her:

Stockings are 18.5″ long, 10″ wide, lined with cotton knit.

fall and fingerless gloves

I’m feeling a bit forlorn about no Green Sheep open house this year! The past two falls I had the thrill of preparing, anticipating, and showing new things. The best part is letting others see and feel this wool in person — it’s simply impossible to represent its softness, drape and presence in a photo.

Why no show this year you ask?

1st — we were a little preoccupied with a wedding in the early months :)

2nd — after the wedding, so many of you placed special orders with The Green Sheep that not much other sewing got done!

3rd — my dear mom is staying with us for several weeks and our time has been full of wonderful things (but, ahem, not sewing).

Not that I’m complaining about any of these great reasons that I’ve become a slacker.

However, I have been playing a bit, thanks to a friend who recently asked about fingerless gloves for a birthday gift. In response, I pulled out a pattern I used last Christmas to make some wristwarmers (a.k.a. fingerless gloves) for my two daughters and a few others. I reworked them with improvements, and wah-lah!  (Please excuse the photo composition and focus; I had a tough time being my own model!)

The gray pair

The tan pair

The red pair

The green pair

All of these fingerless gloves are very soft, made of either cashmere or lambswool.

lined mittens

With fall nearly here and winter around the corner, I’ve been sewing up a batch of my lined woolen mittens (from felted sweaters, of course!).  Here’s a sampling:

grey with orange cuff, pearly button

heather green with green cuff, crocheted cream button

warm brown with dark brown cuff, vintage button

dark pink with purple cuff, wool wine button

mottled blue and green with green cuff, tiny green buttons

houndstooth with tan cuff, fabric knot button

pale salmon with heather brown cuff, pearl buttons

turquoise with warm brown cuff, tan buttons

dark purple with grey cuff, tiny purple buttons

snowflake on charcoal with blue cuff

olive green with heathery blue cuff, silver flower button

soft purple with grey cuff, silver flower button

blue with dark blue cuff, dark blue 1970s button

navy, brown, and grey stripe with tan cuff, brown button