My friend Valerie makes these beautiful mittens! She starts with well-loved sweaters that are, in her words, “looking for a second chance.”
Valerie washes, fluffs, and grooms them (“like a rescue pet”) and then sets about cutting them for the least amount of waste, and fitting them with a cozy new fleece lining. When all the pieces are together, she says, “we look at each other, and, also like a pet, they tell me what their names and stories should be.” Using great care and new fleece, she designs, cuts, and sews each mitten’s appliques. And what stories they are! One of her favorites is October Bear, inspired by the very real bear who spent that month wandering into her yard, taking down the hummingbird feeder, and drinking its nectar before wandering off again.
Valerie has given us 2 pairs of her gorgeous, and one of a kind, handcrafted mittens for you to have the opportunity to win! To enter, it’ll take just 2 simple steps. Look for my Warm Woolen Mittens Giveaway post on Facebook, Nora Murphy Country House, and please leave a comment. Then go to DeForest Lake Designs Facebook page and LIKE! That’s it!
The contest ends at Midnight EST on January 31st, 2017. Two winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be notified on February 1st, 2017, via @mention in the comments of my Facebook post. Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
You can also meet Valerie and see her beautiful Adirondack inspired home in our Winter 2017 issue of Nora Murphy Country House. For more on her unique handcrafted mittens, visit her online store, deforestlakedesigns.com.