Who hasn't heard or memorized the children's poem Three Little Kittens? Apparently this little ditty is considered a historic milestone marking the period when literature for children changed from moralistic messages to stories intended to amuse and entertain.
Three little kittens lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
"Oh, mother dear,
We very much fear
That we have lost our mittens."
"Lost your mittens!
You naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie."
"Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow."
"No, you shall have no pie."
The word "mitten" comes from the Middle English word "miteyn." Archeologists believe mittens originated in Latvia around 1000AD. I think it was a darned fine invention too. When I lived in the cold climates I discovered that mittens are better than gloves at keeping hands warm. When I lived in fairly warm areas I never gave it a thought which was better the glove or the mitten, but after a few times of driving in a blizzardy, frozen, snow storm and arriving at my destination with icicles where my fingers should have been I started experimenting with different hand coverings.
Mittens won hands down! I think it's because gloves keep the fingers separated so they don't transfer warmth to each other digit. With warm mittens your hand and fingers circulate warmth inside the covering, that is my theory and I'm sticking to it.
I enjoyed making these mittens and gloves and as you will soon discover I made waaaaay to many, but hey, that just gives you a better choice, right? So it's all good.