Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mittnz Again! It's Time

It's time to start thinking about Mittnz 2009!

Yay, Mittnz!

This year's challenge goal for Cheyenne River Reservation will be 9 pairs of warm, wooly Mittnz. As always, emphasis is on warmth, so wool, superwash wool and other animal fibers are the fiber of first choice. Blends that are heavily animal are second choice, followed by the mainly synthetic blends (Wool Ease, Decor (on sale right now at Smiley's) and Encore). For those unable to work with animal fibers, all synthetic works, but not cotton. Any color, and size. If you are planning wristers or fingerless mitts, be sure to pair them with a purchased pair of Magic Gloves, because the whole point is WARMTH!

Start date (on your marks) is Wednesday, April 15. End date is (on or about) September 15 so that mailing can take place the last week in September.

This is a BLITZ, folks.

There will be prizes for the 9 lucky knitters and/or crocheters.

Here are the simple Roolz:

1) Make. Knit, crochet, sew (yes, fleece counts!) and buy.

2) Document. Send me photos of the ones you hand make that I can post to this blog to inspire us all ( email to If I see pictures from you of at least 9 pairs, you will be entered into the prize draw for one of 9 fabulous prizes.

3) Mail. Mittnz are to be mailed to Cheyenne River Reservation (CRYP P.O. Box 410, Eagle Butte, SD 57625) during the last week in September so that the Youth Project (the YP in the address) is blitzed with hand covers the first week in October when the weather starts its evil descent into winter.

Last year, during the blitz we managed to make and buy 1003 pairs that were sent to South Dakota to warm hands there. I would dearly love to see 1000 pairs of hands warmed again in 2009!

Interpretation of the Roolz: Handcovers need to be warm. And since little kids tend to prefer brighter colors, the small ones can be less conservative than the big ones. They need to fit human hands! Any size. Any color. Mittens, gloves, wristers, fingerless, thumbless. Beyond that, let's not "overthink" this project.

I will post all photos that are sent to me. Please wait until you have completed the challenge (9 pairs). Or give me a link to your photo.

Send photos! They inspire us all.

History: It started as a Personal Challenge to me to knit X pairs of mittens because I HATED (still do) the fiddly nature of them. Those thumbs! and there are TWO of them, for lord's sake.

Once I announced that I was challenging myself, other members of NAS ::coff:: Mariella ::coff:: Anami ::coff:: one or more of the Debbies ::coff:: jumped on the bandwagon.I think there was one prize that first year. Last year, there were 8!

This year, I will provide a total of 9 prizes. This project is THAT IMPORTANT to me.

So, are you in? Little kids right here in the Good Ol' U S of A are cold!


It's amazing how many kids in the "Good Ol' U S of A are cold.
Sent this off to my sister -- maybe this year I can get her to send a picture at the end of it!
Cool. And I love making the pattern you show on your blog! Beth
I'm IN!!

(and heading off to pull out the wool yarn to get those mittens knit!)
i may regret this, but i'm in. maybe if i start now, i'll get further than idid 2years ago, lol
Hi Ann,
I blogged about your blitz this afternoon, hopefully it will bring you a few extra hits!

Check it out here and let me know if you want any changes, or additions....

Knitting Editor
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