...sometimes even a single feather is enough to fly. (Robert Maclean)


mittens for reading in bed

I love to read in bed.
Heck, I just love to BE in bed.

And I'm a Goldilocks kind of gal.  
I like things to be just right.
Pillow just right under my neck.
Sheets and blankets tucked just right under my chin.

But above all else, it's about regulating temperature.
Maintaining homeostasis.

I think so, anyway.

Well, this time of year, 
I'm super out of luck in the ambient-reading-temperature department.
From May-September, 
I don't need any special reading accoutrements or accommodations.
But October-April is another story, since our bedroom can be on the chilly side.
(We're conservative with the heat, both for the planet and our purses...)


We typically have a bunch of layers over ourselves:
(flannel sheets, fleece blankets, goosedown comforter...
all topped with a heavy sheepskin pelt.)

That's nice for the bulk of the body that can be underneath,
but it doesn't help the poor little hands that are trying to hold a book out in the chilly air!

  For awhile I would try to hold the book with my left hand 
and keep my right hand tucked inside
except for a quick dash out of the covers when I had to turn the page, 
but as you can imagine -- that wasn't that much fun. 

Luckily, Boo took pity on me and decided to make me some open-fingered reading mittens.

She's been a little knitting elf
with her double-pointed needles...

Here they are, the striped beauties...
They're sooo soft and definitely help retain the heat! 
Just enough of my fingertips and thumbs exposed to handle the pages.
I tell you...
Reading mittens have changed my life!

Boo got the "recipe"from KnitPicks:  Line by Line Mittens to Gloves 
Of course, Boo ad-libs and knit-libs and improvises a little in everything she does.
So these are not exact to the pattern.

She got the yarn from KnitPicks, too.  They have great stuff.
She said she got the pattern for free for buying yarn.  
So there you have it.

Now I can get back to dreaming about the coast of Maine.
(well, the summertime coast of Maine, to be specific...)


Now if only I could stay awake long enough to read more than a few pages...

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