Meddlesome Mittens

Day 28 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Mysterious Mittens Knitted Knit Blue And Pink With String

This may be my fastest doodlewash yet, as I had to sneak this one in really quickly today. Today’s prompt is mittens, so I’ve made this speedy little 3 color sketch of some. I find mittens a rather meddlesome accessory as they seem completely impractical. Though they do provide warmth, robbing the user of the ability to successfully grasp anything at all seems so odd. Thankfully, they manage to keep some level of primate superiority by allowing for the use of our opposable thumbs, but without the use of fingers, this doesn’t really pay off as it normally should. That rant aside, mitten lovers everywhere will contend that mittens have the upper hand, so to speak, because they actually do keep your hands warmer than gloves thanks to the extra body heat generated. This is indeed a noble thing, but on me, they seem to steal too much dexterity for my tastes and end up feeling like little knitted handcuffs.

The debate between mittens vs. gloves is an age-old one that ultimately comes down to a matter of preference. When I was a kid, I remember being trapped in mittens and unable to play properly, so I would take them off to make and throw snowballs, defeating the purpose of them entirely. Perhaps I just never learned the proper way to navigate them, but I couldn’t get them to respond the way I wanted while playing. When I begged for a pair of gloves, I was finally given my wish. The gloves, however, were so thick that it was just a horrible tease. I had the comforting view of all five fingers, but the complete inability to bend them, making them worse than the dreaded mittens. This, I assumed was my punishment for begging, but ultimately it was just my mother’s caring attempt to keep me properly warm in the horribly cold winter weather.

Truthfully, even today, it has to be incredibly cold for me to bother with wearing gloves or a hat. I’ll typically just rush out the door and attempt to brave the cold rather than taking the time to add the additional accessories. My hands will feel like they’re about to fall off, of course, and my ears will become numb as if they simply jumped off my body in an attempt to find a smarter one. If I’m caught attempting this on a really cold day, Philippe will stop me and make me put on the proper attire. I realize now, I’ve been lucky to have wonderful people in my life who are there to take care of me during the long winter months. I’d likely not survive them making my own ill-fated decisions. I’ve certainly grown to appreciate those little acts of love. Life would so different without them. And one learns that even the most bothersome things can truly be for your own good, even being made to wear those meddlesome mittens.

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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose, Cobalt Turquoise, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
Day 28 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Mysterious Mittens Knitted Knit Blue And Pink With String
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16 Comments
  1. Jodi 10 months ago

    I love mittens

  2. Jill Kuhn 10 months ago

    Love the colors in your mittens, Charlie! 🎨❄👍 I never was one to like mittens much either but it is tough to find a good pair of gloves that fit even as an adult! Lol! ☺️

    • Author

      Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 Lol… that’s so true! Trying on gloves is more of an adventure than it should be. Then, every time I find the perfect pair, I always manage to lose them. 😊Lol

  3. Laura (PA Pict) 10 months ago

    Sweet little painting and it doesn’t look dashed off at all. I’m a fingerless gloves fan. I like to have my digits available to me. Some of my gloves have the little flap that folds over to turn them into mittens of my fingers do succumb to the cold too much. I do wish all gloves came on that string though and not just mittens. That would be so handy.

    • Author

      Awww thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 I have a pair of the fingerless kind! hehe… I do love them for this ease of mobility, but yep… not as practical on the coldest days. That little string definitely gives mittens a bit of an edge though… really handy! hehe

  4. tutleymutley 10 months ago

    I’m an expert ‘knit’ – so I love that you’ve shown the stocking stitch (or ‘stockinette’ in US I think) in your wee sketc, and the ‘i-cord; to join them.. I’m with Laura – fingerless gloves all the way – It’s amazing how even your fingers stay warmer if the palms are kept covered. I like to design and teach other people to design their own special fingerless mittens in wonderful patterns and colours. (hmm, maybe a doodle coming on).

    • Author

      That’s so fabulous that you knit!! 😃💕 I’m always so impressed by people who can knit their own beautiful things! My mother used to crochet and I tried it a few times, but never quite got the hang of it.

  5. Ellie 10 months ago

    “I remember being trapped in mittens” Charlie, I am going to laughing for days over that one. And somehow, despite the fact that they are instruments of torture, you made a wonderful painting! ( : I think Laura might have the solution for you – mittens that aren’t actually mittens.

    • Author

      Thanks, Ellie! 😃💕 Yep… fingerless is definitely a fabulous compromise! Lol Anything is better than being trapped like that I think. hehe

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 10 months ago

    You reminded me of Ralphie’s little brother, Randy, in A Christmas Story. Remember his mother bundling him up with the 20 foot scarf wrapped around his neck about 5 times and his snowsuit so cumbersome he couldn’t put down his arms? Mittens were the least of his problems.

    Your mittens look inviting and a pretty color too – and that cord that goes all through your jacket so they can’t be lost – because otherwise, they certainly will be.

    • tutleymutley 10 months ago

      And it’s always just ONE mitten that gets lost – like odd socks in the washing machine –

      • Author

        Lol! So true! I guess that’s why they invented the little string for some of them, but that just makes me feel more trapped. 😊

    • Author

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 haha! I almost mentioned that in the post. I actually got distracted as I’m prone to do while writing this and watched a video of that scene in A Christmas Story. So funny!!

  7. myfrostblog 10 months ago

    I am an ice skater and I totally understand. I want to wear mittens all the time because I just love my pair (they have teddy bears on them) but I can’t because it is seen as “dangerous” to wear them…

    • Author

      Thanks for that perspective, Nicky… cool that you’re an ice skater! 😃💕 And teddy bear mittens sound adorably wonderful. No wonder you love them!!

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