|Noémie fingerless mitts
|Gabrielle fingerless gloves
The wind is blowing all of my maple tree leaves into the yard. The sun is out, though, so that makes it better, and I'm trying to think of raking as an exercise activity! Positive thinking is hard sometimes.
My hands and feet get cold during the winter, even when I'm inside. I got out the fingerless mitts last week in anticipation of the cooler weather, and I think I might need them today! My slipper socks are lifesavers, too.
I knitted my mitts and slipper socks last year. I especially love knitting fingerless mitts—they're fast and functional. Double bonus. French Girl Knits Accessories
has some beautiful mitts, and slippers, too! Here's author Kristeen Griffin-Grimes to tell you more:French Girl Mitts and Slippers
Hand and foot coverings have their roots in the
deepest corners of human history, from recently unearthed Bronze Age crude
leather-laced slippers to the heavily decorated leggings and moccasins of the
world's native peoples. The makers of the past excelled at taking something
completely utilitarian and creating a thing of beauty, each stitch embedded
with their cultural DNA. Thankfully, much remains for us to marvel at and learn
from. Witness the artistry of Sami mittens from Upper Scandinavia, Mongol
herdsmen's appliquéd leather boots, or North American Plains
tribeswomen's intricately beaded gloves for a glimpse of this rich legacy.
Much of what I create springs from inspiration
as varied as pre-1950 French haute
indigenous motifs, so for these fingerless gloves and slippers, you will find these design elements blended and reimagined
in fanciful ways.
into a Victorian lady's boudoir, I mused on what her lacy finely worked day
gloves would become when combined with sturdy, yet silky, Italian linen yarn—the
Noémie fingerless mitaines
were the result. These easily
translate to Goth-black silk or cozy cashmere with completely distinct results.
I would be remiss if mention were not made of French and Russian ballet's
contribution to the world of knitting design. The Tutu slippers are a
very deep bow to ballet's invaluable resource of design genius—the artful
costumes and sets that graced everything from the Nijinsky's Ballet
Christian Lacroix's modern take on La
enthrall one for hours. To keep your toes properly adorned, I chose a lively
persimmon color for my modern Mary Jane ballet slippers to liven up those
lengthy winter nights.
The Gabrielle fingerless gloves have echoes of finely detailed
Norwegian Selbu mittens with their crisp black-and-white imprint. It is no
wonder this chromatic duo was taken up by Madame Chanel as the cornerstone of her
design cosmos. I couldn't resist adding some cheeky oversized vintage buttons
as faux closures to these easy mitts and tell myself Coco might have done the
The projects in this section offer a wonderful way to raid your stash or
explore a new luxurious yarn . . . have a lovely time doing so!
—Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, French Girl Knits Accessories
Now's the time to cast on knitted accessories, and French Girl Knits Accessories
has so many cute designs! Download the eBook today
and get started!
P.S. What's your favorite knitted accessory to wear indoors? Leave a comment below and let us know!