The Kingdom of Lost Mittens

Dear knitters, I am writing this post from The Kingdom of Lost Mittens. I was invited to this magical place after graduating from the local college and getting my Early Childhood Education diploma. Now my days are filled with all kinds of lovely things — curiosity, discoveries, inquiries, jokes, hugs, art, good books, songs, and outings in the beautiful park with a team of three-year-old explorers.

This fall and summer, I was just a preschool teacher but as the winter approaches, my title changed to “The Mitten Hunter”. Young children are not particularly committed to keeping their mittens on their hands, and they often leave them… everywhere. These are just a few photos that I took in the last two days. None of those mittens were lost but you get the picture.

lost mittens


lost mittens



lost mittens




Since we are going out twice a day (and the days get colder), we will need to have a healthy supply of “daycare mittens” to replace those that were lost on the playground, forgotten in a parent’s car, or got soaking wet in the puddles. I have donated a pair of knitted mittens that my son wore last winter to keep those little hands warm. These mittens are used everyday.

If you are looking for a small project this winter, maybe you could make a pair of mittens for a child care centre? Here are some patterns for children: Basic Baby and Toddler mittens, Lady Bug Mittens, Traditional Honeycomb Newfie mittens and 2 hour mittens from Ravelry.

Please email me at halifaxknitter@gmail.com if you wish to donate mittens to my centre (we have 7 classrooms) or just find the closest one in your neighbourhood. I am sure both children and teachers will appreciate them.

In the meantime, stay warm and keep knitting!

If you are local to Nova Scotia, you are probably tired of jokes about the weather these days. Honestly, the only reason for my post today is to replace the picture of icy trees and the grey skies on my blog with something else. (Almost made a joke about pictures of rain instead). 

Now, I totally see how this cold and wet weather doesn’t inspire anyone to knit more warm mittens and hats. For example, I am knitting a sweater for my daughter that I hope she will wear one day with no jacket over it. (Almost suggested that such day might never come).

So today I would like to entertain you with some gifts that I recently made for my teachers and my classmates (I am graduating soon). The three knitted bracelets were gifted before I took pictures of them. Each had a “hidden meaning” (like a symbolic colour or pattern) that was revealed to their owners. I was debating whether I should publish the written notes for the other two gifts but decided to leave them out because the metaphors were based on our shared knowledge and experiences. I will still tell you what they meant in general.


This heart is the metaphor for “the bleeding heart” (values and strong beliefs) that is simultaneously “the heart of gold” (compassion towards others). The deeper meaning is about feeling compassionate towards people whose beliefs are very different from ours, about seeing human beings through the lens of their experiences and struggles, about not making people feel “wrong” when we passionately articulate why we are “right”.


The second gift symbolizes something that seems simple, just like a ball, but there are many different parts intricately woven together. Sometimes the part is visible, sometimes it’s not, but it’s still there.  And often it’s not easy to put it together but then it holds in one piece, seamlessly. At times it seems almost impossible, unless you are a knitter… or (insert your own word). If at loss, try “a mother”.

Knitted ball

I loved working on these projects. Looking through patterns and knitting was fun but I also enjoyed thinking about the connections and carefully choosing my words to make those gifts meaningful.

As we are waiting for the sun to finally show up (yep, still talking about the weather), maybe you could also warm up someone’s heart with a small unexpected hand-made gift? I bet it will make you feel warmer, too.

p.s. In case you wonder, the heart pattern is here, and the knitted ball pattern is here.

Hello dear knitters, are you staying warm? It’s cold here but also kind of beautiful.


Yesterday everything was encased in ice but there is not much of it left today.


The ice started melting but in the process it formed tiny icicles hanging from the branches. When the sun shone through them, they looked like a nature’s Christmas garland.


It seems like the best weather to donate a warm blanket to the youth shelter. The blanket squares were made by lovely ladies in one of the senior residence houses. I finished stitching this blanket today and took it out for a photo shoot.


I walked to the nearby park and almost froze my hands off while taking pictures.


On my way back, I wrapped the blanket around my shoulders and it made a long and colourful cape blown by the wind.  I wish I met someone who could take a picture to share with you but the streets were empty. Yep, it is really cold here.


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