Saturday, November 10, 2007

"The Mitten" by Jan Brett

Okay, I love all things by Jan Brett. Her stuff is simply luscious and I think this potential project can lend itself to more of her titles.

This idea came from my sister-in-law, who is a former Kindergarden/First Grade teacher. She really has a knack for coming up with great kids gifts.

She suggested that I make a hedgehog complete with an oversized white mitten with a zipper to store it in. Pair this with Jan Brett's book, The Mitten.

I'm thinking that I can make up some small animals that match up with all the animals in the book. They would then store inside the oversized white mitten - perhaps even add a strap to the mitten to make it easy to take with you on trips. Or even make the mitten into a backpack - which could be more boy friendly. I have to give a big shout out to the people who created Dora the Explorer. My daughter LOVES wearing backpacks and has ever since she started watching TV.

As soon as I have various patterns written/knitted, I'll post them here.

List of animals in book:
  • Bear
  • Mouse
  • Owl
  • White Rabbit
  • Mole
  • Badger
  • Fox
  • Hedgehog
ETA: Julie Williams of Little Cotton Rabbits fame wrote a great hedgehog pattern (Cost: $1.33) that would be a great pairing for any of Jan Brett's hedgehog based books.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Holtiziger (German company) makes lovely handmade wooden animals and carries all the animals needed to put inside the mitten. You can find their complete inventory on I stumbled across your site after coming up with this idea on my own and ordering the animals and just looking for the mitten pattern or a place to buy a large white mitten.