Let me be honest here. I thought there would be more mittens. Last year I felt like I knit all mittens, all the time. That would mean a mountain of mittens, but it’s only just a mound of mittens. It’s still a lot. Let’s count them.

Clockwise from top left (for ease, all fingerless or wrist items are referred to as mittens for now):

A few of my own design samples: 4 pairs (8 mittens)

Failed design that I am *still* trying to work out: 2 pairs + 1 (5 mittens)

Samples from The Red Collection: 7 pairs (14 mittens)

The Worst Pile – Mittens with no comrades: no pairs (11 mittens)

Bag of pulsewarmers in various stages of completion: 4 pairs (8 mittens/not really but whatevs)

Mittens and gloves that live in the Mitten Bin and get used: 6 pairs (12 mittens)

The Best Pile – Baby Maggie mittens: 3 pairs (6 mittens)

Other people’s patterns that don’t get much wear anymore: 3 pairs (6 mittens)

Gifted mittens (from my sister and from Elinor): 2 pairs (4 mittens)

The math says that’s 31 pairs of mittens and 74 mittens total.

Like yesterday, I can only assume there are some mittens in my house that I cannot locate, and I know of at least one mitten on the pins. There are probably more half-knit mittens that I have hidden in a bag and stashed away somewhere deep.

I took another picture from the side, to show the extreme height of some of these piles.

Here’s a confession: I actually think I need more mittens. But more specifically, I think I need more mittens that fit the kids. Assuming it snows (and some years it doesn’t) the kids go out to play for 20 minutes, come in for hot chocolate, then want to go back out. But their mittens are then WET AND COLD. So they need at least two pairs each, and three would be better!

Okay, writing that last paragraph made me feel slightly insane. But I’ll probably knit more mittens anyway. I HAVE A PROBLEM.

On the other hand, the other categories (sweaters, socks, scarves, shawls) are totally under control. No really.