This time of year, I don't spend as much time outside. It has not been cold, not even seasonably, which is very unsettling for me. This time of year, for indigenous cultures, was spent crafting ... making and repairing equipment and clothing. I have started a few projects, worked on a few projects that had been started before, and thought of several other things that I'd like to do.
Wendy and I started raising rabbits for meat years ago. Of course, not wanting to waste anything, I also started to learn, using Back To Basics, to tan the hides. I have saved the hides for years. I find they are easy to work and the finished product is lovely. I have even shown other how during our skill share last summer, which also resulted in writing a short e-book about tanning rabbit hides. Of course, I have just stored them in the closet. Over the years, I have talked about making different things with them. I finally decided to act on the impulse. Over the last week, I made a pair of rabbit hide mittens for myself. I was really easy and very satisfying for the need to craft something useful for myself.
There a many tutorials around cyberspace on making mittens. Most lean toward chopper mittens. Regardless of the benefit, for my first pair, I decided to go with the seemingly simpler method of tracing my hands, adding an inch or so, cutting out the patterns, and sewing the things together. My sewing is nothing too fancy and is limited primarily to whip-stitching, which it just what I needed.
Sno-Seal, a beeswax based sealant. I will probably apply this tonight to be ready for using the mittens, if the weather ever dictates the need.
Making these mittens satisfied a need to learn and create. I am so grateful for the gift that was given so many years ago. I also appreciate the length of time, and the cosmic coincidences and events, that have gotten me to this point on my MooseBoots path. Each little step, or lesson, is amazingly rewarding in so many ways.
UPDATE: Here is a picture after waterproofing. They didn't change much.