Size Medium (fits 90% of women)

Mittens are made from pre-shrunk (felted) thrifted 100% wool sweaters. Felting makes the wool material more dense which means the wind is less likely to get in and your warmth is less likely to get out.  Felted wool insoles for boots have this same property. Wool fibres have many many small barbs (like velcro) which keep the wool fibres all parallel and the fleece very fluffy. The  fleece only gets felted (compressed) on the animal if it is crushed and mangled. This is not desirable for the sheep but is excellent for mittens as we don’t want them to be as thick as the sheep’s fleece. Bouncing sweaters around with hot, soapy water in a washing machine gets the barbs tangled up making the wool both thinner denser. A very bulky wool sweater might be nice but it is too thick to make mittens that you can fit on your hands.

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