Poinsettia Mittens

📸 Oomieknits

These mittens are so festive and cheerful. They are also knit with Aran weight yarn, so they must knit up fast! I love the red and white Latvian braid detail. This is a free pattern. (Ravelry link)

Do you buy poinsettias at Christmas? I was curious where this tradition started, so I looked it up. Poinsettias didn’t arrive in the United States until the 19th century. The plant is named for the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced America to the poinsettia in 1828, after discovering it in the wilderness in southern Mexico. In Mexico, poinsettias are known as Flores de Noche Buena. (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”). December 12 is National Poinsettia Day. I missed it! I don’t usually buy poinsettias because I can’t keep them alive inside. When I lived in Southern California, I knew people who planted them in their yards and they would grow to be big bushes.

Moondrake Yarn Advent Day 16: It’s snowing!

7 thoughts on “Poinsettia Mittens

  1. One year, I was successful in wintering over a poinsettia and when the summer came I planted it in the yard. It did get rather large. I tried to prune it back and bring it in for another winter, but apparently my skills were all tapped out and it died. It can be done, though!!

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  2. Very pretty yarn and snow picture 🙂 Those are very cute mittens, and they look warm! I don’t buy poinsettias, because they are poisonous to cats and mine won’t leave them alone. They are really pretty though. Very interesting history there – thank you for sharing!

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