Christine Michienzi is a fanatical knitter who can knit just about anything. It may be genetic, as she was taught by her mother, also an avid knitter, who became her muse after she passed away several years ago.
After Christine’s friend sent her a photo of a beer mitten, she was inspired to create them as holiday gifts for sports fans in her family. Friends saw the gifts and wanted their own, and before long her business of Knit Happens was born!
While she makes other items, the beer mittens remain her big seller. After being contacted by several people with Raynaud’s about using her mitten as a shield for their cold fingers when holding cold items, Christine reached out to our organization to see if her creations could help the community of people with Raynaud’s. We’d never seen or heard of beer mittens before, and were really taken with the product.
It’s a simple concept: There’s a sleeve for inserting your hand. Then there’s a rounded section that starts at the point where your thumb separates from your fingers. The bottle, can or other cold item fits inside the rounded hole (the bottom is knitted, too, so it can’t fall through!). And voila – your hand is wrapped around the can with a protective knit barrier to keep fingers from touching and experiencing the cold!
Christine finds people using her beer mittens for many more reasons than tailgating and beer parties. She’s sold them to people using them to hold their coffee when they walk their dog on cold mornings, as the mitten offers more protection than a glove and a stable holder for their morning java. She’s also found them to be useful for runners needing a way to keep their hands warm while holding their water bottle. And I suspect Frosties will find lots more ways to use the mittens once they get their cold fingers snuggly inserted in these fun holders!
Christine’s designs are made with quality acrylic yarn so that each mitten is easy-care washable and comfortable without the itch of wool. She can custom make them in any color combination, and finds it fun to create them in school or team colors, making a special effort to search craft stores for the perfect logo match. You can see the detail, love and care that goes into each mitten – these are individually handmade, not machine stitched!
Special Discount for Our Members
Offer Code: RAYNAUDS20
Christine’s beer mittens are sold on Etsy for $12.50, a great value for this useful, fun product! As a Sponsor of the Raynaud’s Association, she’s offering our members a 20% discount, just use the coupon code RAYNAUDS20 during checkout. At that price, you may want to collect a few and stash them in the kitchen, at the office and keep one in the car for when you’re on the go.
Knitting is Christine’s way of spreading a little bit of cheer, so we hope these beer mittens bring a smile to your face and some warmth to your Frostie fingers!
186 Old Piseco Road
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
Phone: (518) 332-6739