My next-door-neighbor Emily one of those moms. Impossibly gorgeous, talented, creative, sweet, and effortlessly patient with her incredibly well-behaved sons. And perhaps I’d be bothered by these things, but she’s also one of those people you can’t help but want to be friends with.
So I feel remiss in having taken so long to share the story of her latest business venture, a great invention called the “Haypenny Handmitten.” It’s just gotten so damn cold here in Brooklyn that it seems like a perfect time to do so. I don’t know if this is due to the fact that Margaret, the wonderful woman who cares for Fionn while we’re at work, looks at me like I’m smoking crackers when I suggest that indoor activities are fine, given the conditions. Because if she can get outside, she will. So being outdoors in weather that would make a mail carrier cry is just something that Fionn loves – and expects – from us on weekends as well.
The bottom line is this: Emily has created a muff-like object that fastens around the handlebars of your stroller. It’s made of wool on the outside and fleece on the inside. The sweater wool is knitted in fair-trade cooperatives in Nepal and Peru. You put your hands into the cuffs and push the stroller. You don’t ever lose a glove or get ‘stroller fingers,’ my term for the condition that leads to me switching off which hand goes in a pocket, while avoiding the stroller landing in a snow drift or falling off the curb.
The Handmitten goes for $68. But if you have a favorite sweater, you can send it to Emily and she’ll have it made into your own custom version for $100. Not bad, considering how many replacement pairs of gloves I’ve bought over the past two winters…
Visit her website here, and let me or her know if you have any questions.