Mittens? In the summer? Ridiculous.
Or is it?
I'm one of those people who dresses for summer and then walks into an air conditioned room and catches a cold. It sure feels unfair to have a cold in the middle of the summer.
The obvious remedy of course is to carry a sweater or cardigan or some such thing around everywhere. Which, in the middle of summer, honestly also feels a bit unfair.
So, mittens? Maybe, but besides the fact that they'd look out of place, they make it kind of difficult to do normal everyday activities such as, oh, typing or turning book pages.
Enter fingerless gloves, armwarmers, cuffs, and gauntlets. Covering wrists, arms, and the whole range from ultranerdy to uberartsy, they now rival purses and shoes on my list of top most practical accessories. What sweater folds up small enough to stuff in the bottle pocket of a diaper bag? There's generally a couple in the bag at all times, since they can even double as baby legwarmers in a pinch.
Availability in stores varies, but it is easy to make a pair at home. Just follow the world's easiest tutorial.
Choose a pair of knee socks and cut places for fingers and thumb.
Wear them pulled up over your elbow for maximum strength or scrunched down for just a little extra hint of warmth.
(After awhile, the raw edges will curl and fray, so you may prefer to take the additional couple minutes to finish them off. I like them curly.)
Now I could give away these, but that would be kind of silly as you now know how to make them in twenty seconds.
So instead I have a gorgeous pair of Jessica McClintock black velvet fingerless gloves (size small) shaped along the same lines as my cheater pair but made with ever so much more finesse. I have a pair just like it, and they can go equally well to a ball or a ball game.