The Team 5

Michelle Strehl; Founder, Director of the Board, and Professional Knitter

When I was 4 years old, I lost the use of my right index and pointer fingers due to an accident. My jacket was caught in the gears of a truck and took my hand with it. The trials presented by this injury put my family and I through hell and back. Between cross-country doctors visits, many months in the hospital, and the incessant teasing of my peers, I never stopped hating it long enough to realize the blessing my injury was. The long drive to the doctors visits allowed me to see the country and spend time with my family. The hospital taught me compassion and patience you don’t normally see in a 5-year-old girl. However, it was the teasing that really drove me. Whenever someone told me I couldn’t do something, I worked that much harder to prove that they were wrong. I could anything a ‘normal’ kid could do and (most of the time) do it better. Their sneers pushed me to be a hard worker and a compassionate person which I wouldn’t dream of trading for a chance to be ‘normal’.

I graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May 2015 with a degree in Spanish and French. Shortly afterwards, I moved to Colorado for work. I spend the majority of my time knitting and sewing for Mitts That Fit and running the administrative side of the project. In 2016 we launched a scholarship program for people who cannot afford gloves and we officially became a non-profit. This has awarded us many opportunities that we otherwise would not have had. In the winter of 2017 we are hoping to release sewn gloves and I am working with our designer on a customizable pattern for those.



Claire Ashmead; Volunteer Coordinator and Professional Knitter
I was born and raised in Alaska and met Michelle through some mutual friends when we were very young. We hit it off immediately and have been friends ever since. In May 2015, I graduated from theUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks with a BA in Foreign Languages, concentrating in French. Soon after that, I moved to Colorado where I am enjoying a life full of outdoor adventures and knitting!
For most of my school years I attended Waldorf; a school system dedicated to educating the head, heart, and hands. I have always loved to work with my hands. I first learned to knit at the age of 8 and since then I have made various projects, including scarves, hats, mittens, and stuffed animals. When Michelle expressed a need for help with gloves, I was only too happy oblige! Since starting at Mitts that Fit in January 2015 I have made over 15 pairs of gloves in various colors, shapes, and sizes. I’m very excited to continue expanding our work and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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    • mkstrehl Post author

      Please give my sincerest condolences to your friend! I can definitely do that. Pricing would be different because of the stub and the fact that it would not take me as long to make a pair. Email me for more information at and we can figure something out.
      Michelle Strehl

  • Jennifer Shumsky

    I really want to order a pair of gloves for my son, but need a little guidance as to which pattern would work best for his little hand and how I get his hand measurements to you. The glove pics are so great!

  • Ruth J Clark

    Michelle, Thank you for your e-mail, that I received earlier this afternoon. The reply I sent seems to have bounced back. Could you please provide me with an alternate e-mail address, to send my reply to. Thank you
    Ruth J Clark
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