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Mitts That Fit started out as a simple suggestion as I was experimenting with knitting a pair of gloves in January 2013; “Why don’t you customize that for your hand?”

This thought had never occurred to me. Looking back it was silly seeing as I always knit myself gloves and I’d knit the fingers I didn’t really need. When the gloves were finished a week later my uncle set out another preposition, “If you can use those, I bet others could too.”

For the next few days, I researched hand differences, read articles, knit different patterns, and set up a website, etsy, and Facebook. The idea garnered immense amounts of support and, over the next year, grew into what it has become today.

I can proudly say that MTF has changed lives, which is exactly what I set out to do. As I got more into the field I discovered more support for people with limb differences; support groups, organizations, companies… All dedicated to helping people with hand differences cope and understand the trials of having a child with a hand difference. These were not only inspiring but helped lay the groundwork for what Mitts That Fit has now become.

Thank you for all your support.

Michelle Strehl; Founder

 


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19 thoughts on “Welcome!

    • mkstrehl Post author

      Becky! sorry for the delay in response! All I need to get an order going is a few measurements which can come in the form of pictures with a ruler for scale or tracings of his hand on graphing paper mailed to me (preferred). The second option is much easier for me to get measurements off of. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at mittsthatfit@gmail.com!
      Thanks,
      Michelle Strehl

    • mkstrehl Post author

      Vicki,
      I am still making these! I’m currently working on a way to make sewn and work gloves as well. Let me know if you are interested!
      Thanks,
      Michelle Strehl

    • mkstrehl Post author

      Susan,
      It is possible to donate via check or paypal. We do not have non-profit status yet as I am still relatively new to this so donations are not deductible. However, I am hoping to apply for non-profit status by the middle-end of next year once I have a chance to see a full years financials. Let me know what you are interested in doing and feel free to email me at mittsthatfit@gmail.com!
      Thanks,
      Michelle Strehl

  • Sarailin

    How do I get a pair? I have Polands Syndrome and always wore a child’s sized glove on obe hand and a regular sized glove on the other. Please help 😀

  • Amanda Clifford

    My daughter was born with ectrodactyly syndrome and I thought I was going to have to make her, her own pair. My friend showed me this on fb! LOVE LOVE LOVE this! We always want to get her things just like her brother! How can I get her a pair?
    Thanks,
    Amanda C.

    • mkstrehl Post author

      Amanda,
      We would love to make her a pair! We need measurements from her in the form of a photo with her hands next to a ruler as well as a color choice. Right now, all of our gloves are being done by donation with a minimum of $20 to cover our material and shipping costs. Anything more goes to our knitter for their time. If you decide you’d like to order a pair. Please send your measurements and color choice to our email address (mittsthatfit@gmail.com) or send us a message on Facebook!
      Thanks,
      Michelle

  • Nidhi Doshi

    Hello!
    I got so excited on seeing that such a thing exists! My boyfriend has oligodactyly and I want to gift him his own gloves for Christmas. But we live in Boston so they need to be really warm. What fabrics do you work with?

    • mkstrehl Post author

      Nidhi,

      We specifically make knit gloves from 100% wool. Claire and I are both from Alaska and my gloves were always plenty warm!!

  • Michelle DuPont

    In July of 2016, we welcomed a new member into our family (my great nephew). He was born with Poland’s Syndrome and as is common with this syndrome, he has a hand deformity. While researching the syndrome, I came across your organization and found it so inspiring. I would like to thank you for seeing the need and have the vision and determination to start and grow such a worth while program. More recently, my brother had an accident that resulted in a finger amputation, so at the age of 51 he is learning to adjust to the change. Until I found your site, I never even considered the challenge of wearing traditional gloves and mittens with a hand deformity. I planned on purchasing mittens for my great nephew and now, I have shared your site with my sister in law so she can purchase gloves for my brother. Thank you again for your thoughtful and inspiring efforts.

    • mkstrehl Post author

      Thanks you for your kind words Michelle! We love what we do and the fact that we can help people along the way makes it that much better!