Just bumping this up with an after-holiday update.
I wound up buying some ultra cheap Christmassy mitts at the drugstore, but they weren’t great, heat-wise, and they were lined with something that came off on my hands, especially if my hands were a bit damp. A friend warned me not to try washing them, because when she’d had a similar pair, they’d gotten lint/fuzz all over everything else in the wash that day. Ugh.
Rather than getting spendy, I decided to get frugal, and bought some InsulBright (a type of insulating polyester/mylar batting) and a bit of cotton batting to layer with.
I dug out some ancient blue jeans that won’t be getting worn again, and cut off a section from the bottoms of the legs to make some square pot holders. Two layers of cotton batting, with some InsulBright sandwiched inside, all tucked inside a denim pocket, everything stitched down in criss crossing lines of stitches.
I’ve only made one so far, I want to give this one a bit of a test tomorrow when I make some Sticky Buns.
If all goes well, I’ll make some oven mitts and more square pot holders.
Anyhow, I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. That old denim has been in my closet forever, so it’s nice to have a good use for it.
I’ll be testing it both for heat protection, and to see how well it comes clean in the dryer.
My oldest pot holders were crocheted yarn, but I’ve got a bit too much arthritis in my hands these days so I won’t be doing any crocheting for a while. (Also, the last batch of pot holders I crocheted didn’t last long. Must have used a yarn that wasn’t suited to the task, but I’m still reluctant to go to that much trouble only to have to make more five years from now.)
Well, thanks for listening to me ramble.