Day 324: Michigan Mittens

Day 324: Michigan Mittens
The Awesome Mitten - Michigan Mittens
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If you live in Michigan, you probably discovered at a very early age that not only is a hand useful for sandwich eating, Post-it note writing, and nail hammering,  but it’s also a pretty effective map of our great state.

“Everyone in Michigan uses their hands to show where they live, or to give someone directions. It’s funny, but we all do it,” Connie Hahne explained.

Hahne is the mind behind Michigan Mittens, a company that produces mittens with the map of Michigan right on them! Hahne first brought up this idea to her husband Erich back in 2007, as the Hahne family rode back from their cottage in Newbury to their home in Clarkston. Erich was so inspired by Connie’s vision that, upon arriving home in Clarkston, he immediately designed the first version of the Michigan Mitten.

The Awesome Mitten - Michigan Mittens
Photo courtesy of Michigan Mittens

Made right here in our own great state of the highest quality Polar Fleece fabric (made from recycled pop bottles!), Michigan Mittens have become wildly popular. And with the rise in popularity, the Michigan pride grows as well. Michigan Mittens have even sent a “map” on a trip around the world, travelling from Georgia to England to Scotland just at the onset of their journey.

Another project incepted by the Hahnes is Team Michigan Mittens. Now more than 150 members strong, Team Michigan Mittens began with a few complimentary pairs sent to residents of our awesome state and beyond with the simple request to photograph the mittens and their owners on their travels in and out of the mitten.

Michigan Mittens will debut their “pink” line, on April 28th, at the Detroit Zoological Society hosted Shades of Pink Foundation Walk. For each pair of pink Michigan Mittens sold, $10 will be donated to the foundation. Connie, whose mother passed away from breast cancer in 1991, took great care in selecting Shades of Pink as the recipient of Michigan Mittens’ donations. Based out of southeast Michigan, the Shades of Pink Foundation donates 100% of their profits to local women to ease their financial burden during their fight against breast cancer.

But don’t expect the Michigan Mitten takeover to slow down, even following the commencement of such a massive project. With a newly revamped website, talks to add a new manufacturer based out of Waterford, and almost twenty stores now carrying Michigan Mittens, it’s a safe bet that Michigan maps will be covering hands all over the mitten very soon.

Check out Michigan Mittens on Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest, and pick up your pair of pink mittens to support the Shades of Pink Foundation this Saturday at the Detroit Zoo!

Hayley Serr: Feature Writer

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Hi, all! A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet Awesome Mitten creator Alex Beaton at one of my favorite Michigan landmarks: Michigan State University. Aside from my indulging Spartan roots with trips to East Lansing, I spend most of my time watching movies, cooking, hanging out with my family, and counting down the days until summer, when I can spend a few more days on any of the beautiful lakes of Michigan. Email me at: hayley@awesomemitten.com