Dog versus Cat in one style of Vs.Mittens that pit...

Dog versus Cat in one style of Vs.Mittens that pit predator against prey. Credit: Handout

There’s a bit of a chill in the air which means mitten time is approaching for you and your kids, and this season, well, we’re loving the Vs. Mittens from Hoopla, which do double duty – they’ll keep you warm and crack you up.

The hand-crocheted mittens of soft Australian farm wool come in unmatched sets that pit predator against prey. One hand might wear the territorial cat, while the other dons the cat-chasing dog…who will win? (You’ll find out without the scratches.) There’s the wolf vs. sheep, frog vs. fly, and what in the world will happen when the bird vs. bee? (Hmmm, we all know that story.)

These are four of the six kooky and cute mitten combinations that will definitively start conversations for grownups who are young at heart (trendsetting types like Robert Verdi and Carson Kressley have already fallen for them) and entertain the younger set (there’s a junior collection) -- they're literally on-hand puppet shows.  Trust us when we say that you will have the irresistable urge to have one hand talking to and bopping the other even when you are alone (though observers may stare).

Hoopla is a four-year-old gift and product development company started by Hannah Lavon, who hails from Great Neck and her college friend Ashley Connors. The company motto is, “Enjoy the funner things in life.” So apropos.

Vs. Mittens retail for $29.99 for adults, $24.99 for kids and are available at Blue Door Books, Cedarhurst, XSRE, Lawrence and at


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