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Monday, November 24, 2014

Silver Birch

My favourite winter accessory is hand-warmers/fingerless mittens. My hands are always cold and with hand-warmers I can still do things with my hands like knit, type, drive my car, get money out of my purse etc and keep my hands warm. So I decided I needed a pair of stranded hand-warmers.

I love Orla Kiely products which feature her trade mark leafy pattern. I used those leaves as inspiration. The leaves get smaller as you move up the hand to the fingers. Again I used my favourite Navia Duo which is just perfect for stranded colourwork/fair isle.

The inside of 'Silver Birch' has diagonal lines moving out to the sides. Both cuffs and the top of the hands/thumb are finished off with a picot hem. The thumb is an afterthought thumb which is so easy to do.

The blue/grey pair is the larger size. I wanted to do the smaller size in lime and silver grey but the colours just didn't work together as there wasn't enough contrast. So I chose the charcoal grey instead.

The Lime is brighter than these photos show. I struggled to get the colours right. We took the photos in poor light conditions but then it's been bad weather and gloomy here all last week, so photography was a bit challenging.

'Silver Birch' comes in two sizes:
Small: 20cm/8in circumference 
Length: 19cm/7½in
Large: 22cm/8½in circumference 
Length: 22cm/8½in
Emily is modelling the smaller charcoal/lime pair and I'm modelling the larger silver grey/Bahama Blue pair.

The yarn is Navia Duo and I will have kits in stock as soon as the printed patterns arrive. In the meantime you can get the pattern on Ravelry with 25% off until 30 November (midnight GMT). No coupon code needed. Pattern will soon be available on Patternfish and Love Knitting too.

Don't forget to check out my 'Vaffel Votter' kits in the shop now.

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