a tidy pattern, a giveaway! {a yarn along}



Mountain Girl Yarns single-ply 'Sugar Plum'.

Mountain Girl Yarns single-ply ‘Sugar Plum’.


Mountain Girl Yarns 3-ply 'le Jardin'.

Mountain Girl Yarns 3-ply ‘le Jardin’.

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes 'Hollyberry'.

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes ‘Hollyberry’.





I finished writing a knitting pattern over the weekend for hand warmers.  Hand warmers inspired by the strong-willed, intelligent, tidy protagonist Flora Poste from the humorous book Cold Comfort Farm.  The pattern calls for Mountain Girl Yarns–any of her sock weight skeins–held doubled.  I knit myself a pair in the colorway ‘le Jardin’ & I have been wearing them everywhere.  With the dry winter air invading our prairie home now, simple hand warmers are almost a necessity to keep the knuckles from cracking.

Flora’s Tidy Hand Warmers are reversible, warm, & stylish. A slight ruffle at the top and deep ribbing throughout the hand, I think Flora would approve. I envision her sporting a pair on one of her solitary nature walks around the Farm or whilst sitting in her “little green parlour” beside the fire, sipping afternoon tea. The pattern suits my own tidy tastes as well due to the short, no-fuss cuff.  I often find fingerless mitt patterns much too lengthy in the cuff, bunching & catching in my winter jacket sleeves. If you knit the pattern as written, the hand warmers should never bunch or get stuck in the Velcro on your ski jacket cuffs. On most womens’ hands they fall just beyond the knuckles. If you have larger hands, there are size modifications included under the section Musings in the pattern.

If you would like to purchase my pattern as a downloadable PDF, you can find it here in my Etsy shop or here in my Ravelry shop.  Use the coupon code FLORA at both shopping venues for $1.50 off the pattern price now through Sunday, November 16th.  *Note: I don’t think my Ravelry store is working properly, but I know the Etsy pattern sale link works–same price & discount.

I would like to give away one pattern sample in hopes of sharing Flora’s sensible taste with others and also to give the lucky someone the chance to behold the exquisiteness of Camilla’s Mountain Girl Yarns knit up.  For your chance to win either the Mountain Girl Yarns ‘Sugar Plum’ sample hand warmers OR the Knit Picks ‘Hollyberry’ sample (knit with the longer cuff), leave one comment on this post.  Comments will close & a winner will be randomly selected on Monday, November 17th.  The winner will be notified via email & announced within this post–so please don’t comment ‘Anonymous’ if you’d like to win.  Winner will choose one of the two samples (Sugar Plum or Hollyberry, both are perfect for the holidays!) to be mailed to her/him by me.  U.S. & Canadian mailing addresses only, please.

I hope those of you who were inspired to read the novel Cold Comfort Farm by my last Yarn Along post have found Stella Gibbons’ humorous little novel entertaining!

Joining in with Ginny!

And the winner of the Flora’s Tidy Hand Warmers Sample Giveaway is…..Bernice Fischels!!!!

(I used RANDOM.org to determine the winner.)

Thank you to all the lovely knitters & non-knitters alike who left a comment and/or purchased my new pattern. The enthusiasm has been much appreciated! I’ll be in touch with the winner via email tonight!


24 thoughts on “a tidy pattern, a giveaway! {a yarn along}

  1. Yee ha! Count me in! I could use another pair of hand warmers! I get SO MANY compliments on the ones you made for me Ruby…..people love them! Hugs, Mom


  2. A wonderful pattern, Ruby, and a great way to show off Camilla’s beautiful yarn…SO… how could I turn down an opportunity to win some. Love these mitts and the sweet little model face too! xo


  3. My knuckles are beginning to crack as the cold settles in here. I just never thought of hand warmers as knuckle protectors! I love the Hollyberry! Thanks for the chance to win such beauties!


    • I wore mine this morning while I worked on the back porch stacking wood & hauling wood in to the stove, etc. In & out, exposing my dry hands over & over to temperature changes. I know the softness of Camilla’s fiber over my knuckles really saved my hands from the usual cracking. 🙂


    • Thank you for allowing me to mention your shop & yarns in the pattern–you were the inspiration! I’m wearing my le Jardin tidy hand wamers right now as I type in my cold house and they are so squishy cozy. Fantastic fiber, Camilla! xx


  4. Ohhh! Mee please! I love your reversable mitts and I love trying out new yarn! I remember my very first skein of Madelinetosh… it was quite magical.
    BTW I am still waiting for Cold Comfort Farm from our library…


    • Madelinetosh is divine! I can recall the first time I worked with it, too–I knit a cowl for a customer & I wanted to keep it so badly. The yarn was just incredible. ‘Magical’ is a great way to phrase it! I hope Cold Comfort is in your hands soon. xx


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