“Seriously, Ruby, what good are hand warmers?”–I was asked this question last week after the release of my pattern Flora’s Tidy Hand Warmers. Until I actually knit myself a pair of hand warmers/fingerless gloves/mitts & wore them throughout the course of a day, I, too, felt the fingerless-anything was a frivolous waste of good yarn. But I have seen the woolly light & find hand warmers immensely useful:
*staying warm driving my son to & from school–my car is cold for at least 5-10minutes
*protection from temperature changes when working (hauling wood, delivering mail, feeding chickens, collecting eggs, etc)
*protection from temperature changes when using binoculars (we bird a lot) or knitting in the elements (soccer games, football games, etc)
*essential spring/fall accessory when full-blown mittens/gloves are too much
*playing the trumpet in marching band in the fall (my daughter)
*cleaning your iPad/iPod/iPhone screen (my son)
*keeping the outer side of your hand clean whilst drawing with chalk, colored pencils or charcoal (my daughter–she has a pair of fingerless gloves specifically devoted to this activity)
*little ones who want to play outside & manipulate objects, but the bite of spring or fall is too much for bare hands
*drinking hot cocoa, hot tea, hot coffee, hot cider–save some trees, skip that cardboard coffee cup sleeve!
*looking like a hispter (husband, not me)
*looking like a really cool knitter (me me me, lol)
There are plenty of other reasons, these are just mine. I stocked my Etsy shop yesterday with three new pairs of Flora’s Tidy Hand Warmers ready-to-ship & pictured above, graciously modeled by my daughter. I’m particularly fond of this pair.
Use the code REPEAT10 for 10% off anything in the Ella Mae Knits Etsy Shop if you’d like.
I found the combination of Mountain Girl Yarns sock weight with Quince & Co Chickadee (a strand of each held together) is an inspired combination for Flora’s Tidy Hand Warmers–creates a beautiful, squishy-soft & stretchy pair (last two photos). I also experimented with Noro Kureyon (first photo) with my pattern & found it knits up beautifully…I just can’t decide if I like the fact that the pair is completely non-indentical. Thoughts?
Coralee & I spotted a new species of bird at our feeder on Monday. We spent some time with its identification as it was a very interesting bird. A beautiful ruddy-colored, round-fat sparrow with amazing streaking on the breast, foraging under the feeder among a healthy passel of House Sparrows. A Fox Sparrow.
Always feels good to positively identify a new bird. I think the research involved in the identification commits the species to long-term memory, more so than when a birder more knowledgeable than I points out a new bird & labels it for me on the spot.
Joining in with Ginny.