Friday, 5 November 2010

Keeping Warm on Bonfire Night

As today is Bonfire Night it is the one evening of the winter when we all want to be outside to see the wonderful displays. However, with the cold weather I for one also like to make sure that I am well wrapped up to keep me cosy and warm. This made me think that particularly at Christmas a handmade hat, scarf or gloves would make a wonderful gift, particularly for someone like me who feels the cold.

In Cumbria, Kate Mawson knits these wonderful cloche hats in a variety of colours so no matter what your favourite colour there will be one to suit you. You can also buy scarves and gloves in matching colours, all made from soft felted lambswool.


On Folksy I found these gorgeous hand knitted fingerless glove arm warmers. Ideal if you want that extra cosy feeling underneath your jacket or coat. Made in a range of colours by Hand Knitted Things from an alpaca/wool blend yarn, they are just the thing for a cold winters evening.

Janie Withers specialises in creating contemporary knitted fashions and home accessories. I love this Quartz scarf. Made from Geelong and Merino lambswool two tone scarf in dark pink and graphite, it is just the thing to make you feel brighter in winter.

If you would like to support producers of organic wool then Wendy of Wendy Keith Designs has striven to produce an entirely British organic wool garment. These gloves and scarf in a lovely Bramble and Stalk stitch can be traced back to the West Country organic sheep farm.


Finally to add that finishing warmth touch there are these slouch socks from Ruth Cross. Hand knitted in supersoft Scottish lambswool, they are great for wearing under boots or wellies.

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