Silverspun texting mittens (and a giveaway!)


I have just finished knitting one of the coolest projects I've ever made. What you see here are hand-knit texting mittens that actually work with a touch-screen smartphone. (I know you want to know more!)

 

The kind people at Feel Good Yarn Company sent me a skein of LanaMundi Yarns Silverspun to try out. And, let me tell you ... I was super excited to get my hands on this. Silverspun has been a hot item; it completely sold out at Vogue Knitting Live in New York earlier this year and a Kickstarter campaign was formed so Feel Good could make more Silverspun to keep up with demand. Luckily, they reached their goal quickly and Silverspun is available for purchase again. So ... what makes this yarn so special? Well, it's spun with pure silver.

 

Silver is a conductive agent, which allows you to used smartphones and tablets with touch screens while wearing anything made from this yarn. So I can actually use my iPhone while wearing the hand-knit mittens I just made. No more frozen fingers!

 

For this project, I only used Silverspun on the fingertips of these texting mittens (the dark gray portion is Spud and Chloe 'Fine') but I definitely could have used Silverspun for the entire mitten ... and I think I would have if I'd had two skeins. (Don't worry ... I'm buying more asap.) You can find this texting mitten pattern right here. It was designed by Laurie Gonyea from Feel Good Yarn Company with Silverspun in mind, so you know it will be perfect.

 

Another thing I love about this yarn: Silverspun is American made. It is wonderfully soft, comprised of 11% pure silver, 87% combed cotton (grown in North Carolina) and 2% Lycra. If you're thinking this yarn is comparable to dishcloth cotton, it's not. Silverspun is lush. It's squishy and soft with zero stiffness. It's a beautiful neutral color and even though it contains silver, it's not metallic whatsoever. The silver is permanently adhered to the yarn and won't wash out.  It is perhaps the softest yarn I've ever knit with. It feels good in your hands, which makes a lot of sense.


There are a lot of other benefits to knitting with silver. Silver is therapeutic and kills a number of bacteria, including those that cause odor. It has excellent thermal properties, is nontoxic and is perfect for those suffering from diabetes, arthritis and sensitive skin.


So ... I'm guessing you'd really love to get your hands on some Silverspun. Right? Well, lucky you!


Just leave a comment below to enter to win a free Silverspun kit + pattern to make these fantastic Mary Jane Slippers. I can promise that they will feel soft and wonderful your feet!

I will choose a winner at random on Friday, March 28th at 12:00 p.m. CST.

Thanks for reading and good luck!


30 comments:

  1. OMG, these are awesome, I want to make some! (Since Spring has decided to take it's sweet time.)

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    1. It sure *is* taking it's sweet time! Did you get snow? We had a little bit last night/today. At least I have texting mittens to get me through it all. ;)

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  2. Hey Jen, really cool. I had never heard of this yarn before. Love it and love the mitts. As for spring and snow, I was looking at a map of the US today and was surprised to see how close you are to Ontario. We r practically neighbours! :)

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    1. It's true! We could meet up in Minneapolis or Chicago ... or Ottawa or Toronto! ;)

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    2. Yeah. Never been to Minneapolis. If u don't come to the Mill we have to think of a North American event!

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  3. Annette SandagerMarch 24, 2014 7:55 PM

    This looks awesome! I would love to try it!

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  4. I had no idea about this yarn, thank so much for the info and enter me in your giveawaaaaaay!

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  5. I've read about this yarn! So good to know it's as soft as it looks. Thanks for the great giveaway, as always.

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  6. Jen, those are great mittens! Do you know if anyone will have the yarn at Stitches Midwest?

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    1. Unfortunately we won't be at Stitches Midwest this year. Maybe next year, we hope!

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  7. Holy technology...I had no idea they made yarn like this! That is way too cool!

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  8. Jen, you are always on the cutting edge. This is SO cool. I thought the wool and stainless steel yarn from Lion and Habu were awesome, but silver?!?!?! WAY awesome:-) Love your pattern too...

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  9. Oh, I'm beyond intrigued. Never heard of Feel Good Yarn Company, but I'm liking what I'm seeing. And the pattern is rad. Wanna make me some.

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  10. Awesome! And oh, those slippers. Yes!

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  11. Whoa! This is so neat! My boyfriend lost the mittens I made for him a couple years ago (he was so upset about it) so I want to make him replacement mittens. The Silverspun would make his mittens even better!

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  12. These are so cool and space-age looking! Awesome, Jen!!

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  13. Ooh!! How awesome :) I'd love to try it out :)

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  14. Awesome mitts! They would be handy.

    Heather
    hj711 at yahoo dot com

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  15. Now those are some mittens I would wear!

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  16. oooh, those slippers! I would love to win this.

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  17. Those mitts would be great for photographers, too!

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  18. Oh awesome! I have mittens my aunt made way back in the day -- I think the pattern called them phone booth mittens -- that have a free pointer finger. I'd love to try the pattern with the silver yarn!

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  19. I would love to get out of the winter-blue's and into some Spring-slippers!!!!! So cool!!!!

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  20. Very cool mittens! Never made slippers before, either...so this would be fun :).

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  21. *fingers crossed* they look fantastic

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  22. Silverspun seems so awesome! The health benefits of silver are amazing, and I would love to knit those slippers (and the mittens) to put it to the test :)

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  23. Oh cool! What a neat idea. Been interested in making new mittens this year, but haven't because I hardly wear mine BECAUSE of texting. :) thanks for sharing.

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