I love these beautiful hand dyed and hand knitted wool fingerless mitts made by local knitwear maker and dyer, Ria Burns. Knitted in a bespoke Shetland-Romney lambswool yarn from a farm in Somerset, these lovely fingerless mittens are soft, warm and cosy for the winter months.
These fingerless mitts are knitted in an English rib stitch which is super soft on the inside and textured and hard wearing on the outside. The simple design has an opening for the thumb making them great for people that work with their hands but need to keep warm.
The colour block mitts are knitted in a blend of undyed grey yarn and a vibrant naturally dyed colour. The yarn is dyed by hand by Ria using plants that she grows – Weld for the yellow, Indigo for the blue and Madder root for the pinky orange – and knitted on vintage hand powered knitting machines in her Bristol studio. Due to the nature of natural dyeing, colours may vary slightly to the sample shown.
Ria makes small batch, artisanal clothes from local, traceable wool here in Bristol. She hand dyes her garments with homegrown and foraged native plants, hand making each piece to create a locally made, long-lasting, and unique product that works with, not against, the environment. Her knitwear is designed for longevity and made to be cherished, looked after, and passed on. Each piece showcases the natural hues and qualities of British wool – a soft, warm, and durable textile.
Dye: Madder root (orange) on grey wool, Indigo leaves (blue) on grey wool and Weld (yellow) leaves on grey wool and walnut shell
Size: 19cm long and 17cm circumference
Care: Hand wash cool, dry flat, gentle steam iron