Silverspun texting mittens (and a giveaway!) / by jen geigley

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!