Milford Cowl

This cowl , part of our Kia Ora collection , is named after Milford Sound, a fjord (an inlet of sea between high cliffs) in South Island of New Zealand.  Rudyard Kipling was not way off when he called it the 8th wonder of the world.
Knit in a Malabrigo’s silky merino , a 51% silk and 49% merino wool blend yarn, this cowl features a triangular stitch pattern between beaded ribbed borders on either side. The triangular stitches in the cowl draws from the cliffs of Milford Sound. Its light, yet deliciously warm and soft against the skin.
Here is the pattern for the cowl. And in case you can’t knit, you can always buy it from our store here (https://www.thehappyhandsstore.com/Kia-Ora-Hand-Knit-Collection/Milford-Cowl-id-3872444.html). Choose the colour that you want it in and write to us at info@thehappyhandsstore.com. Our knitters will be very happy to knit it specially for you.

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Fern Headband

Don’t want to wear a hat but still want to keep it warm and stylish? This Fern Headband is your answer. The headband is part of our Kia Ora Collection and is knit with Performance Yarns’ Simply Wool, a 100% Merino Superwash Wool, it features pretty stitches mimicking the leaves of the fern, an unofficial national emblem of New Zealand. This band sits snug on the head using buttons as closures.

Here is the pattern for the headband. And in case you can’t knit, you can always buy it from our store here (https://www.thehappyhandsstore.com/Kia-Ora-Hand-Knit-Collection/Fern-Headband-id-3872441.html). Choose the colour that you want it in and write to us at info@thehappyhandsstore.com. Our knitters will be very happy to knit it specially for you.

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Queenstown Fingerless Gloves

From our Kia Ora Collection these warm and cosy gloves, hand knit with Malabrigo Arroyo, a Superwash 100% hand dyed Merino Wool, are an ode to the vibrant energy of Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand. Beautiful textured and ribbed stitches form the glove, making them a must have this season. Being fingerless, they not only give you the benefit of a glove but also allow you to perform everyday tasks like texting, turning pages, or riding a bike without having to take them off. Also makes for a lovely gift.

Here is the pattern for these fingerless gloves. And in case you can’t knit, you can always buy it from our store here (https://www.thehappyhandsstore.com/Kia-Ora-Hand-Knit-Collection/Queenstown–Fingerless-Gloves-id-3872446.html). Choose the colour that you want it in and write to us at info@thehappyhandsstore.com. Our knitters will be very happy to knit it specially for you.

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Haast Hat

From our Kia Ora Collection the Haast Hat  is a nod to the breathtaking Haast Pass, a mountain Pass in the Southern Island of New Zealand. Made with squishy hand dyed 100% Worsted Merino Wool , this super soft and warm slouchy hat is for keeps. The brim height is such that you can wear it folded for extra warmth, like a cap. It keeps you so comfortable, you might just not realise you are wearing it! Handy for flights, treks, early morning walks and that late night bike ride.

Here is the pattern for this lovely hat. And in case you can’t knit, you can always buy it from our store here (https://www.thehappyhandsstore.com/Kia-Ora-Hand-Knit-Collection/Haast-Hat-id-3872442.html). Choose the colour that you want it in and write to us at info@thehappyhandsstore.com. Our kniters will be very happy to knit it specially for you.

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The Kia Ora Collection

Kia Ora – A warm greeting in New Zealand, but with much richer meaning in the Maori language that it originates from. Live Well or Live Healthy is the literal translation, but for me, a holiday to this wonderful country a few years ago did much more. The vales and rolling hills of this mesmerising land resonated beautifully with the mountain and nature lover in me. When you are close to something so magical, there is no need for conversations sometimes. There is a strange silence in the heart and in those moments, all you feel is blessed – to be alive and to have visited this magnificent part of the world. It also somehow makes you feel supremely brave and confident. I came back feeling exactly that. I came back a braver, happier me- inspired, ready to explore newer opportunities and to lead a fuller life. That feeling has since stayed with me and it seems only right that my first knitwear collection is an ode to this enchanting land and is named after those two magical words-  Kia Ora.

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