The temperatures are dropping, Christmas is just around the corner and I am certainly beginning to feel festive…mulled wine is soon to be an everyday shopping essential!

One thing I always look forward to at this time of year is wrapping up in winter woollies, and my go to this winter is a beautiful pair of Hurd & Co cream hand warmers.

They have to be the softest things I have ever touched and are so so warm, making the chilly mornings waiting for the train into London more bearable.

Handmade to order by the lovely Dawn Hurd, they are perfect for those of us who can’t put our phones down… guilty! The handwarmers fit snugly, leaving space for your thumbs and fingers so you are free to send messages and scroll through social media without having the hassle of taking off your gloves. It’s something Dawn agrees with, she explains: “The thing I dislike about gloves is feeling restricted, not being able to grip properly or use my phone and there’s always a gap between the end of the glove and the cuff of my coat it really frustrates me so I designed the fingerless wrist warmers to address these little irritations of mine.”

The gloves come in a range of different colours from cream to mustard, grey, purple and burnt orange,  it was really difficult to pick a pair. I eventually managed to settle with cream as it’s an easy colour to pair with pretty much any winter outfit.

For their first trip out, I took my pair of hand warmers with me around the sights of London. The gloves transitioned effortlessly from the green fields of Greenwich Park to bustling Borough Market and complimented my outfit perfectly whilst enjoying a cocktail looking out over London in one of my favourite bars, Radio Rooftop Bar.

Knitting is something which runs in Dawn’s family, but Hurd & Co has only existed as a brand since November 2016. Dawn says as a one woman band, it’s not always easy: “I’m not going to lie its hard work, and there really are not enough hours in the day. I often find myself knitting into the very early hours of the morning its not unusual for me to climb into bed at 4.30am.”

Knitting from her base in Somerset, Dawn has a large product range which includes chunky scarves, boot cuffs and toppers, and of course, hand warmers – all of the necessities to ensure you are winter ready!

Picture credit: Hurd & Co

She also makes accessories for men and children – the mini hand warmers are adorable!

What I love most about this brand is the amount of thought which goes into each and every product. My hand warmers were delivered inside a Hurd & Co hessian bag, alongside product care instructions and a personal

Picture credit: Hurd & Co

note from Dawn. She accommodates individual requests from customers and puts her own creative flair into each product. She says: “For as long as I can remember I have always been creative, I find it very difficult to follow instructions I cannot follow a recipe without making my own little tweeks, I love to create my own versions of things. Prior to Hurd & Co I ran a craft business for 9 years making everything from personalised picture frames to hand made children’s bedding.  When I was 13 I used to make jewellery and sell it to local holiday makers who visited our village. I guess you could say it’s a huge part of who I am.”

You can get your hands on one of Dawn’s products by visiting the Hurd & Co website.

Products start at £26.

Check out our interview in full:

What is your favourite thing about these beautiful wrist warmers? My favourite thing has to be comfort, they’re warm, soft and easy to wear.”

Personally, I would choose wrist warmers over gloves because you can use your phone without the hassle of taking them off. Why did you choose to make wrist warmers rather than gloves? The thing I dislike about gloves is feeling restricted, not being able to grip properly or use my phone and there’s always a gap between the end of the glove and the cuff of my coat it really frustrates me so I designed the fingerless wrist warmers to address these little irritations of mine.”

They come in a number of different colours, do you have a favourite? I really don’t, I love them all and have a pair in every colour.”

This may not be the time for knitting lessons- but how do you even go about making wrist warmers? I wouldn’t know where to start!! Trade secret ……if I told you I would have to kill you.”

When was Hurd & Co born? Surprisingly October 2016 I cannot believe the support and number of followers I have gained in the last 12 months.”

Hurd & Co is a one woman band- how do you find time to do everything?  I’m not going to lie its hard work, and there really are not enough hours in the day. I often find myself knitting into the very early hours of the morning its not unusual for me to climb into bed at 4.30am.”

All of your products are beautiful, have you always been a lover of knitting and creating things?  For as long as I can remember I have always been creative, I find it very difficult to follow instructions I cannot follow a recipe without making my own little tweeks, I love to create my own versions of things. Prior to Hurd & Co I ran a craft business for 9 years making everything from personalised picture frames to hand made children’s bedding.  When I was 13 I used to make jewellery and sell it to local holiday makers who visited our village. I guess you could say it’s a huge part of who I am.”

Do you have a favourite product range and are there any new products in the pipeline? I do like things to match, so no, I don’t have a favourite…I love it all. YES very exciting things to come with a new children’s range, I have just been too busy this year to launch but watch this space.”

What’s next for Hurd & Co? So many exciting things ahead… am about to announce my first brand ambassador, I am also talking with a publisher, as I am keen to write a book and I have just been invited to become a launch partner for a fabulous new website which brings together the best of British Interiors, Fashion, Lifestyle and Gifts so a very busy few months ahead of me.”

Thanks for reading,

Lois x


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