Popinjays are a pair of stranded-knit hand-warmers featuring a juxtaposition between warm-weather tropical birds and cold-weather Nordic knitwear.
Sizing is achieved through the use of different sizes of yarn: Palette fingering for small, Wool of the Andes Sport for medium, and the worsted weight Wool of the Andes for Large.
While working on my holiday knitting in the frosty fall, I found that my hands were too cold to knit in the car, and began a pair of hand-warmers to remedy this. Indulging in my favorite pursuit—stranded colorwork—I took inspiration from a pair of popinjays (the heraldic term for parrots) featured in a sample of 14th Century Italian fabric.
The floral motifs and bright colors are a cheerful reminder of warmth and life in the midst of a cold, long winter, and I feel like a bit of a popinjay myself, both knitting and wearing them.