Time for a Winter Warmer

04 November 2016

Ahead of bonfire night we’re thinking about how to keep warm this winter... cashmere and a cup of something hot!

Now that we’re into November no doubt everyone’s thoughts will soon be turning to Christmas! It’s a brilliant time of year full of festive celebrations and with that comes lots of delicious food and drink!

So we’ve created a Christmassy drink recipe to get you in the mood and keep you warm this winter.

Our delicious winter drink...

Spiced Cranberry Toddy

Ingredients (Serves 6)

- 2 oranges
- 1 litre of cranberry juice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 x 5cm pieces of ginger
- 150ml Cointreau (Leave out for non-alcoholic alternative) - 6 star anise
- 6 clementine halves to serve

Method

  1. With a vegetable peeler remove 4 long strips of orange peel and set aside.

  2. Juice the orange and add to a large heavy based sauce pan with the Cointreau, reserved orange peel, cranberry juice, cinnamon stick, ginger and star anise.

  3. Add sugar or honey if you like things a little sweeter.

  4. Heat until boiling, then reduce to a low heat and simmer for another 20 minutes.

  5. Strain and discard the cinnamon sticks, orange peel and ginger.

  6. Serve hot

  7. Decorate each glass with a slice of clementine and a star anise.

There’s no denying that winter is fast approaching! Luckily we have everything you need to wrap up warm and fight off the cold in style. Our gorgeously soft cashmere collection has something for everyone! 

Cashmere bobble hat £69.00, Cashmere chunky knit scarf £89.00, Fur Pom Pom Hat Attachment £18.00

Cashmere Cable Knit Wrist Warmers £39.00, Cashmere contrast socks £39.00, Cashmere cable knit gloves £39.00

Goats in the Kasmir region, which is where Cashmere is made

Not many people know why this luxurious fabric carries such a hefty price tag, so we’ve complied a little guide with everything you’d ever need to know about cashmere...

  1. Cashmere comes from the soft undercoat of special goats that are bred to produce the wool.

  2. It takes more than two goats to make a single jumper!

  3. The fibres of the undercoat must be separated from the coarser top coat during the spring season. It is a very labour intensive process that typically involves sorting the hair by hand.

  4. The name cashmere comes from an old spelling of Kashmir - the region where it’s produced and trade originated.

  5. Not all cashmere was created equal! The texture, colour and length of the fibres all affect the hand feel and pricing.

  6. Whiter cashmere fibres require less dye, diminishing the damage that is caused by the colouring process, therefore they are normally softer.

  7. Clothes made from cashmere are up to 8 times warmer than those made from sheep’s wool, despite being lighter weight! 

  8. To avoid bobbling, fabric softener should not used when washing cashmere.

About Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK's leading and most prolific stationery and gift designers.

Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

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