Winter is back! As a wooly person I am very happy with that. The last week was just about a pure spring, and I was almost ready to pack my winter boots and jackets up there in my closet. While this is what I saw today in the morning:
For several weeks now I have been working on three winter sets, which I hoped to finish, describe and publish still this season, i.e. by 20th March. It is difficult to make a statement now but at least one set should be done by then. Maybe I will manage to publish some elements of the other two sets.
I usually keep my designs in secret but today, when I woke up to the beautiful white world outside, I though that there could not be a better day for a surprise so here is my leap-day sneak peek.
First, let me introduce Jan, the snowy neighbor. He was born on our terrace in January but since he is wearing parts of the three sets, he simply must be the host of today’s show.
Jan is wearing the Northern Star Hat and part of the matching Northern Star Scarf. The hat is an example of very simple fair isle aka stranded knitting, hence could be a great kick-off project for somebody who has not tried this technique yet.
The scarf, however, is a treat! I have been thinking of bringing this idea to life for several months already and here it is- a rectangle with a stranded knitting front, which is doubled with an extra layer (sorry, it is hidden to not spoil the secret) and much thinner front parts with panels of star stitch. There is a certain way of wearing this scarf that I have in mind but this I will describe more when the time for publishing the pattern comes.
The third element of this set are the Northern Star Gloves with star motives. These are going to be in large size for men. At least for now. If there is a need I will create a smaller version for women. I cannot wait to finish them and get all the three pieces photographed together. This Northern Star Dream set will be done very soon, and I hope for publishing the patterns within 10 days.
Another set is called Fishy Ocean and—although it is meant for ladies only–our handsome Jan is presenting one third of the set to you- a Fishy Hat. There are waves and bubbles, and fish of course! This hat uses fair isle, too, and since the colour elements are smaller than the stars in the Northern Dream set, this project might be even better for a newbie. Also, since the stranding is only done through several rounds, the hat is very stretchy so any ponytail or bun will fit under easily.
The Fishy Scarf is also layered but knitted in the round, and has thinner parts at the beginning and at the end that are rounded and finished with tassels. It is definitely more girly than the Northern Star Scarf because of the colour combination and certain design elements but let it be a secret for now, too. Once it is published you may decide what colours to use in your own sets and whom to give the knitted accessories to when you are ready with them.
There are matching Fishy Gloves as well of course. They will reveal one fish each. Not a golden one though. Mine are pink! Who knows? Maybe they make our dreams come true, too. You will like these for sure.
And finally is the Snowly Trio- a very, very, very warm hat, which will keep any head in any place on this Earth warm. I began playing with thrums long time ago but only with gloves so I wanted to try designing something to match. One of my goals was to design a hat that would keep one’s whole head, including ears, warm. My Snowly Hat is big, thick, squishy…exactly what we think of when it is freezing cold outside. And it is a fully reversible accessory so not only it is functional but allows change and fun.
The matching Snowly Scarf is made of thick layers, and is meant to be wrapped around one’s neck, shoulders and chest. It is still a secret so I cannot show it just yet.
And then there are very, very, very warm mittens with thrummed inserts, which felt when the mittens are in use. A funny technique, which is not the easiest one to use, especially in tight areas such as thumbs or fingers, but very rewarding for sure. And it is so fun to knit with thrums. You will see for yourself. This Snowly Trio set will keep you warm folks, that is for sure!
Well, this would be it. I hope you enjoy your leap day. To make it even nicer, I run a silly leap-day sale on all my patterns. More information is to be found in my prawelewe group on Ravelry, in this post. Enjoy!
P.S. I was so thrilled with the weather today that I snapped a lot of photos. Let me share some of them with you on this last day of February, the 29th!