Elizabeth McCarten brought us the lovely Vinland accessory set, which you can read more about below. She is also the designer of this ladylike cardigan, and this great unisex one. Read all about her inspiration for her newest Twist pattern, and keep up with Elizabeth on her blog, here.
Every winter, at the time when colour and light are precious, I inevitably end up browsing through one of my all-time favourite knitting books, "Poetry in Stitches", now sadly out of print. The lush photography of Scandinavian knits and winter countryside never fail to inspire. It was around this time of the year in 2012 that I designed my Trellis Vest. Last winter, I wanted a special hat and pair of mitts. Clearly there's some connection between the dead of winter and my need to work colourful stranded knitting.
I'm also a fan of the art of William Morris, the artist and medievalist who influenced the Arts and Crafts movement and writers such as J.R.R. Tolkein. Looking out my window was all I needed to do to see reminders of his work.
Hydrangeas basking in the early morning November sunshine
Crabapples lingering in the January snow
My new hat and mitt set was inspired by Morris' work, not in imitation of it. I wanted to evoke the dense botanical look of his art, but in a simplified version,