Friday, September 24, 2010

Blomst = Flower

If the universe forced me to pick just one knitting technique to knit for all eternity, I would choose fair isle, hands down, no contest. My fascination with stranded knitting started when I was a young girl and continues to this day. I've made a host of colorwork projects over the past few years.

I have always loved but have never knitted folk art motifs. Lucinda Guy creates delightful designs in this vein, such as the Märta Embroidered Bag bag from Northern Knits. Clean, fresh, and, fun, Lucinda uses these classic images for many of her designs, especially for children. Lucinda says this bag draws inspiration from Marta Maas-Fjetterstom, an artist who re-envisioned traditional Swedish motifs with art deco styling.

Hence I was reminded of Marta Maas-Fjetterstom when I spied Torirot's new funky and fabulous Blomst mittens on Ravelry. What better way to feature classic Swedish motifs than on mittens?

Tori, an incredibly accomplished designer in her own right, creates gorgeous colorwork patterns. I've always loved her adorable Hippocampus sea horse mittens.

And how about this terrific Phantasy elephant hat? Just perfect for the Republican or Ganesh lover in your life.

I sent Tori a note telling her how much I loved the Blomst (which means flower in English) mittens. She promptly asked me if I'd like to test knit the pattern's English version and I responded with a hearty YES. I raided my sizable stash and came up with several bright colors of Knit Picks Merino, perfect for this pattern, as well as some cute buttons for the cuff.

I had planned to start Tom's Christmas sweater while am on vacation, but I think I'll finish the Melrose Peacoat and then work on these cute mittens instead. I admit I am powerless over mittens and my life has become unmanageable. I have two other mitten projects in progress and now am adding a third! Oh well. I'll get to them all one day.

I'll end by sharing one example of Marta Maas-Fjetterstom's fine work, a stunning art deco handmade rug. Lovely, isn't it?


  1. Goodness you have made some beauties and good ideas for new projects. You are mistress of the color!

  2. Thank you, Ms ColorSlut... with a name like that, I know you love color, too. :-)

  3. Talented you. Fair Isle is the one technique I, uh, avoid.

  4. Wow! What beautiful work! I have yet to try fair isle.