Winter's Coming: Patterns to Help you Prepare

Now that it's September I feel like I have permission to start thinking about the cooler weather ahead and with descending temps always comes... MORE KNITTING! Last winter I dyed a collection of yarns inspired by the Winter Light...that misunderstood phenomenon that often gets a bad rap, as people think of us in the North wasting away in the ever present darkness.

Winter's Light on Glacier Ice

Winter's Light on Glacier Ice

But it isn't actually always dark, not here at least.

Fun Fact of the Day: The Arctic Circle, that imaginary line drawn around the earth at 66° 33′ 44″, demarcates the latitudes which experience at least 24 hrs of pure daylight on the summer solstice and 24 hrs of pure darkness on the winter solstice.

Arctic Circle Image courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Arctic_circle.svg

Arctic Circle Image courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Arctic_circle.svg

I live at 60.5436° N, at the most we'll have about 19 hours of darkness or light on our solstices, subarctic if you will.

Winter is a wonderful time when the arctic and subarctic regions are bathed in iridescent rays of the low angle sun.  I hope these three patterns might ignite a love of winter in you too.

To celebrate that season around the corner, here are three of my original patterns now available for download on Ravelry.

Sheridan Skater's Hat

Sheridan Skater's Hat

Sheridan Skater's Hat: A warm textured knit hat with an optional pompom! Pattern available here.

Winter's Light Headband & Cowl

Winter's Light Headband & Cowl

Winter's Light Headband & Cowl: A matching set in a diagonally trending textured stitch.  Pattern Available Here.

Alpenglow Snowflake Lace Scarf

Alpenglow Snowflake Lace Scarf

Alpenglow Snowflake Lace Scarf: A simple lace pattern resulting in a lovely open snowflake image.  Pattern Available Here.

Hope that you are enticed by thoughts of winter and that knitting ignites that love for cold snow and crisp days and don't forget that low lingering winter light.