In late August I returned from a 2 week trip to Iceland. I went to explore fiber, knitting and the current craft culture.
Within a couple weeks of returning home I began dyeing a large collection of yarn for what became the Olde Salt Collection.
You can hear more about the seven colorways in this little video, but aside from colors and yarns I knew that a new release would mean we would need new patterns!
And that's part of the story I wanted to tell you more about today.
I wanted to design something for the little ones. In Iceland I had seen the kids bundled in layers of wool in much the same way we layer ourselves in fleece here in the US. And I couldn't help but find the layers of wool to be more endearing, sweet, classic, and appealing. Fleece is bright, colorful and warm, and easy to overlook that it's name is a nod towards natural materials but it's made from plastic.
Which just doesn't quite hold up to the romance of wool.
Pictured at right are a few of the sweet designs I saw as I made my way around Iceland, this vest in the middle caught my eye. It was the simplicity and the functionality of it that really appealed to me, the idea of a garment a baby could live in, not just wear for special occasions. And once I took those basic design elements of ribbing and garter stitch, reworked them and fed them through my own filter I ended up with this, the Icelaska Vest & Hat.
I wanted my designs to bring a bit of that Scandinavian aesthetic to the kids of Alaska and to all places enjoying some cold temps during this part of the year.