Hand knitted accessories, Nordic style with a modern twist. I create headbands, hats, socks, and mittens for the Canadian winter.
As a child I started knitting, and fell in love with the craft. I tried other creative endeavours such as painting, weaving, needle felting, candle making, hot glass beads, and jewelry over the years, but always came back to knitting. Now I like to create my own designs, drawing from traditional Nordic patterns with a modern twist such as fingerless mitts.
I specially enjoy making socks because there are so many different ways to use colours, and stranded knitting techniques.
These days I am knitting a lot of fingerless mitts which seem to be quite popular.
Mostly colour work with contrasting colours. My favourites are black, grey, red and white, which are seen in many of my designs.
I love to do animal themes like dog paws headbands for dog walkers.
I work at home in my small, cozy apartment.
How do you occupy your mind while working?
As knitting colour work requires concentration, l Ike to work in quiet stillness. Mindfulness is my goal as I blot out distractions.
Inspiration comes from Nordic designers, books and Internet.
I love to use the ecologically friendly pure wool, which connects me to the earth which we share with all creatures. Acrylic yarn does not appeal to me because it is petroleum based.
Nature and animals inspire me too
The most difficult part of my knitting is concentrating so as not to make mistakes! I love to dream up new patterns and colours, so that is easier for me than actually knitting my ideas. But it is all part of the process. There is great satisfaction to the finishing of the project, but I remember always, that the destination is the journey,
We live in the here and now, not knowing about what lies ahead, so why worry about it.
That is a hard question to answer. As I am creating something, it is my favourite, but when it is finished, I go on to something new to create.
Amazing what potential lies in just sticks and thread!
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Many people say they love my work. I have recently been invited to open a pop up store in a local business.
I use only quality wool.
Belong to Kawartha Hooks and Needles Guild
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What are you doing when you're not creating?
Reading fiction and non fiction books, active in my faith community, going for walks in nature, living a simple lifestyle.
Meet Anne at The Artisan Fair on November 2nd, 10am - 2pm at 90 Hunter St East in Peterborough! Join us on Facebook