"All of the children wore red-and-white spotted caps. If strangers came into the forest, they curled up, still as stone, for all the world like four red-and-white spotted mushrooms." —from Children of the Forest by Elsa BeskowMy sister, Beth, recently gave me the Red Spotted Mushroom Hat knitting pattern. She bought the pattern from Ingebretsen's, a magnificent Scandinavian store in Minneapolis, Minnesota that my Norwegian family has frequented many times over the years. The pattern was inspired by Elsa Beksow's beloved children's book entitled Children of the Forest. This is a delightful story that revels in childhood and the beauty of nature. The illustrations are simply enchanting. After re-reading the story, I couldn't wait to knit the hat. As mentioned in a previous post, I love knitting baby items because they don't take long to knit, and they're so fun to give away. Paired with the book, this makes a perfect gift for one of my many colleagues that are expecting. You can never predict what toys or gifts a baby or a young child will like, especially when it comes to hats! You can't take it personally. Fortunately for me, this little sweetness likes her hat so much that she wears it both indoors and out!
Cold, snowy days are when I get itchy fingers to knit. My mum was a master knitter. She would knit these complicated Norwegian sweaters & mittens, and design her own patterns. Her workmanship was impeccable. I have knitted a few sweaters, and, of course, the staple socks, mittens and scarves, but I don't have my mum's patience. I prefer knitting projects that are relatively simple, sometimes silly and/or tiny. Continue reading Witty Knitties