I tend to find writing about design inspiration difficult. The reason is, that I usually just have a little fun idea which I makes me feel inspired and happy. And then I try to knit this idea into a garment and see what happens. The original idea is then used up and will soon be forgotten.
Luckily there is another blog where we shared the very first ideas with each other, so I can write something about each of my designs in this book. I’m going to start with Kuurankukka mittens because they are special to me in many ways.
I have this tradition of making double mittens for my kids and myself every autumn. This time I had just got a wonderful book about Haapsalu Shawl (known Estonian lace shawl) and suddenly I thought that it would look great if the outer mittens were all lace. It was october 2009.
The first try was pretty usual. A cuff:
Then I thought it didn’t look right and that the lace needs and deserves more space. So I made these:
The cuff looked like it missed something so I added a leaf border, a cable and some lace on the thumbs. I also made one in reverse colors – white inner mittens and dark outer mittens.
But I liked white outer mittens better so I made another pair which are now in the book.
They may be not the worlds most practical mittens but I like to think that everyone needs something beautiful in their everyday lives.