I’ve been seeing the word “hygge” everywhere lately, and I found myself intrigued by the concept. Hygge, pronounced “hooga”, is a Danish word that seems to be all about coziness, warmth, and mindfulness. Visitdenmark.com says, “In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people”. Doesn’t that sound lovely? It seems to me that the concept of hygge is perfectly suited to a fiber lifestyle, especially here in Maine. Over The Rainbow Yarn’s Stitch ‘n’ Spin groups are pretty much the embodiment of hygge — lovely people sitting around a table, working on soft and cozy projects, and forming new friendships. Sometimes there’s even chocolate.
Winters in Maine can be long and dark, and I occasionally start to wonder whether spring will ever arrive. Remember when it stayed light out after 6 pm? Me neither. But now that I know about hygge, it’s almost as if I’ve been given permission to hunker down, don my wooliest socks, and knit the winter away. (In this scene I’m also picturing myself in front of a woodstove, with a mug of mulled cider and a kitten. Hey, we’re all entitled to our own hygge fantasies.) I think that the happiest country in the world is onto something here, and I intend to explore this concept further for you, loyal readers.
The scarf you can see in the background of that photo (behind a candle and my mug of tea) is our version of Pink Fluffy, a wonderfully simple garter stitch scarf by Andra Asars, and possibly the most hygge item in the shop. I also have to say that I think my Caribou Cowl is pretty hygge too. It’s soft, cozy, and very meditative to knit. This month, you can download it for free from our website!
I spent Christmas in upstate New York this year, with Brooks’ lovely family. After almost 11 hours of travel (thank you, holiday traffic), I was greeted by three enthusiastic Labradors and a plate of homemade cookies! Their tree was all lit up, the Christmas music was playing — this family knows how to really celebrate. They also have “cozy” all figured out. Brooks’ dad, in particular, has a stunning collection of warm sweaters:
Aren’t they glorious? Brooks’ mom estimates that his dad may have close to 30 sweaters (the one at the lower right with the beautiful colorful trim around the neck is hers). She knit the one at the lower right! At the far top left is a handknit beauty direct from Norway that I did some repairs on this summer. As I went to unpick the collar, I discovered that the original knitter had done an extremely good job in weaving in her ends — it took me 15 minutes to find the end, and another 15 minutes to unpick it.
Now that Christmas is over, we can finish up our late Christmas gifts start new projects for ourselves! Wouldn’t a gorgeous colorwork sweater be perfect for the chilly, gray months to come? I hope that you all had a lovely holiday and that 2017 brings you lots of joy and happiness! Starling the Labrador reminds you to stay cozy!
This is a hectic week, so please forgive this short post. I’ve been busy preparing for our Black Friday/Local Saturday Sale (25-75% off selected yarns on 11/25 and 11/26!) and I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is the day after tomorrow! My family does a delicious but low-key Turkey Day, so I’m anticipating having some good knitting time on Thursday.
Normally it’s WIP (Work-In-Progress) Wednesday, but I never get to blog on Wednesdays, so I’m declaring today WIP Tuesday. I’m really excited to share my latest project with you for two reasons: one, I’m designing it myself, and two, IT’S SO SOFT!!
I’m using one skein of Berroco Folio Luxe:
And one skein of Caribou by HiKoo:
It’s going to be a simple cowl (simple enough to knit while playing trivia and talking with friends), and it’s going to be soft, and cozy. Like, fleece-blanket-and-pajamas-on-the-sofa-while-watching-Miss-Fisher’s-Murder-Mysteries-and-drinking-hot-chocolate cozy. But at the same time, it’s going to look ultra chic because of the sheen and subtle sparkle in the Folio Luxe, so you can wear it out to your holiday parties and have everyone ask, “Where did you get that?”.
So far it looks like this:
But soon it will be the ultimate in glamor and comfort! Stay tuned for the finished item and pattern to come.