A friend, who also is a hunter, suggested that Aud B should make a knit design inspired from outdoor life. And so she did. The design is a sweater called Jakt, which is Norwegian for the English word Hunt. In other words, a sweater for a hunter.
The sweater has got colours from the nature. Both the forest and the water is represented. And it is also easy to recognize the tracks of a couple of animals. Even a glimpse of fishing line is on the sweater.
A hunter or an angler needs clothes where there is plenty of room for movement. To use a rifle or a fishing rod, the clothes must not be too tight, espesially over the shoulders. This sweater has enough positive ease to feel comfortable when moving. And the knitted fabric gives nice elasticity.
For outdoor life it is also important to have garments that keep you warm enough. Then the garment’s insulating ability is important. One of the most suitable materials for this is wool. It retains heat even if the garment has become wet. Stagnant air is the secret behind all insulation, and wool has plenty of air. It actually protects against both heat and cold. Of course, the sweater Jakt had to be made of wool, and so it is.
To protect the shoulders even more, the colourwork has been placed there. That will make an extra layer of air, because it is used two threads at the same time. This is a very light and comfortable garment to wear.
Either you are conscious about it or not, you are sending signals to the world around you all the time. Some signals through your body language, some through your expressions and some through your clothing. Even though it is written a lot about this theme, it is still of interest. Probably because things change and do affect our behaviour. The changes also affect what is accepted or not. Advises from yesterday will have to be updated.
Signals through clothing
Signals through clothing have changed maybe more than the others over the years. Not always fast, but still a change.
Some of the traditional costumes in Norway show which of the women who was married or not. This “bunad” from Fana is an example. The unmarried girls should use blue ribbons, and the married ones should use green ribbons. Nowadays a wedding ring has the same function.
The April joke from The Norwegian Trekking Association in 2014 was made on this theme. For those who would take the traditional hiking tour in the mountains for the Easter, they recommended to where hats of different colours. Those who wanted to signal that they were in a relationship, should wear a red hat, and they who were single should wear a green hat. If it of some reason was difficult to decide, they recommended wearing a yellow hat. People loved the idea and started practice it the very same Easter. This was the inspiration for the design Single Or Not from Aud B. A knitted hat, with three different choices for colourwork. The pattern is available in Norwegian and English.
How much fun isn not it to work together with someone, who has a completely different way of thinking, and add new points of view to a subject?
When two people put their heads together, they will meet a task with their individual perspective and knowledge, even if they should have the same background in education and experience. Because there will always be some parts of their life that has been different, besides the distinctions between personalities.
It is indeed interesting to get to know another perspective, to see a task from a new angle. Very often it gives a wider view, and more opportunities for which solution to choose.
To cooperate on the knitted jacket Duo
To cooperate with a six-year-old, gives indeed some new angles. And whatever thoughts one might have about what is possible or not, they will have to be thought once again. Because a six-year-old will not leave a question open or accept something as a problem without being given a very good reason.
This jacket, Duo, is the result of cooperation between mother and son. He wanted both Superman and Batman on his jacket, and his mother thought that would be quite difficult to manage in a pattern for knitting. Her six-year-old insisted on how easy it would be, and draw the motives from his point of view, into a chart. Of course, the two superheroes on the jacket are not look-alike to the originals, but the six-year-old had made a motive he was happy with. And he had shown his mother a new angle to work on further with the design.