The Nordic summer is colourful and provides inspiration for many combinations of colours. Here you will see how Nordic summer colours are captured in a knitted jacket.
What is your inspiration for choosing a palette when planning your next knitting project? And which colours would you like to capture in a jacket? Is it one special colour, or is it many?
The palette for the Jacket Hjemover contains some of the colours in the summer landscape a place in the northern part of Norway, where Aud B grew up. The English word for Hjemover is homewards.
To put the summer colours together
In the jacket Hjemover, the green represents the grass and leaves. The Nordic summer makes the landscape very much green and that is why that is the main colour.
Some of the contrasting colours are alternating, but the pink and the white do not and are more used than the other colours. Throughout the Nordic summer, the two colours can be seen on different flowers that grow wild in nature. The pink flowers in the early summer are not the same as the pink flowers in August, but you will see the colour in the nature from the beginning to the end. The same goes for the white flowers.
In this jacket there are only five contrasting colours. If you have yarn left over from other projects, you can very well use them for the alternating contrast and have several colours.
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.
Every now and then we all need a fresh start. To make room for something new to grow, and to find another perspective. To make new beginnings. Maybe the first steps are hesitant. Maybe the direction not yet is clear. But there is movement, a sign of will.
After the second world war there was an urge among people to move forward and leave the past behind. In the northern part of Norway there still are some traces from that time, like this rusty old barbed wire.
A design inspired of new beginnings
This design is called Spire, which is Norwegian for sprout. It has got colours from both the nature and the rusty barbed wire. The past, the present and the future.
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.