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Authors & Artists: Hello Astrid

When I grew up my best friend was called Astrid. I don’t know if she were named after Astrid Lindgren (I suspect as much) but I do know that I loved reading books by someone called the same as my best friend. Then Astrid moved schools and met cool girls who liked clothes and makeup way more than books. Heartbreak is really hard (especially when you are a kid) but books get you through.

Yesterday I released the Astrid hat.

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When I released the Lindgren mittens back in December, I had a slew of people asking about a hat. As it happens, I had left-over yarn from the mittens – and I also had cold ears. You can see where this is going. Yes, this is a companion pattern.

It became very clear during the design process that I didn’t just want to take the colourwork pattern from the mittens and slab that on top of a generic hat. I just don’t work that way and I wanted something that had its own identity whilst still calling back to the mittens. Instead I took the pattern from the thumb and opened it up across the top of the hat. The lower rim has the same pattern as the mittens but I love how the hat plays with “open” and “close” patterns.

The pompom is striped – Katya Frankel has a neat little tutorial on how to get a speckled pompom. To get a stripe you simply add more layers of your contrast colour before going back to the pompom’s main colour.

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We had the first photo shoot on Boxing Day on the beach in my favourite Scottish fishing village. The weather was horrendous. I had sleet flying in my face and the wind was blowing a gale. I was so happy to be wearing my cosy mittens and hat. The weather did not make for great photos, though.

The next day we went back as the weather had cleared. We had a lovely time climbing the rocks, watching the surf and strolling down the coastal path.

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And I felt much better about having a camera pointing at me.

As Dave was taking photos, I thought about my life and the things we go through that make us the people we are today. As a lonely child, I found solace and strength in books. As an adult I do the same – but I also find strength and joy in making things, sharing my makes with other makers, and in walking down steep coastal paths with my best friend who understands silence and everyday beauty and me.

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6 Thoughts on “Authors & Artists: Hello Astrid

  1. FionaR on January 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm said:

    Please, please, please can we have a scarf to match!

  2. My other half is my best friend. I have also had friends who traded friendship for something a lot more ‘exciting’ than books and companionship, been there too :)

  3. Christian on January 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm said:

    The Astrid Lindgren books were favourites of mine as a child. I read them to my son when he was small but was never sure if he liked them or just accepted them as my choice. However he now has a small daughter of his own and on more than a few occasions he has used quotes or comments from the books in relation to her. Funny how books and stories travel down the generations. I’ll need to knit her some tiny Lindgren mittens and an Astrid hat!

  4. Lykkefanten on January 13, 2016 at 10:17 pm said:

    I love how the use of the pattern from the thumb really lifts this hat. Love the set together as well.

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