Monday, 17 December 2012
More Scandinavian Style
Scandinavian knitwear is not all chunky patterned jumpers and itchy trapper hats, you know. Anna Soderstrom, is a Swedish designer who creates simple, timeless accessories by hand. Born in Gotland, Soderstrom studied French & Linguistics at Oxford University and has been here ever since. On the subject of Gotland, I'd just like you to know that Mr & Mrs That's Not My Age once visited this Swedish island on a summer cycling trip. And swam in the Baltic. Without wetsuits. Hardcore, or what? Here I am beforehand, on the rocks:
And I'd have been quite happy to see a Nordic pullover afterwards, I can tell you. Anyway, enough about me, Soderstrom's great great grandfather was the vicar of Fåro, a remote island off the northern tip of Gotland that was home to Ingmar Bergman. (Went there on our bikes too. Beautiful). She started knitting 3-4 years ago when terrible morning sickness stopped her from reading, 'It was just the right balance of repetition and distraction. I had to concentrate to forget about the sickness.' Kate Middleton take note.
Got my eye on these fingerless mitts. Perfect for social networking in winter. Though I think I need to embrace Soderstom's philosophy:
'Just to slow down, to take the time to make something beautiful and do it with our own hands, that is purpose in itself.'