I am so proud of my new website, online this week!
And of course I have to write a blog about Dutch Winter Warmers, about the adventures that I experience in my knitting, the wool, the sheep and the fashion-design-trend world.
I love to knit and I am very good at it; do that for years as a hobby and sometimes as a therapy. And I love to go into woolshops, especially abroad, and admire the colors and a variety of beautiful yarns; I always have to touch, feel the wool.
I thought about a concept, a Dutch concept. It has to be 100% Dutch without the clogs, windmills and tulips feeling. Something old, some thing about traditional customs and with a story.
Of course you can find all that in the traditional Dutch costumes. And I started to read about that. We all know about the Volendam costumes, it looks like a logo, a brand. But there is so much more to know about the various Dutch costumes.
Warm Hands Free Fingers: So I started to knit Handwarmers and with it my knitting business. Dutch Winter Warmers.
But my business cannot excist only of the Handwarmers I had to think and designed other products, such as pillows and plaids (blankets): winterwarmers!
In de plaids I used the different patterns knitted in various fishermen’s jumpers like ‘fishbone’, ‘cable’ and ‘group of herring’. But the pillows and plaids had to be lined, so I searched for traditional Dutch fabrics. And these I have found in the Frisian fishing village of Hindeloopen. There is a long life tradition to make women’s clothes out of Indian ‘sitsen’ – so beautiful!
But more of that in my next blog: about ‘Sitsen’ and my adventures in ‘Fabric land”.
Have a nice day! Els