Winter forest seen through the camera on a sunny walk
Deep in the winter forest, as pictured in stitches by Tuulia Salmela
Pattern: Deep in the Forest mittens by Tuulia Salmela
Yarn: Dale Baby Ull white 176 (1 ball) and Regia Galaxy Color 01578 Saturn, 40g
Needles: 2 mm Clover bamboo dpns
Beautiful pattern, just loved knitting these. It is not often my late-night moments of inspiration digging through the stash and buying patterns online actually last long enough to get things finished within a reasonable amount of time. But these were a really nice knit, I struggled a little with the braided edging but as always I couldget help from Ravelry, and I already have ideas for how this could be used in other garments, it is such a nice detail. The stranded knitting goes from very simple to more concentration-demanding as you move from trunk to twigs, but as the designer points out, noone will ever be able to see any “errors” in this irregular pattern.
I just love the graphic, almost print-like feel this pattern has, and it would look beautiful in so many colour combinations. I’d love to see them with white trees against a dark background. The designer has done a great job recreating the silence and calm atmosphere I feel when surrounded by naked trees.
I’m not sure what I think about mittens in superwash yarn, they are a little floppy and don’t have the texture and firmness of a slightly felted pure wool, on the other hand the colours won’t blend and make the design fade with time, especially important with these as there is no right and left mitten, and no palm and back side of the hand. And they are warmer than I tought so they might be upgraded from summer to spring-and-autumn mittens. Teal and lavender spots in the yarn make little stripes on the black and grey trees, like real birches.
Although it will be another three months until the leaves come out here, the seasons change so fast this time of year. We have gone from winter with no sun to long, light, bright days, plenty of snow and the sun really warming during the day. Nothing like what you would associate with spring but still very different from midwinter around here. No wonder the the indigenous Sami people divided the year in eight seasons. We are now experiencing winter-spring, the snow will stay for quite some time still but it won’t be many weeks until we have no darkness at all.