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Loving Winter White

Oct 8, 2012

I'm not one to always follow the rules. Laws, yes, but rules, no. So, I wear a lot of white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. I'm not a society gal, so who cares? And I love my winter white down jacket more than any other jacket; I think I'd wear it even if I were a strict rule-follower.

Lace Knit Scarf, Gloves, and Knee Socks, from Shades of Winter by Ingalill Johansson
In the new book Shades of Winter, author Ingalill Johansson designs winter-wear in beautiful shades of white, beige, and gray—three of my favorite colors. Plus, the book is stunning. Most of it is photographed at the amazing Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. See the sidebar below to learn more about this fascinating location.

I'm loving this book and the patterns, especially the white ones. Check out the lace scarf and knit gloves in the photo at right. So beautiful!

Here's Ingalill  to tell you more about Shades of Winter:

The Colors of Winter

Snow and ice were my first sources of inspiration for this knitting book. In my mind I created pictures of wood-land spirits and ice princesses in the wintry landscape and icy environment. The garments everyone wore, knitted with wool's warmth and softness, would contrast against the Scandinavian winter's snow crystals and cold.

Knitting with ecological wool was an obvious choice for me. Using such a yarn, which is produced following strict rules, I could help preserve the environment and, at the same time, create a collection of the finest woolens.

     The Icehotel

At the Icehotel in the Sami village of Jukkasjärvi, we experienced the most fantastic stay close to nature. It is the world's biggest ice hotel at 5,500 square meters and is built totally of snow and ice. During each winter season, about 50,000 people visit the hotel, mostly from abroad. The Icehotel has the Torne River as its source, and the hotel exists in harmony with the world around it. After every summer, artists from all around the world create and rebuild the hotel from scratch. It is a unique concept, created entirely from the perspective of being environmentally friendly.
My hope is you will feel as happy and inspired by the collection as I felt as I created the pieces. The range of designs includes simple garments for beginners as well as some that are a bit more difficult for more experienced knitters. I also want to share my tips and advice about knitting that I've learned during my career as a knitting designer.

My imaginary world of ice princesses has been realized through photographer Ewa K. Andinsson's fantastic pictures. Some of the collection was photographed in one of Sweden's most exotic tourist experiences, the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi. It offers an enchanted environment in which ice columns and ice crystal crowns in the pillared hall shift from the iciest light blue to the darkest petroleum blue.

This book has been a dream come true for me. I hope that it will inspire you and give you many relaxing moments with knitting in your lap.

Good luck!

—Ingalill Johansson, from Shades of Winter

Join me in wearing white this fall and winter, and pre-order your copy of Shades of Winter today!


P.S. What are your favorite colors to wear in wintertime? Let us know in the comments!

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patologica@2 wrote
on Oct 22, 2012 12:51 PM

I like especially bright colours, red, pink, turquoise, lilac, lettuce green, white, yellow, mixed with grey or black.

DeniseW wrote
on Oct 13, 2012 8:14 PM

If it's anything other than pure white, the rule doesn't apply. Don't let that spoil your fun, though! Sometimes the rules that are the most fun to break are the ones that aren't really rules, but everyone else thinks they are. Kind of like eating asparagus with your fingers.

Mippy wrote
on Oct 13, 2012 5:04 PM

I love to wear teal, blues and red and black and some form of white as well. Even coral I love to wear! :)

Ilehlia wrote
on Oct 13, 2012 8:48 AM

My favourite winter colours are brights: turquoise/teal, warm pinks, red, royal blue.  I use winter white to show them off, rather than black.  I need to be reminded of warmth and light and sunshine up here in the cold north!

@Danielle:  I clicked on the product review link you provided for Susan Hemingway, clicked on the Preview tab, and then on the slides.  All I saw was one slide after the book cover, and it only showed 7 small photos of patterns.  None of them were anything I would be particularly interested in, and one showed white garments against a white background so you can't even see what the texture or details are like.  I find that to be a rather stingy "preview".  

Danielle wrote
on Oct 11, 2012 11:11 AM

AlmaH -

Thanks for being a loyal fan and customer of our products! We look forward to tempting you more in the future :)


Danielle wrote
on Oct 11, 2012 11:09 AM

Hi SusanHemingway,

You can click on any of the product links above or right here:  About halfway down the page you'll see a call to "Take a Look Inside" - click on that tab and the TOC tab to learn more. Happy Knitting!


Lace8849 wrote
on Oct 9, 2012 4:50 PM

My favorite winter colors are hot ones -- they seem to warm me up!  I love bright orange; knitted a wonderful mohair spiral/ruffle scarf that I wear a lot. And last winter I made a very light, sheer mohair raglan T-neck in HOT pink and deep red stripes!  It's fab, & the extra color really makes me feel warmer.  I combine the intense colors with a lot of black, and also wear a lot of solid black during the winter.

Ruth Ann R. wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 2:03 PM

This book sounds intriguing!  I think my new favorite winter color is purple.  I bought a long down coat in purple last winter and love it.  I have a winter white hat and scarf I wear with it, or pink.

Jillyon wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 2:01 PM

Actually, the "rule" is no white linen suits and white shoes outside Summer, not white in general. Winter white wool is perfectly fine, and soft, undyed wool looks luxurious and much more expensive than it is, when used well.

I wear a lot of jewel colors in winter, indigo and burgundy among them. Black is universal, but gets boring, so I like to mix jewel tones with grey, taupe and navy.  Not a brown fan -- it doesn't look good on me, though tans and browns are beautiful on people with warm skin tones.

on Oct 8, 2012 1:58 PM

I'm really intrigued by this book, but I'd love to see pictures of the patterns in it before I commit to buying it. Is there a place to see the patterns first?

Linda Hoke wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 1:14 PM

My husband and I stayed at the Ice Hotel in Sweden a few years ago. It is a beautiful place, a winter wonderland!

AlmaH wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 12:07 PM

I don't know how Interweave do it! Every time I swear that I'll never buy another knitting book, you bring out yet another which I can't resist. Yesterday I bought "November Knits" and thought that was absolutely the LAST you tempt me yet again.....