Ever since I first saw the mood boards that went with Knit Now editor Kate Heppel's call for submissions, I have been eager to see the resulting magazine issue; whether I would end up making the cut or not! The theme was the Northern Lights, with a focus on the commonalities in knitting traditions between the various countries that have the good chance to view them.
|Photograph by Dan Walmsley for Practical Publishing, used with permission|
This brings me back to the northern countries part of the call. I feel it's important to note just how vast the North truly is, and to highlight that even though Edmonton is the northernmost large city (by which is meant having over a million population in our greater metropolitan area) in North America, we're not really very far North in the scheme of things. Really, we're pretty much central Alberta, and the top of Alberta might be considered to be touching the Southernmost part of the North, but the amount of North that is North of there is just immense. Still, as an important airport location for access to the North, we've been called Gateway to the North, so here we are. We are far enough North to see the Northern Lights, and that is a lovely thing.
I'm also not from the part of the country that has been connected by water to the Scandinavian countries (that would mainly be Newfoundland, where Anse aux Meadows is an important example of Norse Settlement in North America from the year 1000). In Alberta, we are landlocked, but we nonetheless still have connections to these countries due to all the settlers who arrived at various times to farm our prairies. Just this past summer, my family visited Stephansson house near Markerville, where an Icelandic poet and farmer resided with his family from 1889. We went to the Norwegian Laft Hus in Red Deer that was built to honour Norwegian settlers of the area. We didn't get a chance to see the Danish Canadian gardens and museum near Dickson (maybe next summer? it looks brilliant) that are also located in Central Alberta, but many towns boast Scandinavian ancestry in Alberta.
|Norwegian mitten displayed at Norwegian Laft Hus|
|Canadian knitwear inspired by various Scandinavian knitting traditions, at the Norwegian Laft Hus|
From what I have seen so far, this magazine issue is even more beautiful than I could have imagined. You can read about it on the Knit Now Blog, and even better, can purchase a digital copy of the magazine here, and a hard copy here.