Tomte Tales

When I was thinking of the design of the hat for Winter, I asked for suggestions from N and L - "Make a tomte hat!!" They both said... and now I'll explain what that means and why it turned out to be a meaningful design for l.a.n.a.'s Winter hat!

A tomte is a Scandinavian Christmas fairy, Santa's little helper and he/she (?) appears in December in the house to sneak peek and make sure the kids are behaving well so that he/she can report to Santa.  In the l.a.n.a. house there is always a huge mix of cultures and traditions. We love to pick and choose the ones we like and we adopt them as our own. 

The Christmas tree comes into our house at the beginning of December and a couple of years ago I made a tomte fairy to sit at the top our tree. That year, Santa also brought N and L their very own tomte hats  - long and pointy just like our tree topper.  That is where the inspiration came from for l.a.n.a.'s Winter hat.

Now because the shape is slightly unusual, a little whacky even, I've decided to design it in neutral colors. Beiges and grays and some darker neutrals. Of course N and L were horrified at the idea of these "boring" colors. So we came up with a compromise: colorful pompom! This makes the hat a little more floppy and not so triangular.  So you won't be walking around looking like an elf... promise!!!!

Tomte is made by Sarita. My Mama, a talented artist in many fields who, amongst other things first taught me how to knit.

So the first attempt at making this hat came out a little too short - but it made L's day!!!  Now he and Mama have matching hats - it's a dream come true!  Also because "it's not fair! You and N have matching hats I want to match too"!!!

The whole matching hats idea, is what made me start l.a.n.a. in the first place ... but that is a whole different story that I will tell soon!

Love

A

xxx

 

l.a.n.a's tomtes!!  Note: the pattern for these tomtes was taken from a book by Kajsa Wikman - Scandinavian Stitches.  Photo credits: Matt Conte

l.a.n.a's tomtes!! 

Note: the pattern for these tomtes was taken from a book by Kajsa Wikman - Scandinavian Stitches. 

Photo credits: Matt Conte

 
L - my little tomte!!

L - my little tomte!!