Ask knitters ‘Why do you knit?’ and you’ll hear stories from people who love the challenge, those who enjoy creating something unique, or knitters who enjoy giving to people they love. But whatever our reasons, what unites us as knitters, is that we all go on a journey, and it’s in that journey that we find moments to contemplate, relax and feel at peace with ourselves.
In 2017, when Netflix announced Anne with an E, a new serial adaptation of the beloved children’s book Anne of Green Gables, I was over the moon. Written by author Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Anne books have been favorites of mine since childhood. As a purist, however, I was unsure how to embrace the new grittier version, which also inserts characters and storylines that don’t appear in Montgomery’s novels. After struggling through the first season because–hey, that never happened in the book!–I decided to enjoy the series as its own production without constantly comparing it to the original source material.
Since I’ve had a year to ruminate about the first season and wait on the second, I realized something: the novels are about a young orphan girl with an irrepressible imagination. This new look at life in the fictional town of Avonlea is merely a creative re-imagining of Anne’s story. It’s a more grown-up and desanitized Anne for the modern era, openly addressing issues of abuse, sexual identity, racism, and more. Not only that, the show’s lead actress, Amybeth McNulty, is an absolute talent. The second season of this inventive series became available for streaming on July 6, and now that I’ve finished watching all the episodes, I’ve discovered something new to love about the production.
Much of the first half of the show’s second season takes place during fall and winter, and in much the same way that Starz’ Outlander got knitters all in a tizzy about the period knits–so many delectable capelets!–I’m feeling some kind of way about the outstanding knitted garments and accessories that appear in Anne with an E. These are my favorite pieces:
Anne’s slouchy beanie
As someone who often wears her hair in voluminous styles, I’m always on the lookout for a winter hat that will leave plenty of room for my hair. Anne’s slouchy taupe-gray beanie is practical and roomy, but the delicate tassels at the crown make the piece jaunty enough to make a statement.
Diana Barry’s lovely knit accessory set
Anne’s best friend Diana comes from a well-to-do family, and the chic coordinated knits she wears in the series lend a classy flair to her winter outerwear. Her pale blue garter-stitched scarf, dark blue mittens, and classy striped tam have got me planning an upgrade to my own winter accessories.
Ruby Gillis’ pale pink neck scarf
Although Ruby is a bit of an airhead who thinks about nothing but beaux, I couldn’t help feeling just a little bit envious of her sweet, self-fastening pink knitted neck scarf. I can so envision myself wearing it when there’s just the slightest nip in the air.
Jane Andrews’ lacy capelet
In the fourth episode, as Anne and her friends prepare to re-enact a Tennyson poem, I gasped upon seeing the lacy white capelet worn by Anne’s friend Jane. What a beautiful way to warm the neck and shoulders while elegantly dressing up a plain coat.
Billy Andrews’ buttoned-up balaclava
If you’ve watched the show’s second season yet (spoiler alert), you’re going to hate Jane’s brother Billy almost as much as you’ll love the cabling on the balaclava he wears as part of his costume for the Christmas pantomime. While it’s a bit too extra for everyday winter wear, it’s definitely a piece I’d consider bringing along for an escape to much chillier climes.
It’s not a knitted piece, but can we just give a round of applause for Marilla Cuthbert’s brown leather corset belt? WANT.
Yes, summer may just have begun and winter seems a long way off. However, as every good knitter knows, now is the time to start on those cold weather projects so they’re ready for action just as the first autumn leaves begin to fall.
Anne with an E is streaming now on Netflix.
Even though August tends to be the hottest month of the year, in the back of my mind these dog days of summer always mean September–and subsequently fall–is right around the corner. I immediately begin dreaming about cinnamon-spiced everything, changing colors, and cooler days. And, if I’m honest, I’m really fantasizing about sweater weather and getting a new woolen garment on my knitting needles. Continue reading “Knitting Can Be Expensive…and Sometimes, That’s Okay”
It’s been an insanely busy week and so these quickie Valentine’s Day treats are the perfect answer to gift-giving for those of us balancing busy lives (who isn’t?). I made these for my colleagues a few years ago and let me tell ya–they truly don’t take much time to make. These petite packages are mostly about presentation and the fact that, at the end of the day on Valentine’s Day, it’s really the thought that counts. Continue reading “Quickie Valentine’s Day Treats”
There’s nothing like heading into a work week after a productive and creative weekend. I got some holiday shopping done, purchased a Christmas tree, and finally settled in to the task of getting it decorated. I realized in the process that low-budget tree trimming doesn’t have to mean low impact.
Continue reading “Budget Christmas Tree Style: Put a Bow On It”
I’m a sucker for great packaging. In my opinion, a gift that’s been thoughtfully and beautifully wrapped and presented feels just a bit more special. As I look forward to gift-giving this holiday season, I’m also thinking about ways to make the gifts I give more memorable. Yes, it’s probably easier to simply purchase a ready-made box, but when you make it yourself, it’s a wonderful opportunity to customize the look and feel in keeping with the personality of the recipient. Here’s a short list of some quick and easy DIY box designs: Continue reading “Handmade Holidays: 4 DIY Gift Boxes”
Spring is so close, I can almost taste it. There are only thirty-eight days left until the vernal equinox on March 20 (hallelujah!) and I’m already
obsessing about dreaming of warmer, longer days and shedding the dark, heavy winter layers I’ve been buried beneath for the last few months. To get me through these final weeks of my first Pacific Northwest winter, I began working on a knitting project that fixes my focus squarely on spring. Continue reading “Beating the Winter Blues: Classic Lace Cardigan”