January 26, 2013
As I headed into the scrum of Vogue Knitting Live last weekend, I knew one thing: Védis Jónsdóttir was going to be there, and I was going to find her.
Let’s review: Védis Jónsdóttir is the designer of Riddari, the sweater pattern I picked out for Carrie when we were in Iceland last June, which I finished at the end of 2012 to great fanfare (in my mind). A smashing sweater and a smashing success. In the Siberian conditions of New York City this past week, I have even had the rare pleasure of seeing a child wearing a handknit unprompted, without me standing by with a camera and giving directions. (It’s either that nice of a sweater, or that cold–actually it’s a perfect storm of nice sweater + cold.)
Védis Jónsdóttir is also the author of the newly released book, Knitting With Icelandic Wool..
Although I entered the Marriott Marquis without a fixed expectation of what Védis Jónsdóttir would be like, I did have a notion. Something along these lines:
Or heck, she might even look like this:
Here she is, real-life Védis Jónsdóttir:
Despite the lack of either horse or headdress, she’s lovely. We had a nice chat while people waited for her to sign copies of her book. I hope I run into her again.
I wouldn’t fault anyone for doubting that I have my finger on the pulse of what’s hot in the world of international fashion and design. But by knitting an Icelandic sweater at this particular moment, I landed smack in the middle of the zeitgeist. As proof, I commend everyone to read this fun article–illustrated with amazing photographs–on Icelandic sweaters. Not only do I recognize every one of the shops mentioned from my own explorations of Reykjavik, I actually recognized some of the people.
GO TO ICELAND. That’s my message.