October 14, 2020 2 min read

We are so excited to be carrying two exclusive designs by Jenny Noto of @Wanded527 in our shop!

Jenny is a talented young designer who creates some of the most unique and yummy hat designs I've ever had the pleasure to knit. Also, her patterns are detailed with photos and notations that will make certain you will complete your project beautifully and successfully.

She tells us that the Siren Hat & Cowl patterns were inspired in part by this passage in Newton Scamander's, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them":

"The oldest recorded merpeople were known as sirens (Greece) and it is in warmer waters that we find the beautiful mermaids more frequently depicted in Muggle literature and painting. The Selkies of Scotland and the Merrows of Ireland are less beautiful, but they share that love of music which is common to all merpeople ."

Many of her designs are inspired by her love of Harry Potter and the characters in those magical books (Wanded527 - get it?!) 😉

We have kitted up this patternwith Dream In Color's amazing, hand-dyed Classy Cashmere yarn. The choices of colors are dizzying! You won't find more beautiful hand-dyed yarn anywhere.

Her words below brought tears as I can relate to how much knitting has changed my life as well:

"... my own grandmother taught me how to knit when I was a teen (I wasn't any good at it, but I bet she'd be proud now!). It was also empowering to learn about the historical importance and resilience of knitting through the centuries, and how much impact it played in the world... I replayed moments in my life that changed ME, and thought about how things could have potentially been different had I had a portable skill like knitting. (It's not easy to move a piano around!) I didn't follow a path I had chosen for myself and instead followed one chosen for me, I quit my job due to burnout and feared that I've become a disappointment, I lacked the inspiration to do anything daring or brave, and the list goes on. But the moment I decided to pick up the knitting needles and learn how to knit, for real this time, I couldn't put them down. I was able to create again, to do something I feel like I was meant to do. It was a rebirth of sorts, and knitting was what helped me through it. Even with a terrible and awful moment almost a year ago, related to knitting, it was something I wasn't willing to give up. Knit and unravel, unravel and knit.. give yourself the grace to relax and do what you love." 💕 ~Jenny Noto, @Wanded527

Yes Jenny, you inspire us to follow your lead and give ourselves... "the grace to relax and do what you love". 💜

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