Silver Snow

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PATTERN: Clara by Karin Vestergaard Mathiesen
SIZE: 12-18 months
YARN: Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Silverfox

Thank you very much for sharing our walk with me yesterday. It was really a very magical day. By nine a.m. all of the original morning snow was gone and the sun was shining as if there had never been a cloud (or a snowflake) in the sky. But then, later in the afternoon, the whole thing started up again: Tiny flurries buzzed the yard, and then larger flakes started to fall and stick, and then a full-blown snow squall enveloped our neighborhood. Clover and I sat on the sofa and watched from the window; it was like being in a snowglobe.

Taken from our living-room window, around 3 p.m.

Oh, how my heart twirled! It lasted maybe another hour. All the little girls across the street came out and threw snowballs at each other and chased each other through the yards. They reminded me of squirrels, playing up and down the oak trunks, wild in their delight. It was the lovliest of days. I really don't think I'll ever forget it.


I finished this dress last month and for some reason just never got around to posting about it. Apparently I was waiting for a fairy-tale snow to come and enchant me with its charms; the entire time I was working on the dress it seemed like a fairy-tale dress. When I finished it I was simply flabbergasted that I was able to make something like this. It felt conjured more than knitted, though I knew that there were parts of it that had been so hard, where I'd had to rip out and redo more than once, where every stitch was hard-won and utterly prosaic. But I couldn't remember where those parts were (and I definitely can't remember now). (Lord, please let that be a metaphor.) I just sat and looked at it for a whole night. I kept shaking my head. Really? How did I do that? Since I don't even really know how to knit?


That's sort of what I've been telling myself all these years, anyway. Knitting was so hard for me, and came so un-easily to me, that even though I've been able to knit and purl more or less without complication since about 1999 (I started trying to learn back in 1994 or so), I still never really think of myself as someone who can knit. I know that's strange, and not meant to sound falsely modest, but it's true. That is my perception. A year ago I wrote the story of how I eventually learned to knit. I think it is one of a small handful of things I've written in my life that help me tell the story of myself to myself. Eventually I will amend it to include what knitting has meant to me this past year. This dress will figure into that part of the story, how the whistling work of these days and their many stitches gave us hope and happiness. And confidence, when it was sorely needed. When I finished the dress, I hung it on the wall next to the sparkly lights on my side of our bed and we looked at it for a long time. For someone who doesn't know how to knit, I will admit that I felt very proud.


*For those who have asked, you can buy a kit for the dress from the US yarn distributor here. I bought the kit but didn't use the recommended yarn. Unfortunately I don't know if the pattern is available on its own; I have called Isager to see if it is and have not heard back. I am sorry but that's the best I can do, as this is just something I knit for myself and is not my original pattern to distribute or otherwise make available. You will have to contact Isager with any questions about the Clara dress pattern. Thank you for understanding.

**Update, 1/4/2014: The pattern is now available here:


How perfectly pretty and appropriate for a silvery day. I love it.

It's a beautiful little dress, full of hope and joy to come. Maybe someday the lucky little girl who wears that dress will grow up wanting to knit, just like her mama.

what a beautiful little dress! and, um, i hate to break it to you? but really. alicia. YOU KNOW HOW TO KNIT!! :-)

You seriously put everyone to shame. You have magic hands. :)

beautiful little dress!

This is an Amazing Dress from amongst all your amazing little dresses! It looks so much like your snowy day.

That is such a beautiful, snowy little dress! I never mind when the sky is gray as long as it's snowing. I know we're not even out of winter yet but I already miss the snow! Especially because it's currently pouring outside here in Philadelphia.

I read faithfully, but don't say much. When I pulled this up, I said, "ohhhh! ohhhhhhhh!" and I thought you should know that. This is an astonishing dress. Beautiful in every way.

It is adorable, love it!

So, right at the end of reading that, my eyes welled with tears a bit. As I type this, there is a lump in my throat and my nose stings, like when, you know, you're trying to be brave.

But, it's all from your most-imminent happiness!! xo

It's so gorgeous I could cry...literally! You are amazing...and she will be amazing! And your whole kit and kaboodle make me sigh and laugh and feel so blessed whenever I stop in... thank you all!

Well, again, all your creations are beautiful beyond words (OMG THE BONNET!) But! Simply can not get over this one.
love, Amy

I'm so jealous you got snow! I'm just east of Vancouver BC, and we got nothing, even though our capital (Victoria) got slammed.

I LOVE the dress. It has a beautiful heirloom feel, and the fact you struggled but won out in the end makes it even more special.

They have all been beautiful but this one brought an audible gasp upon site, sooo dreamy. After a quick look at your comments it appears I wasn't the only one!

My, oh my, you really expressed what so many feel about finding difficult things in life and not shying away from the task. You've knitted a beautiful work of art here and should be so proud. Now I'm off to see the pattern and pick a color for myself to knit one of these up too. My heartiest congratulations to you. Onward toward another goal.

This is BREATHTAKINGLY gorgeous. How many skeins?

such an amazingly beautiful dress, i really need to knit one for the little girl in my life x

Gorgeous dress! That's another must knit. My granddaughter would like it.
I am enjoying the snow also.

Wow, this dress is absolutely divine. I love it in this gray. And it *would* make a stunning adult dress, too. Not sure I've ever fallen in love with a knitted something quite as much as I've fallen in love with this pattern!

So if this pattern comes as a kit only how did you get it? It is gorgeous

beautiful dress.
beautiful words.

I know what you mean about not considering your self as a knitter etc. I do it all the time, and I constantly get people telling me I'm crazy. I'm not a knitter, but a sewer, and embroiderer. I always assume other people are better, and my things aren't so special. At 48 years old I still battle it. I'm breaking free of it though and opening up an etsy shop very soon. I'm working hard at to finish the pieces, and still, trying to not listen to that little devil on my shoulder telling me it won't be good.

I can't wait to see a little girl in the dress you knitted!! That is one pretty gorgeous dress Alicia!!!!

That dress is stunning & so beautifully knit.

That is the most precious little thing I've ever seen. Just adorable.

I feel at times I don't know how to knit, although some of it complicated. For me, I went from "You can do that? Wow, you're so cool." to "Oh, I can do that..and I thought that was hard." What was I thinking?

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at