Discover Fredagsmys with Interweave Knits Fall 2019
Remember hygge? The Danish concept of “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” made its way to the United States a few years ago, and the trend resonated strongly in the worlds of crafts and DIY. Ever since, hygge-associated imagery—lit fireplaces, cups of hot chocolate, stacks of books, and knitted home decor—has inspired people to create similar spaces in their own lives in order to manifest that feeling of contentment.
Another concept that comes from Scandinavia but hasn’t yet made the same splash in the United States is practiced on Friday nights in Sweden. The idea is fredagsmys, which translates to “cozy Friday.” The concept should be familiar—many people appreciate a relaxing Friday night at home after a busy week—but Swedish people take it to the next level. They invite friends over, indulge in a taco bar (tacco kväll), and then settle in for a comfortable night of watching movies or playing board games. (Semi-related, not relevant, but very important: I just learned about lördagsgodis, or “Saturday candy,” and now I’d like to live in Sweden, please.)
I first read about fredagsmys in Linnea Dunne’s book Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living (Running Press, 2017) (affiliate link). Another fantastic philosophy to incorporate into one’s life, lagom means “not too little, not too much, just right.” I fell in love with both of these ideas and thought we all could lean into them a bit more. To learn more about these great concepts, check out Linnea’s piece on page 10.
Building a project story around fredagsmys for this Fall 2019 issue of Interweave Knits led me to think about what makes the “perfect” fall weekend. I thought of crispy-cool, sunny days spent outside with activities such as the farmer’s market, apple picking, corn mazes, and similar things filling the time, and chilly nights around a bonfire with loved ones. Whatever your favorite fall activities are, you’ll find a wide range of projects in this issue to accompany you as the season progresses. Cozy and lightweight sweaters, textured hats and cowls, wraps and mittens, even a delightfully homey blanket—you’ll find it all in this issue.
How are you spending your weekends this fall?