Category Archives: alaska

Alaska Flag Hat revisited

Last summer a friend commissioned me to knit her a slouchy Alaska Flag Hat. It turned out to be a hit and I knit more than 30 of them for various Alaskans. Several asked for a kids or non-slouchy version as we can’t all look as spectacular as Fernanda in a slouchy hat.

I’ve been meaning to rewrite the pattern for months but have been overwhelmed by my floral business. But when a friend of mine texted me her family photo this year, I knew it was time.

Alaska flag hat - a free pattern for children and adults from Alaskaknitnat.com
Photo by Jennifer Hughes Photography

I mean, how adorable is this family?

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Alaska Weddings: a weekend of Lisas

Flower combinations and colors constantly amaze me. This weekend I had two weddings that couldn’t have been more different. Both were rustic. Both brides happened to be named Lisa.

The first Lisa is having a country western style wedding with dusty rose, pale pink, ivory and tan themes. I was thrilled when Rebecca of LaBoum Events asked me to make these flowers. She wanted an arrangement inside a birdcage. Uh…yes! That’s so cool!

Birdcage flower arrangement for a fairy tale wedding. Made with eucalyptus, carnations, football mums, roses, stock and spray roses | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

I picked wild moss from a nearby forest to line the cage and filled it with eucalyptus of all kinds, dusty rose carnations, roses, feathers, stock, mums and limonium.

Birdcage flower arrangement for a fairy tale wedding. Made with eucalyptus, carnations, football mums, roses, stock and spray roses | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

The bouquet was shabby chic.

Shabby chic bridal bouquet made with eucalyptus, feathers, carnations, football mums, roses, stock and spray roses | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

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Alaska Weddings: Lena + Ivan

Last winter I did flowers for a couple in Alyeska. When I delivered them to the bride’s suite she introduced me to her maid of honor and said she would be getting married next summer.

Fast forward to today when I delivered flowers to bride Lena’s suite and I was greeted by last winter’s bride. The tabled turned and she was now the maid of honor. I love how small this town is.

Lena and Ivan’s colors were navy, coral, cream and orange. A perfect palette for the amazing autumn weather we’re having.

A perfect fall bridal bouquet. Solidago, white roses, orange spray roses, salmon hypericum berry, billy ball, scabiosa pods, peach carnation and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in burlap with jute twine corset | designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

This bouquet made me giddy! The most perfect little orange spray roses looked like miniature garden roses. Combined with peach carnations, cream roses, solidago, scabiosa pods, salmon hypericum berries, billy balls and seeded eucalyptus — this bouquet was just what the bride ordered.

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Alaska Weddings: Kate + Joe

I love last-minute gigs. There’s a certain thrill about making people happy when they haven’t had a lot of time to plan. This was the case with Kate and Joe. Their good friend, Alyse had met me earlier this summer at a downtown Anchorage street fair where I was making flower crowns and she decided as a gift to the bride and groom she would purchase flowers for their Eklutna Lake wedding.

It was going to be a true Alaska wedding. The party wore XTRATUFs, the groomsmen donned Pendleton plaid with Patagonia puffy vests and the bride wore a yellow dress. Bride Kate wanted a wildflower, colorful bouquet and some corsages and boutonnieres.

It was a lot of fun working on this small wedding. For focal flowers I used small sunflowers and protea (also called pincushion). Surrounding these were purple mini asters, button mums and peach mini carnations. It was delightful.

Alaska Weddings: a bridal bouquet made with sunflower, protea, mini carnation, button mums, mini asters, limonium and eucalyptus. Just perfect for a lakeside wedding. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Alaska Weddings: a bridal bouquet made with sunflower, protea, mini carnation, button mums, mini asters, limonium and eucalyptus. Just perfect for a lakeside wedding. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Wrist corsages made with peach mini carnations, orange spray roses, purple button mums and limonium | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

My son was thrilled when I had some leftover flowers. He made his own arrangement to give to my friend Laura.

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Alaska Weddings: Roxanne + Michael

I’ve been waiting all summer to use Alaska-grown dahlias. When bride Roxanne contacted me and requested “designer’s choice” bouquets, I knew it was finally my chance.

A stunning wedding bouquet with a dinner plate dahlia, gold eucalyptus, ferns, myrtle, waxflower and spray roses | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

Roxanne’s dress was unusual – traditional red Chinese brocade with a peacock embroidered in gold. It only made sense to include gold sprayed eucalyptus and peacock feathers.

A stunning wedding bouquet with a dinner plate dahlia, gold eucalyptus, ferns, myrtle, waxflower and spray roses | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

This bouquet was over the top thanks to the enormous dinner plate dahlia from All Dahlia’d Up Flower Farm.

A stunning wedding bouquet with a dinner plate dahlia, gold eucalyptus, ferns, myrtle, waxflower and spray roses | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

The bridesmaids’ bouquets were equally as luscious with smaller pink and purple dahlias, waxflower, myrtle, seeded eucalyptus and white spray roses.

A stunning wedding bouquet with a dinner plate dahlia, gold eucalyptus, ferns, myrtle, waxflower and spray roses | Designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

I couldn’t resist putting a peacock feather in Michael the groom’s boutonniere.

Boutonniere made with button mums, dahlia bud, waxflower, fern and peacock feather | designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

One of my favorite bouts to boot!

The groomsmen’s bouts were all similar but slightly different. I love that!

Boutonnieres made with button mums, spray roses, dahlia buds, myrtle, gold eucalyptus, ferns and waxflower | designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

The bride and groom were wed in misty, beautiful Girdwood this afternoon. Many congratulations to the happy couple!

White vegetarian lasagna with wild porcini

This is my favorite time of year in Anchorage. It’s cool, rainy and chock full of mushrooms. It’s a mushroom wonderland out there!

Aspen scaber stalk bolete mushrooms Inedible mushrooms found in Anchorage forests Inedible mushrooms found in Anchorage forest

I grew up eating boletus mushrooms and this year they have been abundant. If you’re interested in picking them, check out my handy mushroom guide.

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Alaska Weddings: Desiree + Geoffrey

I’m constantly impressed with how each wedding I’ve worked on this summer has been unique. Desiree and Geoffrey’s wedding theme was no exception. They wanted a creamsicle theme – orange, peach and white.

A creamsicle wedding | bridal bouquet made with peach roses, football mums, snapdragon, spray roses, lisianthus, limonium, hypericum and seeded eucalyptus. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Love that orange and gold ribbon. Just the right touch.

The bridesmaids bouquets included mini carnations and little poofy safflowers. So cute!

A creamsicle wedding | bridal bouquet made with peach roses, football mums, snapdragon, spray roses, lisianthus, limonium, hypericum, safflower and seeded eucalyptus. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

Best of all, the flower girls got their own little bouquets. I love that idea

A creamsicle wedding | bridal bouquet made with peach roses, football mums, snapdragon, spray roses, lisianthus, limonium, hypericum, safflower and seeded eucalyptus. Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

A simple crown for the bride:

Flower crown made with eucalyptus, limonium, spray roses and mini carnations | Designed by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

I tried something new for the wrist corsages. I made cuffs as the base and used ribbon to tie them together.

Corsages made with lisianthus, mini carnations, spray roses, hypericum berry , baby's breath and seeded eucalyptus | designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

Corsages made with lisianthus, mini carnations, spray roses, hypericum berry , baby's breath and seeded eucalyptus | designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

Corsages made with lisianthus, mini carnations, spray roses, hypericum berry , baby's breath and seeded eucalyptus | designed by Natasha Price of alaskaknitnat.com

Congratulations to the bride and groom!