Way back in January, I made one big new year’s resolution and a smaller one: to learn how to knit. One of my best friends shared the desire to learn, so together we made an adventure of it, rounded up supplies, filled a big bowl with popcorn, and started YouTubing tutorials. I like to fancy myself a crafty lady, but my goodness! Knitting is hard. Several frustrating hours and unraveled skeins later, though, we were very slowly sort-of-kind-of-knitting.
Quite a few of the dancers at FBP are avid knitters, but none rival the ultimate knitting queen, Vilia Putrius. With several decades of knitting experience, she has certainly earned that title…
Vilia learned to knit when she was just 5 years old. You could say a talent for crafting runs in the family. Ms. Putrius grew up in a family of circus artists (how cool is that?) and some of her earliest memories are of her parents sewing costumes and knitting clothing for she and her brother. By age 18, Vilia had become a professional ballet dancer, but that homespun tendency ran deep. When she struggled to find warm ups to suit her distinctive style, Vilia took matters into her own needle-clad hands. Her obvious talent turned the craft into a business, and a few years later Arleo Wear was born.
Being a professional ballerina herself, Vilia is able to design pieces that a dancer truly needs. The Arleo Wear-covered dancers of FBP are a clear indication of that specificity; In the studio we stay bundled in her cozy overalls, signature sleek ankle warmers, and on-trend convertible shorts, but it seems everyone’s favorite design might be the brilliant back warmer.
Perfect for class and rehearsals alike, the Arleo back warmer allows freedom of movement in the hips and shoulders while keeping the core toasty. Finally a way to keep an eye on lines without sacrificing comfort and style, ah! Her knitting expertise is also woven into every garment she designs, using only the finest yarns to create these essential pieces.
Now that I have my back warmer, I truly wonder how I ever got along without it. It’s like a ballet-appropriate version of your favorite cozy sweater. And really, isn’t that what we all want?
also check out her accessories while you’re at it. (you might see a familiar face;)