It’s a New Year!

DSC00126First of all I wish you all a Happy New Year and lots success in 2014!

As some of you know 2013 was a very exciting year for me. The year saw my first knitting book on the market and my hand knitting designs were published in magazines and featured on national TV. I did workshops in Norway and abroad. It has been the best knitting year ever for me!

A good year becomes a good year because you make it good I believe. Work at your dreams, but not all at the same time. Set some targets and allow your self plenty of time to get there. Remember; as long as you will reach your goal it doesn’t really matter when you reach it. If you take one step at the time, take every open hand that wants to help you and keep focus on your goal – you will make whatever you want to do!

I hope you have some dreams to follow, some new projects to start and some new friendships to make in 2014. I certainly have!

All the best for 2014!

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope you are enjoying this lovely time of the year. I am having a great time making gingerbread houses. Not just one this year – but 25!

My Christmas is full of festive dinners and that is why I made 25 little houses and decorated them; they will serve as place cards for a family dinner.

My hope is that the guests will take the card whit them after dinner and pop it in their mouth with a cup of coffee!

Enjoy the season and let your creativity be tickled a bit!

 

Cross stitch knitting/ Korssting strikk

DSC00067Do you feel the urge to learn something new? Then maybe cross stitch knitting is just the thing for you.

Cross stitch knitting is not a fast way to knit and therefore it is perfect for smaller projects. I have experimented with smartphone cosies and Kindle covers.

The fabric created using cross stitch knitting is a dens one that is perfect for projects like covers, potholders and cosies. It is slightly less elastic than your ordinary sockinette stitches.

Below you find how to work the cross stitch stitch.

Hvis du har lyst til å utvide spekteret av strikketekniker kan jeg anbefale korssting strikk. Det er en litt mer tidkrevende teknikk en vanlig strikk, og derfor passer det best på små projekter. Jeg har prøved meg litt fram og laget trekk til mobilteleforn og lesebrett. Korsstingstrikk gir et litt tettere og fastere stoff enn vanlig strikk. Derfor egner korstingstrikk seg godt til forskjellige trekk og til grytekluter.

Teknikken er beskrevet under.

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How to:

Cast on an even number of stitches.

Row 1 (wrong side): P1, *purl the second stitch on the needle and leave on, purl the first stitch on the needle, slide both stitches off the needle*, P1

Row 2 (right side): *pass the right-hand needle behind the first stitch to knit the second stitch on the needle and leave on, knit the first stitch “in the usual way,” slip both stitches off the needle*

Cast off as with ordinary knitting, but do it a bit tighter than you normally would.

Korsstingstrikk:

Antall masker du legger opp må være partall.

Omgang 1: (vrangen): 1vr, *strikk den andre masken på pinnen vrang, og la den sitte på pinnen. Strikk den første masken på pinnen og ta begge maskene av pinnen samtidig*, 1vr

Omgang 2 (retten): *før den venstre pinnen bak den første masken for å strike den andre masken på pinnen rett, la sitte på pinnen. Strikk den første masken vanlig og ta begge maskene av pinnen samtidig*

Fell av i vanlig strikk, litt strammere enn du ville gjort på et klesplagg.

The patter for the Kindle cover can be bought here. It is available in English and Norwegian. It costs USD 2.50.

Liten utenpåOppskriften på lesebrettrekket på norsk kan kjøpes her. Det koster ca 16 kr.

Thank you for all the support in 2013!

DSC00041I hope you all can look back on 2013 and think it has been a good year in one way or the other. Very few of us experience a whole year that is just good and prosperous, so we have to choose what we want to remember very carefully

For me 2013 has been a very exciting year. My first knitting book, knit Nordic, was published in the UK and Norway. I have had my designs in several UK knitting magazines and will have designs in Interweave Knits next year. I have found a daytime job that makes it possible for me to combine knitting and policy work and as the year closes in I am very happy!

A lot of the good things that has happen to me are due entirely to your support and trust in me. When you buy my book or my knitting patterns it is a boos to my self confidence – every time! It makes me feel like I am contributing a bit of happiness to someone.

As a small token of my gratitude I have designed this Hearts Cup Cozy for you to make. You can download the pattern for free here.

I hope you all will keep following me as my adventures in knitting continues.

Thank you!