What to do this weekend? Bake Knit Sew!

BakeKnitSew1I love books that cover more than one craft, and I guess most of us do. We love to create! You can only imagine how pleased I was to find Bake Knit Sew in my inbox. Evin O´Keeffe has collected all you need for a cosy weekend in this book. So here is my recommendation for a weekend styled by Evin:

Bake the Mugwamp Oatmeal Pie (not just for the great name), it taste great. It is the only recipe form the book I have had time to try since I just got back for the US. That is another aspect I love about the book Bake Knit Sew – the recipes have that lovely American richness about them.

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The Mugwamp Oatmeal Pie

Next step, make a cup of tea and cast on for the Sugar Maple Vest. The book explains absolutely everything you need to know to make this beautiful vest.  Sit back and enjoy some knitting, tea and flick trough Bake Knit Sew on your tablet.

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Sugar Maple Vest

 

 

 

 

You will find a lot of good recipes and wonderful things you can make at home. I will make the bunting for Christmas and One of the great thing abut the book is that all projects either in the kitchen, by the sewing machine or  in your favourite craft nook, seems to be easy and achievable within a weekend or so. When the weekend comes along I want to sit dow and relax, but also be creative. I do not want to start something complicated that is half finished on Sunday evening. I want to feel a sense of achievement and that is where Bake Knit Sew will come in very handy!

The photos in the book are great and transported me into a calm and creative corner of the world where I love to be! Thank you Evin.

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If you like me love the simple and personal style of Evin you will enjoy the book as well as her award winning blog EvinOK. You can also find her here: Evin on Ravelry, Evin on Facebook, Evin on Twitter.

 

Thank you Wonderful Knitters!

I just came back home to Norway after a wonderful tour in the US. The real treat of a trip like the one I did is the people I got to meet, all of them. A conversation starting over yarn and needles can end up anywhere. I have been to yarn stores and other venues signing Knit Nordic and sharing some of my designs available on Ravelry.

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Maurice loved the attention he got at Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA.

Personally the most exciting part of the trip was my visit to Minnesota and Iowa. It was the first time I visited this part of the US, and I know I am not the first Norwegian to do so!  I saw several Setesdal cardigans in the hotel lobby on my night of arrival! All the descendants   of Norwegian immigrants seems to have nurtured their cultural heritage well – and even better than we have here in Norway on might say.

 

I did a trunk show at a lovely yarn store in Northfield, MN. Northfield Yarn is a treat to the community and I had such a lovely evening and got a lovely knitting neeIMG_2885dle gauge that will always remind me of Vanessa and the other great people I meet.

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Vanessa and the lovely Hardanger embroidering ladies at Northfield Yarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Northfield I drove to Iowa and the town of Decorah which hosts the Norwegian American Museum, Vesterheim, and has done so since the 1880s!  Again, I was taken by how much of the Norwegian heritage is still alive and cherished. The Museum is so much more than a collection of old artefacts. While I was there they has Knit-In with interesting talks and people to meet. There were classes goinIMG_2719g on everywhere and the program they have made me want to move there right away!

I listened to Laura Ricketts very interesting talk on Sami Mittens. She is documenting and sharing a part of my cultural heritage we don´t talk much about in Norway. There is very little interest in Sami culture in Norway so Laura is a very important keeper of history and skills. Do I have to say that she also is a very lovely and interesting person!

My talk at Vesterheim was on the history of knitting in Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, how they are connected and how they have developed separately. I was delighted to meet Anna Burke, a young student at Luther Collage who had designed a beautiful sweater based on traditional Norwegian patterns. She has a future in knitting design if she choose to!

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Anna Burke in her gorgeous self made sweater

My weekend at Vesterheim Museum was such a treat and I also had the opportunity to look some of the items in the archive. I think I will leave that to another blogpost!

The trip to the mid-west was a great opportunity to explore a bit too. My rental car was a white Beetle and the two of us had a jolly good adventure!

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