The Little Knits

To many people this time of the year is knitting season. It certainly is for me! I have deadlines to meet and my head and note pads are brimming with new ideas for knitting patterns. This does not leave me with much time to sit down and enjoy our craft. However, I managed to sneak in half an hour and knit a cosy for a jam jar. Why would I do that? Come Sunday and dinner time I could sport a new vase for the beautiful flowers form the garden!

All you need to make a cosy for a jam jar is some scrap yarn, sock needles and an idea of how many stitches you need to make the cosy fit the jar. A good way to judge that is to see if the jar is the size of your ankle of lower arm and think how many stitches you would cast on for a sock or a sleeve. I used 40 sts and doubble pointed needles size 5.5mm (US size 9) for this jar that is 31 cm (12″) in circumferance.

My next little knit is another jar cosy to cover my pencils box in the office.

Traditional Norwegian knitting turns not so traditional!

 

 

Knitting patterns are not just flying off knitting neeldes these days, it’s printed on all sorts of home decor items.

Inspired by classical Norwegian patterns you can decorate you bedroom and bathroom in ski sweater style!

Coffee mugs, t-shirts and towels are found printed with traditional motifs from the Setesdal sweater and what later was delveloped into the icon sport sweater called Marius.

Setesdal was originally knitted in natural colours, like black and white and grey and white. Later on, when dyed yarn became readily available, it was knitted in other colours. Blue, red and white were the colours used for the Marius variety, and the pattern combination and the colours are still making fashion.

 

You can make your own cool accessories in no time at all. The sweater patterns lend themself to all sorts of fun things.

You don’t have to have a granny that knits, or knit yourself to be able to wear the iconic patterns. T-shirts and One Piece can be yours without tears and tangled yarn.

You can get snow boards and even a bean bag printed with the knitting pattern. I love the bean bag from Tjukkas!

 

The traditional black/grey and white patterns are seen in printed versions too. SeeMe reflection strips can be bought in a veriety of knitting patterns.

D&G are clearly inspired by the Norwegian knitting traditions this winter season, and I think is is fun to see how their knitwear designers interpret our patterns.

 

Traditions live on trough new way of seeing them!