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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I am going to knit my way through the US!

Yarn and needles are packed, passport and tickets are ready and I am off the America to meet fellow knitters and have some fun!

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For the first time in my life I will go to Minnesota and Iowa. I will also be in Washington DC. There will be chances for me to meet you and here are the places I will be:

November 6th:

Ingebretsen´s Scandinavina Store in Minneapolis, 12:00, I will sign my book “Knit Nordic”

 

Northfield Yarn, Northfield, MN from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  I will host a trunk show and sign my book “Knit Nordic” as well as being around for a good chat!

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November 9th:

Vesterheim Museum, Decorah, Iowa from 2:00 pm to 4:pm I will speak on “North Atlantic Knitting History” and sign my book “Knit Nordic”.

You can start knitting the Lotus Hat and I will give you advice if you like. Lotus Bowl Hat

My talk is part of a very interesting weekend program called Knit-In and there are other interesting talks to listen too as well.

Contact Laurann Gilbertson (lgilbertson@vesterheim.org, 563-382-9681). Pre-registration is preferred. Specify one day (and which) or two days when you register.

November 10th: 

Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. I will teach a class on Colour Confidence in Stranded Knitting.

Register by email to classes@ingebretsens.com or call 612-729-9333.

November 12th:

Fiberspace in Alexandria, VA from 5:00 to 9:pm. I will host a trunk show and sign my book “Knit Nordic”. I will bring lots of projects you can find the patterns for in my Ravelry store and I will be there to chat with you on choice of yarn, colours and what ever is on your mind!

The program is not complete yet so check in again to see where we can meet for a knitting chat!

Little fun knits that makes a great gift!

I like to knit small projects that are fast but still give a bit of a challenge. It is much easier to learn new skills when you are starting a small project then when you are starting a big one. It´s not so daunting when you know the fiddling will only last for a few short rounds!

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My designs in Interweave Knits Gifts 2014

Smart phone cosies are just that kind of project. It takes about three hours to make one and there are endless possibilities for patterns!

If you have set your eyes on a beautiful Faire Isle s_MG_7289_medium2weater and are new to stranded knitting (colour work) then a little project is just the thing to try if stander knitting is something you will stick with through a sweater.

Some of my phone cosies and an iPad cosy are featured in the current issue of Interweave Knits Gifts. And these small knitted cosies are the perfect gift!

 

You can knit one up in your friends favourite colour, or Dad can get one in a colour that matches his car!

 

This cup cosy pattern is available for free on Ravelry.

 

There are lots of small fun usable project you can try if you want to check out stander knitting. The “to-go” cup sleeve is fast to knit and great to gift.

 

Three different varieties of smart phone cosies. The outer two are based on the pattern in "knit Nordic". The middle one is a new pattern.

Three different varieties of smart phone cosies. The outer two are based on the pattern in the book “Knit Nordic” (Collins & Brown, 2014). The middle one available on Ravelry.

In need of inspiration

There are so many things that inspiring to us we never really know what triggers it and where we are going to find it. I love that about being creative; you never know what will spark off the next design!

I have put together some of my things to see if, arranged in a different way, they can get me going. I collect Norwegian folk art painted bowls. I find them at charity shops and flee markets. They are so handy to have for bread, fruits and snacks. Today I got them out and had a better look at them.

DSC00473There are some shades of colours that are common for the Norwegian folk art, and I tend to find them a bit heavy. However there are some interesting colour combinations to be spotted in the intricate patterns.

DSC00474I love the bowls for their history and the labor of love that has gone into making them. Mine are mainly post WW2 and therefor super affordable. If they date before the war they are found in antique stores and not flee markets. I think the post war ones deserve to be valued too.

My other mood board making today has a foxy theme. I was in England some weeks ago and bought some screen print tea towels that can be stitched up to a toy or a cushion on a rainy day! I love the idea and I love the prints too. I also came across a most beautiful card that happen to be a fox. So here we go:

DSC00476The unfolded tea towel is by Mibo, and the folded up one is by Sarah Young.

Looking at the card by Judy Lumley I just marvel at the creativity she displays. DSC00478The yarn I tucked into the photo is some hand dyed yarn I got on Etsy from Lanitium Ex Machina. I didn’t think about foxes when I got it, but it was laying around when I unpacked by fox finds form England and what a match!

DSC00477It’s time to get back to my drawing pad and pencils. I do feel a bit more inspired so hopefully some great new hand knit designs will follow.