Spring is in the air!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter or Spring break! I was in England and had a whole week without knitting. You might ask if that is a good break or not? I had a sore hand so I think it was nice. I stayed in places with no wool or knitting needles so I managed to give my hands some rest form knitting. I popped by Loop in Islington London – but it was Monday and they are closed in Mondays. That is how I knew I was meant to rest!

Loop is one of the best yarn stores in Europe!

Loop is one of the best yarn stores in Europe!

In London we stayed at the lovely country house style hotel The Rookery in Clerkenwell. It is quirky and lovely. We stayed there to get to know a new part of London – and learned that it is one of the oldest part of town.

The lounge at The Rookery

The lounge at The Rookery

After a few days in London we headed to the countryside for the rest of our stay. There are so many nice places to see and walks to be had.

I could imagine living in this lovely cottage in Alfriston.

I could imagine living in this lovely cottage in Alfriston.

 

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Wilmington has a lovely church yard.

Everywhere we were greeted by nodding daffodils and what better way to enter spring! Back home in Oslo spring is a bit further away, but I know it will come. During rainy evenings I started working on a pair for socks inspired by the lovely hues of nature waiting for bloom.

Back to knitting!

Back to knitting!

 

 

 

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!

High Tech meets Low Tech.

Last weekend my knitting and I was on national TV in Norway. The story was my knitting book “Knit Nordic” that started it’s life in the United Kingdom before it came home to Norway. During the shooting for the pies I was knitting a smart phone sock for my iPhone. The original pattern in the book has squares with four different motifs in each square, but since I had a few other things to focus on I made the same motif in all the squares!

My one year old smart phone cosy. It needs a trip in the washing machine.

My one year old smart phone cosy. It needs a trip in the washing machine.

The cameraman got the one I made during the filming and I just sent off one to the reporter! They actually liked them! As I have made a few different varieties lately I wanted to share them with you. There are endless possibilities to make your smart phone as personal as it can be. I really love to pull my modern high tech sleek iPhone 5 out of a low tech traditional patterned little cosy!

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 “Knit Nordic“. The middle one is a new pattern.

If you like the middle one the pattern is available on Ravelry and Etsy. It is inspired by traditional Faeroe Islands knitting. The pattern is often used in women’s sweaters.

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A little peak into Knit Nordic

51QdtZYXtqL._SX260_I am walking with my head in the clouds these days and enjoying being an author of a knitting book!  It’s my first book and I have been so fortunate as to work with very competent people that have seen the very best in my knitting projects and presented them so beautifully.

I have translated the book to Norwegian and it is selling like hot cakes here and I am so happy that knitters like what I make.

 

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The book has 20 small projects and all are inspired by the beautiful patterns seen on traditional Norwegian sweaters.

 

 

One of the most fun projects to develop was the teddy bear Maurice. When I worked on it I really asked myself why I didn’t just knit a plain teddy. Would people really like a teddy that was covered in a sweater pattern – would it make sense visually? My philosophy is that I have to try, otherwise I will not add anything to new. In trying there is the possibility of failing and that is part of the game. Well, this time I did not fail. Several reviews mention Maurice as one of their favourit projects!

NK_Teddy_005-768x1024I love all the traditional Norwegian knitting pattens, but if I am pressed to pick a favourit it must be Voss. The geometric nature of this pattern lend itself so beautifully to interior accessories and adds a clean but interesting look.

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My wish now is that knitters all over the world take pleasure in the book and are happy with the projects they make from it. I think that is the best part of being a published knitting book author – to provide people with a source of pleasure!

Happy knitting!

All images are by Fiona Kennedy for Collins & Brown.

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!