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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I 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.
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!
All images are by Fiona Kennedy for Collins & Brown.