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.

 

237221

 

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.

NK_Cushion_013-copy-768x1024

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!