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.
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 needle gauge that will always remind me of Vanessa and the other great people I meet.
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 going 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!
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!