söndag 29 juni 2014

Back Where It All Started

The first time I saw a folk costume from Dala-Floda in Dalarna I fell in love.
The neatness of the knitting, the combinations of patterns and the colours of the embroidery on the mittens made in the twined knitting technique made a huge and lasting impression on me.

In May I once again attended a long weekend course to learn more about twined knitting and embroidery in Dala-Floda. The first time it was almost too much to be able to take it all in.

This is a jacket with knitted sleeves. The way the patterns are arranged on the sleeve is quite unusual.

While this jacket shows some of the most beautiful embroidery from Dala-Floda.

Some of the patterns I have made have been inspired by the knitted sleeves from the  Dala-Floda costumes, like the Elise mitten.

And this mitten, called Maja, was inspired by the embroidery – even if it´s hard to find an exact likeness.

While this hat was inspired by the typical flower paintings of Dalarna, called kurbits in Sweden and rosmaling in Norway. Incidentally it´s also called rosmålning in Dala-Floda.

Something amazing happened when I was in Dala-Floda – I was invited to have an exhibition in the Dala-Floda Värdshus of my knitted things. The opening is on Saturday – July, 5 at 4 pm. Before the opening I will have a workshop where you can try knitting with colour or create your own patterns. I will also talk a little about traditional knitting patterns and how inspirating they can be.

Do come along if you happen to be near by!

Utställning och stickworkshop på Dala-Floda Värdshus i Dala-Floda, den 5 juli.

torsdag 20 mars 2014

Hallå där – kom och lyssna!

På tisdag den 25 mars har jag blivit inbjuden av 2 stickare, Lotta och Madelaine, för att berätta om den skotska stickdesigners Alice Starmore – som gör världens vackraste tröjor i helt fantastiska färger.

De bjuder på morotssoppa och själv tar man med sitt handarbete så att man har något att syssla med medan man lyssnar.

Tillställningen, som kallas Soppslöjd, är på Högalidsgatan på Södermalm. Det börjar klockan sex.
Mer information hittar man här. Det finns fortfarande några platser kvar tror jag.

söndag 10 november 2013

Sew Much Fun!

The Sewing (and Knitting) Festival was great. And exhausting. So many visitors, lots of yarn. Old friends and new.

I was trying to teach the brioche knitting technique (tvåfärgad patentstickning). It was fairly successful.
Most came away with a small, finished swatch.

Because it was a bit draughty in the big exhibition hall I wore my Britta cowl the whole time.

I didn´t have much time to do any shopping myself, but I spotted a lot of people carrying around this cool bag:

No need to ask what it contained. The bag came from Opalgarn. 

But something really cool happened to me at the fair. I met my predecessor at the magazine where I work.

Maybe I haven´t mentioned this before, but I work for a weekly magaizine for ladies. I used to be a reporter, but last year I got a new job. I am now responsible for picking all the knitting and sewing patterns that we publish, as well as the embroidery. I used to love my job, but now I really love my job!

And this year at the fair I met Ulrika Andersson. She was there to give workshops about a very  old, special and unique crochet technique. She had worked at my magazine from 1969 to 1979.

It was great to talk to Ulrika. In some ways it doesn´t seem as if the job hasn´t changed that much.

After a weekend of resting I have now translated the pattern for the Britta cowl into English– with a lot of help from my friend Wendy. Thanks, Wendy!

The pattern is available in English on Ravelry and if you prefer to have a printed copy in Swedish you can get it from Nysta.

onsdag 23 oktober 2013

Hope is the Last Thing...

This post could also have the headline "Better Late Than Never" or "Long Time No See".

Oh well.

But guess what?

I have finally – finally! – written up the pattern for the Britta cowl.

So far I have only written it in Swedish, but there will be an English version. Soonish. I had better not promise too much. 

This weekend you will be able to find both the Britta cowl and the pattern at Syfestivalen in Stockholm. I will be there too, giving workshops as usual. You will find me at booth B0729.

This time I am going to talk about colours, how colours behave – and misbehave.  And there will be brioche knitting (patentstickning) in many colours to be tried. Do come by and say hello!

tisdag 25 december 2012

Only a Mad Person...

I started knitting this really big cowl in October and it took me nearly two months to finish it.
Over five hundred stitches in one row on needles 2.5 mm – no one in their right mind would even consider such a project. It also took a lot more yarn than I originally thought.

But in the end it was so worth it.

The Britta Cowl
I have worn it nearly every day since it was finished. It's big and warm and has been perfect this cold and snowy winter. Plus the flower pattern makes it look as if I´m wearing a summer meadow.

The yarn is the new Zauberball 100 in a hundred percent wool. It is very soft and light, which is good because a heavier yarn would have added quite a bit of weight to a big piece of knitting like this.

I surprised myself by finishing it. It's not like me at all. So I'm very happy. About the cowl.

I'm a lot less happy about what happened to my laptop on Christmas Eve. It crashed. It wasn't even that old. I do have a back up, so I hope that all my patterns have been saved. Or  I will have my work cut out for me in 2013...

And this blogpost is courtesy of Teenage daughter who not only lent me her computer, but also took the picture above and photoshopped it. That's true Christmas spirit.
So better late than never – I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! 

måndag 19 november 2012

Step Back In Time

I love vintage patterns. And I love knitting for my one-year-old niece. And this is the result.

The skirt should have been a little wider maybe, like the original pattern. But I was afraid that it would become too baggy and hard for her to move around in.

 The yarn is eco and handdyed cotton from Huskroken that I bought years ago. Knitted on 2 mm needles (US0). So yeah it took a while.

But it was well worth it.

She must have been the best dressed girl dancing – or perhaps not dancing – around the maypole on Midsummer.

Next year she will probably have outgrown this dress. But not to worry. There are plenty more vintage patterns where this came from.

I also want to thank everyone who left a comment on my last blog post. I still haven´t figured out how to respond to comments, but any day soon. It´s great to be cheered on.

tisdag 6 november 2012

I Solemnly Swear...

I suspect that we all have our UFO´s. And some of us have more than others. I know that I have my fair share.

But I´m still in a severe state of shock after checking on Ravelry when exactly I started knitting this sweater:

 It was in November almost exactly four years ago.
I would have guessed two or possibly three years – but four!

There were a few problems with the design and that is what made me abandon the poor thing.

Firstly, it was the bottom edge. It kept curling. So I unpicked the bottom row, picked up stitches along the edge and knit a facing that was folded up and sewn into place.
The new picot egde looks a lot neater and it solved the problem with the curling.

Secondly, I had knit one sleeve and had used it as a kind of swatch so the colours were all over the place. 

It also had a problem with curling, so I decided to knit a new sleeve and make the edge in the same way with a facing that could be folded up and sewn into place.

One sleeve is finished and the second sleeve is half done. This photo was taken a little while ago.

Now I only have to figure out how to knit the neck band.
But  I solemnly swear that this sweater shall be finished before the end of this year.
You will be my witnesses.