Knitter & Designer

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I am very excited to let you know that my first knitting book will be published in Norwegian by Cappelen Damm on the of January 2012. It contains sophisticated, flattering and fashionable garments knitted in luxurious fibers, inspired by the great designers such as Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Yohji Yamamoto, Donna Karan, Laura Biagiotti, Christopher Kane and Ivan Grundahl. An innovative knitting book filled with fitted jackets, oversized sweaters and shawls that can be buttoned up.

Meanwhile, I will tell you more about how I came to love knitting and how the book came to life.  Next month I will give you a sneak peak. My mum taught me to knit and has for more than a decade unraveled and fixed my knitting mistakes. Before I finally took the plunge and learnt that I could improve my knitting by solving my own knitting issues. I still remember my first pair of mittens: one for my hand and the other for a giants’ hand! Making a matching pair took me quite awhile to master… And no, I do not have any photos of the pair, it was way too embarrassing. They lived a short sheltered life in my drawer…

As I am sure you understand, it took a long time before I attempted to knit a sweater. It was in the glory days of Mohair, in the 1970’s, that I knitted a stripy sweater in very fashionable pastel colours. Every time I wanted to wear it, I already found it on my brother, who had claimed it as his. Ok, I thought I can knit him one and re-claim the first one. I chose some darker colours for my brother that suits him better like indigo, red and a bright yellow. Did he wear it? Of course not. He preferred the first one and I ended up wearing the second one. The pastel sweater received a second life when it was sent on to my younger cousins, whom – I am sure – loved receiving second-hand clothing. Unlike my brother, they did not form a bond with the sweater but guess who did? Yes, my uncle did. Bless him!