Sidsel J. Høivik Book Launch & Knit Night on TV


Inspiring knitting gathering this coming Saturday at Gyldendal, the publisher of Sidsel J. Høivik’s book “Lekre masker og Lekne Sting”/Gorgeous stitches and playful stitching. I have been waiting for this book launch where Sidsel will present her book, garments will be displayed, yarn and books will be available for sale. Refreshments and free entrance, so there is no reason for not going in other words. Here is my review of the beautiful book lekre-masker-og-lekne-sting, that came out in June, and here are photos from the amazing space at Gyldendal: knit-cafe-at-gyldendal-publishing-house. I am looking forward to this and to the National Knitting Night on Friday, a slow television program with 10 hours of televised knitting from 20.00 to 06.00, see slow-tv-norwegian-movement-nrk. NRK is working on streaming the program online, according to their Head of Social Media, due to the enormous response for all over the world. I will post the link when it is available, see message from Head of Social Media below; on how you can follow and talk to them. In the meantime here is the trailer with English sound: nrk.


The Style Report by

DSCN1500Matches is a chain of exclusive fashion stores offering the best in new and established labels located in the London area. It is one of those places I miss browsing in, and where I have done quite a bit of window shopping. Indeed, I have found a few treasures at the end of the sale including a pair of sky high Camilla Skovgaard shoes I bought especially for the photoshoot of my knitting book, see this post: sneak-peak-1. They do have a online shop which is great site for inspiration, and even better is The Style Report a free printed magazine filled with the biggest trends of the season. Look at the latest designs from Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen just to mention a few. On the cover of AW13 is Julia Restoin Roitfeld, daughter of the former French Vogue Editor-In-Chief, Carine Roitfeld, and the star of Givenchy’a campaigns this season. If you feel tempted, you can choose between a print or a digital magazine here: matchesfashion.


Pierre Hetzel: Fragments 2013 at Åpent Bakeri

DSCN1466My husband and I went to the opening of Pierre’s new exhibition at Åpent Bakeri/Open Bakery a few weeks back. Yes it is him standing in the doorway in the photo above. This is his second exhibition at Åpent Bakeri, called “Fragments 2013” and shows “photos of 18 moments which made him stop and forget everything else for a second. Fragments from a life and a world filled with longing and happiness; to a smaller or a larger degree from France and Lebanon.” Those are the other two countries close to his heart, where he has family and friends. Pierre explains in the interview at that it is the daily moments that catches his attention; whether it is a situation, a movement or light that attracts him. Pierre is mainly driven by a wish to share the just these special moments with others. And I for one, is ever so grateful he does. Do look at the photos accompanying the interview and on his website: pierrehetzel. The exhibition will be hanging until late December, so do visit the exhibition and enjoy the moments he has captured so brilliantly, if you can.


Summer Leaves Pattern Released

Summer Leaves CoverI have been waiting to release this pattern in English since I wanted to include at least one of the photos we took at the photo shoot in September. The brilliant photographer is Kim Müller and the stunning model is dancer Francesca Golfetto. A deep rich wine red shade was the perfect choice for the leaf vines stitch patterned sleeves of this summer sweater. The A-line shape is created by the lace pattern frame and worked in twisted rib on each side of a body in stocking stitch; knitted in the round to the armholes, then flat. The lace pattern is the highlight of the sweater and relishes the beautiful mercerized Egyptian cotton, called Luxor from Hifa, see ull. I want to thank all my test knitters who checked, and suggested improvements to the pattern. You can see their versions on Ravelry where the pattern is available to buy and download: summer-leaves-sweater.

Francesca, Marveng Pucket

Size: S (M) L (XL) XXL

Finished Measurements:                                                                                                                      Bust: 90 (96) 104 (114) 124 cm/35.5 (37.75) 41 (45) 48.75″                                                         Hip: 110 (116) 124 (134) 144 cm/43.25 (45.75) 48.75 (52.75) 56.75″                                           Length: 74 (74) 75 (77) 79 cm/29.25 (29.25) 29.5 (30.25) 31″                                                     Sleeve length: 50 cm in all sizes/19.75″

Yarn: Hifa, Luxor (100% Egyptian mercerized cotton, 253 m/276 yds, 100 g): 6 (6) 7 (8) 9 skeins in wine red sh 345: 1290 (1442) 1645 (1898) 2150 m/1411 (1577) 1799 (2076) 2351 yds.

Yarn alternatives: Cascade Ultra Pima Fine (100% pima cotton, 50 g, 124 m/ 136 yds) cascadeyarns or Rowan Cotton Glacé (100% cotton, 50 g, 115 m/125 yds) knitrowan        Or another DK/8 ply.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needles (2 x 80 cm/32”) and (40 cm/16”) and DPNs.

Notions: 6 Stitch markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 24 sts and 31 rnds in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 equals 10 cm/4” square. 1 Leaves Pattern repeat equals 8×6 cm/3.25 x 2.25”

Notes: Body and sleeves are worked in the round until armhole, then flat. Sleeves are made extra long. Neck border is knitted flat. Stitch number on Leaves Pattern varies.

The pattern contains video links to techniques used, chart and schematic.


Photo Shoot Pics – Part One: Tyrol Jacket

Francesca, Marveng PucketAfter my recent photo shoot, I received 173 photos from photographer Kim Müller. I did manage to narrow it down to 50 photos but really struggled to pick the agreed 20 and ended on 22 photos of the stunning Francesca Golfetto which he then optimized. The first ones I would like to show you is of the Tyrol Jacket, knitted in the hand-dyed Madeline Tosh DK – see madelinetosh – since I have just announced the test knit on Ravelry. Indeed, a very popular one since there are only spaces left in the larger sizes; L, XL and XXL if you want to join, see Ravelry. My aim with the photo shoot was to have marvelous photos displaying an artistic elegance and sensuality. I achieved my aim, thanks to dancer Francesca Golfetto, photographer Kim Müller and my husband; the photo assistant!

Francesca, Marveng PucketI had asked Francesca to wear her hair in a loose bun and smoky eyes. Of course she obliged and looked divine despite taking part in the 3,5 hour long premier performance of the ballet I Fokines Verden/In Fokine’s World the evening before,  see photos here: Operaen. All she needed was an extra cup of coffee!

Francesca, Marveng Pucket

Francesca is a smaller size than I am, she is a typical XS; 30-32″ while I am a S; 34″, hence the Tyrol Jacket is worn with more ease on her than on me. I did find these cables with parts of reversible stocking stitches addictive hence I had to make a matching scarf. The bordering garter stitch do seem to make the cables pop out and I love that!

Francesca, Marveng Pucket

The Tyrol Jacket pattern will be released in my Ravelry store after the completed test knit, in January. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!


Ulluka – Campaign for Wool Week

DSCN1485It is that time of year again, the Campaign for Wool Week or Ulluka as we simply call it. I was delighted to be invited to the launch of the Wool in Fashion Pop-up shop at Glasmagasinet and the book launch of Ren Ull/Pure Wool last Tuesday. The shop is a co-operation between Designerkollektivet and Norwegian Fashion Institute, it represents more than 20 designers who work with wool and focuses on design talents among them: Makeløs reDESIGN, Telespinn, Sorl ved Strand and Judith Bech. The book is by Tone Skårdal Tobiassen – journalist and newly converted wool-fluff – and Ingun Grimstad Klepp, an ethnologist at Sifo, who has spent 15 years researching clothes habits and sustainability. I would have liked to share Ingun’s colourful crochet dress in green and blue stripes which had sheep walking across it but it was very crowded, and she was extremely popular. We were all given a small piece of yarn – a very appropriate identity tag – on entering which allowed us to venture outside the shop with our glass of wine or beer. The book covers the road from sheep to products, kills myths like all wool is itchy, tells wool stories never before told nor collected, and presents acknowledged designers, published by Aschehoug. A must-have in other words!


This treasured teddy is a very special teddy, it belongs to Per Spook of Haute Couture fame and he made his first clothes for it. The authors asked if he can knit and the answer was; “Yes, of course!”. The teddy was on a one-day loan only to the pop-up shop with his suitcase of garments displayed, you can see some of them pictured above in the book. The teddy was given to Per Spook just after WW2 when he was 6 years old… Here is his Winter 89/90 collection, see nasjonalmuseet.


I was drawn to the beautiful sheen of this mohair yarn from Telespinn. Here is their own description of it: “Symre is named after the flower Symre which there are several kinds of in Svartdal (in Telemark). Symre knitting yarn is a thin 2-ply knitting yarn which is very soft and shiny. Symre is spun of fiber from young mohair goats.” See more on their website: Telespinn.


See what Kristin E. Halkjelsvik, Makeløs/Exceptional reDESIGN, can do; the belt to the right is a former embroidered wall hanging, while her modern take on the Setesdal costume has both traditional silver brooches and new brilliantly coloured ones made in plastic by artist Siri Berrefjord part of the Designerkollektivet as well as stunning fabric combinations! Well, exceptional is part of her name and I was delighted to meet her outside of Facebook! See photos from her latest fashion show focusing on recycling of garments, cloth and traditional women’s handicraft called Redesign goes Jugend, here: glamor-st-moteshow.


I was also delighted to meet designer Sissel Strand behind the brand Sorl ved Strand whose garment construction I admired at the Designerkollektivet shop. I was also in good company, accompanied by another handknit designer, now employed by the yarn company Du Store Alpakka, Sidsel J. Høivik whose knitting book I love, see my blog post: lekre-masker-og-lekne-sting! A perfect way to spend an evening, in other words. The Wool in Fashion Pop-up Shop will stay until the 19th October, so if you are in Oslo, you know where to go…


Ellinor Flor

DSCN1482Ellinor Flor is a Norwegian Textile Artist, well known for her hat designs. They are closest to her heart because they shroud your thoughts and dreams, she explains in this astonishing but old television clip from 1985, see youtube. Even if you do not understand the language, it is worth looking at the hats and magnificent outfits, including knits. Yes, Ellinor Flor did published a knitting book, it is mind-blowing but not new, published by Samlaget in 1991, and it is what I wanted to share; Rosa Heimafrå/Native Rose. Not only does it contain 28 patterns, beautifully photographed but also the knitting history of the Selbu traditional pattern, and a selection of Ellinor Flor’s selected exhibition work. All the photos have captions in English, while the remaining text is written in dialect and New-Norwegian. The book is still available from bookstores in Norway and from the publisher: Samlaget.


It is hard not to be captivated by her designs; bold colours with strong geometric shapes. These photos show four of the hand-knitted designs in the book and the cover shows Ellinor Flor modelling her own design; a coat trimmed with mink fur. All the designs are knitted in pure wool yarn from Rauma, mainly Finull (4-ply/fingering weight – see raumaull) and most of them using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles. A book to treasure and to be inspired by.



New Design: Tyrol Jacket

_DSC0622Inspired by the melange soft pink color – not unlike the evening sky – and adorable Tyrol cables with their flower-bud shapes, I have designed an elegant fitted jacket with a v-neck. The saddle sleeves allow the cables to flow all along the shoulder. A loose scarf with cables sewn into a tube works as a second shawl collar and adds textured volume. The jacket is knitted in the hand-dyed Tosh DK using 4 mm/US 6 with two different dye lots, and I choose to use the darker batch for the sleeves and scarf. Yarn was ordered from Eat.Sleep.Knit. It was initially sent as a design submission to Twist Collective but only made it to the short list, hence the lack of a progress report until I decided its future fate. It was professionally photographed last Sunday – I cannot wait to see it – and will be published in my Ravelry Store after test knitting in my Ravelry Group.

_DSC0639Part of the cable is knitted in garter stitch so it was easy to choose it as the background and then stockinette stitch bands for the largest possible contrast to both stitch patterns. All the bands are knitted, then folded to the wrong side and attached. I wanted the cables to continue through the bottom band and nipped each part of it together on the wrong side, then joined with mattress stitches. The buttons I chose are a little too big, but I could not resist their sculptural quality and vintage look.


Above is the swatch photographed last winter. The snow is supposed to be white but then the colour of my swatch is way too Salmon. I would love to see it knitted in another colour, and hope I can tempt some of you into a test knit, coming up soon.


Photo Shoot

DSCN1458Last Sunday I had a photo shoot! The first one, I have organized since doing it for my book. I did not need to look for a photographer nor model since I knew exactly who I wanted: Professional Photographer Kim Müller and Dancer from the Norwegian National Ballet; Francesca Golfetto – see her bio and marvelous performance photos here: Operaen. Kim photographed my book with a magic touch, and Francesca captured my design dreams. Finding a date that suited both, and at the same time allowed me time to finish off two garments, was a lot harder. Sunday 29th of September it was, and my husband volunteered as a photo assistant with the hope of learning some tricks from Kim. We hoped the rain would stay away, and were ever so grateful to wake up to a cloudy but dry day. Seven garments were to be photographed and I had carefully planned what Francesca should wear with each one, including instructing her on make-up and hair. The photo location was Tjuvholmen at the end of Aker Brygge/Wharf in Oslo. We began next to the Astrup Fearnley Museum and ended up on the stairs outside of Bølgen & Moi where we had a well deserved delicious lunch halfway through the shoot. Above you see the stunning Francesca wearing the Regal Purple Jacket, currently being test knitted in my group on Ravelry. I had a brilliant day, thanks to Kim, Francesca and my husband! I cannot wait to see all of Kim’s photos and show you my latest designs!