I went to Saturday’s Knit Café at Gyldendal, where there were 3 workshops to choose from, samples from recent published books: “Strikkesidas favoritter”/Knittingpage’s favorites, “Voksne ingen adgang”/Kids only, and “Heklelyst”/Crochet desire, fashion show with designs mainly by Kristin Wiola Ødegard and Sidsel J. Høivik from each of their first books and the second ones to be published next year, raffle with proceeds going to the charity Kirkens Bymisjon/The Church City Mission. The banner above says “Come and Knit with Gyldendal, Open House, Knitting Day, Workshops, Knit café and more. Come and be inspired by our knitting book authors! From 15.00 Fashion show. Please someone who is dreading Christmas. We want to spread some light and warmth in the city at a time which is extra difficult for many. If you need a scarf, it is yours.” I met several knitters, editors and authors I know so I had an enjoyable afternoon in good company.
Here is one part of the presentation of the book “Voksne ingen adgang”/”Kids Only” by Heidi Grønvold and Anna Enge – the women behind the yarn brand Pickles. This is the first book they have published at Gyldendal, but they have published books previously on their own.
Here is the end of the fashion show, with author Sidsel J. Høivik in the door entrance. As you can see it was a popular even with about 150 knitters present and the yarn shop Nøstet Mitt provided an essential shop stand, since not everyone had brought enough materials for the workshop. Some knitters did not need any excuse to buy more yarn.
Models wearing garments designed by Sidsel J. Høivik who held one of the three workshops on offer: Useful techniques and ideas to decorate your knitted garments. Bente Myhre held a workshop on crochet for beginners, while the Pickles girls held a workshop on their Islandsk Soloppgangsjal/Icelandic Sunrise Shawl and how to work the little crown stitch – which looks like a row of sunrises, see a useful video here: pickles.no/islandsk-soloppgangssjal.
Finally the two authors and designers: Kristin Wiola Ødegård with “Strikk med raske pinner” and Sidsel J. Høivik with “Lekre masker og lekne sting”. Kristin’s new book is out in January while Sidsel’s new book is out in August next year. We are all waiting with anticipation after this fashion show!