What is 8.2? The length of the Akerselva, the river running through the city of Oslo and the most appropriate name for the project to co-ordinate art, culture, research and experience along the river. Halfway down (or up) is Lilleborg, the former soap factory, with the exterior intact and so far, housing the bakery Kolonihagen and with the main part of the building still vacant. On Thursday the large room was filled to the brim with the launch of the project “8.2”, initiated by property developers; Brødrene Placht with guest speakers from Teknisk Museum/The Norwegian Museum of Technology, Vulkan and Byantikvaren/Oslo Cultural Heritage Management, as well as entertainment from nearby Det Andre Teatret among others. It was unfortunately raining a lot of the time, but the barbecued food and interesting talks plus entertainment made it into an enjoyable afternoon. Why was I invited you may ask? I must admit that my husband is the consultant to the owners of Lilleborg, and responsible for the architecture and graphics, see marveng-puckett.com/på-vei.
My Ravelry group is now 2 years old! There are now more than 900 members and my fear that only a few would join was needless. I am so pleased to have attracted so many knitters! It has been another thrilling year with many test knits of my English patterns, showing off of finished garments, discussions of different knitting techniques, chatting and bi-monthly free pattern pdf draws just to mention a few of the topics in this lovely group. I am delighted to have met so many new knitters. So it is time to celebrate that two years has passed! How can I best do this? By organizing a draw in my group with exciting prizes like yarn kits, a copy of my printed book with additional English patterns sent by e-mail, and free pdf patterns from my Ravelry store. All you have to do is join my group if you have not already done so, and answer my question (dead easy: are you attracted to a design by its name?) in my Ravelry group. I will use Random org to pick winners based on the number matching the response/posting on Sunday 7th. June. Here is a list of the prizes, and a good reason to join, see ravelry.com/groups/linda-marveng, in my opinion:
1. prize: Hifa Norsk Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 100 g, 260 m/284 yds) 9 skeins in a color of your choice – 20 stunning shades to choose from, see link together with the pdf pattern of my Cable Round in English. The yarn has been generously sponsored by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
2. prize: Hifa Ask (100% wool, 100 g, 315 m/345 yds) 6 skeins in a color of your choice – 86 solid shades and 16 melange shades to choose from, see link for solids and see link for melange shades, together with the pdf pattern of my Lattice Back in English. The yarn has been generously sponsored by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.
3. prize: Borg Tussah Silk 20/2 (100% tussah silk, 100 g, 950 m/1039 yds) now unfortunately discontinued, 2 spools in taupe 2568 from my stash together with the pdf pattern of my Variations by Linda Marveng in English.
4. prize: A copy of my printed book in Norwegian with plain text English patterns sent by e-mail.
5. prize: A pdf pattern of your choice from my Ravelry Store, See link.
6. prize: A pdf pattern of your choice from my Ravelry Store.
7. prize: A pdf pattern of your choice from my Ravelry Store.
One of my favorite jackets, Jacket in Cross, from my knitting bok was selected to be part of my Nordic Vintage series, by Mary-Ann Astrup former editor to Made by Me, to my delighted. You can see the designer portrait, she wrote about me on Egmont’s blog: Tusenideer.no At our photoshoot it was worn by the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger at Pholk with beautiful hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling, brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne. The Norwegian pattern was printed in Familien Trend in February, while the English pattern with a new chart and schematic is available to download from my Ravelry store. Here is my introduction to the pattern: Missoni’s thin and featherlight garments inspired me to design this jacket that can be tied in the back or front. I chose a neutral but fashionable color, namely Taupe in a thin Tencel yarn, a newer form of viscose, knit double with a divine gloss. The pattern creates an intricate cross effect and looks a lot more complicated than it is to knit. Extra long sleeves adorn the hands.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL)
Finished measurements: Bust: 82 (90, 98, 106, 114) cm/32.25 (35.5, 38.5, 41.75, 45)” Length: 38 (38, 39, 39, 40) cm/14.5 (15, 15.25, 15.25, 15.75)” Sleeve length: 56 cm/22″
Yarn: Valley Yarns, Tencel 8/2 (100% Lyocell, 453/1lb cone, 3072 m/3360 yds). Sample is knitted in Taupe: 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) cones; 2550 (2916, 3290, 3610, 3994 m/2789 (3189, 3598, 3948, 4368) yds. http://www.yarn.com Note: Yarn is held double throughout.
Yarn alternatives: Jagger Yarn, Zephyr Wool Silk 2/18 held double (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 454 g/1lb cone, 4609 m/5040 yds) http://www.jaggeryarn.com/wholesale-yarn-lines/zephyr-wool-silk.php Drops, Lace held double (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 800 m/874 yds, 100 g) http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/yarn.php?id=100
Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32″). 3 mm/US 2.5 DPNs. 2 sets of 2.5 mm/US 1.5 circular needles (120 cm/48″) for collar.
Notions: Cable needle, stitch markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.
Gauge: 32 sts and 34 rnds in Alternated Twist pattern using yarn held double and 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square. 28 sts and 36 rnds in st st using yarn held double and 2.5 mm/US 1.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square.
Notes: The stitch pattern is stretchy and knitted loose to create a sculptural effect. The extra long sleeves are knitted in the round, while the body is knitted flat. Adjust the length of the ties if preferred.
It does feel like a proper spring with plenty of rain and plants looking greener by the day. I am still waiting for warmer temperatures, so that I can enjoy our marvelous terrace. May is the month of bank holidays here in Norway, but also the month of anniversaries for me: Birthday, Wedding and Ravelry Group. In fact it has been named “Marvengulous” by one of my Ravelry group moderators. I am busy preparing another photo shoot at the end of the month, knitting as obsessed to finish the new designs – including the one for Interweave Knits Winter 2016 issue – as well as planning the anniversary draw in my Ravelry group with several yarn kits and patterns as prizes. More information will be revealed shortly but in the mean time, do join my Ravelry group unless you have already done so, in order to take part in the anniversary draw. Enjoy the Spring!
Yes, was the obvious answer I gave to the question, from a good Ravelry friend of mine – who is also one of the founders of Austrian Yarn Club – if I wanted to teach at the Wollness Wochenende, Friday 16. to Sunday 18. October, at Steinschalerhof, on the outskirts of Vienna. It was an offer I could not refuse, in fact, I could barely contain my excitement. I will be teaching two different workshops in English: Professional Finishing and Lace Knitting. Both workshops will be split in two half-day sessions, to make sure everyone is in retreat mode. My husband was more than eager to join me, and is currently planning our program for the extra days in Vienna we have added at the end. The workshops, most of them in German, are still being organized, so I will post a full program when it is ready. More fabulous news followed as I am not the only foreign designer invited, so is Polish Hanna Maciejewska of Hada Knits. I am so excited to meet her, as well as my Austrian Ravelry friends. Booking in not yet open, but if you are interested in attending, do join the Austrian Yarn Club on Ravelry and send an e-mail (to email@example.com) confirming your interest. I am so looking forward to this knitting retreat, and hope to see you there! To be continued.
The Lyre Bolero was part of the Jugend Love series I designed for Made by Me, and Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik of Makeløs/Remarkable styled it with a hand embroider table cloth as a skirt, it was stunningly worn by Pia Cecilie/Team Models with beautiful hair & make up by Janne Skarpeid Hermansen and shoes by Monica Stålvang, all brilliantly captured by photographer Eivind Røhne. The bolero inspired test knitters to make it longer with cables or ribbing as a hem or attaching the belt and use it as a wide hem. See some of the different version on the pattern page on Ravelry where it is now available for sale in English. Here is my introduction to the pattern:
Delicate lyres made by lace and cables stitches used in panels surrounded by stocking stitch makes this bolero perfect to use on top of a wide dress or skirt on a cold day. Lyre Bolero is fitted and begins just above the waist with increases to the bust. Worked in parts to add stabilizing seams, but with long sleeves worked in the round. A stunning cummerbund made of tucks adds length and elegance.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Finished Measurements: Bust: 84 (91, 98, 106, 116, 126) cm/34 (35.75, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)” Waist: 65 (72, 79, 87, 93, 113) cm/25.5 (28.25, 31, 34.25, 36.5, 44.5)” Length: 37 (38, 40, 42, 44, 46) cm/14.5 (15, 15.75, 16.5, 17.25, 18)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.50)” Cummerbund: Tuck lengths: 69 (76, 83, 91, 97, 118) cm/27.25 (30, 32.75, 35.75, 38.25, 46.5)” Tie length: 25 cm/9.75″ Height: 9 cm/3.5″
Yarn: Hifa, Embla – Hifa 3 (100% wool, 100 g, 210 m/229 yds). Sample is knitted in Dark Blue Purple 6078. http://www.ull.no Bolero: 3.5 (3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5) skeins; 672 (735, 798, 872, 966, 1060) m/734 (803, 873, 954, 1056, 1159) yds Cummerbund: 1.5 (1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2) skeins; 231 (252, 273, 305, 315, 389) m/252 (276, 299, 333, 343, 425) yds
Yarn alternative: Cascade, 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 100 g, 201 m/220 yds). http://www.cascadeyarns.com Berroco, Ultra Alpaca (50% Wool, 50% Alpaca, 100 g, 197 m/215 yds) http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-ultra-alpaca Madeline Tosh Pashmina Worsted (75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 100 g, 192 m/210 yds. http://madelinetosh.com/store/index.php/yarns/psh-worsted.html Or another worsted/10 ply yarn.
Needles: 2 sets of 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for sweater and cummerbund. 4 mm/US 6 DPNs or circular needle for magic loop method.
Notions: Cable needle. 6 stich markers: 2 for sides, 4 for pattern. 6 stitch holders. Yarn needle.
Gauge: 21 sts and 25 rows in Lyre Pattern measures 10 cm/4″ square. 19 sts and 25 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.
Notes: The bolero is worked flat in pieces, while the sleeves are worked in the round. Discontinue the Lyre Pattern and continue in st st when dec. The cummerbund can easily be adjusted to your waist measurement by adding or detracting stitches to the numbers given; the tucks are made to meet but not overlap. The ties are added on the width of the last hem.
I am pleased to announce that I have released the Cable Round Sweater pattern in English, after the test knit in my group on Ravelry. Stunning model Pia Cecilie/Team Models with hair & make-up by Janne Skarpeid Hermansen, vintage clothes styled by Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik of Makeløs/Remarkable, ankle boots by Monica Stålvang and cufflinks by Siri Berrefjord, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne. The Norwegian pattern was first published in the Jugend Love series in Made by Me in the autumn of 2014. Here is my introduction to the pattern: The light denim blue colour in the stunning pelt yarn from Hifa, captivated me. I chose a round cable with a band on. By framing the cables with a rib, the sweater became figure hugging and a perfect accompany to your favourite jeans or trouser. It ends with a square narrow neckband so that you can choose if you want to add the matching cowl.
Sizes: Sweater: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) Cowl: One size
Finished measurements: Bust: 86 (92, 98, 104, 116, 128) cm/ 33.75 (36.25, 38.5, 41, 45.75, 50.5)” Length: 54 (55, 56, 57, 58, 59) cm/21.25 (21.75, 22, 22.5, 22.75, 23.25)” Sleeve length: 46 (46, 47, 48, 49, 50) cm/18 (18, 18.5, 19, 19.25, 19.75)” Cowl: Circumference 34 cm/13.5″, length 124 cm/48.75″
Yarn: Hifa, Pelsullgarn in sh 1113 Light Denim Blue (100% Norwegian pelt yarn wool, 100 g, 260 m/284 yds). http://www.ull.no/garn/ullgarn/norsk-pelsull Sweater: 4 (4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6.5) skeins; 884 (988, 1092, 1196, 1404, 1616) m/967 (1080, 1194, 1308, 1535, 1767) yds. Cowl: 2.5 skeins: 637 m/697 yds
Alternative Yarns: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool, 50 g, 133 m/144 yds). http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-ultra-alpaca-light Jamieson’s, Double Knitting (100% wool, 25 g, 75 m/82 yds) http://www.jamiesonsofshetland.co.uk/spindrift-and-double-knitting-1-c.asp Rowan, Tweed (100% wool, 50 g, 118 m/129 yds) http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/rowan-tweed Malabrigo, Arroyo, (100% superwash merino, 100 g, 306 m/335 yds) http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/subyarn.php?id=29 Or another DK/8 ply yarn.
Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 (80 cm/32″) circular needle for sweater body. 3.5 mm/US 4 (40 cm/16″) circular needle for neck band and cowl. 3.5 mm/US 4 DPNs for sleeve or circular needle for magic loop.
Notions: Cable needle, 11 stitch markers (2 for side, 9 for pattern) and yarn needle.
Gauge: 21 sts and 28 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 20 sts and 28 rows in rib measures 10 cm/4″ square. 1 Cable measures 5.5 cm/2.25″ across. 3 Cables with 3 sts rev st st on each side measure 17 cm/6.75″ across. Or needle to match gauge.
Notes: The Sweater, both the sleeves and the body are worked in the round to the armhole and then worked back and forth in rows. The cowl is worked in the round as a long tube, and then the ends are joined together.
I designed a large drapey snood in a luscious tencel, which feels like silk, for my Norwegian knitting book: To rett en vrang. Designstrikk. Ruby Snood was stunningly worn by dancer Francesca Golfetto, with hair & make up by Line Sekkingstad and brilliantly photographed by Kim Müller. The English pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store. Here is my introduction to the Ruby Snood: Cone after cone, color after color of luscious Tencel 8/2 at Handweavers Studio in London made my feel like the ground vanished from under me. I managed to short list a few colors and favoured this deep glossy red color, Ruby for a snood. You can wear it in different ways as a top, hood, belt or as a cowl. Find your own favourite color or make your own melange color!
Size: One size
Finished measurements: Circumference: 62 cm/24.5″ Length: 158 cm/62.25″
Yarn: Valley Yarns Tencel 8/2 (100% Lyocell, 1 lb/454 g cone, 3675 m/3360 yds). http://www.yarn.com Sample is knitted in Ruby: 1 cone: 3311 m/3621 yds. Note: Yarn is held double throughout pattern.
Alternative yarns: Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 held double (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 454 g/1lb, 4609 m/5040 yds) http://www.jaggeryarn.com Drops, Lace held double (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 100 g, 800 m/874 yds) http://www.garnstudio.com Fyberspates, Srumptious Lace held double (45% silk, 55% merino, 100 g, 1000 m/1093 yds) http://www.loveknitting.com/fyberspates-scrumptious-4-ply Or another 2 ply/lace weight yarn held double or 4 ply/fingering held single.
Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (40 cm/16″). Or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: Stitch marker and yarn needle.
Gauge: 29 sts and 36 rnds using double yarn in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square.
Notes: The snood is knitted with double yarn in the round, and is made with a provisional cast-on method so it can be grafted together. Or use an ordinary cast-on and mattress stitch together if preferred. Stripes of st st and reverse st st are made by turning the work.
Stunning model Pia Cecilie/Team Models, with hair & make up by Janne Skarpeid Hermansen, is wearing vintage styled clothing by Kristin Elise Halkjelsvik of Makeløs/Remarkable, Bettina ankle boots by Monica Stålvang, and my Icelandic Jacket, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at Bjørnulfgården in Fredrikstad. The pattern was first published in Norwegian in our Jugend Love series in Made by Me in the autumn of 2014. The English pattern has been test knitted and is now available in my Ravelry Store. Here is my introduction to the pattern: Inspired by Iceland’s wild nature, I have designed an a-line jacket with a cable spine panel in fine tweed on the back, framed by stockinette stitch in a lush silk yarn mixture with tucks in a matching tweed on the cuffs. To show off the cable panel on the front, I made it into a cowl.
Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2XL) Cowl: One size
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: 70 (71, 72, 73, 74) cm/27.5 (28, 28.25, 28.75, 29.25)” Sleeve length excluding cuff: 45 (45, 46, 46, 47) cm/17.75 (17.75, 18, 18, 18.5)” Cuff length: 8 cm/3.25″ Cowl: Width: 15 cm/6″ Length: 102 cm/40.25″
Yarns: Col 1: Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace 2/18 in Juniper (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 4608 m/5040 yds, 454 g/1lb): 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) cone or 2 (2, 2, 2, 2) spools of 100 g; 1015 (1074, 1136, 1257, 1359) m/1110 (1175, 1375, 1486) yds. http://www.jaggeryarn.com/wholesale-yarn-lines/zephyr-wool-silk.php Col 2: Rowan Yarns, Felted Tweed DK in Watery 152 (50% merino, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose, 50 g, 175 m/191 yds): 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) ball; 70 (90, 110, 130, 150) m/77 (98, 120, 142, 164) yds. http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/felted-tweed-dk Col 3: Rowan Yarns, Rowan Fine Tweed in Wensley 371 (100% wool, 90 m/98 yds, 25 g): 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) balls; 250 (260, 270, 280, 290) m/273 (284, 295, 306, 317) yds. http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/rowan-fine-tweed Cowl: Col 3: 4 balls; 342 m/374 yds.
Alternative yarns: Col 1: Garnstudio, Drops Lace (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 100 g, 800 m/875 yds) http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/yarn.php?id=100 Col 2: Rauma, Puno Petit Alpakka (56% alpaca, 10% merino, 34% polyamide, 50 g, 175 m/191 yds) http://www.raumaull.no/produkter/garn/alpakka/puno-petit-alpakka Col 3: Pickles, Merino Tweed (100% wool, 100 g, 380 m/415 yds) http://shop.pickles.no/en/products/yarn/pickles-merino-tweed/
Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (40 cm/16″) 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (60 cm/24″) 2 sets of 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32″) Adjust needle to match gauge.
Notions: 3 buttons (17 mm/28L, 0.70″) and 3 sets of snap fasteners to attach on the back. Special ordered buttons on sample are made by Siri Berrefjord, see http://epla.no/shops/sirisskattkammer/ 8 Stitch markers, cable needle, stitch holders and yarn needle.
Gauge: 30 sts and 32 rnds using Col 1 in st st after blocking measures 10 cm/4″. 25 sts and 16 rows; 1 cable pattern using Col 3 measures 6 cm/2.25″. 20 sts and 30 rnds using Col 2 in st st measures 10 cm/4″.
Notes: The body is knitted in three panels; Left Panel, Right Panel and Spine Panel. Each side panel is sewn to the Spine Panel and has an interfacing front band which is knitted simultaneously and then folded back. The bottom hem on the side panels is knitted into place. The sleeves with their tuck cuffs are knitted in the round to the armhole and then worked back and forth in rows. The cowl is identical to the Spine Panel, just longer and joined at the short ends.