Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot at Ekeberg Restaurant

XT1A6088 cropOn Wednesday we had a fantastic day at the Ekeberg Restaurant – on a hill overlooking the city and the fjord – only 5 minutes from where we live. Photographer Eivind Røhne picked up model Alex Eissinger/Sweden Models at the train station Oslo S as she arrived by the Airport Express Train – flying in from Copenhagen – while hair and make up artist Sissel Fylling drove the short distance to the restaurant. As usual Sissel wanted to cut the model’s hair, and since this is the second time around for Alex she let Sissel do exactly what she wanted to do. Just as the rest of us do… My husband was the photo assistant, technical support and also the paparazzi according to Eivind. He has taken these two first photos of us on the veranda at the restaurant above, and me still planning the outfits below. I had borrowed 4 amazing wedding dresses and a fringe skirt from designer Judith Bech but used only two of them in the end.

XT1A6004First, I booked the photographer Eivind Røhne, then hair & make up artist Sissel Fylling, followed by model Alexandra Eissinger (An American living in Malmø in Sweden) and last, the restaurant. Everyone could do the same date to my immense relief. I finished knitting and sewing in buttons the night before the photo shoot with at lot of assistance from sample knitter Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, who knitted the last jacket in just 8 days. You can see the back of it in the photo below: It is one of four designs to be included in the Norwegian magazine Familien Håndarbeid out in March, before they are test knitted and published in English.

DSCN0340I must admit I cannot remember what Eivind was explaining at this point in time, but I can assure you we had plenty of laughs throughout the day! A total of 9 garments were brilliantly photographed, and for me they came alive on the gorgeous Alex with beautiful hair & make up by Sissel and passed the quality control unlike seeing them on myself. As usual we did test out a number of possible photo settings like Alex standing in the high window sill – too much light; sitting on the floor – too tight a dress; sitting on a chair with a curtain behind her – too much like a portrait. In the end we used the veranda a lot, the window in the large “Festsal” and the back stair case outside.

DSCN0351Above you can see the view from the veranda facing the other side. All these windows are opened up during the summer and give a spectacular view of the fjord and the city center. You might recognize the fringe skirt from my previous photo shoots – this time in a light tan color – I have borrowed the black one, twice already from designer Judith Bech. The jewelry is borrowed from Kaja Gjedebo Design just as last time. I had also borrowed shoes from Monica Stålvang but ended up using two of the pairs I bought for the photo shoot of my book; both by Danish shoe designer Camilla Skovgaard. We had hoped that both dress designer Judith Bech and former Made by Me editor Mary-Ann Astrup would join us, but with pneumonia (it did not help that Judith had her plane ticket ready), nor did plenty of work for Mary-Ann, they did not make it. However, the rest of us had a great lunch at the restaurant and finished well in time before the light faded in the late afternoon. Thanks to brilliant team work! I cannot wait to see a selection of all the photos Eivind took!


Atika Pattern Released

Atika COVERFinally, I have been able to release Atika. The cowl and the loose sleeves were stunningly worn by Alexandria Eissinger at Pholk, with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling, dress by Judith Bech, jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo and brilliantly captured by photographer  Eivind Røhne for the Norwegian magazine Made by Me. I am thrilled that I have been able to gather the same team again – hence the delay in releasing this pattern – and our photo shoot is today – more will be revealed later.  As usual my test knitters had some great suggestions for improvements of the English pattern, and I followed their advice. Below is the essential pattern information.

ATIKA                                                                                                                                                        A cowl to warm your shoulders or your neck. Or why not wear it as top with matching loose sleeves gracing a stunning dress like this designed by Judith Bech. Both the cowl and the loose sleeves are knitted in the round using a beautiful reversible stitch pattern called Hearts of Oak with both texture and a drapy edge. Make your own perfect yarn by combining a lace weight yarn like the luscious Dreamline Soul from Du Store Alpakka with a fingering yarn like Merino Tweed from Pickles.

Sizes:                                                                                                                                             Cowl: One Size     Loose Sleeves: S/M (L/XL, 2XL)

Finished Measurements:                                                                                                    Cowl: Width: 26.5 cm/10.5″   Length: 109 cm/43″                                                                   Loose Sleeves: Bottom 23.5 (25, 28) cm/9.25 (9.75, 11)”. Top: 32.5 (34.5, 37) cm/12.75, (13.5, 14.5)”. Length: 40 (42, 44) cm/15.75 (16.5, 17.25)”

Yarns: Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline Soul (68% baby alpaca, 32% nylon, 25 g, 177 m/195 yds). Sample is knitted in DL214 Melange green/blue tones.                                       Pickles, Merino Tweed (100% wool, 100 g, 380 m/415 yds). Sample is knitted in PMT551 Mountain Far.           Note: Yarns are held together throughout.                                                                            Cowl: 3 skeins of Dreamline Soul, 2 skeins of Merino Tweed; 424 m/464 yds of each yarn.   Loose Sleeves: 2 skeins of Dreamline Soul, 1 skein of Merino Tweed; 318 m/348 yds of each yarn.  Or another DK/8 ply yarn held singularly.

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for cowl. 4 mm/US 6 DPNs for loose sleeves. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: 1 m/1 yard thin round elastic for loose sleeves, 3 stitch markers and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rnds in st st using both yarns held together measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Notes: The cowl is knitted sideways and in the round. You can adjust the length by removing or adding pattern repeats of 10 sts. If you want to wear it twice around your neck, add 2 pattern repeats. The loose sleeves are knitted in the round to the end. An elastic band is threaded through the stitches on the wrong side of the top of each sleeve. Use knit-in elastic if you prefer.


Vienna Part Two

XT1A5884Our program in Vienna was so packed, just as the Wollness Weekend was, with plenty of knitting related events, in addition to a fashion show and sightseeing. We had 3 knit nights at Steinschalerhof and then a fourth in Vienna, again organized by the Austrian Yarn Club. Did I tell you that I have discovered Bingo? Knitting bingo that is; where all the numbers are replaced by well known pattern names, knit speak or a fun yarn fiber quote. Who wants to shout bingo when we can use knitting terms, right? Above is a photo from the Elke Freytag Fashion Show, we were invited to join curtesy of Teresa Schinwald of the Austrian Yarn Club.  The brilliant photo is taken by my husband! We all loved mingling with well known politicians and other celebrities, as well as watching the fashion show and the possibility to study all the garments.

DSCN0322Designer Hanna Maciejewska, aka Hada Knits, had arranged to meet her test knitter Susanne and she asked me if I wanted to join them. I would be mad not too, since I have enjoyed every minute of Hanna’s company as well as our exchange of experiences. Susanne turned up in the latest pullover she had test knitted for Hanna; Wien. It was beautifully knitted with a perfect fit on her. Hanna was wearing her own design: Endearment, while I was wearing my Gyda. To our joy Susanne took us to the Museum Hundertwasser, where the coffee shop look as charming as the outside did. Below you see a photo of the three of us, so happy to be sharing our knitting experiences.

23466682th_medium 2 cropI was overwhelmed to meet several of my test knitters and seeing so many of my designs at the Wollness Weekend – a total of 8 to my astonishment. Due to our tight program I was not able to photograph them all, but here is Anne Marie, aka anne1981 on Ravelry, wearing her stunning Lattice Back Jacket knitted in Schulana Donegal-Tweed.

XT1A5729On our last day in Vienna, Michael and I went to see the Edvard Munch exhibition at Albertina with Hanna and Daniel, and then to the Leopold to see their Klimt and Schiele collection. The atrium took our breath away with its height, light and scale. Just as most of the buildings in Vienna did…

XT1A5929I am still trying to land after this amazing trip to Vienna and the Wollness Weekend. Thank you Austrian Yarn Club for this opportunity!


Vienna Calling

DSCN0310 copyIsabella Mach, aka Isa, offered to take us back to Vienna directly to our hotel from Steinschalerhof and we obviously accepted in a flash. We arrived in a wet Vienna, unpacked and then located designer Hanna Maciejewska + husband, before we headed out for dinner and a long walk through the city centre of Vienna. We are all staying at the Hotel Wien in the 2.nd District with a walking distance to the city centre, recommended by Austrian Yarn Club organiser Irene Brenner who live nearby. Above is a photo of the landmark, St. Stephen’s Cathedral

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Irene and her husband took us sightseeing on our first day in Vienna. They are in the centre of the photo above. Of course we meet up with Ursula Koll – notice her love of bright colours, see pink shawl above – and then later on Teresa Schinwald, as well as the German visitors Betta and Andrea for coffee and cake at a famous café – as you do.

DSCN0288Before we left Steinschalerhof, we had a session with photographer Dominik Matyas who took a number of group photos. Isa was helping out, doing a hilarious hippo dance in the background. We will have to wait a couple of weeks to see all of his photos, since he was busy taking numerous project photos for most of the knitters present.

Dominik Matyas/

Dominik Matyas/

Above is one of the workshop photos he took of my Professional Finishing Workshop, part II. At the rail you can see a few of my designs I had brought to show off and to wear at the venue.

DSCN0276 copyThere was a yarn market at the Wollness Weekend, where knitters could destash and yarn shops display their yarn and knitting gadgets. Despite the fairly small room the selection was overwhelming!

DSCN0280 copyAbove is the stunning modified Gyda – from a jacket into a sweater with a wonderful deep square neck knitted by Ursula Koll, aka Grinsekatz on Ravelry. Yet another of my designs I spotted at the Wollness Weekend, to my utter delight. At the moment Ursula is finishing her Hennika, this time not only in pink but in a fluorescent pink. I cannot wait to see the finished result.

Yesterday, we went to visit Suncica Wilhelmer, an architect and a yarn shop owner who lives in the Rufer House designed by the architect Adolf Loos. Not only did we want to see her house but Hanna and I also wanted to check out her yarn selection and fondle some yarn. The name of her yarn shop is Wollsalon Sunshine Loop, and we were both tempted into buying several skeins of yarn. The yarn shop is located in the former kitchen, and I loved the fact that the owner wanted not only a window facing the street but also one facing the indoor staircase so he could spot the visitors from his office. In the evening Hanna and I were at their knit night. We finally managed to do some more knitting…


Wollness Weekend

DSCN0255I had no problem spotting Isabella Mach, aka Strickizzy on Ravelry, at the airport in Vienna, not only was she wearing my Lattice-Back Jacket but she was also holding onto a skein of yarn, since I had only seen photos of her online before. Isabella had knitted like obsessed to finish the jacket in time for my arrival, even though it was not because I demanded it, see below. The skein of yarn was the idea of the organisers’ of The Austrian Yarn Club. Isabella took Michael and me in her little car to the location of the Wollness Weekend in the beautiful hills of the Pielach Valley, to the family-run Nature Hotel Steinschalerhof.

DSCN0258 copyI was delighted to meet some of the organisers but also a number of the knitters that had already arrived for the weekend in addition to the designer Hanna Maciejewska, aka Hada Knits also accompanied by her husband, Daniel. As all addicted knitters (minus two husbands) we had to do some knitting before we all went to dinner in this charming hotel. The Steinschaler kitchen is ecological, with a lot of the vegetables and herbs grown in the kitchen garden, and the portions are extremely generous. No wonder, last year’s participants gained quite a lot of weight.

DSCN0257 copyAfter dinner, we continued to knit into the late hours, before we gave in. The breakfast did match the dinner and I will work my way through the huge selection including numerous home made jams and juices. After breakfasting for a couple of hours we continued to knit. My first workshop Finishing part 1 began in the afternoon and will continue today in the morning. I am enjoying all the knitting and the possibility to lower my shoulder back into the right position.

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Morning Sky

XT1A4272Tomorrow I am off to Vienna for the Wollness Weekend, and I cannot wait! I so look forward to meeting a number of my Ravelry friends in real life as opposed to online. Before I go I plan to submit another design to Interweave, and do some serious knitting for my upcoming photoshoot at the end of the month. I am pleased to say that I do have excellent sample knitting help in Grete Jenssen, aka ma9, so I can achieve all my goals for it. In the meantime I wanted to show you this marvelous photo my husband took from our terrace of the moon early one morning a few months back in July. Enjoy the view, we do!


Talila Pattern Released

I am so happy to publish the English version of Talila on Ravelry, with an introductory offer which will be valid until I am back from Wollness Weekend on the outskirts of Vienna on Thursday 22nd of October. Talila was recently published in Norwegian in the new digital magazine “På Pinnen” for members of Norsk Strikkeforening/Norwegian Knitting Association. The set was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne in May, worn by gorgeous model Anne Dorthe/Team Models with hair and make up by Sissel Fylling, statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo and boots by Monica Stålvang.


Just as the morning dew, they are named after, these cables move from one end to another across wrist warmers and all over a divine large cowl, with a matching clutch. The warm accessories are knitted in the beautiful Norwegian pelt yarn, Norsk Pelsullgarn from Hifa to make the cables soft and the background texture pulsating. The set is knitted in the round but can easily be adjusted by adding a pattern repeat or stitches in garter stitch. The clutch is reinforced and has magnetic bag closures.

Sizes: Cowl: One Size. Wrist warmers: One Size. Clutch: One Size

Finished Measurements:                                                                                                   Cowl: Height: 26 cm/10.25″. Circumference: 108 cm/42.5″                                               Wrist warmers: Circumference: 22 cm/8.75″ (can be stretched to 26 cm/10.25″). Length: 26 cm/10.25″                                                                                                                   Clutch: Width: 22 cm/8.75″. Height: 13 cm/5″

Yarn: Hifa, Norsk Pelsullgarn (100% pelt yarn, 100 g, 260 m/284 yds). Sample is knitted in Burgundy 1104:                                    Cowl: 2 skeins; 416 m/455 yds                                                                                                     Wrist warmers: 1 skein; 161 m/176 yds                                                                                       Clutch: 1 skein; 255 m/279 yds                                                                                                      Set: 3.5 skeins is sufficient for set: 832 m/910 yds

Alternative Yarns: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool, 50 g, 133 m/144 yds).                           Jamieson’s, Double Knitting (100% wool, 25 g, 75 m/82 yds)          Rowan, Tweed (100% wool, 50 g, 118 m/129 yds)                                                          Malabrigo, Arroyo, (100% superwash merino, 100 g, 306 m/335 yds)                                                                 Or another DK/8 ply yarn.

Notions: Cable needle (cn), 4 stitch markers and yarn needle. Firm table mat to be cut into two pieces: 30 by 22 cm/11.75 by 8.75″ and 6 by 22 cm/2.25 by 8.75″, magnetic bag closures (19 mm/0.75″), sewing thread and sewing needle for clutch.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for cowl and clutch. 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for clutch. 3.5 mm/US 4 DPNs for wrist warmers.

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rnds in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 23 sts and 32 rnds in cables measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Notes: Cowl is knitted sideways, in the round as the wrist warmers, both with centering stitches making a ladder to frame the pattern. Adjust the width by adding pattern repeats of 10 sts or an equal number of garter sts in each end of the round. The clutch is knitted in 2 parts; a main part knitted in the round in pattern and st st for lining and divider. Reinforce it with e.g. a firm place mat which is put inside the main part. The divider is folded and attached in the sides, the bottom and then a pocket is made by sewing seams on the inside.


Eira Pattern Released

It is awhile ago since I released Eira in English on Ravelry, but I have not yet announced it here until now. Gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger at Pholk, brilliantly styled by Sissel Fylling, is wearing a beautiful linen silver printed dress by Judith Bech and perfect flats called Elisabetta black by Monica Stålvang, all magically captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at Hvalstrand Bad. The Norwegian pattern was published in the Nordic Vintage series in the new magazine Familien Trend which briefly took over after Made by Me, at the end of February.


A sporty looking cowl with a matching belt knitted in a reverisble rice pattern closed with snap fasteners was the idea for Eira; A Norse name meaning merciful. A thin drapey mercerized cotton called Hifa, Perle, held doubled, seemed ideal for these accessories.

Size: One size

Finished measurements: Cowl: Height: 20 cm/7.75″                                                   Length: 120 cm/47.25″                                                                                                                     Belt: Height: 10 cm/4″                                                                                                               Length: 72 cm/28.25″

Yarn: Hifa, Perle 12/6 (100% mercerized cotton, 200 g cone, 670 m/733 yds). Sample is knitted in Grey 18370.                                                                                                                  Cowl: 1 cone; 555 m/607 yds                                                                                                      Belt: 1 cone; 270 m/295 yds                                                                     Note: Yarn is held double throughout.

Alternative yarn: Patons, 100% Cotton 4 ply (100% cotton, 100 g, 330 m/361 yds) Mondial, Cotton Soft Speciale Baby (100% cotton, 50 g, 180 m/197 yds)                                                                                   Elann, Lustrado (100% cotton, 50 gm, 169 m/185 yds)                                                               Or another fingering/4 ply yarn to be held double throughout.                                                   Or another DK/8 ply yarn held single.

Notions: Waste yarn, 3 snap fastners for belt (1.5 mm/0.059″) and yarn needle.

Needles: 2 sets of 4 mm/US 6 circular needles (80 cm/32″). Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Gauge: 21 sts and 26 rows in st st using yarn held double measures 10 cm/4″ square. 20 sts and 28 rows in Rice Pattern using yarn held double measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Notes: Both Cowl and Belt are knitted flat. The Cowl is cast on with a provisional cast-on using waste yarn which is removed at the end so that it can be grafted or bound off with 3 needles to join into a loop. The Belt only comes in one size but can easily be adjusted to your preferred waist length by adding or removing pattern repeats. It is closed with snap fasteners and has a folded hem.


Familien Photoshoot: Talila

20150529 Linda Marveng HO 635Talila was also photographed at the end of May, worn by the gorgeous Anne Dorthe/Team Models with beautiful hair and make up by Sissel Fylling, fantastic statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo and stunning Carmen boots by Monica Stålvang, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne. The pattern is recently published in the new digital magazine called På Pinnen/On the Needles for members of Norsk Strikkeforening/Norwegian Knitting Association, and will be released shortly in English on Ravelry. Here is my introduction to Talila: Just as the morning dew, they are named after, these cables move from one end to another across wrist warmers and all over a divine large cowl, with a matching clutch. The warm accessories are knitted in the beautiful Norwegian pelt yarn – Norsk Pelsull – from Hifa to make the cables soft and the background texture pulsating. The set is knitted in the round but can easily be adjusted by adding a pattern repeat or stitches in garter stitch. The clutch is reinforced and has magnetic bag closures.

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The set is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 and 3 mm/US 2.5, and comes in one size. The cowl and the wrist warmers can easily be adjusted in size. I began knitting a swatch in the round in this lovely burgundy yarn and discovered I might as well make it straight into a wrist warmer. Hence I did make a second before I asked Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry to assist me and knit the cowl. It was Grete’s marvelous idea to also make a clutch to go with the set and used a firm placemat, cut to size, to reinforce it. I did not need a lot of convincing, and loved the finished set! The yarn is generously sponsored by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

20150529 Linda Marveng HO 659The cowl is knitted sideways, in the round as the wrist warmers, both with centering stitches making a ladder to frame the pattern. Adjust the width by adding pattern repeats of 10 sts or an equal number of garter sts in each end of the round. The clutch is knitted in 2 parts; a main part knitted in the round in pattern and st st for lining and divider. Reinforce it with e.g. a firm place mat which is put inside the main part. The divider is folded and attached in the sides, the bottom and then a pocket is made by sewing seams on the inside. See the detailed photos below.

20150529 Linda Marveng HO 665Dorthe is wearing the amazing Karakoram large earrings and Hekla ring, both in oxidized silver, which fitted so well to the geometry in the stitch pattern as well as the melange yarn.

20150529 Linda Marveng HO 674The Norwegian pattern will also become available on Ravelry when the rights revert to me in 6 months time. But in the meantime the board of the Norsk Strikkeforening will also discuss to make the digital magazine available for non-members and I will keep you posted.