Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot at Oslofjord Museum

Monday morning was cold with grey skies when model Emma Ross, Michael and I set off from our house in Ørje, driving to Vollen, Asker for the photoshoot at the Oslofjord Museum. We were early but photographer Eivind Røhne had already arrived and so had the second model I had booked for the day, multi talented Kaja Kvernbakken. Kaja is also a designer herself in addition to a novelist, translator and former book editor at Cappelen Damm. This time I had thirteen garments plus accessories to photograph hence I thought a second model would be essential. Some of these designs are secret so you will not see these photos until late this autumn. Fortunately, Kaja was available to model that day. Below you see me talking to Kaja, as I am planning the jewellery borrowed from Kaja Gjedebo Design. I am wearing my Brewster Cardigan first published in knit.wear Wool Studio Vol. I.

Our base was the lecture hall at the Oslofjord Museum, where we had plenty of space. I began by hanging all the garments to photograph including the clothes to wear beneath, then unpacking the shoes, assisted by both Em and Kaja before makeup & hair artist Sissel Fylling arrived. When that was done, Eivind and I walk around in the area and found five different backdrops. Above is the last one we picked. In the meantime, Sissel arrived and we updated her on our plan as well as on the colours of my designs. We decided that both models should have their hair up due to the many collars and cowls, plus extra makeup around the eyes. Below you see her styling Em’s hair.

We began photographing the series of new designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikkull, next to a small black wooden building, one of the museum buildings. The colour of the building matched the designs perfectly. I wanted one photo of the models together since I have a jacket and a pullover with same cable, so that was the first shoots that Eivind did. Below you see us finishing off that first series, just before we moved to the second location, the corten wall outside along the museum.

After photographing half of the second series, we decided to break for lunch. It was noon and we all had an early start. Just as at the Vigeland Museum, I had ordered catering from Eckers at Frogner in Oslo. The food and smoothies had arrived even before we did so our contact person Anita had taken those in for us. I have taken even less photos than I usually do, since my hands were full (read: with knitted accessories, belts and shoes). Michael was assisting Eivind with the reflector at times, hence he did not photograph all the designs.

I wanted to show this photo of Eivind in action, photographing Kaja. He was alternating between his two cameras and had both hanging from his camera belt when they were not in use. At this point we were just in front of Anita’s office window. Luckily, she was in a meeting and not sitting at her desk while we were outside. Kaja has a large shoe size but managed to squeeze into my red shoes, below worn together with the O-Chem Tunic published in Interweave Knits Winter 2019. The design was returned to me from the US a few months back, hence needs new photos before I can release it after one year. Sissel is fantastic on hair & makeup styling and does her magic all the time. As a former model she is also very quick to spot and correct any flaws. I imagined her giving Kaja a spell – not that she needed it – but take a look at Sissel’s hand movements!

Designer and author Tove Fevang, who lives near by, popped down to say hello so we had a quick chat before we continued to our last backdrop and photographed the last designs, all in much shorter time than I had anticipated!

Michael made a behind the scenes video which will be available for all my patrons on Patreon only, after he has edited it. While Eivind used his drone to make a video, and below you can see him instructing Em. The drone video will also only be available for all my patrons. So if you are interested in learning more about my life as a designer and want to support me, choose your level based on the rewards here:

We had a fun day and it was a magnificent photoshoot! Thanks to my brilliant team! I look forward to showing you the new designs – I still need to finish off those patterns – as well as selecting from Eivind’s photos!


Cablewing Sweater in Familien 10/2019

I am delighted to have yet another design the Cablewing Sweater featured in the bi-weekly Norwegian magazine Familien. It is the second time the sweater is published in the magazine, first time was the special issue Familien Strikkebok from August 2013 with photos taken by their in-house photographer Esten Borgos. I decided to photograph the sweater again in the spring of 2017, and below you see Alexandria Eissinger with hair & makeup by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design photographed by Eivind Røhne.

Cablewings surrounded by lace gives this sweater a flowery expression. The A-line shape with lace along each side, paired with the double round neckband, is a flattering on many bodies. The pullover is knitted in the round to the armhole in a classic cream colored pure wool with bounce, Embla from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. A large matching wrap gives the sweater a regal look and it is warm, practical, but also decorative.

The body is knitted in the round up to the armholes and then flat to shoulders. The lace panel incorporated in the cablewing pattern is worked on each side of the body to decrease in. When you decrease for armhole, neck and sleeve top work stitches along the selvedges in reverse stocking stitch to avoid decreasing inside cablewing pattern.

The pattern is available in sizes S to XXL, with a bust circumference of 90 to 122 cm/35.5 to 48″. The Cablewing Sweater is knitted using 4 mm/US 6 and a stockinette gauge of 22 stitches and 28 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ square. Both the English and the Norwegian pattern is available from both Ravelry and from Loveknitting.


Corra Knitted by Siret

I was thrilled to see the amazing photos Siret took of her daughter wearing Corra, “… at the end of the world – at the Panga cliff. Panga cliff is the highest bedrock outcrop in western Estonia and its islands. Its maximum height is 21.3 metres and it runs for about 2.5 km. Panga cliff is situated right on the coast, cropping up like a ‘wall’, and its highest point used to be an ancient ritual site where people were sacrificed to the sea. We made photos in the lower part of cliff”. Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, writes about her yarn choice on her project page: “Tinde yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is from Norway. Pure wool yarn, slightly rough at the beginning, but after washing, wonderful! Great for twisting cables. I recommend warmly trying to knit it.test knitted size large with smaller needles to achieve a size medium”.

“Another cable-rich pullover created by Linda Marveng, which needs to be knit, especially if you’re an addict to cables. Corra pullover is richly covered with sophisticated cables. Sleeves are more modest in terms of cables, only two simple cable lines. The Corra pullover has a slightly fitted waist. What a great way to train memory and hand skill by twisting cables!”. Thank you so much for test knitting Corra and taking these amazing photos, Siret!

The design was made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of  86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″. The pullover is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 needle and with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The Corra pattern is available in English and Norwegian in my Ravelry store and on  Loveknitting.


New Design: Vela

Last summer I received a Facebook message from the acknowledged designer Elsebeth Lavold (Viking Patterns author)  that she and her husband musician-turned-photographer Anders Rydell would drive past our house on their way to her relatives in Norway, from their home in Stockholm, Sweden. She wrote that she would love to meet me in real life (IRL) and asked if I was up or inviting them for a cup of coffee or tea. It takes about 5 hours from Stockholm to our house, close to the Swedish border so I was happy to offer them lunch and asked if Elsebeth could bring a couple of balls of her two most popular yarns, Silky Wool and Hempathy. She asked what colours I preferred and I gave a few. A month later in June, they appeared and Elsebeth was bringing me several bags of yarns. She wanted me to have enough yarn to make a whole project. I was so taken back but extremely grateful and flattered.

I choose Kingfisher Blue 61 of Hempathy, a divine bright blue shade, and was given 10 balls. Hempathy is made of 41% cotton, 34% hemp, 25% synthetic fibres and comes in 50 gram balls with 140 meters/153 yards. It drapes lovely and has a melange look with an uneven texture. When I finally came around to testing it, I decided to hold it double and use a larger needle size a 5 mm/US 8. So guess what happened? I ran out of yarn! As luck would have it, I heard that my friend and agent Thomas Kvist of House of Hobbies had just made a deal with Knitting Fever to distribute all their yarns, including the Elsebeth Lavold Yarns. All I had to do was ask him to send me another bag of 10 balls and he did.

If you, like me, you might think that Elsebeth is American with Swedish decedents, due to the fact that her first book ‘Viking Patterns’ was published in the US and in Sweden, you are wrong. The fact is that she is half Norwegian and half Danish. I was very surprised to hear this, even more so since she speaks Norwegian, Danish, Swedish (they are all similar but with very different pronunciation) and American as a native, so I could not figure it out and had to ask her.

My idea for Vela was a trendy oversized summer sweater, knitted sideways with a center join made by a 3-needle bind off, so that it would hang perfectly on the body. I decided to make the sleeves narrow to make up for the oversized body. Maybe add a rib at the bottom at the end, or not. I wanted an easy pattern a combination of garter stitch, stockinette stitch and an eyelet row. When I tested them out in the yarn they nearly disappeared, hence I held two strands together and got the result I wanted. I ended up without the rib at the bottom of the body, since I liked it without any ribbing. The neckline on the other hand was given a twisted rib and so was the bottom of the sleeves.

With extra yarn left over, I decided to make a large cowl. In Norway the summer temperature can vary a lot and you might need a cowl. I also feel that a long cowl makes the pullover dressier. Here is the result, photographed on me down by our power station and the Halden Canal. I am wearing size XS/S and have graded it in two more sizes: M/L and XL/2XL.

Finally, here is a detailed photo of the back. I will come back to the date for the test knit later, when I have finished all the new designs for the photoshoot on Monday 27th of May at the Oslofjord Museum.

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Corra Pattern Released

The test knit of Corra, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, has come to an end, and the pattern has been corrected as well as improved. I am delighted that the pattern is now available in both Norwegian and English in my Ravelry store, and in English on Loveknitting. A yarn kit with Norwegian pattern is available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. My test knitters did a wonderful job correcting and improving the pattern, and their wonderful versions can be seen on Ravelry. I will soon share a few versions here. I loved seeing Emma Ross wear it at the Vigeland Museum last November. Sissel Fylling did her hair and make up. The stunning jewellery is by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Eivind Røhne captured it all.

This elaborately cabled pullover with slightly fitted waist is named after the Prophecy Goddess. Two large cable panels are divided by a small cable that ends in a Henley neck, framed with an I-cord. Unlike the body the sleeves only have two small cables surrounded by stockinette stitch, so all the focus is on the body. Corra is knitted in pieces in the divine Hillesvåg Tinde.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Shown in size Small
Skill level: Experienced

Finished measurements:
Bust/hip: 86 (92, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/33.75 (36.25, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)“
Waist: 78 (86, 94, 100, 110, 120) cm/30.75 (33.75, 37, 39.25, 43.25, 47.25)”
Length: 62 (63, 64, 65, 66, 67) cm/24.5 24.75, 25.25, 25.75, 26, 26.5)“
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.50)”

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 260 m/284 yds, 100 g). The sample is knitted in Blue Turquoise 2129; 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins; 1143 (1248, 1388, 1493, 1668, 1843) m/1250 (1365, 1518, 1633, 1824, 2015) 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.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 straight needle.
3.5 mm/US 4 (40 cm/16”) circular needle for neck band.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers (removable), cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st, after blocking measures 10 cm/4” square.
40-sts Corra cable measures 15 cm/6” across (at widest point).
64-rows Corra cable measures 21.5 cm/8.5” long.

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The front has 2 pattern repeats before the v-neck part of the Henley neck begins, then 2,5 when the round neck begins, while the back has 3 pattern repeats.


Catwalk at Fefor Strikkefestival 2019

The highlight of the Strikkefestival/Knitting festival at Fefor Høifjellshotell/High Mountain Hotel at Vinstra in the Gudbrandsdalen was the the catwalk. All the designers were asked to have at least one model for the catwalk, as you can imagine this was easier said than done, since they had to be free to go to the hotell from Saturday to Sunday and also fit into the sample garments. I was very fortunate that my sister-in-law Marianne Spæren Marveng said yes, and that she could also bring a friend of hers – Tove Wahl – too! The designer Helle Siggerud was able to persuade her daughter to step in on a short notice. While Heidi’s partner had no choice, he had to take part, since Pinnedans (Heidi and her sister Mette) needed a male model. Above you see Tove wearing my Sculpted Frost, while I am wearing my Yellow Gold Pullover knitted in Jamiesons Spindrift.

 Above you see him wearing one of May Britt Bjella Zamori’s new designs in brioche. He enjoyed his debut on the catwalk and did a great job, I think!

Helle’s daughter who has done this before but now also wearing Kari Hestnes’ popular Suzanna design knitted in a stunning orange shade of Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Ask. Kari is talking about it at the back.

Another of Kari’s designs: Fransk Lilje knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed worn by one of her models who she also uses for her photoshoots.

Here is Tove wearing one of Helle’s designs: Veslemøy a pattern available in her Norwegian book: Strikk til alle tider.

This pullover, designed by Helle was perfect on Marianne.

Nina presented her book Knitting with Gradients and here is the Inside Out Skirt worn by one of Kari’s experienced models who loved turning around in it.

I thought this was a fun photo to end with, even though it shows us going onto the stage. Helle, Nina and I are wearing our own designs. I also had my birthday on Saturday, and had the birthday song sung to me, twice. First at my workshop, just after Kari came by to take some photos and told everyone present and second at the catwalk. A waiter came with  a piece of cake with fireworks on after everyone there had sung the birthday song. So that was fun and a great ending to the Saturday evening. I had a fabulous time at Fefor Strikkefestival and enjoyed meeting knitters, designers and my family members 😉


Strikkefestivalen at Fefor 2019

For the first time I attended the Strikkefestival/knitting festival at Fefor Høifjellshotell/High Mountain Hotel at Vinstra in the Gudbrandsdalen. Designer Kari Hestnes asked me last year if I wanted to attend and hold workshops as well as a talk there, from the 3rd to the 5th of May.

I was delighted to accept and Michael wanted to join me. My sister-in-law Marianne Spæren Marveng and her friend Tove Wahl took the challenge to become my models for the Saturday evening Catwalk. Neither of us stayed in the historic amazing suites dating back to 1902 pictured on their website but in the newer wing of the hotel. After a very warm April, we drove from Ørje to Vinstra and had snow on the way up, during the five hour long drive. The nearby Fefor Lake was still frozen, see the photos above.

We arrived just in time for lunch on Friday, then we had time to look around before the opening of the festival at 5.30 pm. Lunch was a small buffet with soup of the day and a large selection of cakes. There are several lounges and salons to sit and knit in. A total of nine stands were placed in some of these: Designers: Helle Siggerud; May Britt Bjella Zamori; Pinnedans (read: Needle dance – sisters; Heidi and Mette) and Kari Hestnes. Yarn dyers: Nina Petrina and Hege Dagestad. Yarn spinners: Amadeus Angora and Natur Gull. Yarn shop: Håndarbeidsstua. Kari showed us around the knit cafe areas, the dining hall and the large conference hall where I also would hold my workshops: Flettestrikk Masterclass/Cable Knitting Masterclass and Engelske Mønstre/English Patterns.

Before dinner at 7 pm, I used the opportunity to meet Nina Petrina in person and look at her hand dyed yarn – all dyed on Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk pelt wool and lambswool bases. She presented gorgeous colours and the book “Strikk med Gradienter”/Knitting with Gradients available in English on Ravelry.

Photographed by Nina but also with design by other designers. I also caught up with May Britt, Pinnedans and Helle. It was also fun to meet new knitters and friends from Ravelry there. Some Norwegian knitters seem to be on all or many of the knitting festivals I attend; Hello Marianne Skatten and Lill-Ann Borgen!

Breakfast began at 7.30 AM and we were ready for it by that time on Saturday. I had my first workshop at 9.30 AM to 1 PM, so Michael helped me set up the room. 13 participants had signed on for my first workshop: Cable Knitting Masterclass. Above you see us all in action, captured by Kari Hestnes. After my workshop, my sister-in-law Marianne and her friend Tove arrived in good time for their catwalk meeting with Kari. Marianne is size Extra Small and her friend Tove is size Small so they were both perfect for my sample garments as well as some of the other designers samples. I had an hour to spare and decided to try the swimming pool before my talk.

Kari chose the Digital Knitting talk, and everyone was welcome to join in, if they wanted. After my talk most of the knitters rested before dinner at 7 PM and the catwalk at 9 PM. I rested in the bar with my knitting and talked to Kari. This was her 6th and last as knitting festival general. New generals are May Britt Bjella Zamori and Hege Dagestad, they were presented at the closing do on Sunday afternoon. Above you see me presenting Tove wearing my Gyda jacket with Gyda Cowl knitted in Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Ask, photographed by Marianne Skatten. I am wearing my Yellow Gold Pullover knitted in Jamiesons Spindrift.

There were strong spotlights on the catwalk so all the photos became a bit washed out. All the models were told to relax and have fun. There was no need to take this too seriously. It worked, they all seamed to enjoy themselves, even though it was the first time for some of them. Above you see my sister-in-law Marianne wearing the Harding Cardigan knitted in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. In the background you also see the Pinnedans sisters.

Here is my Oydis Sweater with the Oydis Cowl worn by one of Kari’s models whom she also uses for her designs. Michael has taken many more photos of the catwalk and I will share more of those, but I will end this blog post with a photo of Pinnedans that shows some of the fun we had.

Of course it is an advantage to be two when present your designs, it is so much more fun… I had a wonderful weekend in the best company! More photos of the catwalk will come next.


Oydis Sweater Pattern in Japanese

My popular Oydis Sweater pattern was published in English and Norwegian in 2016.  Above you see it photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by Alexandria Eissinger with makeup & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at the Ekeberg Restaurant in Oslo.

Now, the pattern is also available in Japanese, translated by Tomoko Nishimura, I am delighted to say. Here is the introduction in Japanese, followed by the English version:

Shadow Diamond Cable (シャドウ・ダイアモン ド・ケーブル=ダイヤモンド型の交差模様)と 裾のカーブが特長的なAラインのセーターです。 裾はアイコードで縁取り、脇と襟ぐりにはガー ター編みを施しています。カウルと合わせて着 用してもしなくても、幸運の女神 Oydis にぴっ たりの装いです。前後身頃は往復に編むのに対 し、袖とカウルは輪に編みます。繊細なツィー ド糸とチェーン撚りのアルパカ糸を引き揃えて 編むことで、編み目が美しく浮き出て艶やかな 編み地に仕上がります。

A shadow diamond cable dominates this a-line sweater with a curved flattering hem. I-cord bands frame the bottom of the sweater, while garter stitches mark the sides and the round neckband. The sweater, with or without the cowl to dress it up, make the outfit ideal for the Goddess of good luck; Oydis. The body of the sweater is knitted flat, while the sleeves and the cowl, are knitted in the round. A fine tweed yarn is held together with an alpaca lace yarn, with a chain construction, to create a fabric with a beautiful stitch definition and a slight halo.

The pullover is available in sizes XS to 2XL, knitted in a DK weight yarn (or two lighter weight yarns – e.g. lace and fingering weight – held together) using a 4 mm/US 6 needles with a 20 stitches and 30 rows in pattern gauge. For more versions take a look at the Ravelry pattern page.

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Next Photoshoot Venue: Oslofjord Museum

My next photoshoot will be on Monday 27th of May at the Oslofjord Museum  in Asker, on the west side of Oslo. I got the idea last year after seeing designer Nina Granlund Sæther post a lovely photo from the beach in Vollen. If you follow my blog, you know that I was holding a talk for the Norwegian Knitting Association back in March in Asker and since we were staying with Tove and Geir, I suggested to them that I would like to go there on Sunday to have a look around. They took Michael and me around the whole area. Above you see the entrance area with Tove’s reflection in the glass. The wall has the same rusty cor-ten wall panel as at Bøler Church in Oslo, where we had a photoshoot in October in 2017.

I had initially planned to have the nearby marina as a base but that is a rather long walk from the beach and the museum. Hence the museum will be our base. Yes, we will have to pay a fee for photographing at the museum, both inside and outside. Hopefully the weather will be good enough for us to photograph outside. Photographer Eivind Røhne gave me a couple of Mondays, when the museum is closed, as options before I sent a message to model Emma Ross. Em could do the first date, so then I booked hair & make up stylist Sissel Fylling.

The coffee shop at the museum is also closed on Mondays, so I checked with Eckers, who I used last time, if they could deliver and I was relieved to hear that they could. So now, I am working on finishing the new designs. Luckily I have had help from my fantastic sample knitters Grete Jenssen and Kristin Nygård. I could not have managed to knit all the new designs myself. I am planning to have seven new designs ready and to add three that has been returned back to me from Interweave in the US. You will know when I post the behind the scenes blogpost after the shoot.