Born in Norway – from an early age I was fitted out in my mother’s designs and developed a fashion interest. When old enough to draw, I created my own designs and I discovered knitting. I had learned to knit by the age of ten, but did not become an addict until years later, when I took my revenge on my crafts teacher by knitting a Fairisle coat. Failing to meet my own exacting standards, I opted for a more secure college course – business management – and neglected my knitwear design interest.  After years of studying and working for architects I had a career change and returned to Oslo. My knitting projects became increasingly ambitious – sweaters and jackets had to be designed by an acknowledged designer to attract me. I returned to London, married an Englishman, and started work for Rowan as a Design Consultant at Peter Jones. I assisted customers on their pattern and yarn choice and professional designers on their workshops. With a direct line to the design department and access to all their yarns in addition to being part of the such an acknowledged yarn company I was in yarn heaven. Then I discovered that an even bigger yarn heaven had opened in Islington, in London. Developing workshops for Loop was my ticket to it. Fairisle, Lace Knitting, Knitting Bonanza, Professional Finishing Techniques and Knitting for Improvers were held at the new shop. After more than 5 years of work at Loop, I left summer of 2011 to concentrate on finishing my Norwegian knitting book: ‘To rett en vrang. Designstrikk’ published by Cappelen Damm in January 2012. I returned to my beloved Oslo with my English husband. Then I began designing for Thomas Kvist Yarns, before it closed down, but it did not take long before I submitted designs to the Norwegian magazine Familien, and later also to Made By Me. I am currently designing in addition to translating knitting and crochet patterns to and from English; proof reading knitting patterns; holding presentations and knitting workshops.


18 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Alt det du får til rører ved alt i meg som kalles fryd, Linda. Dette er så velfortjent. Du er en hardtarbeidende, rådyktig og vakker kvinne! GRATULERER. Stå på!

  2. I Halden Husflidslag har vi strikkekafe og vil gjerne ha besøk av deg
    med foredrag om boken din o.l. Har du mulighet til å besøke oss, kan
    du sende meg en e-mail.

  3. Dear Linda Marveng
    I am professor of Kyushu Sangyo University of Japan: Takashi KOIZUMI who is studying Nordic architecture and design.
    Now I am making a new book (written in Japanese): Nordic Architecture Elements and Details. In this book I am going to
    introduce Bornholm art museum in the chapter of water design.
    I found your photo of the waterway of the museum in your blog.
    It is very suitable for this theme.
    Could you permit to use your 1 photo( the detail of stair with waterway) in my book.
    I would like to inform the detail of this matter.
    If possible, please teach me your e-mail address.
    If you would reply about it, I would be pleased.

    Best regards
    Takashi KOIZUMI

  4. Dear Linda Marveng.
    I simply love you Embrae cardigan. I notice that it will be published in English at a later date. Could you please let me know when this will be available and how I can get a copy.
    Many thanks.

    • Dear Jean, Fantastic! Thank you so much. Yes, it will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning on 14th August. The test knit usually takes around 6 weeks before they are finished, and I have a queue of designs that needs to tested first, hence the late date. It will be sold digitally on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. I will send you an e-mail when it is available. Best wishes, Linda.

  5. Hi,
    I just ordered a pattern by you from Ravelry. It is the “the mohair poncho” pattern. My daughter loved it when she saw it. She is a dancer in Las Vegas, Nv and I love making things for her. My question is about the yarn used. You use a bulky #5 weight. I am finding it hard to find a #5 yarn in something she will like her in the States. I have found #4 weight that would look lovely done in your poncho pattern but am afraid of wasting time and money on it if it will not work up properly. Are you able to let me know if this would be feasible to do. #5 is 12-16 st. = 4″ and #4 is 16-20 st. = 4″. I would appreciate any and all advice you may be able to give me. Thank you for your time, Susan

    • Hi Susan,
      Thank you! That is wonderful to hear. Thank you! Yes, I know at least one #4 weight that has worked and that is Garnstudio Drops Air (65% Camelid – Alpaca, 28% Manufactured Fibers – Nylon/Polyamide, 7% Wool, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds), suggested gauge is 17 sts on a 5 mm/US 8. Find a yarn with a good yardage so it will not become too heavy. Siv used 12 skeins = 1557.6 meters (1703.4 yards), 600 grams of this. If you are on Ravelry you can see it here:

      Info on Ravelry on the yarn:
      You can buy this yarn from (per 50g skein):
      5,30 EUR / 4,60 USD / CAD / 4,60 GBP / 54,00 NOK / 59,00 SEK / 45,00 DKK / 7,25 CHF / 147,00 CZK / 1188,00 ISK / 22,50 PLN / 1643,00 HUF

      You can also get DROPS Air at an even better price by checking for deals in your country! Enter its colour chart and choose your country under the yarn pictures to see all the discounts!

      Good luck and happy knitting!

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