Milana Knitted by Heidi Torres

Meet Swedish knitter Heidi Torres, aka Heidi197 on Ravelry, who is one of my test knitters and patrons. I had the pleasure of meeting Heidi in Spain at Barcelona Knits back in 2019, at a workshop I was holding. Here she is wearing her stunning Milana for Halloween, knitted in Madeline Tosh DK Twist. The gorgeous orange shade is called High Plains Drifter. Heidi knitted size XL, with a 116 cm/45.75″ bust, using a 4 mm/US 6 needle to the given gauge of 20 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. On her project page, she writes: “The pattern is absolutely top notch, I didn’t do any mods at all, except for knitting in the round where possible.” I am so thrilled to hear just that!

As you can see from these photos, Heidi is extremely photogenic and always seem to have fun during her photoshoots!

The hand dyed yarn was ordered directly from Madeline Tosh, but this time she did not receive matching skeins. Heidi writes: “I didnt notice at first, so had to frog quite much where I had alternated the wrong two skeins. Then I decided to use the lighter skeins for the body and the darker skeins for sleeves, neckline and cowl (coming later) That way the color variation looks a bit more intentional.”

The final photo I will share is of the back, see below. The sweater was finished fittingly for Halloween, hence her chosen project name. The photos are taken at the cemetery where the leaves match the colour of the pullover! Thank you so much for these divine photos, Heidi!

The Milana pattern is available in English and Norwegian on Ravelry and on LoveCrafts, in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 160 cm/33 to 63″.

Here is my introduction to the pattern: Named after the sophisticated city of Milan in Italy, is this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. Two center cables travel towards the shoulder on the body with all their texture; Seed stitch, twisted stitch rib and cables. While a narrower matching cable adorn the sleeve with a panel of seed stitch. Milana is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and ends in a crew neck. A separate cowl can be worn as a crowning collar. The hand dyed DK – Merino/Silk/Yak yarn from Norne Yarn makes the cables pop and the texture shine in all its glory.


Barcelona Knits 2019 Part 1

I can confirm that Barcelona Knits! Several people have asked me just that after I told them I was going to the Barcelona Knits Festival 2019! What a festival it has been, I have had a blast and must admit that I have never been to a festival so well organised as this one! The four behind the festival, running for the second time around, are: Anna, aka misswasabi81; Marta, aka tricotoseando; Eva, aka lalanalu and Kiara, aka lalanalu. You can see them at the front in the Instagram photo below. Above you see me photographed against their wall, wearing the Yellow Gold Pullover.

The venue was the World Trade Center in the harbour, I was teaching in the Mohair Classroom and on the television screen outside the door was the name of the workshop, my name and my photo. The view from the classroom was magnificent, just take a look above.

All participants to each workshop received a free ball from one of the sponsors of the festival. I on the other hand received a large box from one of them: Las Hidalgas, a goodie bag from the festival and presents from one of the attendees after my first workshop.

On Sunday 17th, about 1,5 hour after the market hall closed, a group photo was taken of the organisers, vendors and workshop holders. You would not believe how far knitters had travelled to come to this festival. They had come from the US, Peru, Taiwan, Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and Spain, just to mention a few of the nationalities present. I even met two Norwegians I knew from Stavanger at the airport in Oslo going to the same event as me.

I knew that my test knitter, Heidi Torres was coming from Sweden together with three of her friends, since she wrote to me and told me that only two of them got tickets for my workshops “Smart Knitting Techniques” since they were too late in booking. Heidi, aka Heidi197 on Ravelry, was very easy to spot since she wore my design Mistale in a gorgeous bright pink. Above you see us, and I am wearing my Ena. After my first workshop, there were many that wanted to take a photo with me and that was fun!

Michael and I flew in on the Friday afternoon, leaving our house very early in the morning.  Barcelona Knits had booked our flights as well as the hotel for us, it was only about 10 minutes away from the venue. They also offered to organise a taxi from the airport, making it extremely easy for us. Arriving just after us was Susanne Sommer, aka SosuKnits, another workshop holder who flew in from Austria. We went sightseeing on Friday afternoon, before the festival began on Saturday morning at 9am. Just before the market hall opened, the queue to get it went around the inner courtyard, see above. For the second time, the festival hit another record with more than 2 000 visitors. The queue was still there, when I finished my first workshop, so I decided to visit the market hall on the Sunday instead.

My second workshop was “Perfect Fit” and not until 5pm. Straight after the workshop at 8pm, the “Tapas & Yarn Party” began. Michael had spent time in the backstage room (read: husband room) which had a fabulous supply of fruit, water, tea & coffee and snacks. Julie Dubreux, aka JulieKnitsInParis, who I first met at Bergen Strikkefestival; Isabell Kraemer, aka lilalu72, and Anna Maltz aka SweaterSpotter, who I first met at Vienna Wool & Design, all brought their husbands too. Above is one of the exciting yarns on offer in the market hall.

Eva introduced me to the yarn company Las Hidalgas, run by Alberto Diaz, who had asked to meet me and above you can see us talking. I discovered that one of the yarns he had showed me was not in the box I was given, so I came running back in on Sunday just after the market hall had closed. They had already packed down their stand but managed to find the ball I wanted!

The “Tapas & Yarn Party” on Saturday night was at a cool place called Ultramarinos at La Rambla only 10 minutes away from the World Trade Center. A smart move since I came straight from the second workshop to the party, which was limited to 200 people. Michael and I found seats next to the Norwegian yarn dyer Norne Yarn, who had a stand at the festival, and a lovely group of Spanish knitters & crocheters. The food was fabulous and never stopped coming, so many of us were too busy eating to actually knit! To be continued…


Hennika Knitted by Heidi Torres

_DSC8232_medium2I am so thrilled to show you these amazing photos of Heidi Torres wearing her Hennika. Heidi has taken part in many of my test knits and Hennika was no exception. She has not always been happy with the photos taken by her husband or one of her three children hence she decided to book a professional photographer, an idea she got from Sabine Brenner. Heidi chose the photographer P-O Gustavsson. The results are stunning and I love the fun that has been captured in some of these photos. Just take a look below!

_DSC8223_medium2Heidi knitted her jacket in Schachenmayr SMC Extra Merino in size XL without any modifications. Most of it she knitted on her holiday at the Maldives. We were fortunate to see some of her photos and you will find them on her project page on Ravelry where she is: Heidi197. Heidi lives in the US but spend a lot of time in Sweden. I love how Heidi has styled her jacket with orange and beige! All the colors suit her so well. Below you see a detail of the stitch pattern on the back. Thank you so much, Heidi!


Heidi has finished more test knits since knitting this and I, for one, cannot wait to see more professional photographs of her! The Norwegian pattern was first published in Familien Trend in February last year, now you can find it together with the English version on both Ravelry and on Loveknitting.