Oslo Design Fair August 2018

The summer came to an end and the Oslo Design Fair opened its door on last Wednesday, at Lillestrøm. It is a day to catch up with designer colleagues as well as yarn producers, and this time was no exception. First on the agenda was a visit to the Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk stand to see my latest collection exhibited and look at the new retailer brochure they have made. Above you see me talking to Øyvind Myhr with the sweater Lofn and the dress Sigyn in the background. Both are knitted in the lovely Sølje pelt yarn. Øyvind and Anette did want me to design 4 new designs and I am delighted to do so. Yes, I am wearing my Harding Cardigan, knitted in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, first published in Interweave Knits Summer 2016.

Here is another photo of the mannequins with the yarn kit and brochure at the floor. When Michael and I arrived at the stand, designer Kari Hestnes and co-author Hege Dagestad were there. They have recently written the book: Garnmagi med Plantefarging (Yarn magic with plant based dying), recently launched by Cappelen Damm. Kari to the left, next to Berit Løkken and Anette Toft both from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and Hege.

I also met up with Thomas Kvist of House of Hobbies. He is now the agent for Lana Gatto and the American Distributor Knitting Fever. Designers Iselin Hafseld and Tove Fevang, as well as Dagfinn Sigridson Skoglund –  Works Manager at Oslo National Academy of the Arts – were also there and I had coffee breaks with them all. It is such an amazing and inspiring day!

There was no fashion show but House of Yarn did have a video of their fashion show running on their large stand. There were plenty of new yarns to look at and fondle. As you can see I was way to busy to take photographs so I am lucky that Michael did.

Finally I wanted to show you one of the photos Michael took of the Japanese inspired coffee shop in hall C named Scandinavian Design & Lifestyle. The Coffee shop is designed by Anderssen & Voll, with furniture from Japanese Ariake and food from Happolati. In addition I took one photo of the glass gate (read: the floor to ceiling glass wall is on the left hand side), where new exhibitors were presented on one side and exhibitions between the food outlets on the opposite side. For the first time at Oslo Design Fair, Hall C will be open to the public, today Saturday 1. September. So if you are tempted and nearby, this is your chance. You can find more information on the website: Oslo Design Fair.


Photoshoot at Ekeberg Restaurant: Elora

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0299The bolero looked stunning worn by gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger on top of Judith Bech’s “Secret” wedding gown. Alexandria’s hair & make up is by Sissel Fylling and the jewelry is by Kaja Gjedebo Design. The beautiful photos are all taken by Eivind Røhne at the Ekeberg Restaurant last October. Elora and three other designs: Shinju, Adoe and Helka will be published in Norwegian in the special issue Familien Kreativ out on Monday 14th March. The English pattern to Elora will be test knitted in April in my Ravelry group before its release. Here is my introduction to the pattern: A beautiful reversible lace pattern adorns this bolero with a slightly longer scarf collar you can fold and pin as you desire. Garter stitches make up the edges of the bolero and divide the stitch pattern from the stocking stitch sides. Named after the giving of the laurel; the crown of victory and ideal for this garment made in a wool and cashmere mixture by Mondial. The bolero is worn over the wedding gown “Secret”, designed by Judith Bech.

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0324Mondial Gold is an exclusive mix of 80% wool and 20% cashmere on a 50 g skein with 175 m/191 yds. The sample is knitted in Cream 426, to show off the crisp stitch definition. The bolero is knitted using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a gauge of 26 stitches and 34 rows in stocking stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The yarn was generously sponsored by Mondial’s Scandinavian Agent: House of Hobbies. The sample was knitted by Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, to my utter satisfaction.

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0332The body of the bolero is worked in pieces from the bottom up, and is sewn together, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The bolero is slightly tapered. The collar width is in additon to the front and bust circumference so that it can be folded and pinned as desired. It is knitted in two parts that are joined and then attached around the neck, with extra length to hang loose.

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0360The bolero comes in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 85 to 126 cm/33.5 to 49.5″, waist circumference of 82 to 123 cm/32.25 to 48.5″ and length from 47 to 52 cm/18.5 to 20.5″. The length of the bolero as well as the scarf is one that easily can be adjusted by removing or adding pattern repeats.

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0309In the photos above you see the scarf collar folded in to create more volume to the neckline but it does look equally good just hanging flat or pinned together. The scarf collar width is in addition to the bust width so that it can hang loose as a scarf. The wedding gown with its feather mermaids tail had to be shown in all its glory, in my opinion.


Photoshoot at Ekeberg Restaurant: Shinju Shawl

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0476I am delighted to begin to show all the amazing photos that Eivind Røhne took of gorgeous Model Alexandria Eissinger/Sweden Models with beautiful hair & make up by Sissel Fylling, dresses by Judith Bech Design and jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design, KGD, at the Ekebergrestauranten in October. First out is the Shinju Shawl one of the four designs that will be published in Norwegian in the special magazine Familien Kreativ out on 14th of March. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in May before its release.

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0433Here is my introduction to the pattern: Love, affection and beautiful are all parts of the Japanese word for pearl and was perfect for this lacy shawl knitted in a luxurious fiber mix with both mohair and silk with beads attached on an Italian yarn from Mondial called Perle. Ruffled bell borders grace each end of the shawl and highlight Judith Bech’s “Secret”; a divine felted wedding dress with a mermaid tail.

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Here you can study the details of not only the yarn and shawl but also of the divine felted wedding gown called Secret designed by Judith Bech as well as stunning jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design, KGD: Jasminum Necklace and Ivy Hanging Earrings . Notice the bead on the yarn and the ones on the gown.

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0483The shawl is made from one short end to the opposite, with a ruffled bell border at each end, and garter stitch side stitches. You can easily adjust the length and width of the shawl by adding or removing stitch patterns as preferred. The finished shawl is 51.5 cm/20.25″ wide and 150 cm/59″ long. It is knitted in Mondial Perle (55% polyester, 30% kid mohair, 15% silk with beads, 25 grams, 85 m/93 yds) in Cream. The yarn was generously sponsored through their Scandinavian agent, House of Hobbies.

20151028 LM Ekeberg 0390If you are familiar with lace knitting you will see that all the yarn over increases line up just as the decreases does making it an easy lace pattern to knit. Mondial Perle comes in a few other colors, here is a photo from Tjorven, so if you do not need it for a wedding gown maybe you would want to make it for one of your cocktail or party dresses instead. Next series of photos are of Oydis.