Workshop Pass & Mentee – New Tiers on Patreon

To those of you who asked for digital workshops, I have listened. My first recorded workshop is the Cable Knitting Masterclass, divided into 6 weekly lessons with a video and a pdf download, available in the Workshop Pass tier on my Patreon page. I have also added a Mentee tier with a one on one video chat and personalised help with your knitting or knitwear business or career advice.

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Join the Patreon Party

Join my party at Patreon to see all the new designs we photographed at our photoshoot on Friday 4th of December in the 28 minute long Behind the Scenes Video from the shoot, with more details in the monthly newsletter including an update of the organising of the shoot as well as other jobs I have done this month, and depending on the level you choose; a Monthly Video – the one above is 1 hour and 20 minutes long – together with a free pattern of your choice from my Ravelry Store. Both of these cover photos show the photographer Wenche Hoel-Knai, make-up & hair stylist Nina Hjertaas Bull, model Olivia Lindtein and myself in action at Sentralen in Oslo.

My Patreon Party also offers Sneak Peeks of new designs, 30% discount on all my self published patterns, 10% discount on yarns directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, test knit invitations, technical videos and more.

What you need to do is to join with a monthly subscription, do take a look at my Patreon page for more details about the different levels and join us. Thank you ever so much to all of you that have already done so!


Patreon Fan Club

First, I want to reveal that my next photoshoot is coming up on Friday 28th of May. The location this time will be Hvalstrand Bad Restaurant, where I had my second photoshoot with photographer Eivind Røhne organised by editor, of the former magazine Made by Me, Mary Ann Astrup back in 2014. I have seven new designs; 4 made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and 3 individual patterns I will release myself. Above is a detail of Varun, photographed by my husband in our back garden.

Second, I would like to invite you to become a member of my Patreon Fan Club – if you like my designs – and would like to see sneak peeks of my new designs, a monthly newsletter, bimonthly tips and techniques videos, behind the scenes on the photoshoot videos and discounts for my patterns as well as for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk yarns on all membership levels. Furthermore on the next levels you will receive one or two free patterns every month, early test knit invitations and a monthly video usually about an hour long, just to mention some of the rewards.

Third, I will of course reveal more about the photoshoot and my new designs, to a smaller depth here and my other social media platforms such as Ravelry and Instagram. I will leave you with the cover of my latest two Patreon videos, that reveal a photo of two of the new designs. Thank you to all of you who have joined my Patreon Fan Club! Until next time I wish you happy knitting and hope you stay well!


Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church November 2020

It was a dark and grey morning when we set off from Ørje to Mortensrud Church in Oslo on Friday 13th of November for our photoshoot. I had planned and booked Vardåsen Church in Asker, but due to stricter Corona restrictions they cancelled all arrangements including our photoshoot. Mortensrud Church, on the other hand, still have a few small events taking place and allowed us to have a photoshoot there. Model Olivia Lindtein was at the church, when we arrived. She had planned extra time this time as she was late last year, but so were we due to traffic chaos as a result of the extremely heavy snow. Photographer Eivind Røhne arrived next before Make-up and Hair Stylist Sissel Fylling turned up. Straight to work and it did not take long until Sissel asked Olivia if she could cut off about 7 cm/2.75″ of her hair at the back and shorten it around her face. Thankfully, Olivia agreed.

Eivind prepared his equipment, while I hang the new designs on the clothes rail, while Michael was making a Patreon Behind the Scenes Video. When I was done, Eivind and I had a walk around the church to decide which backdrops to use. We chose a couple of the same ones we used last November. Eivind suggested a small change to an old location and I went for three different backdrops. Three and not four since there was little good daylight due to the weather. Michael and Eivind moved the chairs so that we would have enough space to move around at the first backdrop.

I had eight new designs to be photographed, that I had finished a few days earlier, with a lot of help from sample knitters Grete Jenssen and Airin Hansen. In addition I chose two of my old designs, made for my Norwegian knitting book, “Fletteskjørt“/Cabled Skirt and “Japansk Vest“/Japanese Vest that I wanted new photos of. Four of those new designs are made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and I decided to have those photographed first. Above you can see both Eivind and Michael (read: photographer number two) in action, photographing Olivia wearing Kyi; a skirt made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. If you wonder, yes, I have taken the top three photos with my mobile phone.

I was wearing my Gyda, knitted in Ask, a pure wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.  When we left home, I was also wearing the lace cowl and the tweed belt that is part of the Gyda Cowl pattern, but since the heating was on in the church I had taken those accessories off. Above you see both Sissel and me adjusting Rym the ballet top that goes with Kyi the skirt on Olivia. Both are knitted in the new yarn called Vidde a mix of 50% Pelt wool and 50% Lambswool with 200 meters/220 yards on each 100 gram skeins using a 4.5 mm/US 7 needle.

I know I look very sceptical in this photo, but I did not feel it. My mascara is already under my eyes due to all the laughing. Sissel is quicker than me to adjust the clothing as well as the hair & make-up. So often her head ended up in one of Eivind’s photos, that we all had to laugh, you get the idea from the previous photo.

I love this photo of Olivia eating cake, she admitted that she always have extra space for cake. Just as last time I had ordered a delicious lunch with juices and smoothies from Eckers Café at Frogner in Oslo city center.

My mum lives at Mortensrud, only 5 minutes away from the church and she wanted to pop in to see us all in action. Sissel took this photo of us, standing in the staircase ready for the fifth design to be photographed just after our lunch. On the hanger is the Seneka skirt and a matching silk scarf I had brought.

Here is exactly what my mum and I could see of Olivia wearing the Cabled Skirt, taken at the very spot. We photographed the Seneka skirt next. I had not figured out how to use the silk scarf, but Sissel instantly knew that it should be in her hair. We both agreed that it softened the outfit and made it absolutely perfect.

Michael had a similar view to me, behind me in the staircase, so above you can see Olivia wearing Senna – cardigan – and Seneka – skirt here worn as a poncho – putting on those high healed shoes. Both are knitted in the divine hand dyed Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Worsted yarn.

The last photo I will share is the view Sissel and I had of Olivia wearing Kaibara being photographed by Eivind upstairs on the narrow gantry. We were told off by Eivind for not standing straight enough. That meant that we were both in the photo. So we straightened up even further after we had stopped laughing. I had a wonderful day, which I am reliving as I select photos from the pdf that Eivind has sent me. Thank you to my magnificent team!

More photos of all the new designs are available for those of you with a Patreon membership, while some of them will be shown here later on. Michael is doing the last finishes on a Patreon only; Behind the Scenes Video.


Why Am I On Patreon?

Why should you support me through this?  Because it is an incredible opportunity for me to take a step forward in my career, in my creative process. You will know more about what is happening behind the scenes, far away from the social media, and it is on Patreon that this curiosity can be satisfied. Patreon is a support system that gives me a recurring income that allows me to approach new ventures and take more risk by spending time on more innovative or long-term projects, as well as making me able to travel to those knitting festivals I want to attend with the opportunity to meet you all.

I have already had some encouragement from friends to make a page, and in March I was invited by the Fruity Knitting Podcast to take part in a live Web event for their top two level patrons. I accepted without fully understand the concept. It was a 50 minute online video event where their patrons could ask questions in advance, with the last 10 minutes set aside for spontaneous questions/chat amongst the group. The patrons were from all over the world from Europe to the US. I was so grateful for this opportunity and enjoyed talking to their patrons about my creative life. Yet another reason for me to be on Patreon.

How does it work? If you want to support me, simply register on Patreon and subscribe to one of three levels of commitment with your credit card or your Paypal account. Please note that if you are an EU citizen the EU Digital Tax (VAT) will be added to your monthly bill. Then you will have access to the content I create for your tier of commitment. I plan to develop this Patreon page with you as we go, so I will often invite you to let me know what you will be pleased to know. You can choose to end your subscription whenever you want.

So if you are interested, take a look at my Patreon page here: