Yellow Gold Pullover at Hadeland

When we went to Hadeland Glassverk and the Strikke 2017 festival, I wanted Michael to take a few photos of me wearing my Yellow Gold Pullover with the beautiful Randsfjorden in the background. It was a cold autumn day so I wore my loose Saqqara sleeves and shawl as well to keep warm. My hands easily get cold so the extra cuffs were perfect. Both designs were also worn for my workshop in Cable Knitting Master Class. Here is my introduction to the Yellow Gold Pullover: Elegant chain link cables framed by a welt pattern adorn this casual sweater. It is knitted straight from the bottom and up in parts with extra ease for comfort. Spindrift, a fine heathered wool was chosen for its lightness and color. The round neck makes it easy to wear over a crisp shirt or your favorite t-shirt.

The Yellow Gold Pullover is knitted in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in the lovely Scotch Broom shade using a 3.25 mm/US 3 and was first published in Interweave Knits Fall 2015.   The straight sweater is worked from the bottom and up in parts and then sewn together. The cables are gathered before the neck bind off to keep their volume. The pullover is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of  88 (95, 100, 110, 122, 132) cm/34.75 (37.5, 39.25, 43.25, 48, 52)”.The pattern is now also available in Norwegian from both Ravelry and Loveknitting. This weekend I am at the Strikkehelg 2017/Knitting Weekend in Stavanger. But I am also busy preparing for the next photoshoot on Wednesday in Oslo. I am crossing my fingers for a dry day without any rain! Much more on that later…


Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival in Fredrikstad 2017

I was back in Fredrikstad last weekend for the second Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival located in Fredrikstad Old Town – the oldest fortified town in Norway (founded in 1567) and in the Nordic countries, and one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Northern Europe (see more photos from last year here). Michael was with me – which means I have some good photos to share from the event. We were booked into the Hotel Victoria on the opposite side of the river Glomma from the Old Town. That was not a problem at all, since there is a free ferry across the river. Yes, there are only 2 free ferries in all of Norway and they are both in Fredrikstad. It did not take many minutes before I had spotted the first knitter staying at our hotel. Above is a photo taken Sunday morning, as I walked towards the workshop building just off the ferry.Most of the workshops were held in the Commandor’s building, dated 1768. On Saturday afternoon I taught Smart Knitting Techniques and on Sunday morning I taught Cable Knitting Master Class, both in Norwegian. I met several knitters I knew from previous workshops and presentations as well as other Norwegian designers, agents and shop owners I knew. Rarely have I had such posh surroundings for a workshop nor the amount of space. Coffee and tea were on offer from the kitchen, and I did find the kitchen but I found the wrong one, it was the bigger one they used. So you get the picture. See below the room where I held my workshops. Annemor Sundbø had a workshop before me, and we found wool tops left over from her class.

Here is the room where I held my workshop with a lovely view of the river. Michael is my “roadie” as well as photographer when he joins me at these festivals. I met two lovely groups of knitters in my workshops and spent a weekend in their company. We did not finish all the tasks I had given them in the new Cable Knitting Master Class so the remaining tasks were given as their homework.

On Saturday afternoon before my workshop I met up with designers Tove Fevang and Nina Granlund Sæther – who I tend to meet at International airports, these days; as we met at Preveza Airport in Greece a few weeks back. I also met Annemor Sundbø again as well as finally meeting the founder of Koftegruppa on Facebook (the group has nearly 100 000 members celebrating traditional stranded colourwork sweater knitting) Tone Loeng, who I have only met and worked with through Facebook and e-mails. Above is a photo of one of the exhibitions; strømper/knee highs from Annemor Sundbø’s collection (initially bought by the shoddy factory for recycling).

In the center in the photo above is Mette Hovden one half of the design duo called Pinnedans/Needle-dance, next to Tone Loeng at the Norwegian Designer Stand. We also met at the Strikkefest/Knitting Party the evening before. I am wearing Helka (read: I did wear another design on the Saturday – Yellow Gold Pullover) with the Saqqara shawl. The market hall was jam packed all Saturday, so we gave up trying to have a look and came back on the Sunday, when it was possible to see the stands and the yarn, patterns, buttons and jewellery on offer.

Here is another stand, a local yarn shop called Garnhuset and a great photo showing some action as well as sweater on display.

I also wanted to take a photo of all the beautiful colours in Cascade Heritage on display with Wollmeise yarn in the background from the Projo stand. We discovered two more knitters who stayed at our hotel at the Strikkefest/Knitting Party, who we sat next to. The party was in the same room where the market hall was last year, inside the fortified wall, previously the Provianthus/Provision House. Above you see me wearing my Adoe design, knitting on a new design. As you can see from the photo, it was easy to count the ones that did not knit. One of the organisers, Marit Larsen is a member of the acknowledged choir called KorLuren who sang after our dinner. She is also the founder of the tour operator Explore Travel and used to organising events such as this. The program included a knitting cruise as well as a knitting church service in addition to the exhibitions, talks and workshops on offer. I had a wonderful weekend! Thank you to the organisers, designers, and all the knitters I met!


New Design: Saqqara

XT1A5332Named after the step pyramid in Egypt, I have created my own Saqqara. A stunning reversable lace pattern with triangular shapes, adorn the rectangular shawl with a shawl collar and the matching loose sleeves. Like jewelry the tucks frame the hands on the loose sleeves and divide the patterns on the shawl. By combining a beautiful pure combed wool called Huldra from Hillesvåg with the luscious Dreamline Soul from Du Store Alpakka, I found my rich yarn shade and texture. Use the shawl with a shawl collar around your neck, shoulders, bust or upside down, just as you prefer, with or without the loose sleeves. Yes, it is not the first set consisting of a shawl with a shawl collar and loose sleeves, I have designed. This time I added a tuck on the wrong side of the shawl as well, making sure it looks equally divine on both sides. Another reason why I wanted to make one more was that I was certain it would look divine over one of Judith Bech’s wedding gowns. I will self publish the Norwegian pattern on Ravelry in February, while I will have the English pattern test knitted in my group this fall before its release.

XT1A5356Both the shawl and the loose sleeves come in 3 different sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/2XL). I have graded the width and length of the shawl but kept one length on the loose sleeves which easily can be adjusted. The set is knitted using a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows in stocking stitch with 1 strand of each yarn. The yarn was kindly sponsored by both Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and Du Store Alpakka.

XT1A5347The loose sleeves have elastic inserted into the top hem to keep them in place. They are knitted in the round, unlike the shawl, with 2 circular needles held parallel to make the hem and tucks. The collar on the shawl is shaped by short rows, and ends in an i-cord bind off. One tuck divides the patterns before the collar on the shawl and a second one is worked on the wrong side to emphasize the reversible shawl. Wear the shawl which way you like best or wear them all, as I do. The set looked ravishing on top of Judith Bech’s Swan Lake wedding dress. Hair and make up artist Sissel Fylling pulled the shawl collar up so it stood and regally supported Alexandria’s neck. Soon I will reveal the professional photos so different from these of me taken by my husband in a rush before the photoshoot.