Photoshoot at Hvalstrand Bad: Godi

Here are the photos of the fourth new Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk design, the vest Godi that I have been looking forward to showing you. It is knitted in the Sølje pelt wool and looked fantastic on Model Aksa Mortensen, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Brilliant Photographer Eivind Røhne captured these photos at Hvalstrand Bad back in May. The yarn kit with a Norwegian or an English pattern will be available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk soon.

Godi, Norse for chiefton, is a long A-line vest with vents and a high collar that can be folded down or left to stand tall. The all over pattern is the ray of honey with a few stitches in reverse stocking stitch. A long twisted rib makes up the vent, while a short rib is worked around each armhole. Wear it with a belt if you wish. Godi is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

The vest is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The collar and armhole band are worked in the round at the end. I chose to style the vest with black pencil trouser and with a silk scarf at the neck. I also wanted to show how it looks with a belt in the waist.

Godi is knitted by my brilliant sample knitter Airin Hansen in size Small using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and a 24 stitch gauge. The pattern has been graded into sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 82 to 158 cm/32.25 to 62.25″. Aksa is wearing size S with a bust circumference of 90 cm/35.5” with 4 cm/1.5” positive ease.

The individual English and Norwegian pattern will be released after test knitting beginning in March next year. I am so thrilled with these photos and want to thank my wonderful photoshoot team!

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Strikkefestivalen in Fredrikstad 2021

The Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival in Fredrikstad, one hour south of Oslo, was back in action last weekend (17th to 19th of September). It takes place in the lovely 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. I held workshops for the fourth time at this festival and met so many happy knitters, several of whom I had met before. Above is the beautiful Tina Hauglund, aka Strikkezilla, known for her baby and children patterns as well as her instagram profile. Michael came with me and took all these brilliant photos! Here is a link to the last festival held back in 2019: Strikkefestivalen in Fredrikstad 2019,

Above is a photo of the largest market hall just a few hours before closing time on Sunday afternoon. For the first time a second market hall was set up to space out the vendors due to the Covid-19. On Saturday there was a long queue to get in with limited number of people who could get in at one time.

Here are some of the yarns and patterns offered by Helgedatter Design. She hand dyes Rauma Lamullgarn (a fine lambswool yarn) and Rauma Plum (a mohair & polyamide mix yarn).

Designer Helle Siggerud and I had a closer look at the hand dyed yarns during the lunch break on Friday afternoon. If you are wondering what I am wearing, I can reveal that it is my Airic design, knitted in the soft Di Gilpin Lalland Lambswool.

Three of my four workshops were sold out. Above you can see me preparing for the first one; Smart Knitting Techniques. The workshop venue was the The Commandant’s House, which was the commander’s official residence for more than 200 years; from 1796 to 2002 to be precise. During the weekend I also used the opportunity to talk to the other participating designers who I had not seen for a long time: Tove Fevang, Denise Samson and Birger Berge. We all stayed at the same hotel and met at breakfast. The festival volunteers did a marvellous job assisting the organisers. I had a fabulous time! 

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KAL 2021

Autumn is Sweater Weather and bring with it evenings perfect for knitting. Hence I have set up another Knit-A-Long in my Ravelry group. You are welcome to join with any of your Linda Marveng designs (except for any test knits). The knitting project can be in progress but should not be close to finishing (less than 90% completed). Sign up whenever you are ready, buy the pattern (unless you already have it – that is) with KAL discount through the end of September and find your perfect yarn for it. Favour the pattern and make a project page. Do let us which design and show us your chosen yarn when you are ready. Show us your Work-In-Progress for the opportunity to win 1 WIP prize; one pattern of your choice from my Ravelry Store, that will be drawn each month on the 10th beginning in October 2021. In addition 4 Finished-Object, so called FO, prizes will be drawn on 30. December and again on 30. March 2022 and again on 30. June 2022. Each FO prize is 1 e-book or 4 individual patterns from my Ravelry Store. I choose to use a detail of the Mistale for my discount offer for my KAL for any of my designs, see above. You are also welcome to use the discount code without joining the KAL, that is your choice.

This is one of the new photos of the Mistale pullover and loop, taken at our photoshoot at Hvalstrand Bad in May. Model Aksa Mortensen, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, is captured by photographed Eivind Røhne. Aksa is wearing size S with 8.5 cm/3.25″ positive ease, but the Mistale pattern comes in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 89 to 129.5 cm/35 to 51″. The sample is knitted in the bouncy Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde pelt wool in Lime using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle and a 21 stitches and 28 rows gauge to 10 cm/4″ square. I will soon show you more of these new photos!

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Photoshoot at Hvalstrand Bad: Kolga

Here are the photos of Kolga – pullover and cowl – that I have been looking forward to showing you. The set is knitted in the hand dyed Washed Out colour way in Walk Collection, Merino Sport and looked fantastic on Model Aksa Mortensen, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Brilliant Photographer Eivind Røhne captured these photos at Hvalstrand Bad back in May. The test knit of the pattern has just begun in my Ravelry group, so join in, if you are interested. I plan to release the English and the Norwegian pattern on 28th of October.

Aksa is wearing size Small with 6 cm/2.25″ positive ease. The pullover is graded in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 160 cm/33 to 63″.

Kolga is Norse for a cool wave, like the one created by the Honeycomb cable pattern on this pullover. The A-line front moves the side seam and vent backwards, making it flow like waves. Kolga is knitted in the divine hand dyed Walk Collection Merino Sport yarn, in pieces and seamed for the ultimate fit. A folded down cowl gives the pullover a collar, while a standing cowl warms your neck.

I knitted Kolga with a 24 stitches and 32 rows gauge in stockinette stitch using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle measuring 10 cm/4″ square. To style it, I choose my cream coloured silk trousers which pick up the white in the divine hand dyed colour.

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The front is 40 (40, 40, 40, 40) (36, 36, 32, 32) cm/15.75 (15.75, 15.75, 15.75, 15.75) (14.25, 14.25, 12.5, 12.5)” wider than the back at the bottom before the armhole.

Above you see the cowl standing straight and not folded down as a turtleneck in the top photo.

The neckband and the cowl are worked in the round. A circular needle is used for the front to accommodate the large number of stitches. Above you see it with a silk scarf, that Nina styled to lie around Aksa’s neck. I loved the tone-in-tone mural as a background and the amazing job my photoshoot team did! Thank you!

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Photoshoot at Hvalstrand Bad: Mella

The next new Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk design we photographed was the sweater Mella at Hvalstrand Bad, back in May. I chose to style it with black pencil trousers and and Evalina Olive ankle boots by Monica Stålvang. Model Aksa Mortensen, with make-up & hair styling by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, looked gorgeous in the pullover, as you can see in these pictures by Eivind Røhne. A yarn kit with either an English or a Norwegian pattern will soon be available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Mella, Norse for knot, is a straight cabled pullover. A wide central cable panel adorns the center of the body and the sleeves. Boxes of garter stitches interfere with the cables and erase half the cable. The sleeves have garter stitch edging while the front and back fade into a check pattern. The sweater ends in a crew neck decorated with an I-cord. Mella is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and a 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

Aksa is wearing size Small with 6 cm/2.25″ positive ease. I have graded the pullover in sizes XS to 5XL, with a bust circumference of 85 to 165 cm/33.5 to 65″. 

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.

Above is a detail of the cable pattern and the neck. The English and Norwegian pattern will be released after test knitting beginning on February 7th. I am so thrilled with these photos and want to thank my wonderful photoshoot team!

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Canola and Corra in Familien HøstStrikk 2021

The special issue “Familien HøstStrikk” is now available in Norway and I am fortunate to have two designs in the magazine: Canola and Corra both knitted in divine Tinde pelt wool. Both designs are available as yarn kits with English or Norwegian pattern directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. On the cover it says “Elegant Garments from Linda Marveng”, but the design on the cover is “Oransje Kofte” by IngaLill Johansson/Svarta Fåret. The magazine has 100 pages filled with knitting patterns.

My Canola is featured on the second contents page, above the introduction by the Handicraft editor Åse Myhrvold Egeland. Model Emma Ross with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, is brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at the Vigeland Museum.

Named after Canola the Irish deity who ruled over music magic is this poncho with sideways cables at the bottom and on the high collar. The upper section is picked up and knitted from the lower cable panel and worked in stockinette stitch with shaping for the shoulders. The short sleeves in rib hold the poncho together. You can wear it with a belt or a shawl pin to gather it at the front or loose, just as you prefer.

This elaborately cabled pullover with slightly fitted waist is named after the Prophecy Goddess. Two large cable panels are divided by a small cable that ends in a Henley neck, framed with an I-cord. Unlike the body the sleeves only have two small cables surrounded by stockinette stitch, so all the focus is on the body. Corra is knitted in pieces in the divine Hillesvåg Tinde.

Both are knitted using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch. The Canola and Corra patterns are available in sizes XS to 2XL. You can find the English patterns on Ravelry and on LoveCrafts.

The Familien HøstStrikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets in Norway.

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Photoshoot at Hvalstrand Bad: Nipa

I am thrilled to show you the photos that Eivind Røhne took of the gorgeous model Aksa Mortensen wearing the Nipa sweater, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, with make-up & hair styling by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at Hvalstrand Bad, back in May. We photographed this inside the restaurant due to the bright sunshine and the crowded beach. The yellow columns worked as a nice contrast to the dusty light lime colour of Tinde pelt wool yarn Nipa was knitted in. I chose to style it with black pencil trousers and Evalina Olive ankle boots by Monica Stålvang.

Nipa, Norse for peak, is a straight cabled pullover. A central intricate cable panel adorns the center of the body and the sleeves. Twisted stitches play in the cable and along the edge of the stockinette parts. Nipa is crowned with an I-cord decoration around its crew neck. The sweater is knit in pieces from the bottom up in the divine Tinde, a pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Aksa is wearing size Medium with 17 cm/6.75″ positive ease. I have graded the pattern from size XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 162 cm/33 to 63.75″.

Nipa is knitted using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle and with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.

Yarn kits with English or Norwegian pattern will be available early in September from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, while the single pattern will be released after test knitting set to begin 3rd of January in my Ravelry group.

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Strikk & Chill at Lilleborg in Oslo

I spent last Saturday at Lilleborg (named after the first soap “boilery” from 1833), next to Akerselva, in Oslo having a stand at the Strikk/Knit & Chill event organised by Værbitt – the yarn shop & yarn dyer. Værbitt moved to Lilleborg earlier this summer from smaller premises at Grünerløkka, also in Oslo. For the first time I had a stand at a knitting event as I had printed pattern with Ravelry download codes, copies of the Norwegian book “Norsk strikkedesign. Strikk din favoritt” and a selection of design samples for sale. I was invited to take part by owner and yarn dyer of Værbitt Laila Henriksen, a week earlier when I visited her new shop. Above you see my stand next to the entrance to Værbitt talking to Tuva Hoen of Norne Yarn, a friend, and Lotte Holmboe aka osloknitter.

Michael spent nearly a week printing patterns, making labels and signs for me. By the time we arrived Saturday morning, the sun was shining and it looked like we would have a perfect summer’s day. Above you see the announcement Værbitt posted on Instagram earlier in August, listing some of the participating vendors.

I was wearing my design Ravna, first published in the final issue of the Norwegian magazine Bladet garn, knitted in Lille Persille/Little Parsley hand dyed by Værbitt on Sølje pelt yarn by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, see the top photo. Above you see a photo Michael took of me talking to Tuva of Norne Yarn, who sponsored yarn for my design Milana and the upcoming Varun. Tuva told me that she had been busying dying a large order for Woollinn in Dublin, hence she had not had the time to dye for this event.

There were a lot of knitters queuing to get into the Værbitt shop during the day and only six were allowed at one time due to the Corona restrictions.  I was glad that I brought a hat as I was baking in the sunshine in the late afternoon.

 Above is a photo Michael took from inside the shop. You can see the shelves filled with Hillesvåg yarns and Værbitt’s own hand dyed colours!

There were many knitters sitting outside knitting in the sunshine and Michael captured the stylish Tuva in action. I spent the day speaking to knitters, designer Kristin Wiola Ødegård, Spinnvilt (the spinning shop next door) friends of Michael including the property developer – and former neighbour of ours Bekkelaget – Per-Johan Placht in charge of the commercial premises at Lilleborg! I had a fabulous day with some sales and even some time to knit too!

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Photoshoot at Hvalstrand Bad: Varun

My new design Varun looked fantastic on model Aksa Mortensen, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Photographer Eivind Røhne took these brilliant shots of her wearing Varun both with and without the cowl, at Hvalstrand Bad back in May. I asked her to hold her hands together so that you notice the different sleeves.

I choose to style Varun with cream coloured silk trousers and had brought a silk scarf for Nina to drape around Aksa’s neck and hair.

Varun is an A-line pullover with a cable panel that travels across the front and the back like a sash, that signifies a position not necessarily a royal one but a secret one. Varun is Norse for secret keeper. The cable sash meets on top of the left shoulder and at the right hip, like a sash. To highlight this the right sleeve has a cable cuff, while the left sleeve has two small cables running along it next to stockinette stitches. Garter stitches play along the seams on all the parts. Varun ends in an I-cord bind off neck but can be dressed up with a cable cowl, both are knitted in the divine hand dyed Norne Yarn DK – Merino/Silk/Yak.

Aksa is wearing size S with 7 cm/2.75″ positive ease. I have graded the pullover in sizes XS to 5XL, with a bust circumference of 82 to 162 cm/32.5 to 63.75″. The cowl is in one size.

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The cable move is worked at the same time as the A-line shaping and the armhole shaping. The cable cowl is knitted back and forth and grafted together. Both are knitted using a 4 mm/US 6 needle and a 20 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch gauge.

The test knit of the Varun will begin on the 18th of October in my Ravelry group. Both the English and the Norwegian pattern will be released after at the end of November.

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New Design: Kolga

The last new design I will show you for now is my Kolga, that I knitted in the divine hand dyed Walk Collection Merino Sport in Washed Out. The yarn was sponsored by Cathrin Walk, who I met at Barcelona Knits back in 2019. My idea was to try out a new silhouette with an A-line front and a straight back, so that the seams are moved further back. I choose a reversible Honeycomb cable pattern for the front and back as well as the centre of the sleeves. With extra yarn left over, I made a cowl that can be folded down to be worn as a collar as you see in the photo above.

Kolga is Norse for a cool wave, like the one created by the Honeycomb cable pattern on this pullover. The A-line front moves the side seam and vent backwards, making it flow like waves. Kolga is knitted in the divine hand dyed Walk Collection Merino Sport yarn, in pieces and seamed for the ultimate fit. A folded down cowl gives the pullover a collar, while a standing cowl warms your neck.

The neckband and the cowl are worked in the round. A circular needle is used for the front to accommodate the large number of stitches.

Walk Collection Merino Sport is made of 100% Superwash Merino with 325 meters/355 yards on each 100 gram skeins. The gauge is 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square.

Michael took these photos of me wearing size Small with 4 cm/1.5″ positive ease at the beach in Ørje. The statement silver rings I am wearing are by Kaja Gjedebo Design. I have graded the pattern in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 160 cm/33 to 63″.

The test knit of the English pattern begins on the 13th of September in my Ravelry group, with a pattern launch on the 28th of October. But before then, I will show you how magnificent it looked on modell Aksa Mortensen at our photoshoot.

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