I have been invited to sign my book ‘To rett en vrang. Designstrikk’, answer questions and display garments at Husfliden, an handicraft association shop, in Oslo on Thursday 26th of April from 2pm to 6.30pm. It does feel like coming home to me, since I worked at Heimen, another handicraft store that has merged with Husfliden, for a couple of years before I moved back to London. Here is a photo of Kristin Støe Winge and me taken in 2000 wearing our uniforms. Kristin was responsible for textiles while I was responsible for knitwear under the guidance of the shop manager. Here I met my influential mentor, Iselin Hafseld, designer of Tinde, see www.knits.no
Husfliden used to be the yarn store you went to, and still is to many people, since it had the largest selection of Norwegian produced yarn in hundreds of colours. I visit just to enjoy watching all the neatly stacked shelves following the colours of the rainbow. Tussah Silk, on a 100 g small spool, is one of my recent yarn discoveries and a favourite, from the Swedish yarn company Borgs Vävgarner, distributed by Rauma, sold at Husfliden, see www.dennorskehusfliden.no. Below is the Shawl with Variations from my book, worn by Anna Pfeifer. The popular shawl, here buttoned up as a shrug, is knitted with 2 strands of the lace weight yarn, while the cowl is knitted with a single strand.
If you are nearby on Thursday please drop by and say hello. Maybe you want to come along to the knit café, organised by Oslo Fylkeshusflidslag, at Kaffistova (downstairs) see www.kaffistova.com, Rosenkrantz’ gate 8, opposite corner of Heimen, afterwards at 7pm where I will talk about my inspiration and show an even larger selection of garments from my book. Welcome!