Andaman Top Again

I have already showed you the professional photos taken of the Andaman Top by Harper Point Photography for Interweave knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018, but not the ones Michael took of me. I know a number of you knitters prefer to see it on me – a mere mortal – as opposed to a styled model. Instead of a white blouse and trousers I chose black and my tube dress. Michael photographed me at the Boat Café in Ørje, just 10 minutes from where we live, early last September.

This is how the top is presented in the magazine: “The Andaman Top will have you craving the intense hues of a Mediterranean summer. With a cropped, straight front, the flowing back creates a stylish contrast with its dramatic length and curved hem. The three elegant lace panels running up the front and back of this stylish top have an Egyptian art deco feel, with curving lines and geometric figures.”

The Stacy Charles Fine Yarns BioMerino yarn is made of 100% virgin wool, with 110 m/120 yds  on each 50 gram ball. It is knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needles with a gauge of  20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch over 10 cm/4″ square. The top is available in 6 sizes with a 90 to 134.5 cm/35.5 to 53“ bust circumference. Top shown measures 96.5 cm/38.5”; modeled with 8.5 cm/3.25” of positive ease.

Finally, here is a close up of the front and the lace pattern. The knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018 magazine is available in both a digital and a print edition. In Norway you will find the printed magazine in the larger Narvesen, or order it from your local one.

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Spring or Sprinter?

It is April and supposedly Spring, but with plenty of snow as well as cold temperatures, it feels like this winter does not want to let go. I recently came across the term Spring in Winter – Sprinter – and think that describes this very cold Spring well. So this is what Sprinter looks like in Ørje. The photo above was taken on Tuesday this week, the ice is still covering the lake – Rødenessjøen. Yes, we had more snow this week. Just when we thought we had seen the last snow of the season. While the photo below shows how the ice was clear for a short period of time after a few heavy rain pours last week. Michael has captured them both brilliantly from our house.

The edges around the lake is now melting and the ice unsafe to walk on. I am excited to see how quickly the ice will disappear. The last few days have been sunny with plenty of snow melting and that is good news. I cannot recall such a long winter at all and look forward to warmer days. I am craving colour these days, so it is a good thing I can find it in my yarn stash!

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Suli Knitted by Karen

Karen, aka Knittywarbler on Ravelry & Instagram, has knitted this gorgeous version of Suli for her friend Lizzy who is modelling it together with her horse Ty. This is one of many designs that Karen has test knitted for me, and I am so grateful that she is one of my skilled test knitters. Lizzy’s Suli is knitted in the divine semi-solid hand-dyed SweetGeorgia Yarns, Cashluxe Fine in the shade Bluebird using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle, in size Medium. It is one of those yarn I would love to test myself. Karen is retired and lives with her husband in Easton, Maryland, US. She has been knitting for more than 55 years, so Karen is an eagle-eyed test knitter! I will share more of her projects and stunning photos! Thank you so much, Karen!

The loop collar can be worn in several different ways, and above it is worn an extra time around the neck. Karen knits for her granddaughter in addition to Lizzy and herself. It was fun to hear that Lizzy is not used to having knitwear made for her so she was looking forward to wearing this jacket which suits her so well!

Last, is the back view of the lovely Lizzy in the stables. The jacket Suli was designed for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and the sample was knitted in Sølje Pelsullgarn/Pelt wool yarn. It is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″. The pattern is available in English and in Norwegian from Ravelry and from Loveknitting.

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Andaman Top in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018

I am so thrilled to have a design – Andaman Top – in the new issue of knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018. Spring does seem to be quite a way off here in south-east Norway with plenty of snow around, but I know it is coming. I submitted to the issue with the sustainability topic, choosing a ecologically friendly yarn and the Sea Blue theme. Bowline, was my working title and here is my introduction: Bowline is an acient knot that forms a loop at the end of a rope and remniscent of the shaped back on this high/low summer top. The flowing back adds contrast to the straight front and they meet in a vent. Three center lace panels add texture to the top.  Editor Meghan Babin accepted my submission and sent me Stacy Charles Fine Yarns BioMerino in a divine cobalt blue shade. My top made it to the contents page, while the Weddell Top by Paula Pereira is on the cover.

@ Interweave / Harper Point

In the Letter from the Editor, Meghan Babin writes: “What does “sustainability” mean? Specifically, what does it mean in the context of the fashion industry, and, in our case, the yarn and fiber industry? Currently, there is a lack of scholarly research on the fashion industry’s environmental impact; nevertheless, it is clear that the industry is aff ecting the environment negatively and contributing to global climate change. Knitters are taking notice and selecting their yarns and fi bers with more care than ever before. It’s no surprise that knitters are leading the charge for sustainable yarn and fibers; after all, we choose our materials with care for garments intended to last for decades, if not generations. Seeking out conscientiously manufactured yarns is our natural evolution. Sustainable yarns are emerging as the next big trend, and I personally hope— and we should all hope—they never go out of style.”

@ Interweave / Harper Point

This is how the top is presented in the magazine: “The Andaman Top will have you craving the intense hues of a Mediterranean summer. With a cropped, straight front, the flowing back creates a stylish contrast with its dramatic length and curved hem. The three elegant lace panels running up the front and back of this stylish top have an Egyptian art deco feel, with curving lines and geometric figures.”

@ Interweave / Harper Point

The Stacy Charles Fine Yarns BioMerino yarn is made of 100% virgin wool, with 110 m/120 yds  on each 50 gram ball. It is knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needles with a gauge of  20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch over 10 cm/4″ square. The top is available in 6 sizes with a 90 to 134.5 cm/35.5 to 53“ bust circumference. Top shown measures 96.5 cm/38.5”; modeled with 6.5 cm/2.5” of positive ease.

@ Interweave / Harper Point

I love the styling and photography by Harper Point, as well as the amazing company of designers I am in! Thank you so much Interweave! The knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018 magazine is available in both a digital and a print edition. In Norway you will find the printed magazine in the larger Narvesen, or order it from your local one.

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Japanese Translation

For a very long time, I have been inspired by Japanese knitting books, and sent design submission to the Japanese magazine Amirisu, the last without any luck so far. It has been a dream to have my patterns translated into Japanese. Well, the dream is coming true, and it all began exactly one year ago when I met Nancy Marchant for the first time at  the airport in Vienna, where we met up to attend the Vienna Wool & Design Festival. Nancy had just been to Japan to meet with her publisher and translator of her last book: Leafy Brioche. Her translator is Tomoko Nishimura, and now she is also my translator. Tomoku has translated two of my patterns into Japanese so far (Oydis Sweater and Mohair Poncho) and I want her to translate two more before I upload the Japanese versions. Tomoku also translates patterns for Marianne & Helga Isager and interprets for Arne & Carlos whenever they tour Japan. So I am in the very best company! Tomoku went to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival a few weekends ago and the first knitter she met was no other than my sample knitter Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry. The world can seem awfully small at times. Above you see them both inside the EYF. Tomoku is wearing a pullover that her mother made for her a long time ago, since she is no longer around, Tomoku thought it was nice to wear it at EYF. Kristin is wearing a very popular traditional Norwegian sweater called Marius knitted in Drops Baby Merino and a Mad Blood Shawl by Mary-Anne Mace, aka The Lace Eater knitted in The Plucky Knitter Single, with an awful lot of beads attached.

Above is the amazing line up of designers together with organiser & yarn shop owner Suncica Wilhelmer to the far right and Nancy Marchant next to me, from left: Isabell Kraemer, Di Gilpin, Anna Maltz, Nancy Marchant, me, Valentina Cosciani, Hanna Maciejewska and Suncica Wilhelmer.

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Easter & Wa KAL

Easter is here with sunshine and warmer temperatures at least during the day. We still have close to -10 degrees Celsius/14 Fahrenheit at night. Michael and I will be staying at home. I have plenty of knitting to do as well as less enjoyable jobs as translations and formatting to do. Above is a image Michael has made: God Påske means Happy Easter. He calls our house the British Embassy because Michael still is a British citizen as well as a Norwegian one (read: dual citizenship). As for our address here in Ørje, I have discovered it is so much easier to say we live in Tore’s old house than giving the street address. Apparently, everybody here in town knows Tore. So Michael is the Englishman that has bought Tore’s house. That is Ørje in a nutshell.

An Easter egg can be so many things, and I know that a knitter’s one is usually not filled with sweets but with yarns & patterns. Nice with an Easter egg that is not fattening and comes in lovely colours, wrote one Instagram user hoping to win a gift voucher from a yarn store. In her Easter egg was my Wa shawl pattern for the upcoming knit-along (read: KAL) beginning 2. April. That was such a brilliant idea that I decided to offer to help her fill her Easter egg with an extra free pattern of her choice from my Ravelry store.  Join us for the Wa KAL in the Never Enough Lace group or the Arcade Vest KAL in the A Place to KAL  My Own (read: KALMYO) group, both on Ravelry.

I wish you all a Happy Easter and hope you will receive an Easter Egg, regardless whether you have to fill it yourself or not.

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Apiri Collection E-book

Apiri Collection is my third E-book, made after I received several requests for gathering these four patterns on Ravelry. First out is the English version, the Norwegian version will be added shortly. Apiri is a collection of knitting designs made in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in their gorgeous pelt wool yarns called Tinde and Sølje. The names of the garments are inspired by the Eskimo-Aleut languages. Apiri means ”to ask” and seamed perfect since two of the designs are garments that can be worn in different ways and hence change their character and silhouette completely. On the cover is the Wa shawl, which means ”here it is” as it can be transformed into a vest or a wrap. The divine lime colour, and casual elegance that model Alexandria Eissinger wears the shawl made it the cover shoot.The collection has four designs; the poncho Iglu, the shawl Wa, the cardigan Suli and the pullover Aki. Iglu is oversized and available in one size, just like Wa, while the more fitted garments; Suli and Aki are available in six sizes.

The Ingierstrand Bad Restaurant, on the outskirts of Oslo is a functionalistic building with a view of the Bunnefjord. It is an icon in Norwegian modern architectural history and a popular place to celebrate weddings. As a background we choose the diving tower on the nearby beach and the quay, where the ferry from Oslo used to dock. Photographer Eivind Røhne was chosen to capture the brilliant moments of model Alexandria Eissinger, with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker, as well as statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

I wish to thank this amazing team for their co-operation, as well as tchnical editor Corrina Ferguson, sample knitters; Airin Hansen & Kristin Nygård, my test knitters – for improving the patterns – and last but not least, my husband, whose support and technical aid I could not have done without.

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Book Launches at Cappelen Damm

Last Wednesday my husband and I attended a knitting evening at the Norwegian publishing house Cappelen Damm in Oslo. We knew the authors and their photographers: Helle Siggerud (left), was publishing her first knitting book called “Strikk til alle tider“/Knitwear for all occasions, while Nina Granlund Sæther was publishing her 10th book called “Sokker fra hele Norge“/Socks from Around Norway. Both books are beautifully photographed: Helle’s by no other than Eivind Røhne and Nina’s by Guri Pfeifer. Both authors have travelled around Norway visiting museums and studying local traditions. They did bump into each other at a carpark at a small museum in Telemark late one afternoon. Both talented designers held a talk; Helle on the costume traditions she discovered on her trip and Nina on the history of stockings going all the way back to the Egyptians. We were offered sparkling wine, the opportunity to study their sample projects, buy books at a discounted rate, take part in the raffle as well as ask our questions. Some of the women present were knitting, but I could only focus on their talks and gladly gave up my attempt.

Helle’s book is published in Norwegian, but the Cappelen Damm Agency presents the book as follows in English in order to sell the foreign rights: “40 garments inspired by Norwegian traditions In this wonderful knitting book, Helle Siggerud has been inspired by costume traditions and folklore from all over Norway. She has traveled far and wide and immersed herself in Norwegian patterns; used in knitting, weaving, embroidery and wallpaper; and has transformed it into beautiful knitwear. Helle is famous for her figure-hugging garments, good cuts and snappy details. And you’ll find all that here. The book features mostly women’s garments, but there are also great designs for men and children – and for dogs!”

Nina’s previous book “Votter fra hele Norge”/Mittens from Around Norway is in its 5th edition in Norwegian and has sold more than 31 000 books so far. The English translation has been reviewed in magazines abroad as well as promoted by the library in New York in the US. Here is an introduction to her latest book from the Cappelen Damm Agency pages: “Nina Granlund Sæther is back, this time with the follow-up to her best seller Mittens. In Socks From Norway, we travel once again through Norway’s countryside and it’s knitting traditions – this time while keeping our feet warm. In this book you’ll find fascinating stories about the origins of the various socks, archive images from museums around the country, and plenty of instructions for socks for the whole family.” I believe it is only a question of time before these books are translated into English.

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Familien Strikk March 2018

I am delighted to have two designs in the latest special magazine called Familien Strikk, a Norwegian magazine. The magazine has an incredible 124 designs for women, men, children, babies and the house. Both my designs have been published earlier, Brewster Cardigan in the webzine Wool Studio 2016, by the editors of knit.wear and Bowery Tunic in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2017 issue.

Here is my first page, introducing the Brewster Cardigan with photos taken by Eivind Røhne of the gorgeous model Emma Ross with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Brewster Cardigan is knitted in the soft Valley Yarns, Northfield using a 4 mm/US 6 needle and is available in sizes XS to 2XL. The English pattern is available in the Wool Studio 2016 webzine but also as a single download from my Ravelry store.

Here is the second page with the Bowery Tunic. Both garments where photographed at Bøler Church in Oslo. The Bowery Tunic is knitted in the divine hand dyed Madeline Tosh DK using 4 mm/US 6 needles and available in sizes XS to 2XL. The English pattern is available in the knit.wear Spring/Summer 2017 issue and will be available in my Ravelry store soon. The Familien Strikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can also order it by SMS just write “Strikk18” in addition to your name & address to 2205 or buy a digital version for iPad, see www.klikk.no. If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing kari.bachke@egmont.com and then transfer payment into their bank account.

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Melva Pattern Released

Emma Boyles of The Little Grey Sheep suggested I launch my Melva pattern in time for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival (read: EYF, for us knitters) and I am happy to say that I made it with the help of my test knitters and new technical editor Kristen TenDyke. The Little Grey Sheep will have a stand at the Festival, sell the yarn Stein Fine Wool 4ply in lovely hand dyed shades as well as my Melva pattern. I would have loved to be there, but know I have my own ambassadors there. One of my Austrian test knitters, Barbara will be there wearing her version of Melva, and so will one of my Norwegian sample knitters, Kristin, as well as my new translator (yes, this is very exciting and more news will follow shortly). Emma also commissioned Amanda, aka demonknitter24 on Ravelry, to make her a version of Melva for the festival, so I am hoping for a small line up of Melva. Both English and the Norwegian pattern are available at Ravelry and at Loveknitting. Above you see it gorgeously worn by Emma Ross, with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne. Below is a photograph of the lovely yarn in the shade Outback taken in our garden last July by my husband.Here is my introduction to the pattern: Named after Melva, Celtic for ruler, a straight sweater with fancy cables at the top and the bottom. The intricate cable is fit for a ruler. Ribbing in the side makes the sweater figure-hugging, while the stockinette stitch center panel shows off the stunning hand dyed Stein Fine Wool 4ply from The Little Grey Sheep. The sleeve mirrors the body, but it is worked flat.

Melva pattern is available in English and in Norwegian (på norsk).

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)

Finished measurements:
Bust: 88 (94, 100, 106, 112, 124) cm/34.75 (37, 39.25, 41.75, 44, 48.75)“
Length: 60 (61, 62, 63, 64, 65) cm/23.5 (24, 24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)“
Modelled in size XS with 2.5 cm/1” positive ease.

Yarn: The Little Grey Sheep British Stein Fine Wool 4ply (100% wool, 100 g, 330 m/360 yds). Sample is knitted in Outback: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins;
1536 (1666, 1796, 1926, 2056, 2316) m/1679 (1821, 1964, 2106, 2248, 2423) yds.
https://www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk/collections/stein-fi…

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32” and 40 cm/16”).
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 26 sts and 34 rows/rnds in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
Melva cable (12-sts) measures 4 cm/1.5” wide.

Notes: The body is worked in the round to the armhole and then worked back and forth in rows. While the sleeves are worked flat. If your row gauge differs, begin second Melva cable 54 rows (16 cm/6.25”) before final row on back, front and sleeves. If you want to lengthen the bottom half of the body and add a section to the Melva cable, work these additional rows: 4 to 13, then rows 44 to 49.

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