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Knitting, design, wool and other gatherings….


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Joy to those who dread xmas…

bymisjosnjerf-uX8BI156irThe Curch´s City Mission (my direct translation..) launch a new campaign today, and you´ll find orange hand-knittes scarves all around five cities and towns in Norway. The scarves are marked: “To someone who´s cold”, and are meant to be a reminder of the cold season we are entering, and the scarves are part of  of a campaign where the main focus will be to provide hot meals “those who dread xmas..”. ..A reminder to us all,  I think…

The scarves are knitted by members of the City Mission


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New hats…

I had to take a break from my bigger knitting projects, and whip up some hats. The pattern is very simple, and one I translated from Norwegian to English a while ago. The original pattern is frk snupps FWSS en skamløs kopi. I have written a post about this one before: Just brilliant… where I explain the history behind its rather strange name.

I have done some editing on the english version of the pattern, and you can find a free pdf version of it here: Ms snupp´s Angora Hat (FWSS – a shameless copy)

Details on “Gray Cloud” (gray hat)

Details on “An Apple a Day” (green hat)

IMG_4304The good news: Update on the “National Knitting Night” Nov 1st: my “Flower Power” sweater will appear on the catwalk! Can´t wait….

The bad news: I´ve been a dedicated knitter for 38 yrs, no, I´m not ancient, I just started very young… Until recently my knitting has been solitary, and a quite geeky form of activity. This has changed, both for me personally and in society in general. There´s a new generation of knitters out there, and knitting has become “the thing to do”! I guess I´ve been waiting for this TV-moment for 38 yrs!! But what do you think happens when my dream finally comes true?: an all-nighter of knitting-bliss on national TV? I have to catch a plane at 7 am the next morning! Crap! Will be fun though, teenage daughters and mums on a city-weekend! …I can always catch up on internet-TV later!


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National Knitting Night

The Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK), has, of lately, made a quite puzzling tradition of presenting the Norwegian audience with «minute-for-minute» productions of journeys and themes. This is puzzling in a broad sense! First; -who came up with the idea? -and why did they actually put the idea into action (…thinking; not all ideas are good ideas…)? And most importantly: Why did the public absolutely love this consept?

We´ve been presented with «minute-for-minute» boat journeys. I mean; 24/7 broadcasting of boat-journey along the Norwegian coast – and the crowds along the coast went bananas! -and the viewers suddenly became fanatically interested in Norwegian geography!!? (myself included…)

And what about a 24-hours broadcasting of a train-journey (Bergensbanen), from Bergen on the West-coast, to Oslo in the East, crossing the mountains…

We´ve been glued to the TV following a boat down a water-canal, and another show: fishing for Salmon, you know; the immensly popular sport of Casting!? (being ironic here…)

NRK lost me when they presented «National Wood-burning Night», a 24-hour production of firewood….. and I thought: oh please, what´s next!? Let´s just get on with our lives….!!

555911_10151907704184695_204211806_nThat was until I heard about NRK´s next «minute-for-minute» production: National Knitting Night!

What an absolute thrill!! My secret wish has always been to replace any sort of sports from the TV-screen with knitting! I don´t hate sports, -but I don´t like it either…

A small percentage of my wish has finally come true…

So, on the night of 1st of November 2013 you´ll find me glued to the TV (lost from this world as such:)), watching «minute-for-minute» National Knitting Night.

On this occation, Norway´s longest-running TV-show (over 40 years): «Norge Rundt» (…losely translated: Around Norway…?!) have been appointed the honourable role of opening this show. A part of their focus will be on the famous (in Norwegian terms…) knitting-book «Hønsestrikk» from the 70´s, and they invite the public to show their knitting based on this book. It so happens that I have a piece of knitting based on this book! I´ve actually got more knitting based on this book, -but this piece is the most obvious one:)

I was studying Arts & Crafts in a Teachers College in ´93, and we were given the task of presenting an exhibition on the theme: «Mennestet og Maktene» (The Power of/and Mankind). My friend and I chose to explore the age of «Flower Power». My friend, being the artist, did the drawing, -and me being the crafter did the knitting and  sewing. I sewed up different variations of flares, and I knit this:IMG_4304

I opened this post by stating my puzzlement around the «minute-for-minute» NRK-productions. This garment also puzzles me! Not because of the over-obvious statements in the pattern, but in the fact that I´ve kept the garment for 20 years!  I´ve only wore this garment once, and I received this comment (not kidding…): «Oh, you´re wearing a sweater with inwards and outwards genitals …cool!!»!? I´ve moved 11 times since this was knitted!! …and 11 times I must have looked at this garment and found it worthy of an extended existence… well, the time has come: I´m sharing this garment with the public, and will send «Norge Rundt» an e-mail.


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Plucky Everyday v.2

Hi, I´m back!

I´ve just made some alterations in my “Plucky Everyday” sweater pattern. Though this is a free pattern that I´m not planning on spending much more time on, it bugs me every time someone notes me telling me they have difficulties reading the pattern.  It mainly bugs me because I would,  of course,  like to present the knitters out there with a pattern that works, and I would also like to know that the knitters out there have a reasonable pleasant time knitting my design no matter what they have paid or not paid, and no matter how many hours of work I have already put into presenting this pattern.

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

I´m grateful for all your feedbacks on this pattern and I´m sorry for not getting around to working through the pattern earlier. But now it´s done, and “Plucky Everyday v.2” now includes row-by-row instructions on shaping of the neckline, I´ve added one more needle size and made the neckline a bit more narrow.

I cross my fingers and hope this new version have corrected the difficulties some of you have experienced.