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A bit of sewing…

I´ve had this thin cotton fabric in my stash for nearly 10 years. I “stumbled” upon a little unlikely fabric shop in the less popular end of the main street in a small town here in Norway. I think I have a fine-tuned intuition. That is, -it´s only tuned towards yarn and fabric. I can smell it! Wether I´m in London, Riga or Copenhagen, trust me to find the fabric- and yarn shops! (…much to my fellow travelers` annoyance…suddenly I´m just off – and they know there will be a 30 minutes delay – while I ramble through the shelves for local jewels!)

This little shop looked like something you would find in a Harry Potter novel, a shop you could place right in to “Diagon Alley” – and the owner definitely looked the part. She must have been nearly 90 years old – and with her thin white hair gathered in a knot in the back and her Half-glasses, I was not surprised she was a seamstress – the old school sort…

This grand old lady clearly knew her CPI – and had, every 10 years or so… taken the time to re-price her fabric accordingly – and the small white price-tags attached to the rolls of fabric by some string (remember those?) had several over-crossed numbers on them. Each number a great deal higher than the former… I´m guessing this shop were her project – not her income… Which meant I could find treasures from the 60´s and 70´s among the dusty teak-shelves, while she strictly informed me what I could, -but mostly – what I could not use this fabric for… One of my best spent 30 minutes – ever!!

The pattern is from Burda; magazine 10 / 2012 (you can find it here). I´ve done a few mods – added piping -made from cotton bias tape and some thin, round elastic, and I´ve lined it.

I had at some point cut a piece from this fabric – and had to replace a bit (right pic. over) to make the pattern fit – but it´s hardly visible… I´m not sure I´ll ever wear this skirt though…? The resemblance to my grandmothers apron is clearly there… Maybe, if I wake up very courageous one fine summer´s day…

The bottom pic. shows the other fabrics I also managed to save from eternal “dustification” among the teak-shelves that great day… Better put it to use before I end up like that grand old seamstress…


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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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Thinking of sewing…

I just can´t sit still! The thought of not knitting is so new to me, that my whole world in some way , has to be reinvented! Seriously? It feels like my personality is dependent on knitting!! …. So I´m thinking of things I can do when not knitting….

This is a post about thinking of sewing:

I consider myself lucky! I´ve seen both the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) and the Aurora Australis (southern lights). When you live in Norway, the night sky occasionally lightens up in a spectacular live-show, -better than any tv-entertainment…. it might look like this:RPHsR1NuqyJXxWVLRwUBzQF_mwklEIe4WCp2QdF6RPbQ

I spent 6 months in Australia in ´89-90 (literally a century ago), and I had the opportunity to witness the Aurora Australis as well. The night-sky over a West-Australian farm landscape was covered inimages-1 something that looked like a sharp pink, slow-moving sand-storm. I´ve actually never witnessed a sand-storm, so this equation is pretty stupid really, -but I´ve seen it on TV, and to those of you not living in an arctic or antarctic area (Aurora Australis is the Antarctic equality of Aurora Borealis…), this might give you a clue as to how this light moves across the sky.

20 months ago, my dear Australian cousin gave birth to a baby-girl. Names were discussed, and she gave me a hint to which names they were considering. Amongst them was Aurora! (another one was Lily – to which I replied – maybe a bit too sharply (ehm!) that any woman of this family will never – and I repeat – never(!) be a prima ballerina, and will surely not break in the first spring storm….! We´re not the petite type. We can carry the load, …and look like we can carry the load too….:))

My mum actually sent me to ballet-classes when I was 7. So I know what I´m talking about. She drove for 2 hours each thursday, only to achieve a daughter who, ecstatically told her father afterwards that: «I ran faster than any of the other girls in ballet»! I only had to do 6 months of ballet lessons…..

So, of course I gave my thumbs up for Aurora! What better name to give an Australian baby who´s grandmother is Norwegian?

Aurora 3_2295-1So I give you Lily Aurora:) The most beautiful girl I´ve never met! (I just know!) My own girl is turning 13(!?) theese days and I can no longer make small girls dresses, so Lily Aurora was in my thoughts when I ordered this fabric a while ago. I´ve, by force, made the space around the sewing machine for mending lately, but I have to make an effort to clean out the room, and excavate the sewing machine properly in order to sew up a few dresses for Lily Aurora.

These are the fabrics I intend to transforme:):