Freyja is out on the Knitting Iceland website. I’m so happy about it and proud that the pattern finally is available. It was a true ordeal designing a cardigan in 10 sizes and I’m ever so thankful to my collegues Hélène and Vigdís at Knitting Iceland for supporting me through the flood of numbers contained within the pattern. Freyja is sort of a welcome gift to knitters visiting our website now that our pre-issue is out. In fact the pattern is the flower from our logo. Freyja will also appear on my new DVD on lopi knitting, out this summer in Icelandic, English and French. Please check out Freyja!
I decided to collect my published patterns on a special page on my site. Please check them out and see if you find anything interesting. Many of my patterns have only been published in Icelandic so far but I’m slowly but surely getting around to doing some translations. So the ones I post here are at least available in English and Icelandic… and some in French and Swedish as well. Who knows… maybe I will add Spanish, German and Japanese one fine day! Click here to get to the pattern page.
After tears, sweat and countless hours the Knitting Iceland website is finally up and running. The site is devoted to the Icelandic knitting heritage. We will publish a tri-annual webzine featuring articles, interviews, patterns and more, all related to Iceland and knitting in some way. In addition the web contains information about our Knitting tours to Iceland and our other projects, oh and of course you can buy our hand dyed Nammi yarn and more through the site. Behind the scenes we are now working on the other two languages the web will be available in, French and of course Icelandic. The picture with this post is of the Freyja cardi… a pattern I’m working on like a madwoman and will be available through the Knitting Iceland website as a free download. Oh, I almost forgot… the Nevernotknitting podcast May episode is now available – it’s all about Knitting Iceland. Check it out!
My grandmother (on my stepfather’s side) was a very talented knitter. As a teenager I claimed one of her sweaters that my stepfather had stopped using… and wore it throughout college. Since about then it has slept in one of my closets – until last summer when I decided to mend the holes and knit the pattern up in other sweaters. I have always loved the sweater since it’s not too bulky and was already very worn when I started using it. Lopi sweaters become better with time.
This old sweater made me think of how great it would be for Icelandic families to own their specific lopi sweater patterns. That way you could be walking in the wilderness and spot a relative from afar. A little bit like the scottish tartan patterns that belong to families. Anyway… I decided to use the pattern as inspiration for a new sweater, basing the shapeloosely on Védís Jónsdóttir’s Ranga, published in Lopi 29 (Ístex, 2009) and the pattern on the old sweater. It came out great so I tried to force my 17 year old son to wear it. To make a long story short he looked gorgeous in the sweater – but… it was a bit cartoony since it was skin tight on his ever growing teenage torso. So my lucky little sister is now the happy owner of the new sweater. She also looks lovely in it!