Yes, I am a lucky pig!
I spent last weekend in Skarnes in Norway, invited by May Lis Martinsen who runs the Projo yarn shop to give a talk and a workshop at a weekend retreat for knitters.
One Danish and 34 Norwegian knitters came to listen to me talking about traditional patterns from Sweden, Norway, Scotland and the Baltic countries. Then we all tried to create new patterns with the inspiration from the old and historical.
See what good students I had!
The evening before we started talking about these special Norwegian wafers called krumkaker. They are made in a special krumkake-iron. These old irons are very beautiful and often have a lovely, swirly pattern.
So May Lis, whose father just happened to have worked in a krumkake-iron factory, brought her own iron to show me. I thought it would make a nice knitting pattern so we all started drawing.
|Like a piece of art.|
But when May Lis opened up her shop all my industrious students just disappeared...
This is May Lis giving Margret some advice.
A couple of skeins found a new home in Sweden.
But it was very hard to pick a color.
May Lis garage had magically been turned into a yarn shop. Somehow it must be bigger on the inside.
Most of the time was just spent talking and knitting. And eating.
Marianne, to the left in the picture, acted color consultant – so successfully she might have found a new career.
I have always dreamed of visiting Norway, so I was very happy that I finally got the chance. It´s such a beautiful country. And Norwegian knitters are very kind to us inferior Swedish knitters I´m happy to report.
I have a nasty habit of going running sometimes and this was the view from the top of the hill.
I wasn´t happy with how the edges turned out so I decided to knit the sleeves again. This is how far I got. Not very impressive.
But now the summer holiday starts and I´m about to spend two weeks with the kids on the island of Edö. This will be one of the projects that I will bring along. And maybe three other. Can´t risk running out of yarn on a remote island now, can I?
Thank you May Lis for a wonderful weekend!