Ö-Woollen is the name of my new knitting yarn and I’ve been working with it to create a collection of products and designs.
Along with individual hanks of Ö-Woollen yarn, these new products will be available to buy from my on line shop later in the year.
Ö-Woollen is such a pleasure to work with as its a gorgeous pure wool yarn made entirely from Swedish sheep’s wool. All the wool is gathered from farmers and producers on the island of Öland, a small island that lies out in the Baltic sea just off the southern Swedish coast. Ö, which simply means island in Swedish, is a fittingly straightforward name for a straightforwardly beautiful woollen yarn.
Quite rightly, hygge is currently being fully embraced not only by the Scandinavians but by all us Europeans and Americans – and I was really pleased to see this recent article from Interweave.
All the projects in Northern Knits: Gifts (Interweave 2012), were designed in celebration of the concept of hygge and the hand knitted gift. Having spent time in Scandinavia I was aware that there was a history of a collective Scandinavian love and appreciation of the natural world and a belief that all aspects of daily life should be enhanced through the use of beautiful everyday objects made from natural materials. Hygge is a Scandinavian word for this specific aesthetic that, although not easily translatable, can mean warmth, humour, comfort, tenderness, contentment and wellbeing. It can be applied not only to things, which should be shared in a loving and generous way, but also to people and environments – and of course it can be applied to the making and giving of knitted projects…
Happy hygge knitting!
Annelli Doll (Northern Knits: Gifts)
Härmä Socks (First Frost)
Liv Socks (Northern Knits)
Märta Bag (Northern Knits)
Noomi Slippers (Northern Knits: Gifts)
Oda Baby Blanket (Northern Knits: Gifts)
Oluffa Doorstop (Northern Knits: Gifts)
Ulla Socks (Northern Knits)
It was lovely to be back at West Dean – thank you to everyone who came along to the workshops.
Much Swedish nålbindning (in English nalbinding!), with both a needle and a crochet hook was done and there are plans for more courses next year…
It will be wonderful to be back at West Dean in February teaching Swedish crochet and knotting techniques again.
These workshops were really popular, and just like last year the first workshop will be, Swedish Crochet: An Introduction to Crochet Nålbindning and Smygmask Virkning, which runs from the 12th – 14th of February. This is a really exciting opportunity to learn Crochet Nålbindning, a ‘new’ technique that has only been acknowledged by the Nordic Museum in Stockholm as an authentic technique in the last few years.
You will also be able to learn Smygmask Virkning – or slip stitch crochet – which is an equally ancient slip stitch crochet technique that has long been used as a distinctively firm and decorative edging for Swedish folk knitted mittens, socks and sweaters.
I shall also be teaching an extended Swedish Nålbindning: The Basics from the 14th -16th of February. This will be an ideal opportunity for those who missed out on the workshop last year or for anyone who needs a refresher – and lets face it, nålbindning is so tricksy that just about everyone needs a refresher from time to time!
For each workshop there will be beautiful, authentic Swedish yarn to work with, as well as artisan nålbindning needles and skedkroks (more on these soon)…
Book a place here and here
Photos: Nålbindning and crochet nålbindning mittens from the Nordic museum.
Happy new year to you all – and thank you to everyone who has stopped by to look, read and shop.
Here’s to another creative and inspiring year…
Photo: Åsa Mittens from Northern Knits:Gifts