More summer

More summer

Hempathy has been a long-standing summer favorite. This season we introduced a print version of, Hempathy Prints. Ten different color combinations were selected to match solid colors in the Hempathy line. You’ll find the print colors here

The fiber content and length/weight is the same as for the solid colors but the Prints are available in 100 g balls.

My first project was this simple basic sweater in the Bear in Mind colorway. I edged it with cast-on + 1 row using the matching solid green.


Then came Bea


Bea is an airy top, straight with a boat neck and short sleeves. The pattern is placed in a V-formation that comes naturally with this pattern. It is placed mostly above the bra line so its transparency is not an issue.

The name of the lace pattern happens to be Bumble Bee because of its resemblance to my favorite pollinator and the name Bea was chosen because it is homonymous with said insect.

I figured that the pattern is distinct enough to be highly visible in the print version of Hempathy, so I chose the New Orange colorway, and I was right. Here shape, pattern color and yarn co-operate to create a true summer favorite. And it’s fairly quick and easy knitting too.

Bea is available for download at my Ravelry store

Photo as always Anders Rydell


More designs

Here are two more designs in my lovely Silky Wool.

Devin Sizes XS (S) M (L) XL


Talk about not seeing the forest for all the trees. These trees are made by combining yarnovers and garter on a stockinette background. The patterns is bordered by cables and the rest of the sweater is plain stockinette with rolled edges. The cable is echoed at the neck, where it is knitted separately and attached afterward.

Jeanette Sizes Smaller (Larger)

The neck piece with matching cuffs could be considered either something to keep you warm on a cold day or it could be seen as a decorative neck piece, knitted jewelry. Your choice, but either way they are pretty and versatile pieces, feminine without being girly. Quick knitting with a bit of challenge.

Photos, as usual, by Anders Rydell.

Kul med Ull

Kul med Ull

I lördags var det Kul med ull i Kallhälls Folkets hus.

Massor av garn- och textilgalna människor hade samlats för att lyssna när Lena Köster höll föredrag om ull. Dessutom fanns det möjlighet att delta i workshops, se demonstrationer av olika textila tekniker, handla ull, garn och redskap och annat på marknaden eller bara fika och mingla med alla garngalna människor.

Bilderna visar ett litet urval av mina plagg exponerade på ett mikrofonstativ (det är inte första gången Anders bakgrund som musiker kommer väl till pass), litet av människomyllret sett från vårt stånd och min demonstration av hur man stickar flätor utan hjälpsticka.

En härlig dag med god stämning och massor av sköna textilfantaster!

Foto / Photo: Anders Rydell

Report from a local event focused on wool; with lecture, spinning classes, mini workshops and yarn and fiber market.

The photos show an array of my designs displayed on a microphone stand (!), a view of the crowd from our stand and my mini workshop on how to cable without a cable needle.




Viking Life / Vikingaliv

The Time Machine worked! This past weekend I was at a Fall Celebration in Årsunda, an event attended by almost 150 vikings.

Here is my beautiful sister Anne-Berit and myself outside her tent. My beloved Anders posing outside the Vi, the sacrificial area, in his new winter coat. I made it! Anne-Berit and her Anders waiting for the Thing to open. They are both seasoned Vikings.

The weekend was full of events; marketplace, a pig roasting, Viking games, people cooking over open flames, the Thing (Viking parliament), a feast in the Hall with the giving of gifts, celebrations and music, sacrificing at the Vi and a spectacular performance with fire in the dark starry night. We had a wonderful time.



Tidsmaskinen fungerade! Den gångna helgen var det höstfest i Årsunda och nästan 150 vikingar samlades för att fira.

Bilderna visar min vackra syster Anne-Berit och mig i samspråk utanför hennes tält, min älskade Anders poserande i sin nya vinterrock, som jag har sytt,och Anne-Berit och hennes Anders i väntan på att tinget ska öppnas, de har varit med förut.

Lördagen var fullspäckad av upplevelser: Marknad, grillad spädgris, vikingalekar, tingsförhandlingar, fest i hallen med gåvor och firande, offer i viet och en eldshow i den mörka stjärnklara natten.

Tack Fafner för ett härligt evenemang!

Photos/foto Anders Rydell, except the one of him which is taken by/ utom det av honom som togs av Anne-Berit Lavold

Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments; reviews

I’m so happy that knitters out there appreciate my work. It gives me great pleasure to see that there are people who knit my designs, those who use the patterns to create their own designs and that even people who are not going to knit Viking Patterns can enjoy the historical aspects of my work.

Thank you Jasmin and Gigi at Knitmore Girls for a great review. I’m honored and delighted by your in depth analysis of my designs.

The Knitmore Girls Podcast: Not the Math Episode – Episode 388
You’ll find the review at 30:45 (but the whole podcast is thoroughly enjoyable).

I’ve also a couple of other reviews (apart from all the reviews at booksellers):

Knitty had a review in their Deep Fall 14 issue:

And a lovely review by the Knitting Scholar, thank you for that:

Review: Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments