I was teaching on the weekend and so was unable to make my way up to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I admit to having felt rather sorry for myself. For the entire time I was doing the MBA I was unable to make any yarn shows. I planned to remedy that once I finished, but then I took a job (teaching on the very same MBA programme) which meant a lot of working weekends. The universe (or at least the people who schedule yarn shows and MBA classes) seems to be conspiring against me, as they are mostly scheduled concurrently. Oh well. I am not so desolate as I have a Danish consolation prize or two (perhaps three).
A few weeks ago I was in Copenhagen with my friend, Erun (and with Sarah and Sara). One of my top priorities was to make it to Somerfuglen, a knitting shop that I had long wanted to visit.
I know you won’t believe me but I didn’t buy any yarn there. Why? Because I loved everything and couldn’t choose and I had a plane to catch. That is not to say I didn’t make any purchases. I bought two lovely knitting books. First, I bought Issue One of the new knitting periodical, Laine.
This is a lovely book. It is filled with knitting patterns, beautiful photography, articles, designer profiles, recipes, and has high production values. Even the ads are lovely! This issue had profiles of Joji Locatelli and Helga Isager among others. It seems to me that this will be a collectable and I am happy to have the first issue.
I also bought this amazing book:
By Annette Danielsen, it is filled with stunning photos of Greenland and absolutely gorgeous sweaters. I want to knit them all. I particularly want to knit this one, Fjelde, which coincidentally I have in my favorites file on Ravelry:
Here is the extra special goodness from my trip to Sommerfuglen: I tried this jacket on! And it was scrumptious. It fit beautifully and was a dream to wear. As a result, I have purchased the book and now somehow have to teach myself to read a knitting pattern written in Danish! Never fear, dear readers, I WILL accomplish this eventually (perhaps with some help from my friend, Erun, and her mother, Liv)!
Hanging in the window at Sommerfuglen was a very smart jacket by Hanne Falkenberg. I was able to try it on as well. I am a big fan of Hanne’s designs and yarn as you can tell from this post from some years ago. This jacket also fit perfectly and I could not help but notice that it was precisely the kind of thing I need for my working wardrobe. I thought about buying it right then and there, but was prevented because (1) I couldn’t check any luggage on my flight home and (2) the shop didn’t have kits in the colour combos I liked.
Once I got home, I continued to think about this jacket, however, and ended up ordering a kit in the same colourway as the shop sample (colourway #1). Here it is:
The design is called Sofi, and it is knit in two different yarns – the sleeves and main colour are knit in her No2 shetland 100% wool and the contrast colour is her No4 Sofistica 60% Cotton & 40% Linen. Here you can see the two different yarns from the kit:
So, even though I didn’t make it to Edinburgh, I can console myself with these lovely Danish knitting treats. I have heard that the festival suffered this year from its excessive popularity – by all accounts it was very crowded and hot. I would have braved both to see Kate Davies’ stand (and all of the other goodness) but perhaps by the time I do make it up there, the venue will be bigger. In the meantime, I have plenty of knitting to keep me happy.
So jealous of your Norway experience. The dream is to celebrate my next milestone birthday with a knitting vacation to Scandinavia. Thanks for sharing!
Duh, Denmark. 🙂 I have Norway knitting vacations on the brain and became temporarily geographically challenged
Oh, I know just what you mean about Norway. I am dying to go there! Norway and Scotland are top of my list right now. Copenhagen was pretty close, however, and very wonderful. I must admit that the Greenland book makes me want to go there as well. There’s never enough time…..
Maybe this can help to get you started http://www.garnstudio.com/glossary.php?langf=dk&langt=en
Lovely patterns both of them ☺
Thanks! What a good resource. It looks like a fairly comprehensive list.
I think it is – I’ve have had good help from there english to swedish when I started exploring english patterns 😀
Thanks for tip about the Grønland book! Erun told me, and last weekend I bought it as well. Wonderful designs, many of them a bit complicated, though! Sommerfuglen is a good shop!
Hi Liv, I agree that there are some complicated designs in there, but some of the simpler ones are really beautiful. For example, I like Sort Is: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sort-is and I really like the very cozy, hooded cardigan Pels: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pels
To be perfectly honest, I think I like the photos of Greenland as much as the knitting patterns!
Oh wow, I can just picture you in both those jackets. They look great!
Thanks so much. Trying them on made a huge difference. I might not have considered them otherwise. It makes me think I should try to pay attention to trunk shows.
those jackets are lovely, and will be pleasantly challenging to knit. 🙂
Yes, I do think they will be fairly challenging, but I also feel like a challenge would be nice right now (as long as I have a simple project to work on at the same time so that I can swap them out).
Yeah – a nice pair of socks or a hat. 🙂 But I can’t wait to see the jackets, too. 🙂
Very good consolation prizes. That jacket kit is gorgeous. Yes, EYF was definitely busier than previous years, but still extremely well organized and good humoured. And so international – some of my best conversations were had on train platforms and in the queue to get into the venue.
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Now I see why I didn’t find this post when searching for ‘Falknberg” – you didn’t mention its name ! 😀
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