|My flock sweater|
After watching Martha and Elizabeth knit their allovers in October, I decided it was about time to get back to work on my 'flock sweater'. I'd set it aside a few years ago after I finished the sleeves. I'd run out of black and needed to spin some more, all the bobbins on my wheel were full...you know the drill...So it went into what my husband fondly refers to as the 'Great Hall of Unfinished Projects' - we all have one. Mine really isn't all that large, it's just that DH finds the whole concept rather odd, but then he doesn't knit (or spin or weave or...).
As for the design, I headed for one of my favorite knitting books, Poetry in Stitches, by Solveig Hisdal (published in 2000). Solveig is the designer for the Norwegian knitwear company, Oleana. She has won numerous awards for her knitwear designs. On a warm summer night in Oslo before the theater starts you can see numerous woman dressed in Oleana sweaters and matching silk skirts stroll by - her designs have become the contemporary version of the bunad or folk costume in Norway.
|Solveig Hisdal sweater design from Poetry in Stitches|
|Woolen bunad bodice form Hallingdal from Poetry in Stitches|
|My Christmas sweater|
|A few pieces in the 2012 Oleana knitwear collection|
I'm happy to be back knitting my 'Flock sweater'...inspiration comes in many forms....Thank you Martha and Elizabeth!
|Martha's newly finished allover|
For more information about Oleana, click on this video link to watch their 2006 video about the company. Although the video is in Norwegian, it will give you a chance to meet the owners of Oleana - Signe Aarhus and Kolbjorn Valestrand - as well as the companies designer, Solveig Hisdal. It includes a factory tour of Oleana (they've chosen to make their sweaters entirely in Norway), their employees annual trip abroad as well as a fashion show that they held at the Nordsik Museum, in Stockholm, Sweden.