Greetings from the farm,
Emma Grace sent me this beautiful photo to tell me she landed in South Korea - and many other beautiful photos since then.
All is well and I am settling back into my everyday, with my little flock and the arrival of autumn here on the farm.
I finished reading The Pocket book and I am slowly finishing up the hand sewing on my pocket project. I am so pleased with the result!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and the rich history, which was easily connected to my traditional studies and Norway.
I did feel that the authors should have connected the ending to the modern day pocket and pocket challenges.
I think this would have made the book and its history even more relevant for the reader and the disparities of women and pockets throughout time.
I have read so many wonderful books this summer and have so many to share!
But today I long to share a book that has just stayed with me.
I cannot stop thinking about it and the many layers of meaning woven within it.
Honestly, I have yet to find a way to articulate its beauty and how much I enjoyed reading it.
And, I love the colourful cover!
I specifically recommend reading this book, while listening to the audiobook.
I read the book first, then went back and read it again with the audiobook.
That is just how much I loved this book and what a difference!
Reading along with the audiobook deepens the experience and beauty of this story. The rhythm of the language (which is in dialect), the setting of Nigeria and each character.
Five bright stars!
Last week I read Dear America and a novel called Groundskeeping and Yours Cheerfully - the sequel to Dear Mrs. Bird - which I recommended some time ago.
I really enjoyed reading each of these books and every American should read the enlightning perspective within Dear America. It was a heartbreaking memior.
Saturdays in September!
I will be teaching mixed media sessions on Saturdays during September - locally and, if there is enough interest, remotely.
The remote sessions will be sustainable explorations of colour and creativity, focused on my knitting bag book, reflective weaving journals and how I incorporate, research, collect and preserve traditional, heirloom handwork from the Selbu region into each of my pieces.
These sessions will offer you a wonderful creative way to plan and/or modify your knitted pieces, play with colour combinations, insert your knitted swatches and all records and notes along the way for each traditional garment.
I will show you how you can incorporate your traditional woven bands as part of a project piece - just to name a few of the ideas and explorations that I have to share with you.
During our time together, we will create a variety of useful pieces in different shapes and sizes that can be used in many different, useful and satisfying ways.
These projects would also be especially beautiful given as gifts or tucked in with a handmade gift.
Please do contact me with interest and I will share the list of supplies that you need to begin to collect from around your home!
These projects incorporate only sustainable, repurposed and free materials - in addition to a few art materials you probably have on hand!
I will be teaching these sessions over four Saturdays - September 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 18:00 (6 PM) CET - World Clock - Oslo, Norway. Each session will be approximately an hour and a half. The registration fee is $36 US dollars - including the paypal fees for all four sessions.
I am currently finishing up a beautiful, traditional piece that I have been working on for a couple of months now. I will have a new video to share the result very soon.
Ingrid + Klara genser
On Wednesday evening, August 24th - I will be checking in and meeting together with everyone that has chosen to knit the Ingrid genser or Klara genser.
These pieces, but especially the Ingrid genser, will be a focus during the short season of autumn.
Do not worry if you do not have the opportunity to join.
We will meet again and I will keep everyone updated.
If you do have the possibility, you can register your participation HERE
*Make sure you have your wool kit order number to hand as your registration ticket into these mini-course sessions.
Wonders, reflections or clarifications? Please leave those below and I will get back to you!
I wish you a beautiful, creative new week.
Warmest regards from the farm,