Report from the Norwegian knitting festival in Fredrikstad

Report from the Norwegian knitting festival in Fredrikstad

Report from the Norwegian knitting festival in Fredrikstad, where I attended a course in dyeing yarn with Indigo. Progress on my #oneyearoneoutfit.

Fibre research part 1

So I have started my research into my #1year1outfit challenge. It appears that I was correct in assuming that the only fibres to be found locally in Norway is wool and linen. When it comes to wool I have found locally produced fibres of sheep (several different breeds), alpakka and mohair goat. So far I have only found fibre for spinning and yarn. No fabric as of yet. There used to be a online store for buying locally made wool fabric here only a couple of years ago, but as far as I know they closed down after a short period of time. I’m thinking that I will contact the former owner and ask her help in finding out where to turn next. If I’m lucky she will know one or two places I can look for ready made fabric. Even if it turns out that I don’t find ready made wool fabric produced locally in Norway I have a back-up plan for this. And that is of course knitting. I’m an intermediat knitter and it should be no problem for me to knit my self a dress or jacket. But still, it seems like “the easy way out”, and I will first see what I can find. I have also ordered myself a drop spindle, and will try to spin my own yarn made from local short tailed sheep wool. I’ve been reading up on sheep and different breeds, and there are several older sheep breeds that I want to try out. Breeds that[…]

A turn of events

I’ve been absent from my blog longer that normal lately. Partly it has been because of health issues, but also because I’ve been contemplating where I want to go with this blog. I like sewing, and I like documenting what I sew, but it seems to me that this space could be used for so much more – all related to sewing of course.   Sustainability as an expanding life choice As I’ve grown older I have started to care more about how our modern lifestyle affect everything around us. We shape the world with our wants, and actions, and most of the time not for the better. My new years resolution this year was to reduce my family’s household waste, and as a result I have among other things started making my own bread and yoghurt. Just to have less plastic and cardboard garbage to throw away each week. Since I was a little kid I’ve always loved going to the flea markets to buy toys and other things I needed. It was so much like going on a treasure hunt. I have a dad that loves going to them, and took me and my brother along whenever he could . It’s nice to think that things loved by someone else before me are now to be loved by me, and if I decide I don’t need those things any more I can return them to a flea market to be loved again. (As long as they are in working condition that is). Taking[…]