We just love Jorid Linvik’s additions to our knitting pattern wishlist! Her unique style has lots of needles working overtime to recreate her colorful collections of mittens and socks. From the number of pattern books she’s already had published, you’d think Linvik had been a professional designer for decades…but guess what? She was one of us before she started “living the knitting dream,” working a “regular” sort of desk job (so she could afford to go yarn shopping!)
Linvik was born in Meløy, a small community in the north of Norway, in 1960. She is now married with three grown children and resides in Bodø, a town of about 50,000 people. For years she worked as a technical artist, later pursuing further education in web design and IT, which she eventually taught herself at the high school level.
In 2012, Linvik took a year off and worked at a cafe so she could have more time for her “big passion”: knitting. She started designing and selling her own patterns, and lo and behold, they became very popular, allowing her to go ahead and work with knitting, art, and design full time.
“My hobbies were originally knitting, drawing, and painting,” Linvik admits, “but since my hobbies are now my job, I must say that my new hobbies are my dog, the birds in my garden, and nature!”
Linvik loves nature and animals, which is reflected in her knitting patterns.
Linvik’s workshop is in an industrial building surrounded by plumbers, carpenters, and car repair shops.
“Just men!” she says. “But in the evenings the area is quiet, and then I have my knitting club in my office with skilled knitting ladies. We talk, share patterns, and knit together. I always learn a lot from them.”
Does she have one piece of advice for all the rest of us regular-like, hobby knitters?
“Never give up before you get the result you want!”
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