Knit Your Way Around the World

Knit Your Way Around the World

For the moment, travel in person is out of the picture for most of us. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t endless opportunities to go on a journey of another kind with your keyboard—and your knitting needles! Now more than ever, the internet has opened up whole new possibilities for visiting faraway places, keeping in touch with those around us, and exploring history, art, and culture: a trove of inspiration for crafts and creativity.

 

Explore Medieval Churches

Digital tours aren’t just for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With a single search online, you can turn up fabulous video and 3D exploratory tours of sights like medieval Norwegian stave churches:

 

And classic Swedish church art:

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Click image to take the virtual tour.

 

Both feature the same striking beauty, fantastical colors, and intricate patterning behind our pattern book MEDIEVAL-INSPIRED KNITS, which transforms centuries-old Scandinavian art into eyecatching, wearable garments.

 

Browse Digitized Museum Collections

The DigitaltMuseum is dedicated to preserving and displaying Norwegian and Swedish art and historical objects, collected from the catalogs of dozens of Scandinavian museums—and its comprehensive photographs served as one of the many resources employed to identify and reconstruct historical design motifs for our bestselling book SELBU MITTENS, the ultimate guide to these famous handcrafted accessories from the Norwegian village of Selbu.

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Click image to visit the DigitaltMuseum.

The Danish National Museum has also made an enthusiastic effort to share its collections with the world, and that includes photographs documenting traditional clothing in Denmark and the Faroe Islands: the gorgeous textured motifs and colorwork patterns that were the inspiration for TRADITIONAL DANISH SWEATERS and FAROE ISLAND KNITS, putting astoundingly beautiful time-honored designs at your fingertips.

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Click the image to visit the Danish National Museum.

 

We’re Tight-Knit

In these uncertain times, despite all the social distancing and self-isolation we’ve committed ourselves to, there’s a special beauty underlying the international interlace inspiration for VIKING KNITS & ANCIENT ORNAMENTS, from Elsebeth Lavold (author of the bestselling VIKING PATTERNS FOR KNITTING)—her extensive survey of global textiles, carvings, and manuscripts of all kinds led her to, as she puts it, “a very comforting conclusion: that the human race is really a tight-knit community, which more things tying us together than separating us.”

 

Make the time to stay connected to the world around you, and let us know where you’d like to be headed on your next knitting journey.

You can find any of the books mentioned here at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of quality equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Two Words: SELBU MITTENS

Two Words: SELBU MITTENS

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The reaction has been astounding—who knew that a book about the traditional mitten patterns heralding from the municipality of eight villages and approximately 4,100 people would throw the knitting world into a tailspin? If you haven’t yet heard about this  completely unique book (and number one new kitting release), here’s the deal on SELBU MITTENS by Anne Bårdsgård:

The ultimate compendium for any Norwegian mitten enthusiast, this gorgeous and inspiring resource was produced in conjunction with a one-of-a-kind exhibition of gloves and mittens from Selbu at the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum. A thoroughly researched and illustrated account of the rich history of Selbu patterning—instantly recognizable for its dramatic contrasts and intricate motifs—covers the development of the designs themselves, and the essential role these knitted accessories have played in the cultural and economic development of the Selbu region.

Then, dive into pages upon pages of over 500 colorwork charts, organized according to the source of their inspiration, from classic stars, snowflakes, and flowers to elk, spiders, and coffee beans. Complete patterns are included for 35 mittens and gloves from the original museum collection, accompanied by short biographies of the original designers—or choose from an overflowing selection of motifs for palms, thumbs, cuffs, and even patterned edging techniques for joining around the hand, to create endlessly fascinating combinations.

Selbu Mittens“It is rare to find a knitting book this well written and that provides this amount of useful information,” says fiber art blogger Lappone. “And it deserves to be read by knitters all over the world. Just under 300 pages and propped with knowledge it is one of the best books on knitting that I have read.”

SELBU MITTENS is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Nina Granlund Sæther in the US!

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The fabulous Nina Granlund Sæther, author of the bestselling MITTENS FROM AROUND NORWAY and all new SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY, has made her way to the US where she will have limited appearances on the East Coast.

Nina grew up in Asker, Norway, just outside Oslo. Her love and interest for knitting, crochet, sewing, and embroidery started before she was school-age. She is educated as a craft teacher, and worked for a short time in a high school before moving to a career in journalism with the Norwegian arts-and-crafts magazine Norsk Husflid. Nina creates designs in the Scandinavian knitting tradition for Norwegian magazines and her own striking books.

In or around Boston? Meet Nina at JP Knit & Stitch in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm as part of the kickoff to JP Knit & Stitch’s Anniversary Sale, which runs through the weekend. (Plus, Local Yarn Store Day is Saturday, April 27! Yippee!)

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Nina’s books MITTENS FROM AROUND NORWAY and SOCKS FROM AROUND NORWAY are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

 

From Jewelry-Making, to Sculpture, to Costumes: Getting to Know Knitwear Designer Irene Haugland

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Recognized as one of Norway’s most talented knitwear designers, Irene Haugland blends her love for the natural beauty, people, and cultural heritage of the Telemark region of the country with her contemporary sense for color and pattern. Her book KNITS FROM THE HEART OF NORWAY offers stunning sweaters, cardigans, socks, hats, and mittens for men, women, and children, with step-by-step instructions, gorgeous color photographs, and the occasional finishing touch of traditional Norwegian embroidery. All the garments were designed and knitted in Lunde, in the heart of Norway’s Telemark region.

“I loved dolls of all kinds,” says Haugland, “and was already designing clothes for them by the time I was five years old…the incipient spark of design had been lit.

“When I was 17 years old, I entered the goldsmith program at Elvebakken Vocational School. It was absolutely fantastic, but living in an apartment in Oslo was a challenge. I missed my home, my parents, my friends, and Telemark. I was on of the eight students who went on to the second level, but in the middle of the second year, I wanted to go home, and so I dropped out of the program. Mamma and Pappa said that I wasn’t about to loaf for the rest of the year, so they sent me to the homemaking school in Seljord. There I got a certificate in handcrafts, although I refused to follow the curriculum in Hardanger embroidery and white embroidery on white fabric, etc. I almost lived in the handcraft room, creating fantastic clothes from woven and knitted fabric…

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The garments in Haugland’s book were designed and knitted in Lunde, in the heart of Norway’s Telemark region.

“In 1974 I enrolled in the Metals program at the National Handcraft and Art-Industry School in Oslo. After meeting the exacting drawing requirements, I was one of the few lucky ones. It was a huge honor to be accepted by the program. I was already halfway trained as a jeweler from before, so now i was able to engage in larger projects. However, almost all my free time was used for designing clothing. During my second year, I received permission to leave school. and change to a clothing and costume program.

“The fourth year was time for a comprehensive thesis in knitting…The next fall, my portfolio of knitted creations was ready. I designed and knitted a collection for Knitted…The collection was successful and I was asked to work at Dale of Norway where I had 12 exciting and productive years.”

 

 

KNITS FROM THE HEART OF NORWAY is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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Did you know…

TSB has a generous loyalty program. That’s right, we’ll pay you to buy craft books publisher direct, plus give you free shipping in the USA! CLICK HERE to read more about our Needle Points program.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

Meet Knitwear Designer Jorid Link

MeetJoridLinvik-trafalgarbooksWe 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!”

Jorid Linvik’s BIG BOOK OF KNITTED MITTENS and BIG BOOK OF KNITTED SOCKS are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.

Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.