In 2005 my Norwegian friend Annemor Sundbø taught a class in traditional Setesdal embroidery at Vesterheim. She’s written several books, including one on traditional Norwegian sweaters from Setesdal. Even though I had no intention of knitting another Norwegian sweater, I was interested in taking Annemor’s class. Back when I attended Husflidsskole in Noway, I knitted a lice-patterned sweater and embroidered the collar typical of Valdres, the region in which I lived. One heavy Norwegian sweater is enough!
I looked forward to spending time with my friend, plus Annemor is a popular teacher and great lecturer. Setesdal embroidery stitches are lovely and bright, and Annemor’s class included information about traditions and symbolism and history. I diligently stitched the edge for a sweater placket, and then placed it in a drawer. Recently, with a little time on my hands, I repurposed a nice black Italian wool turtleneck that my husband no longer wanted. It was too big for me, but worked out nicely as the base for a lightweight jacket. I used trim purchased in Norway for the edges. Beside the sweater are some Sami shoes I purchased in a thrift store in Kristiansand while visiting Annemor.
A couple of days ago I learned of a new book, Scandinavian Folklore. The brilliant photos in this book make my jacket look minimalist in comparison!