Category Archives: Norwegian Upbringing in U.S.

A Closeup Look at an Old Norwegian Pattern

While I first learned to knit at age 5 or so, I was never given a pattern to follow. The knitters in my family were Norwegian women either living on farms or only one generation off the farm. Rooting around … Continue reading

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Pinner, Pins & Needles

Pins is British English for what is needles in American English. It’s pinner in Norwegian. Close, no? As some words in English and Norwegian are close (in sound) and because my mother had a rather, umm, creative approach to mastering … Continue reading

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A 39-Year Old Norwegian Cardigan

 This is the back of a cardigan my grandmother knit for my 16th birthday.  It is 100% wool and buttons up with old pewter buttons. I loved it and wore it regularly all through high school.  (As I was living … Continue reading

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Norwegians: Not Just Good Knitters, Farmers & Fisherfolk

Norwegians are not just good knitters, fisherfolk and farmers. 🙂 Because I was raised in the U.S., most of the Norwegians I knew well were related to me and, except for my cousins, much older than I. The Norwegians I … Continue reading

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Parlors of Old Ladies

When I was a little girl, my mother routinely visited elderly Norwegian ladies, dragging me along in my Sunday best. Seen, but not heard, was my mother’s motto for me. I would sit quietly on a hard couch, my white … Continue reading

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Hearts & Outhouses

Once upon a time, a new neighbor walked across the street to introduce herself when she saw me knitting on the front porch. I was working on a “traditional Norwegian pattern,” and she asked if I was “of Scandinavian descent.” … Continue reading

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Domesticating Karen

A few days ago I passed a pretty young woman knitting at one of Starbuck’s outside tables.  Of course I just had to slow down and take a peek at her project (it’s a knitter’s thing, right?!).  She was working … Continue reading

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