Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Knitting Fever

When I was a college student living on a tight budget during a semester in Oslo, I tried to save money almost everywhere I could. Yarn, however, was another story. I was surrounded by knitters, yarn stores and gorgeous hand knit sweaters everywhere I went. And while the prices of most items in Norway seemed high, yarn felt like a relatively good value. I bought far too much of it and I knit constantly that year—at home, at school, even on the subway. What didn’t get knit up got shipped home.

My knitting habit stalled a bit after leaving Norway. While I began working, got married, and started a family, my yarn collected dust. When I moved into a home with much less storage space, I confronted my yarn affliction head on and donated much of it to the local weavers’ guild. For a full 10 years, the knitting virus has been dormant in my system.

But in the past few weeks that’s all changed. I’ve been working on the September issue of Viking and I’ve got knitting fever again. I can’t wait to hit the yarn store and start in on the projects we’ll be featuring from Ingebretsen’s and Yarn Garage.

If you’ve got the yarn bug like me, beware. You’ll find patterns, resources and—perhaps most dangerous of all—inspiration in the September issue of Viking!

Image courtesy of Flickr user The Real Estreya.

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minnesota, where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585. Amy is a Nordic folk music enthusiast, and when she’s not working or parenting, she can often be found making music with friends.

1 comment:

Jen and Rich Johnson said...

Glad to have you back in the fold! I did the same thing, left it for 20 years or so before I came back to it.