My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Bohus in America

Is anyone else channeling Supertramp and humming Breakfast in America now? Or is it just me?

This is a public service announcement for all lovers of Bohus knitting. The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN recently announced an exhibit that will run from January 23, 2009 through March 29, 2009: Radiant Knits: The Bohus Tradition. Here is the description, shamelessly lifted from their website:

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The exhibit Radiant Knits: The Bohus Tradition will be on display at the American Swedish Institute from Friday, Jan. 23– Sunday, March 29, 2009. The exhibit focuses on the history of the Swedish Bohus knitting style and the Bohus Stickning industry (1939–1969), and will feature original garments knitted in the Bohus style. This will be the first time that Bohus couture garments have been on exclusive exhibit in the U.S. since the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The Bohus Stickning organization came into existence in the province of Bohuslän, Sweden, during the Depression era of the 1930s. During this time of financial hardship, a group of women—most married to unemployed quarry workers—sought out Emma Jacobsson, the wife of the governor of Bohuslän, hoping to find a means of supporting their struggling families.

Bohus Sticking was thus born out of need and produced beautiful hand-knitted garments while helping the women support their families financially. From Sweden, the fine knitwear designs spread internationally, including to the U.S., before the operation ended in 1969. Bohus Stickning had grown from the home-based industry of its origin to become a successful business of international reputation.

During the opening weekend, a variety of opportunities to learn about Bohus knitting and its history will be offered at the ASI, including workshops, lectures, guided tours, and a film premiere. A number of special guests from Sweden and the U.S. will be present to share their expertise. For more information about the exhibit and related events click on Bohus_flyer.pdf or visit the Events page.  The registration form can be found at Bohus_registration.pdf

The Minnesota Knitters’ Guild is a proud sponsor of this exhibit.

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If you follow the links above, you will see exciting things are planned for the opening weekend, and some amazing people will be in attendance:

  • Solveig Gustafsson, the wonderful woman who has recreated many of the Bohus creations
  • Kerstin Olsson, the designer of many Bohus designs including my favorite, the Wild Apple
  • Susanna Hansson, knitting teacher extraordinaire ( she will be offering a couple of workshops on Bohus knitting!)
  • Kjell Andersson, Swedish film producer will be there to show his documentary film “Bohus Knitting – From Relief Work to World Success.”

Will I be there? You bet your sweet bippy, I will. Would I turn down the chance to actually meet some of my Bohus heroes? Never! Unfortunately, it will be a very quick trip for me, but I will be at the Institute on the opening night, Friday, January 23, 2009. I hope to see a lot of knitters there. And hey, if you are in or close to Minneapolis, you have no excuse not to attend. Right?

The Knit at Hand

I’ve almost completed the center panel of Midnight Lace.

The picking up of stitches along one side will commence later tonight.

Aimee commented:

I made a clapotis with Woodland color seasilk – I love the colors in that colorway, especially the deep brown.

I ended up doing clapotis because the striping was so distinct that I couldn’t make anything with an actual pattern.  Yours looks like the color changes are subtler…or is it just the light?

The color changes in my “Woodland” are very subtle, fortunately. I did take a bit of a risk using a multi-colored hand-dyed for this project, but overall, the lace pattern is not too complex, so some variegation works.

I am loving this so far — I do love knitting with Sea Silk. It’s soft without being mushy, and knits up beautifully. It’s non-splitty, and all the Sea Silk I’ve used thus far is of consistently good quality — no imperfections or knots.


I am off to the mountains for the weekend, returning Sunday afternoon/evening. Depending on the hour of my return, I may not blog on Sunday. So I’ll see you guys Sunday or Monday. Have a good weekend.

Lucy is excited to have a weekend with her Daddy. She is celebrating here with a spot of catnip.


  1. Bohus….beautiful, beautiful stuff. Way too scary for yarnpiggy’s skillset. 🙂 Sounds like a wonderful exhibit.

    Have a great weekend!

    yarnpiggys last blog post..Yes, they did

  2. Lovely! I think Woodland is one of the most beautiful Handmaiden colorways.

  3. Wendy,
    I live in/near Minneapolis; if you need a place to stay, I’d love to host you. (Lucy would be more than welcome…) Let me know please, as we Johnsons do need to stick together. (We could challenge the Andersons, Swansons, Carlsons etc., you get my drift.)

  4. I would love to go to Minneapolis for that event – especially since the 25th is my birthday – but . . . with a trip to Italy in March, I just don’t see that happening. Another stalking attempt thwarted. 🙁

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..Sooner or Later

  5. Have a great time!!!
    xoxo Stacy

  6. Have a lovely weekend, Wendy.

  7. Enjoy your weekend. I was fortunate enough to take a class with Susanna…wonderfully presented. She is a first class lady as well.

  8. Have a great weekend and tell LB hello for me! 🙂

  9. It’s official! Looking forward to your visit and to the Bohus exhibit!

  10. Yeah! Looking forward to seeing the Bohus exhibit and meeting Wendy! Hopefully I can do more than just grovel at your feet and mumble stupid words.

  11. Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! I am just three hours down the Mississippi from Minneapolis (actually, I was born there and much of my family is there, and I lived there for years, so I’m rather a transplanted Twin Cities girl).
    AND: though I work 50% of weekends, I have that one off!

    Hmm, I think a road trip might be in order in January. Assuming no blizzards (always a possibility).

    And, my mysterious left thumb malady seems to finally be mostly better after two months of limited knitting and no purling. Therefore, I can presumably finally get back to a certain shawl again. So it should be done by then! I hope to have the chance to meet you IRL!

    Have a wonderful weekend; it sounds as though it will be.

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Last Look at Rhinebeck

  12. Who’ll meet me in Minneapolis at the end of winter? They have lefsa, too.

    PainterWomans last blog post..

  13. Um..the Breakfast in America, thing? It’s just you.

  14. nicole/sweden says:

    say hi to solveig from me. i’ve got my eye on a creme swan. sounds like a blast to have all that talent in one place… including you!!!

  15. I’d make the trip to Minneapolis, but I only live an hour from the Bohusland Museum that houses many of the sweaters. In March, I will be taking a Bohus knitting class from Solveig Gustafsson at our spring knitting retreat Stickfest i Väst. I saw the film (in Swedish) that they will premier at the exhibit. I go to knit night with one of the ladies that is in some of the B&W sequences. I would love to see the English translation, though. Sounds like a great weekend!

    Sandys last blog post..A Swappin’ I Will Go

  16. Oooh, the Bohus exhibit sounds wonderful. Enjoy your weekend!

    Jennifers last blog post..Planning for fall, and beyond

  17. I am ashamed to admit that I lived in Mpls for 33 years and NEVER went to the Swedish Institute. Even though for 5 of those years I lived just down the street. Shameful, I know. Maybe it is because the Scandinavian part of my heritage is Norwegian, not Swedish.

    But the Bohus exhibit could change that. Maybe I’ll even make it to the opening, especially if there are going to be Famous Knitters there.

    kmkats last blog post..Recent knitting highlights.

  18. enjoy your weekend! i am always amazed at how quickly you seem to crank out the knitting!!

  19. As usual, I wish I lived closer to where the fun stuff is going on. I’d so love to go up and see that exhibit of Bohus Stickning. Unfortunately, it’s rather a long drive from southern California. LOL

    Lauras last blog post..Sock name saga

  20. Holy Frack! I’m so excited! I will be back in Minnesota by January and my Mom (also my excape vehicle from college) is obsessed with Bohus knitting, so you can totally count me in! Oh Squee!!!

    Erin (usually from Minnesota)s last blog post..Weird Dream…

  21. Have a wonderful mountain weekend! Don’t worry about us… 🙂

    Danieles last blog post..Swallowtail and Spinning

  22. Oh, I wish I were closer to Minneapolis!

    Imbriums last blog post..Knitting as Prayer

  23. I have had the great good luck to have taken a Bohus workshop from Susanna Hanssen, and she alone will be worth the trip! Add in all the rest and it sounds like heaven.

    Your Midnight Lace looks awesome so far… and I see you have added a bit to the side panel… hehe. I am taking bets as to how long before you finish!

    sivias last blog post..As the Moebius Turns…

  24. That sounds like a great exhibit. There are a number of good textile museums in my area, so hopefully that will make its way to the Boston area at some point.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..hopping the finishing wagon

  25. Thanks for the heads up about the Exhibit in Minneapolis! I live in Minneapolis and hadn’t heard about it yet.

  26. Enjoy your weekend. You deserve it.

    Marions last blog post..

  27. NewJerseyLaura says:

    thank you for the Bohus tip. My Blue Shimmer has been a glorious WIP in between projects ever since you made your first. Someday — I’ll be finished 🙂

  28. Thanks for the heads up! A friend of mine is working on a bohus now and I think she would love to go to this!

  29. Enjoy your weekend in the mountains!

    LittleWits last blog post..FO – Millie’s Cowl

  30. ohhhh…I hope you return with several of Solveig’s kits and on-the-spot reports for us!!

  31. Shelley Hermanson says:


    Thank you so much for mentioning the Bohus Exhibit and the MKG. This exhibit has been in the making for just about 3 years. Everyone here is very excited about it. Now, I think I had better finish my two sweaters.

  32. Shelley Hermanson says:

    Oh, I forgot. The two previously mentioned sweaters are from kits I purchased from Solveig. One is Forest Darkness in green and Wild Apple. They are gorgeous and well worth the time and effort to complete them.

    There will be many kits at the exhibit to purchase. There will be sweater kits, hats, mittens…you get the drift. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the exhibit, meet the designer, master dyer, and Susanna Hansson. Susanna has donated her time to translate the instructions (into English)for these original designs. She is a wonderful teacher and a class act to boot. It will be a stellar weekend. Just hope the weather cooperates. January in MN can be very unpredictible.

  33. Thanks for the Supertramp reference. Surly Teenage Daughter and I were driving the in the car the other day, heard it and couldn’t figure it who it was. While I can generally listen to the Classic Rock stations and use my superpowers to name any song released before 1983 in three notes (freaks the kids out), this one had us stumped. It would have continued to swirl around in my brain, had you not mentioned it here on the blog. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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