In January 2017 I began as a volunteer at a psychiatric ward
I was invited by Søren Magnussen, a former patient who devoted all his time to bring different kind of small creative havens in the psychiatic wards.
I came with my basket with yarn and knitting needles.
I came without any expectations and knowing that when you are dealing with fx. very depressed people, its varying if activities are possible.
I know. I’ve been depressed myself. Continued
These wonderful days between Christmas and new years eve.
Filled with people, “hygge”, darkness and candles.
These are days where I bring my knitting every where. Days when the sound og my knitting needles tends to strengthen the “hygge”. Continued
I’m sick of Black Friday and all it’s consumerism.
How is this going to fit together? I could talk a lot about this, but that isn’t what’s on my mind today.
My words for today is
GIVE – MAKE – BE – CREATE.
GIVE SOMETHING – MAKE SOMETHING – BE SOMEONE – CREATE SOMETHING.
TAKE PART – BE ACTIVE.
That is where life has meaning – at least to me.
So that is what I want to do this weekend (november 25. – 26.th. 2017)
I’m giving all my online knitting content away for free to anyone who wants to create something with their hand. This is including my online knitting class but I’m sorry to so say, it’s only in Danish.
I have spend hours creating these patterns and the knitting class and they are worth every penny!
But this summer and fall I been so busy! I have been knitting twice a week at a intensive psychiatric ward and tryed to raise money for this project, so I could spread it out. It didn’t succeed, so I have been busy raising an income by other means.
That is life when you are a sole entrepreneur, idealist and inventive!
But the patterns and the class has been tototally neglected! How stupid is that?! It’s done and can be used over and over again.
So silly! I made it to pass on my joy of knitting.
This summer I created my online knitting class.
I have done something and been someone to people in a very vulnerable place in their lives, and still do.
Now is the time to give something.
I will give you, and anyone who read this, all my patterns for free and it you want it also my Danish knitting class. Just use the code – I want to knit
The code is working this weekend and you can download now and knit later.
Finally, I hope you’ll create a beautiful day ❤︎
Danish knitting class
Code: “Jeg vil strikke”
In May 2017 Knitwork.dk is hosting a knitting festival in Stockholm.
They have held two festivals in Copenhagen and now its time to go to Sweden.
There are many reasons why you should go! Of course to say hi to me and join my “Find you knitting mojo” class or my talk about my special throw and how you make your special throw, but here is a list of the 5 main reasons to go to the knitting festival:
I have a suitcase from my grandmothers aunt, Lisa Forsman, LF.
I got it when I was teenager and I loved it!
For many years I have kept old letters in it, then toys for our young guest, but it wasn’t enough.
The suitcase has always caught my eyes and started chains of ideas for a greater purpose.
And then it hit me – the suitcase is going to be my survival kit.
Have you ever experienced that your knitting mojo disappeared?!
What is Knitting mojo?
- The feeling that keeps you knitting
- Keeps the knitting ideas coming
- Makes your eyes eat the colors in the yarn shop
- Makes your fingers wanders over the yarn fibers
- Makes you spend hours on Ravelry, Pinterest, Instagram finding patterns to knit
- And a lot more!
But sometimes someting awful happens: you look at your knitting without ever wanting to knit a single stitch!
It’s like someone has cast a spell on you: what on earth where you doing before? With all that boring yarn and needles. And why on earth you buy all that yarn?!
That is painful!
Going from having a hobby that you love, that keeps your hands busy, makes you create wonderful things, to this? Not ever wanting to knit again.
What to do when the knitting mojo has gone?
I have tried it enough times to know how to handle it!
- Relaxe – take to some time not to worry about it
- Surround with things that inspirere you
- Be prepared!
“Be prepared”?! Thats so much easier said than done! When you’ve got you mojo working, you don’t ever expect it to disappear, so why prepare for it? Well because it can be a “life saver” for you mojo if it happens and if it don’t you’ll find that it can be a very special place to go to for inspiration.
It’s at the knitting festival, Knitwork Stockholm 2017, I’ll be teaching a workshop called “Find your knitting mojo”. At the workshop you will learn how to make a “suitcase” full of stuff that inspires you and make you glad! In the next weeks I’ll share much more about keeping your mojo working, both here and on Instagram and Facebook.
Read more about and sign up for the workshop – the workshop will be held in Danish.
Winter solstice is my birthday.
For many years I thought it was the most depressing day of the year to have birthday. It’s the darkest day of the hole year – we only have 7 hours of daylight in Denmark.
In the later years I have learned to appreciate the magic of the solstice – it’s the day the light returns.
I’m trying in my own small ways to contribute to break the taboo around mental health issues by trying to remember to speak up. Continued
The inspiration to make the shawl, My Dearest Karin, came from Karin Larsson and her amazing work with textiles and home decoration.
Danish is my mother tongue but Swedish is my grandmothers tongue and it talks to my heart like no other language.
I’m in Sweden this summer. In our old and wonderful house.
I have 3 weeks vacations – and just few freelance assignments to do, but that’s okay.
It’s been years since I last had vacation like this, I don’t have to do anything. I can just relax and follow my breath. I love it.
And then… I open my Instagram, and starts to question myself: