What is it? You’ll have to wait until 2006 to find out!
I’m debating whether to name it after my Swedish grandmother (Laurabelle), or its eventual shape/inspiration (a Svenska HjÃ¤rta, or “Swedish Heart“). Currently, I’m leaning towards Grandma, tak sÃ¥ mycket.
If I only named patterns after my grandmas and their siblings, I’d have quite a bit of material to work with — they were each one of 13 children! My Grandma Fern was a crocheter, I’ve got several afghans she made. Great-Grandma Dorothy and all her friends were quilters. But it was my mom’s side of the family who knit.
Knitting has been a creative way to keep warm in Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries for years (most of which were ruled by Sweden at one point or another anyway!). From tvÃ¥Ã¤ndsstickat (twined knitting) to modern Swedish designers such as Elsebeth Lavold and Inger Fredholm, there’s always something interesting coming out of Sweden, knit-wise. They even learn how to knit in elementary school, as a matter of course. If only I’d learned how to knit back then! Can you imagine?