May 2021 festival

Day 3: Norway

Welcome Video

Welcome to the third day of the May 2021 Online International Fiber Festival! Watch the morning video for your day’s overview and to meet our vendors from Norway!

Join the discussion in the Online International Fiber Festival group on Ravelry or Facebook. And be sure to follow the festival on Instagram.

Vendors from Norway

All of these vendors can be found in the marketplace. (Click the link then scroll down to the marketplace section!)

ArcticCrafts is a one woman yarn-dyeing business run by Bente Waag Pettersen who finds herself crafting under the northern lights in a small town called Stokmarknes in Vesterålen, northern Norway.
ByEline is Eline Oftedal, hand knitter and modern knitwear designer. Her patterns have been published in The Knitter and other British magazines. Now you can find her work in the festival marketplace!
Fabel Knitwear is run by designer and hand dyer Helene Arnesen. She creates timeless patterns that highlight the feminine, with a romantic aesthetic inspired by vintage and historical silhouettes. Her handdyed yarn is offered on a variety of bases from sparkly merino to rustic Norwegian yarn. Fabel Knitwear also offers a curated collection of romantic, historically evocative buttons, perfect to finish off a project.
Find traditional Norwegian yarn, patterns, and knitting supplies in the Knitography store, as well as classes taught by Patricia Anne, who has made it a goal to preserve and pass along Norwegian knitting traditions to today’s knitters.

Recommended Classes

Choose one (or more!) of the following classes for your morning learning. You will need a subscription to Craftsy to take the classes. Please note: if you have a subscription, you do not need to purchase the class unless you want to. Simply click play on the video!

Start Up Library: Hand Embroidery with Kat McTee

Wear What You Knit: Perfect Sweater Fit & Style with Sally Melville

Simple Sweaters: Stranded and Steeked with Amy Detjen

Explore the Region

Spend your afternoon on a virtual tour of today’s region!

First, a special treat for us all. Two of our vendors, Bente Waag Petersen and Eline Oftedal, sent in videos sharing their native costumes and knitwear. Enjoy!

For an upgraded experience, subscribe to CuriosityStream! CuriosityStream is a streaming service like Netflix, but just for documentaries. Their videos are commercial free and available at a higher streaming quality than many of the options available through YouTube, and a portion of the cost of your membership will help defray the costs of running the festival. Once you have subscribed to CuriosityStream, click on the titles below to go directly to the recommended videos.

The Norwegian Fjords — A look at the natural world around and within the fjords of Norway. Lovely film throughout.
Lemming — A documentary covering not just the misunderstood lemming, but many other animals of Norway.
Art of the Heist — Edvard Munch is known as the painter of “The Scream.” Follow police as they track down the perpetrators of a heist in which Munch’s “The Scream” and “Madonna” were stolen from the Munch museum in Oslo.

The following videos are available for free on YouTube. Consider taking advantage of the free trial of a YouTube subscription, which will block the commercials YouTube usually adds to their videos. The trial lasts for one month and they will send you an email a week before you are charged, so be sure to cancel at the end of the festival or when you get the email, or stay subscribed if you find it worth your while.

Stunning time-lapse video from Trondheim, Norway, where Knitography Farm is located.
Enjoy this brief, time lapse video of the northern lights from Norway.
If you only have time for one documentary today, make it this one. It gives the broadest overview of the history, culture, and geography of Norway!
Rick Steves is a popular tour show host. This video and the next are his episodes focusing on Norway.
The Sami are the indigenous people of Scandinavia. In this talk, Erika Larsen talks about her time living with the Sami.
The boundaries of the various Scandinavian countries have been highly changeable over the years. In this 7 minute video, watch them change over the last 1800 years while you listen to a Sami joik.
It’s so hard to talk about Norway without mentioning Vikings, but so many of the documentaries out there are a touch sensational in that they are presented in a fairly one-dimensional manor. Also, Vikings came from all over Scandanavia and their reach was incredibly wide, so it’s hard to find a documentary that focuses JUST on Norway. Instead, I offer this: a documentary about the Viking exhibit at the British Museum. Though it’s from the UK, the discussion of the exhibit conveys so much information about these dynamic explorers from a thousand years ago. If you’d like, jump to the 6 minute mark to skip the introductory material.
In 1905, Norway broke ties with Sweden and became fully it’s own nation again. This podcast gives a quick explanation of the birth of the modern Norwegian monarchy, including many of the challenges it faced in the following years.
Norwegian foodways have been shifting. Find out why and how in this brief documentary.
Norway is so beautiful! Have one last look at it with this one last video from the Vesterålen region!


Click the menu items for the recipes. The shopping lists are available to be downloaded by day and by the entire event. Print off your preference and head to the market!

New Potato Salad

Evening Entertainment

AURORA is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer. This concert was filmed in a cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, in November 2017 and aired on Norwegian television as a Christmas time concert, though the songs are not Christmas songs. The spoken parts are in Norwegian, but you can chose to turn on the English closed captioning to follow along.

We hope you enjoyed your day in Norway!
Join us tomorrow as we visit Poland!

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