I have a new painting to share with you….it’s a piece that I have worked on throughout the month of February, which was a very hard month for me and my family. We lost dear loved ones, and the events that are currently happening in Ukraine are breaking my heart. To help get through these tough days, I’ve turned to painting— I created the small paintings to give to IOCC.org (they sold out in minutes! THANK YOU. I am currently ordering mini prints of them so we can continue to give money to aid Ukraine) and I also finished this piece, Selbu Knitter.
This painting was inspired by our studies and reading of Norway, and the interesting folk tradition of 2 color strand knitting that originated out of the Norwegian town of Selbu in the 19th century. In this piece, a Norwegian mother knits a selbu mitten on a snowy winter day while an older child watches (and learns!) and a baby sleeps in an old fashioned, built-in bed (the kind I would love to have in my own home!)
Selbu Knitter is available now as an original painting in my etsy shop, and I am also ordering prints. I have a feeling she’ll be in the 2023 calendar as well…
Last month I also took an online course on learning to knit selbu mittens, and although some intense life events have stalled me out on completing them yet, I am really enjoying learning to make them, and can’t wait to wear them. I am also still gung-ho with reading Kristin Lavransdatter, and am well through book 2 of the trilogy. We are talking about it on my instagram if you’d like to join us.
Thanks so much for your visit today, I hope you are safe and well.