Friday, July 20, 2007

Now That We Have Mastered Knitting in Japanese...

Let's learn Danish!

There was a mass stampede a few weeks ago when someone discovered a truly lovely shawl and wondered where the pattern could be purchased. A Yahoo group was immediately formed for the sole purpose of begging the designer to make it available.

Well, one thing leads to another and I started galloping around Scandinavian web sites in search of the pattern. I couldn't find it, but I did find something else:


This book is full of mouthwatering designs--mostly sweaters--but a few bags, hats, and scarves are tucked into the back. The designs incorporate a pleasing amount of lace in just the right proportion.

This sweater is truly charming:


And this one is just delectable...


It's difficult to see the detail here, but the designer incorporated the Frost Flowers pattern into the hood and front placket.


And I don't think this design needs any words from me:


You can purchase the book here and here. If you have a better place to shop, here is the info:

Feminin strik
by Lene Holme Samsøe
ISBN: 8711265965
ISBN-13: 9788711265963
Price: 229,00 Danish Kroner

Saxo ships internationally and Danish bears enough resemblance to German, which bears enough resemblance to English, that I didn't have any trouble figuring out how to order. The use of the Roman alphabet was refreshing!

Alas, the entire book is in Danish. The good news is that Danish knitting terms are relatively easy to master. For example, go here for a list. And perhaps some enterprising person will start a few KALs for this book. Hope so!

22 comments:

LittleBerry said...

Nice book...... thanks for your comments am going to 'play' later and see how it looks :)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! But, shipping to the US is 238DKK or approx $44 - more than the price of the book. Sigh...

Rob said...

Too bad about the shipping costs -- the patterns look wonderful. I always fall for patterns with lace hoods. Norah Gaughan had a gorgeous one in Interweave Knits a while ago -- I am going to do it as soon as I decide how I want to make the sweater longer (it's a cropped style).

BadCatDesigns said...

You are back for one day and have the nerve to post this temptation? I better lock up my credit card...

The designs look really lovely. Which are you doing first?

strikkeforsker said...

Looks wonderful, I better have a closer look at it soon.

Another DK-ENG dictionary
http://viv.dk/Dictionary/dictionary.htm

This place ships internationally and shipping is the actual postage. You can deduct 20% (VAT) of the price if shipped outside the EU.
http://www.williamdam.dk/

Lene Holme Samsøe is a very gifted designer. She has also published "Sødt og Blødt, strik til små prinser og prinsesse", a book with cute baby knits.

CrazyFiberLady said...

Interesting how those web searches turn up things. I hit on that same shawl and went googling myself and somehow made my way to the WRS :) That book looks wonderful!

--Deb said...

Drool....

Iris G said...

Thank you Fleegle! I'm just so into lace knitting these days (maybe it's the weather?), although I probably cannot buy this one immediately, I'll bookmark it for sure!

Anonymous said...

Such an enabler! I did not purchase Feminin Strik because the shipping costs of $38 were just too much. But, after looking at other things knitted by "Queen Mud" I ended up going to yesasia.com and spending $70! And this after a spree ealier this week at lacis.com!

2trees said...

Shame on you! I'm broke till Xmas!
(But I still want a copy...of course.)

Eve said...

I've been drooling over this book as well. Maybe it bears enough resemblance to German that I can work my way through it! Is there a KAL where we can all piece together the patterns? Someone start a KAL!

Opal said...

now that is some gorgeous lace garments.

Batty said...

Heh... I've learned to read all sorts of languages because I was cataloging books about US immigration -- written in just about every language immigrants to the US speak, which is... well, everything, from Finnish to Icelandic and Welsh. There was some Chinese, but I needed some help with that.

So, Danish is not too bad. You can do it. That last lace cardi alone is worth the effort!

Jane said...

You really were busy on the internet while you were away. I'll bet your credit card is on fire! I have so much to knit already that I would have to be insane to buy one more book on lace, much less one in Danish. Still, if there were a pattern for that stunning shawl you have a link to, I do belive I would have made room in the old collection. You are such a temptress:-)

Knitting Therapy said...

If you check on Queen Mudd's blog, there is a message that the shawl pattern will be available in August. Not sure about a translation.

Anonymous said...

The shawl is lovely. The central leaf pattern is from A Gathering of Lace (Eugen Beugler's Frost Flowers and Leaves shawl ), so I don't think it will be any problem to anyone who has that book. It's a bit complicated pattern, but worth of trouble.

I'm one of those who think danish isn't a problem. I know swedish and those two languages are quite alike.

Ühltje said...

That cardigan at the end is truly lovely. My, "want-to-make-this-before-the-end-of-the-year-list" is already a bit overcrowded but....

KnitYoga said...

I've just bought this book and I love a lot of the designs in there, particularly Cirkeltroje! Now, I'm just hoping I can manage to decipher the instructions and make it work! Are you planning on knitting any of the projects from the book?

Rebecca said...

It seems to be no longer available. I'll have to look and see if any copies made it to Iceland when I go for New Years.

auntjulia said...

Just learned that feminin strikk is now offered at Nordic Fiber Arts$49. with a 5dollar shipping fee. They are going to have a sheet with the norwegian terms translated and the jackets in it are just beautiful. I guess imported books are pricey these days, but the styles are nicer than LACE STYLE imho.

LadyOutlaw said...

I need help finding someone with the corrections for the Free Patons Heirloom Shawl - posted on a Canadian Living site, apparently it is an older pattern, the Patons site no longer offers it, and wants people to buy a book now.
I did a web search for corrections, and your blog came up.
****
I am amazed at your talent.
I should just send the huge amount of lace yarn I have to you !
please contact me at ladyoutlaw3x3@yahoo.com
thanks a bunch!
~Lady~

LadyOutlaw said...

I need help finding someone with the corrections for the Free Patons Heirloom Shawl - posted on a Canadian Living site, apparently it is an older pattern, the Patons site no longer offers it, and wants people to buy a book now.
I did a web search for corrections, and your blog came up.
****
I am amazed at your talent.
I should just send the huge amount of lace yarn I have to you !
please contact me at ladyoutlaw3x3@yahoo.com
thanks a bunch!
~Lady~