Last night Inger Fredholm, author of Knitting with a Smile, visited Unique One. She is a wonderful person; I felt like I've known her for a long time. She's an amazing designer, totally dedicated to the craft, and she has a great sense of humor. She talked about her own history of knitting and about knitting in general; we were thrilled to have a chance to see the actual garments from her book; she told us several funny stories. In one story, she found herself in an elevator with her teenage daughter, and a celebrity. She was trying to get her daughter's attention to see the celebrity, and her daughter, very sleepy, just kind of looked up and squinted. Later, after the celebrity was gone, her daughter said, "Why were you poking me?! It was just an ordinary sweater!" Inger's very charming husband, Nils, knitted on a Very Swedish Sweater as Inger talked. It was a great night and I was so happy to have met them both.
I was utterly stupid and forgot to bring my camera! Sorry. But Victoria brought some Very Swedish Cinnamon Buns that she had baked from the recipe in Knitting with a Smile, and I forgot my worries. They are good buns! I'm so glad Inger included the recipe in the book. All knitting books should come with tasty recipes, don't you think?
The garments she brought to show us were even more gorgeous in person than they are in her book. My fingers are itching to pick up some Jamieson & Smith 2-ply shetland wool and some needles and start knitting. Problem is, I want to knit them all! I'm sure my great niece would like the Tango Dress, knit in Stork (Dale of Norway's fine gauge cotton). Alas, my time is not my own.....
Inger was very nice and signed a boatload of books for me, so I have some autographed copies of Knitting with a Smile. They're $48.95 -- email me if you want one. :)
Visit Inger's website, if you get a chance!