Episode 066: Ambitious Artistic Knits with Linda Marveng

Today Felicia is joined by Norwegian knitwear designer Linda Marveng. With a background in architectural history, Linda’s design work is stunningly sleek, fashion-forward, and often highly textured with intricate cables. Linda has had several dream jobs in the yarn industry including working for Rowan as a design consultant and also at Loop (a heavenly yarn shop in Islington, London). In 2012, Linda published a Norwegian knitting book of patterns called To rett en vrang Designstrikk.

Please join us today as Felicia chats with Linda about how she transitioned from working for various yarn companies to designing her own knitwear visions.

On learning how to knit as a child: “I learned it at school as well… but the craft teacher was not one of those that inspired me a lot… I was told that I was a bad pupil… there was no way I’m going to learn this properly… I took the revenge on my teacher several years later, knitting a Fair Isle coat. I thought, ‘I’ll show you, I can knit. I just needed the right encouragement and time to do it on my own.’”— Linda Marveng

In this episode, we talk about:

  • 1:55 Felicia and Linda chat about the Kathe Cardigan using SweetGeorgia’s Superwash Sport for Interweave Knits
  • 2:26 Linda shares how she learned how to knit as a child in school
  • 4:11 Discussing Linda’s educational background in Art History and how she found her way back to the knitting world
  • 8:26 How Linda got her job as a design consultant for Rowan and the role she played for the company
  • 13:40 Felicia and Linda talk about her time working for Loop in London
  • 16:32 Linda discusses how her previous experiences helped influence her knitwear design career and process
  • 19:42 Chatting about the process and vision behind the patterns in Linda’s book: To rett en vrang Designstrikk
  • 25:09 Felicia asks Linda about the intricate and challenging nature of her textured and detailed patterns
  • 27:42 The ladies chat about the recent resurgence in popularity of knitting in Europe
  • 30:47 What projects Linda has in store for the future
  • 32:58 Where you can find Linda and her designs online
  • 34:00 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway!

Links and Things

Here’s where to find Linda online:

Podcast Giveaway!

Win a free e-book copy of Linda’s book To rett en vrang Designstrikk or any 4 of her knitting patterns from her Ravelry store! Simply enter your info here and we’ll enter you in the giveaway and also subscribe you to our SweetGeorgia updates, so you won’t miss out on any of our updates!

Thanks for Listening!

Thank you so much for joining me this episode! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your fellow knitting friends. And if you like what I’m doing here, please leave a rating and review on iTunes for the show. I read each and every email and bit of feedback, whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so I welcome your comments.

Many thanks to Linda for joining us on the show today!

Music Credits:

The Young and Beautiful – by Ivory Hours
Fallin’ – by Jetty Rae (on Noise Trade)

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  • Ali

    Hi! Loved the podcast but wanted to let you know there is something wrong with the giveaway platform. I entered my email to enter the contest, and it says I have zero entries until I click the confirmation email I will receive. However, I do not get an email to confirm (inbox or junk mail).

    • Don’t worry Ali! I checked your entries and you are all confirmed with 4 entries in the draw! Thank you so much for listening to the show!