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Family Norse tradition

by Meg Wold
(Milwaukee, WI USA)

Lillian with her dolls

Lillian with her dolls

Our family has a strong Norse tradition and heritage on both sides. The little girl pictured with her American Girl Dolls is Lillian, named for her maternal grandmother and my mother.

My grandmother, Kären, immigrated to the States from Norway at the age of 18. Ironically, my niece is name Karn (many can’t pronounce Kären).

So, Kären begat Lillian; a generation later, Karn begat Lillian. I was taught to knit by my father’s Tanta Åsta who was visiting from Bø in Telemark. Great niece Lillian was to receive the Kirsten doll for Christmas 2009. I was asked to knit Norwegian clothing for the doll.

The results are shown with a very happy little girl hugging her dolls. Kirsten in a fana cardigan and the other in Maulfrid Gausel’s Kirsten’s ski outfit.

The Gausel pattern was a joy to knit and a challenge. Although an experienced knitter, I had never steeked a sweater, much less cut my stitches.

Now that I have done it – five times – the technique is much less frightening, and a wonderful method to create beautiful, stranded sweaters.

Thank you Maulfrid Gausel for making these beautiful knitted patterns available to all of us, including English speaking knitters.


See doll knitting pattern #0023 Kirsten here

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Apr 24, 2010
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Lovely girls with beautiful dolls
by: Linda

The outfits are wonderful on the dolls. You did a very nice job. The girl in the picture looks very happy with her dolls.

Mar 19, 2010
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Wonderful
by: Nicola Crowie

Such well made doll clothes and a pretty little girl. She is lucky!

Mar 13, 2010
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Thanks for sharing!
by: Målfrid

Nice to hear that your family come from Telemark. The picture of these clothes is taken at Vågslid in Telemark.
Beautiful girl with lovely dressed dolls! Lucky her!

Mar 11, 2010
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Awe-inspiring!
by: Kathy

Your knitting is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the story about your Norse knitting heritage!

Mar 11, 2010
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Beautiful Doll Sweaters
by: Penny

Whoa, I didn't know any of that about your family. How appropriate that you've taken to stranded knitting like the proverbial duck to water. Great knitting!

Mar 11, 2010
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I Agree!
by: Annette

Great outfits for such a happy girl. I can't believe you've steeked 5 times now. Great job!

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