First off, about the name. "Hei"- pronounced, more or less, like "hey"- is the Norwegian "hello".
I have two younger brothers, and whenever they cross my mind, I inevitably hear their typical greeting to me, a cheerful "Hei there Krissy!"
Since this is a blog about design and inspiration (which includes, for me, family), I thought it would make the perfect blog name.
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I'm the process of creating my own pattern line, which will focus on (but not be limited to) Norwegian inspired designs. In thinking about and developing the line, I found the motivation (and the enthusiasm!) to finally start a blog.
The Backstory: My father is from Kristiansund ("the dried-cod capital of Norway"), and I have visited Norway many times over the past 40 years.
A postcard I sent to my maternal grandparents in 1979, on one of my early trips to Norway. Shown is Kirkelandet Kirke, built in 1964. My bestemor (grandmother) lived in an apartment just a couple blocks from this church and I remember being fascinated by it's modern lines every time I visited.
The back of the card says: "Dear Grandpa and Grandma--We are staying in Kristiansund with grandma. We went to the church on the front of the card last Sunday. It was all Norwegian, but I liked it. I am reading "Lord of the Rings". Its has 1,079 pages. It is very rainy here. Love, Kristin"
With the catch-of-the-day at Eikrem Farm (in Møre and Romsdal county, on the west coast); me, my Dad, and my uncle.
There are many expert knitters on Dad's side of the family, so I was exposed to Norwegian knitting right from the start:
Although I did not start knitting until I was 18, I grew up with Norwegian sweaters. When I was a kid, my tantes (aunts) outfitted me with sweaters, scarves, vest, mittens, and hats; most of which I did not fully appreciate at the time. Fortunately, I still have many of these garments, and now find them a terrific source of information and inspiration. I'll take some photos and post for pt. 2.