Monday, January 26, 2009

Bohus Weekend!


I just spent the most glorious weekend at the Swedish Institute! On Saturday I attended the showing of, "Bohus Knitting- from Relief Work to World Success" This was followed by a Q&A from the documentary filmmaker Kjell Andersson. Did you know Bohus began it's life as an economic development project for the wives of unemployed quarry workers? After the film I wandered the exhibit. Possibly the largest exhibit ever seen anywhere outside of the original Bohus Stickning shop, over forty pullovers, cardigans and hats were on display. Unbelievable!
In the afternoon I attended a lecture with Solveig Gustafsson, the Master Dyer behind the Bohus kits. She has painstakingly recreated the colors used in the original Bohus Skickning patterns. So far she has cracked the code of over 27 designs. Her work has been lovingly translated into English by Susanna Hansson.
Today I participated in a six hour Bohus class taught by Susanna Hansson. We were given a tour of the exhibit during which we talked with the curator at the Institute responsible for the display. With white gloves we were allowed to fondle the sweaters on display! Needless to say one or two sweaters were turned inside out to determine construction methods. Unreal!
In six hours I managed to accomplish this. My brain is buzzing with all the knitting goodness!
If you live anywhere near Minneapolis, make a trip to come and see this exhibit! It's fabulous!

4 comments:

Meg said...

How exciting!!! Did they say how to order kits?

Lara said...

I am super jealous that you got to go see this exhibit and take the class while I up and moved to CT!

Lara said...

I am so jealous that you got to take that class and visit the exhibit! Why did I leave?!

Tiffany said...

Wow so much fun!! I wish we had cool thing like that here. I'm very jealous.