Monday, 9 July 2012

He Was My First Love

No, I am not talking about the extremely handsome, tall guy with the dark hair and the shiny blue eyes I married 150 years ago. That brings flowers and diamond rings home every day.

And that loves me even more than he did the first time he saw me. And that I got 40 children with that all match the wallpaper, the pink cupcakes and the couch. He is just a frigment of my imagination. LOL!

I am talking of Marius, my very first stranded sweater. Now, did you hit the ground too? It would be nice to stay in that imagination.

But, I will pull you right back here to talk about knitting. Sigh! Anyway, this sweater is knitted way back in the beginning of the 1980s.

I simply had to learn stranded knitting - and started out with a Marius sweater. The pattern certainly has a renaissance in Norway now.

I do not remember what yarn I used. Nor the needles or anything else - but I have kept the sweater all these years and it has a sentimental value to me.

I learned the technique on my own and was pretty proud then to have managed.

The sweater was designed by Unn Søiland Dale in 1953 and was originally named for Marius Eriksen who was known as a fighter pilot, an actor and a double norwegian champion in slalom.

Marius Eriksen got paid to be on the pattern photo and the original colors (blue, white and red) was such a huge success that the pattern and yarn sale took off.

Well, after all I knitted it to test the stranded knitting. And I fell in love with the technique. And I have knitted pattern ever since. An everlasting love without diamonds and flowers....
Marius cups are just so much fun for a knitter!!!

22 comments:

  1. Ser jo at du var flink allerede da :) De krusene er landet her oppe hos meg også nå, de ligger på postkontoret og venter på meg :))

    Ha ei flott ny kreativ uke!

    Klem fra nord :)

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    1. Åh, tusen takk Desiree!!! Kos deg med krusene - og en varm kopp kaffe!!

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  2. Renessanse, ja det kan du jammen si! Selv fikk jeg min Mariusgenser av bestemor, har ikke strikke noen selv - ennå.

    Fortsatt god sommer!

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    1. God sommer til deg også Tori - nå kommer det snart bok med marius på alt mulig. Blir gøy!!!

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  3. Beautiful and I love, love, love the cups too!!! It doesn't matter how long you took to finish it, the end product is definitely worth the effort!

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  4. What a lovely romantic post! Marius is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Debbie - so traditional pattern and yet so fun!!

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  5. Tihi, ja han er jo nok kun til i fantasien, ham den høje flotte med diamanterne og blomsterne. På den anden side så skilte jeg mig af med den gamle sidste år, så måske der er håb for fremtiden:-) Den er rigtig fin,din marius. Går du stadig med den eller gemmer du den?
    Kh. Dorte

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    1. Tusind tak Dorte!! He he - man kan jo få en ny... Den bliver mest gemt i skabet - er jo ikke så pænt strikket.. Men den passer faktisk - på en måde!!!! He he!!

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  6. Den var fin til å være ditt første mønsterstrikk!! Og det første bildet var så fint!
    Jeg har strikket i hundre år, men jeg har aldri strikket eller eid en Marius-genser. Men det står på strikkelista mi.
    Ha en riktig fin uke!

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    1. Tusen takk Anne - kunne faktisk tenke med å strikke en ny med litt mer "moderne" farger!!

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  7. Ok, I want to hear more about the tall guy, with the dark hair and shiny blue eyes ;o) 40 children, you are like a rabbit Lone! LOL! I love the sweater and I am happy you kept Marius ;o) Love the cups! ;o) Great post!

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    1. Thank yo so much Stacy - I think he is on his way to you my dear!!!!

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  8. WOW..., du lager fantastisk mye flott.... :O)
    har blitt så inspirert av å besøke bloggen din..., så nå har jeg veldig lyst til å begynne på et skjerf som ligner på dine kjempestore og fargerike baktus.... :O)

    Jeg kikker snart innom igjen..., ha en god sommer!

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    1. Tusen takk Synnøve Olava!!! Nå ble jeg veldig glad!!! Håper du får glede av strikkingen!! God sommer til deg også!!

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  9. In Slovenia we call it the Norwegian technique of knitting and is considered the highest and most advanced form of knitting. To this day I remeber my mum positioning her enamelled tiny pots that held balls of yarn so that the strands wouldn't get tangled and the click clack sound of metal needles... Your sweater certaintly brings back memories!

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    1. Thank you coffeeaddict!! How interesting to read that comment. I can nearly picture that knitting!!!

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  10. Interesting! I didn't know the story behind the Marius sweater, though I certainly knew of the sweater.
    It is such a pretty pattern! Maybe this winter I will make my first?

    It's been a while since I commented here, but I must say I'm in awe over all the very gorgeous and beautiful things you make. It is always a pleasure to read your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much Karen - give it a go!!!! I am so happy you like to read my blog!!

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  11. Må jo si at Marius virkelig har fått sin renessanse i disse dager. Synes jeg ser den over alt. det som imidlertid er litt morsomt denne gangen er at man ikke er så strenge med fargevalgene som vi var på 70 og 80-tallet. Da var det rødt, hvitt og blått, med lite rom for rosa og lilla varianter.

    Spurte husbonden om han kunne tenke seg en Marius, noe han takket høflig nei til. Been there, done that, og alt det der. :)

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    1. Takk for din kommentar Helle. Ja, den er liksom litt kjedelig for oss som har levd med den en stund. Men så er det så gøy, som du sier, med de nye fargene og uttrykkene. En sann klassiker!! En heldig mann, som fikk det tilbudet!!

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