As a social anthropologist, 25-year-old Christina Lernes (@minimalist.hippie) is inherently against gender stereotypes. When she returned to the motherland from Manchester pregnant last year, she couldn’t find any clothes that weren’t pink or blue.
As the latest addition to the Norwegian Snapchat knitting scene, Vestlandstrikk (‘west country knits’) aims to portray the knitting community within western Norway.
After suffering the loss of her unborn baby at seven months pregnant, Hanne-Ma Hansrud – more commonly known as @middelsstrikk (‘mediocre knits’) – set up her Instagram account. As an antidote to the ‘always happy, drinking coffee at 10am on a Wednesday and knitting’ kind of community, she aimed to portray her sometimes frustrating relationship with knitting. Today, she is the creator of the immensely popular The Bullet Journal for Knitters.
With a master’s degree in nanotechnology for civil engineering, the woman behind Lille Rille Design – who specialises in hand dyed yarn – never in her wildest dreams ever thought she’d go straight from maternity leave with her youngest into a career of dyeing yarn. But today, that’s exactly what she does – whilst slightly wondering if she should get a ‘real job’.
It was about time, really, that more men joined the Scandi knitting community, in keeping with the gender balance which the Scandinavians are so rightfully concerned with. But did you know that historically, it was the men who knitted?