While we were visiting my parents up at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area this summer, we came across a catalog for the North House Folk School in Grand Marais.  I saw courses for Viking knitting and Nålbindning. I had to try them both out at soon as I got home.

I started out with the Viking knitting. This was a little bit weird to me because you are not really knitting at all. More bending wire around a rod, in my case, a crochet hook.

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My first attempt is the one in blue wire. This was, for the most part, successful. I got it knit and pulled through to lengthen. I don’t have the official board that one uses for this, so I used my socket set from the basement. I was not happy that the blue scraped off. The next one I did with silver wire and added beads…why? Because I can’t do anything the easy way, that’s why. I don’t have a picture of the actual finished bracelet. I made a treble clef looking clasp for it before giving it to my friend Collette.

Here is the Nålbindning. I just used some leftover wool that I had from working up some legwarmers for a former co-worker. Not the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made, but I am ready to try again now that I know how to keep the tension even. Also, I thought that it would be really big considering that you use your thumb as the hook, but the weave is pretty tight.  I did not like that you can only work with short amounts of yarn at a time. I was only able to manage about a 3 foot length.  Since I was not able to get the hang of their way of getting the ends to join (I lacked the patience is more like it), I ended up with knots all over the place.

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Not to shabby for a couple of evenings. So I should have been knitting the little sweater for the boyfriend’s niece.  It will get done.