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January 27, 2009

From Susan — One Last Glance (see added note re kits)

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 8:39 am

Well, at least for now!  The Bohus Exhibit was stunning, but of course, no photography allowed.  We were able to take pictures of the designs that Solveig recently put into kit form, but I did not have a camera with me .  Saved by friend, Kim!  Here are a few of the Bohus Beauties we saw that evening:

Red Light

Turquoise Light

Gothic Windows Pink (Sally bought this kit)

Rime Frost (aka Grace Kelly Bohus)


It looks like I missed a great time on Sunday by the blogs I’ve read.  There was a special dinner for the Swedish dignitaries and some of the MKG Board to thank us for our support of the exhibit.  I did not go because I had been out knitting with peeps for days on end and thought I should be home at least one night — mistake!  I do plan on visiting the exhibit at least once more before March.

I want to thank Sally for her kind words about the “nursing care” I provided — it twern’t nuthin.  Honestly, I didn’t do much of anything!  I do know now that every time she visits I better have homemade shortbread cookies on hand!

ETA from Sally:

A reader commented: “I love the pictures but I have a question that has not been addressed by any other blogger or any website selling the Bohus kits. What sizes do the kits cover? Or is everything written for just one size? (And why isn’t this mentioned anywhere?).”

Here’s the answer: The typical kit contains sufficient yarn to make the largest size. For example, I purchased the Gothic Windows kit in pink. Directions are provided for sizes XX Small, X Small, Small, Medium, Large, and XL (bust size from 36 1/4 to 46). At the top, it says, “There is sufficient yarn in each kit to make the XL size.”

For my Large Lace Collar, I made the size largest size yoke because of the modifications to the design I am making to knit it in the round. I had “yoke” (colored) yarn left over.

Here is a link to the American Swedish Institute Shop for kit prices and availability: ASI Link.


  1. Thanks for sharing photos of these gorgeous sweaters! Do you have any idea when the new kits will be available? I want to make “Red Light.” Or maybe “Azalea.” Or maybe “Gothic Windows.” I think I’m in love.

    Comment by Kym — January 27, 2009 @ 9:24 am

  2. Hi, I took the 6 hour workshop with Susanna Hansson on Monday. She took us on a tour of the exibit and we were able to put white gloves on and touch the sweaters to see the construction side of things. I am thinking of going back again too. I can’t believe how lucky we were that we have Wendy J Johnson to instigate the exibit to be at the ASI.

    Comment by Michele with one L — January 27, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  3. Kits were available online and at the shop, but they were selling out quickly. I was waffling between Rime Frost and Gothic Windows (pink), but Rime Frost sold out which cemented my choice. I believe that the kits will be available through Solveig Gustaffson directly, but just not through the Institute.

    Comment by surly — January 27, 2009 @ 11:38 am

  4. They are all so beautiful, I wouldn’t be able to decide between them.

    Shortbread cookies? You are the best sister!

    Comment by kay-from the back yard — January 27, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  5. If I will die during the next few days this because of big envy (smile)

    Comment by Jolita — January 27, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

  6. I love the Azalea and Gothic Windows. Both are lovely.

    Comment by rudee — January 27, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  7. I love the pictures but I have a question that has not been addressed by any other blogger or any website selling the Bohus kits. What sizes do the kits cover? Or is everything written for just one size? (And why isn’t this mentioned anywhere?)

    Comment by Sue T. — January 27, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

  8. I added a note to Susan’s post that addresses the kit size issue, so if you are interested scroll back up.

    Comment by surly — January 27, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

  9. This post is invaluable! I think it will be a great reference as these new kits start to be offered at Solveig’s site. I’m so glad you got them.

    Comment by twinsetellen — January 27, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

  10. thanks for the photos – or, no thanks since now my “I want” level has skyrocketed!

    Comment by karen — January 28, 2009 @ 12:08 am

  11. Oh, I’m going to have to visit Minneapolis and see this exhibit!

    Do you remember the cost of the kits?

    Comment by ruth — January 28, 2009 @ 4:24 am

  12. Thanks for sharing the beautiful Bohus pictures! On second thought, I don’t know if I should be thanking you because after seeing the Azalea, I HAD to order one. For quite a while I’ve wanted to order one of these kits, but couldn’t decide which one I wanted. As soon as I saw the Azalea, it was a done deal!!!

    Comment by Maria — January 28, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

  13. Hello! hello! I was there as well and took many lovely photos of re-created garments on knitters, and photos in the basement auditorium. Please view the pictures on the Flickr Bohus group site. As well, please get the word out to others to add their pictures of this lovely stranded work at the FLickr site! Thank you,

    Comment by Laura "stashmuffin" Ricketts — January 29, 2009 @ 10:54 am

  14. You can order the kits directly from Solveig’s website
    I ordered the Blue Shimmer kit this week. To order, e-mail Solvieg from the page on her website, telling her which kit you wish to order. You receive an e-mail back, then a PayPal invoice. The cost varies due to kit and to the daily currency exchange rate between the USD and Swedish Crown. Lars-Erik, Solveig’s husband filled my order and told me that I should receive the kit within 5-7 days. It is also possible to order some extra yarn, which I did because I do not want to take a chance on not having enough.
    This is totally over my knitting head, but after attending the events last weekend at ASI I just couldn’t resist. I always love a good challenge. I was sooooo inspired and impressed by the gorgeous Bohus knits that I saw not only in the exhibit but also knit and worn by local knitters.

    Comment by Kim — January 29, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

  15. Thank you, Surly, for posting about the sizes. I miss seeing you at YI. But then again I just plain miss YI.

    Comment by Sue T. — January 29, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

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