Ch 148: Holiday Traditions in Sweden with Anna Friberg


The festive season is beginning to feel real now, and on this episode I’m continuing my series of conversations about holiday traditions. This week I’m chatting to Anna Friberg, aka AlpakkaAnna about her favourite traditions for this time of year in her native Sweden. I also have some news to share about the holiday projects I have going on and our second Krimbo party!

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My most recent video podcast where you can get a glimpse of some of my recent projects

Sew Sweet Violet video podcast

Andre Sue Knits video podcast

Round Rabbit video podcast

Inside Number 23 video podcast

Stitched in Sweden video podcast

Ella Gordon Winter Knitting video

Crofthoose Hat pattern

A Shetlander’s Fair Isle Graph Book in Colour

Knitting from the North

The luxury sock kits for Dani’s Christmas Caston will be going on sale on the 21st of November at 7pm UK time on the Little Bobbins shop

Little Bobbins Instagram

Hedgerow Yarns

Anna's window candles
Anna’s window candles

Talking to Anna was so much fun! Here are some links to her social media and some of the wonderful traditions she mentioned.

Sol Angelica’s Socks

AlpakkaAnna’s Knitting Patterns

AlpakkaAnna Instagram

AlpakkaAnna Periscope

Recipe for Lussekatter or Lussbule Safffron Buns

Swedish mulled wine: glögg recipe

Julmust holiday soda

Sweden’s Donald Duck Tradition!

A fun article about Swedish Christmas Traditions

Julekuler Christmas Ball Pattern

Knitvent Update:

This week’s pattern is the beautiful Boreal Forest Cowl by Renée Callahan. Here’s the description:

The Boreal Forest Cowl was created by our first Knitvent guest designer, Renée Callahan of EastLondonKnit. Evoking the expanse of a boreal woodland filled with beautiful conifers, this snuggly cowl features gorgeous rows of geometric pine trees. Knit with three complementary colours, the design blends retro ski-slope charm with a modern twist. This is a wonderfully quick knit: the colour work is easy to follow and memorise, and the worsted yarn works up fast. It’s a great, unisex option for holiday gifting, or a smart accessory to bring a fresh touch of the forest to your own winter wardrobe.

The sample was knit with Malabrigo Rios worsted


We’ll be gathering for another Curious Handmade Krimbo Party here in London on Sunday the 11th of December at the Pater Noster pub on the corner of Pater Noster Square near St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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That’s our show for this week! Thanks so much for listening, and until the next episode, happy knitting!

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