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These past few weeks have been so warm, and everything around us is green and beautiful. The lavender and roses here are just about to bloom, and it looks like we will have a lot of wild raspberries in the little hill behind our house this year.

I guess summer came, after all.

Which feels sort of weird and belated this year, without the first markets to mark the beginning of the season. Nevertheless, I'm enjoying the clear skies, spending time reading and needlebinding in the shade, swimming, gardening and playing about outside. ^^





A new brown set (pure Icelandic wool as always).



We will spend this years' summer vacation here in Norway, and are currently making plans for what will be the longest vacation I have had in years, the whole month of July. I will delay my yearly trip to Iceland to later this fall, and travel to the Northern Norway this summer instead. Christian and I will be driving all the way up there, and stay in my fathers' childhood home in Lofoten where I haven't been in a long time now. A visit there is long overdue. ♥

We also have plans to go to Gudvangen—even though there is no regular market there this year. We have signed up as "Guest Vikings", a new concept where we can visit and spend time in the Viking village of Njardarheimr with a limited amount of other visitors. So, it looks like we will still be able to enjoy some social market life and late night bonfires with friends, although it will be a bit different this year! I think this is a wonderful initiative by the team behind Njardarheimr, and it gives us the opportunity to support the village through these tough financial times.



What are your plans for this summer? 🍃

Music: Helisir - Brisingamen

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A picnic at the Horda Museum 🍓🍺🌿 31


Our local Bjørgvin Viking and Medieval Market, which was supposed to take place soon, is cancelled this year. But the green grounds of the Horda Museum are still there, so we put on our dresses and packed a couple of baskets with food and drinks, and took a day trip there the other day. ^^



Beauiful Silje ♥




Eggs, cured ham, chicken, grapes, strawberries, cheese, kale, flatbread, pancakes, apple juice and non-alcoholic beer... A perfect lunch!



We had the whole place to ourselves 🍃








My Birka/Rösta-pouch should really have been hanging from my handmade Birka-belt, but it seems I've lost it! I always take such good care of my things, but for some reason I haven't been able to find it for the last couple of years.



But now is a good opportunity to support our craftsmen and women who are losing income due to the cancelled markets this year, and I feel like shopping! Do you have any good ideas about where to buy quality reconstructions of such belts, or other pretty handmade historical eqipment, accessories, jewellery, etc. online? Please let me know and I will add them to my list!



Summer is unfolding...




The music in this blogpost is the wonderful Virelai, who are usually here during the Bjørgvin market. It's as if I can hear their tunes when walking in this area ♥

Music: Virelai - Frejas Store Kraft

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Needlebinding socks - video tutorial 🧦🌿 22


Are you tired of my needlebinding yet? ;-)



There will be some other content up on the blog and other channels very soon! But after making a lot of hats and wrist warmers I've been up to making socks lately.

I've been told by a few of you that you've learned to master this technique from my last video-tutorial, and that makes me so happy. Our ancestors have been passing needlebinding on for hundreds and thousands of years, but this technique is now on the red list of endangered crafts, at risk of disappearing.



Now that so many of us are cooped up at home more than usual, and most of this summers' historical markets have been cancelled, what's better that unleashing our creativity and learning how to do something new?

I was inspired to make another step by step video tutorial, this time showing you how to make a pair of socks for yourself or a loved one. I do however warn you—when people see that you can make these, you are likely to be asked to make a lot more of them as presents...

(The stitch I am using is the so-called Oslo-stitch, which is not all that complicated. But if you have never tried to needlebind before, it might still be good to start by making wrist warmers, which is easier to do when you're learning the basics of the technique because it doesn't require increasing and decreasing.)



I was recently asked whether I could make Norwegian versions of the videos for the organizer of a historical event here in Norway. So I went ahead and uploaded versions of both tutorials with Norwegian voiceover as well, you will find them here and here.

Have you been up to some handicraft lately, perhaps learning something new?

Music: Wardruna - Ein sat hon uti

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Amber 🧶 16


I've been up to some needlebinding again, and made another new hat the other day. The yarn is thick 100% Icelandic wool as usual, this time in a shade called "amber heather".



It is so warm you won't believe it! I had to open the window when taking the photo below.. ^^ These hats definitely come in useful during winter, or when sleeping outside on cold nights. For those of you not familiar with this technique, needlebound garments are much thicker and more dense than knitted ones.


I love how well this color goes with my ochre dress and the natural colors of linen, leather and bronze.



I guess I should also add some amber pearls to my shopping list for the next historical markets. 🧡

I wonder when that will be! I keep getting notifications about cancelled markets due the pandemic... If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I've been posting some throwback photos from previous markets, a telltale sign of it being too long since last time.

Meanwhile, let's just keep sewing, needlebinding, repairing and preparing our equipment and clothing for the upcoming season (whenever it may come)!

Music: Kalandra - Virkelighetens Etterklang

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A light from the shadows shall spring 24


So, like most of you out there, I am spending my days inside my home as part of this collective effort to keep eachother safe. These are such strange times! I am sending my thoughts to you who are in the risk groups or have loved ones who are, and those who may be struggling with loneliness and isolation these days. ♥

I am lucky enough to be able to do all my work from my home office, trying to keep a regular schedule, and enjoying walks in the woods, photographing, spending my evenings sewing and listening to music and books.



I've finished two new tunics, both 100% wool and with each stitch meticulously hand sewn with wool thread. I actually had to use pliers for some stitches because the fabric is so densely woven that my fingers were getting bruised, ouch!



The bottle green one is from the same fabric as my dress in the previous post, and then there is this lovely greyish "dove blue". Both of these are actually colors that I have painted on a few walls in our livingroom, bedroom and guest room. I am beginning to see why people tease me for having slight OCD-tendencies when it comes to color-coordination. But I just love them and they make me happy. ;)

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Luckily there are still no restrictions on going for walks in the forest, as long as we keep distance from others. The spring equinox has just marked the changing of the seasons, and the birds are singing ^^







(I imagine this is a suitable place to hide if you should run into a black rider) ☟





I really hope we will get to attend markets this summer, but it's hard to say how the situation will be in a few months. If these events need to be cancelled I suppose we will just have to find a nice spot to set up our tent by ourselves, because I am craving for late night bonfires and the Viking market mood...

Stay healthy and safe! 🍃

Music: Forndom - Yggdrasil

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New projects 🌿🧵 29


Happy weekend everyone, long time no see!

This weekend is an especially good one—because my schedule is wide open, the snow is blowing outside, and I have lots of fun projects to attend to...

A few weeks ago I received this light 100% wool fabric in the mail. I love this deep bottle green color, the type of green that has little yellow in it, but rather a dark blueish type of green. And I found the perfect pure spælsau wool thread to match.



There is enough fabric for several projects, but I started by making a long dress, which I finally had the chance to finish yesterday. ^^

Square underarm gussets, and side gores...



And a keyhole neckline 🗝



It fits pretty well, is wide enough to wear layers underneath, and I made the sleeves very long the way I like them (which is hard to come by for me unless I sew my own clothing)!




Excuse the mess in the background, fixing up our little garden will be another project for spring! 🌱



Up next: A tunic for Christian!

Do you have any sewing projects planned before the upcoming Viking market season? Please let me know, I would love to exchange ideas and experiences. 🧶🧵✂️

Music: Emian - Echu eo ar mare

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Viking market calendar - 2020 🌿  7



**MARKETS IN 2020 MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED**
(contact the respective organizers for information)

Til árs ok friðar! The new year is here, and so is the annual Viking market calendar of 2020.

As always, the list covers Medieval and Viking Age events in Scandinavia. Soon it will be time for us to travel from near and far to meet up again, to share summer days and nights with old and new friends.

I can't wait for this year's market season 🍃🔥🏕



Some markets are biennial and/or will not be arranged this year (N/A), and since it's still early at the time when I'm writing this post some dates have not been set or confirmed yet (TBA)—but the list will be updated continuously.

If your market or event is not listed, please let me know and I'll make sure to add it!

The direct link to this post is http://valkyrja.com/070120.html.

January        
19 Barnas jólefest på Midgard / Childrens' Yule Feast at the Midgard Viking Centre (NO)
 
February        
7-9 Re Middelalderdager / Re Medieval Festival (NO)
21-23 Vinterviking - Den Vandrende Viking IV / Winter viking - The wandering Viking IV (NO)
 
April
11-12 Medeltidsmarknad i Kungsträdgården / Medieval Market at Kungsträdgården (SE)
18 Familiedag og marked i Vikingernes Verden, Frederikssund / Family day and market in the world of the Vikings, Frederikssund (DK)
27-May 3 Ribe Vikingemarked / Ribe Viking Market (DK)
30-May 1 Alsnu vikingadagar / Alsnu Viking Days (SE)
 
May
2-3 Ale Vikingamarknad / Ale Viking Market (SE)
9-10 Ekenäs Riddarspel og Historiska Marknad / Knights tournament at Ekenäs castle (SE)
10 Vårmarked, Midgard Vikingsenter / Spring market, Midgard Viking Centre (NO)
16-17 Runrikets Dag, Täby / The Rune Kingdom's Day (SE)
22-23 Rikstornering og marknad på Hovdala slott / Jousting Tournament at Hovdala Castle (SE)
23-24 Lekvattnets Medeltidsmarknad (Karmenkynna) / Lekvattnets Medieval Market (SE)
23-24 Wenngarns Medeltidsdagar, Sigtuna / Wenngarn Medieval Days, Sigtuna (SE)
29-31 Oslo Middelalderfestival / Oslo Medieval Festival (NO)
29-June 1 Københavns Middelaldermarked / Copenhagen Medieval Market (DK)
29-31 Vikingmarked på Leikvin (Møre frie Vikingar) / Viking Market at Leikvin (NO)
29-31 Vikingtinget på Tingvatn (Agder Vikinglag) / Vikingting at Tingvatn (NO)
30-31 Lödöse Medeltidsdagar / Lödöse Medieval Days (SE)
30-31 Vetlanda Vikingamarknad (Emådalens Vikingar) / Vikingmarket in Vetlanda (SE)
TBA Middelalder Majmarked / Medieval May Market (DK)
TBA Sigdal Viking-Middelaldermarked / Sigdal Viking and Medieval Market (NO)
TBA Vikingernes forårstræf, Ulvsborg / Vikings' spring meeting, Ulvsborg (DK)
N/A Tyresö medeltidsdagar / Tyresö Medieval Days (SE)
 
June
4-7 Karmøy Vikingfestival / Karmøy Viking Market (NO)
4-7 Tønsberg Middelalderfestival / Tønsberg Medieval Festival (NO)
5-7 Bjørgvin Marknad, Viking og Middelalderfestival / Bjørgvin Viking and Medieval Market (NO)
5-7 Leksands Medeltidsmarknad / Leksand Medieval Market (SE)
6-7 Smedenes Vikingemarked / Market of Blacksmiths at Kysing Strand (DK)
6-7 Sunnmøre Middelalderfestival / Sunnmøre Medieval Festival (NO)
12-14 Hafrsfjordkaupangen / Hafrsfjord Viking Market (NO)
12-14 Hamar Middelalderfestival / Hamar Medieval Festival (NO)
13-14 Arvika Medeltidsmarknad / Arvika Medieval Market (SE)
13-14 Medeltidsdagarna i Lund / Medieval Festival in Lund (SE)
16-21 Hafnarfjördur Víkingahátíð / Hafnarfjördur Viking Festival (IS)
19-21 Frederikssund Vikingemarked Frederikssund Viking Market (DK)
19-21 Trondheim Vikingmarked / Trondheim Viking Market (NO)
23-28 I Förfäders Spår, for deltakere / Ancestors' Footsteps, history event, for reenactors (SE)
26-28 Fotevikens vikingamarknad / Fotevikens Vikingmarket (SE)
26-28 Ringsted Middelalderfestival / Ringsted Medieval festival (DK)
27-28 Esrum Middelalderdage / Esrum Medieval Days (DK)
27-28 I Förfäders Spår, Vikingatida Marknad / I Förfäders Spår, Viking Market (SE)
27-28 Vikingemarkedet på Lindholm Høje / Viking Market at Lindholm Høje (DK)
29-Aug 7 Hvolris Jernalderlandby, sommerferieaktiviteter / Hvolris Iron Age Village, summer activities (DK)
TBA Silvergruvans Medeltidsdagar / Silvergruvans Medieval Days (SE)
TBA Wadköping Medeltidsmarknad / Wadköping Medieval Festival (SE)
TBA Yddir Vikingmarked / Yddir Viking Market (NO)
 
July
3-5 Borre Vikingmarked / Borre Viking Market (NO)
3-5 Medeltidsdagar på Varbergs fästning / Medieval Days at Varberg Fortress (SE)
3-5 Slaget om Trelleborgen / The Battle of Trelleborgen (SE)
3-5 Tuna Ting Medeltidsmarknad / Tuna Ting Medieval Market (SE)
3-5 Vikingafestival i Stallarholmen / Stallarholmen Viking Festival (SE)
4-5 Fyrkat Vikingemarked / Fyrkat Viking Market (DK)
4-5 Jels vikingespil og marked / Jels Viking Play and Market (DK)
4-5 Vikingemarkedet ved Højene i Jelling / Viking Market at Højene (DK)
6-20 Vikingar på Birka / Vikings at Birka (SE)
6-10 Vikingemarked - Ret og Råd på Ravnebjerg / Thing and Viking Market at Ravnebjerg (DK)
10-12 Bronseplassen Vikingmarked (Agder Vikinglag) / Bronseplassen Viking Market (NO)
10-12 Ingólfshátíð / Viking festival of Reykjavík (IS)
11-12 Fröja Thing Vikingamarknad / Fröja Thing Viking Market (SE)
11-19 Trelleborg Vikingefestival / Trelleborg Viking Festival (DK)
14-19 Gudvangen Vikingmarked / Gudvangen Viking Market (NO)
17-19 Sarpsborg Vikingfestival / Sarpsborg Viking Festival (NO)
21-Aug 8 Storholmen Vikingasommar (tirsdager til lørdager) / Storholmen Viking Summer (SE) (Tuesdays to Saturdays)
22-29 Middelalderuka i Numedal / Medieval week in Numedal (NO)
22-26 Orø Vikingemarked / Orø Viking Market (DK)
23-25 Vikingamarknaden i Saltvik (Fornföreningen Fibula) / Viking Market in Saltvik (SE)
25-26 Moesgård Vikingetræf / The Viking Moot at Moesgård (DK)
31-August 2 Hornbore Ting / Hornbore Ting (SE)
TBA Bornholms Middelalderuge / Bornholm Medieval Week (DK)
TBA Hova Riddarvecka / Hova Kinghts' Week (SE)
TBA Medeltidsdagar på Hägnan (Luleå) / Medieval Days at Hägnan in Luleå (SE)
TBA Medeltidsdagen, Forsa Socken / Medieval Day, Forsa parish (SE)
TBA Midgard Vikingfestival / Midgard Viking Festival (NO)
TBA Olsokdagene på Stiklestad / The Saint Olav festival at Stiklestad (NO)
TBA Stiklastadirmarkedet / Stiklastadir Historical Market (NO)
TBA Värmlands Vikingating / Värmland Viking Thing (SE)
N/A Barnas Vikingdager på Egge / Childrens' Viking Days at Egge (NO)
N/A Medeltidsdagarna, Torpa Stenhus / Medieval Days, Torpa Stenhus (SE)
N/A Medeltidsdagen vid Hunehals Borg / Medieval Day at Hunehals Borg (SE)
N/A Saltr vikingmarked (Boðvin Viking) / Saltr Viking Market (NO)
 
August
1-2 Vikingemarked i Hobro (Sildehagen) / Viking Market in Hobro (Sildehagen) (SE)
2-9 Medeltidsveckan på Gotland / Medieval Week at Gotland (SE)
5-9 Arboga Medeltidsdagar / Arboga Medieval Days (SE)
5-9 Lofotr Vikingfestival / Lofotr Viking Festival (NO)
6-9 Tønsberg Vikingfestival / Tønsberg Viking Festival (NO)
7 Møystadsaga vikingtreff / Møystadsaga viking meeting (NO)
8-9 Bork Vikingemarked / Bork Viking Market (DK)
13-15 Midgardsblot metalfestival / Midgardsblot Metal Festival (includes a viking market area) (NO)
21-22 Europæisk Middelalder Festival, Horsens / European Medieval Festival, Horsens (DK)
22-23 Lunden Vikingmarked / Lunden Viking Market (NO)
28-30 Söderköpings Gästabud, Medeltida marknad / Söderköpings Gästabud, Medieval market (SE)
29-30 Högs Gästabud, medeltids marknad med tournerspel / Medival Market and tournament at Hög (SE)
30 Barnens Vikingadag, Storholmen Vikingaby / The Children’s Viking Day, Storholmen Viking Village (SE)
TBA Askøy Vikinglag Marknad / Askøy Viking Market (NO)
TBA Festningsdagene (gamle Bergenhusdagene) / Medieval Days at Bergenhus Fortress (NO)
TBA Hove Vikingmarked (Agder Vikinglag) / Hove Viking Market (NO)
TBA Jämtlands Vikinga Dagar / Jämtlands Viking Days (SE)
TBA Landa park vikingfestival, Forsand / Vikingfestival at Landa Park in Forsand (NO)
TBA Nivlheim vikingmarked / Nivlheim Viking Market (NO)
TBA Vikingdag på Lygra / Viking Day at Lygra (NO)
TBA Vikingemarked i Sebbersund / Viking Market in Sebbersund (DK)
N/A Kalundborg Middelalderfestival / Kalundborg Medieval Festival (DK)
N/A Vikinge marked ved Kællinghøl, Bjerringbro / Kællinghøl Viking Market (DK)
 
September
5-6 Gjallarstadir Vikingmarked Lillestrøm / Gjallarstadir Viking Market (NO)
5-6 Kaggeholms Medeltidsdagar, Ekerö / Kaggeholm Medieval Days, Ekerö (SE)
5-6 Nordfyns Vikingemarked / Nordfyns Viking Market (DK)
5-6 Vikingatida Höstmarknad, Gunnes Gård / Vikingage Autumn Market, Gunnes Farm (SE)
12-13 Hvolris Oldtidsmarked / Hvolris Iron Age Village Market (DK)
TBA Gudahagens Vikingamarknad / Gudahagens Viking Market (SE)
TBA Ishøj Vikingemarked / Ishøj Viking Market (DK)
TBA Middelalderdagen på Karmøy / Medieval Day at Karmøy (NO)
TBA Store Nes Viking og Middelalder Marked / Store Nes Viking and Medieval Market (NO)
TBA Vikingmarked på Utstein kloster / Viking Market at Utstein Monastery (NO)
 
October
3-4 Tissø Vikingemarked / Tissø Viking Market (DK)
17 Familiedag i Vikingernes Verden, Frederikssund / Family Day in the World of the Vikings, Frederikssund (DK)
 
November
TBA Hedensk Julemarked / Heathen Yule Market (DK)
TBA Juleåbent på Ulvsborg / Yule at Ulvsborg (DK)
 
December
12 Frederikssund Lysfest og Vintermarked / Frederikssund Winter Market (DK)
TBA Ale Julmarknad / Ale Yule Market (SE)
TBA Jolemarknad i Vikingbyen, Gudvangen / Yule Market in the Viking Village, Gudvangen (NO)
TBA Medeltida jul på Gotland / Medieval Yule at Gotland (SE)
TBA Vintersolhvervsfest på Fyrkat / Midwinter celebration at Fyrkat (DK)
 



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Music: Gealdýr - Myrkviðr

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