July/August 2018 Newsletter

president of vonheim lodge

President of Vonheim

fra Presidenten:

Our monthly program on June 9th featured a delightful musical couple. Reuben and Diane Ristrom. They introduced their program by having all of us sing “Ja vi Elsker Dette Landet” led by our own Dennis Sorheim followed by singing of the beloved “Hils fra meg der hjemme” Reuben performed some jazz and other pop standards on his guitar and banjo. Diane and Reuben then sang(solo and duet) some pop standards.

The District 1 Convention was held in Rochester on June 14-16. The theme was “Honor the Past—Build the Future”. Five Delegates from Vonheim (Dennis Sorheim, Merle and Kathy Tingelstad, Gregg Iverson, and myself) attended with over 100 delegates from other lodges in Dist. 1. Resolutions were passed. Mark Haugen, present Zone Director, was elected District 1 Vice President. Chris Elwell was elected our new Zone Director. Delegates (including Dennis Sorheim and Merle Tingelstad) were elected to be Delegates to the International Convention in Bloomington on August 15-18.

Upcoming Event--Tuesday, July 31 Joint Oslo--Vonheim Lodge Picnic Waubun Park, Mpls. For Reservations Call Louise 763-545-4827

A Board Meeting will be held in July to plan the Program Schedule for Fall. Enjoy your summer!

Fraternally, Don Teigen
Vonheim Lodge President




a little in English...litt på norsk

History of the Marius Sweater

July 2018

The Marius Sweater was designed in 1953 by Unn Søiland, and sold to Sandnes Woolen Factory in 1953 as a knitting pattern. Today it is known as the best-selling and most-knitted pattern in Norway. It is considered a Norwegian national sweater, an icon that says something about the Norwegians' enthusiastic relationship with trips in the woods and fields, in the free Norwegian nature.

Designer Unn Søiland made history by designing new patterns and using wool with strong colors, which was unusual at that time. This made "Norwegian sweaters" great fashion, also abroad - and "Norwegian sweaters" became an internationally popular term.

Unn Søiland Dale received the King's Medal of Merit in gold for her life-long pioneering work to develop Norwegian knitting traditions and designs for hand knitting and wool, and to make Norwegian woolen textiles known internationally.

Good old Marius Sweaters

Unn Søiland was the first woman to become a member of the Norwegian Federation of Industries, when she organized women who knitted throughout Norway, which was regarded as a "cottage industry." Over the years, she organized more than 1,000 Norwegian women for her production.

She designed and produced hand-knitted goods for German Uli Richter. She designed patterns for the American company McGregor, and later in the 90s she designed the most exclusive handknits for the French Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy and Castelbajac. She is the only Norwegian designer to have had handknits on French catwalks in Paris.

The quality of the craft in Unn Søiland's organized hand-knitting production, coupled with her elegant designs, was one of the reasons this became a major export article - and why the term "Norwegian sweaters" has such a high value for most foreigners today.

Stein Eriksen was the elder brother of Marius Eriksen, and an Olympic gold medalist in slalom in the Winter Olympics in Oslo 1952. Stein was the more famous of the two brothers, but he could not be a paid model as he would risk losing his amateur status in the Olympic Games. That's why his brother Marius took the job. [Marius] was also an excellent skier, he was a war hero and an actor in the movie "Troll i Ord" [expression meaning if you say something dangerous, it may come true through the “troll in your words”] in which he wore one of Unn Søiland's sweaters. Marius Eriksen gave his name to the sweater on the pattern for Sandnes Garn that year.

That’s how "the Marius sweater" got its name, and became famous because the film was a big success all over Norway. Everyone wanted to knit Marius sweaters.

Historien Om Mariusgenseren

juli 2018

Marius-genseren ble designet i 1953 av Unn Søiland, og solgt til Sandnes Uldvarefabrikk i 1953 som et håndstrikk-mønster. I dag er den kjent som det mest solgte og strikkede mønsteret i Norge. Det regnes som en norsk nasjonalgenser, et norsk ikon som sier noe om nordmenns begeistrete forhold til turer ute i skog og mark, i den frie norske natur.

Designeren Unn Søiland, lagde historie ved å designe nye mønstre og bruke ull med sterke farger, som var uvanlig på den tiden. Dette gjorde ”Norske gensere” til stor mote, også i utlandet,- og «Norwegian sweaters» ble et internasjonalt populært begrep.

Unn Søiland Dale mottok Kongens Fortjenstmedalje i gull for sitt livslange pionerarbeid for å utvikle norske strikke-tradisjoner og design for håndstrikk og ull, og for å gjøre norske ull-tekstiler kjent internasjonalt.

God gammel Mariusgenser

Unn Søiland var den første kvinnen som ble medlem av Norges Industriforbund, da hun organiserte kvinner som strikket i hele Norge, og det ble ansett som ”hjemme-industri”. Gjennom årene organiserte hun mer enn 1000 norske kvinner til sin produksjon. Hun designet og produserte håndstrikk for den tyske Uli Richter.

Hun designet mønstre for amerikanske McGregor, og senere på 90-tallet designet hun det mest eksklusive håndstrikk for franske Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy og Castelbajac. Hun er den eneste norske designer som har hatt håndstrikk på franske catwalker i Paris.

Kvaliteten på håndverket i Unn Søilands organiserte håndstrikkproduksjon, kombinert med hennes elegante design, var en av grunnene til at dette ble en stor eksportartikkel – og at begrepet ”Norwegian Sweaters” har en høy verdi hos de fleste utlendinger den dag i dag.

Stein Eriksen var den eldre bror av Marius Eriksen, og en olympisk gullmedaljevinner i slalåm i vinter-OL i Oslo i 1952. Stein var den mest berømte av de to brødrene, men han kunne ikke være lønnet modell, da han kunne risikere å miste sin amatørstatus i de olympiske lekene. Derfor tok hans bror Marius jobben. Han var også en utmerket skiløper, han var krigshelt, og skuespiller i filmen «Troll i ord», iført Unn Søilands gensere. Marius Eriksen gav sitt navn til genseren på oppskriften til Sandnes garn samme år. Slik fikk «Mariusgenseren» sitt navn, og slik ble den berømt, fordi filmen ble en stor suksess over hele Norge. Alle ville strikke Mariusgenser