AniLove Design is a small business located in the smallest of places on the countryside in the middle of Sweden, called Morgongåva. I live here with my three children, all in their teens and young adulthood, in the ugliest house imaginable. On the outside. On the inside it is our gorgeous palace, and also the home of both the dye studio and the design studio.
Currently I dye mostly luxurious yarns, such as merino and cashmere, but I am on the lookout for a supplier of Scandinavian wool (if you are a supplier of such, feel free to contact me). My designs tend to gravitate more towards colorwork and bright colours, but I am no stranger to more subdued tones as well, and I often am inspired by nature in my choices of colours. I also have a flair for the bohemian, and I have a passionate relationship with the colors often seen in the Caribbean, and I draw a lot of inspiration from that as well (while secretly dreaming of bringing my business with me for a year, to live on a catamaran in the Caribbean).
In addition to designing and yarn dyeing, I also spend as much time as possible with my sewing machines. This has led to my webshop also having items such as project bags i.e., and more things are to come.
During the latter half of 2018, I am making a huge effort to make this a full time operation. I have had a passionate love for yarns and all things fiber for almost 40 years, and I have come to realize that it is so much more than the side business I have had for the past five years. It is what I wish to spend the remainder of my days doing. So here we go! I hope you will enjoy the things I make.
It all started six years ago, with the design of the Stockholm mittens. Or, truth be told, it all started way back in 1979. That’s the year I learned to knit, at age 6. I soon started designing as well, and at the age of 10, all my dolls and teddy bears owned at least one knitted outfit, designed by yours truly. And then, at age 11, I felt it was time. I wanted to make a garment. A full-size garment for myself. My own design, even. I took some convincing, but I eventually got this rather thick, black yarn, meant for sturdy socks and mittens, if memory serves me correct. Itchy wool it was, as most wool products still were back in the 80ies. But I was not going to let that stop me, and so I proceeded to knit a vest for myself, designing the fitting as I went along.
I wore that vest on many occasions, and I have since then knitted almost every day of my life. For friends and family, sometimes even getting paid for things ordered from me, which was always a treat. I made outfits for all my children, with knitted pants, sweaters, hats, socks and mittens – all matching of course. We do after all live in Scandinavia, and winters can get really cold here.
Then, about 6 years ago, I decided to make a pair of Stockholm mittens, featuring an architectural knitting pattern, showing some of the more famous landmarks in and around Stockholm city. The pattern was made for commercial use as well, and I founded the business AniLove Design in 2013. At the same time, I also started working in the world of physical security, building a career as a security coordinator and a physical security specialist (I’m also a trained bodyguard and an investigator, if you can imagine that), and the previous year, 2012, I had published a book about Scandinavian languages. Needless to say, these were very busy years. Being a single mother of three on top of this added to my very busy schedule. But knitting and designing were still as important as ever, and it was probably also to a large extent the one thing that allowed me to keep my sanity through those years.
Today I have changed lanes and am building my own yarn dyeing and design business. I came to a point in life where it became necessary to re-evaluate things, and there was never any doubt in my mind that this is what I truly want to spend the rest of my days doing (well, fiber adventures along with writing more books, to be specific). It has been such a huge and important part of my life for almost 40 years now, and there is nothing I love spending time doing that exceeds my joy for knitting, pattern making, yarn dyeing and all things fiber. This is my calling. And I hope you will join my adventures, and maybe even get inspired to a few adventures of your own.
Welcome to my world of adventurous knitting! 🙂