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  • Aug 14, 2012



MINNEAPOLIS — August 14, 2012 — August’s “ASI Forum” presentation will celebrate the release of the book "Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs" by authors Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel. On Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to a talk by the authors, who will discuss their road to writing and the inspiration behind the book. "Swedish Handknits" is a collection of patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, headbands, and bags, all inspired by the historic textiles in the American Swedish Institute's collection. The book also includes vintage photographs of Swedish immigrants, recipes, and photos of the artifacts that inspired the designs, along with a short history of knitting in Sweden. Refreshments will be provided following the talk. “ASI Forum” presentations are included with museum admission ($7 adults, $6 ages 62+, $4 ages 6–18 and students with ID). Reservations for this event are encouraged; call 612-871-4907 to sign up.

Sue Flanders has been designing knitwear for more than twenty years. Her patterns have appeared in many publications including Interweave Knits, Knitter’s magazine, Cast-On, and two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting in America and Kids Knits. She lives in the Twin Cities area.

Janine Kosel is an accomplished knitter who has studied under greats like Alice Starmore, Meg Swansen, and Candice Eisner Strict. Kosel works at Three Kitten’s Yarn Shop in St. Paul and teaches knitting and tatting workshops at many Twin Cities area knitting and needlework shops.

For “Swedish Handknits,” Flanders and Kosel spent months researching the history, artifacts and artwork of ASI, as well as the Turnblad Mansion itself. The result is a rich book not only of interest to knitters, but also to those interested in Swedish-American history and ASI itself.

An exhibit of Flanders’ and Kosel’s own knitwork —alongside the items that provided the inspiration for their designs—is on display in the Turnblad Mansion through October 14, 2012.

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and culture organization and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. ASI attracts more than 65,000 people each year for tours of the landmark 1908 Turnblad Mansion, exhibits, classes and events that connect the community to contemporary Nordic culture and cultural heritage. Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, ASI now serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. Museum hours: Tue., Thu., Fri., Sun. 12–5 p.m., Wed. 12–8 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Museum admission: $7, $6 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18 and students with ID. For more information, visit


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