Extra-Very-Special Selbuvotter Sock and Mitten Blockers!

If you’d like to own a small piece of Norwegian knitting history, our long-awaited Selbuvotter sock and mitten blockers are here!  Selbuvotter mittens are Norway’s quintessential national symbol.

My Sister Knits has an expert Selbuvotter teacher, Jeannie Gibberson and her mittens have been on display in the shop.    No matter your skill or interest level in knitting these unique mittens, you’re going to want some of these blockers as art pieces, if for nothing else!

My Sister Knits, Colorado, sock blockers, Norwegian knitting, Selbu knitting


The story behind these blockers is captivating!  Patricia Anne Fortune moved to Norway from Dallas over 20 years ago.  She and her family live on a small farm at the top of a mountain, in the middle of a forest overlooking Selbu lake and the village of Selbu.

One day she found herself in the Selbuvotter museum’s room that shows how knitting machines and metal and plastic tools made the old wooden ones obsolete.  This room has a collection of  beautiful handmade wooden sock and mitten blockers that are no longer produced.

My Sister Knits, local yarn shop, Selbuvotter, Fort Collins Colorado

She set about reviving this little piece of history that had been given over to mass production in modern times.  Patricia’s blockers are made from Norwegian birch from her farm, which is processed at a saw mill in her village.  They are individually carved using laser technology.  The last step is sanding and polishing by hand with beeswax.

My Sister Knits, mitten blockers, northern Colorado, Norwegian knitting

These blockers are handmade after they are ordered and each of the ones in My Sister Knits were made specifically for us.  The thought of these blockers being hand crafted in Norway just for us makes them precious; we’ve been handling them with reverence!  If you want to know more about Patricia, be sure to ask Ann when you see her in the shop as she is the one who discovered these remarkable blockers and their story!









7 thoughts on “Extra-Very-Special Selbuvotter Sock and Mitten Blockers!

  1. Ann Kreager

    Bless you, Jenny! This is a lovely blog post. Thank you so much for sharing with our customers! I want to see Patricia’s sheep on her farm!

  2. Alixe Bielot

    Those Sock and mitten blockers are beautiful – I live out of state (Wisconsin) and would love to order a pair of the mitten blockers – can you tell me the price, etc. about them – Thanks, your store always hs interesting knitting items – I did purchase one of those lovely Kill Beetle bowls awhile back – look forward to hearing from you!

    • Jenny

      Alixe, we’ve love to get some mitten blockers in the mail to you! We can give you all of the information you need if you call the shop. We are open Tuesdays 10 – 8 and Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 -5. Our phone number is 970.407.1461. I’m glad you like your Beetle Kill bowl, I love mine! Jenny

  3. Cadie

    I too need sock blockers. Not sure how you order them. I am size 8 women’s shoe. I knit for my daughter also. She is a women’s size 5. Please let me know the cost.

  4. Cadie Honan

    My email was I correct. It should be apiecemaker@gmail.com.

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