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gudstjeneste og musikk på Sjømannskirken i New York – 25 years on 52nd street

September 17, 2017

25 years on 52nd Street - Norwegian Seamen's Church in New York - 17 September 2017 - En veldig fin dag på Sjømannskirken her i nyc

En veldig fin dag på Sjømannskirken her i nyc! Today, 17 September 2017, we had the 25 years on 52nd Street celebration at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in New York. A lovely and meaningful gudstjeneste with wonderful words, text, musikk. As always, the food at kirkekaffe was fantastisk… even more so today. It was my pleasure to be among several artists offering gifts of musikk. For my part, and from my heart, i sang “Må din vei komme deg i møte”. In English, we know it as “May the Road Rise to Meet You”. Be well, all. 

n.b. One of my favorite “visuals” at Sjømannskirken is how the light shines down through those triangular shaped windows. It can seem dramatic, jagged, pointed. It can feel specific. It can be open to interpretation. This particular day, my eye was caught by a flashing light. How lovely to see that light reflecting brightly off of the baptismal font.

Note and Credits: The quotes and photos used in the image above are from the FaceBook pages of Lisa Daehlin, Singer and of the Sjømannskirken i New York. I highly recommend visiting both.


Learn to Knit, Crochet, Sew at 92nd St Y School of the Arts

September 5, 2017


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92nd Street Y School of the Arts – HERE’s the LINK to GET STARTED

Fall 2017  classes beginning September 24th 

SEW Your Own Shoulder Bag sign up (1-day workshop) – Sept. 24th, 2017, Sunday, 11am-4:30pm
 KNITTING for Beginners sign up –Sept. 26th-Nov. 7th, 2017, Tuesdays, 7-9pm
KNITTING (Intermediate/Advanced) sign up–Nov. 14th-Dec. 19th, 2017, Tuesdays, 7-9pm
Machine SEWING for Beginners sign up –Sept. 27th-Nov. 1st, 2017, Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm
CROCHET for Beginners sign up –Nov. 8th-Dec. 13th, 2017,Wednesdays, 7-9pm

Experiment Expand Out Dive In Explore Make Create Knit Sew Crochet Learn Love Fun Experiment Expand Out Dive In Community Stitch Play Measure Redefine Meet Knit Sew Crochet Explore Make Create Knit Sew Crochet Learn Love Fun Experiment Expand Out Dive In Community Stitch Play Measure Redefine Meet Knit Sew Crochet Learn Love Fun Experiment Expand Out Dive In Make Create Knit Sew Crochet Learn Love Fun Experiment Expand Out Dive In Community Stitch Play Measure Redefine Meet Knit Sew Crochet Learn Love Fun Experiment Expand Out Dive In Knit Sew Crochet Explore Make Create Knit Sew Crochet Learn Love Fun Experiment Expand Out Dive In Community Stitch Play Redefine Meet Knit Sew Crochet Learn Love Fun Experiment Expand Out Dive In Explore Make Create Knit Sew Crochet Learn Love Fun 

Spreading the Love – with Crocheted Hearts

September 1, 2017
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Crocheted Hearts by #LisaDaehlinArtist, Upper West Side heart and leaf on Columbus Ave at 67th St, Hearts and tags to be gifted away, Lisa Daehlin at Rubin Museum Street Fair in front of a Banksy, Goat with heart at Northfield Retirement Community in MN. ~ ~ ~

A couple years ago (maybe it was a year and a half… time flies and tracking it can sometimes feel elusive), I was invited by Knitty City Yarn Shop to be involved in an event at City Bakery. It was close to Valentine’s Day, chocolate, yarn, and adventuresome people were part of the shindig. For my part, I spent some of the evening at the table where we were making crocheted hearts. As the evening wore on, the room became peppered with hearts, decorating the people attending the event, working the event, enjoying the event.

From my vantage point, through balls of yarn, handfuls of hooks, a table of hearts, I could see the fun and love, spreading its way around the room. It was palpable.

Realizing that there was something magic in those little hearts, I began making some in the days following. Trying out different yarns, I found one that, paired with a generous hook, gave a comfortable amount of smushy-ness to the final product. And, what a product it is! That little pile of yarn, hooked into the shape of a heart seems to hold some magic nestled in its midst. I make them on the subways in Manhattan, giving them out at random. It’s a bit of performance art, crochet and knitting in public spaces. The gentle movement of the stitcher’s hands. It becomes a gesture of invitation. Those who see it, begin to watch… ask about it… “what are you making?” ….  “my mom/grandma/etc used to do that”… “where did you learn to do that?”…”can you make a sweater?” It’s one of the nicest ice-breakers upon which I’ve stumbled.

The anonymity and randomness of it has held intrigue for me. But I DO  find myself wondering “where in this world do those hearts end up?”  Several people ask “is this on social media”… “you should hashtag it”… for some reason, I have resisted that… but now, curiosity has gotten the better of me.. Hence the hashtag #LisaDaehlinArtist (the name of one of my pages on facebook – the other is Lisa Daehlin, Singer – I invite you to follow me on BOTH of those pages). This project of populating the world in little hearts that are comfy to wear around your neck, or on your sleeve, I dare you! 😉 led to #LovePeopleBeKind. As our world currently (and, alas, always) shows us, we need AS MUCH LOVE AS POSSIBLE. I do believe that is why we are on this earth… to LOVE PEOPLE (and to sing and to knit…) but we must love one another and be good and kind to one another. That is how we will evolve as a human race. Just THINK of the beauty that the world can provide.

So… if you are reading this and have one such heart from me already, I invite you to take a picture of you wearing the heart, or of the heart placed somewhere that you find intriguing or valuable to you in your daily (or imaginary) life, in the hands of someone you love or someone you haven’t yet met – what a great way to meet a stranger “I’m doing a photo project, would you mind holding this crocheted heart for a second?” Put the photo up on facebook or as a comment here in this blog (or both), or on some form of social media. Mark it with #LisaDaehlinArtist and #LovePeopleBeKind. 

If you are reading this and think “wow, I want one of those hearts so I can take a picture of it and share the love” let me know and we’ll make it happen. If you’re in Manhattan, you just might find me on the subway or on a bench in Central Park, crocheting a heart. I invite you to talk with me, share a story (perhaps a song) and I’ll crochet a heart for you. 🙂

Yours in yarn and song,


Textile Arts workshops at 92nd Street Y

April 14, 2017

Summer Session 2017 begins end of April. 1-day workshops, 6-week workshops. Registration is now underway.
TEXTILE ARTS (Sewing, Knitting, Crochet) at the School of the Arts at 92nd Street Y.

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 MACHINE SEWING for BEGINNERS, starting April 26th, 2017, six Wednesday evenings, 7-9:30pm REGISTER
An introduction to machine sewing for absolute beginners, this class covers the basics: working with a machine, cutting, seaming, pressing, elastic casing, interfacing, lining, darts, zippers, buttonholes. Focus is on skill building through making a variety of small projects: pillow cover, hat and shoulder bag. While this is not a garment-construction class, the skills covered lay the groundwork for future such projects.

– KNITTING for BEGINNERS, starting May 2nd, 2017, six Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm  REGISTER
Knitting provides a world of fabric-making options. Using the simplicity, contrast and harmony of the knit and purl stiches, we learn the basics of this time-honored tradition: how to get the stitches onto and off of the needles, and what happens in between. Basic increasing, decreasing, texture and pattern reading. Quickly gain the skills to make scarves, hats and bags.

– TUNISIAN CROCHET, 1-day workshop May 14th, 2017, six Tuesday evenings, 11am-4:30pm REGISTER
The technique of Tunisian crochet is a hybrid of crochet and knitting, resulting in a fabric with a woven quality in its most traditional form and a lace-like quality when using openwork techniques. Learn how to make the basic Tunisian crochet stitches, expand those skills to incorporate the use of two color and create variations in lace. Leave with one or two small projects completed and the skills to create more in those innovative fabrics!


Lisa Daehlin is a knitting designer and opera chanteuse. She has taught fiber arts at The Cooper Union, Newark Museum, PS122 Gallery, Harlem Knitting Circle, Vogue Knitting LIVE and the American Folk Art Museum in New York. A sought-after designer of knitted and crocheted fabrics and objects, she free-lances for the fashion industry and retail design. Her designs can be seen walking the streets of Manhattan, gracing the pages of Interweave KnitsKnit.1Knit Simple and Vogue Knitting magazines as well as featured in Lace StyleBag Style and The New TunisianCrochet books published by Interweave Press, and Vogue Knitting: Ultimate Hat Book and Vogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps by Sixth and Spring Books.

Celebration at Norwegian Seamen’s Church – 25 Years on 52nd Street

February 21, 2017

Norwegian Seaman's Church New York City Birthday Celebration 25 years on 52nd Street

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Gig. Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017. Lisa Daehlin at Cornelia Street Café.

January 10, 2017

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chanteusing away with songs of Hearts, organs, Love, & ye olde je ne sais quoi


monday, january 30th 2017, 8:30pm

Tor Morten Kjøsnes at the keys



Harriet Nilsen Winter Concert – Thursday January 19th, 2017, Norwegian Seamen’s Church, NYC

January 9, 2017

[announcement and images as published on the website of the American Scandinavian Society]

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Annual Harriet Nilsen Winter Concert

Thursday, January 19th, 2017, 7pm

Norwegian Seamen’s Church
317 East 52nd Street, New York, NY