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Riverside Choir Benefit Tea – sunday 26th january 2020

January 7, 2020

Hello friends and fans of music,
I’m happy to be among the performers of the Riverside Church Choir. And, just LOOK at what we’re up to now…

Politics and Poker: Riverside Choir Benefit Tea

Dale Zurbrick, Master of Ceremonies

Sunday, 26 January 2020, 2-4pm

LOCATION:  The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Riverside Church Choir Benefit Tea_26jan2020

Julekonsert i Sjømannskirken 2019, Lørdag 7.desember kl.17.00

December 6, 2019

Norwegian Seamen’s Church CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Saturday, December 7th, 2019, 5pm
LOCATION:  Norwegian Seamen’s Church317 E. 52nd St. (btwn 1st-2nd Aves.), ‪NYC

Julekonsert i Sjømannskirken 2019, Lørdag 7.esember New York Norwegian ChurchL

lørdag 7. desember kl. 17.00

Julekonsert i Sjømannskirken 2019

Er du klar for jul? Har du funnet julestemingen? Det er mye som skal gjøres, mye som skjer, men det er viktig å ta seg tid til å slappe av og hygge seg også. Sjømannskirken er opptatt av julen, og julekonserten er med på å ramme inn denne viktige høytiden. Konserten er også en tradisjon vi gleder oss til hvert år. Du er hjertelig velkommen!

Welcome to our annual Christmas concert at the Norwegian Church in New York!

Gløgg og pepperkaker
Suggested donation $10

Empire Opera Christmas Concert at Norwegian Church NYC 19dec2019

November 27, 2019

EMPIRE OPERA_Celebrate Christmas_Concert 10december2019 7pm_Norwegian Seamen's Church_NYC

EMPIRE OPERA presents a Christmas Concert

Come hear music by Massenet, Puccini, Bach, Berlioz and Menotti, along with some best loved Carols. Maestro Tor Morten Kjøsnes at the piano leads a group of talented singers in this special holiday program. Singers: Lisa Daehlin, Allison Gish, Brian J. Alvarado, Cynthia Elvira Ramos, Laura Villanueva, Waundell Saavedra.

Thursday, December 19, 2019; 7:30PM
The Norwegian Seamen’s Church
317 E. 52nd St., NY 10022

Suggested Donation $20 (free admission for children 12 and under)

Refreshments following the concert


Concert at The Interchurch Center – Blended Threads – Norwegian Art Song & Great American Songbook – 20nov2019, 12noon

November 14, 2019

Wednesday, November 20th 2019, 12:00pm
Music at the Interchurch Center Concert Series
475 Riverside Drive (@120th), New York City

Wednesday, November 20th 2019, 12:00pm Music at the Interchurch Center Concert Series 475 Riverside Drive (@120th), New York City Blended Threads: Norwegian Art Song & Great American Songbook soprano  Lisa Dæhlin Tor Morten Kjøsnes pianist free admission

Blended Threads: Norwegian Art Song & Great American Songbook

soprano  Lisa Dæhlin
Tor Morten Kjøsnes pianist

free admission

Details at

This concert gives us the chance to present an exquisite collection of songs by Edvard Grieg. In Opus 26, Grieg sets to music a group of poems by John Paulsen: Et håb, Jeg reiste en deilig sommerkvaeld, Den aergjerrige, Med en primula veris, På skogstien.

Leave it to me to find a song by Grieg that mentions knitting! It’s a gorgeous set and I’ve chosen to pair it with a selection of songs from the Great American Songbook, mirroring the themes in the Grieg songs. Also, with the knitting reference, I take license to sing one of the knitting songs written for me by Stefania de Kenessey from the “Twisted Stitch” song cycle in my OperaKnit Cabaret.

You are most welcome to join us for what will be a lovely and eclectic concert.

NOTE TO KNITTERS and those who find themselves to be even the teensiest bit KNITTING-CURIOUS 😉 ….  You might have noticed that the watermark image that provides a backdrop to the text in this poster is a close-up of a piece of knitting. It is an improvisational knitted lace mandala. Made up of three sections, it begins in the center with a representation of the sun and other stars, then moves outward to the sky and water of the earth, then transforms into a representation of the flowers of the earth, with the outermost part taking its inspiration from the Dwarf Trout Lily. This particular version of this magical little flower grows only on a few stream beds in Southern Minnesota. My brother, a talented and prolific painter, brought me to this special landscape. He is working on a series of paintings of this region throughout the seasons of the year.  When I knitted this piece–a round-shaped imagining of the stars, the earth, and the flowers and waters thereof–I had just experienced a most wonderful concert of music performed by Mari Boine in New York. This piece is greatly influenced by that experience. If you’d like to read more about that, see my blog post from June of 2015 Improv Lace Knitting inspired of Sami song & the Minnesota dwarf trout lily

2-day workshop at 92Y ~ Knitted Lace: Organic Design within Geometric Shapes

October 8, 2019


Knitted Lace: Organic Design within Geometric Shapes      REGISTER HERE

2-day weekend workshop:  Sat & Sun, Oct 19-20, 2019, 11 am – 4:30 pm

Instructor:  Lisa Daehlin

92Y SCHOOL OF THE ARTS  Knitted Lace: Organic Design within Geometric Shapes  2-day weekend workshop Sat & Sun, Oct 19-20, 2019, 11am-4:30pm with Lisa Daehlin

Knitting in lace is an exploration of positive and negative space.
The sinewy lines created when using relatively simple knitting maneuvers (yarn-over increases paired with different types of decreases) lead the yarn (and your eye) through the landscape of a fabric composed of lines, holes, shapes, motifs — both organic and geometric. In this workshop learn how to: make these various paired increases/decreases; knit (and how to read, in words and charts) some specific stitch patterns designed to focus on the various elements of knitted lace; incorporate beads into the stitches; knit an edging and how to attach it to a non-bound-off edge; create the formulas for using this decorative (yarn-over) increase to create rectangular, circular, and triangular shapes — the building blocks of shawls, hats, pillows, purses, objects.

Prerequisite: Know how to cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off, and have some familiarity working with double-pointed needles.


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 Knits, Knit.1, Knit Simple and Vogue Knitting magazines as well as featured in Lace Style, Bag Style and The New Tunisian Crochet books published by Interweave Press, and Vogue Knitting: Ultimate Hat Book and Vogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps by Sixth and Spring Books.


Intro to the Arts Night 92nd Street Y – 6-9pm wednesday 11sept2019

September 8, 2019


INTRO TO THE ARTS NIGHT at 92nd Street Y  (92nd & Lexington, NYC)
6-9pm Wednesday, 11september2019

Intro to the Arts Night 92nd Street Y

Lisa Daehlin is among many other faculty of the 92nd St Y Art Center who will offer demonstrations and teaching of various techniques and art forms. Come on by and see how you can shine!


How’s THIS for a fortune, Cookie? LovePeopleBeKind, spinning bags of yarn into gold

August 22, 2019


Years ago, I found the message in a fortune cookie (somewhere in Minneapolis, based on how old that paper taped by my sewing machine looks)..
It reads: “You will be traveling and coming into a fortune”. Moral of the story? PLANT THOSE SEEDS and keep nurturing them.

Lisa Daehlin_LovePeopleBeKind_Crochet Heart Yarn from Knitty City_ Selfie in an Elevator_Sewing machine_You will be travelling and coming into a fortune

Now, all these years and waters under and over and around bridges later, I encountered that same fortune-laden scrap of paper again, still taped to my machine (which had been in storage for a time). We see things through the lease of our lives. More comes into view, more goes out of view. Things hove into and out of sight. Thank heavens for that merciful winnowing process! one could go mad were we to be faced in one moment with all the information and events running through the course of our lives. I find that this helps me accept the times and tides of things. Some times are more restful; other times seem more busy and laden with rich experiences. The restful times give us pause to ponder those others.  It works out just fine.

So… why talk about all this right now? I am prompted by my upcoming journey to Minnesota. I’ll be giving a presentation about the #LovePeopleBeKind Crochet Heart project that has become a part of my life during the last couple years. It’s quite a way to meet people, break the ice, have a conversation with a total stranger. In a moment or two, a stranger no more, but a friend, or at least a momentary acquaintance, both of us to go further in our directions in the world changed, even if in only the smallest way, by the interaction.

I get my yarn for this project from #KnittyCityYarnShop in NYC. It’s a lovely place. If you haven’t yet been there, do stop in sometime. Pearl and the gang are quite the lovely bunch of people. This Friday 23august2019 I bring my presentation to #NorthfieldYarnShop in Northfield, MN… another such lovely place where people meet, knit, crochet, talk about fiber and about life.

SO… the story of the photo collage in this post…
Bottom Right Image: those old and wise words from a long-ago fortune cookie, singing to me as my sewing machine did the same, enticing to places of dream and perhaps travel;
Upper Right Side Image: prepping for a trip to Norway this summer, where I knew I would meet a couple hundred new friends (and I did! there are now 500 little hearts, making their way about the world), I picked up 2 big bags of the heart yarn;
Center Image: attending a lecture class at the University of Oslo #UiO I noticed that someone had carved a heart into the desk where I was sitting. Of course, I grabbed the moment to take a photo of one of my hearts next to it. hmmmmm I wonder to whom I gave that particular heart and where it now resides…;
Left Side Image: Having just picked up all that yarn from Knitty City, I made my next stop to a friend’s place on Manhattan’s UWS. The elevator there is small and shiny, inviting a selfie. I love how hazy the image is.. I was REALLY tired by that time, getting ready for travel. But it was all worth it.. A FANTASTIC time being in another place, doing some singing, some knitting, studying the language, enjoying the people. So… that’s my book-report on “what I did on my summer vacation” og det var helt fantastisk!

n.b. In the title of this post, I mention “spinning bags of yarn into gold”. In case it’s not screamingly clear, that gold is PEOPLE. Thank you, lovely people! 

If you find yourself in the vicinity of Northfield Yarn Shop this weekend, swing on by. I’ll make you a heart and we can shake hands 🙂

Here’s something on their blog about the weekend’s activities:

Lisa at Northfield Yarn Shop (2 imgages from NYS blog)




Concert at Linderud gård, Oslo, Norway. 22june2019

June 20, 2019

konsert at LINDERUD GÅRD
Lørdag 22.juni kl.19
Ingerid Birkeland, sopran
Lisa Daehlin, sopran
Ole Johannes Kosberg, klaver

konsert at LINDERUD GÅRD; MIDSUMMER SONGS Lørdag 22.juni kl.19; Ingerid Birkeland, sopran; Lisa Daehlin, sopran; Ole Johannes Kosberg, klaver


2019 May 17th, Syttendemai afternoon & evening concerts at Norwegian Church, NYC, 3:30 & 6pm

May 14, 2019

Friday, MAY 17th, 2019, Syttendemai concerts at Norwegian Church, NYC

Afternoon Concert on the Street Stage:  3:30pm
Evening Concert inside the Church:  6:00pm

Norwegian Church_Syttendemai_Norway Day 2019_Sjomannskirken nyc

Musikk og Måltid _ Skjaertorsdag [Maundy Thursday]  _ Thursday, April 18th, 2019, 6pm

April 17, 2019

Norwegian Seamen’s Church
Skjaertorsdag [Maundy Thursday] Musikk og Måltid
Thursday, April 18th, 2019, 6pm
LOCATION:  Norwegian Seamen’s Church317 E. 52nd St. (btwn 1st-2nd Aves.), ‪NYC