Meet Norwegian Crocheter Torill of Ekte Lykke: Stylish Craft

Norwegian crafter Torill, a full-time mother of 3 who is also known as @ektelykke on Instagram, has a beautiful phrase as her Instagram tagline:

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things…”

colourful hearts
Photo Credit: ektelykke on Instagram

She celebrates the little things through her photos and through her craft work, and it’s a joy to see what she creates. In my 2014 roundup of her crochet work, I wrote:

“Her Instagram feed is rich with lots of crochet. She does beautiful work with color and I especially love when she incorporates different shades of pink in her pieces because for some reason she’s able to use this color so well! In addition to crochet, her feed has terrific close-up shots of nature, lovely images of food, and daily items rich in color.”

Crocheter rustic lace square
Photo Credit: ektelykke on Instagram
ektelykke crochet mandalas
Photo Credit: ektelykke on Instagram

I’ve learned more about her over time through her blog. My favorite thing that I’ve learned is why she uses the name Ekte Lykke, which it turns out is Norwegian for the phrase “authentic happiness”.

Torill explains on her blog how this concept is a part of positive psychology and how she interprets this to mean, in part, that we must nurture our mental health by attending to the things that we love and being “in the flow.”

She writes:

“This is how I feel when I have the time and opportunity to “get lost” in my creative projects. I feel happiness. I feel Ekte Lykke. Creating is my “Brain Yoga” that keeps my sanity at bay, and myself in a “Happy Place”, and I have come to the realization that to prioritize this into my life the same way as I (should!) do with my jogging or yoga lessons, is essential to my well-being, and the only way I can keep both body and mind fit and strong to tackle all the aspects of life!”

ektelykke crochet flowers
Photo Credit: ektelykke on Instagram
ektelykke crochet booties
Photo Credit: ektelykke on Instagram

I believe wholeheartedly in the lifesaving power of crochet and the idea that crafting can and should be part of our daily wellness plans, so I hugely appreciated learning about this aspect of Torill’s work.

She goes on to share that she likes her blog to be a place where she shares the things that make her happy, not to make it seem like life is always light and perfect, but to allow her blog to be a haven of creative escape for herself (and I would add also for those who come to enjoy the goodies that she shares there).

ektelykke crochet winter gloves
Photo Credit: ektelykke on Instagram

I always enjoy the matching crochet sets that she makes, like the matching set of winter accessories we see here.

ektelykke crochet gloves
Photo Credit: ektelykke on Instagram

I also appreciate the detail in her photos, the way that the crochet is always the showcase at the center of the photo but there are props included to give intrigue to the images and share stories in pictures.

ektelykke crochet heart
Photo Credit: ektelykke on Instagram

The yarn here is just delightful; the texture is terrific and I love the color!

I adore the way that the sparkle dances off of the yarn in this detailed close-up perfect crochet flower photo.

Enjoy more crochet-covered rocks here.

What a cute little crochet basket, and what cute decor it goes with!

Torill crochets such a diverse variety of projects – motifs and single pieces, multi-color and monochrome, accessories and decor, blankets, and more. It’s wonderful to explore what she’s making.

Follow @ektelykke on Instagram.

Hannah Ege

A life long crocheter and knitter, Hannah is a creative person who enjoys designing their own patterns while having deep appreciation and love for timeless designs. Hannah's first official job was in a yarn store as a teenager and even now they regularly knit and crochet for friends and commissioned pieces. When not busy with fiber, Hannah enjoys all things coffee, reading, hiking and spending time with their kid.

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