Friday, April 17, 2015

FO :: Biohazard Socks

Biohazard Socks

I'm so lucky that all of my kids likes to wear woolsocks. And even though my oldest son now have bigger feet than his dad, I seem to knit him a lot of socks ;) I have a lot of orange Sisu in my stash and I searched for a stranded sock pattern I could use it for. I found this and it I just had to make a pair for my son. We all know teenage boys' feets can smell a bit now and then, so a pair with the biohazard symbol on seemed appropriate ;)
In the pattern you was supposed to repeat the chart two times for the leg. But I only did it once or the leg would have been much too long. I think my row gauge is off because I knitted them on bigger needles to make sure they didn't get too snug around the heel. The bright orange is more accurate on the photos below.

Biohazard Socks

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Biohazard Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: Sisu orange #3308 and Silja black #301
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5 for ribbing and 2,75 mm / US 2 for the rest of the sock
Made for: Erlend
Size: European 42



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On The Needles :: Rib Fantastic & Saga Eskimo

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Knitting: Two pairs of socks has been done since last time I had a One The Needles post. First was the Arne & Carlos socks for Hubby and yesterday I finished my son's Biohazard socks. A blog post will come later this week. So with those off the needles I had to cast on a new pair ;) I made Endre choose a skein in my stash and he picked a skein from Fyberspates that I have been saving for years. It looked SO much prettier in the skein than knit up... It's a very busy yarn, so I searched for a pattern and ended up with one from one of my books - Rib Fantastic. Not super happy about how the yarn and the pattern are knitting up, but I think I will knit a bit more before I decide to knit or frog...

I am also knitting on Eirin's kofte (cardigan). I hoped to finish it during Easter, but obviously that didn't happend... I have devided for sleeves and it should be a fast knit as the body is knitted in just the main colour. So hopefully I will have it done sometime next week, we'll see ;) I made her try it on the other day before she went to school, and luckily it fits her (photo below).

Drinking: Today is a strong black tea kind of day, so I am drinking Lipton's Yellow Label.

Reading: I have been reading in this brick of a book since the beginning of December last year... And now I am finally at the end with just one last chapter. Just in time for the new season of the Game of Thrones series :) I know the first episode was out on Monday, but Hubby and I are going to watch it this weekend :) And what a book it has been! Can't wait to read the next one.
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys Targaryen rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way east--with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem. And in the frozen north, Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone, and powerful foes from within the Night's Watch. In a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, to the greatest dance of all. - From Goodreads -
What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Nicole

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Macro Monday :: Sprouts

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A week ago I planted seeds. 
Some flowers and some vegetables.
During the weekend they started to peek through the soil :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

FO :: Arne & Carlos Socks

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Hubby's socks are done :)
They have been fun to knit and although I really want to cast on a pair for me with in the pink version, I think I am going to save that yarn a little while..
And yes, that is fresh snow... Winter doesn't want to let go here it seems.

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Pattern: 68 sts, cuff down, slipp stitch heel
Yarn: 80 g Design Line by Arne & Carlos #3655 Fall Night
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Hubby
Size: European 41/42


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

On The Needles :: Saga Eskimo

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Knitting: I have been wanting to knit Eirin a cardigan for a while now, but she is in that age where everything I suggest is stupid... But when I showed her Saga Eskimo from Kofteboken (a norwegian knitbook with new designs on old jackets or kofter as we call them) she nodded and agreed that it would be a nice jacket for her. But not with yellow and it had to be in a yarn that didn't itch... So when I found out that Sandnes Garn was about to discontinue the yarn Duo, which is a cotton and merino blend, I searched the net for a sale and found a shop that had it for half price :) She picked out a purple instead of yellow and now I am just crossing my fingers and hoping she will like it when it's done.

Drinking: Today I am having a cup of one of my go to teas - Blackcurrant tea from Twinings.

Reading: I picked up a stack of books at the library last week, and one of them was Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman. It was one of those books where the cover drew me in, but as I started reading, the story had me after a couple of pages too!! So I will have to check out her first book too - Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.
Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop. Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky. It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last. But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep. - From Goodreads -


What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Nicole

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FO :: Stripy Socks for Hubby

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Hubby's socks are off the needles :)
I loved knitting on these - the colours are so bright and cheerful and the stripes matched perfectly!
So it's sad it's a discontinued yarn :(  So if you find it in a yarn store - buy it and knit some socks! I am definiely going to buy more from Love Knitting if they have more of it next time I decide to spend some money on sockyarn.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 68 sts, 2x2 ribbing, cuff down with a slip stitch heel.
Yarn: 77 g Design Line Ombre Stripe by Regia #4484 Moos Garden
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Hubby
Size: European 42

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And of course there is some new socks on my needles ;)
I just couldn't go by when I found the sock yarn designed by Arne & Carlos in one of my local yarn stores the other day...
But I only bought the two prettiest colourways - enough for one pair for hubby and one for me :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On the Needles :: Moos Garden Selfstriping Socks

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Knitting: A pair of selfstriping socks for Hubby, knitted two at the time my way. I love how this yarn knit up and the colours are so bright and cheerful - makes it a fun project to knit on :) The yarn is Regia Ombre Stripe designed by Kaffe Fassett. I bought it from Love Knitting and I need to check if they have other colourways next time I decide to order some sock yarn.

Drinking: I stumbled over a norwegian teaclub a little while ago an decided to try them out. Yesterday my first package arrived and today I am trying out their Solnedgang (Sunset) tea. It's black tea flavoured with red orange.

Reading: I like a good crime novel and a good dystopian novel. So what can be better than a novel with both?? The Healer by Antti Tuomainen is a finnish book, but it is translated to several languages, and I must say it is very good! I do hope for a happy ending...

It’s two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling a ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; abandoned vehicles are left burning in the streets; the authorities have issued warnings about malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, and the plague. People are fleeing to the far north of Finland and Norway where conditions are still tolerable. Social order is crumbling and private security firms have undermined the police force. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still able and willing to live in the city.

When Tapani’s beloved wife, Johanna, a newspaper journalist, goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her. Johanna’s disappearance seems to be connected to a story she was researching about a politically motivated serial killer known as “The Healer.” Desperate to find Johanna, Tapani’s search leads him to uncover secrets from her past. Secrets that connect her to the very murders she was investigating... - From Goodreads -

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I have also finnished the socks I was knitting on last week. I like the colour, but the purple stripe above the heel on the left one irritates me a little bit.. Without it they would have looked a little more matching.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: 70 g  Pink #8851 Design Line Hand-dye Effect by Kaffe Fassett
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: ??
Size: 64 sts, european 39/40



What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Nicole

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On the Needles :: More Waffles

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Knitting: Seems like I am only knitting socks these days... And I guess I am. It's something calm and soothing about having a pair of socks on the needles. This is another pair of Blueberry Waffle socks - a great pattern if you want to have a mindless knit, but want to knit something else than a rib.

Drinking: A new favorite tea - Raspberry Rendezvous.

Reading: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. I really like this book, and the fact that it's based on a true story, just makes it better!
For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus.Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood—the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. - From Goodreads -

What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Nicole

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

FO :: Bure

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New socks just for me!!
Love this pattern - perfect for using up that single skein of just 50 g of varigated or selfstriping yarn.
I know I will make more of these :)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Bure by Bitta Mikkelborg
Yarn: 64 g Senjagarn white #302 and 26 g Fabel #655
Needles; 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: 64 sts - european size 40



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring feeling and the week of yarn...

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Seems like we finally got a little bit of spring feeling here in the north today :) It's not going to last, as more rain and possible snow is coming later in the week... But today the day was spent in the sun knitting and drinking tea while the youngest kids went up and down the hill on their snow racers :)
I had to cast on a couple of socks. First is a pair of Biohazrad Socks for Erlend.

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The second pair is for me and Im using the Blueberry Waffle pattern.

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Hubby has made a new bird feeder. We saw a squirrel in the garden early this morning, but the birds chased it away. Hopefully it will return. We had squirrels a few years ago, but they suddenly disappeared...

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Last Sunday I found out that I was the lucky winner of Ina's giveaway on her blog Ztrikkeriet :)
And this came in the mail a few days ago :) The Regia yarn is the one I am using for my socks.

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But that is not all the yarn that has found its way to my mailbox this last week....
Ullkurven had 20% off on her yarn a little while ago, so I bought some Arwetta. Love the pink and the yellow! I plan to knit it up with the black.
And Hubby complained that most of his socks seemed to have holes in them... So of course I could buy more sock yarn without feeling guilty! This time from Love Knitting. And look - i finally found some Fluormania!!
I was so lucky that I could follow a link from a friend and got 15% off + free shipping on my order :) You can get that too by following this link :)

Get a free pattern, 15% off and free shipping at LoveKnitting

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Wish all my mail was wrapped up like this!!
And this was not all the yarn that came this week....
I got one more package with yarn for a special project, but I'll tell more about that when I cast it on.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FO :: Butter Mints Waffle Socks

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So, in the beginning of January I put together a bag with 12 skeins of sock yarn and decided to knit a pair from it each month. Or at least cast on with it in said month. Each month I have had Endre to pick a skein and this is what he choosed in February - a skein of Yummy Fingering Superwash Sock from Candy Skein. And since Eirin is growing out of her socks, it had to be a pair for her. Endre picked a skein from Candy Skein in January too which I knitted a pair of Magic Mirror Socks with. Not sure why I haven't told you about this "monthly sock" before, I guess I just have forgotten about it... In March he picked the yarn I am using for my Bure socks.

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This colour was very hard to capture right...! But it's green, pink, yellow and blue in quite bright pastel colours.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: 63 g Yummy Fingering Superwash Socks #Butter Mints
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Eirin
Size: 64 sts




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