Friday, May 22, 2015

A Morning Walk In The Forest

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I decided to go for an early morning walk in the forest today and soak in some fresh spring air. And it felt so good! And this is spring in Norway in late May. Still snow, ice on the lake and not much green... But both the snow and the ice are melting and buds and leaves are bursting out. And as always, we seem to go from winter to summer in just a few days, skipping spring altogether... So I guess this year is no exception. I also found a lot of fresh moose poop. Two young mooses were walking down by the lake yesterday, so I guess they have been looking for food.
I have to ask those of you from who lives in other countries with moose - are you afraid of them?
We like to watch natre programes or series like Alaska the Last Frontier on tv, and it seem like they are so afraid of meeting a moose when they are out in the forest. And it seems like they kill a lot of people too. I have never heard of anyone being killed by a moose here in Norway. And we were never taught to be afraid of the moose when we were kids either. I think the moose is more afraid of us..

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

FO :: Another Rye

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About a month ago I decided to cast on a pair of socks with a skein of yarn I had saved in my stash for years. It looked beautiful in the skein, but it turned out to be hevily varigated... So finding a pattern was not easy. I first casted on the Rib Fantastic Socks, but I ripped back to the cuff after knitting halfway down the leg. The pattern got lost in the yarn. Then I decided to try the Rye pattern. And it worked :) This is my 7th pair of Rye socks and I still like the pattern. It's mindless, but with a little variation so it doesn't get boring.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Rye (free pattern). 64 sts and garter over 20 sts
Yarn: 64 g Superwash BFL Sock Yarn by Fyberspates #Hippy
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: ??
Size: European size 39



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hello again

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The flower is my Lykkeløver :: False Shamrock. 

Gosh, it's been a while since I have posted here... I had a tiny Macro Monday post yesterday though ;)
I just needed a bit of time away from all kinds of social media "things" - and it felt good. But I started to miss blogging, so here I am ;) I haven't been knitting so much these weeks. Most time has been spent outdoors fixing the greenhouse and tending my plants and seedling.
But I have finished a pair of socks that is all mine. It's made in Arne & Carlos yarn and I love them!

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down and a short row heel
Yarn: 68 g Design Line by Arne & Carlos # 3653 Star Night
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me

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New potholders

I have also crocheted a pair of potholders. It's nice with mindless projects.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Just made up as I went along
Yarn: ca. 81 g of some cotton from Bernat
Hook: 3,5 mm / E


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I was kind of lying when I said that I haden't been knitting much. I got a phone call from Tove Fevang a couple of weeks ago and she wondered if I could knit two sweaters for a new book she is making. And of course I had to say yes :) They are knitted from the same pattern, but with two different yarn types. The first one is made with Alpakka/Silke and the other with Tynn Merino. It was a fast and easy pattern to knit although there was a mistake in the first version of the pattern, so two of the colours changed place. Not my fault, but it was at the yoke, so just a small part had to be fixed. I'll show you photos when the book is out :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Macro Monday :: Zucchini Flower

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The greenhouse is finally warm enough for my plants.
So today I have been planting among other things some zucchini plants.
One of them already has a big flower bud :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

FO :: Yellow Stripes

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So instead of knitting on the Saga Eskimo kofte, I casted on a pair of socks...
But they were so fun to knit - just one more yellow stripe, and before I knew it they were done :)
They are for Hubby and I am so pleased with getting the stripes to match perfectly!! and I love the yellow and grey combination. I think I might need to knit myself a kofte in grey with yellow pattern or a grey shawl with yellow stripes... I'll have to search Ravelry a bit I think ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 68 sts, cuff down, slipp stitch heel
Yarn: 80 g Meilenweit Merino #2244
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Hubby

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Friday, April 17, 2015

FO :: Biohazard Socks

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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.

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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