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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Sunday, March 8, 2015

FO :: Molly & Traveller's Hat

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We are having a bad weather this weekend with lots of wind and sleet... So time has been spent indoors knitting and watching podcast ;) In between two sleet flurries I managed to persuade the kids to wear their new hats so I could take some photos.

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The colour is more accurate in the first photo..
Ravelry project page
Pattern: Molly by Erin Ruth (free pattern)
Yarn: 70 g Mor Aase ull/bomull gray #5873
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Eirin



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This is the second Traveller's hat I've made for Endre. The first one has been used a lot and it was time for a new one!
Ravelry project page
Pattern: Traveller's Hat by Sue Jackson (free pattern)
Yarn: 40 g Davos natural #9 and 56 g RYC Cashsoft Aran blue #14030
Needles: 3,5 mm / US ¤ and 4 mm / US 6
Made for: Endre
Size: 94 sts

Thursday, March 5, 2015

FO :: Egyptian Socks

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One of the February challenges in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry was to knit an underappreciated pattern, which meant it had to be less than 15 finished projects. So I looked through some of my sock patterns and decided to knit these Egyptian socks.
Not super happy about how they turned out, but they are wearable ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Egyptian Socks by Madeline Weston from Country Weekend Socks
Yarn: Sisu 87 g #6027 Medium Blue and 39 g #317 White
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Modifications: I made the leg a little bit shorther by omitting a few rows of blue here and there.



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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On the Needles :: Bure & Waffel Socks

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Knitting: Still knitting on the Waffel socks from last time. And a new pair of socks are also on the needles - Bure. Love how the yarn stripes. I've finished some hats and a pair of socks, so some FO post are coming soon.

Reading: Last time I went to the library, I picked up some books from around the world so that I could add a few more countries to my list. The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson was one of them. The book is set in North Korea, and although I just started it last night and haven't read much, it seems like a good read.
An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master’s Son follows a boyoung man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.     - From Goodreads - 

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On the Needles :: Molly and Waffle Socks

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It's been a while since I've posted one of my On the Needles post...
Life just happend and I haven't felt much for either blogging or knitting these past few months. Hopefully things will change now as the sun is here again and my mood seems to get lighter.

So what am I reading. Since the Game of Thrones series is starting soon, I have to read ahead so I know what will happend ;) I started early in December and I'm still just halfway through A Dance with Dragons. I read a few chapter now and then when I have the house to my self.

On the needles are a hat - Molly, which I am knitting in a wool and cotton blend. So hopefuly Eirin will have it since I hope it won't be itchy.
And of course there is a sock lingering on the needles too ;)


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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Snowcircles

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The kids have their winterbreak this week and with a forcast with various weather, we just had to get out when the sun was shining :) While some went skiing up and down the hill, some of us made snowcircles. After we started to make them a few years ago it's been a fun yearly thing we do when the snow is right. Here are some post with snowcircles from previous years.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

FO :: Magic Mirror Socks

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These socks are really really pretty, although incredibly hard to photograph....
The colour is so hard to capture right and the sock itself is so full of pattern I'm not sure I've managed to get the best angles.. But I think you get the idea about how they look ;)

I cast these on because I have decided to try to make a pair of socks each month from the patterns one can choose from in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry. And in January one of the choices among others, was a pattern designed by Jeannie Cartmel. She has a lot of pretty ones, but I wanted a free pattern and found this.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Magic Mirror Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: 77 g Yummy Fingering superwash sock #Candy Skein 1st Birthday
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Not sure. They are a little bit snug for me and a little too big for Eirin and she complained that they started to itch after a few photos.. If I'll knit them again, I would knit them a size bigger or choose a thicker yarn so that they will fit me ;)
Size: Medium, 64 sts



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