Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On the Needles :: Colourwork socks

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What's on your needles today?

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Knitting: I'm still enjoying knitting socks with a colouwork pattern :) I'm almost done with the decreasing at the back of my "kosesokker" (cosy socks), so I will cast on the second sock and knit it the same length before I knit both heels. That way I know they will look the same.
The pink heart socks is for my sister. I love this pattern and I think I'll have to knit myself another pair too. Maybe one with a little longer leg then the pair I have.

Reading: I'm reading moe than one bok as you all should now by now. But the one I seem to pick up most are "Mormor hilser og sier unnskyld" by Fredrik Beckman. It's a fun, but also heartwarming book about seen year old Elsa who has just lost her grandmother.

Elsa is seven years old and quite precocious. Grandma is her best friend. Her single, actually. Grandma used to be a genius and worked as a surgeon, but now she drives a car without a license and stand on the balcony with an open bathrobe and shoot at unannounced visitors with a paintball gun.
People say that she is different. Crazy. But Grandma has a secret language and a private kingdom, "Miamas", and there is all different. That's where grandma takes Elsa when Elsa's parents gets divorced and when Elsa is beaten at school because she is not like any other seven year olds.  "Miamas" is their free zone until grandma one day become sick and learns that she is dying.
As a final adventure, she gives Elsa a series of letters, where her grandmother would ask their neighbors to apologize. They lead Elsa to a stairway filled with militant members ofthe cooperative, fanatic coffee drinkers, fighting dogs, monsters, drunks and ordinary bitches. But they will also be the prelude to a story in which a child is trying to learn to accept that everyone you love will die, and where she bit by bit may know the truth of both the Kingdom Miamas and her grandmother.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

FO :: Angee and Rye

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With an easter with not so good weather, there have been time for finishing socks. I casted on this about a month ago and are so happy they are off the needles. I really like the colour - too bad the yarn is discontinued :(

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Angee
Yarn: 79 g Ranco Solid #103 by Araucania
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: About an european 39/40
Started: March 12, 2014
Completed: April 18, 2014




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Next out is another pair of Rye. It's my 4th pair and I know there will be more. It's such an easy and mindless pattern!! I casted on the number of stitches I normally do for a pair of vanilla socks, 64 sts, and did garter sts over 20 of them.
It's the first time I knit socks with a merino, alpaca and nylon blend. It was SO soft to knit with, but I'm not so sure how well they will hold up when I start wearing them... Hopefully they will not get holes. And sadly this is another discontinued yarn. I wish I had some in another color...

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Rye (free pattern)
Yarn: 70 g Imagination Hand Painted Sock Yarn #seven dwarves by Knit Picks
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: 64 sts, european 39/40
Started: April 12, 2014
Completed: April 18, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FO :: Nancy

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I've finally bought buttons for my Nancy jacket.
I'm not super happy about the fit, but it's good enough to wear around the house.

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Since I made it from thicker yarn, I had to use the pattern for the Nancy sweater to get the right gauge.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 0611-20 Sweater with Round Yoke by Sandnes Design incorporates Nr 12 ”Nancy” kofte med rundt bærestykke
Yarn: Gjestal Superwash sport
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Me
Size: L
Started: January 24, 2014
Copmleted: March 27, 2014




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And we have had a wonderful weather today, so we went skiing :)
More photos here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

FO :: Holmenkollen Genser

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I managed to buy more of the purple yarn for Eirin's sweater. Since the yarn I had was a few years old, the new skeins was a little lighter in colour... I did alternate the two skeins, but I still got a few stripes just before I started the pattern. But it's just in a certain light it shows, so it doesn't bother me.
Eirin has been living in it since I finished it :)
It's knitted in acrylic yarn - not my favourite, but when you have kids with sensitive skin and you really want to knit all the pretty things for them, you just have to find the "right" yarn. She likes this so much that we went out and bought some grey yarn for another sweater :)

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Holmenkollen genser
Yarn: Thea, 310 g purple and 81 g white
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5
Made for: Eirin
Size: xs
Started: March 8, 2013
Completed: April 8, 2013



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On The Needles :: Kosesokker

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Knitting: Seems like this is going to be the year of stranded knitted socks :)
I have wanted to knit a pair of knee high socks for a while, and when I got the book "Garnglede i Rosendal" I knew I had to make one of these. It's an easy pattern, but I don't like the kids of heel the attern has, so I'll have to do some thinking when I get there...

Reading: I started to read Odinsbarn a few days ago. It's the first book in a series of three about Hirka. I love this genre and I don't want the book to end...


Odinsbarn (Ravneringene #1)

Imagine missing something everyone else has. Something that proves you belong in this world. Something so important that without it, you're nothing. A plague. A myth. A human being. Fifteen winters old Hirka gets to know that she is an Odin child - a tail loose rottenness from another world. Despised. Feared. And chased. She has no idea anymore who she is and someone will kill her for it to remain a secret. But there are worse things than Odin children and Hirka is not the only creature that has broken through the gates. Odinsbarn is an original fantasy. A settlement with xenophobia, blind faith and the right or the will to lead.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Snow, Seedlings & Socks

It's been a while since I posted something, but I'm here. Still knitting a lot, but there's also been a lot of

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SNOW.
So I've been shoveling more than knitting the last couple of weeks...
Hopefully we've gotten our share of snow for now. I long for spring!

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Endre is standing on a hill of snow that's been buildt up by the snow blower.
Perfect for sledding and digging snow caves :)

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We had to do a lot of shoveling on saturday to find our fire pit and benches.

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And lunch tastes so much better after some hard work outside.

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I've also planted some seeds.

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And it only took a week from seeds to seedlings!!
So far the borlotti beans are winning the race ;)

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And of course there has been some knitting, although mostly of the mindless type ;)
My Nancy jacket is done, but I need to but some buttons. Eirin's Holmenkollen sweater is also done, I just need to sew in the ends. So there will be some FO post coming :)
This pair of socks are for my sister, who has just as cold feet as I do, so I know they will get a lot of wear.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 60 sts 2x2 rib and a short row heel
Yarn: 82 g Rauma Fagstrikk #4730 Multi Orange
Needles: 2,75 mm / US 2
Made for: Monica
Size: About an european 37/38
Started: March 23, 2014
Completed: April 3, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

FO :: Kvikk Lunsj Hats

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Kvikk Lunsj is the norwegian version of KitKat. And it's the chocolate we norwegians bring along with us when we go hiking, skiing or just a walk in the forest. On the inside of the wrapping you an find descriptions for trails or hikes ;) And we can upload photos and descriptions on our own hikes and share our Kvikk Lunsj moments on this page.
There's been a free pattern for a hat knitted in the Kvikk Lunsj colors, but a while ago Freia and Hillesvåg ullvarefabrikk got together and made a kit with a pattern and yarn in the right colors. And I had to buy one. The kit has enough yarn for two hats in the biggest size. These two are in the smallest size and I could have made one more if there was just a little bit more red yarn...

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Kvikk Lunsj Lue - a kit from Ull.no
Yarn: Hifa Hjerte - Superwash 4. I used about 14 g green, 5 g white, 8 g yellow and 20 g red for each hat.
Needles: 2,5 mm / Us 1,2 and 3 mm / US 2,5
Size: Child
Made for: Endre and Eirin.
Started: March 23, 2014
Completed: March 28, 2014



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We changed to summer time here today.
So we got a load of snow and more is going to come... Totally normal this time of year here in the arctic ;)

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

FO :: Green Rye

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After I saw a pair of Rye knitted in fingering yarn a while ago I knew I had to make a pair myself.
And here they are :) They fit perfect and I think I'll cast on another pair soon.
The color was a bit hard to capture - it's a bit more green than it shows up here.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Rye (free pattern)
Modifications: I casted on 64 sts and knitted garter sts over 20 of them.
Yarn: 77 g Yummy Fingering Super Sock #Candy Skein 1st Birthday
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: 64 sts - european 39/40
Started: March 15, 2014
Completed: March 21, 2014




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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On The Needles :: Nancy, Angee and Rye

Joining Yarn Along :: WIP Wedensday :: Keep Kalm Craft On
What's on your needles today?

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Knitting: I'm finally starting to see the end of my Nancy cardigan. I had to send it to my mom this weekend so she could sew the seams in the front with her sewing machine as mine is not working right... I picked up the stitches for the button bands earlier today and have knitted a few rows. Hopefully I will have it done by the end of the week :) I think I have some old buttons I can use. If not I'll have to make it to the yarn store. I'm almost done with my pair of Angee. Love how they knit up!
I saw a pair of Rye knitted in fingering yarn on a blog a while ago, and knew I had to make some one day. Well, it's the perfect mindless project so I just cast on the number of stitches I normally do for a pair of vanilla socks and the first one just flew off the needles :)

Reading: I finsihed The Search for the Red Dragon this weekend and it was good. I didn't know what to read next, but I had picked up Reached from the library a while ago, so I gave it a try. The first two books in this dystopian series was quite good, but I just couldn't get into this one, so I gave up.
Instead I'm going to finish Blacklands which have been sitting among my knitting and I've been reading a few pages now and then. Not sure what I'll read after that - there are SO many books I want to read!!


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I haven't been knitting much today as the baking mojo hit me :)
Great to fill up the freezer with bread, cinnamon rolls and ham and cheese rolls!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Arne & Carlos - A Display at the local library

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The local library are having a display with some of Arne and Carlos' works.
Great to see both known and unknown knitwear.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

FO :: Rye

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I casted on the first pair of Rye on the first day warm enough for knitting outdoors this year :)
It's an easy project and have been my mindless knitting for some weeks now. And I just had to cast on a new pair when the first one was done. So Hubby and I have a pair each :)

Pattern: Rye (free pattern)
Yarn: Raggegarn, 118 g black and 94 g purple
Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4 and 4 mm / US 6
Made for: Hubby and me
Size: M and L
Started: February 23, 2014
Completed: March 13, 2014



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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

On the Needles :: Angee & Holmenkollen

Joining Yarn Along :: WIP Wedensday :: Keep Kalm Craft On
What's on your needles today?

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Knitting: I felt the need for a pair of socks with some texture pattern. So I flipped through Sock Innovation and found Angee. I just hope I have enough yarn... I have split the skein in two so we'll see. I haven't touched my Nancy jacket yet. I have to build up some courage to do the steeking! So instead I cast on a sweater for Eirin, the Holmenkollen sweater. I had some yarn I got from my mom's stash, but I think I am going to ran out of yarn before I start the yoke... Hopefully I will get some more in the same colour even though it won't be the same dye lot...

Reading: I started The Search for the Red Dragon last night. This is the second book in The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. I really liked the first book, so I am hoping this one will be just as good.


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It always amazes me how just a few simple stitch like knit and purl, a few yarn overs and some decreasing can make such intricate patterns.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

FO :: Squirrel Socks

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My Squirrel Socks are done :)
Sorry for bad photos today - I used my phone...
But don't them make you happy? I knew I had to make a pair in these colours after I saw Nasti's pair a while ago. And lucky me - I had the right colours in my stash :)
And the other day I saw this pair - Love the colours, so there might be a brighter pair of these squirrels soon!

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Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: The Squirrel Socks (free pattern)
Modifications: I knit them cuff down and with a heel flap instead of a short row heel.
Yarn: Sisu, 39 g dark grey #1088 Silja, 16 g grey #305, 16 g white #37 and 17 g red #309
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Size: 64 sts, european 39/40
Made for: Me
Started: February 27, 2014
Completed: March 6, 2014



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After I posted about colourwork knitting in my last post, I came in mind that I should have mention that it's important to block.
I always steam block my colourwork knitting, but not the ribbing or the heel!
Below you can see a before and after photo of my squirrel socks. Espesially the toe got a bit wrinkly, but after steam blocking it, it came out flat and neat.

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