Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On The Needles :: Fireweeds

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What are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I am trying to finish all the socks from last week. One pair of glitter socks came off the needles yesterday and I have started on the second green one for my son. But right now I am enjoying the Fireweeds pattern. They are a fast knit when I first decided to knit on them ;) So hopefully they will be off the needles in a few days.

Reading: The Buried Giant was in the new section at the library and caught my eye. I haven't read very far and I'm not sure if it's the translation or if it's just the author's writing style I just not seem to like... I wish the language had more flow.
The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards—some strange and otherworldly—but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight—each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life’s memories.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Glitter Socks

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A while ago I came across a sale on Opal sock yarn with glitter. So of course I had to buy some :)
I have knitted up one of the rainbow skeins already, but never blogged about those socks...
I think these are my favorite so far :) The glitter does not pop out so good on this photo, but you can see it a little bit better on the instagram photo below.

Ravely project page
Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down with a short ow heel
Yarn: 70 g Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt # 9092 Sweet & Spicy
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

In The Garden

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Spring came 2-3 weeks earlier than usual here in the north. The snow has melted fast with the help from the sun and the wind. So the last couple of weekends hubby and I have been fixing the greenhouse; we've painted it, made a floor and benches. And about a week ago I moved almost all my plants out of the living room and into the greenhouse. It's still cold during the nights and we might get a few frost nights, so we have to have an electric oven on. But so far both my tomato and cucumber plants seems to thrive :)

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With all the snow gone so early, we could fix the soil in the vegetable garden by adding some cow compost and adding a few more raised beds. They are made from pallet collars.

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Agurk :: Cucumber

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I'm so lucky that hubby likes to drag home all sorts of things and that he likes to build.
So the other day he made a deck in front of the greenhouse and a bridge over the creek :)
All made from recycled materials! Endre is digging after earthworms to put in the vegetable garden.

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We met a little frog in the forest :)

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Still lots of snow in the mountains, but the bird cherry is full of sprouting leaves.
Can't wait for it to bloom :)

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And my red currant bushes have survived the winter. Hopefully they will carry lots of berries.

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Rosenrot :: Roseroot

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Valmue :: Poppy

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I have no idea what this tiny flower is. Tiny, tiny as the size of a fingernail.
I'm not sure what the next two flowers down below are either. Need to wait until they bloom ;)

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                      Smågullkorg :: Leopard's Bane                                         Ballblom :: Globeflower

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Storhjelm :: Monkshood

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All four rhubarb plants survived the winter :) 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On The Needles :: All The Socks...

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What are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

I do like to knit socks and I always have a pair or two on the needles, but I never thought I would get the second sock syndrome...
Well, it looks like it's here. Four and a half socks that needs a mate.
So I have decided that I'm not allowed to cast on a new sock until all of these pairs are done!


At the moment I am reading The Peculiar. I'm about halfway trough and it's starting to get a bit more exciting. It's a children's book, but when it's part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy and part steampunk adventure, I am sold!

Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On The Needles :: Setesdals Kofte

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I din't plan to take such a long break from the blog. But you know, life happens and the time just flies.
So I'll try to get back to posting here and let you know what I am knitting and other small bits of my life. We went on a little trip to the sea this past weekend and you can have a look at the photos here :)

What are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I have had this jacket for Endre on the needles since January, so now I have decided to try to finish it this month. I just started on the first sleeve and need to knit both before I'll join them to the body and start the raglan decreases.

Reading: Sometimes I pick up a book at the library just by its cover. The Architect's Apprentice was one of those books. And luckily it is a good one!

In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces - the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques - dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices. 
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Monday, February 29, 2016

FO :: Gyda's Mittens

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I personally think wool mittens are the best and that they will keep you warmer than store bought ones. And as the snow at the moment is the sticky type and the kids mittens looks like this when they play in the snow and I have to dry them like this, a couple of pairs is never enough...  So the last pair off the needles are for my youngest. I've used an adult sized pattern, but knitted them on smaller needles so they will fit him.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Gydas votter
Yarn: 91 g Mor Aase in #1088  and #1012
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Endre
Size: Adult, modified with smaller needles to ca. 12 years



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On The Needles

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Hi.
It's been a while since I posted, but life just happend...
Since last time the sun got back, we've been out shoveling snow before it all turned into ice, the skis has been taken for a ride and this week the kids have their winterbreak so we can sleep in :)
We went for a little skitrip earlier today and the snow is just perfect for skiing.

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But I guess you are here for the knitting not the outdoos stuff. You can see more photos here if you want ;)
So what are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I am still knitting mittens as the kids seem to never have enough... This is a pattern from an norwegian booklet.

Reading: I'm about halfway through Før flommen tas oss (Before the flood takes us). It's a swedish book and I don't think it's translated into english. It's not the kind of book I can't put down, but it's interesting and I hope for a somewhat happy ending.

Sofia got a job at the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka, and her husband Janne and their two young children follow her there. They look forward to living abroad for a few years, but the family's meeting with Bangladesh are not quite as they had imagined. They become overwhelmed by the swarming of people, the endless poverty, corruption and injustice.
Sofia fight against the cumbersome bureaucracy at the embassy and insights that aid money does not reach where they are most needed, while Janne more and more lose their footing. At home he was a socially committed teacher, here he is a rich foreigner who use the cheap labor.

Meanwhile two sisters are runing away from a rural area in Bangladesh. At home in the village yesterday they both had a bleak future: being married off to life in servitude in their husband's house. Neither Nazrin or Mina plan to be captured in a woman's role where they have to put up with everything - even live in fear of being burned to death, as their big sister Mukta was.
They travel to Dhaka and ends up in Sofia and Jannes house. Two cultures meet, a poor and a rich. Can the world change - before the flood takes them?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

FO :: Owl Mittens

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I think I might have a new pair of favourite mittens!!
These mittens were such a fun knit although I had to pay attention to the pattern all the time.
It's not a pattern you can memorize... I added two rows to the rib and started the thumb decrease on row 20 so it would not be too long.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Grey Eyed (free)
Yarn: 68 g Ask and pt2
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

FO :: Socks

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I wanted to knit a pair of colourwork socks and I wanted to use a pattern from one of my newest knit books - Strømper. I ended up with the pattern Stjerne over Island. Now the name of the pattern might not make sence to you non norwegian even if I translate it to english which would be Star over Iceland.  I'll try to ecplain. The pattern on the foot (not the stars) is from a well known sweater pattern here in Norway - Islender or the icelander. And when the designer put stars together with the pattern, well, she called it stars over Iceland ;)
It was a fast and easy knit and I'm sure I'll knit another pair.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Stjerne over Island
Yarn: 98 g Silja and Sisu
Needles: 2,75 mm / US 2
Made for: Me
Size: eu 40



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

On The Needles

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What are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I fell in love with these mittens the first time I saw them on a group on Ravelry a few weeks ago and knew I had to make them. I was ready with graph paper and a pencil to try to make out the pattern by looking at the photos, but luckily a free pattern came not long ago :)

Reading: I finished a book last night, so I picked up Seven Sisters as my next read. I hope this will be a good book as I seem to not like all of Lucinda Riley's books...

Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.

Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

FO :: Mystery Mittens

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The mystery mittens are off the needles and I like the pattern.
However I am not sure I like my colour choises. A little too much purple maybe.
But Eirin liked them and as they turned out to be too narow for me they are hers :)
I am going to knit myself a pair, but first I am going to look through all the finished projects and see if I find a pair with a colour combination I really like.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: An Enchanting Mystery
Yarn: 64 g - a mix of pt2 and hifa ask
Needles: 2 mm / US 0
Made for: Eirin

Friday, January 29, 2016

FO :: Socks

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Two pairs of socks are already ready as christmas gifts -  yey!!
It feels great to have gifts made so early and not have to stress knit in December. I plan to knit a few more pairs of socks and then I think I'm done with gift kitting.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts cuff down
Yarn: 67 g Fabel #904 Lavender. The two balls had the same dye lot, but one turned out to have much more darker purple spots than the other. It doesn't bother me that much, but it's a little annoying. But hey, I managed to mach the stripes ;)
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: a gift
Size: eu size 39


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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle socks (free)
Yarn: Fabel 64 g #912 Soft Chocolate and 16 g #300 brown. I tried to make matching stripes, but  I found out that the stripes was going the opposite direction in the second ball, so I just didn't bother... Decided to make contrasting heels and toes instead.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.4
Made for: a gift
Size: eu 42