Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On The Needles :: Totoro Mittens

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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.

The days just seem to flew by and suddenly it's Wednesday again... It's raining today so what little daylight we have is dark and gloomy, so sorry for bad photos. Anyhow, I've brewed a cup of tea, have the fire going in the wood stove and my knitting trying to ignore the lousy weather.

Knitting: It has been cast on all the things lately... There is so much I want to knit! And I'm sure I'm not alone feeling like that now and then ;) Right now I'm trying to finish up my daughter's Totoro mittens before christmas. It's going to be a part of her gift. Which means I need to knit the boys something too - not sure what yet, but I think it will be socks or mittens. I have my needles ready - just need to find the right yarn.

Reading: I've picked up The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children #6). It says on my Goodread page that I started reading it in April 2011... And I know that I was SO eager to get it as I loved the previous books in the series. But somehow this one didn't keep my interest long enough to read it through. I have been reading a few chapters now and then during the years and was almost halfway through it when I picked it up a few days ago. I have decided to finish it this time and it does seems like the story is getting a bit more exciting.
As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks. Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla’s mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla. But all the time Ayala has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world. - from Goodreads -

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I have finished a couple of things since last week. First is a pair of Bird mittens. They turned out a little to small for me, so I'll have to knit another pair using a needles size larger and in the colours leighsideknits used for her mittens.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Bird Mittens from Norske vottar og vantar
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5

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Trying to photograph purple in the light we have now is almost impossible... but you get the idea. And yes, I have used two different yarn dyelots as I am trying to knit up my stash.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Fidelio (free pattern)
Yarn: 107 g Ida Strømpegarn #336
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: small

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

On The Needles :: Snow Lily

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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 cast these on yesterday and somehow knitting colourwork goes so much faster than knitting a plain sock... The pattern is Snow Lily, a free pattern from Drops I've had in my queue for years.

Reading: After finishing The Book of Speculations a few days ago, which was a good read, I picked up Hålke at the library since it seems like everyone is reading it here these days. Not sure if it will be translated into english, but who knows. So far the story is good.

The streets are covered with slippery ice, inside are Ebba and Karl. 
Ebba and Karl have been married for almost a lifetime. They have shared their joys and sorrows, they have raised children together, loved, betrayed and deceived. Wounds have arisen, bruises are healed. Now they are pensioners, with aging bodies, it is winter, and when the world one day is glazed in thick and hard ice, when the municipality can not afford to sprinkle the ice with sand, when a broken femoral neck could mean the beginning of the end, so they stay inside. 
Ebba and Karl are a married couple who may still feel the tensions between them, both as erotic attraction and as a quivering and sometimes unsettling undertone. In one day, two days, several days, they have only each other. The coffee runs out, and the bread. The feeling of being trapped, the insulation, the marital dynamics ... during some winter days are past betrayal, brutality and uncertainty in living and traveling the dangerous and impossible question: What is love worth? - from Goodreads -

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

FO :: Revespor Socks

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Revespor or Fox tracks socks are done and more sock yarn has left my stash :)
The few hours of daylight we have now is so gloomy and blue so the photos are not capturing the real colours... Just imagine the orange a little darker and brighter.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Revespor (free pattern)
Yarn: Sisu in orange and white, Senjagarn in grey and Ida Strømpegarn in black.
Needles: 2,5 - I wish I had gone up a needles size on the pattern part, but they fit and I know they will get looser when worn a couple of times.
Size: 64 sts

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My favorite part is the white tip of the fox tail toe :)

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

FO :: Socks

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I just love these socks!
It's such a great pattern for using up leftovers and those single 50 g balls of solid color in your stash.
I know I'll have to knit more in other colors.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Socks with pattern (free pattern)
Yarn: Various, Fabel, Sisu, Ida and Senjagarn, 81 g total
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: 64 sts

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We went hiking to our lean-to today to stack up some wood there for the winter, made a bonfire and enjoyed a cup of tea and cacao :)  It's been a very dry fall/early winter here and no snow yet... It's great to don't have to shuffle snow and it's easy to hike in the forest, but I really would like some snow to lighten up the days now as the polar nights are coming.

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And even if the sun is not high enough to shine on us, she makes the most beautiful sunsets!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

FO :: Norwegain Mittens

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Well, I thought the next mittens to show up finished here was going to be my daughters Totoro mittens... But no. My Hubby so kindly (?) said that I of course could knit two pairs of mittens for some of his friends wives, without asking me first. So after buying some yarn for it and picking a pattern that would knit up fast, I managed to knit these up in a couple of days.
I must confess that this was not a mindless enjoyable knit. I had so many other projects that I wanted to knit on, but I pushed through and I'm glad I did because they turned out great. So I really hope they will be appreciated!

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Norwegian Mittens for Mimi (free pattern)
Yarn: Mor Aase in white #1001 and dark grey #1088
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5
Size: Woman

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

On The Needles :: Leftover 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.

Knitting: While I was looking for yarn for my Fidelio socks (which is in a timeout right now due to some mistake involving ripping back cables...), I saw that I have a lot of solid sockyarn leftovers and single 50 g balls. So I decided I needed to knit them up and went pattern browsing. The first one I wanted to knit was a pair of Socks with pattern from Drops. And I quite like how they turned out :) I might have to knit them up in another colour combination.

Reading: I've been waiting for this book - The Book of Speculations at the library for some time. And I must say it was worth the wait. It SO good!! I am just a few chapters in, but I love the ones set at the circus. A must read if you haven't already.
Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival.

One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away.

As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola? - from Goodreads -

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mittens

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In my absent, I have knitted lots of mittens. I'm trying to use up my yarn and as it's getting colder, mittens seems to be the thing to knit ;) The kids need new mittens, but none of these are for them... I'll most likely sell all of these or gift them to someone. I have two more pairs on the needles that will be finished during the next days, one of them a pair of Totoro mittens for my daughter. But if you'd like more info about these mittens, you'll find it over on Ravelry.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hello Again

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It wasn't planned to have such a long blog pause, but it has felt good.
I have knitted a lot this month and a half. All without having the feeling that I need to take a photo of it right away and post it here, on Ravelry and Instagram. And it have felt good to just put the finished project aside (some times without sewing in the ends) and just cast on a new project. Hopefully the mojo to blog again is back and I'll try to blog more regular again. If you'll like to have a look at what I have knitted since last time, check out my Ravelry page :)

Right now I have a pair of Fidelio socks on the needles. Just love the cables!

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We've had a very nice fall here up in the north. With warmth weather, almost no rain and foggy mornings. But now as we have November and the sun is about to leave us until January, I long for some snow. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

On The Needles : Latvian Mittens

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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: Nothing has come off the needles since last week... But it seems like I can't stop my self from casting on new things *sigh*. I'll have to admit it makes me fell a little stressed having so many projects on the needles at once. So I have decided to not cast on anything new until some off them are done. The project that I love to knit on right now is a pair of Latvian mittens from the book Latvieša Cimdi. There is SO many beautiful patterns in this book, but I think the one I have on my needles is my favorite.

Reading: After finishing Belgarvia, I picked up another book from the library, The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann. I am about 1/3 in and are hoping it will start to get a little bit more exciting soon.
Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she’s completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?

Together with her best friend, Ellen, and handsome musicologist Gabriel Thornton, Lilly sets out to explore the violin’s legacy. From England to Italy to Indonesia, she follows its winding trail. Along the way, she learns of Rose Gallway, a beautiful woman of English and Sumatran descent who lived among Sumatra’s lush gardens more than a hundred years earlier. A celebrated and sought-after musician, Rose once owned Lilly’s violin and regularly played concerts for Sumatra’s colonial elite—until, one day, she simply disappeared.

As Lilly unravels the mystery behind Rose’s story—and uncovers other unexpected secrets—she’ll come to see her own life in an entirely new light. And as each shared discovery brings her closer to Gabriel, her heart might finally break its long-held silence. - from Goodreads -

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As you can see from this photo I took on my morning walk, fall is definitely here.
It's my favorite season with the smell, the chill in the air and the colors. Right now it's raining and the wind is blowing, so I am just hoping the leaves won't fall of just yet...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

On The Needles :: Winter Is Coming 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.

Knitting: I seem to be drawn to socks with a mix of colorwork and other texture at the moment ;) This is the Winter is Coming socks. It's the same designer who made the Matrim's Fox socks, so they have the same cable down the leg and foot.

Reading: I am almost done with Belgravia and I love it. Just hoping for a happy ending :)

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode.

Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

At the Duchess of Richmond's new legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

Monday, September 5, 2016

FO :: Aurora Hat

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I have a lot of fingering yarn in my stash and it can't be socks all of it...
So I have decided to make some hats. This is the first one - The Aurora Hat.

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I quite like this pattern and I might knit another in other colors.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Autumn Aurora (free pattern)
Yarn: 60 g fingering wool
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5
Size: M/L - 128 sts

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It might not be time for hats right now. But last week was cold and rainy and we woke up to fresh snow on the highest mountain tops this morning, so fall is definitely here and winter is on it's way...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FO :: Echoes from Karelia Socks

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I'm so glad I decided to finish these socks!! I know I'll need to knit more in other color combinations.
I'd love to knit them with either pink or white as the main color :)

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The combination of color work and travelling stitches is beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of travelling stitches, but in a small amount as in these socks is ok ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Echoes from Karelia (free pattern)
Yarn: 105 g Sisu and Senjagarn
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me
Size: 72 sts

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

FO :: Lexies Minne

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I started these back in March and somehow they were put away and forgotten until I found them in one of my knitting baskets... I had finished both heels, so they were a fast knit to finish when I just put my mind to it ;) Since my sock drawer is more than full, I had decided to put these in a box I've put most of the socks I have knitted this year (hubby's socks drawer is full too, so the only one that has been getting new socks lately is my oldest son who also loves to wear hand knit socks). It somehow feels good to know I have a box full of new socks just waiting :) But last night my daughter saw the socks and tried them on and asked if she could have them. I was stunned as she is not a huge fan of hand knitted items besides mittens, but said that of course she could have them. They are a little too big for her, but I'm sure she will grow into them. And maybe there is hope that she will like hand knitted socks too ;) A mother can hope!

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Lexies minne
Yarn: 99 g Sisu in red #4219 and white #1001. The red is much more darker than my camera manage to capture.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Erin

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

On The Needles :: Echoes From Karelia

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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've been wanting to knit a pair of Echoes from Karelia socks since I found the pattern some time ago on Ravelry. I started them a few weeks ago, but after the fun part (the stranded knitting) was done they have been laying in my knitting basket... I have picked them up and have decided to finish them before I cast on a new pair!

Reading: I like a good crime/thriller and have loved the Odd Singsaker series. This is the 4th book - Paradisplaneten, and although it is a bit more fantasy like than the other books in the series, I like it a lot. But then again I really like a good fantasy/mystery book too :) I don't think it's been translated into english yet.
In Trondheim a fireman is hoisted to put the russelua on the head of the Olav Tryggvason statue. By Tryggvason feet they find a human head. The head belongs to a man from Strindheim who have been beheaded.
In London the secretary of the Royal Society is killed the same way. By the body is a message: You will lose the helmet.
What is the connection between these events and a brotherhood inspired by the English philosopher Francis Bacon, who died in 1626?
Odd Singsaker is back - this gray-haired, persistent investigator from Trøndelag. He is on sick leave and prepared for quiet days at home with his young, beautiful wife Felicia Stone. But a gift from the librarian Siri Holm has already wrapped them into the case. Singsaker have no choice, and we are on a journey through the centuries and between continents, where a book is crucial for historical events and time and again triggers murder. - from Goodreads-

Monday, August 8, 2016

FO :: Blue Striped Socks

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These socks have been my summer knitting.
They have been with me to the beach and my mindless knitting when I have been sitting on the porch.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 72 sts, cuff down
Yarn: 80 g Opal Best Friends #8865
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Erlend

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Beach knitting :)
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More photos from our beach day can be found here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FO :: Matrim's Fox Socks

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I found this pattern while searching for something else on Ravelry and immediately knew I had to knit them.

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The pattern is inspired by Matrim Cauthon in the Wheel of Time book series.
I guess he might have a fox..? I haven't read the series, have any of you? And is it worth reading?

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There is a lot of different elements in these socks, which I really like.
The cuff is lace, then you have the fox and snake pattern, the leg and foot is in ribbing with a small cable detail before a dice pattern. The heel has some slipped stitches forming zig zags and the gusset decreasing is made under the foot.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Matrim's Fox Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: Arwetta Classic, Sisu, Silja and Ida Strømpegarn, 87 g total
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me?
Size: 64 sts

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