Sunday, November 30, 2008

We light one candle tonight

we light one candle tonight

Så tenner vi ett lys i kveld.
Vi tenner det for glede.
det står og skinner for seg selv
og oss som er til stede.
Så tenner vi ett lys i kveld.
Vi tenner det for glede.

-Inger Hagerup-

We light one candle tonight
We light it for happiness.


The two oldest kids have spent the weekend at their grandma, and they had this gingerbread house with them home :) So with just one kid at home we have been shopping the last christmas presents, changed the curtains and put up the adventlights. I am so glad that we are done and have all December to just be together, decorate, light candles, bake cakes and cookies, craft christmas decorations and so on. I do have some small things I need to knit, but that's just fun.

My creation

We have also made "lammerull" / lamb roll. It's lambs meat mixed with spices and onion that are put inside the meat on the ribs. We then sew it together so it looks like a roll. Now it is laying in a brine and will set for 2-3 weeks before we boil it and then press it. We slice it and put it on bread together with mayonnaise and pickled beet root. This is a typical topping for bread during christmas here in Norway.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Packages :)

"Jag är med & tävlar om ett överraskningspaket från
kreativa Blafre Design
i SessanochPrinsessan`s blogg"


I have bought these beautiful bottles for the kids from Blafre Design. And I was so lucky that I received these beautiful cards aswell ;)

chocolate swap

And I have been in a swap in the chocolate group at Ravelry. And I got speachless when this package arrived today from Shannon, knittingshannon on Ravelry.


So much lovely yarn, and I can finally try to knit with Noro ;) The other yarn is Cascade, Debbie Bliss and Knit Picks.


And so much chocolate, There is even a big, heavy chocolate version of the Jefferson Memorial. So Hubby & I have a lot to taste during the weekend ;)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Black and gray mittens

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One more christmas present is done! I knitted these up during the weekend. It was a fast knit as the pattern was easy to remember ;)

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Pattern: Erikas votter fra Votteboken
Garn: 100 g gray and 50 g black Mor Aase
Needles: 3,5 mm
Modifications: I knitted these on 3,5 mm needles instead of 3 mm, and I have knitted one more pattern repeat for both hand and thumb to make it fit a mans hand.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm on etsy

I have thought about it for a while and have finally desided to open my own Etsy shop :)
I have put some of my Gnomes for sale, and I'll update the shop after the holidays. It's just to many presents to be knit right now...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Monster pants


Can you guess why this little guy is dancing a happy dance today??


His monster pants are done. He's been waiting for it a while now, and my arms got well after some days without knitting, so I could finish it this morning. After seeing crankypantsknits pants at flikr, I knew I had to knit one for Endre someday.

Pattern: A standard pants pattern, inspired by crankypantsknits (her blog), Galadriel, Sigyn, Gurimalla og Kristine.
Yarn: A mix of different leftovers of superwash. Mostly Mor Aase.
Needles: 3 mm


I even remeber to use jogless jog on the stripes ;) I'm really happy with these pants and I might knit up one more to give as a christmas present.


And we have got so much snow the last week that we could go sledging today. The kids have a day off from school today, so we could all get out and have some fun when it was still some daylight left.


A little to much snow in my opinion - at least when I have to drag a 3 yo in deep snow (25 cm...)
Oh, I can't wait until we get some hard snow to walk on.


But it's worth it when you see these happy faces! Even Erlend and Eirin managed to sledge together without quarreling :)


Have a great weekend all!
I've started to knit on some more christmas presents - some mittens ;)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

If a dog was your teatcher...

I found this at Spurv og kanoner, and thought it was so beautiful I just had to share!

If a dog was your teatcher you might have learned these things:

* When someone you love comes home, always run and meet them.

* Always let the feeling of fresh air and wind against your face be a good enough reason for ecstatic happiness.


* Don't bite if it's enough to growl.

* Let others know it if they trespass your territory.

* Take a nap now and then, and always stretch good before you get up.

Being sick

* Enjoy all the attention you get, don't be afraid of other peoples touch.

* If it's hot outside, take a break now and then and lay down in the gras.

* When you are happy, dance and shake your body.

* No matter how often you get nagged on - don't get sulk. Run back at once and make friends again instead.

* Enjoy the simple pleasure of a walk.

high grass

* Be loyal.

* Run, jump and play a while each day.

Making snowangeles

* Never pretend to be someone you are not.

* If something you want is buried, dig until you find it.

* When someone has a bad day - be quiet, sit near by and offer comfort just by beeing there.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

W I P - Longies

I had hoped to have some finished knitting to show you... But I don't.
My plan was to finish a pair of longies for Endre during the weekend, but my arms hurts again... And they didn't get any better after some snow shoveling yesterday. So I might lay off my needles a couple of days to see if they gets any better *sigh*

But here you can see the longies in the prosess.


I found this on my blog surfing this morning ;)

Outside my Window...
Is it starting to get lighter, but it's raining...
I am thinking... That I might change the curtains in the livingroom today.
I am thankful for... My kids, Hubby, friends and family.
From the kitchen... Some slices of bread are waiting for me to deside what to put on them. (Haven't had breakfast yet..)
I am creating... Some christmas presents.
I am going... To make me a cup of tea now.
I am reading... "Lyden av de andre som bor her" by Solveig Moen Rusten.
I am hoping... That the rain dosn't turn the road full of ice. I want snow not rain!
I am hearing... Crakling from the fireplace and Endre playing with duplo.
Around the house... Is there a lot of things that I should have done (laundry, dishes and so on...)
One of my favorite things... Chocolate. And I'm hoping my package from my secret friend in a chocolate swap at Ravelry will show up in my mailbox today.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week... Bake bread, do the laundry and put away clean clothes, do some knitting, sleep a few hours longer i the morning on Friday - the kids has free from school that day ;)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Langlue nisser


I guess that it's time for some knitting contens on this blog again after a week with books ;)
I found these guys when I was looking for something else. They looked so sad and cold with no beard and with their stuffing oozing out. So I grabbed them, sew on some felt for base and glue on some wool for beard.


Quit a change, right?
I acyually knitted, felted and stuffed them in 2003 or 2004... And have totally forgotten about them. I think I'll take them with me and try to sell them at the christmas fair my local Husflidslag are having tomorrow.

Pattern: Langlue nisser - the smallest size from Krymp
Yarn: Rauma finullgarn
Needles: 6 mm


We are having -15 C today, and the moon was up when the kids waited for the school bus.

Book week ::: Day 5

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The story of Karius and Bactus, with its humorous illustrations and important message, has become a classic of Norwegian children's literature. Since its publication in 1949, the idea of "tooth trolls" has been used as a pedagogical device for generations of Scandinavian children. It's written by Thorbjørn Egner a well known writer of children books.

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The main characters are Karius (black haired) and Bactus (red haired). Their names are puns on Caries and Bacteria, and they are two small "tooth trolls" that live inside cavities in the teeth of a boy named Jens. They have a very good life, especially when Jens eats white bread with syrup and fails to brush his teeth afterwards.

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Eventually their homes are destroyed by the work of a dentist and they are rinsed out of Jens' mouth through proper dental care.

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My kids love this story and the puppet animated film made by Ivo Caprino!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Book week ::: Day 4

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Høyt i det blå or High in the clouds is a book for the little older kids. I have read it for Erlend and he liked it. So I'll have to read it for Eirin soon. It's written by Paul McCartney and the illustrations are beautiful!

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One day Ebbe Ekorn (Wirral the squirrel) has to leave his forest because the evil Gretsch is destroying it. He leaves to try to find the fabled land of Dyreriket (Animalia), where all animals can live in freedom.

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On his way he meet among others the brave squirrel girl Edvina (Wilhamina), Ratsi and the frog Frosko (Froggo). His plan is to save all enslaved animals. And it turns into a danger and exciting adventure.

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Gladys the opera singing crocodile ;)

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Ebbe (Wirral) finds Dyreriket (Animalia) and with the help of the animals living there they manage to release all enslaved animals and beat Gretsch.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Book week ::: Day 3

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When I was a little girl Iwas a member of the Donald Duck bookclub. It still exsist, but I think it's more commercial now whit just book about the latest Disney films, so my kids has not been members. I like the old classic ones with Sleeping Beauty, Snowwhite, Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Robin Hood and so on. You can buy some of the old books here ;)
One of my favorite books from this club is Peter og ulven or Peter and the wolf. A classic folktale from Russia. I don't know if these books from this bookclub is available in english. maybe there is a similar bookclub out there?

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The book is about Peter who lives in a forest in Russia with his grandad.
He is not allowed to play in the forest because it's full of wolves.

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But one morning he sneeks out before his grandad is awake. He has desided that he will go huting for wolves.
On the way he meets the bird Sasja, the duck Sonja and the cat Ivan.

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Suddenly a wolf appears. They climb up in a tree, but the duck Sonja runs into some bushes with the wolf in her heels. Peter and the two others think the wolf has eaten her so they get very sad.

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They manage to tie a rope around the wolfs tail and hangs him up in the tree.

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The bird Sasja flies out for help and the hunters can't believe their eyes when they see the wolf. They want to kill him, but Peter wants the wolf to be taken to the zoo. And Sonja is alive, she managed to hide in the bushes.

There has been made a cartoon about this story too ;)

But I also like this animated version!

Answer on the bus riddle

Remember the bus riddle?
Some kids in preschool age got this question about which way the bus is driving.
And all of them said the bus is driving to the left.
And when you asked them why, they said:
You can't see the door..!
Do you feel smart now? *lol*

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Book week ::: Day 1 & 2

I didn't notice that Anne over at Green Jello is having a book week until today. We are going to share our favorite children books. Since I am one day behind, I'll share two of my favorite books when it comes to illustarations.


First out is Sven Nordquist's books about the cat Findus who lives with an old farmer called Petterson.


The stories are fun, some times hilarious! The little cat gets into lots of adventures like going to the moon, fox hunting, camping, fishing, making pancakes and get lost.



And there is also the "muklene", they live in the house, in the garden and out in the forest. Tiny little creatures that only Findus can see. You can see them if you click on the pictures to enlarge it.


Another great illustrater is Kari Grossmann. Her books about Lillesøster (little sister) is warm and cosy. My youngest loves her books.


They have stories about Lillesøster who is around 3 years old and she does what all 3 year olds do. Who hasen't seen a cranky face like this at breakfast ;)


The stories are about what kids do on a normal day. Eating breakfst, potty training, going to the kindergarden, grocery shopping, going to the dentist, learning how to ski and so on. The kids can really relate to the story and the books can be read over and over again. I have read the books so many times for Eirin that she know them by heart and "reads" them too Endre ;)


Kari Grossmann has a lot of other books too, which I have blogged about before :) (scroll a bit down)