Friday, May 29, 2009

The beginning of three blankets :)

the beginning of three blankets

Even though I think it's fun crocheting hexagons for the "en bestemor om dagen" cal, I needed some fast crochet too. So I've started on three (!) blankets - one for each kid. The pattern is Circles to squares afghan (rav link). This is a fun and fast project :)

Friday flickr favorites

Friday flickr favorites


1. mummy and babies, 2. Amigurumi Fish for Creature Crochet, 3. DSC01958, 4. Color, color, color!, 5. lovely flower, 6. I may have ordered some crochet cotton: YIP.78, 7. heart of stone, 8. four finished flowery bags, 9. Kiila, 10. i failed to mention, 11. Knitting in colour, 12. Heart Stones, 13. Made Ella a friend..., 14. Joelle's Giant Granny Square, 15. Rødsildre (Saxifraga oppositifolia), 16. travel bear, 17. marisol 1, 18. Margaret Drinks Tea - ooak, 19. Pile-able Pups, 20. Wilhelmiina, 21. God's Eye or Ojo de Dios, 22. Little blue flower, 23. bread by me, photo by Kale, 24. z, 25. , 26. Interactive project stage 8 finished, 27. Baby Cradle , 28. rare butterfly sightings coming to a garden near you, 29. Peg Bunny #16, 30. Creeper, 31. 3398833090_2ac7009258, 32. hope springs eternal, 33. Zum Dirndl, 34. my new teacup pouche arrived :-))), 35. Too Hot! Too Hot! Hot Pads, 36. Maneki neko

The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is a beautiful, beautiful book!

The Lady and the Unicorn is a historical novel, set in 15th century France. As Jean Le Viste commissions painter Nicholas des Innocents (who is anything but innocent) to design six tapestries with battle scenes, Jean's wife ask Nicholas to make something else. So he suggest scenes of a lady seducing a unicorn.

Each chapter is told by different people who takes part in making these tapestries. From Nicholas to the lassier who weaves, to girls who get sedused by Nicholas. He loves telling the ladies about the (his) unicorn horn and how if the horn is dipped into a poisoned well it becomes pure again...

It's a great book of love that cannot be, corruption and sex. We also get to know how these tapestries are made, from treading the loom to coloring the yarn - but in a interesting way.


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Monday, May 25, 2009

Purple target

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My purple target socks are done :) And I'm so pleased with them! When I went through my stash of sock yarn, I found two balls of grey, but they were two different brands. They have almost the same shade of grey and I guess I'm the only one who can see it ;)

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Pattern: Target practice socks.
Yarn: 50 g grey Sisu and 50 g grey Silja + some purple leftovers of Novita Nalle from my Baktus scarf.
Needles: 2,5 mm.




Purple target

The history of love

The History of Love: A Novel The History of Love: A Novel by Nicole Krauss


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering."

After seeing this book a lot around, I desided that I had to read it. At first I struggeled a bit to get into the story, but I'm glad I continued reading. Because the book is beautiful, filled with love, hope and loss.

The main story is about Leo Gursky. He's an author, but has never published a book. Before ww2 he lived in Poland, and fell in Love with Alma. Leo wrote a book about her, but it got lost. Her parents sent her to usa to get her away from the war, and she promised to wait for Leo. After five years Leo has finally made to get to usa, just to find Alma married to another man. She thought he had died. But there is one proof of their love - a son.

We alos get to know Alma, a 14 years old girl. Her parents named her after Alma, the main character in the book "The history of love" - Leo's book. It's been published, but by who? As alma's mother get's a letter asking her to translate this book from spanish, Alma get's drawn into a search for Alma in the book, which she belives is a real person.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

I'm hooked...

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My 2nd pair of target socks is on the needles, and I'm planning my 3rd ;)
Have a great weekend everyone!!

And I found this great blog today :)
The Magnifying Glass

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Heksen

Heksen Heksen by Bergljot Hobæk Haff


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
Historien her fortelles av en 19 år gammel jente som er prestens skriver. Hun er halv tater og for ofte onde blikk kastet på seg. Handlingen er lagt til 1500-tallet, og kampen mellom katolismen og lutherdom er sentral. Følgene av denne kampen er hekseprosesser og både fortelleren og Hanna Mann, en urtekone, blir tatt til fange og anklaget for hekseri.


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Target socks

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My target socks have been laying around for a couple of days just waiting for me to sew in the ends... It's weird that the easy and fast part is the hardest part to get done..

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Anyway, these socks was a very fun knit! And I really want to knit up some more pairs :) I like to have similar stripes on my socks, and I thought I'd managed it on this pair too. But when I got to the toe on the second sock, the yarn knit up three of the orange stripes. (as you can see on the sock to the left)

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And taking photos of one self is not easy ;) With no one to help me, this was the best shot from the back of my legs I managed to get...

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Pattern: Target practice socks.
Yarn: 100 g Opal petticoat cotton # 1342.
Needles: 2,5 mm


Sunday, May 17, 2009

17th of May

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This year we took a little untraditional celebrating of
17th of May - our constitution day ;)
We hiked in the forest and the weather was brilliant!


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And my second weeks hexagons for the "En bestemor
om dagen
" cal :) Happy colors, fun to crochet! My target
socks
are done too, just need to sew in some ends...
So I'll post about them tomorrow.

17th of may

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This year we took a little untraditional celebrating of
17th of May - our constitution day ;)
We hiked in the forest and the weather was brilliant!

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It's still some spots of snow on the way up.

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Our cabin becomes a meeting place for the kids when we arrives.
The youngest find his toys and starts to explore.
Today there was a lot of tiny little green butterflies which
was fun to run after ;)

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Head chef ;)

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And Erlend and hubby was up here yesterday
painting the cabin, so it's not purple anymore!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mallards

Mallard

This morning we had these two outside our window when we had breakfast.
A mallard couple.

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Mallard


Mallard

See how good she blend in with the gras!

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Here is the ice a couple of days ago. Now it's all gone and we're
waiting for the swans to come too.

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And when one is outside one can hear it cluck and run in lots of
streams. It's a lot of grouse in the forest this year, and we can hear them coo.

Friday flickr favorites - Blankets

Friday flickr favorites - Blankets

Since I've joined the "En bestemor om dagen" cal, I browsed through blankets, and here is some of my favorites. I LOVE the Mario blanket! You can see more of Gege's crochet here (flickr link) and here (ravelry link)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Target

target in the making

Since the temperature is rising, I need some more cotton socks. So I'm knitting Target :) It's a fun knit and I'm knitting them cuff down instead of toe up.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

En bestemor om dagen

a granny a day

Or an granny a day. Frk.Badegakk came up with a norwegian twist of this cal. We can make one a day, so there will be seven new squares each week. This is my first week and I managed to crochet six. I'm making hexagons. Hopefully there will be a blanket in the end :) I'll post the progress each Sunday. I love the colors, but I think I'll use some other colors as well.


The lean-to has become a little cabin

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We've spent this Sunday up in the forest and fixed our lean-to.
We (hubby) have made walls in the front and a door. So now we
can leave things like a primus, first aid kit and other small things
in it since we can lock it.
I guess we can call our lean-to a little cabin now ;)
And I know the color is awful (we're going to paint it!),
it's become much more cosy and the snow will not blow in during winter.

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Endre is waiting for fishfingers - his favorite ;)

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While we had sausages for dinner.

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And we've finally made a swing :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tings that have made me happy the past days

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Spring is finally here for real!
More photos here.

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I've casted on for a dragon jacket for Endre.
And I love the green and orange together!

making paperpots

Eirin helping me making paper pots.
Here is a how to using a bottle ;)

waiting

Waiting for the seeds to sprout.

drying

Endre loves his Mickey Mouse, and he has been with him
outside, in the mud, so he needed a wash.
Watching him hanging there on the clothesline
made me giggle every time I went by. Endre on the
other hand was sick worrying he would fly away with the wind ;)

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Making grated carrots with this old grater.
Even I think it's fun :)

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Having a new pair of socks off the needles.
Pattern: k2, p1. 60 st.
Yarn: 100 g Jarbo mellanraggi & leftovers of Ida strømpegarn.
Needles: 2,75 mm.

Spring is here

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There's no doubt, the spring is here for real. With sun, degrees over
+10 C and coltsfoots along the edges of the roads!

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And the bird cherry is full of buds waiting for more heat.

pussy willows

The willows are full of pussy willows.

meadow

With the help of the sun and the wind the snow has melted fast the last days.
So Erlend and Eirin have been exploring the meadow and the bog.

the bog


birds

A flock of birds have been on the meadow as well.
I'm not very good with birds, so I have no idea what species this is..

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And in the garden did we find signs that the mouse has
had it warm and cosy under the snow this winter.