Sunday, November 28, 2010

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.


En advent så vakker
med lys og med sne,
en stjerne på him’len,
løft blikket og se.

Vår stjerne den hilser
høytidlig og flott.
Med håp om at alle
kan ha det litt godt.

Den sender et budskap
med kjærlighet stor.
La omtanken spre seg
omkring på vår jord.

God jul her til alle
vi sender av sted,
med ønsker og tanker
du stjernen vil se.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Strawberry Dream, monster and Aurora Borealis


The days are dark and cold around here now. I took this picture around 11.30 am today. The light is blue almost all day now and the sun is bearly painting the mountain tops pink... To bad it gets so cold when the air is so bright... The temperature have been around -20 C all week and today it's been -24 C here, and we are starting to get a bit of cabin fever ;)

Baking Strawberry dream cookies

So Eirin and I desided to bake some cookies :)

Strawberry Dream cookies

Strawberry Dream Cookies

200 g softened butter
1 dl sugar
1 dl potato flour
4 dl flour

Mix the sugar and butter to cream. Stir in the flour. Roll out the dough and cut into ca. 40 pieces. Roll each piece to a ball and press it flat with a little dimple in the middle. Fill the dimple with strawberry jam. Bake at 175 C for ca. 10-12 minutes. Cool off on a cakerack.

What's on your needles this weekend??
I'm knitting on a pair of monster pants - a fast and fun knit :)
And I just have to share this beautiful video made of pictures. I love it when the northern light flashes through the sky and hope we'll see lots of it this winter! These are from Tromsø,  city a bit further north.

Friday Flickr Favourites

Friday Flickr Favourites

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Epla shop :)


I've knitted up a little pair of baby socks. 
Pattern: 48 st , k2,p2.
Yarn: 20 g Opal.
Needles: 2,5 mm.
They can be bought in my shop at epla which I have open today :)
Epla is the Norwegian version of Etsy. There is a lot og great things you can buy there!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

His & Hers


I'm knitting some gifts this year, and two of them are off the needles. It's two pairs of fingerless mitts for my brother and sister in law.
Pattern: His - just a pair of simple fingerless mitts, k2,p1 ribbing. Hers - Cupcake Mittlets.
Yarn: His - 56g Mor Aase superwash. Hers - 30g Mam'sell.
Needles: 3 mm for both.

You know it's just a week until the advents calendar starts :)
This year the boys are getting a Lego calendar each and Eirin a Littlest pet shop calendar. I think they will have fun finding a little toy each day. But we're also ging to have our "activity advent calendar". So I'm joining 25 days of Christmas this year too (well it's just 24 days here in Norway though...) and Merete's blogging through December. I might try to blog about her words this year, if I find the time ;)

And if you need inspirations for Christmas, do have a look here! So many pretty things!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

In the forest


It's been weeks since we've spent time in the forest, so today we packed our backpacks and headed out.


And there is nothing like a cup of  tea, some slices of bread with cheese and a fire :)


We even made panfried toast ;) And ofcourse there was chocolate.


And lots of playing :)
There ain't much snow, but enough for sledding.


Wet mittens by the fire to dry ;)

Now I'm going to give the kids a bath before bedtime
and then I'm going to do some christmas gift knitting :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Criminal Minds Mystery Kerchief

Criminal Minds Mystery Kerchief

I came across this kal by a coincidence over at Ravelry. It sounded like fun, so I joined. Even thogh I have never seen a Criminal Mind episode ;)
I thought the shawl looked a bit small when I had casted it off, but after some blocking it has just the right size for wrapping around the neck. I'm giving it away for Christmas since I already have a red shawl :)

Criminal Minds Mystery Kerchief

Pattern: Criminal Minds Mystery Kerchief.
Yarn: 55 g Dawn 2 ply from Naturally #2. A beautiful shiny and soft yarn made of 50% wool and 50% silk.
Needle: 4,5 mm.

Criminal Minds Mystery Kerchief

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Flickr Favourites

Friday Flickr Favourites

1. Three bags full, 2. simply pretty, 3. it's fall : let's go & pick mushrooms in the woods, 4. My sweater Shetland from Jamieson's., 5. "Keep calm and carry on" the kitchen of Apartment 44., 6. Milking Stool, 7. Ivory, 8. Birthday present
9. finished! granny square blanket, 10. "heart felt" mittens, adult size , 11. Taft, 12. <3
13. two more pictures of ooooo, 14. the bearable lightness of morning, 15. Lavender sachets, 16. clive OWEN ornament

Friday Cookies

I've desided that we're going to bake cookies each Friday :) I'm not very domestic when it comes to cooking and baking, so this will be just as much learning for me as for the kids ;) Hoping we'll make some great moments together though!
I know that the biggest "problem" will be to find recepies without eggs due to Endre's allergy... So if you have any, please share!
But then again Endre is not the biggest cookie lover in the house... We made two different kinds of chocolate chip cookies today. And Endre ate two before he desided that they weren't any good *lol* I guess he just ate them because of the chocolate since he's very picky about his food ;)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (No Eggs)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (No Eggs).

Wookiee-ookies (Wookie Cookies)

Wookiee-ookies (Wookie Cookies)
Recipe can be found here.
Or in this book - Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook :)
With two Star Wars fans in the house, we really need to check out some more of those recipes!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brrrr, it's cold outside!


We've had some cold days lately with temperatures down to -20 C. The snow squeaks under your shoes, the skies has some wonderful colours blue, purple and pink and the ice on the lake is making cool sounds :)
And we've gotten our own frost forest in the window in the hall up to our loft.

Sledding - They don't care about the cold. It's -18 C out tonight.

The kids don't care about the cold though. Right now Erlend and Eirin are out sledding :)
(Bad picture I now, but taking good pictures in the dark is something I yet have to learn...)

It's cold with -20 C here now.

Anyway, I'm just glad we had some snow before this cold came. So hopefully it will stay to prevent the water from freezing this winter. I'm so not going through a winter without water again!
And as some of you know, I'm not very fond of pictures of myself. But I've knitted a cowl and it must be shared ;) It's made of a soft and chunky yarn in a great colour. I actually had enough yarn for two, so someone might get it as a gift :)

Pattern: None I just casted on around 50 st and knitted until it was long enough ;)
Yarn: 200 g of some yarn I got in a swap years ago. I think it's chinese.
Needles: 8 mm.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Soon it's goodbye to the sun & Bird mittens

Soon it's goodbye to the sun...

The days are getting shorter and shorter around here now. The sun is low on the horizon and it starts to get dark around 3pm. It's snowing outside now, so hopefully the snow will stay this time. It makes it so much lighter if we have snow these dark months we have ahead of us.

Bird mittens

I've been knitting mittens for Eirin. I had to rip the first one because it got to small. So I changed from 2 mm to 2,5 mm. And then they turned out just perfect.

Pattern: Bird mitten.
Yarn: 51 g total. Some unknown black from my stash and yellow nagano #316.
Needles: 2 mm for the rib and 2,5 mm for the mitten itself.

Monday, November 1, 2010

52 books in 52 weeks update

The months seems to just fly by - I can't imagine it's November already! All the snow we got this weekend have melted due to a very warm wind during the night, it was +8 C this morning. And there is a storm coming that will hit us in the afternoon.  Perfect weather to stay inside and knit :)

So what have I been reading last month. Well, some vampire books ;) Who would have thought so , ha,ha. I've discovered a series written by Sherrilyn Kenyon  - Dark Hunter World. I loved the 1st book, the 2nd wasn't quite so good, but I have high exspectations for the 3rd :)
I've also read the 2nd book in the Immortales series, which are written by three authors. Jennifer Ashley, Robin Popp and  Joy Nash. I  read the 1st book last year, I think, and I must say I like the plot. So I might buy more books in the series. Speaking of Joy Nash, when I had a look at her site I came across the Druids of Avalon series. I know I have so many book  around here waiting for me to read them, so I really shoudn't buy more... But I think I'll have to check out this series :) Anyone read it??

I have been reading "normal" books too, which have no vampires in sight :) The last week or so I've been in a world filled with chocolate and magic. I've read Chocolat and The Lollipop shoes  by Joanne Harris. And if you haven't read them you must!! It's been a long time since I've read such a beautiful story. And yes, I know there is a film based on the Chocolat book, but I've been dissapointed so many times when I've seen films based on books I've read :( So even if Johnny Depp has a role, I'm still not going to se it ;)

I see that Joanne Harris have written more books, so I think I need to check some of them out. Have any of you read some of them?? Any recommendations??

105 - The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake 4) - Laurell K. Hamilton
106 - **Night Pleasures** (Dark-Hunter World 1) - Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind and the fate of the world is in their hands. . .
 He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it's not just their lives that are hanging in the balance.  Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion. Let's hope they win.

107 - Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter World 2) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
108 - Hjemkomsten (Polarnetter #16) - Ellinor Rafaelsen
109 - **The Darkening** (Immortals 2) - Robin T. Popp

Created at the dawn of time to protect humanity, the ancient warriors have been nearly forgotten, though magic lives on--in vampires, werewolves, the Celtic Sidhe, and other beings. But now one of their own has turned rogue, and the world is again in desperate need of the IMMORTALS.

A werewolf and bounty hunter, Lexi was badass to the bone. She had no problem protecting herself in the seedy underground vampire clubs of New York City. Until the Immortal she had tried to summon actually appeared. It wasn't the intricate tattoos around his well-defined muscles that intimidated her; it was the raw power she saw shimmering in his golden brown eyes, power mingled with lust. Though she longed to give in to the passion and pleasure he promised, they first had a curse to break, a brother to find, and a whole legion of vampires to prevent from joinin.

110 - **Chocolat** - Joanne Harris

Vianne Rocher and her 6-year-old daughter, Anouk, arrive in the small village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes--"a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bourdeaux"--in February, during the carnival. Three days later, Vianne opens a luxuriant chocolate shop crammed with the most tempting of confections and offering a mouth-watering variety of hot chocolate drinks. It's Lent, the shop is opposite the church and open on Sundays, and Francis Reynaud, the austere parish priest, is livid. One by one the locals succumb to Vianne's concoctions. Joanne Harris weaves their secrets and troubles, their loves and desires, into her third novel, with the lightest touch. There's sad, polite Guillame and his dying dog; thieving, beaten-up Joséphine Muscat; schoolchildren who declare it "hypercool" when Vianne says they can help eat the window display--a gingerbread house complete with witch. And there's Armande, still vigorous in her 80s, who can see Anouk's "imaginary" rabbit, Pantoufle, and recognizes Vianne for who she really is. However, certain villagers--including Armande's snobby daughter and Joséphine's violent husband--side with Reynaud. So when Vianne announces a Grand Festival of Chocolate commencing Easter Sunday, it's all-out war: war between church and chocolate, between good and evil, between love and dogma. 

111 - **The Lollipop Shoes** - Joanne Harris

More than four years have passed since Vianne Rocher pitted her enchanted chocolate confections against the local clergy's interpretation of Lent in smalltown France; since then, Vianne has renounced magic, changed her name to Yanne Charbonneau and moved with her two daughters to Paris's Montmartre district. There, Yanne embraces conformity and safety, much to the dismay of her increasingly troubled older daughter, Anouk. When Anouk becomes entranced with Zozie de l'Alba, an exotic itinerant who happens upon a job at the new shop, and the relationship grows increasingly sinister, Yanne must call up all of Vianne's powers, culinary and mystical, to save her family. Harris again structures the narrative (told in alternate chapters by Zozie, Yanne and Anouk) around a liturgical season (in this case Advent). Harris gives fans much to savor in this multilayered novel, from the descriptions (including Yanne's mouthwatering chocolate confections, Zozie's whimsical footwear and Anouk's artistic efforts) to the novel's classic, enduring theme of good vs. evil—and the difficulty of telling the difference.