Sunday, February 28, 2010

52 books in 52 weeks


I love books! I've been readig books since I learned how to read, and there's no better way to spend some hours than with a good book and disappear into another world! So when I found the 52 books in 52 weeks group on Ravelry, I thought I'd make a list of the books I read and see if I manage to read 52 books in a year. And it's seems like I have no problem so far ;) I might even manage to do the reading 200+ books in 2010 challenge ;)

I've highlighted my favourite books :)

January

1 - Landet under isen - Lars Mæhle
2 - Alvenes lengsel - Thore Hansen
3 - Skogland 1, Gutten i dragereiret - Thore Hansen
4 - Skogland 2, Reisen til den glemte byen - Thore Hansen
5 - Skogland 3, Dragebyen - Thore Hansen
6 - Skogland 4, Demonene ved flodens munning - Thore Hansen
7 - Ruffen,The Sea Serpent Who Couldn't Swim - Tor Åge Bringsværd
8 - Skogland 5, Der skogstiene møtes - Thore Hansen
9 - Ruffen Escapes to Loch Ness - Tor Åge Bringsværd
10 - Skogene kommer - Thore Hansen
11 - Den vidunderlige leken - Thore Hansen
12 - The girl with the dragon tattoo - Stieg Larsson
13 - Beast Warrior Viking Werewolf - Eva gordon
14 - Hjertets valg (Tre søstre #28) - Bente Pedersen
15 - Kjernesunn familie - Ninka-Bernadette Mauritson
16 - Legacy (Anna Strong Series #4) - Jeanne C. Stein
17 - The mermaid chair - Sue Monk Kidd
18 - Langstilkbyen - Sturle Brustad
19 - Retribution (Anna Strong Series #5) - Jeanne C. Stein

February

20 - No place like home - Mary Higgins Clark
21 - Rystelser (Tre søstre #29) - Bente Pedersen
22 - I fiendens klør (Ildfuglen #6) - Hanna Sandvik
23 - Dawn on a Distant Shore - Sara Donati
24 - Veiskille (Livets døtre #21) - May Grethe Lerum
25 - Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone - J.K. Rowling
26 - Mørke makter (Livets døtre #22) - May Grethe Lerum
27 - The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
28 - Skuggeporten - Lene Kaaberbøl
29 - Twilight - Stephenie Meyer


And for those of you who like paranormal fantasy as much as I do - go check out the contest over at Urban Fantasy. But you need to hutty, it ends today!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Do you darn socks?



A few days ago someone asked me if I do a lot of darning on all the socks I knit. I don't. Mostly because I knit most socks in a yarn with some kind of nylon blend. In the last 5-6 years hubby and I have worn holes in just a couple of socks. The kids do wear holes in socks if they are knitted in pure wool though. Like the pair under here...



I knitted this pair for Erlend some years ago, but he don't use socks much, so they survived until they fitted Eirin's feet :) But after this winter they have been darn once and not in a pretty way... I have never learned how to darn socks, but there is some great tutorials to find at youtube and here is a great article about reinforcing socks. My mom have a darning mushroom, an old one painted like a toadstool and I think I have to buy one too ;)



I found these two old advertising in Invisible threads in knitting by Annemor Sundbø :)



I like this way to darn holes. By making st around a thread seems like a way to both make the sock stronger and beautiful at the same time.

New socks for Eirin

Despite that I know that they will get holes after a while, I've knitted Eirin a new pair in pure wool ;) After all they keep little feet warmer!
Pattern: Simple k2, p2. 56 st.
Yarn: pt2, 36 g purple #48 and 13 g gray #82.
Needles: 2,5 mm.

Monday, February 15, 2010

# 22/52 Arch-shaped socks

Arch shaped socks

My pair # 22 in the 52 ppiii along and my first project to be added to the WIPs Dancing in the Ravelympics :) I love the colours and it's the first time I'm knitting with a sock yarn with stretch. The yarn feels a bit "loose" when you hold the tread, but it knits up great. And they are good to wear too.

Arch shaped socks

Pattern: Arch-shaped socks by Jen Showalter.
Yarn: 72 g Meilenweit Mega Boots Stretch #503.
Needles: 2,5 mm.
I knitted the toe by decreasing at the end of each needle = 4 st decreased every other row. To make the decrease go oposite ways, I made a ssk at one sock and a k2tog on the other ;)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

This week I've loved...



::The view after a snowstorm::

Endre and I playing boardgame ;)

::Playing boardgames with Endre, while knitting::

::That Otto Owl still is loved::

Feeding the birds

::Feeding the birds::

Finger knitting & finger crocheting

::Watch my kids being creative::

Snowy snowman

::Snowman::

Playing monopol

::Playing monopoly with Eirin::

::That she loves her vest - she even sleeps in it::

Playing in the snow

::Playing in the snow::


Before felting

::Projects that knits up fast::

Taking shelter from the snow ;)

::Watching the kids having fun::

Playing in the snow

::Red cheeks::




Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794 when Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins. But soon events in Canada draw Nathaniel far away from his new family: word has reached them that Hawkeye has been arrested by crown officials in British Canada. Nathaniel reluctantly leaves Hidden Wolf mountain to set out for the distant city, determined to see his father freed. Instead, Nathaniel is imprisoned, and finds himself in imminent danger of being hanged as an American spy. In a desperate bid to save her husband, Elizabeth bundles her infants and sets out on the long trek to Montreal. Accompanied by her stepdaughter, Hannah, their wise friend Curiosity Freeman, and Runs-from-Bears, a Mohawk warrior and life-long friend of Nathaniel's, Elizabeth's dangerous journey leads her through the snowy wilderness and treacherous waterways. But Elizabeth soon discovers that freeing Nathaniel will take every ounce of her courage and inventiveness. It is a struggle that threatens her with the loss of what she loves most.

Torn apart, the Bonners must embark on yet another perilous voyage...this time all the way across the ocean to the heart of Scotland, where a wealthy earl claims kinship with Hawkeye. In his heart, the Mahican tribe of Hawkeye's youth is the truest kin he will ever know, just as Nathaniel will always remain loyal to the Mohawk nation. But with this journey, a whole new world opens up to Nathaniel and Elizabeth-and a destiny they could never have imagined awaits them.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Knitting Olympics






I desided to join in The Knitting Olympics and Ravelympics this year :) I'm knitting Ishbel for the knitting olympic, and in the Ravelympics I've joined several events. Hopefully I'll manage to knit up some wip's :) And if I find the time, I might cast on some projects too.


Ishbel


Here's the beginning of Ishbel. I'm halfway through the stocinette, and are looking forward to start the lace part! Ishbel is also my project in the Adventure in Lace kal :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Finally the sun is back!!

Finally the sun is back!!

Finally we get a glimpse of the sunrise here! It's so great to see the sun again, even though it's going to be a while before we can feel any warmth from her... And we really could need some now. It's cold again with -26 C, brrrrr! The water is still frozen, but hubby has been working hard since Friday to try to get it back. Hopefully he'll manage to defrost it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wild black bears




Spending Sunday evening with this great documentary about wild black bears while knitting on a pair of socks ;)

Finally the snow came

Snow

Our weekend :)
Snowmen :: Sledding :: Read cheeks :: Happy kids ::
Skiing :: Feeding the birds :: Lots of fun

Winter's first snowmen :)

Winters's first snowman

Sledding

Sledding

Looking for  Willow Tits hiding in the tree

Finally some snow to go skiing in :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Citron and playing in the snow

Citron

My Cirton shawl is finally done. I have enjoyd knitting on this, but those last rows was long... I love the softness of alpaca and the colours. I didn't had enough blue so the ruffle edge is gray. And no, I haven't blocked it - it turned out to small for me :(
It's just barely long enough so Eirin can make it as a scarf, but she think alpaca is itchy. I might sew it together somehow so I can use it as a cowl.

Pattern: Citron by Hilary.
Yarn: 100 g blue Mirasol and 50 g gray Drops alpaca.
Needles: 3 mm.



Winter's first snowmen :)

During the night we got snow. About 25 cm of white wonders just waiting for kids to come out and play with :) I just wish it had come a few weeks earlier... Our water froze yesterday due to the cold temperatures and wind. Hubby is working hard to see if he can get it back. It's frozen inside our water well, but it's lots of water outside... Hopefully he manage to defrost it so the water can find it's way in!

Sledding


Sledding



Winters's first snowman





And I just have to share this video! Have agreat weekend everyone. We're hoping for more snow and a hike to our lean-to tomorrow :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Matryoshka vest

Matryoshka vest

The vest is finally off the needles. A fun knit, but a little boring with all the grey - Eirin would not have stripes on the back, so it's grey too. I knitted the neckband this morning, so it was finished when she came home from school. And she's still wearing it - which is the best praise I can get ;)
The only thing I "don't like" is that knitted in this size, the doll get so small... So it might have been as cute as the baby size if knitted in a thicker yarn. Just a thought.

Pattern: Dolly Mixture vest from Just Jussi.
Yarn: 175 g grey Viking of Norway Baby Ull and leftovers.
Needles: 3 mm.
Size: 8 years.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sun and elks ;)

The sun is back.

The sun is finally back, but we only see the sunset here. It will take another week or so before she'll climb over the mountain top so we can see the sunrise too...

Elk calf


We've had to elk calves and their mother wandering around our house a few days now. More pictures here :)

The sun is back and a few elks

The sun is back.

The sun is finally back, but we only see the sunset here. It will take another week or so before she'll climb over the mountain top so we can see the sunrise too...

Elk calves

And these two have been wandering around our house the last few days. Their mother was in the forest when
these two came close to the house yesterday. I think she is about to leave them before spring arrives.

Elk calf


Elk calf


Elk calf


Elk calf