Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Socks with short-row heel & toe, and some moths

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This have been my mindless knitting infront of the tv the last weeks. K2, p2 needs hardly any thinking at all ;)
And when I made the heel and saw how great the stripes become, I desided that if the foot was long enough when I came to the black and white stripes again, I should try to make a short row toe so that the stripes would be the same at both heel and toe.  And so I did. And I really think they turned out great :) A bit more st to sew with kitchener stitch though...

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Pattern: 60 st, k2,p2
Yarn: 60 g Opal Traumfänger/Dreamcatcher (discontinued) Colorway 1232
Needles: 2,5 mm

Moths

And with dark nights again, the moths have arrived and are flocking themselves around the light on our frontdoor. Beautiful aren't they? I really like the yellow one that looks so much like a leaf.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The good wife's guide ;)

Housewife Life in the 50s

These are excerpts from a home economics book from the early 50's. This lesson, which is addressed to the woman is fun to read.



* Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
* Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
* Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
* Clear away clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.
* Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc and then run a dustcloth over the tables.
* Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will give you immense personal satisfaction.
* Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair, and if neccesary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
* Be happy to see him.
* Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
* Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first-remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
* Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late, or goes out to dinner, or other place of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
* Your goal: try to make your home a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
* Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
* Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Consider this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
* Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
* Arrange his pillows and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
* Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always excerise his will with fairness and truthfulness. you have no right to question him.
* A good wife always knows her place.


Thankfully  we’ve moved past these archaic practices and into an era where women are appreciated for much more than what they can bring to the dinner table.

The New & Improved Good Wife's Guide (from Life of a Wife)

* Plan dinner for yourself and family. Even if the food has a "Mc" in front or a "King" behind, it still counts as a dinner you planned. Making reservations is also considered planning as is asking your husband to pick something up on the way home from work.
* Take a nap if possible, after all, you deserve it. Feeding, cleaning, dressing and running after children all day is hard work. Plus, if you are rested, you are less likely to take off to Vegas like you've threatened to do on more than one stressful occasion. Also to make yourself "fresh-looking", have the hubby watch the kids for you so you can take a nice relaxing bath and maybe have time to shave. He'll love that.
* Do whatever makes you happy. If you enjoy dancing around the house in your underwear then do it. And do it for yourself not for your spouse because being "gay" for his benefit is just plain gay.
* If you're lucky enough to have a "play room" then you can only hope that the majority of the toys will remain in there. If not, have the kids clean them up at the end of the day before bedtime. There's no point in putting them away while they are still playing. Randomly throwing toys into said playroom counts as cleaning up, as does piling laundry in the corner of a room. If you don't get the opportunity to clean up clutter, it's a sure fire sign that you had something better to do.
* As long as there is nothing living or breathing in the inch high dust that covers the TV, cabinets or shelves, it can wait. And if your washer, dryer or dishwasher are running when your husband comes home, well it's a sign that you've obviously been busy that day.
* Building a fire is fun if you have a fireplace. And if you do, try not to "accidentally" knock your husband into it when he picks a fight even though that might bring you "immense personal satisfaction."
* Children get dirty. If there is even a spec of mud in the backyard, they will find it. As long as their hands are clean before they eat and as long as they aren't smearing dirt on your new carpet or couch then they're clean enough for the time being. If their loud voices drive you crazy, send them outside where they can drive the neighbors crazy. And to fix any hair issues, make them wear a hat. Also, if they want to jump all over their father the minute he walks in the door, let them. After all, they've most likely been jumping all over you all day.
* Be happy to see your husband, assuming he's on time and in a good mood. Be even happier if he brought home a paycheck.
* Give him a hug when he walks in the door, if he doesn't smell of another woman's perfume, give him a kiss too. If you missed him, tell him. If you actually want to know how his day went, ask him. And if you love him, remind him.
* Make a list of all of the things you need or want to tell your husband when he comes home. In the midst of football, ballet, tuba and soccer practice you'll most likely forget. And this way you can hit every topic over dinner. Giving pop quizzes afterwards always helps to drive your points across, although it might make him mad and then he "might" have a fireplace accident.
* If you had a stressful day, you retain the right to complain about it. As your husband he has the obligation to listen and vice versa. If he goes out after work and stays out late, you also have the right to be upset. And you retain the right to turn off your cell phone the next time you're out with the girls.
* If you can make one room tranquil and peaceful then do it. You need somewhere to escape and regroup yourself. This is why men have sheds and garages.
* If he wants to go out for a few drinks after work then compromise. You should be able to go out one night also, it's only fair.
* If you've both had a rough day then having drinks prepared is not a bad idea, especially if there is alcohol included.
* Arranging your husband's pillow is a nice gesture, just try not to "arrange" it over his face. Of course if you're speaking in low, pleasant tones while you're doing it, it could still be considered a nice gesture.
* If something doesn't seem right to you, ask questions. Just because your husband is a man doesn't mean he can do whatever he wants. Remember, where there is a King of the castle, there is also a Queen......
* A good wife always knows her place, on top of her throne where she shall be worshipped by all.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall is my favourite season

It's been a week with some wonderful fall weather. We've had temperatures up around 15 C, so it's been great to spend time outside. The kids and I was on a local childrens club on Thursday. And Endre was soaking wet after playing in the water, throwing stones and looking for treasures :) Eirin was just a huge, big smile after riding the horse Salt & Pepper :)
And yesterday was spent by the lean-to picking berries. We picked blueberries, lingonberries and black crowberries. We make jam of the blue - and lingon berries. We use lingonberry jam as a accessory to meat dinner. Like meatcakes in gravy or game meat. I'm going to make syrup of the crowberries.
We have some berries in the garden as well. Blackcurrant and the berries from the Bird Cherry. I haven't used the Bird cherry berries before, but have found a recipe for a liquer. So if I have enough berries I might give it a try ;)
While we were in the forest, some sheep got close and the kids managed to pet one of them before they ran away. And nothing tastes as good as lunch made over an open fire! We had fishcake burgers ;)

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

This weekend we've...

Foggy morning

...been waking up to fog all around us each morning.

Dew in a spider web

...found pearls of dew in spider webs.

Crowberries

...been picking berries.

Blueberry crumble pai with vanilla icecream :)

...eating blueberry crumble pai with vanilla icecream. Recipe here.

Spider with very long legs

...watched spiders with very long legs.

Fall colours - almost all the colours in the rainbow

...enjoyd fall!

Friday, September 10, 2010

McCafferty

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I was so lucky that I could test knit this shawl for Lily :)
It's a beautiful pattern, easy and fast to knit. Just make sure you read the whole pattern befor you start knitting. I didn't, and felt a little dumb for a moment - totally missing that there was some short rows in the lace border... To my defence the kids was down with a fever and sore throat one by one, so my mind wasn't tuned in for knitting I guess ;)

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It's hard to capture red in pictures... But it's a bit darker than these pictures. And I haven't blocked it because I don't have enough pins ;) I'm going to wear it around by neck, so I don't know if I bother either. Kinda like the way it curls ;)


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Pattern: McCafferty.
Yarn: 148 g Baby Ull from Gjestal red  #823.
Needles: 4,5 mm.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lots of hats :)



Since late summer I've been crocheting hats in between other projects. The bunch above here is going to be send to UNN, the local hospital. We are collecting hats to those with canser. I've made both adult and child hats.

For de av dere som har lyst til å bidra med en lue eller flere er det ennå tid. Dere kan lese mer om det her - Luer til UNN.


And since Endre got a hat, Erlend & Eirin had to get a hat for chillyAautumn days too ;)


Pattern: Summer cap from Crochet Designs for Kids by Lucinda Guy.
Yarn: Cotton yarn or cotton blend. Mor aase bomull, Gjestal bomull sport, Tuva and a few ohers.
Hook: 3 mm



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

52 books in 52 weeks update


Another month has gone and here are the books I've read in August :) As always I've highligthed the books I enjoyed most. I've found a new great series by Gail Carriger. Steampunk (which is totally new to me, but I love it) mixed with vampires and werewolves!  I'm reading book two at the moment, trying to make it last a bit longer then I usually read a book. I have book three, but book four isn't coming out until  spring next year....
And as some of you might know, I love vampire/werewolf books ;) So I've picked up another series too this month - The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Loved the first book, especially the pixi Jenks :) So I'm looking forward to read the next book!
And another favourite book this month have been the Potensgiverne. I don't think it's been translated into english though. But it's a warm, humorous book about two old sisters who desides to earn some money by making and selling potency drug, so they can install a indoor bathroom.

August
86 - Soulless - Gail Carriger


Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she is being rudely attacked by a vampire to whom she has not been properly introduced! Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

87 - Gravbøygen våkner, alvetegnet - Sigbjørn Mostue
88 - Fangstkvinne (Polarnetter #14) - Ellinor Rafaelsen
89 - Hjerter i utakt (Polarnetter #15) - Ellinor Rafaelsen
90 - Sukkertøymannen - Hauk Hildebrand
91 - Potensgiverne - Karin Brunk Holmqvist


Gamle damer sitter ikke der man sætter dem. At nød lærer naken kvinne å spinne, gjelder i aller høyeste grad de gamle frøknene Tilda og Elida. Søstrene på 72 og 78 år bor fortsatt i barndomshjemmet i en liten svensk by hvor tiden nærmest står stille. Alt er som det pleier, inkludert utedoen, hvor en visitt ofte blir en kald opplevelse. Da den galante Alvar Klemens flytter inn i nabohuset og begynner å pusse opp, skjer det store endringer i søstrenes liv. De kjøper seg nye kjoler og glemmer helt at broren deres vil ha dem på gamlehjem så han kan overta barndomshjemmet som sommerhus. Ikke minst vil de også ha et skikkelig innendørs toalett, slik Alvar har skaffet seg. Men det koster mye, og nå er gode råd dyre. De to oppfinnsomme søstrene får en strålende idé til hvordan de kan skaffe seg pengene: postordresalg av potensmiddel. Dermed setter de en annonse i avisen, og fra den dagen blir ingenting som før for Tilda og Elida ...

92 - Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1) - Kim Harrison


Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.