Friday, October 29, 2010

Feeding the birds

Willow Tit & Great Tit

During winter we feed the birds with sunflower seeds, nuts and balls of tallow mixed with seeds and nuts.
Usually we just have willow tits and great tits to look at.

European Greenfinch

And some flocks of Greenfinchs now and then.

Eurasian Jay

But the last couple of weeks we've had this guy (or girl) lurking around gathering seeds that the other birds keep dropping to the ground. I had to look him up in a birdbook and he's a Eurasian Jay. He's very shy and in the beginning he flew away by the smalles sound or if a car drove by. Now he's more brave and can stay for a while. Endre and I tossed out some bread for him today, and after a while he took it and flew away.

Great Tits

Great tits (just love the name *lol*) and some tallow balls.


More birds :) I'm knitting a pair of mittens for Eirin. I'm knitting them on 2 mm needles, but they got a bit narrow, so I think'll frog it and knit on 2,25 mm or 2,5 mm needles instead.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A new woodstove :)

We've been busy replacing the old woodstove in the livingroom with a new one this weekend.

Before

This is the old one, which must have been here since the 60's I think. It made a good heat, but isn't the prettiest woodstove I have seen. And some of the tiles had falled off so it was not a very pretty corner of our livingroom... The only thing I'll miss about the woodstove, is that it was great to put wet hats and mittens on top of it to dry when the kids came in after playing in the snow.

After

Here's how it turned out :) I'm so pleased with the new tiles and the new woodstove! It makes the room so much more cosy when we can see the flames!


You know it's only two months until Christmas..? I've started with some gift knitting. I'm not sure who will get these socks yet, but I'm sure they'll find a good home in the end ;)
Pattern: 60 st, k1, p1 cuff, short-row heel.
Yarn: 62 g Opal Petticoat #1294.
Needles: 2,5 mm.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Skull mittens


A cool boy needs a pair of cool mittens, don't you think?
I know I found this pattern on Ravelry some time ago, but I can't find it now... I've searched for it, but no mittens that looks the same cames up :( 
So if anyone know where to find the pattern, which was free, please let me know. The pattern is very similar to helylle's mittens. and I have made the thumbs like the one on this pair. In the one I have, there was a cross on the thumbs instead of small skulls.

Pattern: If only I knew where I found them, I could tell you...
Yarn: 29 g black, 20 g white and 11 g red. I've knitted these in babyull (babywool).
Needles: 2 mm. I might have knitted them on 2,25 or even 2,5 mm, because they fit Erlend perfect, but I guess they will shrink a bit as they get played with in the snow...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Snow and some awards :)

Snow is fun!

It's been snowing since Wednesday, and it was enough to make winter's first snowman and for a little sledding :) The kids had great fun, but I think the snow could have waited at least a month before it came... It's been raining today, so the snow have turned into wet slush now... Which is not so fun to play in.

I have received two awards lately - and I know I'm slow to past them on... But here it goes.


I got this from Fiolinn back in July (yes, I know I'm SO slow to pass it on...).  There are some "rules" to go with it though...

Thank the blogger who bestowed you with the award.
I really appreciate it!! When someone thinks my little blog have substance, it makes me happy :) So thank you so much, Fiolinn! Which have a great blog you should make a visit :)

Sum up your blogging experience, philosophy and motivation in five (5) words.
New friendships, fun, learning, creative and motivational.
It's been over 5 years since I started blogging and it's been five years where I have tried to make my own way of blogging :) It started out as a blog mainly for showing off my knitting, but have developed to become more and more of a combined kniting and mommy blog :)


Nominate 10 deserving bloggers.
Oh this is hard!  There are so many blogs I like to read and who gives me inspiration!
- Imagine Childhood
- Et husmorliv
- Cosycactus 
- Lises myke pakker
- Elisabeths verden
- Monstermønster
- Implausible Yarn
- On the needles
- Stix and String
- The Renate


The 2nd award is from Heather over at Implausible Yarn :)
the rules:
- Grab the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
- Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers that you have newly discovered and contact those blog owners and let them know they've been chosen.
- Fog and Swell
- Peacefull Knitter
- Flow of Love
- JuleeQue
- Handmade by Stefanie
- I just had to tell you so..
- Falling Stitches
- Xhantippes utopia
- Smileull
- Small wonders
- You just gotta keep knitting
- Homespun living
- duBedåre
- Strikk takk
- Par i stickor

That was hard to pick out 25 bloggers for these to awards - there are so many more great blogs out there!!
But these are some of those who gives me inspiration to knit, great pictures, yummy recipe's, great nature
experiences and great stories from their parenthood and everyday lives!
I just wish I had more time to write you comments... I read your post, but the time is not always there. So for some of you I'm what you call " a lurker" - just reading your blogs without letting you know I'm there ;)
Have a great Friday, and hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with a pair of mittens ;)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Autumn Swap :)

Autumn swap at Ravelry :)

When the rain just keep pouring down all day long, a nice package in the mail is making the day a little brighter :) I joined a swap over at the Ravelry Book Group, and these goodies came from Emily in Ohio :)
The book is Naked by David Sedaris - I haven't heard about it before, but it seems like a fun read.

"In a series of similarly textured essays, Sedaris takes us along on his catastrophic detours through a nudist colony, a fruit-packing plant, his own childhood, and a dozen more of the world's little purgatories."
  
Cherry Tree Hill "Foxy Lady"

Love the skein of Cherry Tree Hill "Foxy Lady". Beautiful colours!!


And I juat adore these little Soak packages!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Noro mittens

Noro mittens

I've had 2 balls of Noro Silk Garden in my stash for a very long time ot knowing what to make of them. I got the yarn in a swap, and I remember that I was so happy because this is not a yarn I would buy myself. Mostly beacuse of the price!
But oh how dissapointed I got when I finally started to crochet with the yarn! It has so much debris like hay and other thing in it and one of the balls had a knot at the end.... And no, the yarn attached was not in the same colour! Due to the itcyness-  this is a yarn that would never get close to my skin in other placec than my hands... I can't imagine making a neckwarmer or clothes for babies/kids in this yarn. But the colours is beautiful, but that is the only positiv thing i have to say about this yarn.
So, what's your opinion on Noro yarns. Are they all filled with bits of hay and other itchy parts or do you think it's worth the price?

Noro mittens

I made the mittens by crocheting 44 st into a ring and then only crocheting in the back loops. I made about 20 rows before i jumped over 8 st for the thumb. Then another 20 rows before decreasing 2 st in each side every rows, 8 times. Mine got a little bit too long, so I could have dropped a few rows before I started decreasing.


Pattern: My own.
Yarn: 100 g Noro Silk Garden #236.
Hook: 3,5 mm / E.

Homemade "Polarbrød"

Homemade "Polarbød"

We can buy a bread called Polarbrød in the stores here, and it's rather good. So when I came across a recipe the other day, I had to bake some :)

You'll need:
100 g oatmeal or rolled oats - I use rolled oats
300 g wheat wholemeal - not sure if this is the right term..., but it's a bit coarse flour than plain wheat
600 g plain wheat flour
50 g sugar
50 g yeast or one bag of dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2,5 dl water
3 dl milk (any type you prefer)
1 dl oil

Make a dough and let it rise for about 1 hour.
You can make the dough as fine or coarse as you like. Add some seeds, make it with rye or other flour types.

Homemade "Polarbød"

Knead it and make about 24 pieces. Roll them out so they are about 5 mm thick.

Homemade "Polarbød"

Make small dots with a fork and bake in a oven at 225 C for about 8 minutes.


Taste so good with butter and brown cheese.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hi

I didn't plan to take a blog break, but it just happend and it have felt good with a couple of weeks not blogging or reading other blogs. (I'm trying not to think about all the blog post waiting for my in my reader though...) So what have I've been doing? Well, there have been knitting :), we've enjoyed fall and all it's great things and hubby and I got married on October 1st :) We had a small wedding with just the closest family for dinner. I guess it was about time after 12 years being engaged ;)

Anyway, the first snowfall came yesterday, and I managed to knit up a vest for Eirin just in time :) Sorry about the greyish pictures, but the light is not great at 7:25 am - I had to capture a few pictures before the schoolbus came ;)

Marius vest

And as you can see, it dosn't take much snow to make a snowman ;)

Marius vest

Pattern: Tunika med rund sal by Unn Søiland Dale from  the booklet Sandnes Til Fjells 0913 Barn/Voksne.
Yarn: Viking of Norway Baby Ull. About 150 g dark grey, 50 g white and a little bit of pink.
Needles: 2,5 mm & 3 mm.
Size: 8 years.


Marius vest

A close up of the pattern. There is a women sized version too which I really want to knit for myself.

New socks for Hubby!

This green yarn called my name at the local yarn shop a while ago, and they ended up as a pair of socks for hubby.
Pattern: 64 st, toe-up, short-row heel. A small rib just above the heel and a rib cuff.
Yarn: Drops Fabel #542.
Needles: 2,5 mm.



The weather changes so fast from day to day...

And you can see why Fall is my favourite season - the weather and the colour changes so fast. One day we had temperatures down at -6 C, which made a beautiful frosting on everything. And after the first storm all the leaves were gone and the only colour left was all the rowan berries.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

52 books in 52 weeks update


Another month has passed, and with fall comes more time for reading ;) This month I've been reading a lot of vampire books. I've started the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton and the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost - both are great!
I've also read the 2nd book  in The Parasol Protectorate series - Changeless by Gail Carriger, I just love the plot and the characters in this series and can't wait to find out how it continues! The 7th book in the BBD series - Lover Avenged by J.R.Ward, really lived up to my expectation! The 2nd book in the Hollows series - The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison was a fun read. Really looking forward to read more :)
In between all the vampire books, I've read a exciting thriller - Map of Bones by James Rollins. It's the 2nd book in the Sigma series, but I haven't read any of the other.

So what good books have you read lately..??

September
93 - Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake 1) -Laurell K. Hamilton
94 - The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake 2) - Laurell K. Hamilton
95 - Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake 3) - Laurell K. Hamilton


A rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire-or so Anita thinks..

96 - The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, Book 2) - Kim Harrison


It's a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowlng the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.
She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pushing the limits.
Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child's play—and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.

97 - Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1) - Jeaniene Frost
98 - One Foot In The Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2) - Jeaniene Frost
99 - At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Book 3) - Jeaniene Frost
100 - Destined For An Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4) - Jeaniene Frost


Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they've fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it's time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She's having visions of a vampire named Gregor who's more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn't know about.
Gregor believes Cat is his and he won't stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor's hold over her. She'll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she's ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave. 

101 - Innrømmelser (Tre søstre #33) - Bente Pedersen
102 - Changeless - Gail Carriger



Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it. 

103 - Map of Bones - James Rollins



A mysterious biblical object, nefarious Vatican spies and a deadly centuries-old religious cabal—sound familiar? Sacramento veterinarian Rollins offers more Da Vinci Code–style thrills for the seriously addicted. In this seventh outing, hooded men invade midnight mass at the Cologne Cathedral and slaughter almost everyone present, then break open a gold sarcophagus and steal... the bones of the Three Wise Men. Grayson Pierce, top agent in the Department of Defense's covert Sigma Force, takes a team to Rome, joins up with love-interest Rachel Verona, a carabinieri corps lieutenant, and her Vatican official uncle, Vigot. It seems that the Dragon Court, a medieval alchemical cult-cell that still operates within the Catholic Church, is to blame, and it also seems that the bones of the Magi aren't really bones, but the highly reactive Monatomic gold that the group plans to use to accomplish its ultimate goal—Armegeddon.

104 - Lover Avenged (BBD #7) - J.R. Ward


 Rehvenge, a symphath vampire who gets energy from manipulating others' emotions, is recruited by a group who want to displace vampire king Wrath, a gruff, determined vigilante. Rehvenge is also falling hard for vampire nurse Ehlena, who disdains his affections and focuses on caring for her ailing father.