Monday, January 31, 2011

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers."

I thoroughly enjoyed the story from beginning to end, and was really sad to finish it. This is such a unique romance, with well developed characters. I should have read this a long time ago!

And I'm so looking forward to the new movie :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny over at Small Things for Yarn Along
"~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? ... ~"

Jane Eyre and some wip's

Right now I'm reading Jane Eyre. I love books, films and tv series from this period! I have no good reason why I haven't read this book before... It's so good, and I'm just halfway through. Hopefully the rest of the book will live up to my expectations. After finishing Eirin's Totoro mittens, I could finally cast on The Inspired Cardigan which I'm test knitting for Maya. I'm knitting mine in black. And I'm not sure if I dare to admit this, but even though I have a pair of socks on my needles too, I'm actually starting to gt a bit fed up with sock knitting.... So it looks like this year I might be able to knit up  few other things. Like a few jackets, shawls and some toys. The kids really like to play Little big planet on their ps3, so I think I'll to make them a Sackboy each :) Just need to decide on which pattern I should choose. I think I'll go for one of the crochet one.

Totoro Mittens :)

January is coming to an end and so is the NaKniMitMo.

Totoro Mittens

My third pair of mittens came off my needles this morning. Hopefully Eirin will love them as much as I do when she comes home from school. I really must make a pair for myself too :)

Totoro Mittens

Pattern: Norwegian Totoro Mittens. I ended up with a thumb pattern like this, because the one in the pattern got so tight.
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash, 50 g each colour.
Needles: 3 mm.
Size: 8 years.

Astrid and Veronika

Astrid and VeronikaAstrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So beautifully written that it almost hurt a little. I had to put the book in my lap very often, just to dwell on those beautiful words.
And the end made my cry..

"With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olsson's stunningly well-crafted debut novel recounts the unusual and unexpected friendship that develops between two women. Veronika, a young writer, rents a house in a small Swedish village as she tries to come to terms with a recent tragedy while also finishing a novel. Her arrival is silently observed by Astrid, an older, reclusive neighbor who slowly becomes a presence in Veronika's life, offering comfort in the form of companionship and lovingly prepared home-cooked meals. Set against a haunting Swedish landscape, Astrid and Veronika is a lyrical and meditative novel of love and loss, and a story that will remain with readers long after the characters' secrets are revealed."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rainbow waffles, sort of....

Eirin needed a pair of new socks, so I dived into my stash to see if I could find some fun colours. I ended up with this ball, thinking it would make some cute rainbow looking stripes.

Socks for Eirin

As you can see, that didn't happend. I really hoped the whole sock would have stripes like the heels and toes... And ofcourse one of the socks had to get a blue part of pooling too... But in the end, Eirin dosen't care and the socks will still keep her feet warm.
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks.
Yarn: 45 g Sisu #4438.
Needles: 2,5 mm.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Playing in the snow


We've spent hours outdoors today - sledding, kick sledding and building snow forts and caves :)


Hubby have a rather "weird" hobby -  he collect us military stuff  o-0
But I must confess that I think the tent is quit useful ;) There's a oven in it, so we can fire with wood to make it warm and cosy. Great for warming up after playing out in the snow :)

Taking a break

We're hoping for great weather tomorrow too. I'd liked to go skiing ;)
I've finished a pair of socks, but more about that another day. Tonight I'm going to knit on a pair of Totoro mittens for Eirin :) Have a great Saturday night!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mitten Month

January is NaKniMitMo (National Knitting Mitten Month). I've just managed to knit two pairs so far. Both pairs are for Erlend.

I'm definitaly making more of these mittens. So easy to knit up and they become thick and warm. I knit the first row instead of purling both rows for the slipped st rows, so I wouldn’t have those dots.
Pattern: Newfoundland Mittens - free pattern here :)
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash, 50 g each colour.
Needles: 3 mm.

Pattern: Lopi mittens.
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash, 50 g each colour.
Needles: 3,5 mm

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The winner is...

... Rose Thorne :)
I'll contact you at Ravelry to get your address.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Boy, it's cold outside...


We're in a cold periode - again... It's been -30C for a couple of days now. To cold to go out to play, so the kids are climbing the walls here 'sigh' Needless to say that I think we've had our share of cold this winter!
But the sky and tree looks beautiful though..





Endre needed a new wool pants, so I casted on for a pair during christmas. The colours are a bit dull in the picture, they are much more bright in real life :)
Pattern: Monsterbukse, but without the monster ;)
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash
Needles: 2,5 , 3 and 3,5 mm
Size: 5-6 year

Don't forget my book giveaway :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

52 books in 52 weeks update & A giveaway!

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know I've been reading some (alot of) books ;)

However there haven't been many in December. Mostly because I've read The Mists of valon, a brick of a book, which I loved!  And I must say I'm pretty impressed with myself for reading 122 books in one year when I was aiming for 52 :)

119 - Bloodline - Maggie Shayne
120 - The Alchemy of Murder - Carol McClear

121 - Ragnarok - Tom Egeland
122 - The Mists of Avalon - Mrion Zimmer Bradley

Now for the giveaway. I want you to tell me which book(s) you enjoyed most in 2010 and if there are some book(s) you are looking forward to in 2011. The price will be this necklace and the 1st book in the Hollow series - Dead Witch Walking,  which by the way have been my favourite series last year :) 
On the book on the necklace says it : "Hva er livet uten bøker?" = "What's life without books?"
I'll draw a winner on Sunday 9th :)

I have some books I'm looking forward to :)

* The Land of Painted Caves, Earth Children #6 by Jean M. Auel. (March 29th)
- I love this series! And I've been waiting for this book for years. It's one of those books you buy in hardcover edition because you just can't wait for the pocket book to be released ;) 

*Dead Reckoning, Southern Vampire Mysteries #11 by Charlaine Harris. (May 11th)

 * Heartless by Gail Carriger. (July)
- I really must get myself together and read Blameless first ;) If you haven't read this series - you must!! 

* Lover Unleashed, BBD #9 by J.R. Ward. (March 29th)
- This is my favourite vampire series, no doubt!

*  This Side of the Grave, Night Huntress #5 by Jeaniene Frost. (February 22nd)

* Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright. (January 25th) 

* The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston. (January 18th)

* Graveminder by Melissa Marr. (May 17th)

* The Girl In The Steel Corset ,Steampunk Chronicles Book 1 by Kady Cross. (June 1st)
- A new Steampunk series, I can hardly wait!! 

* Song for Erabu #2 by Kristine Tofte. I've heard the book is going to be published in the fall.