Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nature Connections :: March



Nature Connections is a collaborative link collection posted at the end of each month on Living and Learning.
Its purpose is to showcase photos of children enjoying nature to inspire all of us to get outdoors more.

My trio :)

I wish I could say we had been outdoors a lot this month, but we haven't. The first two weeks of March was filled with some great weather. The sun started to warm and the snow was perfect.  (You can read more about our outdoors adventures then here and here.) But then we had snow - lots of it. It snowed almost a whole week non stop... So we have about 1 meter of fresh snow outside right now. We were hoping for spring this last part of March, but that didn't happend.

Day Four :: Where are they now?


Day four already :) I was not sure what I should write about today... But I'd like to share a few projects that I really love. I had a lot of fun going through all my projects on Ravelry. More blog post here.

"Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.
There are a lot of different aspects to look at when looking back at a knitting project and it can make for interesting blogging, as much of the time we blog about items recently completed, new and freshly completed. It is not so often that we look back at what has happened to these items after they have been around for a while.
How has one of your past knits lived up to wear. Maybe an item has become lost. Maybe you spent weeks knitting your giant-footed dad a pair of socks in bright pink and green stripes which he then ‘lost’. If you have knit items to donate to a good cause, you could reflect on the was in which you hope that item is still doing good for it’s owner or the cause it was made to support."

Heart Yoke Cardigan

The first one is my Heart Yoke Cardigan. I LOVE it! And I have been wearing it a lot this winter. It's perfect to snuggle in during the day.

dragon5

When you have kids you knit more for them than for yourself ;) And these jackets/sweaters are the one I'm most proud of. (I guess one can be a little proud of oneself, right?)
I knitted this Dragon jacket for Endre in 2009. He loved it, but sometimes he just grow faster than I manage to knit. So he outgrew the jacket in a few months... Since it was so little used I sold it in my Epla store a little while ago - so it can make another little boy happy and warm :)

milo owl sweater

Another loved sweater :) I made this Milo Owl sweater for Endre in 2008. This was my first big crochet project :) I sent this and the next two sweaters to a flea market when they was outgrown. Like the idea that other can see the use in the things I have made ;)

Hello Kitty sweater

It's so fun to knit to someone who gets so excited about the finished project. Eirin loved this Hello Kitty sweater I made for her in 2007. She had it a couple of years since it turned out a little bit bigger than I was aiming for ;)

Hello Kitty sweater

But it wasn't the first Hello Kitty sweater I knitted for her. I knitted this sweater in 2005. I made it from a picture and a chart (in japanese or chinese) I found on internet.

Skull mittens

Erlend, my oldest son loves knitted mittens :) This pair of Skull mittens is one of the pairs I have made for him this winter. They fitted him perfect when he got them. Now they are starting to get thick and lumpy - like all his mittens ;)

Wednesday, March 30, 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? ... ~"

Yarn Along

Knitting: I haven't finished the socks from last time. Seems like I can't keep working on just one project at the time these days. So I knit a row here and there. I casted on for a tiny baby jacket today. We are group of knitters who are knitting clothes for the premature intensive care units in our hospitals. I think this is a great project and I really want to contribute. My sister was born three months to early 19 years ago. And I remember how tiny she was. My mom knitted her tiny clothes, and Eirin have a jacket she made back then for her dolls now.

De av dere som har lyst til å bidra til dette prosjektet kan finne mer info på Facebook her.


Reading: For those of you who wonder if I finished the book " Stalins cows", I didn't. I really wanted to read this book, but it just wasn't my type of book. I did finish "Rapsgubbene" from last time the other day. A funny story :) Now am I reading a non fiction book "Tyskerjentene" which is about how the norwegian girls who had children and got married with german soliders under ww2 was treated when the war was over. There are some strong stories in the book... How cruel people could be...
I'm also reading "The invisible mountain". Not sure what I think of it yet since I just have read the first chapter.

New dress for the doll ;)

I finished this dress for Eirin's doll this morning. The pattern is an old one with pattern for both the doll and a girl. I had a dress like this when I was little. I think it was yellow and white.

Day Three :: Tidy mind, tidy stitches.


Day three is here and the topic is how organised you are... More blog post here.

"How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry."


I would not call my self very organised, but there is some sort of system in my chaos though ;)
This is my corner in the livingroom. Here I have all my craft books, lots of printed pattern, my needles (in old jam jars), a jar with buttons, a jar with small leftover balls (the kids love to make things with it), all of my wip's and some yarn and. It looks a bit messy right now, because I'm working on so many things at the same time at the moment... It seems like no project manage to keep me interested for very long, so I knit a few rows here and there.


I have seen lots of wonderful craft rooms out there and so many great yarn storage, but I just have a little corner in the bedroom where I can keep my stash. I have most of it in plastic boxes, which I have marked with different types of yarn. But I really need to go through all those bags... I have uploaded about half of my yarn to Ravelry.  And my poor loom standing in the corner :( I guess I won't have enough space for it until the kids moves out. Maybe I'll have my own craft room then ;)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day Two :: Skill + 1UP


The topic for today is skills. You can read more blogpost here.

"Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet. Can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?"

Well, I had plans about learning entrelac and learn to spin, but I haven't done either of them... And I actually didn't know you could crocohet cable stitches until I came across these mittens. The only thing I have done that have been new to me the last year is to knit a sweater from the top down. Probably not much to brag about ;)

Tappan Zee Cardigan

The first one was the Tappan Zee Cardigan.  

Baby jacket

And I finally had a chance to knit the February Baby Sweater when my cousin had a little girl :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day One :: A Tale of Two Yarns.


 The first day of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is here and todays topic is yarn.
You can read more blog post here.

"Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them."

zombie

I guess I'm not the only one who have skeins of yarn that I have had in my stash for years... My favourite skein is this. It's from Spunkey Eclectic's yarn club, and I have had it since August 2009. I LOVE the colours and the name - Zombie, but I haven't found the right project for it yet ;)

noro1

Now for my least favourite yarn. I think some of you will disagree with me on this one. Noro Silk Garden. 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! I had the yarn in my stash for quite a while before I desided to make a pair of mittens.
But oh how dissapointed I got when I finally started to crochet with the yarn! It had 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! The mittens came out rather nice when it comes to the colours, but they are hard and stiff and not plesant to wear... So if you want to make a pair of mittens with beautiful colours, I'd make them with Mochi Plus instead - like this pair a made last week.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crochet mittens


Pattern: Made as I crochet along. Casted on 34 st and crochet only through the back loops.
Yarn: 73 g Mochi Plus #553.
Hook: 3,5 mm

Wednesday, March 23, 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? ... ~"


Knitting: Now that I'm finally done with Eirin's jacket, I've been going through some of the projects I have in my basket. But I didn't find anything I wanted to work on... So instead I ripped up a pair of socks I knitted for hubby a long time ago. They were my first toe-ups. Hubby have been wearing them, but the heels have been very big and loose, so I'm knitting them over. But this time from the cuff down ;) 

Reading: "Rapsgubbene" by Karin Brunk Holmqvist.
The book is about the brothers Albert and Henning, they are two old men who are well known in the village for the eccentric habits. They live a quiet and peaceful life on the farm, and support each other through thick and thin. But suddenly a news spread across the country that there have been found traces of aliens in their canola fields. Journalists from around the world flock to, and their peace is broken.
I read the book "Potensgiverne" by her last year, and I liked it very much. I'm hoping this story will turn out just as good.

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's finally done!


I finished Eirin's jacket today. I must admit I have had all the knitting done a week ago, but I don't like to sew in sleeves, so it has taken some time to finish it... I wish I had made this a raglan jacket instead. The jacket might have been a little narrower over her shoulders if it had been a raglan. She is thin as a nail so it became a bit loose on her even if I knitted the size 8. She has obviously grown since the jacket became a little short even though I knitted a few centimeters longer than it was in the pattern for a size 8 years.

It had to be Hello Kitty buttons ;)

And it just had to be Hello Kitty buttons :)
Pattern: Trøje med knapper from Kæk og klassisk børnestrik by Lene Holme Samsøe.
Yarn: Mor Aase Superwash. About 150 g each of pink and blue and 50 g grey.
Needles: 2,5 and 3 mm.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A fantastic day!


We've spent the day outdoors :) I'll let the pictures speak for themselves about our
Skiing :: Sledding :: Snowshoeing :: Snowfort building 

Endre looks at fox track


Fox tracks


Eirin in my snowshoes, a little bit big, but she dosn't care ;)


Eirin skiing


My trio :)






Snowfort

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Skiing


The kids have their winter break from school this week. But due to really bad weather since friday we haven't been much outdoors... So today we started to get a bit cabin fever here and just had to get out. The wind was blowing hard, but the temperatures was up around 5 C, so it was not cold :) The sun even came out after a little while and stayed with us until we headed in again :)


The boys are not the biggest fan of skiing, but Endre had a "aha" moments when he finally managed to get up by himself (most of the times) after falling. So he thinks skiing is quite fun now :) But he so tries to go with the same speed as his siblings and therefore he falls.




Eirin is the one who loves when it goes fast. She went up and down the hill so many times and only fell once or twice.




It was great to get outdoors again, and I really hope the weather will be like this a few more days. The forecast for the weekend is more snow, which I don't want! I'm loonging for spring now...

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? ... ~"

Yarn Along

My knitting mojo have been missing the last week... Mostly because of a painful arm. I guess I might have overworked a tendon when I've been knitting on Eirin's jacket. I have had this before when I've knitted with that yarn over several days. So it's been some long days without my knitting... I have been crocheting a little bit since those movements didn't hurt so much. I've made a few more squares for my blanket and have a pair of mitts almost done :)

I've been to the library the other day picking up a few books. I've heard so much about the books of Sofi Oksanen that I had to check them out. I've started with "Stalin's Cows" a story about a young girl's eating disorder and the image of Estonian women who had immigrated to Finland. I also borrowed "Purge" at the library and will read it next. I do have big expectations for these two books, so I hope I won't be disapointed...
How is it about you and populare books. Do you read them right away or do you (like me) avoid them for a while due to the big expectations??

I'm also reading a couple of light books :) I came across the series about Ethan Gage by William Dietrich and are rading the 1st book "Napoleon's Pyramids". Seems like a exciting adventure. I do like books with clues, hidden treasures and a mystery :) And to balanse it all off I have to have a vampire book in here too ;) It's not in the picture, but I'm reading "The Killing Dance" (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #6) by Laurell K. Hamilton. It's not the best vampire serie, but I hope it will get better.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Leaving of Liverpool

The Leaving of LiverpoolThe Leaving of Liverpool by Maureen Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story!
Normally if I find a book very good I just can't put the book down.
But this book is the kind of good books you want to last forever.
You are eager to find out how it will end, but at the same time you don't want the story to end ;) So I have been reading a few pages now and then, letting the two different stories about Anne and Mollie soak in.

On a cold February night in 1925, Mollie and Annemarie Kenny escape from their home in a tiny Irish village. Their beloved mother has died and the girls have suffered shocking abuse at the hands of their doctor father. With sensitive, creative Annemarie so traumatized she can barely remember her name, Mollie decides they should make a new life for themselves, taking her younger sister to Liverpool to board a ship bound for New York and, she hopes, safety. But the smallest, cruelest twist of fate conspires to separate the girls just as the boat is about to sail, leaving Mollie stranded in Liverpool and Annemarie at the mercy of strangers in America. The subsequent paths of their lives could not be more different. Annemarie discovers her future, her fortune, and her raison d'etre on Broadway, while Mollie, devastated by guilt and grief at the loss of her sister, eventually carves out a life of family, hearth, and home in Liverpool, a city of warmth and humor that she grows to love. As the 1920s make way for the Depression and the edgy 1930s, the specter of another war looms. The Second World War will separate many more people from their loved ones, but, as Mollie sees in the cheerful, stoical camaraderie of blitzed Liverpool, it can also bring people together.



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Wednesday, March 2, 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? ... ~"

Yarn Along

I'm still knitting on Eirin's jacket. I'm almost done with the body. Love the colours and I just hope she'll be pleased with it too.
I've got four books that I'm reading in at the moment. The leaving of Liverpool is not in the picture. I know I have been reading this book for weeks now, but I have only a few chapters left, so there will be a review soon. I started the norwegian version For a Few Demons More (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #5) by Kim Harrison last night - I LOVE this series!! In between visiting the Hollows, I'm visiting another fantasy world in the book Dragens tårer written by the norwegain author B. Andreas Bull-Hansen. It's the first in a series of six books.
I try to read as often as I can for the kids. And right now I'm reading Nifse Nella (Eerie Nella) for Eirin before bedtime. It's about a little ghost and her family who lives in a fabric warehouse :)
I saw that the book The Stranger (The Labyrinths of Echo Book 1) by Max Frei, have been translated into norwegain. Have anyone read it?? I love this genre and I'm probably going to buy it ;)