Sunday, May 29, 2011

Weekending

How was your weekend?
Mine has been filled with...

Picking Marsh Marigolds / Bekkeblom

Homemade pizza
Sun
Picking Marsh Marigolds
Sand everywhere
The forest have suddenly turned green
A few rain drops which made the air smell so fresh
Looking for tadpoles
A huge pile of books from the library
Planting flowers and vegetables into larger pots

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's inside the pupa??

The kids found a pupa laying on the ground some weeks ago. And last week this fly came out of it.

A few weeks ago, Endre & Eirin found a pupa on the ground when they were playing in the forest. We took it with us in and put it in a box. Hoping something would come out of it ;)
And it did. One morning after the older kids was off to school and just Endre and I were home, we heard a strange noise in the kitchen. After a while we found out that the noise came from the box. And we could see that something was cutting it's way out of the pupa! The kids had hoped for a butterfly, but instead it was a huge fly! I have no idea what kind of fly it is, but I think it might be the same kind as we saw last summer.
*Note to self: We really need a good insect/bug book!


We gave it some strawberry and we could really see him/her eating on it. Endre thought it was very cool :)



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

The days just seem to fly by me this month... It's Wednesday again and time for joining a lot of other knitters who also loves to read for  Yarn Along and WIP Wednesday. I am using the picture I took for last Wednesday, but which I totally missed to blog about. Sometimes real life takes over. But I'm still reading the same books and knitting/crocheting on the same things ;)

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Reading: I seem not to manage to focus on just one book at the moment... So I read a bit here and a bit there ;)  I have however finished Dead reckoning. Not as good as the previous Sookie books, but it had some great moments. I've also read about a third of The Land of Painted Caves. It's ok, but it's been a bit much caves and not so much about Ayla and Jondalar and their love story so far...
I haven't had time to practise on my spinning, but I'm really enjoying Spinning in the Old Way. The book makes it looks so easy ;) In one of the Ravelry Book Group we are reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I'm not sure if I like the book or not - I haven't read so much yet, so I might make up my mind after a few chapters more. And then there is Napoleon's pyramids - a book I started in March. I had high hopes for this book as it sounded like a version of Indiana Jones ;) It started ok, but then it was on and on about Napoleon and his marching into Egypt. The book didn't get exciting before halfway through. I have a few chapters left and I hope the end will be good.

I'm reading a few more books, some are on hold and some am I reading out loud for the kids. You can check them out here on my Goodreads page.

Knitting: My sweater is still on the needles. I have divided for sleeves now and hope I'll manage to knit it up before May is over. I have also casted on for the Summer Mystery Shawlette by Wendy D. Johnson. And I have crocheted two whales that are waiting to be seamed.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekending

How was your weekend?
Mine has been filled with...

Hiking

The ice is almost gone now

Our Mallard couple have come back :)



Lots and lots of hours spent outdoors
Hiking
Playing
Great to see that our mallard couple are back
Blowing soap bubbles
No need for an alarm clock - a woodpecker have been banging on the lids of the telephone poles to find food
Julie & Julia - a geat movie
Warm - we've had around 15C
Crocheting
Lunch made over a fire in the forest
Watching the ice melt on the lake
Birds chirping

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Flickr Favourites

Friday Flickr Favourites


Tiny hats and socks

Tiny hats and socks

The tiny hats and socks for the the premature intensive care units at the local hospital are done and reaady to be mailed :)
Pattern: Made as I knit along. But for the hat I casted on 64 st and for the socks 32 st.
Yarn: Leftovers of baby wool.
Needles: 2,5 mm

For de av dere som har lyst til å bidra kan dere finne mer info på facebook her.
Mitt bidrag er sendt til UNN :) Dette er også Mai utfordringen inne hos Strikkere :)

You Capture :: Motherhood

You Capture :: Motherhood

We should capture Motherhood this week at You Capture. I know a lot of you have made this a mothers day post, but as we celebrate mothers day in February I had to come up with something else ;) My kids can drive me crazy sometimes with their bickering and fighting, but they also give me so much love and joy. Like giving me a handfull of the first spring flowers :)

Angels

Yes I have seen angels,
and devils and gremlins too.
I see them practically everyday
they look like me and you,

When the angels come out
They want to play
They like to read books
They dance and they sway.

The angels are lovely and kind and sweet,
They share their love of the people they meet,
They make me feel young yet also wise,
For they never have answers
for questions they devise

For the angels are innocent
They don't belong here,
On this cruel mean world
That they often fear.

When the devils come out
You'll want to be going
They like to destroy
They keep anger flowing.

The devils i've seen are just as pure,
In the way that they see this life
Their evil and sadism is simply a mirror
Of the things they've learned from strife.

The devils are horrid and ugly and sour,
They share their hatred of all in power,
They make me feel old yet also naive
For they never find questions
for answers they believe.

The gremlins, I think,
Are the worst of them all
For they want to make mischief
They walk and they crawl.

The gremlins are sneaky
But they mean you no harm
Their aim is to reach in
And trip your alarm.

The gremlins are here more often than not
They live to wreak havoc with nary a thought.
They make me feel tired yet also in charge
For they never have eyes
for the trouble at large.

All these creatures I love,
This whole crowded mob,
For I am their mother,
And that is my job!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Wayward Muse

The Wayward MuseThe Wayward Muse by Elizabeth Hickey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"I apologize again for my boldness, but I must tell you that you're the most beautiful girl in Oxford. Maybe in all of England. I have to put you in my painting."

With these words, the scandalous, wildly talented painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti changes seventeen-year-old Jane Burden's life forever. Jane's gaunt, awkward figure and grave expression have cemented her reputation as the ugliest girl in Oxford. Raised by a stableman on Holywell Street — the town's most sordid and despicable slum — Jane is nearly resigned to marry in-kind. But when she meets Rossetti at the theater, he sees beyond her worn, ill-fitting dress and unruly hair and is stirred by her unconventional beauty. The charismatic painter whisks Jane into Oxford's exclusive art scene as his muse, and during the long and intimate hours of modeling — draping and tilting, gazing and posing — Jane finds herself falling in love. (From Goodreads)

I like historical fiction, and had relatively high expectations for this book. The first sections I thought were good, but then I think that the action happens too fast. I want to know more! More about what the main characters think and feel. And I also think that there are some loose ends in the book. What happened to Georgie for example?

I feel that the author has only scratched the surface of something that could have been a very good story ...



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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yarn Along

The days seems like they are flying by, it's Wednesday again and time for another Yarn Along with Ginny :)

Some reading

Reading: I'm reading "Spinning in the Old Way" as I have started to play a little with a spindle :) It's a great book for beginner spinners!

Knitting: Still working on my Plain and Simple. I am about to devide for sleeves now.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Weekending

Weekending, my favorite part of the week. A time to relax, live, love, just to be. If you'd like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to a weekend post in the comments.
This weekend was...

Homemade lasagna :)

Teaching Eirin how to purl

Some crochet

My favourite white wine :)

We have leaves coming :)

sunny with a bit of rain
homemade lasagna, recipe here
teaching Eirin to purl
sleeping a few hours longer in the morning - thank you Hubby ♥
crocheting
icecream
a bottle of my favourite white wine
reading
soaking up sun while knitting
laundry
chocolate mousse with vanilla sauce
finally seeing some buds
getting a sunburn

how was your weekend?
I found this at the habit of being

Friday, May 6, 2011

Spring hat

Spring hat

With spring in the air, a new thin hat is necessary.
Pattern: Summer Cap by Lucinda Guy. The pattern is from her book Crochet designs for kids.
Yarn: Some cotton leftovers :)
Hook: 3 mm



Spring hat to match his jacket

Match the jacket perfectly :)

Friday Flickr Favourites

It's been a while since I did Friday Flickr Favourites. There is so many beautiful pictures out there, but I have made a small collections of my favourites this week. I have also made one collection with red & orange to share some Project Spectrum colours. Enjoy!

Flickr Favourites


Red & Orange Favourites

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

You Capture :: Outdoors



The theme for this weeks You Capture was Outdoors. We've been outdoors as much as we can soaking up some sun since Saturday. It really feels like Spring is in the air now :)


:: Blowing bubbles ::

:)

:: Endre finally agreed to try out the bike ::
(He has shown no interest in this bike for years... But he was so happy when he found ot how fun it is)

Slowly melting

:: The snow is slowly melding ::


:: The kids have made a fort, cooked dinner and ride fantasy horses ::

Pussy Willows

:: Pussy Willows ::

Yarn Along

It's Wednesday again and I'm 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 have started a Plain and Simple sweater for myself. I have had it in my queue for a long time and with Project Spectrum having red as the colour for May, I had to cast on :) It's a mindless piece of knitting - perfect when watching tv and for me to grab and knit on when I watch the kids play outdoors :) The colour is much more darker in real life. My camera is not very good at capturing red...


Reading: Well, I'm reading the same two books as last time + the 6th book in the Hollow series, which I love!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Casting on with red


It's the first day of Project Spectrum today. The colours for May is red and orange. I like red, but orange is not one of my favourite colours. I've had Plain and Simple in my queue for a long time and I've had some red yarn for it too. So I guess it was the right time to cast on for it today :) Hopefully I will have it done before May is over.

Plain and simple on the needles