Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ishbel

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Ishbel is finally dry after blocking. I was not sure if I was going to like the colours when I knitted this. But after getting it off the needles and blocking it, I think it turned out pretty :) The colours are a bit more sharper and intens than in the pictures.

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I didn't have enough yarn to complete the D chart in the pattern. But I think the size is just right for a shawl to wrap around your neck ;)

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Pattern: Ishbel
Yarn: 100 g Zauberball, colour: Grashalm.
Needles: 4mm
Size: The "wingspan" is ca. 150 cm and from the tip and up it's ca. 50 cm.



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I've knitted up a bib in green as well - must try to keep up with Project Spectrum :) Again the colour is more sharper.

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Pattern: Made along as I knitted ;)
Yarn: Mor Aase bomull and Gjestal Bomull Sport.
Needles: 3,5 mm

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Even if it's Summer now, Fall will soon be upon us. So I've started to knit warm things for the kids ;)
This is a pair of socks for Endre. I was gamling about having enough yarn - and I ran out just before the toes were done... So I used the little leftover from Ishbel to knit the toes with.
Pattern: Simple k2, p2 socks with a short-row heel. 52 st.
Yarn: Admiral Ombr, colour: Schachtelhal. I've used the leftovers from these socks.
Needles: 2,5 mm

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Another Wednesday and I'm ready to show you what I'm reading and knitting/crocheting :) If you'd like to see what others are reading/knitting you can check out Yarn Along or WIP's Wednesday.
The kids are still with my mom, so I have had time to finish Ishbel. She's blocking at the moment, but I hope I can take some pictures of her tomorrow. Today I plan to exploit the fact that the kids are not home to pick up (throw something) and clean their rooms.

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Reading: I finished Før de ni verdener styrter some days ago, and I really liked it. Hoping the third book will come soon. Now I'm reading The Rosetta Key and City of Thieves.
I started reading The Rosetta Key without very high expectations since the first book in the series was not very good. But this one is a real page-turner, full of adventure and action.
Ethan Gage finds himself hurled into the Holy Land in dogged pursuit of an ancient Egyptian scroll imbued with magic, even as Bonaparte launches his 1799 invasion of Israel, which will climax at the epic siege of Acre. Pursuing Napoleon to France, where the general hopes ancient secrets will catapult him to power, the wily and inventive Gage faces old enemies with unlikely new friends, and must use wit, humor, derring-do, and an archaeological key to prevent dark powers from seizing control of the world. 

City of Thieves is well written and almost like reading a movie. I also like that the author was able to incorporate humor in such a gloomy setting.
During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.  

Knittin/Crocheting: I promised Eirin & Endre that I should finish their whales while they were on vacation. I have only left to sew them together and stuff them. So hopefully I'll manage to keep my promise! I'm also working on a green bib for my Epla shop and I have pulled out the Summer Mystery Shawlette again. After seeing how beautiful it turned out - I have to finish mine!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Alone

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
     - John Muir -



The kids are spending the week with my mom, so I'm alone during the day until Hubby comes home from work. Since the weather was great today with 18 C, I desided I'd take a walk in the forest to our lean-to. So I grabbed my camera and a water bottle and headed out. I haden't come far before I heard some noises, I just thought I had scared a bird up. But no, just ahead was four mooses! I only managed to take a few (not so good) pictures before they saw me and ran away. So I sure received more than I seeked today :) Just wish the kids had been with me, but then again, I guess they would have made so much noice that the mooses would have ran off before we would even now they were there...


I must say I wasn't sure if I should walk all the way up to the lean-to, knowing there was four mooses running around in the forest. But I desided to walk on, and it was good to rest and have a sip of water when I came up. I couldn't sit for long though as I got surronded by horse flies :(


If it hadn't been for all the flies I might have laid down in one of these soft spots. Big areas of the  forest are filled with the flowers of skrubbær / Bunchberry. Looking forward to Fall when all this will become red.






This is my favourite forest flower!



Tiny frog

I almost steped on this tiny frog when I headed home, but I managed to grab him before he jumped his way into the gras.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happiness is...

Happiness is...

...finding books for half the price of already half price at the bookstore :)
Can't believe how much money we saved!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

I know. It's been weeks since I had a Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday post here... But a combination of wonderful sunny weather and a internet connection that have come and gone, has made me a bad blogger lately. And a bad reader of blogs too... I'm not sure if I dare take a look at all the blogs I'm following - there must be so many post I have missed. And I have been knitting - just need the time to take pictures and blog about them. The kids have taken their Summer vacation from school and kindergarden, so we have a bit more lazy mornings now :) Today I had to grab a couple of cinnamonrolls for breakfast before they all got out of bed - or else I'm sure there wouldn't be anyone left for me later ;)

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Knitting: I casted on for an Ishbel shawl last night. I suddenly remembered that this month is green in Project Spectrum, so I had to look for some green yarn in my stash and ended up with a ball of Zauberball :)

Reading: I have a few books I'm reading it, but I have my main focus on a norwegian novel Før de ni verdner styrter by Andreas Bull-Hansen. It's the second book in a trilogy and it's the tale of Ty Ar, the norse war god, who returns to Åsgard after living among the humans in Midgard for 14 years. In this epic novel, the reader is brought along on a journey into the world of waring vanes, ancient jotuns and the ruling aesi, the god-people in Åsgard.
Endre and I are also enjoying Treasury of Animal Stories by Susanna Davidson. Endre loves animals, so this book is the perfect book before bedtime :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Plain and Simple

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My sweater has been done for almost two weeks, but with all this wonderful weather we are having here in the north of Norway, there haven't been time for blogging ;)

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It was hot to wear it, but I think it will be a great second layer underneath a jacket when fall and winter comes.

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Pattern: Plain and Simple
Yarn: 350g Gjestal Baby Ull
Needles: 2,5 & 3 mm
Size: Large

Monday, June 13, 2011

Weekending

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We have had a long weekend with a day off today also because of Pentecost:)
* The summer has finally arrived, so we've spent almost every hour outside playing, reading, knitting
* Eirin turned 9 yesterday, so Friday she had a birthday party :)
* Barbecue
* Lots of mosquito bites :(
* Warm nights
* Chocolate cake
* Lots of icecream
* Hiking to Hagenes - read more here in our Outdoor blog
* Moving the lawn
* Laundry
* Movie night with Tangled :)
* Dirty kids (suncream and sand is not a good combination..)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Weekending

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Bird Cherry in bloom


New sandbox :)


Yarn for a new project

- Rainy and windy, but we've put one rain clothes and headed out anyway
- The air has been scented of the heavy and sweet smell of the Bird Cherry
- Working in the garden
- Taco
- Moved the kids swingsets into the field and made a sandbox
- Bought yarn for a new project :)
- Sunday breakfast with everyone gathered around the table

Friday, June 3, 2011

Nature Connections :: May


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.


I almost forgot last months Nature Connections.. But here it goes. We have been outdoors quite alot in May. May is a month filled with all kinds of weather here. We've had rain, sun, snow, wind, warm days and cold days. We had our doubts about the forest would turn green during May, but it did :)
We've been
- Blowing soap bubbles
- Biking
- Watching our mallard couple coming back
- Hiked to our lean-to
- Picked flowers
- Watched this fly coming out of it's pupa
- Looked for tadpoles

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Books read in May

The Wayward MuseThe Wayward Muse by Elizabeth Hickey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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 ...


The Right Path (Mills and Boon Single Titles)The Right Path by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


It's great with books you can read in a day, don't you think?

This is one of those book :) And on a rather grey and lazy day, it was great to get lost in the love story of Morgan and Nick. It was a good story with a splash of love and a splash of mystery.



Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I liked it, but don't think it was as exciting as the previous books ...





Napoleon's Pyramids (Ethan Gage, #1)Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Well, I had hihg hopes for this book as it seemed like a version of Indiana Jones... The first few chapters was good, but then it was on and on about Napoleon's campaign in Egypt, which I found quite boring. The end was a bit more exciting, but it felt as if the writer rushed to finish the story. Book two in the series might be more exciting :)



Pinnsvinets elegansePinnsvinets eleganse by Muriel Barbery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I was not sure if I liked the book or not when I started reading because it is so philosophical at first. So it took awhile for it to grow on me, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down.

We follow the life of Renee, a 54 year old concierge of an upscale Parisian apartment building. She hides who she really is behind a little sloppy facade. She philosophises about life and know a lot about art and literature. The other main character is 12 year-old Paloma. She is brilliant and has suicidal thoughts. She does not like the snobbish life and seek refuge with Renee. Both Renee and Paloma becomes friends with Kakuro, a Japanese who moves in. He turns upside down on Renee's life and she comes out of the sloppy facade.

When a book makes me cry, it is good, although the book did not have a happy ending ..


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Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Wednesday again and time for Yarn Along and Wip Wednesday :)

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Knitting: I guess you all must be really bored about my sweater by now... I had hopes to show you a new project today, but the collar with it's k3, p3 seems to take forever to knit... But I promise to have something new to show you next week ;)

Reading: Instead of showing you (almost) the same books as last time, I've piled up the books I picked up from the library last week. I'm really looking forward to read all of these books! The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is the next read in the Ravelry Book Group. The library only had a version from 1971, so the language is old as well. But I like that :) Lappskatteland by Annica Wennström is a family history and love story that spans from the 1860s to the present. It's filled with sorrow and pride of a people's history (the sami people) that is almost lost. You know I love to read fantasy, right? Well, two quite thick fantasy novels came home with me too ;) A Game of Thrones and The stranger. Not sure which one to start first... But I might finish some of the books I'm already reading first.. I have just a few pages left in both The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Napoleon's Pyramids.

A little red bib


I was so sure I would manage to finish my Plain and Simple sweater by the end of May... But I was wrong. The collar and it's k3, p3 seems to take forever to knit up *sigh* So I desided to finish another little red project, so I at least would have one red project to show off for Project Spectrum ;)
I'm going to knit some bibs in different colours I can sell in my Epla shop. It looks kinda pink, but it's actually very red. I really need to find out how to take better pictures of red things with my camera...


Pattern: I've used this pattern for inspiration.
Yarn: Gjestal Bomull Sport.
Needles: 3,5 mm