Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

The days seems to fly by... All three kids are home today. Erlend started to get a sore throat yesterday and woke up with a cough and runny nose today. Hopefully the rest of us will not get it. Eirin & Endre have free every other Wednesday. Endre has slept for 11 hours straight last night, so I guess he's been tired since he must get up early every day.

Yarn Along ::WIP Wednesday

Knitting: I know I thought I should have the sweater done by today... Yeah right. I must have forgotten that Eirin's arms have grown since the last time I knitted her a sweater...

Reading: Still reading the same books for the kids as last time. Endre really enjoys the stories about Ruffen :) Besides The Endless Forest I'm reading White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows #7) by Kim Harrison. Love this series!

For more Yarn Along's and WIP Wednesday's check out the links :)


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Do you pin?


Have you checked out Pinterest?
It's a great way to save all those things you like or want to do :)
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Socks


I fell of the sock knitting carusell a while back, but now as Fall and Winter slowly is approaching, I had to dig in my sock yarn boxes and find some girly colour so I could knit Eirin a couple of pairs :) And I have to admit that the k2, p2 or k1,p1 meditation that comes with socks feels great again! Nothing beats a pair of mindless socks when you need to let your mind wander.

Facts about this pink pair :)
Pattern: 56 st, k1, p1. Short row heel.
Yarn: Opal Acapulco #1306 and a bit of pink Sisu for the heel. 45 g together.
Needles: 2,5 mm.


Pattern: 56 st, k2, p2. Short row heel.
Yarn: 45 g Fabel from Drops #655.
Needles: 2,5 mm.


And finally a pair for me :) As always, my camera sucks when I try to take pictures of something red...
Pattern: This have been a mystery sock in one of the groups at Ravelry. I have done a few changes. I knitted a few rows of ribbing before I started the lace pattern and have knitted a short row heel.
Yarn: Almost 100 g Sisu #4219.
Needles: 2,5 mm.

Awards

I've been giving these two awards this month :) As I always find it hard to pass awards over to other bloggers, I seem to take some time before I get to write a post about it... But here it goes.


The Versatile Blogger awards was given to me by Rain Blissed. She has a wonderful blog filled with much the same as mine: Knitting, reading, motherhood and everyday life :)

The rules of the award are:
• Thank the person who gave you the award & link back to them in your post.
• Share 7 things about yourself
• Pass this award along to 10 recently discovered blogs.

Hmmm, 7 things...
  1. I'm blind as a bat without my glasses ;) No need to say I'm glad I wasn't born befre glasses was invented...
  2. I love books - all types, but I really love to read fantasy books - all types of fantasy from urban, paranormal to the more adventure and fairy like.
  3. I have a tattoo.
  4. I've never been on a plane...
  5. I hate to get up early (6 am), but I have to - kids have to get to school ;) But then I can sleep a little longer in the weekends because Hubby is a darling and get up with the kids ♥
  6. I dream about writing a book...
  7. I bit my nails (I wish I didn't, but I do...)
I have discovered some new great blogs lately :) I might not have commented much as I tend to lurk around a bit, but I guess I'm not alone doing that...

Ein gul knapp - a norwegian blog filled with colourful pictures and everyday life.

Bad Monkey - another norwegian blog. Lots of great inspiration! Just wish I could sew...

Dandelion - beautiful pictures, books, kids and animals with everyday moments.

Primrose - norwegian blog filled with lots of beautiful crochet :)

Tankar frå ein kvardag - a norwegain blog filled with beautiful pictures of everyday life!

Bonka Rakka - yet a norwegian blog about everyday life :)

Our Wild Corner - great outdoor/nature blog!

Today, I am... - knitting, reading, food and everyday life :)

Plain and Joyfull Living -outdoor/nature,  motherhood and everyday life.

Frontier Dreams - beautiful pictures and adorable outfits for the kids that she makes with her sewing machine.


The Liebster Blog award was given to me by Sue. She also have a knitting blog :)

The rules of the award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Pick 5 awesome blogs to pass it on to and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!

I have to say that I think there is so many awesome blogs out there, so it's really hard to just pick five!!

House full of Jays - I love to pop by Rachel's blog! She takes beautiful pictures and knits wonderful things :)

Backcountry Parenting - I love to read other blogs about hiking and outdoor activity, but there isn't so many of those who hikes and have kids like us, so I'm always happy when I find a new one :)

Celtic Cast On - lots of great knitting!

Fog and Swell - beautiful nature pictures and she sews the most adorable whales!!

Lises Myke Pakker - a wonderful norwegian blog filled with a mix of everything. Love her little caravan :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekending

Marble cake

- Homemade pizza
- A bottle of white wine
- Rain
- Fårikål
- Dark nights again
- Marble cake
- Finishing a pair pf socks
- Everyone up for a family breakfast on Sunday

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Im afraid the picture is very much like the one I had last Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday... We've had so much great weather so we've been outdoors alot and the kids was back to school on Monday, so there hasn't been much knitting. It was Endre's first day at school :) Just can't believe my little boy has turned 6 and are in school already...

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Knitting: Still working on Eirin's sweater and the red socks.  I have started the first sleeve and it goes rather fast to knit it when I put my mind to it ;) So I hope to have it done before next Wednesday... The socks is almost done. It's a easy pattern to remember, so I don't have to look at the chart all the time ;)

Reading: I know I'm still readingThe Endless Forest, but I'm trying to make it last as long as I can knowing it's te last book in the series... I finished The Aviary Gate last week, and I really like it. It has it all, mystery, history and a love story, all the things I like in one book! When I was at the library last week I picked up Memoirs of a Geisha and couldn't put it down! I loved it!
I've started to read before bedtime for the two youngest again now that we're back to some routines again with the school and early mornings. Eirin and I are reading Tyver, trøbbel og en lysende komet (Thieves, trouble and a bright comet). The book is about Tessa who has a father in a frame on the wall and a mother who never bear to stay long in one place. And now, they sure is moving again. This time to a cabin in the wilderness with the local prison as its nearest neighbor. This is the start of a humorous, warm and exciting story that includes a dog that resembles a wolf, an escaped prisoner and a car full of fish - not to mention a comet!

For Endre I'm reading Den store Ruffen boken (The big book about Ruffen). We're reading a big book with six stories about Ruffen, but the story Ruffen: The Sea serpent that couldn' swim is in english :) Ruffen is a sea serpent that can't swim. But one day he meets an octopus that will teach him :) And after he has learned to swim he swim out on lots of adventures. He travels to Scotland to visit his aunt Nessie and to Japan to save a dragongirl to mention a few :) This is stories I remember from I was a child and I love the illustrations made by Thore Hansen.


Ruffen even has a grandmother who knits - how cool is that!! She's thinking: Knit two, purl one :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekending

Steinora


Blueberry crumble pai with vanilla icecream :)


- Hiking through Gumpedalen to Steinora, a big scree. You can see more pictures and read about it here.
- Buying the last things the kids need for tomorrows first day back to school.
- Eating blueberrypai with icecream :)
- Watching the 10th kingdom.
- A bit knitting.

Monday, August 15, 2011

You Capture :: Happiness


We're enjoying days with warm temperatures again. I thought Fall had arrived, but it looks like we still have som Summer left :) Today has been a hot day with 24 C. We've spent most of the day outside, the kids on the trampoline and I knitting :) Hopefully the warm weather will stay a while - it's good to soak up more sun and warmth before Fall comes for good!


For more happiness capturing, go here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

You Capture :: White


White clouds are hanging low on the mountains today. They are filled with rain and the temperature is below 10C. I have hot tea in my cup, a fire going in the stove and are knitting on a sweater. The fall seems to be here :)

For more white captureing, go here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Seems like the days are flying by here... I missed out last weeks Yarn Along and WIP Wednesday. But since then I have finished my Summer Mystery Shawlette and my blanket :)

YArn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Knitting: I've joined a sock mystery in one of the groups at Ravelry. I'm almost done with the 2nd clue on both. Think the heel is next. I've started two sweaters for Eirin. The black one will be a slow project as it is knitted on 2 and 2,5 mm needles. I have wanted to knit this jacket from the book "Kæk og klassisk børnetøy" by Lene Holme Samsøe since I bought it :) Hopefully she will like it. I'm also knitting her a sweater in blue. She has choosen the colours herself. It's supposed to be stripes with the letters of  abc above the pattern, but I found it to time-consuming to knit them...

Reading: I've finished Queen of Swords. After a slow start I had a hard time putting it down at night :) So I had to start reading the 6th and last book The Endless Forest right away. It's with mixed feelings I'm getting ready to leave this wonderful family...

The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it’s also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners’ ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.

In the sudden peace that follows the storm, as families struggle to rebuild, childhood friends Martha and Daniel, Lily’s twin brother, suddenly begin to see each other in a new light. But their growing bond is threatened when Martha’s mother arrives back in Paradise a decade after abandoning her daughter. Jemima Southern is a dangerous schemer who has destroyed more than one family, and her anger touches everyone, as do her secrets. Has Jemima come to claim her daughter–or does she have something else in mind? Whatever happens, Martha and Daniel and all the Bonners must stand united against the threats to both heart and home.

Painful secrets and hidden sorrows, joy, heartbreak, and passion follow the Bonners through a season of change and renewal. A rich, passionate, multilayered portrayal of family strength and endurance in a fascinating place and time.
(From Goodreads)
I've also picked up The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman. As I haven't read more than a few chapters I havn't made up my mind about this book yet.

A lush, ancient tale of treacherous secrets, forbidden love, and murder in an Ottoman palace.

Elizabeth Staveley sits in the Bodleian library, holding in her trembling hands a fragment of ancient paper. It is the key to a story that has been locked away for four centuries, the story of a British sea captain's daughter held captive in the sultans harem.

Constantinople, 1599. There are rumors and strange stirrings in the sultan's palace. The chief black eunuch has been poisoned by a taste of a beautiful ship made of spun sugar. The sultan's mother faces threats to her power from her son's favorite concubine. And a secret rebellion is rising within the palace's most private quarters.

Meanwhile, the merchant Paul Pindar, secretary to the English ambassador, brings a precious gift to the sultan. As he nears the palace, word comes to Pindar that the woman he once loved, Celia, may be alive, and hidden among the ranks of slaves in the sultan's harem. Can this really be the same Celia who disappeared in a shipwreck? And if it is, can the two be reunited?
(from the authors homepage)
 So what are you knitting and readin??

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Saft

looks like a crime scene.., but we're just making "saft" (juice)

It looks like a crime scene...

Making "saft"

But the kids and I have made "saft" or juice today from blueberries :)

Making "saft"

We made raw juice. That means we haven't boild the berries to get the juice out.  Yesterday I cleaned the berries for leaves and bad berries. Then i crushed the berries and added water and citric acid. I had about 1,3 kilo of berries and added about 20g of citric acid and 1 liter of water. Let it rest over night in a cool place. Then sieve it through a cloth. Measure how mush juice you have and add sugar.

Making "saft"


Crowberry and Blueberry "saft" (juice)

I made crowberry juice yesterday. I think we got around 3 liters of crowberry juice and 2 liters of blueberry. I put it in the freezer so we can have fresh "saft" throughout the winter :) I think the blueberry juice can be very good to warm up and drink on a cold night :)

Crowberry and Blueberry "saft" (juice)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pink wildflowers

Thistle

August is pink/purple in Project Spectrum (flickr link, Ravelry link). So when we were berry picking yesterday I was looking for pink wildflowers. I found some. This is a thistle. When I was little we used to use these as a shaving brush when we played ;) It grew a lot of these near a creak at my grandma's house.

Heather

Heather - I love this little plant.

Fireweed

Fireweed. Here in Norway we can see how far Fall is away by looking at how far up the flowers has sprung on the Fireweed. The further up the closer the Fall is... So by the look of this fireweed, Fall must be just around the corner...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Berry picking


Hard to hide that we've been picking blueberries today...


The weather has change and it's a bit chilly with only 10 C these days. The air hasn't got that sharp, crisp smell of fall yet, but I guess it's just around the corner... I look forward to it though as it's my favourite season :) It's great to be out in the forest without all the flies


The forest was full of blueberries, and I came over a path were they was big :)


We picked black crowberries to. I plan to make "saft" from it. It's a juice you mix with water.


No I need to find the energy to clean all the berries so I can start to make "saft" and perhaps some jam tomorrow. I'll freeze the biggest blueberries as they are so we can make pai from it :)





We also came across some indians in the forest :) I think they were hunting bears and wolves.


The next berry to pick is lingonberries. But they need a few weeks before they are ripe.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Blanket

Leftover sock yarn blanket

Finally my blanket is done! And I love it!! It's just big enough to snuggle under in the sofa :)

Leftover sock yarn blanket

Pattern: Bullseye
Yarn: Each sircel needs about 9 g so it's about 730 g of leftover yarn. The black is Mor Aase babyull. I think I used about 10,5 balls.
Hook: 3 mm.
Size: 8x10 squares. Circa 144 x 170 cm
Modifications: I skipped round 5 and 8, they are without increases. In other words I increased on every round to make the sircel flat.



The picture of the blanket dosen't show each square very good. So here comes a few picture showing off 20 squares at the time :)

Leftover sock yarn blanket


Leftover sock yarn blanket


Leftover sock yarn blanket


Leftover sock yarn blanket