Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday :: Squirrels

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On the needles, between the pages and finished socks

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Linking up with

Knitting: An angry bird almost finished. I just have those small parts left to knit. My Octopus mittens have been neglected the last weeks, but hopefully I'll have them done before the snow melts ;) And the black/purple projects is going to be a pair of Stripe Tease socks.

Reading: I've put aside The Map of Time so I could read The Snowchild. I picked it up at the library last Saturday and it's wonderful! You have to read it. I have about 50 pages left and I so hope it will have a happy ending...


Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.


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I had to have a mindless knitting, so I casted on a pair of toe-ups last weekend. They have been a fast knit and I am pleased with the result :)

Pattern: A simply toe-up using Judy's magic cast-on. 64 st and a short row heel
Yarn: 75g Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Multi #403 Tuscany
Needles: 2,5 mm

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Weekending

Weekending, my favorite part of the week. A time to relax, live, love, just to be.
Joining with Amanda.

Weekending

Getting up early and have breakfast with everyone around the table.
Winding up a couple of skeins that have been in my stash for years
and casted on a pair of toe-up vanilla socks.
Discovered that we suddenly have two squirrels in the garden.
Made a small trip into town for a little shopping and the library.
Picked up this and this book that I look forward to indulge in.
Laundry and folding of laundry.
Homemade lasagna and Nanny McPhee Returns on dvd.
A very early Sunday morning with Endre getting up at 5...
So I'm glad there is cartoons on tv early in the mornings 
and older siblings who get up an bit later to keep him company.
Leftovers lasagna for breakfast ;)
Knitting
Too much time spent on Ravelry while listening to podcast's 
and watching big white snowflakes fall outside.
Printing out patterns.
Watching Thief Lord on dvd.
Having waffles for supper as it's the International Waffle Day today :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

FO :: Jules

Jules

Gah, I'm so happy these are off my needles... I was so fed up with this pattern. It's easy, but oh so boring to knit. And I had to knit the heel two times due to change of colours. I though I should have enough yarn for a pair, but realized I would not when I came to the heel. So first I knitted the heel in a lighter blue, but didn't like how it looked. So I bought another two balls of the yarn, but since the first two had been in my stash for some years... They didn't match each other even though it's the same colour. Darn dye lots... Any way, Hubby likes them and that's all that matters :)
They look big since I'm wearing them in the photos. Had to take photos when we have daylight ;)

Jules

Pattern: Jules
Yarn: 125 g Ida Strømpegarn
Needles: 2,5 mm
Size: Men (68st)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weekending

Weekending, my favorite part of the week. A time to relax, live, love, just to be.
Joining with Amanda.


Octopus mittens

We drove the kids to my mom on Friday, so Hubby and I have had the weekend all by our self :)
We shared a bottle og good white wine.
Made Thai Curry (yes, I've made a food blog, but it's in norwegian) on Saturday and watched Red Riding Hood.
Baked 6 bread - hopefully enough for the next week.
Started my Octopus mittens :)
Flipping through some new food magazines - I've found a chocolate cake I just have to bake soon!
Hubby surprised me with a bouquet of roses
Dinner with my mom today - Oh how I wish I could make gravy like her...
And although it's good to have a weekend now and then without the kids and soak up some time alone - it's even better to get them home again 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

FO :: Selbu Gloves


Finally these gloves are off the needles. Knitting the gloves until I had to divide for the fingers was just a piece o' cake. But when I had to divide for the fingers there was a bit of fiddling to get the right number of st and make the pattern fit...


But after the first couple of fingers it wasn't so hard ;)


Pattern: 18. Damevante med vrangbord eller blondekant / Women's glove by Rauma Designs
Yarn: Silja Sock Yarn, 38g white and 54 g black
Needles: 3 mm
Size: They fit me and my 12 year old son




I was about to just give up and make them into mittens, but I'm so glad I didn't because Erlend has been asking me to knit him a pair of gloves all winter and the happy look on his face when I gave him these was worth all the fiddling :)
Linking up with Tami's FO Friday although it's Saturday today. Didn't had time to post last night since we drove the kids to my mom for the weekend ;)

Friday, March 16, 2012

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Help in the kitchen


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday :: More snow is coming

Wordless Wednesday

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday


Knitting: Instead of showing you the same projects I've had on the needles the last weeks or so, I'm showing you what I am about to cast on next ;) Octopus Mittens - love the colours and when I found a skein of orange in the mail last week (from the Totie Toe Sock Yarn Club), I knew it had to be a pair of these mittens.

Reading: I started to read The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma last night. This is the first book in a serie.


Enter a world of wonder, intrigue and adventure …

London, 1896. Andrew Harrington’s beloved has been murdered by Jack the Ripper. Claire Haggerty longs to escape the constraints of Victorian society. For both, time is the problem: to escape it, to change it, might offer them the hope they need. As their lives become entangled with that of H.G. Wells — who is basking in the success of his novel The Time Machine — all three set off on a desperate flight through the centuries.

But what happens when we alter history? That is the question explored in this epic page-turner, which will take you on a dazzling ride back and forth in time.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekending

Weekending, my favorite part of the week. A time to relax, live, love, just to be.
Joining with Amanda.




Snow, snow and more snow
Cookies
Me remembering why I haven't knitted gloves in a long time... too much fiddling with picking up stitches to the fingers
Watching Hangover with Hubby last night, the funniest film I've seen in a long time :) 
Being surprised by a little storm in the forest today with lots of drifting snow. Endre bearly managed to stand up in the hardest gusts
Have found a new world of blogs - cooking blogs, and have spent too many hours to browse around... This, this, this , this, this and this blog is great and filled with lots of good food. You can find more great mom & food blogs here
Frogging some sock heels
Bread baking
Cauliflower soup with fresh bread for supper
Debating with myself whether I shall delete my pinterest boards after reading this and this...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cookies


Finally I have found a tasty recepie for cookies without eggs!
These are so good and I'll definitely make them again and maybe add some hazel nuts too.


165 g vegetable shortening or margarine
1/4 tsp salt
75g sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
260g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g dark chocolate


Makes about 35 cookies.


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Make sure the rack is on the middle shelf.
Put first 3 ingredients into a bowl (of standing mixer if your using one). Turn on your electric mixer and mix the ingredients until fluffy.
Add the next three ingredients and continue to mix until thouroughly blended in.
Mix in the last 3 ingredients by hand. If mixture is dry, add enough milk so the dough is moist but not sticky.
Shape dough into teaspoon sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. DO NOT flatten dough.


Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Put on cooling rack 1-2 minutes after they come out of the oven. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Salmon with pasta, spinach and peas



Quick and easy Friday night dinner :) This appealed to all except the youngest who are not so very excited about the salmon - yet.


Approximately 5-800 g salmon fillet
500 g penne pasta
1 onion
Creme Fraiche 3 dl
300 g peas
400 g chopped spinach
Butter / oil for frying



Cook the pasta as directed on package.
Cut onions into slices or pieces, depending on your preference. Cook it soft in a frying pan.
Add the pasta with creme fraiche and bring to a boil.
Then put in the peas and spinach and let it all be through warm.
Season with spices. As well as salt and pepper, I had a good dash of garlic powder.
Meanwhile cook the salmon for a few minutes on each side. Season it with salt and pepper.

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Friday Flickr Favourites

Friday Flickr Favourites

1. Happy Valentine's Day, 2. mittens, 3. Walking up from Oeschinensee, 4. No knead bread, 5. i love mud, 6. FO Olivia, 7. narwhal no.3, 8. Sunny, 9. apple multigrain crisps, 10. lilu, 11. _0021044, 12. nope. it's not., 13. fairisle v 214. _0021044 ,15. life is not a competition , 16. fairisle

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday

Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday


Reading: I'm almost done with Pale Demon by Kim Harrison. I love this series!! The 4th book, Closer in the Tunnel series is waiting for me when I'm done with Pale demon.

Knitting: Well, there haven't been much knitting the last week... The kids have their winter break this week so we have been spending as much time outdoors soaking up some sun :) You can head over to our outdoor blog to see some photos. But I have casted on a new project. A pair of selbu gloves for Erlend. The Angry Bird have gotten a few more rows, but that's all. And Hubby's socks, well, I'm thinking about frogging them. After turning the heels I realised I would not have enough of the blue yarn I used on the leg. And I the yarn I found at the yarn shop had the right colour way, but not the same dye lot. The one I bougt is darker. It dosn't show so good in the photo though. So I might frog them and knit a pair of stripy socks instead ;) Some of you might remember that I had a pair of Owlie Socks on the needles. After knitting a bit on the foot, I had Eirin try it on, but it was too thight. So I have to either knit a size larger or go up a needle size...

Wordless Wednesday :: Snow Circles

Snow Circles

Wordless Wednesday - More photos in our outdoor blog :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weekending

Jostein - a Canadian mini-pig who visited us yesterday :)


On the way home

- We've had a vistit by Jostein, a canadian minipig :) Eirin SO want one now...
- Wonderful sunny weather, perfect for sledding and skiing at the lean-to
- Hours and hours spent outside playing in the snow
- Digging snowcaves and building snowforts
- Knitting
- New books in the mail, so looking forward to start the 4th book in the Tunnels series