Monday, April 30, 2012

FO :: Stripe Tease Socks

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Pattern: Stripe Tease
Yarn: 73 g Opal in an unknown colourway
Needles: 2,5 mm



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This was a fun pattern to knit when I just read all the instructions ;)
I casted on with the same number of st as in the pattern - 72 st. I was afraid I would run out of yarn, so the leg got a bit short... I also made a short row heel.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekending

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

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Dinner menu planning for the next two weeks
Muddy floors
Icecream
Eirin having a sleepover
Birthday party and one grumpy Endre when he got home
as he was high on sugar and tired
Starting a new crime book
Going through the pantry
Lots of good food - Curry, Sunday dinner and Berry crumble pai
Baking a load of my favourite bread whit the result of
kids not wanting to eat it due to too much grain - in their opinion,
but I'm going to bake them anyway because I know it's good for them
Finishing my stripe tease socks
Watching this after the kids was in bed on saturday
Lego building
Rain, wind and temperatures as high as 10C = the snow is melting!
The joy of jumping in water puddles 


Knitting and Crochet Blog Week :: Crafting Balance kcbwday7


Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft? If you are equally comfortable knitting as you are crocheting, how do you balance both crafts? Do you always have projects of each on the go, or do you go through periods of favouring one over the other? How did you come to learn and love your craft(s)?

I both knit and crochet. 
I always have a knitting project (or five) on the needles, but not so often a crochet projects. Right now the only crochet projects I have is blankets that I never seem to finish... Don't know why as I know it wouldn't take me long to crochet the squares I need as crochet goes much faster than knitting ;)

eirin's blanket

I learned to both knit and crochet when I was around 7-8 years old I think. My mom and my grandmother learned me. I remember being at my grandmothers house with my cousins and we would all sit and crochet :) I have one memory I remember very well. I and one of my older cousins sits together in a chair and crochet one the same piece. I do the first move in a single st, going through the loop and grab the tread to make two loops on the hook. But I found the move to pull the yarn through both loops so hard that my cousin had to do that part.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week :: Improving Your Skillset 3kcbwday6


How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.

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As a child I learned to knit, purl and somehow turn a heel. I also learned the basic crochet stitches. I remember that I loved craft classes at school. I used to knit small doll clothes and when I was 13 and my little sister was born, I knitted her a jacket almost by myself.
In my teens I didn't knit much, so it's the last 12 years or so that I have been knitting almost daily due to having kids ;)
I still feel that I have lots to learn. As spinning. The above picture was taken last May and I'm sorry to say that I haven't thouched it since... I really want to learn to spin my own yarn, but I haven't given it a proper try yet.
When it comes to knitting and crochet, I feel there are a few things I still have to try learn:

- Entrelac. I'd love to make myself a pair of Entrelac mittens.
- Sew in a zipper. I avoid patterns with zippers because my sweing machine and I are not friends....
- Broomstick lace
- Double knitting. Imagine the thick and warm mittens I could knit.. Like these or these.
- Naalbinding - I'd love to learn this!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week :: Something A Bit Different 3KCBWDAY5



It's back, and this time it has the most amazing of prizes (look for the prize for 'most creative post'). This was a massive success last year, and for many it was the highlight of the Blog Week, so this year you are challenged, again, to find a new way of blogging.
This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.There are no rules of a topic to blog about but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog. 


Vintage Knitters

1. the knitter"s tale, 2. Portrait of two women, 3. VV8946, 4. PG10840, 5. U999343INP,
6. U163631INP, 7. IH014745, 8. U774751ACME, 9. HU032662,
10. 8 Katherine Hepburn knitting, 1935, 11. Knitting, 12. Look at our knitters face., 13. BE034407

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

On the needles and between the pages

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Knitting: Still knitting on my Stripe Tease... I have the front leg and the toe left, so I think I can have it done in a few days. The socks are the knitting I bring with me outdoors while the kids play. I don't dare to take my secret project with me out in case the kids spill something on it. I'm halfway done with the body, so it's going great. the pattern is easy to memorize too, so it goes fast to knit.

Reading: I loved The Flying Troutmans which I read last week. If you haven't read it, you should! Another book I picked up at the library was The White Queen. I was about to give it up, but desided to read on. And I'm glad I did. I like it, but I would have liked it more if there was a bit more details and if the main person could share a little more of her feelings perhaps... 
When I was in the thinking box about stop reading The White Queen or not, I picked up Runemarks. I have only read a few chapters, but it looks like a book I will like :)

So, what are you reading and knitting/crocheting this week?
Don't forget to check out my post in the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. I'd be very happy if you would nominate my photo in the Photographer Challange :)

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week :: Your Knitting Or Crochet Hero 3kcbwday3




Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you. There are not too many guidelines for this, it's really about introducing your readers to someone who they might not know who is an inspiration to you. It might be a family member or friend, a specific designer or writer, indie dyer or another blogger. If you are writing about a knitting designer and you have knitted some of their designs, don't forget to show them off. Remember to get permission from the owner if you wish to use another person's pictures.

Well, I can't say I have a hero. But I get a lot of inspiration from all of you knit and crochet bloggers here on the www :)
But both my mom and my garndmother have always been kniting and crocheting, so ofcourse they are the ones who inspire me in my daily life. My grandmother will be 90 next year and even though she is getting a bit forgetfull, she still knits. It's just small squares one can sew together as a blanket, but I'm sure her love of knitting and crocheting have kept her mind so clear for so long!
The bedspread in the picture below is one of my treasures. My grandmother crocheted it to me years ago.

Bed spread crocheted by my grandmother



My mom, even though she has a full time job, seems to knit faster than me ;) She knits sweaters and jackets to friends and family in a speed I can just dream of. This Marius jacket is her latest project of the needles. It's for my brother and I think I might have to ask her to knit one for Erlend.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week :: Photography Challenge Day! - 3kcbwday2



Today challenges you to be creative with your photography, and get yourself in with the chance to win the photography prize. Taking interesting photographs in this instance isn't about flashy cameras or a great deal of technical know-how, it's about setting up a story or scene in a photograph and capturing something imaginative. Your photograph(s) should feature something related to your craft, so that might be either a knitted or crocheted item, yarn, or one of your craft tools.

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The kids love Star Wars and have quite a lot of legos of it too. The idea is not totally mine... I once saw a drawing of the same plot, but wanted to capture it with mini figures and real yarn ;)
If you like this, please nominate me for the Photography Challenge Price here . Thanks :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

World Book Day

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”




“Why do I read?
I just can't help myself.
I read to learn and to grow, to laugh
and to be motivated.
I read to understand things I've never
been exposed to.
I read when I'm crabby, when I've just
said monumentally dumb things to the
people I love.
I read for strength to help me when I
feel broken, discouraged, and afraid.
I read when I'm angry at the whole
world.
I read when everything is going right.
I read to find hope.
I read because I'm made up not just of
skin and bones, of sights, feelings,
and a deep need for chocolate, but I'm
also made up of words.
Words describe my thoughts and what's
hidden in my heart.
Words are alive--when I've found a
story that I love, I read it again and
again, like playing a favorite song
over and over.
Reading isn't passive--I enter the
story with the characters, breathe
their air, feel their frustrations,
scream at them to stop when they're
about to do something stupid, cry with
them, laugh with them.
Reading for me, is spending time with a
friend.
A book is a friend.
You can never have too many.”

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week :: Colour Lovers - 3kcbwday1


 
Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects - do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones. How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.


When I look through all my projects at Ravelry, I see that I knit in pretty much every colour. And I guess with all those socks in stripes and knitting for the kids it must be so :) But, I love to browse through other knitters projects pages who just knit in grey or greyish colours. I mean I love grey, but I don't knit with it as mush as I would liked too. I like more bright colours too, such as pink, blue and red. And if I knit for myself I often end up with red or black...
When it comes to original colours in patterns, I usually pick my own colours. Mostly because I like to use up some stash yarn or because I like another combination.
My stash is a mix of all colours. I guess it's a result after years of buying a pretty skein or ball of yarn when you spot it at the lys ;) And after getting skeins of yarn in any colour combination in various yarn clubs. Now, the challenge is to use it all up...

Some of my latest yarn buyes :)



For more post about Colour Lovers, just Google 3kcbwday1 :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

FO :: Red Angry Bird

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Finally, after almost two months on the needles this bird is finished! The body has been finished for a month if not more. It's been all those little things that has taken time. Two hours yesterday to be exactly ;) 
The pattern is from knitterbees and she have just released a pattern of a zoombie bear - zOombear the zombie bear, which is SO cute. 

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Pattern: Red Bird Plush Toy by knitterbees
Yarn: Sisu, Mor Aase baby and Silja
Needles: 2,5 mm



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The only thing is that I need to knit more of these to avoid bickering over just one... So I guess I'll have to look through my stash and grab those needles and make the yellow bird and some pigs too ;)

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.


I love to see your moments too.  So please leave a link in the comment section for us all to see. Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On the needles and between the pages

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Linking up with

Knitting: My stripe tease sock is coming along great and I am about to knit the toe. I do think they might me to short for me though... But I am not frogging all those stripes. The red and white you can spot in the corner is a secret project I am working on. I spotted a post on facebook some weeks ago about a book publisher who needed knitters who could knit up jackets, sweaters and hats for a new book that is coming out at the end of the year. So I sent them an e-mail and yesterday the yarn came in the mail :) I am knitting a jacket and a hat. Struggling a bit to get the right gauge, so I think I must frog and go up a needles size... A bit scary to knit for others, but fun also and I get paid. So money to buy new yarn ;)

Reading: I picked up some books at the library last week, and one of them was The Flying Troutmans. I am about half way through it and I love it! It's heartbreaking and funny at the same time.
 Min was stranded in her bed, hooked on the blue torpedoes and convinced that a million silver cars were closing in on her (I didn't know what Thebes meant either), Logan was in trouble at school, something about the disturbing stories he was writing, Thebes was pretending to be Min on the phone with his principal, the house was crumbling around them, the black screen door had blown off in the wind, a family of aggressive mice was living behind the piano, the neighbours were pissed off because of hatchets being thrown into their yard at night (again, confusing, something to do with Logan) … basically, things were out of control. And Thebes is only eleven

 What are you reading and knitting or crocheting this week?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekending

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

Snøspurv :: Snow Bunting

This has been a lazy weekend.
We've spent most of it out soaking up sun in what
we norwegian call the "solveggen" - (the sun wall).
This is a spot with no wind were you can actually sit without
too many clothes on in spite of the low temperatures.
Lots of frecles and even a little sunburn.
Endre beeing high on sugar after a birthday party...
Chocolate cake and home made pizza.
Getting a good laugh watching Hangover 2 with hubby.
Cute little Snow Buntings in the garden - more photos here.
Loads and loads of laundry smelling of fresh air :)

Friday, April 13, 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.

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I love to see your moments too.  So please leave a link in the comment section for us all to see. Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

FO :: Mittens

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A pair of mittens was waiting for Endre when he got home from school today :) Hopefully they will last until spring arrives...

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Pattern: Newfoundland Mitts
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash and Labbetuss raggegarn
Needles: 3 mm
Size: 6 years
Modifications: I used kitchener stitch instead of pulling yarn through the remaining st.



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mittens to dry

Mittens to dry ;)

Wordless Wednesday  ::  Outdoor Wednesday
More photo's from our hike here :)

On the needles, between the pages and a pair of Jaywalkers

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Linking up with
Knitting: I haven't finished all my wip's fom last week - I just thought it would bore you to see them over and over again... So instead I have a new wip ;) A pair of mittens for Endre. That boy wears out his mittens in no time. Whit all the playing in the snow, his mittens gets felted and too small in no time. And sine it looks like spring isn't about to come to our part of the word yet, I have to make him a couple of new pairs.

Reading: I still have a few chapters left in Myren I started reading last week. It's a very good crime book! I still have no clue on how it all is going to end and who did it. I'm also reading a chapter now and then in The Map of Time. So far it's not what I expected... I had hoped for a great time travelling story. Some parts of the book is great, as in the part with H G Wells, but the rest, not so good. I'm going to finish it though. 
I needed somthing light to read in addition to the crime book, so I picked out a Harlequin novel - Mistress by Midnight. It's the 3rd book in The Scandalous Women of the Ton series.


Jaywalkers for Eirin

I finished these yesterday. Happy Rainbow Jaywalkers for Eirin :)

Pattern: Jaywalker
Yarn:  58 g (1skein) Shepherd Sock Multi by Lorna's Laces #601 Rainbow
Needles: 2,5 mm
Size: 68 st



Sunday, April 8, 2012

Weekending

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

Easter eggs :)


Lego playing


First time knitting outdoors this year :)


Soaking up some sun :)

With Easter it's been a long weekend here and we have free tomorrow too :)
It's been snowing and snowing and snowing...
So there has been lots of shoveling too...
Easter eggs filled with chocolate and candy :)
Lots of lego playing
Cabin fever due to bad weather
Bickering kids and grumpy parents...
Cinnamon rolls
A peak of sun yesterday
so I could knit outdoors for the first time this year :)
A glass of whitewine (and I think there will be one or two tonight too
as we watch Easter crime on tv)
Movie night on the sofa with Hubby watching True Grit
A few cups of Cafe au Lait
Waking up to a sunny sky today :)
Snowshoeing.
Soaking up some sun - nice!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

On the needles and between the pages

On the needles and between the pages

Linking up with
Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday :: Keep Calm Craft On

We are having Easter break here, so the days have been lazy with a little extra sleep in the mornings and a few more hours in front of the tv at night watching crime series. In Norway, Easter break is longer than in many other European countries. The Easter holidays start Wednesday afternoon before Maundy Thursday, and end on Tuesday morning after Easter Monday. This makes for a nice long Easter weekend in Norway!
And we norwegian likes to spend as much time as we can outdoors during Easter. Skiing, hiking or just soaking up the sun (if there is one). So far we've had sunny days, but today it's snowing big white snowflakes and all thoughts about Spring is gone... 
A quite peculiar national trait in Norway is solving crimes during Easter. Publishers churn out series of books known as "Easter-Thrillers" or Påskekrimmen. Even the milk cartons change to have murder stories on their sides ;) So far Hubby and I have watched Whitechapel and I know there will be some episodes of Inspector Lewis later in the week. I had hopes there would be Poirot or Miss Marple, as I love those series. But maybe next year...

Reading: So as it's Easter I had to look for a crime book in my shelf ;) Myren (Jar City in english) is an Icelandic novel by Arnaldur Indridason. So far it's good and I hope the who did it won't reveal it self too fast. And I just love the names on Iceland - Erlendur is the name of the detective in the book.
I'm also trying to finish a norwegian series during Easter. I started book #15 Nattmannen this morning. It's 20 books in this series so I think I should manage to read the rest. As I don't have to get up early I can read for hours in bed ;)

Knitting: As I've been sick with the flu I haven't kitted much... with a heavy head it's better to read than managing stitches. But I have finished one Octopus mitten since last week and have started the second :) They seem to be a little small though, so they might end up at Eirin's hands instead of mine... We'll see after some blocking. The Stripe Tease socks haven't grown much. I'm about to start the second stripe. And I have started a new pair of socks. Not sure if I'll knit the plain or make a pair of Jaywalkers. I think they might be pretty in just plain stripes.




Ss, what are you knitting and reading?
And how do you celebrate Easter?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekending

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

Fresh snow


Snowy Mittens


Snowshoeing


Octopus mittens


Påskeris

This weekend started with the start of Easter break.
Both the kids and Hubby have ten days free :)
Friday night was spent baking rolls and
and Eirin having a sleepover.
Finishing the first Octopus mitten.
Saturday morning started early with fresh rolls for breakfast.
Laundry smelling of crisp winter air.
Then we headed out in the great weather and played in the fresh snow
that had came during the night.
We also hiked in the forest for a good hour on our snowshoes
- Great fun!
Snowy mittens and red cheeks :)
Then a surprised visit from a friend and her kids,
so I whipped together an apple pie and served it with vanilla icecream.
Decorating our "påskeris".
The night was spent with a chicken dinner,
unwinding a couple of skeins and casting on a pair of socks.
Finishing a book.
This morning I and the kids woke up with runny noses and heavy heads....
After a few hours we drove to my mom
and picked Erlend up on the way after he's been on a sleepover.
Empanadas for dinner.
Feverish kids falling asleep in the car on the way home...
Hopefully we'll ride this flu over quickly,
it's not fun to be sick when you have free...
So the rest of this evening I assume will be
spent on the couch with knitting, comforting the kids
and watch tv before we go to bed early and hope we feel better tomorrow.