Wednesday, May 30, 2012

On the needles and between the pages

On the needles and between the pages

  
Hmm, looks like there's more reading going on than knitting, 
but that's just on the photo ;)
I am knitting quite a lot as I am trying to finish the mittens by friday, so I can cast on the TTL Mystery Shawl :) I got the skein of yarn from Candy Skein today - and it's such a beautiful colour!

Knitting: Well, obviously it's the Octopus mittens on the right. I'm past the thumb on the second one, so not much left. Eirin is just waiting for me to finish them so she can have them :)
The purple/pink is my wingspan. I casted on yesterday and are halfway through the second triangle. So it's a fast and easy project to work on, perfect for tv knitting.

Reading: I finished Labyrinth last night. After a (very) slow start, the book got more exciting, but it never gave me that feeling of "I just can't put this book away". . .  I have the next book in the trilogy, Sepulchre, in my shelf, but I'm waiting a bit before I read it. And hoping it will be a bit more exciting to read ;) 
Endre and I have also finished Hugo Cabret. I think he liked it better than me, and I acyually think the movie might be better than the book . . .  We have started to read a new book before bedtime -  Ottoline and the Yellow Cat. I like this sort of books for reading out loud :) Eirin have read the two first ones and she liked them a lot. I think we have to buy the third one as Ottoline travels to Norway in it!
As I didn't start to read Sepulchre, I felt the need for a guilty pleasure book. So I picked up Fantasy Lovers by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I have read book 1 and 2 in the Dark Hunters series in norwegian, but they only translated those two books. . .  When I look on Goodreads I see that if I shoul try to follow the figures in this series I have to read two, maybe three other series at the same time as they seem to merge into each other. . . Not sure if I bother though.
Anyway, I also have a lighter book I can take with me and read everywhere without loosing the tread ;) Storm Warning by Nora Roberts.  So far it looks like it's going to be a little bit of mystery and a little bit of love. Perfect combination.
And last, a new book that came in the mail today. It's a crochet book by Tove Fevang. It's mostly potholders, but some other things too. And it's a bit of Tunisian crochet there too. I have tried Tunisian crochet, but can't say I am any good at it. So maybe I finally can learn it and at the same time I might get to use up some cotton stash ;)

Two new dishcloths


I have two FO's too today. Two bright pink dishcloths to brighten up my day :)
Pattern: 55 st. 1st row knit all st. 2nd row p1, k1.
Yarn: Løve Garn Kick Multi in two different shades of pink.
Needles: 3 mm

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Snowing

Snowing


I know there's been a lot of squirrel photos lately, but I just can't resist as they are so cute. . .
And yes, it is snow you see. . .  It's been snowing big, white, fluffy flakes this morning and the temperatur is bearly above 0 C. So I am wearing two pairs of wool socks, have a good fire going in the wood stove, hot tea in my cup and are about to cast on Wingspan :)
Have a great Tuesday with or without snow :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

FO Hubby's Socks

First of all - Sorry for the crappy photos!
I think it's a mix of my camera not capable of focusing on the pattern and bad light. . .
I might try to take some better photos when the sun comes back ;)
Anyway. Hubby's socks came off the needles today. They fit great and I'm happy with how they turned out.

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Pattern: Cuff down, 68 st, short-row heel
Yarn: 82 g BlitzColor #02536 from Regia
Needles: 2,5 mm

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Sunday, May 27, 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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Scones

It's been a quiet weekend here.
Playing, knitting, a bit of bickering among the kids, mud paths and muddy clothes, jumping on the trampoline and icecreams.
Some time have been spent watching our squirrels :)
They are so cute and I really hope we will have squirell babies this year.
The south part of Norway are having some wonderful summer weather,
but we just try to ignore that here in the north ;)
Today the rain have been coming down more horizontal than vertical due to strong wind
... which is good in a way because it makes the ice on the water thaw and crumble.
Scones with strawberry jam and cheese, hot tea and a good heat from wood stove.
Watching all my plants grow and planing our garden.
Compare prices on the materials we need to fix the house and garden.
Really enjoying Labyrinth after a slow start:) 


How's your weekend been?
I'm going to watch Miss Marple and knit on Hubby's socks :)



Self-Improvement Sundays

A few days ago I found Ashley's blog Geoknitology and she has a link up each Sunday called Self-Improvement Sundays.

"Self-Improvement takes many forms. The post could be about your goals for the week. These could be fiber related goals, or just things that you want to get done for the week. The posts would consist of a picture of anything that inspires your, or your current work in progress. A picture of the knitting design that you are currently playing around with or designing."

I like this idea about setting goals for the coming week.
So what to do...
Well, I plan to finish Hubby's socks. Think that should be easy as I just have the foot left on the second sock.
I hope to cast on Wingspan with the skein you see under here :) Love the pink and purple and brown together, so I hope the pattern will go great together with the yarn.
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I have joined the TTL Mystery Shawl that starts the 1st of June.  For this shawl I'm waiting for a skein of this beautiful blue shade of Candy Skein Sock Yarn Club. Speaking of Candy Skein. Her shop has it's 1st birthday this month and she is having a contest were you can win a lot of beautiful yarn, witch ends on May 31st. I have bought some skeins from Candy Skein and have yet to be disappointed. She makes beautiful colourways and the yarn is soft and great to knit with! I have knitted a cowl and a pair of socks with two of the skeins I have bought. I have one skein in green that I also think will become socks :)

Octopus mittens

Remember this mitten??
I had planned to finish them so I could use them this winter, but that didn't happend. . . And it looks like they won't fit me either. So I guess Eirin will get them instead. Anyway, I plan to knit on the second one and try to finish the pair this week. Need some bright and happy colours to knit with to brighten up the days as it just keeps on raining and raining here. . .

No knitting goals.
I think I can pack away our winter clothes and shoes now even though it's cold and not much that reminds about spring or summer here. . . So a second layer of clothes is still needed some days :( 
If the rain stops I might go and work in the garden. Since we had to dig up almost the whole garden last summer, I need to get rid of those big stones before we can make a new lawn and vegetable garden.

Friday, May 25, 2012

FO's - Market bag, blanket and a hat

It feels like all of my projects have been stuck on the needles lately... But I have a few fo's to show you today.
You can read about more FO's here on FO Friday :)

Grrlfriend Market Bag

When I went through my stash last weekend I found out that  have A LOT of cotton... And I can't make dishcloths woth all of it, so I browsed through some market bag patterns on Ravelry and found one I liked.

Pattern: Grrlfriend Market Bag
Yarn: 100 g Tuva # 600 and 25 g Mandarin Petit # 6200
Needles: 3,5 and 5 mm
Moderations: I decreased until I had 116 st. Made 12 rows of  garter stitch before I knitted the handle.

Preemie blanket for the local hospital

In Norway we have a project called The Amanda Project - stitches with meaning! We knit for preemie babies at our local hospitals. I have some babywool in my stash, so I hope to knit 5 blankets and 10-15 hats. I have the first blanket and hat off the needles :)


Pattern: My own. 100 st.
Yarn: 81 g Spunky Eclectic Super Nova # Rubber Grapes
Needles: 3 mm
Preemie hat for the local hospital


Pattern: My own
Yarn: Candy Skein Yummy Fingering Superwash Sock # Blackberry
Needles: 3 mm

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bury nuts ;)

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On the needles and between the pages

On the needles and between the pages

 
We are having a taste of summer today :) Sun from a cloudfree sky, buds starting to sprout, but still not hotter than 11-12 C and a bit windy.  Yesterday was spent thinning out my seedlings, so no knitting done... So there haven't been much progress on my knitting projects this week.

Reading: Started Labyrinth by Kate Mosse a few days ago. Thought it was slow and a bit boring the first 150 pages or so, but it looks like it's starting to speed up on the mystery and action now.

Knitting: The preemie blanket from last week is done, but I haven't taken any photos of it yet. The market bag is almost done and I have a pair of socks for Hubby too on the needles. Almost done with the first one. I had hoped to cast on Wingspan, but that didn't happend... Maybe until next week ;)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weekending

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

Eggless Cupcakes

It's been a weekend filled with food...
Cupcakes, shrimps and chocolate cake :)
We have had a bit of spring cleaning here
and I even went through my yarn stash.
So good to know what I have and where to find it ;)
Have a few plans for new projects soon.
Wingspan, Hüttenschuhe, Wingfeathers shawl, Liseron 
and Three Flavor Delight Top-Down Cardigan

It's been a very windy weekend with a bit of rain as well.
But it good as it makes the snow melt.
The kids have defied the elements and jump for hours on the trampoline
and have just been indoors to warm up and grab something to eat.

 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Spring - finally :)

Spring - finally :)

On the needles and between the pages

On the needles and between the pages

 
Knitting: The blue square in the front is the start of a Grrlfriend Market Bag. I have some cotton yarn I need to use up, so I'm going to give this bag a try and see if it is any good.
The green and pink/purple project is a baby blanket. I am knitting hats and blankets for the local hospitals preemie babies.
The skein of yarn in the back is my newest and I am looking for a shawl pattern so I can make it my next project :)

Reading: Still dreaming about a kithen garden, but so far I'm just reading about it while I look at my seeds starts to sprout indoors. Hopefully we will have some carrots, leeks and potatoes at least when fall comes ;) The other book is Sacrifise by S.J. Bolton. And it's very good! I am almost done with it and are just waiting for the plot to unveil... Endre and I are still reading The Invention of Hugo Cabre and I think he likes it just as much as I do ;)

So, what are you reading and knitting/crocheting this week?
I am going to my lys with mom and my sister a little later today. Not that I need any new yarn, but you know. . . 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekending

snow storm in may

This photo was taken on Saturday.
Today we woke up to 10 cm of fresh snow. . .  All melted now.
But we are used to it here up in the north. We call it "reinkalv ria" =  The snow that comes when the reindeers gives birth.                   

sprouting :)

So all our little plants that are starting to sprout still waits indoors before I can plant them out in another month or so...
If you like you can follow my garden on Folia. It's a kind of ravelry, but for plants ;)
But we have had a great afternoon with sun and playing outside today :)
The kids have been at my mom this weekend, so hubby and I have had the weekend all by ourself.
Great to sleep a few hours longer in the morning!
We started to watch the second season of Sanctuary.
A new skein of yarn came in the mail :) And some new knitting projevts was casted on :)

Hope you had a great weekend too :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On the needles and between the pages


On the needles and between the pages

Reading: Endre and I are enjoying a couple of chapters each night before bedtime with Hugo in The Invention of Hugo Cabre. I think it's a wonderful book so far. So, those of you who have seen the movie - is it any good? I really hope so, but I often think the books are better than the movies...
The other book is The Alchemist's Daughter, which I find a little hard to get into. Hopefully it will get more exciting after a few more chapters.

Knitting & Crocheting: I'm still knitting on the jacket for the book project. The sleeves are done andI have an inch or so left on the body. The body is knitted in the round, so I must get help from mom to sew seams for sleeves and in the front. I don't dare to get a sewing machine close to it....
I have a few small projects to switch to when I get bored with the jacket. A preemie hat and circles for a new sock yarn blanket.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weekending

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

Nachos

It's been a weekend with lots of time spent indoors due to sick kids.
Endre has been home from school since Wednesday as he has had a sore throat...
Hopefully the rest of us will not catch it...
We've been to the library picking up a load of new books.
I started to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret to Endre
- and we are so looking forward to get the film on dvd :)
Nachos
Winning some yarn :)
Snowstorm - yes I know we are in May, but snow is not unusual in my part of the world...
Rayman
Chilly mornings so we have had to fire up the wood stove.
Apple cake
Frogging a knitting project as I didn't have the right gauge :(
But then again, knitting with larger needles makes it goes faster ;)
Many cups of tea
Lego building