Friday, August 31, 2012

FO :: Hubby's socks

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Hubby's socks are done :) They was a fast knit with selfstriping yarn. I used black for the heels and toes to keep the striping.

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Pattern: Cuff down, 64 st, short row heel, 68 st for foot
Yarn:  61 g Fame #602 and 18 g Silja #301 for the heels & toes
Needles: 2,5 mm

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And I have sockblockers :)
When I made Hubby put on his new socks earlier today so I could take some photos, none of them became any good. So I sighed and said I should have had a pair of sockblockers. And after explaining what a sockblocker is, he said he could make me one :)
So after searching for a pattern on the net, I figured the easiest way to make them was to just use a sock as a pattern. So now I have one pair for my socks and one for his.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Stripy sweater for Endre

With fall here it's time to start making those warm garments for winter.
I found this pattern in a norwegian knit magazine and knew this was the sweater for Endre this winter. 
I casted on yesterday and all I have done is the ribbing - 240 st on 2,5 mm takes time... And I am knitting it with a finer yarn than the pattern calls for, so I had to find another raglan pattern with the same gauge as the yarn.

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Hitchhiker - I'm not sure I like the colours yet and don't know if enough yarn for the length I want. But I'll give it a try ;)


Hubby socks

Hubby's socks is knitting up fast. They might be finished this week. Just love mindless knitting!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

FO :: Doll clothes

Doll clothes

I'm happy to knit up some unknown yarn from my stash. Some of it is cotton and some of it is partly acrylic. At least the yellow yarn has to be acrylic because it was not good to knit with.

Pattern: Lekedrakt i glade farger by Målfrid Gausel 
Yarn: ??
Needles: 3 mm

Doll clothes

Pattern: Småtøy til babydukken by Målfrid Gausel 
Yarn: Family Helårsbomuld
Needles: 3 mm

Doll clothes

When I was looking for some yarn, I found this in a bag with just the seaming left to do.

Pattern: Not sure, but I think I made this from an old doll pattern book from the library
Yarn: ??
Needles: ??

Sunday, August 26, 2012

FO :: Marius Tunic

Tunic, knitted by my sister

My sister has knitted a marius tunic for Eirin :)
I made her a similar one in grey and pink a few years ago.
The pattern is Marius tunika med rund sal by Unn Søiland Dale. And I'm pretty sure she used Sisu yarn for it.
Tunic, knitted by my sister

This pattern called Marius is very, very popular in Norway now. It's and old pattern first designed in 1953.
On Ravelry you can find many versions of this pattern by searching the tag marius. And now in September a knitting book (in norwegian) with just marius pattern is coming out. I have of course pre-ordered it.

Tunic, knitted by my sister

Eirin is tall and skinny, so I think this tunic will fit her a couple of years. And will be a vest when she gets taller.

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I'm knitting too ;) I have a pair of socks for Hubby and some doll clothes on my needles. It's just the seaming left on the doll clothes so hopefully I find the urge to sew them together tomorrow...

Friday, August 24, 2012

FO :: Toe up socks

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My bright and cheerful socks are off the needles
I really need to buy a pair of sock blockers...

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Pattern: Toe up with Judy's magic cast-on, 64 st, short-row heel and k2, p2 rib for the leg
Yarn: 65 g Fabel # 901p
Needles: 2,5 mm

Monday, August 20, 2012

Vegetable garden update

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Despite a cold and rainy summer our vegetable garden is growing :)
Today the kids just couldn't wait any longer and had to see if the carrots had grown big enough to eat. And they had -  and we are so lucky that we have yellow, orange and purple carrots :)

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The purple ones are not so long, but oh the colour! Deep purple and bright orange inside!
I really hope we will have more of these when we harvest the rest later this fall.

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Lots of sugar peas. Endre loves to pick a handful to eat when he is out so it's seldom enough to pick for dinner...

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Lettuce and radish

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I thought my strawberry rhubarb died earlier this summer, but it came back :)

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The Borage has totally taken over this place... I never thought it would be so big. And as I now know that it self seed as well I'm going to move it to another part of the garden.

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It has beautiful flowers that the bees loves. And it makes the salad look pretty too :)

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Both my tomato and cucumber plants that I had in my window died. But one of my paprika plants have these snack paprikas we must taste soon.
I really need to get a greenhouse some day for these kind of vegetables...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dangerously Delicious

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Apple pai for dessert today.

WIP :: Bright and cheerful

Toe-up vanilla socks

I needed something mindless to knit, and to me that's a pair of socks ;) This time a pair of vanilla toe-ups.
Now I'm going to do some unravelling... Remember the two mystery shawls I've been knitting on this summer? Well, neither of them appealed to me... But I guess that's a part of these mystery knittings - you don't know if you will like the end result or not.
Anyway. The yarn I used for Portico (aka TTL mystery shawl) will I use for Candy Raglan for Eirin :) Hopefully she will like it and wear it too.

Friday, August 10, 2012

FO :: Baby booties

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Eirin's best friend got a little brother a month ago, and I have knitted two pairs of baby booties for him.

Pattern: Socks with cable pattern
Yarn: 29 g of some unlabeled from my stash
Needles: 2,5 and 3,5 mm
Size: 3-6 months



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Pattern: It's a doll pattern from Babystrikk til dukken which I have added some stitches too to make it fit a baby
Yarn: 20 g Viking Baby Ull
Needles: 3 mm
Size: 0-3 months

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Dovekeepers


Some books makes your heart sing. The Dovekeepers (Duevokterne på norsk) is one of those books!
It's one of those books you both want to read in one sitting and one you want to last forever.
I read this book over several weeks so I would not miss a single beautiful poetic word. The book is devided into four parts and told my four women. And it combined my three favorite themes: Strong Women, Historical Fact, and Magic.
This is the first book I have read by Alice Hoffman, but I know I have to check out some of her other books.
Description from Goodreads:
Blends mythology, magic, archaeology and women. Traces four women, their path to the Masada massacre. In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived.

Four bold, resourceful, and sensuous women come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The four lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets — about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It's been a while

Since I've been writing here... It was not planned, but it felt great with a short break from blogging.
So far this Summer has been a rainy one. I'm not lying if I tell you it has been raining for almost two weeks witout a break. But today the sun is shining and it looks like she's here to stay for a couple of days :) Here's a little of what we've been up to these last weeks :)

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Knitting

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Demolishing, building and painting - we've knocked down the wall underneat the stairs, made a floor were the stairs down to the cellar was and now we have a much bigger hall. And I have a wall filled with book shelves which I call my library :)

Todays harvest :)

Harvesting - Borage flowers, sugar peas, chives, radish and lettuce

We have lots of cloudberries this year :)

Cloudberry picking

They grow so fast...

Watching our squirrel kids grow. We haven't seen them for days now, and I'm a bit worried that a cat that has been sneaking around here has scared them away :(

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Running throug high grass chasing butterflies

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Celebrated 7 :) Can you imagine he is 7 already...