Friday, November 29, 2013

FO :: Advent socks

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I try to make some knitted gifts for the kids adventcalendar each year. And this year they are getting a pair of socks :)

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Pattern: Blueberry Waffel Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: Blue pair - 60 g Sisu Fantasy #6457, Pink pair - 68 g Fabel #310p, Blue/green pair - 122 g ONline Supersocke 6-ply #1201
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 
Size: European 33 (52 sts), 36 (60 sts) and 41 (72 sts)
Made for: The kids
Started: November 10, 2013
Completed: November 27, 2013



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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eek, steeking

Joining Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday :: Keep Calm Craft On
What's on your needles today?

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Steeking: Well, I just have to do it if the jacket shall be finished in time for christmas... I mean how hard can it be? And it's about time I get over my fear for steeking ;)

Reading: I started Så lenge det er stjerner på himmelen  (The sweetness of forgetting) yesterday. It will be my comfort reading in between my knitting as it's a light read. As the story is about a bakery, there is a few recipes in it too. So I might have to try out some of them :)
On my nightstand is a pile of crime books by a local author - Jorun Thørring. And right now am I reading Tarantellen.

The North Star Bakery has been in Hope's family for generations, the secret recipes passed down from mother to daughter. But at thirty-six and recently divorced, with rebellious daughter Annie and elderly grandmother Rose to care for, Hope is less than enthusiastic about carrying on the family legacy. When the bakery runs into financial trouble and Rose takes a turn for the worse, Hope's delicate balancing act is in danger of crumbling entirely.

Then Rose reveals a shocking truth about her past and everything Hope thought she knew about her family and the bakery is turned upside down. At her grandmother's request, Hope travels to Paris, armed only with a mysterious list of names. What she uncovers there could be the key to saving the bakery and the fulfilment of a star-crossed romance, seventy years in the making.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Weekending :: Gratitude

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

My Sunday

It's been a weekend filled with loads upon loads of snow...
The kids have had free from school Thursday and Friday,
so it's been a long weekend for them.
Friday was spent on grocery shopping and a quick stop at the library to pick up a book.
I'm glad we went to town on Friday,
because we had a snowstorm here yesterday.
So most of the weekend has been spent inside
with candlelights
The Croods and Oz the Great and Powerful
fire in the woodstove
knitting
many cups of tea
"ribbe" as Sunday dinner

It still snowing outside which mean I will have some snow to shovel tomorrow.
Endre is a bit feverish and has had a nap on the sofa...
Hopefully he will sleep it off during the night and feel better tomorrow.
I'll spend the rest of the night knitting on a sock that will go in the adventcalendar
and flip throuhg the pages in "Knas" for inspiration for our gingerbreadhouse.

How's your weekend been?

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Joining in with Taryn for her heartfelt Sunday tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. This week I have been grateful for...

... a warm fire
... meeting up with Tove Fevang and other knitters
... the good, but tired feeling after shoveling snow for hours
... the good help from my eldest while shoveling snow
... laundry smelling of crisp winter air
... the local library
... finishing some christmas gifts
... the snow - since it makes the day brighter now when the light is fading fast
... candlelights
... my mom taking Eirin with her shopping
... taking the kids out for dinner in the middle of the week
... chocolate

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vinn Klassisk småbarnstrikk

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As some of you might remember I had some secret knitting going on back in May. Well, It was for Tove Fevang's latest book - Klassisk småbarnstrikk. 25 old and classic pattern from Sandnes Garn from the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's has been rewritten for the yarn available today. The patterns are from age 0-4 and the book is filled with cute photos taken by her husband. Two of the models are their grandchildren the twins Nicolai and Oscar.

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Besides patterns for sweaters, jackets, pants, hats and mittens, there is a big section in the book with great step by step parts, showing techniques such as raglan, steeking, sew in sleeves, etc

Eirin and Tove Fevang

Last night Eirin and I had the chance to meet Tove at one of my local yarn shop as she was there to promote her book. It was great to meet her in person and talk to her after just being talking with her pr mail and telephone the last year or so.
I have been knitting three jackets and hats for this new book :) She is holding two of them.

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I remember my mom knitting the sweater that is on the cover for my brother when he was little :)

And now for the giveaway, which is only open for norwegian readers...

If you want to win this book, leave a comment and let me know which sweater or jacket you remember from your childhood. 
I remember I had a sweater with polarbears and one of my favorites was a fluffy kind of sweater in black with pink stars and stripes.

I will draw a winner Tuesday, December 3.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On the needles :: Waffel socks

Joining Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday :: Keep Calm Craft On
What's on your needles today?

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Knitting: I'm having a break from mitten knitting and have casted on a pair of socks for the kids' advent calendar. This one is for Endre. I'm making them all three a pair of Blueberry Waffel socks.

Reading: I've been caught in the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane the last week. I love urban fantasy and it's great to readabout something else than vampires and werewolves for a change ;) I'm reading book 3 - City of Ghosts at the moment

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

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Livingn my part of the world means the weather changes fast.
I took these two photos about 15 minutes apart.
It's been snowing alot the last couple of days and I have been shoveling snow until my arms hurt...
It's supposed to rain later in the week, but I hope not. I want the snow to stay - it makes the day so much lighter.

Now I am going to take a tour around blogland and see what you all are making, and later tonight I am heading out to meet Tove Fevang at one of my local yarn shops :)
For my norwegian readers - there will be a book giveaway tomorrow.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

FO :: Selbu mittens

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So far I feel that I am on time with my christmas knitting.
Two more mittens have come off the needles during the weekend.
Sorry about the blueish photos - the winter light is not the best now, so the snow turnes out blue in my photos...

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Pattern: Trysil from Votteboken (the new version) and Bestemors barnevotter from Votteboken 4
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash, about 80 g for each pairs
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5 and 3 mm / US 2,5
Size: 8-10 years
Made for: Two of my nephews
Started: November 7, 2013
Completed: November 16, 2013

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

On the needles :: Marius hoodie


Joining Yarn Along :: WIP Wednesday :: Keep Calm Craft On
What's on your needles today?

Kniting and reading right now

Knitting: I am almost done with the marius hoodie. Both sleeves are done and I have a few rows of the body left. Then there is steeking.... I have decided that i am going to do it myself this time. I usually let my mom do it, but I feel it's time to learn it myself. How hard can it be, right..?!

Reading: I finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss last night. Loved it and I have to start book two soon. But I didn't have it by the bedside, so I just had to pick up another book in my pile of to be read books ;) And that happend to be The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagwa. I liked the fisrt book and hopefully this can live up to me expectations.

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

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Endre and I had our lunch outdoors today - read more about that at Ute :: Outdoors :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekending :: Low winter sun

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

The last rays this year

The sun is very low now and soon we will start our polar nights here in the north. If you don't know what polar nights are like - Imagine nights that last 20 hours, and weeks without seeing the sun. That is real life in large areas of Northern Norway. Here the sun remains under the horizon for about 6 weeks.
Even though the sun remains below the horizon, Northern Norway is not blacked out completely. On clear days, we can see beautiful sunset colours in the south while the sky to the north is a deep midnight blue. Around 1–2 o’clock in the afternoon, the residual light is reflected off the blue sea and the white snow, and the landscape is bathed in a glassy deep blue colour. This wonderful blue stays with us as long as the snow covers the ground and there is twilight. However, the blue hour occurs a few minutes later every day during winter, as the sun gains strenght.
That's why many people who live in the north think that this is the finest time of the year, with fantastic skyscapes and magical lights.

Here's some photos of a sunset from december last year.
Hopefully I'll be able to capture some great ones in the weeks to come.

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So while we enjoyed the last bit of sun this year we kept warm around the fire.

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And a few hours later I could snuggle up in the sofa with my knitting while Hubby made dinner - moose stew.
The weekend has also filled with...
Eirin finished a hat for herself - so proud of her :)
Taco's and chocolate cake.
Loads on laundry - smelling of fresh winter air.
Feeding the birds.
To much time spent of Ravelry planning winter knits for the kids.
Christmas gift knitting.

How's your weekend been?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

FO :: Denver socks

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I managed to finish Eirin's socks while watching the National knit night last night :)
And I'm almost done with the body on the Marius hoodie.
Did you watch it?
We didn't break the Autralian record, but that's ok as we now have a norwegian record that can be improved.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Denver
Yarn: Pink Mor Aase, rubin and some unknown white
Needles: 2,5 mm/ US 1,5  and 3 mm/ US 2,5
Made for: Eirin
Size: EU 35/37
Started: October 30, 2013
Completed: November 1, 2013



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Friday, November 1, 2013

National Knit Night




12 hours non-stop knitting - Watch us Friday night on Nov 1st at 20:04. We knit our way into the night by dressing up a Harley Davidson in knitting clothes, you will get tips on how to knit, learn about the history of knitting, and meet enthusiastic knitters. From midnight on we try to capture” the back to back” world record from Australia, which means that we will have to produce a sweater, from sheep’s back to human’s back in less than 4 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds.

I've been waiting for this for weeks!!
I'll probably need a power nap during the day to be able to sit up and watch until 6 am tomorrow ;)

And you can watch it too :)
Tune in and geek with us!!

You can watch the stream here: http://www.nrk.no/knitting/
The broadcast starts Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:40 PM CET - that should be 6:40 PM GMT, 1:40 PM EST in the US if my calculations are correct.