Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last FO of the year :: Stanton

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My last finished object this year - a pair of socks fot Hubby :)
This makes a total of 42 pairs of socks this year. I had no idea that I had knitted that many pairs until I decided to make a list of all of them a few months ago on Ravelry. But some of them have been gifts and there are five of us, so it's not that many socks ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Stanton (free pattern)
Yarn: Fabel 77 g #542 green mix and 12 g #112 apple green
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Hubby
Size: 72 sts, european 42
Modifications: I didn't let the pattern go down the heel,  but knitted a slipped sts heel as I usually do
Started: December 18, 2014
Completed: December 27, 2014



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I hope you all will have a great New Years Eve.
Here the rain is pouring down, so I don't think there will be much fireworks to look at...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

FO :: Night Owl Mittens

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Night Owl Mittens
Yarn: Falk 59 g blue and 57 g white
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: Onsize. But I used a little thicker yarn so they came out a little big
Started: December 11, 2014
Completed: December 15, 2014



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We've gotten a LOT of snow the last two days, so my new mittens kept me warm when I shoveled snow today.

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More snow photos on the Ute :: Outdoors blog :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter solstice

Finally the sun is turning and we can look forward to longer days!
I'd hoped that we would spend the day at our lean-to in the forest, but with -23C we stayed indoors by the fire. I just headed out for a little while to snap a few photos. It's so beautiful when everything is coverd up in frost!

Winter solstice
Big, white, frosty giants.
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Light in the north
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Light in the south
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All the birds are all puffed up to keep warm. Don't forget to feed them!
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My greenhouse.  I've forgotten to tell you about that... 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello again...

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I know. It's been almost a month since I posted last time...
The polar nights with it's darkness has really been hard for me this year, with sleepless nights and a low mood... So I haven't felt like blogging at all. But the sun is about to turn soon, so I know it will get better!
I've been knitting in my absent (have to do something when I'm wide awake in the middle of the night). Right now I'm knitting a pair of Owl mittens for myself, but I've also finished some socks and a hat.

The Tree is up :)


The Christmas Tree is up!

Pinnekjøtt

And we have had pinnekjøtt for dinner. Pinnekjøtt is one of the traditional dishes we have for dinner at Christmas here in Norway and it's made from the rib of mutton or lamb and it is dried and salted.

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Socks for Erlend and me
Pattern: Cuff down, 72 and 64 sts
Yarn: Opal Sweet&Spicy2 blue #8614 and orange #8612
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Started: November 15, 2014
Completed: December 7, 2014


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Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down
Yarn: Fabel #901p
Needles: 2,5 mm (US 1,5
Made for: xmas gift
Started: November 22. 2014
Completed: November 25, 2014

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And last a hat for Endre. I really like the way this hat came out, so I will knit more of these!
Pattern: Traveller's hat (free pattern)
Yarn: Rialto DK yellow #23021 and Davos black #11
Needles: 4 mm / US 6
Size: 104 sts
Started: November 27, 2014
Completed: December 3, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FO :: Mittens

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Winter is here. And that means new mittens are needed.
So far I have made the kids a pair each, but I'm sure there will be more as I have found so many patterns I want to knit..
I've promised to make them a pair of gloves as well, and the first one got on my needles today.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 82-1266 Mittens pattern 8 by PT Design of Norway
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash white #1001 and Smart red #4065
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Eirin
Size: 10-12 years
Started: November 3, 2014
Completed: November 5, 2014



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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 82-1266 Mittens pattern 1 by PT Design of Norway
Yarn: Smart #5936  and #2708
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Endre
Size: 10 year
Started: November 5, 2014
Completed: November 10, 2014



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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 8. Damevott / Woman's mitten byRauma Designs
Yarn: Mor Aase Superwash
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5
Made for: Erlend
Size: Adult - I used larger needles to make them fit his hands
Started: November 10, 2014
Completed: November 14, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

{this moment - goodbye sun}

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Joining Amanda for{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.

FO :: Cake Pops Socks

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I just had to buy somecnew Opal skeins some weeks ago when I found out that Get Knitted had a sale :) The first pair had to be this fun colourway!

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts, 1x1 twisted rib and a short row toe
Yarn: 64 g Opal Sweet & Spicy 2 #8617 Cake Pops
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: European 39/40
Started: November 3, 2014
Completed: November 14, 2014

Linking up with Creative Friday :: Fiber Arts Friday

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FO's :: Daleks, Creepers and Marius

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It's been a while again. My blogging mojo is low... I think it has to do with shorter and darker days - my mood seems to get a bit low as well during these dark months. But I'll try to pop in here more often :) I have been knitting now that my arms doesn't hurt as much as they did. So there are things on the needles I'll have to tell you about soon and some fo's.
First is a pair of Marius socks. They are knitted in a heavy wool yarn which makes them big enough to wear as a second pair of woolsocks, which I often do during winter when my feet are cold.
Winter is here with and we've gotten a little bit of snow. Enouh for the kids to build a snowman and a snow lantern last night. But winter also means I can wear all the wool. I'm wearing my Nancy cardigan today while I snuggle on the sofa knitting.

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And someone decided to be in the photo ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Marius sokker
Yarn: 100 g Mor Aase Raggegarn, less than 50 g of white and a bit of pink left overs of Mor Aase Superwash
Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Me
Size: 54 sts to make the pattern go up
Started: October 29, 2014
Completed: November 9, 2014




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Endre loves Dr.Who and when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make him one.
I think I have ro make him the mittens too.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: INSULATE! (free pattern)
Yarn: Smart
Needles: 3mm / US 2,5 and 4mm / US &
Made for: Endre
Size: M-96 sts
Started and Completed: October 6, 2014



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And last, Two more Minecraft hats. They will be christmas gifts.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Minecraft charts (free)
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash - grey and Smart - green
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 4mm / US 6
Made for: Christmas gifts
Size: 96 sts for ribbing, 99 for hat. About 9-11 year
Started: October 13. 2014
Completed: October 28, 2014


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Knitting again

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Sorry about the terrible flash photo... The sun is getting low and it gets darker and darker earlier and earlier each day now.
I made it almost to a week without any knitting! It's been hard... But my arms and elbows are starting to feel better, so I decided to try some knitting today. I'm taking it easy and are trying to knit slower than I usualy do... So hopefully the pain will stay away.

What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Nicole

Knitting: I casted on a pair of Marius socks as I need more thick woolsocks. The colours are a bit darker in real life.

Reading: After a few rows of knitting I read a chapter in A Feast for Crows. Love this series!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Knitters Elbow

You all know I love to knit and hardly a day goes by without some.
And I have never had any big pain problems before, just a little pain in the wrist once when I knitted to much, so afraid it could be carpal tunnel syndrome, but it went away and I haven't felt any pain in my wrist since. But now it seems like I have gotten a knitters elbow, or a tennis elbow as it may be called... It's mostly my left elbow that hurts really bad when I knit and it falls asleep sometimes too. I've been searching the net and the best I can do is not knit for a while and let my arms rest.
By that I mean a couple of weeks. I know. How am I going to survive without kitting that long...??
Maybe the house will get all shiny and tidy. Maybe I'll do some exercise. Maybe I'll become the queen of the kitchen and use all my cookbooks. I don't know. What I do know is that I definitely won't be making all those christmas gifts I had planned. My arms are not worth it. Fortunately I have already knitted some gifts for the ones that I find knitworthy :)

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Before I decided to put down my needles, I just had to finish these fingerless gloves for Erlend. He has been asking me to knit him a pair for a while know, so I knew I had to finish them.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: It's based on Kerlingarfjöll, but I've made a 2x2 rib and added more rows before and after the thumb.
Yarn: 40 g Babygarn
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Erlend
Size: medium - 60 sts
Started: October 18, 2014
Completed: October 22, 2014

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And here is the answer to what I'll do the next couple of weeks.
Read!
I might clean and tidy the house and do all sorts of cooking and baking in the kitchen. I might even start doing some exercise. But mostly I will read. And these are the ones I'll start with. Lots of fantasy worlds to get lost in :)

And you knitters out there. Take care of your hands and arms!
I found this on knitty and I think it's worth reading.

Top Ten Ways to Avoid Stressing Your Joints
  • Stop being a weekend warrior. Those marathon knitting sessions are bad not only for your hands, but hard on your love life. (Yes, we not only want you to be a healthy knitter, we want you to be a slyly smiling, happy knitter.)
  • Drink lots of water. REALLY. This is always GOOD for you.
  • Take lots of breaks. Get up and stretch. Do some sit-ups to strengthen your lower back! Do some push-ups to build your pecs (YEAH!) and firm your triceps.
  • Find the chair in your house that is both comfortable and gives you the best support and posture profile. POSTURE, posture, posture, please. Shoulder blades back, tummy in.
  • Knit with your arms parallel to your body from the shoulder to the elbow, and perpendicular to your torso. Keep a tight profile. Don't bend your wrists. This is my main offense: I crab my wrists at an angle when I drift off mentally and strangle the old carpal till it screams. Don't do that. Keep your wrists aligned with your forearms.
  • Hold your knitting needles at the same non-angled degree as your forearms. Don't tilt up or down because when you do, you are bending something that doesn't want to be bent, over and over, and it will pay you back plenty if you don't pay attention.
  • When you feel pain or numbness, STOP. I mean it; put it down! REST those babies and look forward to a better day. You may want to ask your doctor about over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like naproxen or ibuprofen.
  • If you feel repeated tingling and numbness, it's time for a trip to the doctor. NOW.
  • You'll like this one! Keep several projects going using different types and gauges of yarns, needles and patterns. Switch off between them to feed your limbs a balanced diet of movements. This way you will exercise different small muscle groups and strengthen your joint flexibility.
  • AND, drum roll, please, the #1 reliever of stressed out paddy-cakes: circular needles. Use them to knit back and forth or in the round. They take the weight and bulk off of your hands/wrists and let your lap do the heavy duty. You will look like you are leading a symphony as you create.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FO :: Elephant Socks

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I've had this pattern in my ravelry queue for years... and have wanted to cast on several times. But either I didn't have the right yarn or something else came on the needles instead.  But now I have a pair. And I am giving them away as a christmas gift. And yes, I will make a pair for my self too, very soon. Because these were so fun and fast to knit :)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Water for the Elephants (free pattern)
Yarn: Senjagarn 75 g blue-purple # 306 and 41 g pink #352
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: a christmas gift
Size: about an european 37-39
Started: October 10, 2014
Completed: October 19, 2014



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

FO :: Settler Shawl

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My Setler Shawl has been finished and off the needles a month, but didn't get blocked until a few days ago.
I really like this shawl. It's long and scarflike and can be wrapped several times around my neck to keep me warm. It's a grey day so the lightening is not perfect. But the colours are most true in the first photo.

Settler Shawl

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Settler Shawl
Yarn: 100 g Serenity Silk Singles #Water Lilies
Needles: 4 mm / US 6
Made for: Me
Started: September 6, 2014
Completed: September 15, 2014



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