Wednesday, January 29, 2014

on the needles :: Nancy, Captain Hastings and a mystery

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

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I have a few projects on the needles. And I really want to knit them all at the same time...
I casted on "Nancy" a few days ago. With so much stockinette it's perfect knitting while watching tv. It will get some rows tonight when I'll watch The Originals.
In the back you can see on of the Captain Hastings socks. The second one is on the nedles, so hubby will have a new pair soon :)

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I'm also making the TTL Mystery Socks and the 3rd clue came today, so I am ready to knit the heels :) Love the grey and turquoise together!

Friday, January 24, 2014

FO :: Cabernet Infinity Cowl

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My Cabernet Infinity Cowl is done.
Love how it turned out and it is warm and cosy and much needed now as we are having a cold period again,  -25 C today. I am starting to get a little cabin fever...

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Cabernet Infinity Scarf - fingering
Yarn: 162 g Silja, gray #305
Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4
Size: Large - 252 sts
Started: January 8, 2014
Completed: January 18, 2014



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Monday, January 20, 2014

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.


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I just finished Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning. It was not quite what I had expected, but I hope it will get more exciting throughout the series. Darkfever is also by first completed book for January in the Birthstones color reading challenge.

So, what am I reading now..?
Well, I'm enjoying two detective books ;)


I'm reading The Big Four (hercule Poirot #5) by Agatha Christie as a part of a read along. I love watching Poirot, but have never read any of the books... This one is a bit slow, but I'll see if I can find it and watch the film when I'm done reading :)
An American millionaire suspects fraud. A brilliant scientist disappears in Paris. A famous collector of jade is poisoned in London. Who is behind these sinister events? Hercule Poirot faces his most fearsome challenge as he matches wits with four of the world's most cunning villains. Aligned against him are the forces of a global empire with limitless wealth and power. Ahead of him lies a trail of death and terror. And always with him is the knowledge that his first false step will be his last...

 The second one is The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency (The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1) by Alexander McCall Smith. I really like this and read about halfway through it in one sitting :)
I might have to see the movie too someday, but I'm afraid it won't be as good as the book...
Precious Ramotswe in Botswana sits in the shade and ponders the wisdom of her cattle farmer father, observes her neighbors, and cares for employers and subjects with humor. A clinic doctor has two different personalities depending on the day of the week. A Christian sect member vanishes. A witch doctor may have the bones of a kidnapped boy in his magic kit.

Weekending

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

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Tulips
Sherlock
A cold, but refreshing walk in -24 C
Warm tea
Knitting
Dr. Who
Taco's
Cakes
Birthday presents - and lucky me, there was some with yarn :)
Some more knitting
Reading

How was your weekend?

Friday, January 17, 2014

{this moment}

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...Joining Amanda for {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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On the needles :: Cabernet Infinity Scarf

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Or the Cabernet Cowl as I like to call it. I found it when I joined the Me kal over at Ravelry.
And I love it!! I want to have a set, so I'll cast on the Cabernet Hat when the cowl is done.

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

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Endre has the day off on Wednesday and the temperature suddenly went up to just -8 C this morning. So we packed our lunch and went snowshoeing :)
The light now is stunning and the sun shined on the peeks today.


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FO :: Stripy Socks

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Socks for my sister ♡

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 st, 2x2 rib and a short row heel
Yarn: 60 g # 568 Mini Raggen by Viking of Norway
Needles: 2,5 mm /US 1 ½
Size: 64 st, ca. eu size 38
Started: December 31, 2013
Completed: January 13, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Weekending

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

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It's been a cold weekend with - 25 C.
Too cold to be outside.
Only Hubby has been out fetching firewood.
So we've been indoors
feeding the wood stove,
burning candles,
watching more Dr. Who episodes,
knitting,
eating hot, strong chicken curry,
starting a new book,
drinking lots of warm cups of tea,
wearing two pairs of wool socks
and hoping the week will bring a little warmer weather.

How was your weekend?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

FO :: Winterland Mittens

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Mom's mittens are off the needles :)
It took a while with so small needles...  Think I'll have to make myself a pair too, but I'll go up a needle size to get them a little bit bigger

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Winterland/Vinterland by Wenche Roald
Yarn: Senjagarn from Gjestal, 42 g black and 38 g white
Needles: 2 mm / US 0
Size: Womens small/medium
Started: December 26, 2013
Completed: January 9, 2014



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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Weekending

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

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- Finally Sherlock is back, so Friday was spent knitting and sipping a glass of wine while watching the first episode of the season
- All christmas decoration are back in their boxes, just a single poinsettia is left of the red
- There's been snowshoeing, sledding, snowfort building and warming by the fire (more photos here)
- I've bought yarn for a new project
- Pink skyscapes which means the sun will return soon
- Homemade pizza and Dr. Who with hubby and the kids on Saturday night
- I tried to finish the second mitten in time for my mom's birthday today, but didn't make it... So she'll get them next time I see her

Friday, January 3, 2014

{this moment}

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...Joining Amanda for {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.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Moments :: Glancing Back, Looking Ahead

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. 
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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:: Happiness ::

Happiness can be so much, like a new book, a bit of sunshine, having a tv-series marathon with hubby, a glass of wine or a new skein of yarn.  But knowing that I have a healhy and happy family and a husband that provides for us, makes me most happy. 
I'm so glad we have the nature at our doorstep. We can walk in the woods, visit the lake, go skiing and sledding in our backyard. I love the shifting of seasons and welcome them all. The sun returning and leaving, the surprise of an early summer, hiking to mountaintops with the kids and watch their joy of achievement and not to forget those small trips in the woods.
I'm happy that I was chosen to knit for Tove Fevangs book, and to meet her in person.

:: Sadness ::

Fortunately there haven't been much sadness. But my grandmother passed away in July. I'm grateful for all the years we've had with my her and that we went to see her a couple of times the last week before she past away- 90 years old.

:: Creating ::

There's been a lot of knitting as usual. I haven't made any epic items, just things we need to keep warm and some gifts. But we made some ice lanterns back in February. Hopefully we will have some cold weather so we can make some this winter too.

:: Reading ::

I read a lot. In bed at night, while cooking dinner, snuggled up in the sofa instead of watching tv and I even have a book in the restroom I can read in (and I'm sure I'm not the only one..). Some of my favorites this past year have been the 2 first books in the Flavia de Luce series, Timeless, The Name of the Wind, Dragonfly in Amber and A Storm of Swords.

:: Learning ::

Besides from finally daring to steek, I've learned that things aren't so hard or scary as it seems. 

:: Hoping ::

That I will overcome some of my fears, like driving on winter roads ;)
To loose some weight by eating healthier and exercise more.
That the kids stay healthy and that they creates some good memories the coming year.

:: Looking forward to ::

New projects to cast on and new mountains to climb.

On the needles :: Winterland

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

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Knitting: I meant to knit the Winterland mittens for my mom for christms, but I didn't manage to finish them in time. Instead she is getting them on her birthday that is coming soon.
I'm also knitting on a pair of stripy socks for my sister. The pattern is just a 2x2 rib.

Reading: I've wanted to read In the Land of the Long White Cloud just because the cover was so pretty. But the story is good and I try to just read a few chapter each night to make it last longer ;)
Do you pick a book just because of it's cover??
Hardworking London governess Helen Davenport longs for a family of her own but knows the prospect of finding a suitable husband grows dimmer each year. Then she spots an advertisement seeking wives for the churchgoing bachelors of colonial New Zealand and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer. Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, society life bores Gwyneira Silkham, beautiful, daring daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder. She finds an unexpected escape when her father loses a blackjack hand to a mysterious New Zealand baron and Gwyn's hand in marriage goes to the baron's son. The women cross paths on the ship to Christchurch Helen traveling steerage, Gwyn first class and form an unlikely friendship, one they'll rely on when the husbands awaiting them turn out very different than they'd imagined. This nineteenth-century saga of two unforgettable young women navigating a new world and finding friendship, romance, and adventure at every turn is as lush and sweeping as the hills of New Zealand themselves.


mittens for mom


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