Thursday, February 27, 2014

FO :: Skumle Sokker

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My second pair of colourwork socks this month :)
Love them! And yay, they fit me. I was a bit worried they would be to small for me, but they didn't. I might have to knit another pair as they were so fun to knit :)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Ingrids skumle sokker
Yarn: 53 g Senjagarn blue #306 and 51 g Reliable Sock orange #Muirburn
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Size: european 39/40
Made for: Me :)
Started: February 20, 2014
Completed: February 25, 2014



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Monday, February 24, 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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So, I finsihed Bellman & Black and didn't like it... I had so high hopes for this book as I loved The Thirtheenth Tale by the same author. I'm also reading a few pages now and then in Blacklands, but not much as I have been lost in the world of Vikings and Scots :)

On a Highland Shore (Highland, #1)
I started On a Highland Shore last Tuesday and I've been reading into the late hours each night since. It's so exciting and when I read the last couple of chapters last night, I was kind a sad it was over... Hopefully the next book will be just as good!
On Scotland's western shore, the village of Somerstrath prepares for the joyous wedding celebration of Margaret MacDonald, the laird's daughter. But a dark storm of bloodshed and betrayal is closing in, as a merciless band of Vikings threatens the Highlands.
Margaret is determined to hold the MacDonald clan together and to locate her abducted younger brother. But can she trust the noblemen from King Alexander's court, who insist that only by adhering to a betrothal conceived for political gain will she find safety? Or should she put her trust in an imposing half-Irish, half-Norse warrior?
Gannon MacMagnus alone offers her hope of reuniting her family and vanquishing the barbarous Norsemen who would continue to rob her people of their God-given right to determine their own destinies. In whom should Margaret entrust the fate of the rugged, magnificent land she calls home?

Rivals for the Crown
I just gt to read a few pages in Rivals for the Crown last night, but I think this will be as good as the first book.
1290: The Scottish throne is for the taking after a child queen perishes ... and while bitter foes clamor to seize power, England's Edward I has his own designs on the embattled northern nation. Thrown into the maelstrom of politics, bloodshed, and ambition is Rachel Anjou, exiled to the border town of Berwick after Edward expels all Jews from his kingdom; and her beloved friend Isabel de Burke, immersed in a courtly world of privilege and peril as a lady-in-waiting. In Berwick, dangers abound Rachel, but the tall, dark Highlander Kieran MacDonald presents a risk of a different sort ... while Isabel attracts notice of two men --- an English knight and a Highlander outlaw. And as enmity between the lands reaches its violent peak, each woman must decide where her loyalty, and her destiny, lies ...

I love a good historical fiction. And I am reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I'm thinking about reading Voyager (Outlander #3) after I'm finished with Rivales of the Crown.
I also have the Highlander series in my shelf and are eager to start reading that one too :)
But I'd love to hear if you have a book or a series similar to these on you would recommend!

Friday, February 21, 2014

FO :: Hearts for my Children ♡

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I  these socks!
It's one of those pattern you know you'll knit again.
I was a bit worried that they wouldn't fit do to the colourwork.
But they fit perfectly!

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Mine hjerter from the book Sokker, strikking hele året or you can buy it as a single pattern in english or norwegian here.
Yarn: Sisu 63 g red #4219 and 32 g white #1001
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1½
Size: 72 sts, europes 39/40
Made for: Me
Started: Februaty 6, 2014
Completed: February 19, 2014



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Linking up with FO Friday and Creative Friday

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I'm all into colourwork these days, so I just had to cast on another pair of socks. It's from the same book as the heart socks and I love how they are knitting up. Not sure if they will fit my foot yet, so they might be for Eirin. We'll see :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

On The Needles :: Hearts For My Children

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

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Knitting: My TTL Mystery Socks from last week are done. Read more about them here. I'm so happy about how they turned out :) The Cabernet hat I was working on last week got frogged... I love the lace pattern, but it didn't look good on me... I need a new hat, so I'll look for another pattern where I can use my grey yarn.
Today I am trying to finish my Hearts For My Children socks. Lovely pattern which knits up fast as it's easy to memorize. After they are finish I am going to pick up my Nancy jacket and try to finish it - I really want to wear it!

Reading: You can just see a glimse of the book I am reading - Blacklands by Belinda Bauer. I am just a few pages in, but it looks good so far. This book is staying in the living room among my knitting, so I read a few pages now and then in between knitting during the day. So I have to have another book to read at night before bed and last night I picked up On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens. I love historical fiction and this one seems to be very good!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FO :: TTL Mystery Socks

TTL Mystery Socks

I think this must be the pretiest mystery socks I have ever knitted!
Love the surprise of the striped toe.

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TTL Mystery Socks

Ravelry project page
Pattern: TTL Mystery Socks 2014 by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: 71 g Fabel #200  and 2 g Sisu #6733
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1½
Size: 64 st, european 39/40
Made for: Me
Started: January 21, 2014
Completed: February 15, 2014



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Monday, February 17, 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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Since last time I've finished Beautiful Creatures and I really liked it. I've also finished a book in a norwegian historical fiction series - Blodspill, #4 in Spinnesteinens løfte. After finishing the two books I'm reading I'm not quite sure what I'll pick up next. But I really want to read some historical fiction :)

I loved Diane Setterfield's first book, The Thirteenth Tale, and hoped this one would be just as good. Well, the beginning of it's was good, but then it got a little weird... I'm almost at the end and I have no idea how it's going to end. Hopefully it will have a good twist to lift the story at the end.

Bellman & Black is a heart-thumpingly perfect ghost story, beautifully and irresistibly written, its ratcheting tension exquisitely calibrated line by line. Its hero is William Bellman, who, as a boy of 11, killed a shiny black rook with a catapult, and who grew up to be someone, his neighbours think, who "could go to the good or the bad." And indeed, although William Bellman's life at first seems blessed—he has a happy marriage to a beautiful woman, becomes father to a brood of bright, strong children, and thrives in business—one by one, people around him die. And at each funeral, he is startled to see a strange man in black, smiling at him. At first, the dead are distant relatives, but eventually his own children die, and then his wife, leaving behind only one child, his favourite, Dora. Unhinged by grief, William gets drunk and stumbles to his wife's fresh grave—and who should be there waiting, but the smiling stranger in black. The stranger has a proposition for William—a mysterious business called "Bellman & Black" . . .

I picked Blacklands out of the bookshelf this afternoon and are just a few pages in, so I have no opinion of it yet... But I hope it's good.

Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery.

Only Steven's Nan is not convinced her son is dead. She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it's too late. And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he'll do it.

So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison. And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored serial killer . . .

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On The Needles :: All Grey

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


Yarn along


Knitting: They are both grey and I'm trying to finish them both this week. The Cabernet hat is for the Me kal and it ends on the 15th... So just a few more days to knit on to finish it.
The TTL Mystery socks (which I love) has a deadline in March (I think) to put a pair of finished socks in the price draw.

Reading: I started Bellman & Black last night and had a hard time putting it down and go to sleep. I loved Diana Setterfiels'd first book - The Thirteenth Tale and I hope this one will be just as good!

FO :: OL lue


OL Hat - my version of the norwegian olympic hat

After seeing so many versions of the norwegian olympic hats, I just had to make on too ;)
I just had enough blue in my stash for one hat...

Ravelry project page
Pattern: OL lue 
Yarn: Babyull
Hook: 4,5 mm
Size: Child, about 52 cm head circumference
Stated and completed: February 11, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FO :: Everyone's Cowl

Everyone's Cowl

Eirin's cowl is done and has been for some days. Just haven't had the time to post due to the stomach flu Endre got on friday and which I hoped would skip the rest of us, well it didn't :(

The cowl was meant to be a hat, but as it turned out too big I just kept on knitting and binded off when it was long enough for a cowl ;)
It's my contribution in the Valentine's kal ♡

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Everyone's Cowl
Yarn: Some unknown non wool. I ripped a store bought sweater years ago
Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4
Size: S
Started: January 14, 2014
Completed: February 7, 2014



The colours are shown the best in the photo below.
It's a dark pink mixed with red and pink.

Everyone's Cowl

Sunday, February 9, 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 rather slow weekend here...
Friday was spent grocery shopping as usual in the morning.
I had hoped to catch a sale at one of the local yarn shops,
but I got a phonecall from Endre's teacher when we was on the way to
the shop that he wasn't feeling well.
He'd catched some kind of stomach flu, so we had to pick him up...
Fortunally (so far) he has been the only one sick.
So Saturday was spent indoors with laundry, bread baking, knitting and caring for the sick one.
In Norway we celebrate mother's day the first Sunday in February.
So we had some cake at my mom's place.
On the way home we saw the most stunning sunset.

Friday, February 7, 2014

FO :: Captain Hastings

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When I browsed through Ravelry last month I found the Captain Hastings kal/ral. Knit a pair of socks and read a Poirot novel - perfect combination. The book, The Big Four was good, but I guess it would been better to watch the film... The socks were fun to knit although I had some problem getting the pattern to match. But they came out great and Hubby got himself a new pair of socks :)

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Captain Hastings
Yarn: 84 g Sisu #3031
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1½
Size: Medium, 63 st, european 41
Started: January 19, 2014
Completed: February 4, 2014



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Linking up with FO Friday and Creative Friday

Thursday, February 6, 2014

FO :: Minion Hat

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We love the Despicable me films and the minions :)
I made two minions last summer and when I saw Repeat Crafter Me's hat pattern, I knew I had to make one ;)
I tried to crochet it after the pattern with yarn held double and a 5 mm / H hook. But I didn't like it. It just got too thick and lumpy. So I found Bea's Monster hat pattern and used that instead. Perfect fit!

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Crochet Minion Hat (free pattern here) for the details and Monster hat (free patten here) for the hat itself
Yarn: Mor Aase Superwash
Hook: 3,5 mm / E
Size: Adult, but fits Endre
Started: February 1, 2014
Completed: February 4, 2014



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