Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Den Store Strikkedyst


Or the Great Knitting Challenge, is a new tv show from Denmark.
It's a knitting contest and in this first episode the 8 knitters get two challenges.
Knit a baby sock in two hours and something to wear around the neck which says something about your personality (shawl, scarf, cow) in three hours. 4 of them will have to leave and 4 stays for the next challenge. Next week 8 more knitters will have the same challenges, and 4 more will stay and 4 will have to leave.
Looking forward to the next challenges to see what they will have to make.

The judges are Vithard Villumsen and Christel Seyfarth.


Den Store Strikkedyst

photos: tv syd and alt omhåndarbejde

Monday, September 22, 2014

First snow

First snow

We woke up to fresh snow and temperaturs below 0 C this morning.
With snow in June and now snow in September, it feels like a very short summer... But what a warm and sunny summer it has been! And I love fall and I know this snow won't stay - it's already melting away in the sun :)
But for Alaska it was a new and exciting ting to explore :)

It's warm and cosy by the fire

And after a walk and some playing in the snow, it's great to warm up by the fire :)
Alaske loves to sleep near the woodstove. If she could, I'm sure she would have crawled under it ;)

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Last week was a week filled with sickness...
I had a head cold, Endre got a stomack virus, which of course I catched.... And the other two had sore throats. So lots of warm tea and warm wool socks to keep warm.
Hopefuly we have had our dose this fall and will stay away from other bugs.
I was asked if I could knit a Marius onesie for a little boy in the states a little while ago. Of course I could, so I made a trip to my local yarn store and bought yarn and buttons. I'll make it with a round yoke as I have with the others I have made.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On the Needles :: Settler Shawl

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Sorry for the blurry photo... The reason can be found further down ;)

It's another rainy and windy day here in the north.
Perfect for breadbaking, knitting and tea drinking indoors :)

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

Reading: I finished Shadow of Night last night - and I really need to buy the third book soon. Because it's such a great series!!
I needed another genre, so of course I picked out another chunk of a book - The Distane Hours by Kate Morton. I have loved the other books I've read by her, so I hope this too is a good one.
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WWII. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiance jilted her in 1941. 
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.  - Goodreads-

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Knitting: After I finished the Hitchhiker my knitting mojo seemd to come back, and I looked through my ravelry queue and found the Settler Shawl by Truly Myrtle. And I found the perfecy yarn to knit it with in my stash - a skein of Serenity Silk Single from Zen Yarn Garden. A skein I've been saving for the right project for years. I have a few more rows before I'll start the body pattern. Can't waiy to wrap this soft smooshy shawl around my neck!

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And then, a couple of photos from behind the scenes :)
Alaska SO wanted to play with the yarn...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FO :: Hitchhiker

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I'm going to apologize right away for the bad photos...
It's a grey and rainy day outside and the daylight is getting shorter each day now. Which means fall is here.
But as you can see I've made a Hitchhiker. I first used this yarn for a Nurmilintu which I frogged because it become a little small. I know I'll knit Nurmilintu again, just need to find the right yarn.
The yarn is soft and is as shine as it looks and it is quite true to colour on these first two photos.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Hitchhiker
Yarn: 107 g Shine #Eclectic Jam
Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Xmas gift
Size: 33 teeth
Started: September 4, 2014
Completed: September 7, 2014



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Saturday, September 6, 2014

FO's :: Autumn Socks For the Kids

Autumn socks for the kids

Every time my knitting mojo seems to be out wandering, I cast on socks. Because even though I don't feel like looking up pattens and yarn, my hands and my mind needs to calm down with some knitting. And some mindless socks are the perfect project. So therefor the kids have a pair each of new socks ready for autumn.

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Trying to get some ok photos of them without some wiggeling toes, wasn't easy.
And getting them all to cooperate with me an early saturday morning wasn't so easy either...
But you get the idea.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 56 sts, cuff down, short row heel
Yarn: 72 g Super Nova  #Little Periwinkle
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Eirin
Size: Abut an european 35
Started: August 30, 2014
Completed: September 2, 2014

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Rye (free pattern) This is the 6th pair of Rye I've knit, and I still love this pattern so I just know there will be made more. Garter sts over 20 sts.
Yarn: 83 g Reliable Sock #Assynt in a hank
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Erlend
Size: 68 sts, european 42,
Started: August 22, 2014
Completed: August 29, 2014



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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 56 sts, cuff down with a bit of ribbing before I made a slipped sts heel.
Yarn: 61 g Colonial Sock #Mordor. I just had to knit Endre a pair of socks with this yarn. He loves anything Lord of the rings and the Hobbit :) The yarn was a skein from Spunky Eclectic's yarn club years ago and are not listed on Ravelry in 100 g skeins, only in 50 g, so I guess this was just part of the club.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Endre
Size: About an european 33/34
Started: September 2, 2014
Completed: September 4, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

FO :: Menehune

Menehune shawl

My Menehune shawl is blocked and ready to use when it gets colder.
The pattern can be found by watching the first four episodes of the With Mel podcast or here on Ravelry.
I made it a tiny bit bigger as it's more a shawlette than a shawl. But even though I just added a few more garter rows it's still big enough to wrap around my neck as I like it  :)

Menehune shawl

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Menehune
Yarn: 108 g Supersock Select by Cherry Tree Hill Yarn #Foxy Lady
Needles: 4 mm / US 6
Made for: Me
Started: August 15, 2014
Completed: August 26, 2014



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