Monday, February 29, 2016

FO :: Gyda's Mittens

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I personally think wool mittens are the best and that they will keep you warmer than store bought ones. And as the snow at the moment is the sticky type and the kids mittens looks like this when they play in the snow and I have to dry them like this, a couple of pairs is never enough...  So the last pair off the needles are for my youngest. I've used an adult sized pattern, but knitted them on smaller needles so they will fit him.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Gydas votter
Yarn: 91 g Mor Aase in #1088  and #1012
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Endre
Size: Adult, modified with smaller needles to ca. 12 years



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On The Needles

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Hi.
It's been a while since I posted, but life just happend...
Since last time the sun got back, we've been out shoveling snow before it all turned into ice, the skis has been taken for a ride and this week the kids have their winterbreak so we can sleep in :)
We went for a little skitrip earlier today and the snow is just perfect for skiing.

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But I guess you are here for the knitting not the outdoos stuff. You can see more photos here if you want ;)
So what are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I am still knitting mittens as the kids seem to never have enough... This is a pattern from an norwegian booklet.

Reading: I'm about halfway through Før flommen tas oss (Before the flood takes us). It's a swedish book and I don't think it's translated into english. It's not the kind of book I can't put down, but it's interesting and I hope for a somewhat happy ending.

Sofia got a job at the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka, and her husband Janne and their two young children follow her there. They look forward to living abroad for a few years, but the family's meeting with Bangladesh are not quite as they had imagined. They become overwhelmed by the swarming of people, the endless poverty, corruption and injustice.
Sofia fight against the cumbersome bureaucracy at the embassy and insights that aid money does not reach where they are most needed, while Janne more and more lose their footing. At home he was a socially committed teacher, here he is a rich foreigner who use the cheap labor.

Meanwhile two sisters are runing away from a rural area in Bangladesh. At home in the village yesterday they both had a bleak future: being married off to life in servitude in their husband's house. Neither Nazrin or Mina plan to be captured in a woman's role where they have to put up with everything - even live in fear of being burned to death, as their big sister Mukta was.
They travel to Dhaka and ends up in Sofia and Jannes house. Two cultures meet, a poor and a rich. Can the world change - before the flood takes them?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

FO :: Owl Mittens

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I think I might have a new pair of favourite mittens!!
These mittens were such a fun knit although I had to pay attention to the pattern all the time.
It's not a pattern you can memorize... I added two rows to the rib and started the thumb decrease on row 20 so it would not be too long.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Grey Eyed (free)
Yarn: 68 g Ask and pt2
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

FO :: Socks

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I wanted to knit a pair of colourwork socks and I wanted to use a pattern from one of my newest knit books - Strømper. I ended up with the pattern Stjerne over Island. Now the name of the pattern might not make sence to you non norwegian even if I translate it to english which would be Star over Iceland.  I'll try to ecplain. The pattern on the foot (not the stars) is from a well known sweater pattern here in Norway - Islender or the icelander. And when the designer put stars together with the pattern, well, she called it stars over Iceland ;)
It was a fast and easy knit and I'm sure I'll knit another pair.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Stjerne over Island
Yarn: 98 g Silja and Sisu
Needles: 2,75 mm / US 2
Made for: Me
Size: eu 40



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

On The Needles

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What are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I fell in love with these mittens the first time I saw them on a group on Ravelry a few weeks ago and knew I had to make them. I was ready with graph paper and a pencil to try to make out the pattern by looking at the photos, but luckily a free pattern came not long ago :)

Reading: I finished a book last night, so I picked up Seven Sisters as my next read. I hope this will be a good book as I seem to not like all of Lucinda Riley's books...

Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.

Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.