Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On The Needles :: Fireweeds

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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 am trying to finish all the socks from last week. One pair of glitter socks came off the needles yesterday and I have started on the second green one for my son. But right now I am enjoying the Fireweeds pattern. They are a fast knit when I first decided to knit on them ;) So hopefully they will be off the needles in a few days.

Reading: The Buried Giant was in the new section at the library and caught my eye. I haven't read very far and I'm not sure if it's the translation or if it's just the author's writing style I just not seem to like... I wish the language had more flow.
The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards—some strange and otherworldly—but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight—each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life’s memories.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Glitter Socks

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A while ago I came across a sale on Opal sock yarn with glitter. So of course I had to buy some :)
I have knitted up one of the rainbow skeins already, but never blogged about those socks...
I think these are my favorite so far :) The glitter does not pop out so good on this photo, but you can see it a little bit better on the instagram photo below.

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Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down with a short ow heel
Yarn: 70 g Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt # 9092 Sweet & Spicy
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

In The Garden

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Spring came 2-3 weeks earlier than usual here in the north. The snow has melted fast with the help from the sun and the wind. So the last couple of weekends hubby and I have been fixing the greenhouse; we've painted it, made a floor and benches. And about a week ago I moved almost all my plants out of the living room and into the greenhouse. It's still cold during the nights and we might get a few frost nights, so we have to have an electric oven on. But so far both my tomato and cucumber plants seems to thrive :)

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With all the snow gone so early, we could fix the soil in the vegetable garden by adding some cow compost and adding a few more raised beds. They are made from pallet collars.

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Agurk :: Cucumber

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I'm so lucky that hubby likes to drag home all sorts of things and that he likes to build.
So the other day he made a deck in front of the greenhouse and a bridge over the creek :)
All made from recycled materials! Endre is digging after earthworms to put in the vegetable garden.

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We met a little frog in the forest :)

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Still lots of snow in the mountains, but the bird cherry is full of sprouting leaves.
Can't wait for it to bloom :)

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And my red currant bushes have survived the winter. Hopefully they will carry lots of berries.

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Rosenrot :: Roseroot

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Valmue :: Poppy

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I have no idea what this tiny flower is. Tiny, tiny as the size of a fingernail.
I'm not sure what the next two flowers down below are either. Need to wait until they bloom ;)

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                      Smågullkorg :: Leopard's Bane                                         Ballblom :: Globeflower

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Storhjelm :: Monkshood

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All four rhubarb plants survived the winter :) 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On The Needles :: All The Socks...

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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.

I do like to knit socks and I always have a pair or two on the needles, but I never thought I would get the second sock syndrome...
Well, it looks like it's here. Four and a half socks that needs a mate.
So I have decided that I'm not allowed to cast on a new sock until all of these pairs are done!


At the moment I am reading The Peculiar. I'm about halfway trough and it's starting to get a bit more exciting. It's a children's book, but when it's part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy and part steampunk adventure, I am sold!

Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.