Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December Light & Frost


The sun turned a few days ago and the days are getting longer each day. Right now we are having some really cold weather with temperatures around -25 C. Yesterday though it was only -15 C so Hubby and I went snowshoeing in the forest. It was so cold and quiet one could almost hear the frost jingle when it drizzled off the trees.  And as you can see it's not completely dark here during the polar nights. There is a pink, orange, purple or blue light here depending on the time of the day :)








Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Blue Marius


It seems like all I want to knit right now is sweaters... But that isn't a bad thing though as we are heading in to sweater weather :) This is my 6th sweater/kofte this year (and I have one more kofte on the needles - more on that in a later post).


I have knitted a Marius sweater earlier this year, but wanted one in wool as the other one was made in cotton. I had not decided which colour to knit it in when I went to my local yarn shop. I knew I wanted to knit it in Tove and that I maybe would pick a shade of grey. But they didn't have enough of any of the grey so I had to go for a blue instead. And I am glad I did, because I really like how it turned out! I decided to not add a third colour for the neckband.


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Marius med rundfelling
Yarn: 364 g Tove blue #6364 and white #1012. The blue yarn is most true to colour here on the photo of the yoke.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5
Size: I made the size small to get a medium/large due to gauge.
Modifications: I made short rows in the back before I started the ribbing for the neckband to get the neck a little higher.


I still want one in grey and white though, with maybe a dark pink as the third colour :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

First Snow & Bøvertun Sweater


The days just fly by and all of a sudden winter came over night.


The snow makes for a beautiful background for my Bøvertun sweater!
The pattern is from Kofteboken and is originally a kofte (cardigan), but I wanted a sweater. And I think this is my favorite sweater so far and it's going to get a lot of use this winter :)


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Bøvertun from Kofteboken
Yarn: Kauni brown pp2 and yellow-orange nn4
Needles: 2,5 mm/ US 1.5 for the ribbing and 3 mm / US 2.5
Size: large
Modifications: I made short rows in the back to get it higher in the neck



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It's winter and time to knit new mittens. My youngest flipped through one of my mitten books and wanted these mittens with owls :)

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Nattugla  / Night Owl mittens
Yarn: Rauma Finullgarn black #410 and white #400
Needles: 2 mm / US 0


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I also managed to finish my Bousta Beanie just in time for the first snow.
Ravelry project page
Pattern: Bousta Beanie (free pattern)
Yarn: Tove
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Radar's Teddy Bear Socks


Sometimes it's great to use ones brain on something else than vanilla socks. So when a mystery kal with Heidi Nick as the designer popped up in the Sock knitters anonymous group on Ravelry I decided to join. Although the pattern is called Radar's teddy bear, there is nothing resembling Radar (form MASH) or a teddy bear, just lots and lots of pretty cables! And they were so fun to knit up that I really don't know why I don't knit more cabled socks.


The front and the back of the leg have different cables and I have even made a new to me heel - the Fleegle heel. You could add beads here and there among the cables, but I'm not a huge fan of beads in my socks.


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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Radar's teddy bear (free pattern)
Yarn: Sisu #5213 lavender
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: large, 72 sts


Monday, October 9, 2017

Dream Stripes Shawl


I think this is one of my favorite knitted projects so far. It's soft and warm, it has beautiful colours, it was so easy to knit and it's one of those pattern I know I will knit again.


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Dream Stripes (free pattern)
Yarn: Drops Delight #06 and Drops Flora #5
Needles: 3,75 mm / US 5
Modifications: Instead of slipping the first stitch at the beginning of each row, I knitted the two first stitches on each row to make a little garter edge. I also wanted a bigger shawl and to use up the delight yarn, so I increased to 345 sts before I started the lace.



The only "issue" with this shawl is that the stripes makes the edge were you change colours to be less stretchy. So on my shawl there is a difference in about 30 cm if I measure from the center stitch. And by looking at the other projects on Ravelry I saw that I wasn't alone ending up with one side being longer. But it doesn't bother me ;)


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Knitting By the Fire


This year Summer came in September!
We have had a whole month of wonderful autumn weather. We have tried to be out in the forest each weekend and there is something special about sitting in the dusk knitting by the fire at night :) And when it starts to get darker it's great that the project is something easy and mindless like the Dream Stripes shawl.


Due to some frost nights almost all the leaves has fallen off the trees, but there is still lots of vibrant colours in the forest.


The last couple of months I have had a pair of thick woolen socks or "læsta" as we call it where I live, in my knitting bag when I have been out in the forest. It's great to have a mindless project stuffed away in my backpack if I feel the desire to knit a few rows here and there. And as you can see it ended up being three pairs, one for me and two for Hubby.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Sweater on the Needles


We had the first real frost night and woke up to frost on everything. So it's just right to have another sweater on the needles as the winter will come sooner than later.
This is the Bøvertun pattern. It's originally a kofte (cardigan), but I wanted a sweater so I just didn't cast on the extra steeking stitches at the front. I have cast on with a provisional cast on so that I can pick up stitches for the neck and knit some short rows to make the back higher before I knit the rib at the top. Right now I'm done with the yoke and are about to separate for sleeves. I'm knitting it in Kauni - a yarn I haven't tried before, but so far I really like it!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Haukeli Sweater, Lingonberries & a Hike to Kvalnes


The forest is full of lingonberries at the momet and I've been picking lots of it. Here in Norway we use ligonberry jam with our meat dinners. A typical norwegian dish is meatcakes with gravy, potatoes, vegetables and lingonbery jam. I guess it's the nodic version of cranberries.


This is the Haukeli sweater and I think it will be my warm and cosy go to sweater this winter :)

It's knitted top down and I'm starting to like to knit sweaters this way. It's great to be able to try it on and I find it easier to shape the waist and find the right length for both sleeves and body.


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Haukeli genser from Kofteboken
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers #9546 Deep Sea and #8011 Aspen. The colours are most true in the photos were I am wearing it.
Needles: 3 mm / US 2.5 for the ribbing, 4 mm / US 6 for the body and the sleeves and 4,5 mm / US 7 for the colour work.
Size: Large
Modifications: I made short rows in the back to get the neckline higher.


We are having a wonderful fall this year. We've had several days with temperatures around 15 C and no frost yet, so the leaves have had the chance to change colours and stay on the trees and it's so pretty! On Saturday we went hiking to Kvalnes an abandoned place after a big rockslide in 1959 were several people died. Some of the old houses is still there and the view is beautiful. We saw a cople of eagles, picked raspberries and watched tiny fishes in the sea. There are more photos here.

Looking for fish
We started walking at the end of the road in the middle of the photo

The only old house standing. The rest are just ruins.

Wild raspberries :)