Thursday, September 28, 2017

Knitting By the Fire

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Haukeli Sweater, Lingonberries & a Hike to Kvalnes

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Looking for fish
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We started walking at the end of the road in the middle of the photo
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The only old house standing. The rest are just ruins.
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Wild raspberries :)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Colour Your World Socks

Colour your world socks

Earlier this year I won he pattern for these socks in a giveaway on the Arctic knitting podcast. And when Skeindeer, who is the designer, decided to have knit along them I had to cast on a pair. I m not super happy about my colour choices, but I'm trying to knit up my stash and this was what I found.

Colour your world socks

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Colour your world 
Yarn: Fabel in grey #200, Ida Strømpegarn in white #302 and Arwetta in pink #188
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

Colour your world socks

And as you can see, autumn is here, although we are having some late summer warmth this week. Today we reached 18 C and it felt so good to be outside!