Sunday, January 29, 2017

Snowshoeing & Twist Bread

It's been raining here for days now... But we decided to pack our backpacks and head out in the forest snowshoeing today despite the rain. And I had some great hours with my boys :)

En video publisert av Hege (@hege_79)

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Twist Bread

5oo ml flour
0.5 teaspoon baking powder
0.5 packet of dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
5 tablespoon oil
200 ml water

Mix it all and let it rise about 30-45 minutes before use.
Twist it around a stick or a fried sausage. It tastes good with sugar and cinnamon too :)

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En video publisert av Hege (@hege_79)


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I finished these for my daughter on Friday. A thick pair of sock/slippers.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Moon Socks (free pattern)
Modifications: I decided to knit them with a heel and foot as a normal socks.
Yarn: 200 g Happy #52103 and #52102
Needles: 6 mm / US 10
Size: ca. eu 38

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Yarn Along

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What are you knitting and reading this week? I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along.

Knitting: Both sleeves on my Setesdalkofte is almost done and I'm just waiting for a longer circular needle to come in the mail so I can put all the parts together and start the yoke :)

Reading: I really enjoy books that has a story about books or a library. The People of the Book has been on my shelf a few years now after I found it at a sale in my local bookstore, just waiting to be read. It's inspired by a true story and it's great!

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love. -from Goodreads-

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

FO :: North Pole Mittens

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A ball of blue gradient Nordlys yarn was perfect for this pair of North Pole mittens with polar bears :)

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The snowflakes are made of purl stitches - a little neat detail.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Nordpolen votter from Den store Votteboka
Yarn: Nordlys #927 and Nagano #300
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

Thursday, January 19, 2017

FO :: Flørtende Føtter

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We are having a snow storm today so the light is not the best for photos when my camera doesn't like pink and red... But the colours are almost true in this first photo of my feet in the windowsill ;)

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The pattern is only available in norwegian (at the moment) and is perfect for leftovers. Flørtende føtter means flirty feet ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Flørtende føtter from Sokker, strikking hele året
Yarn: 98 g various leftovers of Senjagarn, Fabel and Ida
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yarn Along

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What are you knitting and reading this week? I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along.

Knitting: I'm still knitting on my Setesdalkofte and the body is almost done and waiting for the sleeves so I can start the yoke. I haven't knitted as much on it as I had planned because I got hooked on a pair of sock... Which is done and will be blogged soon. This morning I casted on a new project - a pair of North pole mittens with polar bears.

Reading: Another library lend picked up just because of the beautiful cover. Do you do that? Read a book just because you think the cover is pretty? I'm sure I'm not alone ;) I'm not always lucky with the content of the book, but this time both the cover and the story is good.
Burial Rites is a true story set in northern Iceland, 1829,.

Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes' spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul. As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes' ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn't she? -from Goodreads-

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

FO :: Blue Vanilla Socks

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My youngest has had a weekend filled with fever and a sore throat, so a new pair of warm wool socks was just the thing to put on this morning. He's feeling better now and I'm crossing my fingers that the rest of us doesn't catch it.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 56 sts, cuff down with a slipped stitch heel.
Yarn: 72 g Senjagarn #347
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: eu 37. He'll soon have the same size as me, so no more quick sock knitting for the kids…

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

FO :: Cozy Morning Mitts

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I managed to take some usable photos of some finished projects today. The daylight is slowly coming back and the sun will come above the horizon in about a week :)

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I've had this pattern in my queue since it came out in 2013 and have been meaning to knit it each winter since... But it never happened until now. It's an easy pattern to knit and the fit is perfect.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Cozy Morning Mitts by Gretchen Ronnevik
Yarn: Sisu in red #4228 and Senjagarn in grey #305
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

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Love the heart detail on the thumb!

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I took the advantage of the light to take photos of some other mitts and mittens that I've knitted lately. They are a pair of Nalu mitts, a pair of felted Burning Love mittens and a felted pair of  Fluesopp mittens.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yarn Along

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What are you knitting and reading this week? I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along.

Knitting: Kofter (a jacket with traditional norwegian stranded knitting) is the thing to knit in Norway and has been for a long time. And with several new knit books with kofter and patterns getting a modern update the last couple of years, the kofte knitting is bigger than ever!
I have so many I want to knit... I have even found an old pattern named "Hege", so of course I need to knit it some day ;) But right now I have the Setesdalskofte on my needles. I am having a little gauge trouble... so after a bit of ripping I found out I had to go down in the size to get it to fit me. It's the first time i am knitting with Tove yarn and it's a little bit on the scratchy side, but I think it will soften after a wash.

Reading: I've wanted to read this thriller since it came out years ago, but there has always been another book to read or it has been lent out at the library. But last time we went to the library The Boy in the Suitcase was in the shelf and I knew it was time to read it. I've read about 1/3 and so far it's good. It keeps me turning the pages with it's short and action filled chapters.

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down. -from Goodreads-

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Garderobe Makealong

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Frk. Garn, a danish knitter started a wardrobe makealong this year. The point is to knit and/or sew your own clothes. I am not the best friend with my sewig machine, but who knows, this might be the year we become friends ;) The only accessories that is allowed to make is socks. So my plan to knit more shawls and hats will not count, at least not for prizes which will be dawn each month.

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The first project is a Setesdalkofte. I'm knitting it in Tove and are struggling a little bit with the gauge...

A few years ago Truly Myrtle made her own handmade wardrobe and I loved her post about her beautiful knitted and sewed garments. So take a look and be inspired!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Yarn Along

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What are you knitting and reading this week? I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along.

We are in the third day of cold weather here, the second with -25 C, so I'm feeding the woodstove and are drinking tea today.

Knitting: In one of the Norwegian groups on Ravelry we are trying to knit up our stash. And one way of doing it is by picking out about 600 g of yarn and try to knit it up by the end of April. Here's a photo of the yarn I found in my stash. and one of the balls of yarn I found was a ball of Freedom Spirit I have had in my stash for years. I think I got it in a swap and have never known what to knit out of it as it's just 50 g. But after some browsing on Ravelry I decided to cast on a pair of Nalu mitts. And they are turning out great :)

Reading: Last night I finished The Ice Twins. And what a heartbreaking story it was! So if you haven't read it you must. Tonight I'm starting The Husband's Secret.

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Even though it's freezing cold outside, it's so beautiful and the sky makes promises of a returning sun.
It was cold, but still refreshing when I went for a walk yesterday. All bundled up in wool ;) But despite wearing a woolly tights, my butt and thighs were SO cold when I got home. I might have to knit a pair of Majas Mamelucker to keep warm ;)

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 The Year of Socks and Mittens

I browsed through my Ravelry page and had to admit that I mostly have knitted socks and mittens last year... Most of them can be found in the collages below. I only knitted 1 hat, 1 cowl, 2 shawls and finished the buttonbands on a jacket besides socks and mittens...
SO, this year I really need to start knitting other things. And I have made a bundle on Ravelry of what I want to knit this year, so we'll see :)
Setesdalskofte and Rygja is on my list as I need to knit myself some new cardigans. Ryðrauð is also a cardigan I'd love to knit or maybe as a sweater like this one. Hearts on a String and Waiting for Rain is two shawls I hope to knit. Of course there is some socks and mittens on my list as well. I can't not have a pair of socks on the needles! But I'll try to knit up most of my leftover sock yarn at the beginning of this year, so because both mine and Hubby's sock drawers are full, the kids will get some new socks first. I think...

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Mittens 2016

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Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 in Books

My goal was to read 80 books this year and I managed that and a couple more :)
82 books and 28996 pages.
You can find more info about the books in My year in books 2016

My favorites
En fisk til Luna
Kistemakeren
Belgravia
Iron House
The Napolitan Novels 2 And 3
Drums of Autumn
The Storm Sister
Evna
The Apple Tart of Hope
The Architect's Apprentice

Countries visited for my Around the World in books project.
- Ethiopia in Tobbia
- Italy in The Napolitan Novels
- Turkey in The Architect's Apprentice
- Peru in Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
- Germany in Instituttet for de siste ønsker



Pøbler i pels og pyjamas
Evna
Last Wolf Watching
Det frosten tok
Doppler
Frikjent
Brødrene Vega
Personal Demons
De syv søstre
Fjorten av samme sorten
Et liv ute  to unge mennesker  et helt år ute i det fri
Om hundre år er allting gjemt
Stjerner over, mørke under
Elizabeth Is Missing
The Babylon Rite
The Genesis Secret
Dyrk selv hagetips og oppskrifter
Sjarmen med tarmen
Vinterfolket
Irma Dahl