Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Knitting again

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Sorry about the terrible flash photo... The sun is getting low and it gets darker and darker earlier and earlier each day now.
I made it almost to a week without any knitting! It's been hard... But my arms and elbows are starting to feel better, so I decided to try some knitting today. I'm taking it easy and are trying to knit slower than I usualy do... So hopefully the pain will stay away.

What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Nicole

Knitting: I casted on a pair of Marius socks as I still are going to try to make a few more christmas gifts. The colours are a bit darker in real life.

Reading: After a few rows of knitting I read a chapter in A Feast for Crows. Love this series!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Knitters Elbow

You all know I love to knit and hardly a day goes by without some.
And I have never had any big pain problems before, just a little pain in the wrist once when I knitted to much, so afraid it could be carpal tunnel syndrome, but it went away and I haven't felt any pain in my wrist since. But now it seems like I have gotten a knitters elbow, or a tennis elbow as it may be called... It's mostly my left elbow that hurts really bad when I knit and it falls asleep sometimes too. I've been searching the net and the best I can do is not knit for a while and let my arms rest.
By that I mean a couple of weeks. I know. How am I going to survive without kitting that long...??
Maybe the house will get all shiny and tidy. Maybe I'll do some exercise. Maybe I'll become the queen of the kitchen and use all my cookbooks. I don't know. What I do know is that I definitely won't be making all those christmas gifts I had planned. My arms are not worth it. Fortunately I have already knitted some gifts for the ones that I find knitworthy :)

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Before I decided to put down my needles, I just had to finish these fingerless gloves for Erlend. He has been asking me to knit him a pair for a while know, so I knew I had to finish them.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: It's based on Kerlingarfjöll, but I've made a 2x2 rib and added more rows before and after the thumb.
Yarn: 40 g Babygarn
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Erlend
Size: medium - 60 sts
Started: October 18, 2014
Completed: October 22, 2014

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And here is the answer to what I'll do the next couple of weeks.
Read!
I might clean and tidy the house and do all sorts of cooking and baking in the kitchen. I might even start doing some exercise. But mostly I will read. And these are the ones I'll start with. Lots of fantasy worlds to get lost in :)

And you knitters out there. Take care of your hands and arms!
I found this on knitty and I think it's worth reading.

Top Ten Ways to Avoid Stressing Your Joints
  • Stop being a weekend warrior. Those marathon knitting sessions are bad not only for your hands, but hard on your love life. (Yes, we not only want you to be a healthy knitter, we want you to be a slyly smiling, happy knitter.)
  • Drink lots of water. REALLY. This is always GOOD for you.
  • Take lots of breaks. Get up and stretch. Do some sit-ups to strengthen your lower back! Do some push-ups to build your pecs (YEAH!) and firm your triceps.
  • Find the chair in your house that is both comfortable and gives you the best support and posture profile. POSTURE, posture, posture, please. Shoulder blades back, tummy in.
  • Knit with your arms parallel to your body from the shoulder to the elbow, and perpendicular to your torso. Keep a tight profile. Don't bend your wrists. This is my main offense: I crab my wrists at an angle when I drift off mentally and strangle the old carpal till it screams. Don't do that. Keep your wrists aligned with your forearms.
  • Hold your knitting needles at the same non-angled degree as your forearms. Don't tilt up or down because when you do, you are bending something that doesn't want to be bent, over and over, and it will pay you back plenty if you don't pay attention.
  • When you feel pain or numbness, STOP. I mean it; put it down! REST those babies and look forward to a better day. You may want to ask your doctor about over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like naproxen or ibuprofen.
  • If you feel repeated tingling and numbness, it's time for a trip to the doctor. NOW.
  • You'll like this one! Keep several projects going using different types and gauges of yarns, needles and patterns. Switch off between them to feed your limbs a balanced diet of movements. This way you will exercise different small muscle groups and strengthen your joint flexibility.
  • AND, drum roll, please, the #1 reliever of stressed out paddy-cakes: circular needles. Use them to knit back and forth or in the round. They take the weight and bulk off of your hands/wrists and let your lap do the heavy duty. You will look like you are leading a symphony as you create.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FO :: Elephant Socks

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I've had this pattern in my ravelry queue for years... and have wanted to cast on several times. But either I didn't have the right yarn or something else came on the needles instead.  But now I have a pair. And I am giving them away as a christmas gift. And yes, I will make a pair for my self too, very soon. Because these were so fun and fast to knit :)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Water for the Elephants (free pattern)
Yarn: Senjagarn 75 g blue-purple # 306 and 41 g pink #352
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: a christmas gift
Size: about an european 37-39
Started: October 10, 2014
Completed: October 19, 2014



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

FO :: Settler Shawl

Settler Shawl

My Setler Shawl has been finished and off the needles a month, but didn't get blocked until a few days ago.
I really like this shawl. It's long and scarflike and can be wrapped several times around my neck to keep me warm. It's a grey day so the lightening is not perfect. But the colours are most true in the first photo.

Settler Shawl

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Settler Shawl
Yarn: 100 g Serenity Silk Singles #Water Lilies
Needles: 4 mm / US 6
Made for: Me
Started: September 6, 2014
Completed: September 15, 2014



Settler Shawl

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On The Needles :: Elephant Socks

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What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Nicole

Knitting: I love colourwork knitting and felt the urge to knit some. This pattern has been in my queue forever, but I've never found the time to cast them on... But they are so fun to knit and the rows just seem to fly away, so they will be done and off the needles in no time. Not sure if I'll keep them or if they will be a christmas gift yet...

Reading: I really like historical fiction. And here in Norway pocket series in that genre is big business. You can walk into a grocery store and there will be over 20 or more different series to choose from on the shelf. They usually come out with a new book in the series each month or so. Bente Pedersen is one of my favourite authors in this genre, and she has a new series out now called Trollkvinne, or Which in english. It's from Finnmark (our most northern county) in the year 1661 and the witch trials has come to these parts of Norway. The first book - Magdalena is good, but I hope it will get better. The second book came in the mail today and will be read soon.
But first I'll have to read this




Råta - the sequel to Odinsbarn in The Ravneringene series by Siri Pettersen. It is a amazing fantasy series!! And I hope it will br translated to english (or other languages) so the rest of you fantasy lovers can read it!

Monday, October 13, 2014

FO :: Minecraft mittens & hat

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The kids and especially Endre loves minecraft. To build worlds and survive the creepers ;)
I have tried, but I just don't understand the facination....
Endre became really excited (even though it doesn't show in the picture - not fun to be a model when you are tird after a day at school...) when he saw that the hat and mittens was finished.

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The green colour is a bit more lime in real life.
And I have another hat on the needles which is going to be a christmas gift.

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Pattern: I just found a hat and a mitten pattern and added the creepers ;) The hat has 96 sts for ribbing and 99 sts for the body of hat. Search minecraft on ravelry and you can find lots of free charts :)
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash #1088 dark grey and Smart #8615 lime green
Needles: 3mm / US 2,5 and 4 mm / US 6
Made for: Endre
Size: To fit him
Started: October 7, 2014
Completed: October 13, 2014

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Macro Monday

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My favourite season is finally here!


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Friday, October 10, 2014

{this moment}

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Joining Amanda for{this moment}
A Friday ritual.
A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.
A simple, special, extraordinary moment.
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

FO :: Candy Vanilla Socks

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I'm still knitting up my socks yarn stash. And luckily for Eirin I found another skein of merino/nylon blend. So far it's the only yarn she will wear next to her skin... The colours are a bit more bright in real life - like candy ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 56 sts, cuff down, short row heel
Yarn: 61 g Panda Sock #Fruity drinks by the pool by Spunkey Eclectic
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Eirin
Size: European 35/36
Started: September 27, 2014
Completed:  October 2, 2014

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Linking up with  Creative Friday :: Fiber Arts Friday

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FO :: Marius Onesie

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I could knit a Marius onesie to a little boy in the US. Of course I could and now it's on it's way to keep him warm and cosy this winter :)
I've made it with a round yoke instead of set in sleeves.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Marius hel dress + Marius jakke med rund sal for the yoke
Yarn: Sisu
Needles: 3mm /US 2.5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Size: 12-18 months
Started: September 20, 2014
Completed: October 5, 2014



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Den Store Strikkedyst


Or the Great Knitting Challenge, is a new tv show from Denmark.
It's a knitting contest and in this first episode the 8 knitters get two challenges.
Knit a baby sock in two hours and something to wear around the neck which says something about your personality (shawl, scarf, cow) in three hours. 4 of them will have to leave and 4 stays for the next challenge. Next week 8 more knitters will have the same challenges, and 4 more will stay and 4 will have to leave.
Looking forward to the next challenges to see what they will have to make.

The judges are Vithard Villumsen and Christel Seyfarth.


Den Store Strikkedyst

photos: tv syd and alt omhåndarbejde

Monday, September 22, 2014

First snow

First snow

We woke up to fresh snow and temperaturs below 0 C this morning.
With snow in June and now snow in September, it feels like a very short summer... But what a warm and sunny summer it has been! And I love fall and I know this snow won't stay - it's already melting away in the sun :)
But for Alaska it was a new and exciting ting to explore :)

It's warm and cosy by the fire

And after a walk and some playing in the snow, it's great to warm up by the fire :)
Alaske loves to sleep near the woodstove. If she could, I'm sure she would have crawled under it ;)

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Last week was a week filled with sickness...
I had a head cold, Endre got a stomack virus, which of course I catched.... And the other two had sore throats. So lots of warm tea and warm wool socks to keep warm.
Hopefuly we have had our dose this fall and will stay away from other bugs.
I was asked if I could knit a Marius onesie for a little boy in the states a little while ago. Of course I could, so I made a trip to my local yarn store and bought yarn and buttons. I'll make it with a round yoke as I have with the others I have made.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On the Needles :: Settler Shawl

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Sorry for the blurry photo... The reason can be found further down ;)

It's another rainy and windy day here in the north.
Perfect for breadbaking, knitting and tea drinking indoors :)

What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Nicole

Reading: I finished Shadow of Night last night - and I really need to buy the third book soon. Because it's such a great series!!
I needed another genre, so of course I picked out another chunk of a book - The Distane Hours by Kate Morton. I have loved the other books I've read by her, so I hope this too is a good one.
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WWII. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiance jilted her in 1941. 
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.  - Goodreads-

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Knitting: After I finished the Hitchhiker my knitting mojo seemd to come back, and I looked through my ravelry queue and found the Settler Shawl by Truly Myrtle. And I found the perfecy yarn to knit it with in my stash - a skein of Serenity Silk Single from Zen Yarn Garden. A skein I've been saving for the right project for years. I have a few more rows before I'll start the body pattern. Can't waiy to wrap this soft smooshy shawl around my neck!

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And then, a couple of photos from behind the scenes :)
Alaska SO wanted to play with the yarn...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FO :: Hitchhiker

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I'm going to apologize right away for the bad photos...
It's a grey and rainy day outside and the daylight is getting shorter each day now. Which means fall is here.
But as you can see I've made a Hitchhiker. I first used this yarn for a Nurmilintu which I frogged because it become a little small. I know I'll knit Nurmilintu again, just need to find the right yarn.
The yarn is soft and is as shine as it looks and it is quite true to colour on these first two photos.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Hitchhiker
Yarn: 107 g Shine #Eclectic Jam
Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Xmas gift
Size: 33 teeth
Started: September 4, 2014
Completed: September 7, 2014



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Saturday, September 6, 2014

FO's :: Autumn Socks For the Kids

Autumn socks for the kids

Every time my knitting mojo seems to be out wandering, I cast on socks. Because even though I don't feel like looking up pattens and yarn, my hands and my mind needs to calm down with some knitting. And some mindless socks are the perfect project. So therefor the kids have a pair each of new socks ready for autumn.

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Trying to get some ok photos of them without some wiggeling toes, wasn't easy.
And getting them all to cooperate with me an early saturday morning wasn't so easy either...
But you get the idea.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 56 sts, cuff down, short row heel
Yarn: 72 g Super Nova  #Little Periwinkle
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Eirin
Size: Abut an european 35
Started: August 30, 2014
Completed: September 2, 2014

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Rye (free pattern) This is the 6th pair of Rye I've knit, and I still love this pattern so I just know there will be made more. Garter sts over 20 sts.
Yarn: 83 g Reliable Sock #Assynt in a hank
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Erlend
Size: 68 sts, european 42,
Started: August 22, 2014
Completed: August 29, 2014



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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 56 sts, cuff down with a bit of ribbing before I made a slipped sts heel.
Yarn: 61 g Colonial Sock #Mordor. I just had to knit Endre a pair of socks with this yarn. He loves anything Lord of the rings and the Hobbit :) The yarn was a skein from Spunky Eclectic's yarn club years ago and are not listed on Ravelry in 100 g skeins, only in 50 g, so I guess this was just part of the club.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Endre
Size: About an european 33/34
Started: September 2, 2014
Completed: September 4, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

FO :: Menehune

Menehune shawl

My Menehune shawl is blocked and ready to use when it gets colder.
The pattern can be found by watching the first four episodes of the With Mel podcast or here on Ravelry.
I made it a tiny bit bigger as it's more a shawlette than a shawl. But even though I just added a few more garter rows it's still big enough to wrap around my neck as I like it  :)

Menehune shawl

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Menehune
Yarn: 108 g Supersock Select by Cherry Tree Hill Yarn #Foxy Lady
Needles: 4 mm / US 6
Made for: Me
Started: August 15, 2014
Completed: August 26, 2014



Menehune shawl