Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On The Needles :: Rye... again

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After several days of warm sunny weather with temperatures up to 17 C, we woke up to low clouds all the way down the mountain sides and colder temperatures. So a fire was needed to keep us warm and cosy this morning.

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

Knitting: As you know, I'm trying to knit up my sockyarn stash and for some reason I seem to cast on a lot of Rye socks ;) This is my 6th pair, but really, I love this simple yet decorative pattern.
The Menehune shawl is off the needles and just need to be blocked. And I frogged the Nurmilintu shawl.

Reading: I started a new book last night - The Sign by Raymond Khoury. I love this mystery thriller genre, so I hope this is a good one.
I still have a few chapters left of Shadow of Night, which I love, so I am trying to make it last as long as I can ;)

In Antarctica, a scientific expedition drops anchor for a live news feed. As the CNN journalist begins her report, a massive, shimmering sphere of light suddenly appears in the sky, enveloping the ship in luminous white light before disappearing as mysteriously as it arrived. The entire event witnessed by an incredulous world audience.

Meanwhile in a dusty bar in Egypt, a dozen men are lazily discussing the state of the world when the brilliant, glowing symbol on the television stops them cold. One man breaks out in a sweat, crosses himself repeatedly, and rushes out of the bar muttering the same phrase over and over again: It can't be.

Across the Internet and around the globe, a stunning controversy threatens to consume the world: Has God finally decided to reveal himself? Or is something more sinister at hand? -
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

FO :: 2x2 Rib Socks

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I first tried to knit this yarn up in the Rye pattern, but they didn't turn out pretty.
So I just made a 2x2 rib socks instead. And they still doesn't look pretty....
Some times the yarn is prettier in the skein than knit up. But then again, I don't like yarn that pools.
But Erlend is happy as he got himself a new pair of socks and that's all that matters, right?

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down, 2x2 rib
Yarn: 94 g Super Nova #cold front
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Erlend
Size: European 42
Started: August 18, 2014
Completed: August 21, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On The Needles :: Shawls and socks

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

Knitting: My Nurmilintu which just had a few rows knitted last week is almost done. I just have the last lace border left to knit, but I'm thinking about frogging it... Yes, that's right. Frog it. I like the colours and the pattern, but it's not long enough to be a scarf one can wrap around the neck the way I like it. So I think I'll use the yarn for a Hitchhiker instead.
I watch some podcasts and I found out that Mel from Singlehandedknits can use both her hands again and have started a new podcast - With Mel. And we can knit along with her on one of her new shawlette patterns Menehune. So of course I had to find some yarn and cast on when I watched the first episode :) I'm going to make it bigger and use up most of my yarn, so I'll have to do a little math before I start knitting the edge.
And of course there is a pair of socks on the needles too ;) I've decided to use up all of my pretty skeins I've been saving, before I can buy some new ones. And sometimes the yarn are prettier in the skein than knit up as a sock... But then again I've never been a hugh fan of yarn that pools... But Erlend is happy for a new pair of socks and doesn't care, so I just knit to get them off the needles so I can find another skein and cast on another pair ;)

Reading: The same books as last week. Shadow of Night is great and I manage to read a few chapters each night in bed. And I'm almost done with City of Ashes and I think it's just as good as the first book City of Bones.


Friday, August 15, 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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

On The Needles :: Nurmilintu

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

Knitting: I finished the last pair out of three ankle socks for Hubby this morning. More info and pictures below. There's been a lot of socks on my needles lately, so I felt the urge to cast on something else... A few days ago I saw a new shawl on Ravelry and just knew I had to make it. So I dived into my stash and found a skein that's been there for years and casted on. Not sure if it's my kind of colours, but so far it knits up beautifully. The pattern is Nurmilintu and the yarn is Shine by Spunky Eclectic.

Reading: As you can see I'm reading the second book in two series :) I finished A Discovery of Witches and City of Bones last week and had to start their sequels Shadow of Night and City of Ashes right away! So far they both live up to the first books.
Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library,she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers...            
-Shadow of Night-

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? - City of Ashes-

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Pattern: Cuff down, 64 st. 68 st for foot.
Yarn: Leftovers of Opal yarn. About 56 g for the pair made only of Opal and about 43 g Opal for the two pairs with heels and toes in Ida. They used abot 20 g Ida.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Hubby
Size: European 41
Started: July 24, 2014
Completed: August 13, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On the Needles :: Summer socks

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Knitting: Hubby wanted some ankle socks he could wear to work when it's hot, so I went through my stash and found some left over skeins. I might have to add in a second colour for the heel and toe, but we'll see.

Reading: I've not been reading as much as I would have liked to this summer...
I've read Divergent, and liked it so much I guess I'll need to buy the next boks in the series.
I'm still reading my way throuhg a Discovery of Whitches. I love this book and it's so much better this second time I'm reading it. Can't wait to start on the second book in the series :)
I needed another book to bring with me outdoors and to pick up when I'm not knitting, and I found City of Bones in my shelf. Love it!! And lucky me - I have the next two books waiting on the shelf as well :)
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...  - from Goodreads -

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FO :: Cosy Socks

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I started these back in April after I finally bought the book Garnglede i Rosendal - (Fun with yarn in Rosendal) by Turid. You can have a look inside the book here.
I just knew I had to make a pair of long cosy socks, but when I got to the heel on the first one I lost my mojo as I didn't like the heel that's in the pattern.
So a month or so ago I picked them up again and started to knit the second sock while I wondered about what to do about the heels... I ended up knitting my standard slipped stitch heel and I also decided to knit stripes under the foot rather than the "salt and pepper" pattern. I also made a black toe to match the heel and cuff.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Lange kosesokker
Modifications: Another heel, stripes under the foot and a solid coloured toe.
Yarn: Ida Strømpegarn 93 g dark grey #327 and Senjagarn 54 g white #300
Needles: 2,75 mm / US 2,5
Made for: Me
Size: European 40
Started: April 9, 2014
Completed: August 5, 2014




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Monday, August 4, 2014

Macro Monday :: Wild Strawberries

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We found a handfull off wild strawberries on our hike last week :)
I haven't eaten this since I was a was a child.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

FO's :: Rye & Espen Askepott

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There's been some knitting in my absent ;)
I needed some mindless knitting and once again I found myself casting on a pair of Rye.
I think this is my new favorite vanilla sock pattern.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Rye (free pattern)
Yarn: 85 g Candy Skein Yummy Fingering Superwash Sock #Leprechaun Lollipop
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Hubby
Size: About an european 41/42. 68 sts, garter over 20 sts
Started: July 16, 2014
Completed: July 24, 2014



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I've also finished these socks I started back in May.
I hoped I would have enough yarn for a pair for myself, but I ran out of the purple one.
So they fit Eirin, but she told me she had enough wool socks!! o-O
But I guess shw will wear them when winter comes...

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Espen Askepott
Yarn: Sisu, 14 g white and 21 g pink + Novita Nalle Solids 54 g purple
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Eirin..?
Size: About an european 36/37
Started: May, 2014
Completed: July 12. 2014



Linking up with FO Friday :: Creative Friday :: Fiber Arts Friday

♡ Alaska ♡

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It's been quiet here for a couple of weeks.
And the reason is Alaska - our new family member.
She is a beautiful husky and retriever mix born on May 14th.
Full of energy and she already loves to go on small hikes in the forest.
So there is no doubt she will become a great hiking pal :)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Macro Monday :: Sunflower

The first little sunflower

The first little sunflower :)

Blog Hop :: Creativity

Last week, Gemma invited me to join in with a blog hop. Everyone taking part answers three questions about creativity and then nominates two of their favourite bloggers to do the same.

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1 ::  What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table in the last week?
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Well, first of all I don't have my own desk...
So instead I have a little corner in the livingroom next to the sofa ;) And as you can see, it's a messy little place. I didn't "style" it before I snaped a picture. But it's the way it looks almost all the time with needles all over the place, patterns, yarn, fo's and wip's.
The last week or so I have been knitting dishclothes. Maybe not the most fun thing to knit, but with the heat and the need to knit, cotton is better to knit with than wool.
I have finished a pair of socks too. It's the stripy pair to the left.

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2 :: Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
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I find inspiration in so many places. First it was flickr, then came Ravelry, then Pinterest and now Instagram... So all of these + all the blogs I read inspire me with patterns, colours and photos.
I also find inspiration with each season.

3 :: How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?
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It's so important than if I one day should end up without the ability to knit, I think I would just fall into a black hole...
Knitting is so versatile! It can be a project were you have to concentrate with every stitch or so mindless you can knit in the dark and let your mind wonder. I like them both.
As I am a stay at home mom, I can pick up my knitting throughout the day, but I mostly knit in the morning or after the kids are in bed while watching tv ;)

Now, on to my nominated bloggers:
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Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise - I always love to pop by her blog. I love the way she writes her blog and there is always apretty knitting project on her needles.

Leanne at Arrow Acres Farm - Love reading her blog!! And boy do I wish I lived on a farm like hers....


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

FO :: Rainbows

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Endre's rainbow socks has been done a while. But right now it's to hot to wear woolsocks here in the north :)
We have had 30 C two days in a row - and that's not normal here ;) Too hot for my liking...
I planned to knit them up with matching stripes, but the yarn didn't want to do that and Endre didn't care, so they ended up like this.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Socks in Delight (free pattern)
Yarn: 56 g Nordlys #949
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Endre
Size: eur 33/34
Started: June 20, 2014
Completed: June 26, 2014




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I just knew I had to make a pair of stripy socks with the leftovers from Endre's socks.
So I found some grey yarn in my stash and split the Nordlys yarn in two.
I knittd them toe-up so I could use up all the yarn :)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Just a toe-up vanilla sock, with a short row heel.
Yarn: 46 g Nordlys #949 and 69 g Silja #305
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: 64 sts, increasing two times up the leg to 72 sts
Started: June 30, 2014
Completed: July 3, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On the Needles :: Rainbow socks for me

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Endre's rainbow socks are done and I had so much left over that I decided to make a pair of rainbow socks for myself ;)
It wasn't enough for a pair, so I added some grey and made them stripy.


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I'm a little bit behind on my goal of reading 100 books this year, but hopefully I can manage to read a lot this summer. Right now I am rereading A Discovery of Witches. I really liked it the first time I read it. That time I read it in norwegian, but I have now bought the first two books in the series in english and are going to read them both before the 3rd book comes out.

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

Monday, June 30, 2014

FO :: Stormborn Shawl

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My Stormborn Shawl has been off the needles a few weeks, but I didn't block it until this weekend.
I really love the lace, but it came out a bit bigger than I thought it would.... So I am not sure if I'll keep it...

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I've never knitted a shawl in this shape before and I guess that's what makes it so big.
If I wrap it around me neck as I usuallt do with my shawl, the tip of it goes almost down to my jeans. A little to long for my liking. So I guess it will be put aside for a while until I know if I'll frog it or not.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Stormborn Shawl
Yarn: 248 g Senjagarn
Needles: 4 mm / US 6
Made for: ?
Started: May 7, 2014
Completed: June 18, 2014



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Birds nest and rainbow socks

Lirype reir :: Willow grouse nest

The kids had their last day at school on friday, so summer break is here for the next couple of months :) The rain finally stoped and the sun came out. It's not warm, just around 10 C. But we after weeks with rain and even snow and hail, it's great to be out in the forest. We've been to our lean-to in the forest behind our house the last two days. And today Eirin almost walked on a willow grouse nest. The mama bird took off right in front of her and almost scared us all to death. We have marked the place, so we will get back and see if there are some chicks :)

Bukkeblad :: Bogbean

The Bog bean is flowering. Love this little wildflower.

Fun in the woods

From yesterdays hike in the forest. We found lots of tinder fungus.

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And I finally remember to stop at this waterfall we always drive by on the way to my mom.
It's a place I visited often as a kid.

Rainbow socks

And ofcourse there is some knitting. I need it to keep me sane now that the kids are off school...
Endre wanted a pair of rainbow socks and I just happend to have a ball of Nordlys in the right colourway ;) They won't be matching, but he is fine with that.