Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello again...

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I know. It's been almost a month since I posted last time...
The polar nights with it's darkness has really been hard for me this year, with sleepless nights and a low mood... So I haven't felt like blogging at all. But the sun is about to turn soon, so I know it will get better!
I've been knitting in my absent (have to do something when I'm wide awake in the middle of the night). Right now I'm knitting a pair of Owl mittens for myself, but I've also finished some socks and a hat.

The Tree is up :)


The Christmas Tree is up!

Pinnekjøtt

And we have had pinnekjøtt for dinner. Pinnekjøtt is one of the traditional dishes we have for dinner at Christmas here in Norway and it's made from the rib of mutton or lamb and it is dried and salted.

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Socks for Erlend and me
Pattern: Cuff down, 72 and 64 sts
Yarn: Opal Sweet&Spicy2 blue #8614 and orange #8612
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Started: November 15, 2014
Completed: December 7, 2014


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Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down
Yarn: Fabel #901p
Needles: 2,5 mm (US 1,5
Made for: xmas gift
Started: November 22. 2014
Completed: November 25, 2014

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And last a hat for Endre. I really like the way this hat came out, so I will knit more of these!
Pattern: Traveller's hat (free pattern)
Yarn: Rialto DK yellow #23021 and Davos black #11
Needles: 4 mm / US 6
Size: 104 sts
Started: November 27, 2014
Completed: December 3, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FO :: Mittens

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Winter is here. And that means new mittens are needed.
So far I have made the kids a pair each, but I'm sure there will be more as I have found so many patterns I want to knit..
I've promised to make them a pair of gloves as well, and the first one got on my needles today.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 82-1266 Mittens pattern 8 by PT Design of Norway
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash white #1001 and Smart red #4065
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Eirin
Size: 10-12 years
Started: November 3, 2014
Completed: November 5, 2014



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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 82-1266 Mittens pattern 1 by PT Design of Norway
Yarn: Smart #5936  and #2708
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Endre
Size: 10 year
Started: November 5, 2014
Completed: November 10, 2014



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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 8. Damevott / Woman's mitten byRauma Designs
Yarn: Mor Aase Superwash
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5
Made for: Erlend
Size: Adult - I used larger needles to make them fit his hands
Started: November 10, 2014
Completed: November 14, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

{this moment - goodbye sun}

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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 :: Cake Pops Socks

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I just had to buy somecnew Opal skeins some weeks ago when I found out that Get Knitted had a sale :) The first pair had to be this fun colourway!

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts, 1x1 twisted rib and a short row toe
Yarn: 64 g Opal Sweet & Spicy 2 #8617 Cake Pops
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: European 39/40
Started: November 3, 2014
Completed: November 14, 2014

Linking up with Creative Friday :: Fiber Arts Friday

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FO's :: Daleks, Creepers and Marius

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It's been a while again. My blogging mojo is low... I think it has to do with shorter and darker days - my mood seems to get a bit low as well during these dark months. But I'll try to pop in here more often :) I have been knitting now that my arms doesn't hurt as much as they did. So there are things on the needles I'll have to tell you about soon and some fo's.
First is a pair of Marius socks. They are knitted in a heavy wool yarn which makes them big enough to wear as a second pair of woolsocks, which I often do during winter when my feet are cold.
Winter is here with and we've gotten a little bit of snow. Enouh for the kids to build a snowman and a snow lantern last night. But winter also means I can wear all the wool. I'm wearing my Nancy cardigan today while I snuggle on the sofa knitting.

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And someone decided to be in the photo ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Marius sokker
Yarn: 100 g Mor Aase Raggegarn, less than 50 g of white and a bit of pink left overs of Mor Aase Superwash
Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4
Made for: Me
Size: 54 sts to make the pattern go up
Started: October 29, 2014
Completed: November 9, 2014




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Endre loves Dr.Who and when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make him one.
I think I have ro make him the mittens too.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: INSULATE! (free pattern)
Yarn: Smart
Needles: 3mm / US 2,5 and 4mm / US &
Made for: Endre
Size: M-96 sts
Started and Completed: October 6, 2014



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And last, Two more Minecraft hats. They will be christmas gifts.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Minecraft charts (free)
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash - grey and Smart - green
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 4mm / US 6
Made for: Christmas gifts
Size: 96 sts for ribbing, 99 for hat. About 9-11 year
Started: October 13. 2014
Completed: October 28, 2014


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 need more thick woolsocks. 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



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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