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



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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



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