Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On The Needles :: Setesdals Kofte

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I din't plan to take such a long break from the blog. But you know, life happens and the time just flies.
So I'll try to get back to posting here and let you know what I am knitting and other small bits of my life. We went on a little trip to the sea this past weekend and you can have a look at the photos here :)

What are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I have had this jacket for Endre on the needles since January, so now I have decided to try to finish it this month. I just started on the first sleeve and need to knit both before I'll join them to the body and start the raglan decreases.

Reading: Sometimes I pick up a book at the library just by its cover. The Architect's Apprentice was one of those books. And luckily it is a good one!

In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces - the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques - dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices. 
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Monday, February 29, 2016

FO :: Gyda's Mittens

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I personally think wool mittens are the best and that they will keep you warmer than store bought ones. And as the snow at the moment is the sticky type and the kids mittens looks like this when they play in the snow and I have to dry them like this, a couple of pairs is never enough...  So the last pair off the needles are for my youngest. I've used an adult sized pattern, but knitted them on smaller needles so they will fit him.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Gydas votter
Yarn: 91 g Mor Aase in #1088  and #1012
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Endre
Size: Adult, modified with smaller needles to ca. 12 years



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On The Needles

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Hi.
It's been a while since I posted, but life just happend...
Since last time the sun got back, we've been out shoveling snow before it all turned into ice, the skis has been taken for a ride and this week the kids have their winterbreak so we can sleep in :)
We went for a little skitrip earlier today and the snow is just perfect for skiing.

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But I guess you are here for the knitting not the outdoos stuff. You can see more photos here if you want ;)
So what are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I am still knitting mittens as the kids seem to never have enough... This is a pattern from an norwegian booklet.

Reading: I'm about halfway through Før flommen tas oss (Before the flood takes us). It's a swedish book and I don't think it's translated into english. It's not the kind of book I can't put down, but it's interesting and I hope for a somewhat happy ending.

Sofia got a job at the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka, and her husband Janne and their two young children follow her there. They look forward to living abroad for a few years, but the family's meeting with Bangladesh are not quite as they had imagined. They become overwhelmed by the swarming of people, the endless poverty, corruption and injustice.
Sofia fight against the cumbersome bureaucracy at the embassy and insights that aid money does not reach where they are most needed, while Janne more and more lose their footing. At home he was a socially committed teacher, here he is a rich foreigner who use the cheap labor.

Meanwhile two sisters are runing away from a rural area in Bangladesh. At home in the village yesterday they both had a bleak future: being married off to life in servitude in their husband's house. Neither Nazrin or Mina plan to be captured in a woman's role where they have to put up with everything - even live in fear of being burned to death, as their big sister Mukta was.
They travel to Dhaka and ends up in Sofia and Jannes house. Two cultures meet, a poor and a rich. Can the world change - before the flood takes them?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

FO :: Owl Mittens

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I think I might have a new pair of favourite mittens!!
These mittens were such a fun knit although I had to pay attention to the pattern all the time.
It's not a pattern you can memorize... I added two rows to the rib and started the thumb decrease on row 20 so it would not be too long.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Grey Eyed (free)
Yarn: 68 g Ask and pt2
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

FO :: Socks

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I wanted to knit a pair of colourwork socks and I wanted to use a pattern from one of my newest knit books - Strømper. I ended up with the pattern Stjerne over Island. Now the name of the pattern might not make sence to you non norwegian even if I translate it to english which would be Star over Iceland.  I'll try to ecplain. The pattern on the foot (not the stars) is from a well known sweater pattern here in Norway - Islender or the icelander. And when the designer put stars together with the pattern, well, she called it stars over Iceland ;)
It was a fast and easy knit and I'm sure I'll knit another pair.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Stjerne over Island
Yarn: 98 g Silja and Sisu
Needles: 2,75 mm / US 2
Made for: Me
Size: eu 40



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

On The Needles

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What are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I fell in love with these mittens the first time I saw them on a group on Ravelry a few weeks ago and knew I had to make them. I was ready with graph paper and a pencil to try to make out the pattern by looking at the photos, but luckily a free pattern came not long ago :)

Reading: I finished a book last night, so I picked up Seven Sisters as my next read. I hope this will be a good book as I seem to not like all of Lucinda Riley's books...

Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.

Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

FO :: Mystery Mittens

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The mystery mittens are off the needles and I like the pattern.
However I am not sure I like my colour choises. A little too much purple maybe.
But Eirin liked them and as they turned out to be too narow for me they are hers :)
I am going to knit myself a pair, but first I am going to look through all the finished projects and see if I find a pair with a colour combination I really like.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: An Enchanting Mystery
Yarn: 64 g - a mix of pt2 and hifa ask
Needles: 2 mm / US 0
Made for: Eirin

Friday, January 29, 2016

FO :: Socks

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Two pairs of socks are already ready as christmas gifts -  yey!!
It feels great to have gifts made so early and not have to stress knit in December. I plan to knit a few more pairs of socks and then I think I'm done with gift kitting.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts cuff down
Yarn: 67 g Fabel #904 Lavender. The two balls had the same dye lot, but one turned out to have much more darker purple spots than the other. It doesn't bother me that much, but it's a little annoying. But hey, I managed to mach the stripes ;)
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: a gift
Size: eu size 39


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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle socks (free)
Yarn: Fabel 64 g #912 Soft Chocolate and 16 g #300 brown. I tried to make matching stripes, but  I found out that the stripes was going the opposite direction in the second ball, so I just didn't bother... Decided to make contrasting heels and toes instead.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.4
Made for: a gift
Size: eu 42

Monday, January 25, 2016

FO :: Mittens

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Would it not be great if you could have a mitten tree in the garden ;)
Maybe, but you'd miss the fun knitting them!
I am still on a mitten kick here and these are the lastest pair of the needles.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Sydpolen votter / South Pole mittens
Yarn: Sisu and Senjagarn
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Eirin



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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Nr. 25 Selbu votter
Yarn: Superwash Sport and Mor Aase Superwash
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5
Made for: Eirin



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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Hannes votter
Yarn: Falk
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5
Made for: Me



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Saturday, January 16, 2016

FO :: Butterflies Are Free Socks

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First of all, sorry for bad photos.. I tried to take some photos outside, but the light is so blue here now that the colours just faded out as you can see on some photos furher down.
Anyhow, this is socks for me and the pattern is Butterflies are free. An easy to memorize pattern and a fast knit. They have a picot edge cuff which is not my favorite. But I think it looks nice with this pattern.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Butterflies are free (free pattern)
Yarn: Ida Strømpegarn 40 g white #302 and 78 g purple #336
Needles: 2.5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me




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This is the first time I have made the gusset decreases under the foot.
I'll have to wear them a bit before I know if I like it or not. But it looks pretty.

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Yes, it was cold standing in the snow..
But hey, we only had -10 C today! For the last couple of weeks it has been around -25 C here, so today I could hang my laundry out to dry as it was so "warm" :)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

On The Needles


What are you knitting and reading this week?
I'm joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm and Craft On.

Knitting: I just had to join the An Enchanting Mystery mitten along after seeing all the pretty cuffs popping up on my instagram feed. So I found some leftovers of finull, pt2 and hifa and clue 2 is done. I like the colours, but the purple shades might be to close in colour. On the photo (which isn't a good one..) it looks like there is just one colour on the hand, but there is two different shades of purple. It looks better in real life.
I have also casted on a apir of vanilla socks in fabel. They are going to be a christmas gift. Yes, I'm starting early this year!

Reading: Det frosten tok (What the frost took) is a norwegian book about strong women  Women who can help each other, but who are on opposite sides in a serious conflict. I've halfway into it and I am liking it, but hopes there will be a little more "action" soon.

The year is 1811. The Napoleonic Wars and the English blockade has led to food shortages , and there have been several bad years in a row. The hard struggle for existence has led to animosity and clashes between mountain farmers and Sami north in Østerdalen . Lea and Marjja are standing on either side in the conflict, but after a dramatic assault on Sami, an unexpected friendship between the two women occurs. They stand together to save themselves and their children from famine and death. Eventually they must also fight side by side, both against the merciless public opinion and the man who is looking for them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FO :: Saga Eskimo

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Saga Eskimo is finished.
It has been a fun knit, but I wish I had knit it faster... Or made a size bigger.
My daughter grows faster than I knit, so it turned out just too small for her :(
I made it tight fitted so she could wear it under her winter coat, but as she has grown it became to tight over her chest.
Oh well. I might find another home for it.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Saga Eskimo
Yarn: Duo
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 and 3,5 mm / US 4
Size: Small
Made for: Eirin



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