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. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

FO :: Budleigh

Budleigh

My sister's birthday socks are off the needles :)
I was a little afraid that the smallest size would be too small, but they are perfect.
I think I will make a couple of mindless socks after this pair... Lots of twisted stitches and cabeling, so not the best project to knit on while watching tv.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Budleigh
Yarn: 90 g Senjagarn #352
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Monica
Size: small, 66 sts
Started: June 6, 2014
Completed: June 19, 2014



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

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Snow in June

Snow in June...

You know you live in the arctic when you wake up to this in the middle of June...
The weather is crazy today due to cold wind coming from the Northpole. I think we've had all kinds of weather so far. Snow, rain, hail, wind and a little sunshine in between and the temperatur has been down to a 0 C. So I hope some of my plants have survived in the garden...
But we tend to forget all this after a couple of days with sun and warm weather again ;)

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So I keep the fire going in the woodstove, bake bread and knit on my sisters birthday socks. I always knit her a pair of socks for her birthday as I know they will be worn and keeps her feet warm.
The pattern is Budleigh from Coop Knits Socks.

Kvæfjordkaka :: Verdens beste :: Worlds best cake

And there has been lots of cake this weekend. We celebrated Eirin's 12th bithday. (Oh, they grow up so fast..) This is Verdens beste or the Worlds best cake. You can find an english recipe here :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

FO :: Brighton

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I'm a terrible bad blogger these days...
Summer finally arrived, skipping spring as usual, so I've been soaking up sun and worked in the garden. So there's been little time for the blog and other social medias...
But there has been knitting :)
I watch a few podcast's and although I am a bit behind on some of them, I decided to watch some episodes of Rainlover's podcast a few weeks ago, and I found out I was the lucky winner of the Coop Knits Socks e-book :) Sarah is having a kal out the year were we can knit any of Rachel Coopey's sock pattern. So I decided to cast on Brighton. I loved the colours on the pair on the pattern page, and I found some similar colours in my stash :) My row gauge must be way off as mine came out alot longer than  the one pictured as short socks on the pattern page... But I like them!

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The little fish as I call them, swims in opposit directions on each sock.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Brighton
Yarn: 76 g Ida Strømpegarn grey #303, 27 g Sisu Solids turquoise #6733 and 15 g Senjagarn blue #310. 359,3 meters used up for Stash Dash :)
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: Medium
Started: May 25, 2014
Completed: June 4, 2014



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Sunday, May 25, 2014

FO :: Socks for Hubby

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I picked up a skein of selfstriping yarn last time I was at my yarn shop and the plan was to knit a pair for Hubby with an aftherthought heel. Well, I did and made him try it on, but he didn't like it... So instead I did a short row heel.

This is my first project for Stash Dash this summer. Not sure if I'll managed to knit up 5K, but I'll give it a try!

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down with a short row heel. I let 6 sts of the ribbing on each side follow the leg and foot until the toe.
Yarn: 67 g Mellanraggi #313 and 29 g Ida Strømpegarn #303
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Hubby
Size: European 41/42
Started: May 15, 2014
Completed:  May 24, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FO : Tardis Socks

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One of my knitting goals this years, was to make the kids some Dr. Who stuff.
Well, the first one is done. A pair of Tardis socks for Erlend.
We try to watch one or two episodes of Dr.Who on Saturdays and it's a show we all like :)
I'm not sure what to make for the other two, but there might be some dalek mittens and hat and perhaps a dalek or two. We'll see ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Tardis socks tribute (free pattern) I made the leg a little shorter by only knitting two out of three panels.
Yarn: 110 g Senjagarn #310 and 10 g black and white leftovers
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Erlend
Size: European 43
Started: May 8, 2014
Completed: May 16, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

On The Needles :: Stormborn & Tardis Socks

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Knitting: I'm halfway through clue 2 on my Stormborn shawl. I like it so far, but I do hope there will be some new lace in the next clue... And I have one Tardis sock off the needles and have casted n for the second one.

Reading: I picked up Kanten av isødet - (Chasing the Light in english) the last time I was at the library. Haven't read much yet, but I think it might be good.

It's the early 1930s. Antarctic open sea whaling is booking and a territorial race for the mysterious continent is in full swing. Aboard a ship setting sail from Cape Town carrying the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen are three women: Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way on to the ship and will stop at nothing to be the first woman to land on Antarctica; Mathilde Wegger, a grieving widow who's been forced to join the trip by her calculating parents-in-law; and Lars's wife, Ingrid Christensen, who has longed to travel to Antarctica since she was a girl and has made a daunting bargain with Lars to convince him to take her. As they head south through icy waters, the race is on for the first woman to land on Antarctica. None of them expect the outcome and none of them know how they will be changed by their arrival. - From Goodreads -

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Joining Ginny :: Tami :: Nicole :: Christina
What's on your needles today?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lívsmynd



What a great combination of music, knitwear, and landscape!
Look at all those pretty sweaters...

I found the video on the blog Faroe Strands - a great blog for inspiration.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekending

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The snow is still on the ground at our place, so we decided to head out to the coast and go hiking on Saturday. It got quite warm, so both our jackets and hats could be stuffed into our backpacks :) We saw both coltsfots and sprouting leaves, so spring is here for sure.

You can see more phots on our outdoor blog.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

FO :: Polka Dot Sweater

Polka Dot sweater :)

I finally pulled myself together and weaved in all the ends and sewed on the pockets on Eirin's Polka Dot Sweater today. And it came out great! As it is knitted in acrylic, I didn't dare to use the iron and steam block the polka dot pattern on the sleeves and the pockets... So I dipped them in water, blocked them with pins and let them dry. They became less wobbley, but I still would have wanted them to be flatter. Hopefully they will become that with wearing.

Polka Dot Sweater

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Grellow Polka Dot
Yarn: Thea 326 g grey and 66 g pink
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5 for ribbing, 3,25 mm / US 3 for the stocinette and 3,5 mm / US 4 for the polka dots
Made for: Eirin
Size: 34", fits my long and thin soon 12 year old
Started: April 16, 2014
Completed: May 9, 2014



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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

FO :: Stripes

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Last time I stopped by my local yarn shop, I found some selfstriping yarn :)
This skein was in black and bright colours - they are a bit brighter in real life. The yellow and green pops out a bit more than I managed to capture in the photos..
I casted on a little fewer stitches than I normally do as the yarn is a little thicker than my ususal sock yarn.
I meant to knit them for myself, but Eirin really wanted them, so she'll get them. They are a little long for her foot, but it's good to have a pair she can grow into ;)

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I decided to knit an afterthought heel. I have not made many of those before, but I keep seeing them on selfstriping socks and they do make those heels look a bit prettier than a short row heel. Anyway, this one seems to fit Eirin's foot, so I guess I'll knit it again for her. I have another pair on the needles for hubby and I'm  thinking about doing an afterthought heel on his socks too. Not sure if they will fit his foot, but we'll see ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Cuff down with an afterthought heel, 2x2 rib
Yarn: 88 g Mellanraggi #28010
Needles: 2,75 mm / US 2
Made for: Eirin
Size: 64 sts, european 37/38
Started: April 12. 2014
Completed: May 6, 2014


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Between other projects I need to have some mindless to knit on. These socks have been my tv-knitting projects lately ;) They are thick wool socks where the stripes are made from left overs. Great to use them up.

Pattern: Cuff down with a short row heel, 2x2 rib
Yarn: Sportsragg from Viking Garn, white #510 and multi #591 and Labbetuss Raggegarn from Trysil Garn #456
Needles: 2,75 mm / US 2
Made for: One pair for my sister and one for me
Size: Both have 56 sts, but different foot length.
Started: April 2, 2014
Completed: May 3, 2014