Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On the Needles :: Molly and Waffle Socks


It's been a while since I've posted one of my On the Needles post...
Life just happend and I haven't felt much for either blogging or knitting these past few months. Hopefully things will change now as the sun is here again and my mood seems to get lighter.

So what am I reading. Since the Game of Thrones series is starting soon, I have to read ahead so I know what will happend ;) I started early in December and I'm still just halfway through A Dance with Dragons. I read a few chapter now and then when I have the house to my self.

On the needles are a hat - Molly, which I am knitting in a wool and cotton blend. So hopefuly Eirin will have it since I hope it won't be itchy.
And of course there is a sock lingering on the needles too ;)

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

Monday, February 23, 2015



The kids have their winterbreak this week and with a forcast with various weather, we just had to get out when the sun was shining :) While some went skiing up and down the hill, some of us made snowcircles. After we started to make them a few years ago it's been a fun yearly thing we do when the snow is right. Here are some post with snowcircles from previous years.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

FO :: Magic Mirror Socks

Magic MirrorSocks

These socks are really really pretty, although incredibly hard to photograph....
The colour is so hard to capture right and the sock itself is so full of pattern I'm not sure I've managed to get the best angles.. But I think you get the idea about how they look ;)

I cast these on because I have decided to try to make a pair of socks each month from the patterns one can choose from in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry. And in January one of the choices among others, was a pattern designed by Jeannie Cartmel. She has a lot of pretty ones, but I wanted a free pattern and found this.

Magic Mirror Socks   Magic Mirror Socks   Magic Mirror Socks

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Magic Mirror Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: 77 g Yummy Fingering superwash sock #Candy Skein 1st Birthday
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Not sure. They are a little bit snug for me and a little too big for Eirin and she complained that they started to itch after a few photos.. If I'll knit them again, I would knit them a size bigger or choose a thicker yarn so that they will fit me ;)
Size: Medium, 64 sts

Magic Mirror Socks

Magic MirrorSocks

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FO :: Circle Socks


The first socks of the year are off the needles :)
First out is a pair of Circle Socks. I had some really bright ornage sock yarn in my stash and tried to knit a pair with it, but they just got to orange. So I looked for a stranded pattern and landed on this one. I'm really pleased with how they became. But I have made a mistake. Can you see what it is?

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Circle Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: Sisu Solids 64 g orange #330 and black #1099
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: European 40
Modifications: I knitted them cuff down instead off toe up


Do you see my mistake now?
If I can, I knit my socks to at the time on dpns.  I knit both legs before I knit the heels and so on. And I didn't notice my mistake until I had almost finished the first foot... I had changed the dominant colour... I didn't bother to rip back, but made the same "mistake" on the second sock.
Would you have seen it if I hadn't pointed it out..?
 Here is a great blog post about it.


I've also made some thick wool socks for Eirin and me :) Perfect projects for tv knitting!
In Norway we call this type of socks for "læsta" and they are usually worn as a second pair of socks. I use them all winter as a second layer on top of a thinner pair of wool socks ;)

Pattern: 2x2 rib socks, toe up
Yarn:  Sportsragg and  Raggen by Viking Garn and Mor Aase Raggegarn and Tresko (3ply) by Sandnes Garn
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5, 3,5 mm / US 4 and 4 mm / US 6

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FO :: Good and Evil Minion hats


A friend asked if I could crochet  Minion hats for her son. He wanted one good and one evil ;)
I've made a bunch of these before and they are a fun and quick project.

Pattern: Minion Lue (norwegian - free pattern) or Crochet Minion Hat (english - free pattern)
Yarn: Mor Aase Superwash and Cortina Soft for the purple hair
Hook: 3,5 mm / E
Made for: Leonard
Size: 7-8 years, ca. 52 cm




Saturday, January 10, 2015

FO :: Selbu Mittens


You know it's NaKniMitMo (National Knit Mittens Month) each January?
Well, I'm trying to knit some mittens this month and first out are these selbu mittens :)

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Rigmor's Selbu mittens (free pattern)
Yarn: Falk by Dale Garn 54 g #5646 og 39 g #5943
Needles: 3 mm / US 2,5
Made for: I'm not sure if I'll keep them or save them for a gift...
Size: Women medium

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last FO of the year :: Stanton


My last finished object this year - a pair of socks fot Hubby :)
This makes a total of 42 pairs of socks this year. I had no idea that I had knitted that many pairs until I decided to make a list of all of them a few months ago on Ravelry. But some of them have been gifts and there are five of us, so it's not that many socks ;)


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Stanton (free pattern)
Yarn: Fabel 77 g #542 green mix and 12 g #112 apple green
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Hubby
Size: 72 sts, european 42
Modifications: I didn't let the pattern go down the heel,  but knitted a slipped sts heel as I usually do
Started: December 18, 2014
Completed: December 27, 2014


I hope you all will have a great New Years Eve.
Here the rain is pouring down, so I don't think there will be much fireworks to look at...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

FO :: Night Owl Mittens


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Night Owl Mittens
Yarn: Falk 59 g blue and 57 g white
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1,5
Made for: Me
Size: Onsize. But I used a little thicker yarn so they came out a little big
Started: December 11, 2014
Completed: December 15, 2014


We've gotten a LOT of snow the last two days, so my new mittens kept me warm when I shoveled snow today.


More snow photos on the Ute :: Outdoors blog :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter solstice

Finally the sun is turning and we can look forward to longer days!
I'd hoped that we would spend the day at our lean-to in the forest, but with -23C we stayed indoors by the fire. I just headed out for a little while to snap a few photos. It's so beautiful when everything is coverd up in frost!

Winter solstice
Big, white, frosty giants.
Winter solstice
Light in the north
Winter solstice
Light in the south
Winter solstice
All the birds are all puffed up to keep warm. Don't forget to feed them!
Winter solstice

Winter solstice

Winter Solstice
My greenhouse.  I've forgotten to tell you about that... 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello again...


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!


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.


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


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


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