Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mittens & Life

It's been a month since I posted last time and well, life just happened. I won't go into details, but it has been a rough couple of months lately and my knitting mojo has been on the low side :(
But it seems like things are working out for the better and the sun came back over the horizon the 31st of January, so the days are getting lighter and so does my thoughts. So hopefully the knitting mojo will come back too. There is so much I want to knit this year!


Last time I talked to you about all the mitten kals that was going on. And I had so many plans for all the mittens I wanted to knit during January. I only managed to make two pairs...


We have been having a long period of frost with temperatures down to -25 C for almost a month now. Cold temperatures doesn't bother me much, but when it last so long as we've had this time, I've started to get a little cabin fever...! Fortunately the weather changed yesterday and I'm crossing my fingers that it will last. We really need to get some snow or even rain as our water well is almost dried out do to the cold and dry weather we've had so far this winter.


The first pair I finished is Rev or Fox in English. They have been on my knitting list since I bought the book they are in. But can you see the little mistake I've made?


How about now that you see the palm side too?

If you look closely you can see that I have changed the dominant colour after I set aside stitches for the thumb. From the thumb and up the withe dots are popping more out than what they do below the thumb. I didn't notice it until I was about to knit the foxes heads and it didn't bother me enough to rip back. It's just a pair of mittens. If it had been on a sweater i.e I would have fixed it though.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Fox
Yarn: pt2 orange #71 and Finullgarn white #400
Needles: 2 mm / US 0 for the cuff and 2,5 mm / US 1.5 for the mitten


The second pair is a pattern from the Selbuvotter book. It's one of the charted patterns in the back of the book.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Damevott Bårdsgård
Yarn: Tove in white #1012 and purple #5024
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Knit All the Mittens

You can find all the books in my library on Ravelry.

I have decided to join in on the year of the mitten knit along that is going on on several places. So I have found all my knitting books with mitten patterns. There are so many mittens I want to knit, so I guess this is the year!
If you want to join in there are lots of places to do so. We have the I Make Mittens group on Ravelry where they knit mittens all year long and are having the NaKniMitMo which is a kal they have in January. On Instagram p4chen and treehouseknits are hosting a mitten kal this year where you knit a pair of mittens each month. I guess they have some info on their podcasts as well. Skeindeer is also having a mitten kal, the 2018 yearlong mittalong.


As you can see I have almost finished the first pair, they are just missing a bind off at the top and the thumbs. I have wanted to knit these Fox mittens since I bought the book, but haven't had any fox colour in my stash so I had to buy some wool yarn when I was at my local yarn shop last week :)


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dark Fire & Sagavoll Kofte


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

We are still waiting for the sun so my photos are a bit dark and gloomy today. I bought a new teacup on sale after Christmas. It's from Porsgrund and it has a traditional Norwegian pattern on it. It's also available in red.
I loved the first book Dissolution in the Matthew Shardlake series and I have the rest of the series in my bookshelf, so this year I have decided to read them all. The series is set in the 1500 and I love this type of story! I've only read a few chapters in the second book Dark Fire, but I just know it will be a good read.

It is 1540, and Henry VIII has been on the throne for thirty-one years when Matthew Shardlake, the lawyer renowned as "the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England," is pressed to help a friend's young niece who is charged with murder.
Despite threats of torture and death by the rack, the girl is inexplicably silent. Shardlake is about to lose her case when he is suddenly granted a reprieve - one that will ensnare him again in the dangerous schemes of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar general.
In exchange for two more weeks to investigate the murder, Shardlake accepts Cromwell's assignment to find a lost cache of Dark Fire, an ancient weapon of mass destruction. Cromwell, out of favor since Henry's disastrous marriage to Anne of Cleves, is relying on Shardlake's discovery to save his position at court, which is rife with conspiracy. -from Goodreads-


I'm knitting on another traditional Norwegian kofte pattern - the Sagavoll kofte. I started it back in the beginning of November, but it has been lingering in my knitting basket until yesterday when I finally joined the sleeves to the body and started the fun part aka the yoke. The yarn is Tove from Sandnes garn and it has become one of my favorite yarns lately. It's perfect for both sweaters as well as for mittens.


It's hard to capture the oker colour of this project with the little to non daylight we are having these days. But this was the best I could to.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to you and your family!
We spent the last hours of 2017 out in the forest at our tiny cabin in -15 C under the stars and the northern light, keeping warm by the fire while watching the fireworks.

When it comes to crafting I managed to knit (and a bit of crocheting) 66 projects. You can find all my projects from last year on Ravelry under the 2017 set on my page.

As always it was mainly socks ;) And I knitted up 34 pairs. Next was 13 pairs of mittens, 4 sweaters, 3 shawls, 3 blankets, 2 kofter (cardigans), 2 cowls, 2 hats, 1 pokemon dragon, some hearts with selbu pattern and new sleeve cuffs on my Heart Yoke cardigan that I made back in 2010.

My favorite knits and the ones I have used the most are these :)

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Dream Stripes Shawl and Setesdalkofte


Endre's Blanket

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Haukeli and Bøvertun sweater

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Night Owl and Julehjerte mittens

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Northpole mittens and Cosy Morning mitts

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Ludwig and Stripy socks

As you know we like to be outdoors so here are a few photos from last year. You can also head over to my Outdoor blog and see more. 

My goal was to read 60 books this year. I managed to read 73 :)
You can see my 2017 Year in Books here.

My favorites
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
- Harpiks by Ane Riel
- The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) by Diana Gabaldon

Countries visited for my Around the World in Books
- Pakistan in In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
- Netherlands in The Miniaturist
- Afganistan in A Thousand Splendid Suns

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December Light & Frost


The sun turned a few days ago and the days are getting longer each day. Right now we are having some really cold weather with temperatures around -25 C. Yesterday though it was only -15 C so Hubby and I went snowshoeing in the forest. It was so cold and quiet one could almost hear the frost jingle when it drizzled off the trees.  And as you can see it's not completely dark here during the polar nights. There is a pink, orange, purple or blue light here depending on the time of the day :)








Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Blue Marius


It seems like all I want to knit right now is sweaters... But that isn't a bad thing though as we are heading in to sweater weather :) This is my 6th sweater/kofte this year (and I have one more kofte on the needles - more on that in a later post).


I have knitted a Marius sweater earlier this year, but wanted one in wool as the other one was made in cotton. I had not decided which colour to knit it in when I went to my local yarn shop. I knew I wanted to knit it in Tove and that I maybe would pick a shade of grey. But they didn't have enough of any of the grey so I had to go for a blue instead. And I am glad I did, because I really like how it turned out! I decided to not add a third colour for the neckband.


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Marius med rundfelling
Yarn: 364 g Tove blue #6364 and white #1012. The blue yarn is most true to colour here on the photo of the yoke.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5
Size: I made the size small to get a medium/large due to gauge.
Modifications: I made short rows in the back before I started the ribbing for the neckband to get the neck a little higher.


I still want one in grey and white though, with maybe a dark pink as the third colour :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

First Snow & Bøvertun Sweater


The days just fly by and all of a sudden winter came over night.


The snow makes for a beautiful background for my Bøvertun sweater!
The pattern is from Kofteboken and is originally a kofte (cardigan), but I wanted a sweater. And I think this is my favorite sweater so far and it's going to get a lot of use this winter :)


Ravelry project page
Pattern: Bøvertun from Kofteboken
Yarn: Kauni brown pp2 and yellow-orange nn4
Needles: 2,5 mm/ US 1.5 for the ribbing and 3 mm / US 2.5
Size: large
Modifications: I made short rows in the back to get it higher in the neck



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It's winter and time to knit new mittens. My youngest flipped through one of my mitten books and wanted these mittens with owls :)

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Nattugla  / Night Owl mittens
Yarn: Rauma Finullgarn black #410 and white #400
Needles: 2 mm / US 0


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I also managed to finish my Bousta Beanie just in time for the first snow.
Ravelry project page
Pattern: Bousta Beanie (free pattern)
Yarn: Tove
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Radar's Teddy Bear Socks


Sometimes it's great to use ones brain on something else than vanilla socks. So when a mystery kal with Heidi Nick as the designer popped up in the Sock knitters anonymous group on Ravelry I decided to join. Although the pattern is called Radar's teddy bear, there is nothing resembling Radar (form MASH) or a teddy bear, just lots and lots of pretty cables! And they were so fun to knit up that I really don't know why I don't knit more cabled socks.


The front and the back of the leg have different cables and I have even made a new to me heel - the Fleegle heel. You could add beads here and there among the cables, but I'm not a huge fan of beads in my socks.


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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Radar's teddy bear (free pattern)
Yarn: Sisu #5213 lavender
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: large, 72 sts