Friday, April 7, 2017

Snow Buntings

Untitled

Untitled

The last week a flock of pretty snow buntings have been in our garden. They are very shy birds, so they will fly away if a car drives by or one of us move to quickly in the window. We don't see them every spring, but this year they landed here when they found sunflower seeds on the ground. They don't land on the bird feeder like other birds, so I have to sprinkle new seeds every day for them out on the ground.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Thursday, April 6, 2017

FO :: Saga Print Socks

Untitled

For my birthday back in January I received some sock yarn in these five colours. I decided to knit them all up and a little while ago I casted off the last sock. They are all knitted in Saga Print - a sock yarn from a chain store here in Norway. I have tried to make them look a like, but the orange skein turned out completely different from the other colours. And I must say it's the one I like most.

Pattern: 68 sts, cuff down
Yarn: Saga Print
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

Untitled   Untitled

Untitled   Untitled


Untitled

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

FO :: Barley Hat

IMG_20170402_161246_021

Sunday had the perfect weather for snowshoeing to our lean-to were we fried sausages and just soaked up the sun. And my Barley hat matched my jacket and kept my head warm and toasty :)

IMG_20170402_132030


IMG_20170402_161246_066

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Barley hat (free pattern)
Yarn: 67 g Hacho #306
Needles: 3mm / US 2.5 and 4 mm / US 6
Size: 120 sts, garte over 40 sts

IMG_20170402_111649

So grateful to have this just behind our house!

20170402_132812    20170402_132823

Perfect snow for snowshoeing!

IMG_20170401_171803    IMG_20170402_112000

Moose tracks and hare tracks :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Yarn Along

2017-03-15_11-46-23

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

Knitting: Now and then I ask my youngest to pick a skein of yarn from a box I keep all my pretty skeins in. And last time he picked a beautiful skein from the Painted Tiger. It's been wounded up into a ball of yarn for a while and my plan was to knit a shawl, but I just couldn't decide on a pattern... So when I saw that there was a Mystery in March kal going on I cast on for it. So far I'm loving how the yarn is knitting up!

Reading: I finally managed to get on top of the waiting list for the Shadow Sister at the library! I've been waiting for months to read this. I loved the first two books in the Seven Sister series and this one seems to be another favorite :)

Star D'Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father - the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star - the most enigmatic of the sisters - is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world . . .
A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in the Lake District, living close to her idol, Beatrix Potter, when machinations outside her control lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society's most notorious players, Alice Keppel. Flora is pulled between passionate love and duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a game - the rules of which are only known to others - until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life . . .
As Star learns more of Flora's incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love. -from Goodreads-

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FO :: Selbu Mittens

IMG_20170313_103524

I've finished two pairs of Selbu mittens. I really like this pattern - it's easy to memorize and they fit perfectly on my hands.

IMG_20170313_124535     IMG_20170313_111048

Ravelry project page purple mittens and red mittens
Pattern: Norwegian Mittens for Mimi (free pattern)
Yarn: Mor Aase superwash and Falk
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3,5 mm / US 4

20170312_111427

We had a heavy snowfall this weekend so most part of Sunday was spent outdoors shoveling snow. Since the forecast had warmer weather and possible rain for this week we had to get the snow of the roof of our sheds. So it's great to have kids who can climb the roofs. Fun for him and we get the job done :)

20170312_111444

IMG_20170312_111633

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Yarn Along

Untitled

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

Knitting: For my birthday back in January I got sock yarn in five different colours from the same brand. One of them was blue and are my current socks on the needles. I plan to knit up all the other colours too and post them all at once :) I have knitted a pair of purple socks in the same yarn last year and they have been used a lot lately.
And I have finally knitted on my kofte. The yoke is almost done - just a few more rounds. I had to try it one today and it fits perfect. The sleeves are long enough and the same is the body. So I cant't wait to wear it soon.

Reading: I'm taking a little break from the crime/thriller genre and have picked up The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I enjoy it. It's an enchanting story and I'm wondering how it's going to end...

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
Johannes' gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction? -from Goodreads-


Untitled


Untitled


IMG_20170227_124919     IMG_20170227_125010

We have had some wonderful winter weather the last few days and since the kids have their winterbreak this week, we've tried to be outdoors a little. Not so easy to drag them off their ipads and mobiles... but at least my eldest son accompanied me on a snowshoe hike the other day :)

IMG_20170227_125118     IMG_20170227_125144

IMG_20170227_125427     IMG_20170227_130500

IMG_20170227_125527

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Snowshoeing, Sunday Dinner in the Woods and Socks

IMG_20170226_142106_003

We have had some wonderful weather this weekend and today we spent the day outdoors in our backyard aka the woods snowshoeing and frying sausages over the fire for dinner :)

IMG_20170226_124636_125

Et innlegg delt av Hege (@hege_79)

Et innlegg delt av Hege (@hege_79)


Untitled

I bought some Sisu yarn on sale in January and now they are turned in to a pair of socks for my eldest.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 68 sts, cuff down
Yarn: Sisu print #8537 and Sisu solids #6526
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: eu 41/42

Untitled

Saturday, February 25, 2017

FO :: Sockhead Cowls

Untitled

So as I'm trying to knit up some of my single skeins of yarn in my stash two of them has become Sockhead Cowls.

Untitled

Untitled

IMG_20170225_141657

Ravelry project page blue cowl / pink cowl
Patten: Sockhead Cowl (free pattern)
Yarn: Blue cowl - 95 g Nova Wool Pink cowl 86 g Merino 2/6 #burgundy
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: Onesize. I knitted the first one as in the pattern, but I found it too long so I frogged it and knitted it like this. 160 sts, 40 rows k2, p2, 40 rows stockinette sts and 40 rows k2, p2.

Untitled