Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FO :: Matrim's Fox Socks

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I found this pattern while searching for something else on Ravelry and immediately knew I had to knit them.

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The pattern is inspired by Matrim Cauthon in the Wheel of Time book series.
I guess he might have a fox..? I haven't read the series, have any of you? And is it worth reading?

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There is a lot of different elements in these socks, which I really like.
The cuff is lace, then you have the fox and snake pattern, the leg and foot is in ribbing with a small cable detail before a dice pattern. The heel has some slipped stitches forming zig zags and the gusset decreasing is made under the foot.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Matrim's Fox Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: Arwetta Classic, Sisu, Silja and Ida Strømpegarn, 87 g total
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me?
Size: 64 sts

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

FO :: Fireweeds Socks

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This pair have been done for a while, but of course I had to wait for the Fireweeds to bloom until I could take photos of them!

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I cast them on back in April and I'm not sure when they were done... didn't put it in the Ravelry page, but it is a few months ago. They turned out a little long with all the pattern, so the toe got not as much pink as I would have liked it to have.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Fireweeds (free pattern)
Yarn: Sisu #1012 and #4517
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me
Size: 64 sts

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We have had a heat weave the last couple of days and today we went to the beach.
Of course I had to bring some knitting ;)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hiking

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We went hiking to a nearby little mountain today, Sørfjellet 474 meters above sea level. The trail followed the river Trollelva (troll river) with lots of small waterfalls.

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Halfway up we began to get some view down to our lake and we can almost see our house.
If you'd like to see more photos, you can take a look here in my hiking blog :)

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Monday, July 18, 2016

FO :: Nurmilintu Shawl

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I have had a skein in my stash named Zombies since 2009, too pretty to knit whenever I took it out and had a look at it. But a while ago I decided that I need to knit up these pretty skeins I just seem to store in a box. The funny part is that the skein I have saved for years suddenly wasn't as pretty as I once thought knit up...  It's ok, but some yarn is prettier in the skein.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Nurmilintu (free pattern)
Yarn: 1 skein of Superwash Corriedale Top #zombies
Needles: 4 mm / US 6
Made for: Me

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On The Needles :: Matrim's Fox Socks

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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: The Glitter socks from last week are done and off the needles, more info below :) Now a pair of Matrim's Fox Socks are on the needles with the yarn I had picked out last week. It's a fun pattern to knit!

Reading: The Story of a New Name which I was reading last week was so good it was hard to put down at night.., so therefor it became a fast read and I immediately picked up the next book in the series - Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. This is also very good and I am already halfway through it.
In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her abusive husband and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which have opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women have pushed against the walls of a prison that would have seem them living a life of misery, ignorance, and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond. - from Goodreads -

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My glitter socks :) They are a bit darker and more glittery in real life. And I managed to make them match on the first try :)

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down, 1x1 rib with a twisted knit stitch, heelflsp with slipped stitches
Yarn: 71 g Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt #9091 Surprise
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

On The Needles :: Glittery Socks

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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: A pair of vanilla socks is always great to have on the needles, and this week a pair of glitter yarn from opal has been fun to knit on :) I have found yarn for my next pair of socks. I have not knitted with arwetta, so I am eager to find out how it knits up. Not sure which pattern to pick yet, but I really want to make a pair of Matrim's Fox Socks.

Reading: I am still reading my way through The Fiery Cross, but have also picked up The Story of a New Name, the second book in the Neapolitan Novels. I think it's a great series so far and are looking forward to the next books.
The Story of a New Name is an extraordinary novel about two young women, Lila and Elena, growing up in Naples in the early 1960s. At sixteen Lila marries the shopkeeper Stefano. She is filled with pleasure at her new wealth, and horror at the life she has chosen.

Elena's own attempts at romance seem to be sabotaged by Lila's turbulent affairs. As she tries to plot her way out of poverty via academic and literary success, her constant anxiety is that she is just a shadow of the brilliant Lila.

The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an exhilarating reading experience. - from Goodreads-

Monday, July 4, 2016

FO :: Tallulah's Heart Mittens

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Knitting mittens in the summer is actually a great idea. When the cold and snow comes in a few months, I already have a pair of warm mittens to wear ;) So I am going to cast on a new pair soon since the kids really need some new mittens for next winter.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Tallula's Heart
Yarn: 63 g pt2 in yellow #01 and grey #85
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me

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Macro Monday :: Forget Me Not's

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I love these tiny blue flowers that pops up all over my lawn and among the other wildflowers at the moment :)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FO :: ZigZagular Socks

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I started these back in September... and found out it was time to finish the second sock the other day. I'm glad I did, because they turned out super cool! The colour are a bit brighter in real life than my camera can handle. If you look at the photo on Instagram, which is a bit too bright, you can somehow get the idea of how bright they are ;) I have another ball of this fluormania in  purple and can't wait to cast on a pair with it!

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Zigzagular Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: 76 g Fluormania Color by Regia #7184 Neon Beach
Needles: 2,5
Size: 64 sts
Made for: ??


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I have also knitted two pairs of vanilla socks this month. They are both knitted in Opal Best Friends. The pink pair is knitted in #8864 Vertrauen and the brown in #8867 Clique.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Macro Monday :: Duppesoleie

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Duppesoleie or Hvite Dupper (Ranunculus aconitifolius 'Flore Pleno') is a beautiful perennial. I got mine a few years ago so they have not become big and voluminous yet. I'm not sure what the english name for it is, but it might be Fair Maid's of France..?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

On The Needles :: Tallulah's Heart

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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: With the cold and rainy weather we are having here in the north, a pair of mittens seems just right to have on the needles... The pattern is Tallulah's Heart.

Reading: I finished Drums of Autumn this moring - loved it! So of course I had to pick up The Fiery Cross right away, hoping it is just as good.

1771: the Colony of North Carolina stands in an uneasy balance, with the rich, colonial aristocracy on one side and the struggling pioneers of the backcountry on the other.
Between them stands Jamie Fraser, a man of honour, a man of worth. Exiled from his beloved Scotland, he is at last possessed of the land he has longed for. By his side his extraordinary wife, Claire, a woman out of time and out of place, blessed with the uneasy gift of the knowledge of what is to come. In the past, that knowledge has brought both danger and deliverance to Jamie and Claire. Now it could be a flickering torch that will light their way through the perilous years ahead - or might ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Macro Monday :: Lingonberry Flowers

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It's not the best photo as I din't bring my camera with me when we went on a walk in the forest the other day. So an Instagram photo is all I have of these tiny lingonberry flowers. It looks like we will be able to pick a lot of lingonberries this fall.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On The Needles :: Fireweeds

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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 am trying to finish all the socks from last week. One pair of glitter socks came off the needles yesterday and I have started on the second green one for my son. But right now I am enjoying the Fireweeds pattern. They are a fast knit when I first decided to knit on them ;) So hopefully they will be off the needles in a few days.

Reading: The Buried Giant was in the new section at the library and caught my eye. I haven't read very far and I'm not sure if it's the translation or if it's just the author's writing style I just not seem to like... I wish the language had more flow.
The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. They know they will face many hazards—some strange and otherworldly—but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight—each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life’s memories.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Glitter Socks

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A while ago I came across a sale on Opal sock yarn with glitter. So of course I had to buy some :)
I have knitted up one of the rainbow skeins already, but never blogged about those socks...
I think these are my favorite so far :) The glitter does not pop out so good on this photo, but you can see it a little bit better on the instagram photo below.

Ravely project page
Pattern: 64 sts, cuff down with a short ow heel
Yarn: 70 g Opal Happy mit Silbereffekt # 9092 Sweet & Spicy
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

In The Garden

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Spring came 2-3 weeks earlier than usual here in the north. The snow has melted fast with the help from the sun and the wind. So the last couple of weekends hubby and I have been fixing the greenhouse; we've painted it, made a floor and benches. And about a week ago I moved almost all my plants out of the living room and into the greenhouse. It's still cold during the nights and we might get a few frost nights, so we have to have an electric oven on. But so far both my tomato and cucumber plants seems to thrive :)

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With all the snow gone so early, we could fix the soil in the vegetable garden by adding some cow compost and adding a few more raised beds. They are made from pallet collars.

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Agurk :: Cucumber

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I'm so lucky that hubby likes to drag home all sorts of things and that he likes to build.
So the other day he made a deck in front of the greenhouse and a bridge over the creek :)
All made from recycled materials! Endre is digging after earthworms to put in the vegetable garden.

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We met a little frog in the forest :)

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Still lots of snow in the mountains, but the bird cherry is full of sprouting leaves.
Can't wait for it to bloom :)

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And my red currant bushes have survived the winter. Hopefully they will carry lots of berries.

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Rosenrot :: Roseroot

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Valmue :: Poppy

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I have no idea what this tiny flower is. Tiny, tiny as the size of a fingernail.
I'm not sure what the next two flowers down below are either. Need to wait until they bloom ;)

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                      Smågullkorg :: Leopard's Bane                                         Ballblom :: Globeflower

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Storhjelm :: Monkshood

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All four rhubarb plants survived the winter :)