Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Yarn Along

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

Knitting: I haven't knitted a single stitch on my Setedalskofte since last week... No mojo to knit on it at all. So instead I have knitted lots of small things. I have finished the hat I just had cast on last week and a pair of socks. More on that in a later post. Right now I have a pair of Norwegian Mittens on the needles. It's an easy mitten pattern and I have plans for a couple more in other colours. I'm trying to use up some of my sport weight yarn and mittens seems to be the perfect project for it. And since we today woke up to -17 C and it has snowed nearly 50 cm the last couple of days, mittens is much needed!

Reading: I seem to be completely lost in the world of DI Jack Caffery... But Mo Hayder writes SO good and I can simply not put the books down. Skin is the 4th book in the series and it looks like it's going to be just as good as the others!

When the decomposed body of a young woman is found near railway tracks just outside Bristol one morning, all indications are that she's committed suicide. That's how the police want it too; all neatly squared and tidied away.But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He is on the trail of someone predatory, someone who hides in the shadows and can slip into houses unseen. And for the first time in a very long time, he feels scared.Police Diver Flea Marley is working alongside Caffery. With the traumas of her past safely behind her, she's beginning to wonder whether their relationship could go beyond the professional. But then she finds something that changes everything. Not only is it far too close to home for comfort - it's so horrifying that she knows that nothing will ever be the same again.And this time, no one - not even Caffery - can help her ... -from Goodreads-

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yarn Along

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

Knitting: My Setesdalkofte is slowly getting done. I'm almost done with the yoke decreases and then the buttonbands is all that is left to knit. I must confess that the type of buttonbands that this pattern calls for, is not my favorite to knit. It looks great, but I either knit them too long or too short... But you know, practice makes perfect ;) In between knitting on my kofte I knit on various small projects. I finished a pair of socks some days ago and have made a couple of sockhead cowls that needs to be blogged. But today I needed something mindless to knit on and since my goal this year is to not just knit socks, I decided to cast on a hat. I had my youngest to pick out a skein of yarn earlier this month that I shall knit a project from and he decided to pick out some beautiful merino Hacho from Mirasol. The hat pattern is Barley, a great mindless knit. Hopefully it will be a pretty hat.

Reading: I'm still reading The Orchard of Lost Souls, as I had started last week. But last night I felt the need for a good crime/thriller story, so I picked up a library book by Mo Hayder -  Birdman. It's the first book in a series and it SO good. I had to force myself to put it away and go to sleep last night.
Greenwich, south-east London. The Met's crack murder squad, AMIP, is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies, all young women, all ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. As each post-mortem reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of that most dangerous offender: a sexual serial killer.

Detective Inspector Jack Caffery - young, driven, unshockable - finds himself facing both hostility within the force and echoes of his past in this, his first case with AMIP. Haunted by the memory of a death long ago, he employs every weapon forensic science can offer for he knows it is only a matter of time before this chaotic, sadistic killer strikes again.    -from Goodreads-

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Monday, February 13, 2017

FO :: Frost Waffle Socks

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This blue sock yarn reminds me of the different shades of blue we have on frosty days here, and since they are knitted in the Blueberry Waffle pattern, they had to become a pair of Frost Waffles :)

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: 76 g Nordlys #927
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: eu 39

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Yarn Along

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

Knitting: My new needle finally arrived. So after some measuring I could start the yoke on my Setesdalkofte :) Sorry for the bad photo, but the light is not working with me today...

Reading: I'm still working my way around the world and today I am in Somalia in The Orchard of Lost Souls. I'm halfway through and I'm hoping for a happy ending..
It is 1988 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds but still the dictatorship remains secure. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall.
Nine-year-old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of her first pair of shoes.
Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station.
Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north.
And as the country is unravelled by a civil war that will shock the world, the fates of the three women are twisted irrevocably together.
 -from Goodreads-
And in Mexico in Me, Who Dove into the Heat of the World. I haven't read more than a few pages and I see that this might be a book you either like or don't like. So I'm eager to find out!
Karen Nieto passed her earliest years as a feral child, left alone to wander the vast beach property near her family's failing tuna cannery. But when her aunt Isabelle comes to Mexico to take over the family business, she discovers a real girl amidst the squalor. So begins a miraculous journey for autistic savant Karen, who finds freedom not only in the love and patient instruction of her aunt but eventually at the bottom of the ocean swimming among the creatures of the sea. Despite how far she's come, Karen remains defined by the things she can't do—until her gifts with animals are finally put to good use at the family's fishery. Her plan is brilliant: Consolation Tuna will be the first humane tuna fishery on the planet. Greenpeace approves, fame and fortune follow, and Karen is swept on a global journey that explores how we live, what we eat, and how our lives can defy even our own wildest expectations. -from Goodreads-

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I've finished a pair of socks since last time.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Silver Dream Socks (free pattern)
Yarn: 102 g of some leftovers in Sisu And Fabel for the patterning on the leg. The rest of the sock is knitting in some unknown yarn that I hope has some nylon in it...
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: eu 39

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Sun is Back :)

Cold day in the forest, -15 C

We saw the first glimpse of the sun a few days ago and today she colored the mountaintops pink when we hiked to out lean-to in the forest.

Cold day in the forest, -15 C

It's cold today with -15 C, but we have a saying here in Norway - "There is not such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!" So if it's cold, put on warm clothes!

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And a fire, hot tea and warm wool mittens makes you forget it's cold :)
I'm wearing my Rigmor's Selbu mittens, which has become my go to mittens when I'm outdoors. I think I'll have to knit up some more.

Cold day in the forest, -15 C

And finally the sun came out!
So good to now there is just lighter and longer days ahead!

Cold day in the forest, -15 C

Cold day in the forest, -15 C

Cold day in the forest, -15 C

Cold day in the forest, -15 C

The forest was filled with hare (and fox) tracks today. I'm wondering if the fox managed to get any dinner...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Yarn Along

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

Knitting: When you are waiting for new needles and can't knit on your Setesdalkofte, you cast on a new big project like a Marius sweater. Makes perfectly sense, right?! :)  I'm knitting this Marius sweater in a discontinued yarn called Kaprifol by Marks & Kattens. Its a cotton and nylon blend and it's a weird yarn, but the fabric of the sweater turns out very soft. I am about to set away stitches for the sleeves and then the body and sleeves will be in plain white. My only issue it that I'm not sure I have enough of the white...

Reading: I've decided to focus more about my project Around the World in Books this year. So when we went to the library last week I had made a list over books to look for that had settings from different countries. I came home with lots of books I'm eager to start, but these two is my current reads. Baking Cakes in Kigali set in Rwanda is a wonderful warm and funny story!

In Kigali, Angel runs a bustling business: baking cakes for all occasions—cakes filled with vibrant color, buttery richness, and, most of all, a sense of hope only Angel can deliver.…A CIA agent’s wife seeks the perfect holiday cake but walks away with something far sweeter…a former boy-soldier orders an engagement cake, then, between sips of tea, shares an enthralling story…weary human rights workers…lovesick limo drivers. Amid this cacophony of native tongues, love affairs, and confessions, Angel’s kitchen is an oasis where people tell their secrets, where hope abounds and help awaits.

In this unlikely place, in the heart of Rwanda, unexpected things are beginning to happen: A most unusual wedding is planned…a heartbreaking mystery—involving Angel’s own family—unravels…and extraordinary connections are being made among the men and women who have tasted Angel’s beautiful cakes…as a chain of events unfolds that will change Angel’s life—and the lives of those around her—in the most astonishing ways. -from Goodreads-
The Blue Between Sky and Water set in Palestine is also a great story. Has made my eyes tear several times...

It is 1947, and Beit Daras, a quiet village in Palestine surrounded by olive groves, is home to the Baraka family. Eldest daughter Nazmiyeh looks after her widowed mother, prone to wandering and strange outbursts, while her brother Mamdouh tends to the village bees. Their younger sister, Mariam, with her striking mismatched eyes, spends her days talking to imaginary friends and writing.

When Israeli forces gather outside the town’s borders, nobody suspects the terror that is about to descend. Soon the village is burning and, amidst smoke and ash, the family must take the long road to Gaza, in a walk that will test them to their limits.

Sixty years later, Mamdouh’s granddaughter Nur is living in America. She falls in love with a married man, a doctor who works in Palestine, and follows him to Gaza. There she meets Alwan, the mother of Khaled – a boy trapped in his own body, unable to wake up from a deep blue dream. It is through her that Nur will at last discover the ties of kinship that transcend distance – and even death. -from Goodreads-

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Snowshoeing & Twist Bread

It's been raining here for days now... But we decided to pack our backpacks and head out in the forest snowshoeing today despite the rain. And I had some great hours with my boys :)

En video publisert av Hege (@hege_79)

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Twist Bread

5oo ml flour
0.5 teaspoon baking powder
0.5 packet of dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
5 tablespoon oil
200 ml water

Mix it all and let it rise about 30-45 minutes before use.
Twist it around a stick or a fried sausage. It tastes good with sugar and cinnamon too :)

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En video publisert av Hege (@hege_79)


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I finished these for my daughter on Friday. A thick pair of sock/slippers.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: Moon Socks (free pattern)
Modifications: I decided to knit them with a heel and foot as a normal socks.
Yarn: 200 g Happy #52103 and #52102
Needles: 6 mm / US 10
Size: ca. eu 38

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Yarn Along

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

Knitting: Both sleeves on my Setesdalkofte is almost done and I'm just waiting for a longer circular needle to come in the mail so I can put all the parts together and start the yoke :)

Reading: I really enjoy books that has a story about books or a library. The People of the Book has been on my shelf a few years now after I found it at a sale in my local bookstore, just waiting to be read. It's inspired by a true story and it's great!

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love. -from Goodreads-

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

FO :: North Pole Mittens

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A ball of blue gradient Nordlys yarn was perfect for this pair of North Pole mittens with polar bears :)

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The snowflakes are made of purl stitches - a little neat detail.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Nordpolen votter from Den store Votteboka
Yarn: Nordlys #927 and Nagano #300
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

Thursday, January 19, 2017

FO :: Flørtende Føtter

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We are having a snow storm today so the light is not the best for photos when my camera doesn't like pink and red... But the colours are almost true in this first photo of my feet in the windowsill ;)

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The pattern is only available in norwegian (at the moment) and is perfect for leftovers. Flørtende føtter means flirty feet ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Flørtende føtter from Sokker, strikking hele året
Yarn: 98 g various leftovers of Senjagarn, Fabel and Ida
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yarn Along

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

Knitting: I'm still knitting on my Setesdalkofte and the body is almost done and waiting for the sleeves so I can start the yoke. I haven't knitted as much on it as I had planned because I got hooked on a pair of sock... Which is done and will be blogged soon. This morning I casted on a new project - a pair of North pole mittens with polar bears.

Reading: Another library lend picked up just because of the beautiful cover. Do you do that? Read a book just because you think the cover is pretty? I'm sure I'm not alone ;) I'm not always lucky with the content of the book, but this time both the cover and the story is good.
Burial Rites is a true story set in northern Iceland, 1829,.

Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes' spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul. As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes' ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn't she? -from Goodreads-

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

FO :: Blue Vanilla Socks

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My youngest has had a weekend filled with fever and a sore throat, so a new pair of warm wool socks was just the thing to put on this morning. He's feeling better now and I'm crossing my fingers that the rest of us doesn't catch it.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 56 sts, cuff down with a slipped stitch heel.
Yarn: 72 g Senjagarn #347
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Size: eu 37. He'll soon have the same size as me, so no more quick sock knitting for the kids…

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

FO :: Cozy Morning Mitts

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I managed to take some usable photos of some finished projects today. The daylight is slowly coming back and the sun will come above the horizon in about a week :)

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I've had this pattern in my queue since it came out in 2013 and have been meaning to knit it each winter since... But it never happened until now. It's an easy pattern to knit and the fit is perfect.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Cozy Morning Mitts by Gretchen Ronnevik
Yarn: Sisu in red #4228 and Senjagarn in grey #305
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

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Love the heart detail on the thumb!

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I took the advantage of the light to take photos of some other mitts and mittens that I've knitted lately. They are a pair of Nalu mitts, a pair of felted Burning Love mittens and a felted pair of  Fluesopp mittens.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yarn Along

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

Knitting: Kofter (a jacket with traditional norwegian stranded knitting) is the thing to knit in Norway and has been for a long time. And with several new knit books with kofter and patterns getting a modern update the last couple of years, the kofte knitting is bigger than ever!
I have so many I want to knit... I have even found an old pattern named "Hege", so of course I need to knit it some day ;) But right now I have the Setesdalskofte on my needles. I am having a little gauge trouble... so after a bit of ripping I found out I had to go down in the size to get it to fit me. It's the first time i am knitting with Tove yarn and it's a little bit on the scratchy side, but I think it will soften after a wash.

Reading: I've wanted to read this thriller since it came out years ago, but there has always been another book to read or it has been lent out at the library. But last time we went to the library The Boy in the Suitcase was in the shelf and I knew it was time to read it. I've read about 1/3 and so far it's good. It keeps me turning the pages with it's short and action filled chapters.

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down. -from Goodreads-

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Garderobe Makealong

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Frk. Garn, a danish knitter started a wardrobe makealong this year. The point is to knit and/or sew your own clothes. I am not the best friend with my sewig machine, but who knows, this might be the year we become friends ;) The only accessories that is allowed to make is socks. So my plan to knit more shawls and hats will not count, at least not for prizes which will be dawn each month.

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The first project is a Setesdalkofte. I'm knitting it in Tove and are struggling a little bit with the gauge...

A few years ago Truly Myrtle made her own handmade wardrobe and I loved her post about her beautiful knitted and sewed garments. So take a look and be inspired!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Yarn Along

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

We are in the third day of cold weather here, the second with -25 C, so I'm feeding the woodstove and are drinking tea today.

Knitting: In one of the Norwegian groups on Ravelry we are trying to knit up our stash. And one way of doing it is by picking out about 600 g of yarn and try to knit it up by the end of April. Here's a photo of the yarn I found in my stash. and one of the balls of yarn I found was a ball of Freedom Spirit I have had in my stash for years. I think I got it in a swap and have never known what to knit out of it as it's just 50 g. But after some browsing on Ravelry I decided to cast on a pair of Nalu mitts. And they are turning out great :)

Reading: Last night I finished The Ice Twins. And what a heartbreaking story it was! So if you haven't read it you must. Tonight I'm starting The Husband's Secret.

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Even though it's freezing cold outside, it's so beautiful and the sky makes promises of a returning sun.
It was cold, but still refreshing when I went for a walk yesterday. All bundled up in wool ;) But despite wearing a woolly tights, my butt and thighs were SO cold when I got home. I might have to knit a pair of Majas Mamelucker to keep warm ;)

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