Wednesday, September 14, 2016

On The Needles : Latvian Mittens

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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: Nothing has come off the needles since last week... But it seems like I can't stop my self from casting on new things *sigh*. I'll have to admit it makes me fell a little stressed having so many projects on the needles at once. So I have decided to not cast on anything new until some off them are done. The project that I love to knit on right now is a pair of Latvian mittens from the book Latvieša Cimdi. There is SO many beautiful patterns in this book, but I think the one I have on my needles is my favorite.

Reading: After finishing Belgarvia, I picked up another book from the library, The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bomann. I am about 1/3 in and are hoping it will start to get a little bit more exciting soon.
Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she’s completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?

Together with her best friend, Ellen, and handsome musicologist Gabriel Thornton, Lilly sets out to explore the violin’s legacy. From England to Italy to Indonesia, she follows its winding trail. Along the way, she learns of Rose Gallway, a beautiful woman of English and Sumatran descent who lived among Sumatra’s lush gardens more than a hundred years earlier. A celebrated and sought-after musician, Rose once owned Lilly’s violin and regularly played concerts for Sumatra’s colonial elite—until, one day, she simply disappeared.

As Lilly unravels the mystery behind Rose’s story—and uncovers other unexpected secrets—she’ll come to see her own life in an entirely new light. And as each shared discovery brings her closer to Gabriel, her heart might finally break its long-held silence. - from Goodreads -

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As you can see from this photo I took on my morning walk, fall is definitely here.
It's my favorite season with the smell, the chill in the air and the colors. Right now it's raining and the wind is blowing, so I am just hoping the leaves won't fall of just yet...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

On The Needles :: Winter Is Coming 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: I seem to be drawn to socks with a mix of colorwork and other texture at the moment ;) This is the Winter is Coming socks. It's the same designer who made the Matrim's Fox socks, so they have the same cable down the leg and foot.

Reading: I am almost done with Belgravia and I love it. Just hoping for a happy ending :)

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode.

Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

At the Duchess of Richmond's new legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

Monday, September 5, 2016

FO :: Aurora Hat

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I have a lot of fingering yarn in my stash and it can't be socks all of it...
So I have decided to make some hats. This is the first one - The Aurora Hat.

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I quite like this pattern and I might knit another in other colors.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Autumn Aurora (free pattern)
Yarn: 60 g fingering wool
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5
Size: M/L - 128 sts

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It might not be time for hats right now. But last week was cold and rainy and we woke up to fresh snow on the highest mountain tops this morning, so fall is definitely here and winter is on it's way...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FO :: Echoes from Karelia Socks

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I'm so glad I decided to finish these socks!! I know I'll need to knit more in other color combinations.
I'd love to knit them with either pink or white as the main color :)

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The combination of color work and travelling stitches is beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of travelling stitches, but in a small amount as in these socks is ok ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Echoes from Karelia (free pattern)
Yarn: 105 g Sisu and Senjagarn
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Me
Size: 72 sts

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

FO :: Lexies Minne

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I started these back in March and somehow they were put away and forgotten until I found them in one of my knitting baskets... I had finished both heels, so they were a fast knit to finish when I just put my mind to it ;) Since my sock drawer is more than full, I had decided to put these in a box I've put most of the socks I have knitted this year (hubby's socks drawer is full too, so the only one that has been getting new socks lately is my oldest son who also loves to wear hand knit socks). It somehow feels good to know I have a box full of new socks just waiting :) But last night my daughter saw the socks and tried them on and asked if she could have them. I was stunned as she is not a huge fan of hand knitted items besides mittens, but said that of course she could have them. They are a little too big for her, but I'm sure she will grow into them. And maybe there is hope that she will like hand knitted socks too ;) A mother can hope!

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Lexies minne
Yarn: 99 g Sisu in red #4219 and white #1001. The red is much more darker than my camera manage to capture.
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Erin

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

On The Needles :: Echoes From Karelia

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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've been wanting to knit a pair of Echoes from Karelia socks since I found the pattern some time ago on Ravelry. I started them a few weeks ago, but after the fun part (the stranded knitting) was done they have been laying in my knitting basket... I have picked them up and have decided to finish them before I cast on a new pair!

Reading: I like a good crime/thriller and have loved the Odd Singsaker series. This is the 4th book - Paradisplaneten, and although it is a bit more fantasy like than the other books in the series, I like it a lot. But then again I really like a good fantasy/mystery book too :) I don't think it's been translated into english yet.
In Trondheim a fireman is hoisted to put the russelua on the head of the Olav Tryggvason statue. By Tryggvason feet they find a human head. The head belongs to a man from Strindheim who have been beheaded.
In London the secretary of the Royal Society is killed the same way. By the body is a message: You will lose the helmet.
What is the connection between these events and a brotherhood inspired by the English philosopher Francis Bacon, who died in 1626?
Odd Singsaker is back - this gray-haired, persistent investigator from Trøndelag. He is on sick leave and prepared for quiet days at home with his young, beautiful wife Felicia Stone. But a gift from the librarian Siri Holm has already wrapped them into the case. Singsaker have no choice, and we are on a journey through the centuries and between continents, where a book is crucial for historical events and time and again triggers murder. - from Goodreads-

Monday, August 8, 2016

FO :: Blue Striped Socks

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These socks have been my summer knitting.
They have been with me to the beach and my mindless knitting when I have been sitting on the porch.

Ravelry project page
Pattern: 72 sts, cuff down
Yarn: 80 g Opal Best Friends #8865
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5
Made for: Erlend

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Beach knitting :)
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More photos from our beach day can be found here.

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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