Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Sweater on the Needles

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We had the first real frost night and woke up to frost on everything. So it's just right to have another sweater on the needles as the winter will come sooner than later.
This is the Bøvertun pattern. It's originally a kofte (cardigan), but I wanted a sweater so I just didn't cast on the extra steeking stitches at the front. I have cast on with a provisional cast on so that I can pick up stitches for the neck and knit some short rows to make the back higher before I knit the rib at the top. Right now I'm done with the yoke and are about to separate for sleeves. I'm knitting it in Kauni - a yarn I haven't tried before, but so far I really like it!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Haukeli Sweater, Lingonberries & a Hike to Kvalnes

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The forest is full of lingonberries at the momet and I've been picking lots of it. Here in Norway we use ligonberry jam with our meat dinners. A typical norwegian dish is meatcakes with gravy, potatoes, vegetables and lingonbery jam. I guess it's the nodic version of cranberries.

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This is the Haukeli sweater and I think it will be my warm and cosy go to sweater this winter :)


It's knitted top down and I'm starting to like to knit sweaters this way. It's great to be able to try it on and I find it easier to shape the waist and find the right length for both sleeves and body.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Haukeli genser from Kofteboken
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers #9546 Deep Sea and #8011 Aspen. The colours are most true in the photos were I am wearing it.
Needles: 3 mm / US 2.5 for the ribbing, 4 mm / US 6 for the body and the sleeves and 4,5 mm / US 7 for the colour work.
Size: Large
Modifications: I made short rows in the back to get the neckline higher.

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We are having a wonderful fall this year. We've had several days with temperatures around 15 C and no frost yet, so the leaves have had the chance to change colours and stay on the trees and it's so pretty! On Saturday we went hiking to Kvalnes an abandoned place after a big rockslide in 1959 were several people died. Some of the old houses is still there and the view is beautiful. We saw a cople of eagles, picked raspberries and watched tiny fishes in the sea. There are more photos here.

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We started walking at the end of the road in the middle of the photo
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The only old house standing. The rest are just ruins.
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Wild raspberries :)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Colour Your World Socks

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Earlier this year I won he pattern for these socks in a giveaway on the Arctic knitting podcast. And when Skeindeer, who is the designer, decided to have knit along them I had to cast on a pair. I m not super happy about my colour choices, but I'm trying to knit up my stash and this was what I found.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Colour your world 
Yarn: Fabel in grey #200, Ida Strømpegarn in white #302 and Arwetta in pink #188
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

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And as you can see, autumn is here, although we are having some late summer warmth this week. Today we reached 18 C and it felt so good to be outside!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Forgotten Blanket

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8 years ago I started crocheting blankets for all three of my kids. Somehow I lost the mojo and the squares were put away in a bag... Earlier this spring my youngest son helped me go through my yarn stash and we came upon said bag. When I told him that most of the squares were for a blanket for him he really wanted me to finish it. So this has been my main project this summer. I had made about 1/3 of the squares I needed so it felt like a manageable projecs. I had some yarn in the right colour in my stash, but some of the dye lots were not the same. It's most obvious in the blue squares, but he doesn't care ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Framhurst Afghan (free pattern)
Yarn: 1775 g or 35.5 skeins of Mor Aase Superwash
Hook: 3,5 mm / E
Size: 115 cm x 165 cm

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He was so happy when I finally told him it was finished! He has been following the progress this summer and since I told him I was going to finish it I had to set other projects aside. And the other two blankets..? No, I'm not going to finish them- I asked the teenagers if they wanted a blanket, but they were not interested.. I think the squares I have made for my daughters blanket might become a pillow. I'll have to make a few more squares though.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Loppa

I hope you all have had a great summer! The kids are back to school this week and things are slowly getting back to normal. I've been knitting a bit this few weeks finishing a kofte and casted on a couple of new projects, but mostly I've been crocheting on a forgotten project. More about that later this week :)

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So more about my kofte. It's Loppa or the Flea cadigan by Pinneguri. Skeindeer Knits and Voolenvine have been hosting a knit along for this cardigan this summer. And they still haven't set an end date so you have time to cast one on.

I knitted mine in leftovers from my Setesdal kofte. It's the same grey, but it looks so different with purple instead of pink.

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Loppa
Yarn: Dark and light grey and pink in Tove, purple and blue in Ask and dark blue in pt2
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5 and 3 mm / US 2.5

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I decided to do my own twist on the patterning at the bottom of the sleeves and the body and picked two of the colours I liked best.

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I did the waist shaping and I think it looks good. The photo was taken on a really sunny day so the colours are more true in the above photoes.

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We have been hiking a bit and spent time in the forest at our lean-to picking cloudberries. And I really hope we will have a great autumn so we can do more of it! It's in the outdoors and in nature I feel that I can build up new energy and gather inspiration.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Ludwig, Fishing and a Hike To Varto

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After finishing my Not so matching stripes socks, I decided to use the remaining yarn for a pair of Ludwig socks. The pattern is from the Op-Art socks book by Stephanie van der Linden and it's my first time knitting mosaic knitting. Which I thought was complicated, but it really isn't as the effect is made by slipped stitches. So I think I 'll have to find another mosaic pattern to try out because these socks was really fun to knit - its almost like knitting a self striping sock, just one more stripe ;)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: Ludwig
Yarn: Eventyr #901 and #903
Needles: 2,25 mm / US 1 and 2,5 mm / US 1.5 (for the cuffs only)
Size: 72 sts

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The gusset decreases was knitted under the foot, a type of decrease I tend to like more and more as it doesn't interrupt the pattern as much.

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We have been out fishing again. Still no luck catching some big fishes yet, but the boys had some fun time anyhow :)

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After we tried our luck fishing we went on a little hike to Varto a small hilltop 216 masl nearby.

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We walked by a few horses that was trying to find some shade up among the trees.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Socks, Old Saw mill and Petroglyphs

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I cast on these socks in the beginning of June when we had some great warm summer weather. Now all the pretty wildflowers are in bloom and matches my Fabel yarn leftovers socks perfectly :)

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Ravelry project page
Pattern: 64 sts, 5 rows with colour 1, *1 row with colour 2, 1 row with colour 1, 5 rows with colour 2*. Repeat from *-*, but change colours. German short row heel.
Yarn: Fabel  #102 (cuff, heel and toe), #161p and #904
Needles: 2,5 mm / US 1.5

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We went on a small road trip the other day and visited an old saw mill from 1796 - Aursfjordsaga.

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Lots of beautiful hand craft!

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We also stopped by a rock carving site or petroglyphs at Tennes. The oldest ones here are 7000 years old.

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Some of the carvings was hard to see because they have decided to stop painting them red, so many of them had faded a lot or had no paint left.

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