Saturday, 30 August 2014

Sommer is over...

So its been a while, sorry for that, I've been busy having vacation and spending time with family and friends... not a bad excuse? My summer knitting project have been a sweater from Annette D. She is a Danish designer which makes beautiful, everyday designs (in my humble opinion). You know I think I am, deep down, a dane-undercover. I so love their sense of style, the beaches and the way of life... or better everything danish. Or maybe I've been a dane in my previous life... ouch lets not go there.

What I love about the sweater is the fit (ok I had to admitt I knitted the sweater twice this summer, once on needle 3.5 mm as the pattern calls for - to small sweater - and once going up to needle size 4 mm- much better). The sweater is slouchy without being to large. The viscolin yarn gives it a summery kind of linnen feeling, while the alapca gives it a bit of warmth.

Here is my well-worn Fish sweater from Anette D:

Pattern: Fish
Isager aplaca
Isager viscolin
Colourway: Petrol
Mods: omitted the fish on the back... I like fish, but not that much

Can you see I'm modelling? Lifting my one shoulder just a little tad... ahh the things I do for knitting :-)

The pictures actually shows the slouchyness of the sweater very good and also the colour which was a bit hard to catch on camera.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

on/off the needles

Very versatile poncho! I'm not much of a poncho girl, they always seem to add 4 punds extra around my bum, but this one I love. It took me 2 nights to knit and I've already used it both in an outdoor party and for city shopping :-) Love it.

Pattern: Drops first date
Yarn: Hexa
Needles: 7 mm

Mods: stockinette stitch, crocheted the neck line to make it sturdier, removed a button and that's about it.

Monday, 12 May 2014

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Spring is in the air

Finally, I've got something to show... and what a little gem I must say. Isn't it funny how the smallest, simplest of things can be the most beautiful? The Lacy bactus shawl is a small triangular shawl, super easy and no fuz, but still extremely wearable and nice. Its a free pattern and I've used danish BC Allino yarn in cotton and linen.

The  very green colour goes just perfect with my dark blue jacket and it will be a favourite this spring.

Happy spring everyone!

Monday, 7 April 2014

The blog is being nominated.... help?!

I'm so thrilled, nervous and happy because this blog has been nominated for the

I don't even know what that means?! I just really love the fact that somebody is interested in the same things I am, and that they find it fascinating to write themselves and read about my adventures.
The blog which has nominated me is.

She has the most fantastic blog about vintage sewing (she makes the most beautiful dresses and blouses) and knitting (also very 40-50'ish style) and her writing is... oh, so cool! If you haven't looked at it you should!

The Liebster award is a token of recognition that bloggers award to fellow bloggers who they think deserve more recognition. (The term "Liebster" roughly translates to "Dearest" from German)

The guidelines of this award are as follows:

You must answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you.You yourself then pick 11 blogs who in turn have less than 200 followers.You must then think of 11 questions for the blogs you have picked and also tell them.You must link back to the blog that nominated you.Write 11 facts about yourself

I must admit I'm having trouble finding 11 blogs that I actually read on a regular basis which have less than 200 followers. I don't even know how to find out how many followers a blog has (if its not written on the blogpage or you can find it in Bloglovin etc) So I've gathered here blogs that I do follow and which I think have not that many followers, and which I find extraordinarily fun to read.
My nominees for this award are (random order):

Now over to the answering of questions from Pinhouseplaymate (such a cool name, love it)

  1. What do you find most challenging about blogging?
    I find it hard in general, since I've done it for only a few months. I hope It will get better. If there is one thing I try to stick to it is to only blog when I have something interesting to write about. This means it could take a while between my posts.
  2. If you could choose any super-power, what would it be?
    What is a superpower exactly? I enjoy shows and films like x-men and star trek (You know "to boldly go where no man has gone before..." etc and there are lots of superpowers there. The one thing I enjoy the most is the Replicator (its in star trek)... it can make things out of nothing. If thats a superpower I would like to have it. If not I would like to run super-quickly.
  3. What is the most important thing in your life?
    Ok, I'm not that much into things, I'm more a person-person, so I would like to say my family (sorry carla). If it has to be a thing it would have to be "yarn-knitting-needles-tea-book". That is a great thing!
  4. Which object/tool could you not do without on a daily basis?
    Is it dodgy to say, my bed? I don't mean it dodgy, i just need a good night sleep to keep going through the day.
  5. What is your favorite movie of all times?
    Atonement I think.. for changing reality in a book to make reality better...
  6. What is your dream destination for travel?
    That one is easy, Australia. I would love to see the nature, the wildlife, feel the heat, cruise along the beaches, Sidney harbour, Alice springs. I imagine renting a car to live in and just get around for a looong time.
  7. Which wild animal do you find most fascinating?
    Lots of wild animals are fascinating, you just need time to study them and you will see. If I were to pick just a single one I would take the 
    cheetah. It is beautiful, powerful and fragile at the same time. But really it could be any animal... cheetah would include a trip to Africa which I wouldn't say no to.
  8. What is the most romantic thing anyone's ever done for you?
    That must be when the love of my life proposed to me :-) I'm such a sucker for romance..
  9. Who do you admire the most, and why?
    I admire Nelson Mandela for his power to forgive and to make a new start for a whole nation.
    I admire Anna Lind (swedish minister) for her believes and her ability to communicate them.
    I admire Bruce Springsteen for having a concert for 65 000 people, making each and everyone feel important, creating an atmosphere of love and good feelings, not for one second acting as if he is better than enybody else in the concert.  
  10. If you could make a living doing anything, which profession would you choose?
    Tough one, I'm not sure... something with medicine, if I could choose and wasn't constricted by grades and so on.
  11. Describe yourself in 5 words.
    Reliable, friendly, determined, lojal and a bit girlish sometimes

Then 11 fun facts about me

1. I talk to the cat about my work (not the dog because she doesn't get it)
2. I have ran 10 km in a race and survived.
3. I have 2 professions, I'm an engineer and a teacher
4. I have experienced 2 burglaries
5. I am (still) afraid of the dark
6. I always wear painted nails.. on my toes cause it feels like a luxury
7. When I look up towards the sky, my one eye will always look to the side
8. I'm a complete yarn nerd
9. I've done a course in making silver jewlery
10. I love to read in different languages

My questions to fellow bloggers are:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is the most challenging thing about blogging?
3. Would you bungee jump?
4. Favourite smell?
5. Mountain hideaway or beach house?
6. Who do you miss the most?
7. If you were a crayon what colour would it be?
8. What are you listening to right now?
9. Favourite film?
10. What is the farthest you've been from home?
11. What is your special talent?

Friday, 4 April 2014

From a land far far away..

Frist of all: Sorry for the long absence!
Sometimes life takes mysterious ways and you don't really understand the meaning until afterwards. And sometimes life takes very well predfined turnes which affect you in an unpredictable way :-) I've had both of these coincidents this winter, and hey I'm still here :-)

I turned 40 - I saw it coming, but wow it was harder than I thought.
I've started studying - didn't see that one so clearly. Studying is underrated though, it is fun learning new stuff!

Anyway what kept med going through these changes? well knitting of course!
To me knitting is like meditation, it requires just the right amount of concentration to not let the thoughts take you completely away, but yet you get to process your thoughts and the feelings they evoke.

My projects this winter have not been advanced, but I'm very happy with the garments I've produced. They look and feel nice to wear and they have been a delight to knit.

Spring sweater for boys
Pattern: Drops sweater
Yarn: Madelintosh sport
Colours: Lowland and silverfox

The sweater pattern is very basic, but I truly love the shape. The neckline is folded and sewed and this is something I will use for other sweaters as it makes the neckline sturdy and it looks great. My S doesn't like fussy sweaters with cables and colours so he is very happy with this plain and simple sweater. Maybe next time (because there will be a next time with this pattern) I will make openings and buttons in the front or on the side and make the sweater in just one colour..?!

Mittens for just about everyone

Pattern: Tovede votters
Yarn: Rauma finull
Colour: 474 Aubergine

I'm only including one picture of these, but I've made lots of these this winter! I love them! They are warm and nice to wear and the yarn Rauma finull is just perfect! You knit them up easily on two nights in front of the tv so you start on a wednesday, the following night (friday) you put them in the washing machine at 40 degrees celcius, have a glas of wine to slow down your heartrate and calm yourself down (I mean just the thought of putting knitwear in a normal cycle in the machine makes my blodpressure rise and since drinking wine is not something I normally do ona) and 1 hour later you have the most soft and sweet mittens you can think of!
The halo of the yarn after being washed is astonishing.

My mum was very inspired by my mittens and made a pair in offwhite - fantastic

The yarn comes in just about any colour you can think of so just find your favourite and get started... or maybe wait until fall :-)

Monday, 27 January 2014

Happy sweater

The happy sweater is done! Pashmina is a dream to work with and to wear so my girl is happy, happy, happy. She is also very happy to get a knitted sweater with a wider neck, but not a boat neck.
I have used a pattern called pistacie to get the right teenage fit, but I skipped the more fair isle looking pattern and added simple stripes in grey as to make it a bit more springy and because it looks better with this yarn. I've used size 14 (years) in the pattern to get a size 12 to compensate for thinner yarn.

I hope she will use it a lot the coming spring (I really hope spring is coming although it doesn't feel like it today, snow and wind and all wintery outside).

Pattern: pistacie Annette D
Yarn: madelinetosh pashmina
Colour: mulled wine
Yarn: Madelinetosh sock
Colour: silver fox