Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In battle mode..

Chose your battles, they say.. Well, this is mine for today. I wonder what I might find. 🤔


Home..


In the movie "Dead Poets' Society" Robin Williams' character states that the word "very" is a lazy word. 


Right now, I think I'm entitled to use this word. Not because I'm lazy, but because I'm tired. 


I'm very tired.. And although the word "exhausted" would have been a more appropriate word to use, my brain is running a little low on creative writing energy, thus making the word "very" quite good enough. 

I'm off to bed now. It's now almost 12 1/2 hours since the bus left Birmingham airport, over 14 hours since the taxi left the hotel. My alarm will ring at 06:30, so that I can take A to kindergarten. It's now 01:36, and my head is buzzing.. making it feel like a swarm of bees moved in some time during the day. 

Pictures from Birmingham and The Festival of Quilts will come - but not riiiiiiight now. 

(B)Zzzzzzzzz...


Friday, August 11, 2017

Flying like a bird

In a matter of hours I have gone from this :

To this :


And an now enjoying this :


Next stop : Birmingham!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Romantic?

Tonight's discussion with tegards to entertainment :

Hubby : So, what do you wanna do?

Me : Well, we could watch an episode or two before bedtime. 

H : Ok, but is there something you'd really like to do?

M : Hm, I'd really like to go upstairs and play with my sewing machine...

H : You could do that - I could play PS4.. atleast we'd be in the same part of the house!

And so we did. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

The completed "tailfeathers" shawl

I posted a picture of a knitted project a few posts back, made in multicoloured and black (dark grey) yarn. Well, it was finished not long after that post was published. It's a bit long (which is how I like my shawls, and the colours work well with most of my warderobe (which is *surprice* quite stuck in the shades of black). I've used it almost daily, when the temperatures suggest a shawl or a scarf might be fitting, and have received quite a few compliments about it (even from my male colleagues).

The pattern is called Leftie and is designed by the German designer Martina Behm (or Strichmich!, which is her Ravelry username). The name tailfeathers got stuck after Hubby compared the contrast parts to be similar to a peacock's tailfeathers. Fitting, really, when the yarn is called electric peacock, don't you think?


Due to it's size, it's a little bit difficult to get a good picture of the whole shawl (I'll try again soon), but the picture above shows quite well how the colours are. The multicoloured yarn is called Electric Unicorn and comes from the dyer Truly Hooked, while the black yarn comes from another dyer from Great Britain, which I can't remember right now. Both colours were bought at The Knitting and Stitching Show in London last October. (I believe mom and I have plans to return to London next fall..)


The shawl in action! 

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Next week it is time for The Festival of Quilts.  I've never attended before - nor been to Birmingham before - so there's a few firsts for me there. I've entered a quilt in the category Contemporary, and - although I have no hopes or dreams of winning anything - I'm eager to see my quilt in place, with the others. I think there are about 700 who have entered a quilt (or more) and the little glimses I've seen online, from last year, there is quite a variety of quilts shown. 

I'm counting down - one week to go until I'm off. My passport and tickets are ready and printed - but my suitcase will have to wait for another couple of days. 

I know Lynette Anderson is going to be there, but that's about all I know. Perhaps someone out there, in the world wide web, knows of anyone else, have any tips - or might be going there themselves? I like coffee (though, more milk with a hint of coffee) and tea, perhaps you'd like to join me for a cup?



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Playing

And learning!

My mom and I have been playing with food colouring, KoolAid and yarn for a couple of days (and a new batch of yarn is soaking in vinegar water as we speak). 

For mom, it was doing more fun stuff - for me it was learning, it being my first time dying yarn. 

 
The KoolAid is prepared and ready. 


Fixating the colours from food colouring. 


The finished yarn hung on our old play house. 


On the lawn.  


Looking good!


These three are mine. I have a couple of ideas for two of these. 

My second batch is for a jacket/sweater for A. I'm thinking red on white, perhaps with a little blue - we'll see tomorrow when the yarn is done soaking. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A few days alone

Due to Summer, holidays and such I had the rare opportunity to spend a week alone, home alone, while Hubby and the kids visited the in-laws. I can't really say that I did many exciting things, but I did spend some time on the third floor, playing with fabric and my sewing machine.

I started out with a pack of mini charms (a mini charm pack) and some leftovers in shades of grey and black, and decided to try to make a table runner from a picture I saw online a couple of months ago. 

I cut the greys and blacks into strips of 1.5" and basically started from the top of the charm pack, and carried on until I ran out of squares. After sewing the other side of the stripes to the squares, I started to lay out the blocks in some kind of a pattern. 

The first night, I had a flimsy, all the blocks were sewn together, but I thought it looked a little small..


The next day - after work - I went back upstairs and found another grey fabric that I thought went pretty well with the blocks, and I ended up adding strips of 1.5" to the long sides of the blocks, and wider strips to the short ends (about 2.5-3" I think). Finished it off with a black edge - and it fits our living room table pretty good. Very nice with a touch of colour to go with our new grey couch.


Of course I had to try again, this time using another mini charm pack and a 30cm piece I had of a grey fabric. 



The blocks were completed the third evening, but I didn't sew them together right away, but laid them out and left them there to see if it was the right "pattern". 


Evening number 4 and the blocks got sewn together. I've added a border to this one too, and it is now quilted (not shown in the picture) but I haven't found the right edge fabric yet, so it's not completely finished yet..

The pattern was easy, and fun to sew - and I have so many charm packs just waiting for a project that I am thinking of making a couple more of these table runners and keep them 'til Christmas. Which is like 5 months away now.. *iiik*




Off into the big world..

I sent my baby off into the big world, all by it's self yesterday. Wrapped up in bubbles, and (hopefully) clearly labelled, it was sent from the post office and off to Birmingham (or, first, Sussex, and then to Birmingham). I won't be seeing it again until it is hung in the exhibition at The Festival of Quilts around mid-august. 


I hope it arrives safely. I hope it arrives on time - in time ? - and I can't wait to see it again.

*fingers crossed*

Monday, July 03, 2017

Current projects related to needles

Back in April I started to add pictures to this draft, with the intention to post an overview of my current projects related to needles (that being knitting or sewing needles). Well... it's July now.. I have no words. No excuse. But the pictures are still here - and the projects are still nice. So, let's get on with it.

Fist up is this stitchery that I actually started preparing at least three years ago. I think I bought it the last time I was at the julemesse (Christmas fair) in Lillestrøm, which would've been in 2014.


I think I kind of got tired of all the love just drawing the stitchery pattern on the fabric. But! Once I started sewing, it went along quite smoothly. It's something meditative about stitching - following the lines.. and the fewer colours the better. Doesn't demand much attention at all - just follow the lines..

Next up is a knitting project. This is my version of the pattern Leftie - but Hubby's comment ("It looks like a peacock's tail feathers) got stuck, and now it's simply known as "tail feathers". 


Both yarns were bought at The Knitting and Stitching Show in London last October. My mom and I have talked about what a great time we had, and we've more or less decided to go next year (2018) - including staying in the same hotel!

This year, however, we will return to the UK - but we'll be going to Birmingham in August instead. My first visit to The Festival of Quilts and I can hardly wait!

I wonder if anybody I know will be going there.. Will you? Perhaps we could meet up for a coffee or a cup of tea - I'd love to meet other bloggers and quilters and make new friends!

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I'll have to do a post to update these project, seeing as they are no longer in the same state as shown in these pictures.

I'll be back!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

And suddenly..

Well, on Tuesday I cast on for a new hat for hubby (after he started this unfortunate trend of losing his home knitted hats), thinking I might as well get something tossed off my to do-list for autumn as long as the temperatures were low. 


Well, the day after, I had gotten hooked on the knitting needles, and the pattern for the hat is really easy to get caught up in (it's a pattern made by Arne & Carlos, called Hat with Space Invaders Pattern). I think this is the fifth or sixth time I've knitted this pattern (may even be 8th or 9th....). It's simple, fun and can be as simple or complex as you like.


Thursday evening and all the ends were woven in. I still need to steam it, but it is finished and fits perfectly. Almost exactly identical to the one hubby lost (I'm going to put a label on the inside, with my phone number on - which is what we usually mark the kids' clothes with). Hopefully, if lost, someone will contact us - instead of adopting it (which is what I hope is what happened).


And the temperatures? Still cool, although a little warmer. It's raining today (started after we had spent about 3 hours in Tusenfryd. Needless to say, we're all a little tired now.. 




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summertime...

And the knitting is on?!


Hubby started a trend last year of losing his knitted hats during the winter. After losing three hats in about a year, it was time to knit him some new ones (which will be marked with phone numbers and name..). 

It might be summer, but the rain and cooler wind returned yesterday, so pullong out some knitting needles and a few balls of yarn seemed fitting. 

Maybe it'll be completed in time fornthe warmer winds to return?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Something new...

This bunch of stuff arrived on Friday. 


Taking up every inch of space in our living room...


And underneath all this pile of cardboard, sheets of foam and about a mile of plastic?


Our new couch! Yay!


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...I need to make some new pillows...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Anemones

The anemones (hvitveis, as we call them in norwegian) are popping up all over the forest, along the paths and in open places. 


They're a true sign of Spring - and although we had snow just a week and a half ago, I think it might be the last sign of Winter - at least on this side of Fall. 

*fingers crossed*



We were delayed on our way home from school the othet day. This little chap was sitting in the middle of the path munching on his dinner. He didn't move even as we came closer with A's stroller, but when some kids came running and shouting through the wood, it seemed that his peaceful dinner was over. 




Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Easter Bunny..

The Easter Bunny dropped by and left the kids some treats. To find them, they'll have to follow some clues and solve a puzzle. Do you think they'll find the treats?


Can you tell where the Easter Bunny has hidden his treats?

Already Easter and some small, yet major changes


First Monday of April, and I returned to my desk at the office looking like this : 


A small, yet major change in my work life has happened - I've become a permanent employee at the office, instead of a hired-in person on a limited contract. Basically, it's the same job, just more permanent, more secure.  


The firm that I was hired out from, sent me these gorgeous (and very nice-smelling) flowers as a "Thank you" for the years I've worked for them.

Easter is upon us, and we've stayed in the city this year too. It's quiet and nice - although P thinks it is completely horrible... all of his friends are away, and won' be back until tomorrow evening (Sunday).. 

I'd bought a pattern for a Easter bunny-pouch some time last year, and decided to try to make one. Well, I got hooked, completely! I ended up making 14 of them (yikes!) and am still not tired of making them. I ended up filling some of them with chocolates and giving them away. Three of them came to the office with me - and I got some nice snaps on Snapchat from a couple of the very happy girls.



Our boss was responsible for the Friday cake (cake, ice cream, or something to make Friday afternoon a little more cozy) the last Friday before Easter week started, and he ventured out and bought back a whole pile of candy. No-one protested, I mean, who says "no" to candy? *yum*


I'm currently working on a couple of projects - three knitting (one that is an everlasting one, but without a deadline - and one that might end up frogged... still doing a bit of consideration about it, though), a stitchery - and a secret one. Which will probably not be revealed until some time in August. *grins*


The mailman delivered two Homespun magazines to me last week. I thought it had been a while since I last received an issue, but it didn't occur to me that I had missed an issue until it arrived. Oh well, more to read and look at. :) 

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I was thinking of doing a give-away soon, but am not quite sure if I have many (any?) readers left. Are there any readers left in the blogiverse these days or have everyone moved over to Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest? I dabble a little over at Instagram, and have a list or two at Pinterest, but blogging is what I'd like to do - more of and better. 





Monday, February 20, 2017

Lavendel satchels

Last summer we planted some lavender (both from seed and from the flower shop) in our garden, and when the autumn came I cut off the flowers and dried them inside. And, since things to tend to take some time, in January I finally took the time to sew up some lavender-filled satchels.


I had a mini-charmpack of fabric with a lavender/flower theme, and when I first saw it, I knew it would be a perfect match for our lavender. 

Two of these were given away to a college of mine, as a late Christmas-early birthday present.


Little miss A was very happy the other day, when we walked to the store and bought "crocodiles" (a bag of dried fruit - with a dinosaur on the front). She walked all the way there and back again by herself - wearing her brother's old wooly pants (they're almost 7 years old now) and her cousin's ond strawberry knitted hat (I knitted it for E when she was 1, which is about 7 years ago too). Inheriting and reusing is a good thing when they're this small. 

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Have a good and crafty week!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 1st

The first day of January came and went two weeks ago, but the day will be remembered in these pictures.

January 1st was spent outside in glorious sunshine (and a somewhat biting chill that snuck up on you when you entered the shades). 

Hubby, P, my sister and E went iceskating while mom and I took the little ones (A and F) for a stroll so that they could nap. (F fell asleep quite fast, but A stayed awake until we ventured back to the iceskaters an hour later.. then she fell asleep...)

We joined the flood of tourists and other norwegians out enjoying the sun, and walked around Aker brygge. 


At the end of the pier (brygge) there was a lovely view out to the fjord, with the low sun shining brightly.


And turning around, we had a good view to Akershus festing (to the right) and the Oslo rĂĄdhus (to the left).

So far 2017 has been a mix of sunny, almost Easter-y days and very foggy or rainy days. Not much snow, and the snow that has come has either rained away shortly after falling - or frozen to ice..