December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas

This beautiful sky on the fourth Sunday of advent sends us right into Christmas and holiday spirit.

Holiday skies

The tree is decorated and we're as ready for Christmas as we can be. Marie evend made us spend over half an hour walking around the tree singing. She calls it practice for tomorrow. I guess we'll be doing a lot of walking and singing the next week...

I wish every one who reads this a very merry Christmas.

(I knit myself a new hat, I forgot the one I usually wear at my office before I went on holiday. I only have that one that I like to wear. You can see me briefly wearing my Urchin here. I've given it away alreay. It was a smidget too big for me. There are three more in the making as soon as the LYS opens up after the holidays.)

December 19, 2007

Matchey matchey

Fancy huh, when the scarf and glasses match? I did not realice until I put both on this morning.

Huckleberry ascot

Huckleberry Ascot from Interweave Knits Holiday 2007.
Alpaca softness, silk strength and bobble crazy. And classy! I like it:)

December 17, 2007

Mr. Postman

Please do your best to get these socks to Trondheim before the holidays!

Phew! I managed to finish the socks from my previous post/rant today. I'm mailing them tomorrow and will cross my fingers very hard hoping that they make it to my cousin before the 24th.

Sister socks

The pink ones are for a 1 year old girl. Knit from Sandnes Lanett using 2.25mm needles. The pattern is from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.
The red one is for the 3 year old big sister. Using the same stitch pattern but thicker yarn and 2.75mm needles. I only cast on 40 stitches. I also did short row heel and toes, after trying a "normal" heel first ending up with a sock that fit my 5 year old and frogging a whole lot!

I'm happy about both pairs. I am also sure of one thing: 2008 is not going to be year of the sock for me. Hats and mittens maybe? And I'm hoping to squeeze in the odd sweater!

December 16, 2007

Can I have 48 hours in a day, please?

I don't do holiday knitting. I hate to knit stuff on a deadline that is as fixed as Dec. 24th.
Even though I feel this way I said I would knit two pairs of kids socks and mail them across the country in time for Christmas, so my cousin could give them as gifts for two little girls she knows. Norwegian Mail says send all your holiday mail by Dec. 16th. That is TODAY and they are closed on Sundays. I still have not completed the socks. One is near the toe and one is not even ready to get it's heel tuned. I had this silly thought that kids socks were fast... I wish there was a way to peel potatoes and do dishes while knitting. I have not done anything but knit AND RIP this whole weekend.
Who needs sleep? Eeeek!

(Sillier: I even thought I'd have time to knit and felt three Schmeebot rabbits and toss in the same package too. Who am I kidding?)

December 10, 2007

More vine

The second pair of Vine is finished and in the mail.

This time I used Chrystal Palace Taos. That changed the project a lot compared to the previous pair!
Blue Vine

That pink little thing I'm working on is a Infants Fancy Silk Sock by Nancy Bush. Two pairs are going to be given away as christmas presents by my cousin. I'm really liking knitting these, they are so sweet!

December 06, 2007

Vine please...

I just finished a pair of Vine fingerless mitts. Lovely pattern, though I'm not sure I managed to follow it properly. I have no idea where I started to deviate though, but I ended up with a wrong row count!

Vine, fingerless mitts

A nice gift for a good friend I think. I got to use up some leftover yarns. Pt5 by Rauma (I have a huge cone) and some pretty and sparkly Kidsilk Night to soften it up a bit.

Applause to hubby for improving on his photo skills. (And, this photo is heavily edited lightwise. I'm gonna miss the lighter seasons alot this winter.)

I have another friend that turns 30 in a couple of days. I've started another pair of Vine. This time in a completely different yarn, Chrystal Palace Taos. More on that this weekend, because these babies knit up fast!

December 04, 2007

Winter wonder land

Some people* are under the impression that Norway is a winter wonder land, and as soon as you get close to December the whole country will be covered in snow. You'd expect nothing less from the nice little spot on this planet where Santa has chosen to live, would you?

Well, here's proof of the contrary. Picture taken December 2nd on a hike in woods where I live, testing out wether "My so called scarf"'s is good for hiking.

My so called scarf

See that? Pretty christmas trees in the wild, but no snow!

The scarf... It's been my out of the house-project for quite some time. I started it back in October. Overall, it's a good scarf, though a bit short.
The main purpose of this projeck: Knit up the two pretty balls of Rowan Tapestry that I had in the stash, to see what it looks and feels like knit up and how it wears. Because I thought I wanted a larger garment in this yarn and wanted to test knit something small first. Well, I don't really plan on knitting with Tapestry again any time soon. Though it is a wool and soybean yarn, feels more like a mohair blend. Hairy and tangle prone (I had yarn barf that stuck on itself). It also has a dry feel to it. It's hard to describe but if you have some Tapestry handy try holding it up to your ear and give it a gentle squeeze... Hear** that "dry" sound? I don't like that at all! I can kind of hear it with my hands when I knit too. So there will not be a pretty vest, bolero or sweater out of Tapestry for me, no way!

I've been writing a bit about when hubby is taking pictures of me and my knitwear. I can not for the life of me understand how other bloggers get their partners to take such pretty pictures. Here's the best picture out of the first 8 he took when I told him to focus on the scarf, not me.

My so called scarf
Not my best piranha impression, I can do so much better!

* kids under the age of 5, and people who have never been here.
**Am I the only one who listen to yarn this way? I do it every time I meet a new yarn, straight after I've sniffed it.