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My photoes and thoughts on crafts, plus a little more of this-n-that. I like knitting, crocheting and needlepoint the best myself.Nice if you leave a comment.

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Location: Rjukan, Telemark, Norway

I am 55, have two girls aged 18and 21.I am Norwegian and my husband is Canadian and we lived in Ontario,Canada for 8 years.For the last 15years we have lived in my hometown in Norway.I am a teacher and I work full time. We have a dog, Emma. She is a brown labrador. Our town is spectacular; situated in a deep valley right by a high mountain.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

New projects- my weakness number one!

This is my newest project; started last week and I am soon to finish it- a bag I am going to felt. The yarn is white and beige, a combination I really like. My sister also sent me some balls of glittering thread that I have knitted in with the wool. According to one of her co workers this comes out nicely after felting and gives the bag a glittery look. I am going to add some fuzzy yarn on the edge I think....

I ordered new yarn for my shawl last Sunday- using the exellent "Pinnsvin Design" website. I didn't know the exact number for the right colour or anything- just described my project for them and referred to this book that uses the yarn in a sweater pattern. Four days later the right yarn was in my hands. How's that for a great website with fabulous service!!!
I will work on my shawl this coming week and show it off on this blog next weekend.

We went to "Julebord" last night with the firm my husband works for and had a most excellent meal and good drinks- but godawful music. Never danced, couldn't even stand being in the same room, so most of us sat out in the adjoining room where there was a nice fire in the big fireplace. Brought our dog with us,but the kids stayed elsewhere. It was an overnight event, so when we drove home today I planned my 1. advent Sunday in my head- and it turned out just like I planned it:
A nice, slow fire, the first candle lit, the star hung up in the window, coffee and cookies, ski races on TV.. A nap under the woolen blanket afterwards and now I have been leafing through the new edition of my favourite interior decorating magazine.
The girls are planning on setting up our "Santa Village" tonight, so I better crawl up into the attic to get the doll house down. We always use it for the "village" scene. Picture to follow later this week.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Waiting for "advent"

The month before christmas is by tradition in Norway a time for lighting one candle for every one of the four Sundays befor Christmas Eve. I have already made my preparations. This year I bought four big candles, used lichen picked by our cottage and dried roses. Isn't it beautiful? Can't wait to light it. Although when I think of the things to do before Christmas is upon me I would like time to go slow....
Am knitting as if I'm paid by the stitches these days.Good thing we had another meeting at our knitting cafe on Tuesday. Two and a half hour together with other knitters sure helps add inches to whatever you're working on!
Would also like to show off my felted Santa- who soon will be shipped over to Canada for my mother in law for Christmas. it is hiding a big soda bottle.

Talking about my mother-in-law; she used to paint wooden things and make all kinds of other crafts.Today I'd like to show off a birdhouse she meade for me some years ago. Nice, eh?!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

November half gone already...

I haven't posted anything for a while since my dad got very sick and died. We have all been ocupied for a long time in this family caring for him and my mother. It was all too soon, he was only 69. But he survived bone marrow cancer once 15 years ago, so we have to be grateful that we had these years together..This time around they couldn't do any more for him.
I am still working hard at the pruple shawl, it's slow now, but I have started the decreasing of stitches, so I'm going in the right direction here. No photo yet, though.
My needlepoint is NOT going well at all, wish I could throw it out the window. Every time I pick it up I find new mistakes that I have to undo. Arghhhh! But I HAVE to finish it for Christmas since it's a present for my mother. No new photo of that either.
I have forgotten, though, to show you the white scarf I finished a long time ago, the one I just started to get rid of some fuzzy, white yarn. Here it is hanging together with some other craft projects. The bluish scarf my youngest (with my help) gave her sister last year for Cristmas.
I was delighted today when I opended my blog and found the first comment in my tag board.(Thank you- there should've been a prize for you!) Yipee!! Someone is looking in on my blog after all! Very encouraging.