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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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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Across the finishing line!

I am done with my Olympic Knitting. I am not to happy about the result, though. I definetly am not a gold medallist. The beads are in a pattern, but not the way it looks on the picture that goes with the pattern in the book. And the hat is a little too small I find... (For my head anyway.Maybe I have a particulary thick scull)
I have also finished a pale pink linen bag with "Girly stuff" embroidered on it. it's supposed to go in the bathroom. Have enough fabric for a another bag, but that will have to wait until we are back from the cottage. We are going there today, returning Sunday.Have to go and buy a drawstring for it, too..

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Flashing again

I don't know if you are into old things like me, but I have shown you some items earlier from my great grandmother's home. Today I'm showing some flower pots she used to have. They are now in my house- and I appreciate displaying them. (and never you mind the layer of dust on that shelf!!)

I also want to show you a bowl she used to have out in her living room.

Towmorrow I will show off my Olympic Knitting Project since I finished tonight.
Too late for photoes now,I am on holiday this week and I have finally reached a relaxed stage that I always long to reach before holiday starts. Sometimes it takes me a while before I am able to unwind. This time it took til Tuesday....

I discovered visual journaling this week and have been so intrigued by the websites that are out there that I haven't had time to look for knitting blogs. Started journaling myself, very modestly, but I found it to be a great way of expressing thoughts and emotions. I have always known how writing can be a great way of getting things out, but this was something bigger. I will show you my little journal too tomorrow.. 'Night

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Will I be finished in time?

This is how far I've gotten on the Olympic knitting hat. I stumbled away with the beads. It's kinda acceptable.... Now I am at the widest part of the knitting and my right arm is not quite up to par .. I better be careful and take breaks if necessary.I just REALLY want to finish when I am supposed to...
I still have one more February sock to do , too! oh, well. I am on holiday for a week now so I should be able to perform miracles..(truth is I usually end up in an almost "vegetative" state once holiday starts. Must be neccesary, then.
The first photo is of the knitting the way it looks when I'm working on it. The next is when I have put the hat on a doll and put the inner part of the hat in its place. Hopefully it will look okay when it is finished.

I have made acouple of more granny squares since I posted last time, but now I am running out of yarn. In order to get more I have to go to the neighbouring town an hour away. They don't have that kind here..
Oh, by the way- someone reading my blog thought it a little presumptious of me to call my town a "town". Well, it may be a very small town but it acutally has status as a town -and that was decided years ago (and I had no say in the matter)- SO THERE!

Here is a picture of a pair of socks I knitted last year. I use them when I sit at night knitting or in the mornings on my days off work when I have lots of time and can spend an hour knitting and drinking coffee before I even start thinking about having breakfast!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Stuff from my windows

I'm knitting away- don't have time to fiddle with photo tonight. Too much snow to shovel(how come hubbies always go away when the snow falls, just to return from businesstrips when the driveway is cleared?)- and I have some TV shows to watch while knitting, you know!But I am now at the beading part- and boy am I stupid....
Trying to look at it positively, though. It's supposed to take some sweatin' being in the olympics I guess...
Here's a photo I had prepared earlier for putting into my blog sometime convenient:
Tip for having candles in the window: old "Norgesglass" (used for pickles or preserves in earlier days- when people actually did that themselves!) Som metal thread, VOILA. I have them i n the kitchen. At christmas time I put red ribbons around them.

Or- if that is too home made for you ,there are nice things to buy! I bought two of these for my living room.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Flashing my stash-while it's still Tuesday!

It's almost midnight- I better get some flashin' done!
Have been to a knitting cafe gathering again, fun as always. Worked just a little bit on my olympic knitting, got to the point where I'm going to need some alone time to consentrate on it- and worked on my crocheted granny squares instead.
I just want to show off some of my needlepoint stash. I made this duck (design:Kaffe Fassett. From his book "Glorious needlepoint")a while back. Gave it to my parents for Christmas. I still have a lot left that I can stash until I figure out a sensible/fun way of using it.

Let me also show you my Ehrman needlepoint book that I bought when I was in York, England two years ago. And the previously mentioned "Glorious needlepoint", both featuring several of Fassetts designs.

Well, maybe I should have turned those two books around- but I'm just too tired. Goodnight!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Olympic times. The knitting has begun. -AND mother's Day!

Can you believe all the knitters that signed up for this event! Who would have thought they would join by the thousands!
I am knitting a hat. It is a regular hat on the inside, on the outside it is supposed to get a beaded edge and then be a bit bulkier so that it doesn't look tight on your head. In other words, it's a double thingy. The beads knitted in is my little challenge. Never done that before.My long term plan is to knit a scarf and gloves to go with it.
Found baby wool at "Europris" for it on Friday.It is tought on may shoulders,I use small circular needles size 2 1/2.

On this Mother's Day I woke up by some muffled sounds in the kitchen. my youngest daughter was making coffee. A few minutes later she came into the bedroom with a tray. Coffee - just the way I like it- candle, slices of orange and a mother's Day card. (My oldest was at a sleepover and the hubbie is on a business trip.)The dog was trailing after her. it was only 7:30 in the morning, but it was the nicest way to wake up. I'm so lucky! Thank you, pumpkin!(Here she is at the computer)

I have more or less finished the woolen tights that will be stowed away till his November birthday comes along. What I did NOT noticed until now is that my toes are showing on the picture. Wow- the first glimpse of you get of me in this blog...!!

Regarding the sock-along "Sokker 2006" I will show you the first sock. Colours not right on this photo- but never mind- and it is by far the ugliest sock I've ever knitted. And I'm not talking about the "compose-it-as-you-go-along" pattern. nooooo, the stitches ar HORRIBLE. But my daughter thinks the socks will be cool- so there! But it's going to take an effort to finish the second one before this month is over! Knitting something foul really makes me lose the inspiration.

Have to show off something I have started at the same time as the Olympic knitting:
Granny squares in white and beige cotton yarn. Have wanted to start that for a long time.Figured out how many squares I can do out of one ball of each colour so that I can buy enough for the whole afgahn I'm planning on doing. It will be a nice long term project that I can bring along anywhere- and work on even in the back yard on a sunny summer day! All the loose ends are going to drive me crazy, so I fixed the ones on these squares after taking the photoes. better try and keep that up as I go along... (Bah!promises, promises)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Flash your stash Tuesday.

Horrible photo, but it is supposed to show a pile of little buttons (mother of pearl- kinda...) They are from the button container I have from my grandmother. Have been wondering what to use them for, can't make up my mind.Anny good ideas out there?

A stash of wool for needlepoint. Left over from two projects. Have started something underneath there- who knows when I will devote time for it. (NOT an olympic challenge!)

Monday, February 06, 2006

I felt tagged by reading someone's blog!

Felt the urge to let myself be tagged by reading this on other blogs:

Four jobs you’ve had in your life:

1. nurses aid
2. waiting in donutshop
3. teaching flute
4. being a teacher (stuck with that, now!)

Four movies you could watch over and over again.

1 Annie Hall
2. the Birdcage
3. Fairies
4.The Santa Clause (sorry, i’m really a kid at heart!)

Four places you have lived.

1. Rjukan, Norway
2. Atyra, Paraguay
3. Trondheim, Norway
4. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Four TV shows you love to watch.

1. Judging Amy
2. ER
3. Everybody loves Raymond
4. I love Lucy (just had to bring in a classic)

Four of your favourite foods:

1. Norwegian traditional barley soup with salted meat and dumpling
2. polish kielbassa
3. Cesar salad
4. empanadas (trying to show off an international blend here!)

Four places you’d rather be right now.

1. Somewhere where I don’t have to shovel snow!
2. Florence, Italy
3. at an open air market in London, England (and pretend it is summer)
4. In a very deep, old fashioned bath tub with a good book and a glass of red wine. And lots of hot water, of course!

Four places you’ve been on vacation:

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (sounds cool, but we got mugged!)
2. Spain (yes, cool. Met a canadian there-ended up married)
3. Legoland, Denmark (that’s what happens when you mary and have children)
4. Croatia (that’s what happens when your husband does a lot of businesstrips; you tag along at some point)
Four bloggers you’ll be tagging:
Can’t do that. Haven’t built up any confident blogging relationships yet... Consider yourself tagged if you bothered reading this.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

About time! (?)

I missed FLASH YOUR STASH last Tuesday. I will make up for it by flashing my jars/jug on my kitchen counter. I will try to switch between flashing craft "stuff" and other little "collections" I have.

I haven't posted for some time altogether. Got really frustrated and angry that I can't seem to get the buttons I want into the sidebar, that I am such an idiot with html codes, that i can't get the tagboard to show.. All in all: What was the point!
But when you sit there at night "visiting" blogs it's kinda sad not to work a little on you own, too, so at least I will try to make my posts a little more often. I did ask for help and got some good pointers from.

(check her blog out, it's a very nice one! Thank you "Norway needles")
Haven't been able to work it out EVEN with her very good instructions, though. Looks like the html codes are there for both this and that on the template, but does it show-noooo.
Anyhooooo: Here is how far I have gotten on the woolen pants (my whatch-TV-and-knit project)

I started a branching out scarf in some fuzzy yarn I had in my stash. I already have a hat in this yarn, so I figured I would have scarf and mitts to go with it. I also wanted to see if I could learn how to knit from English patterns. Here is how my first attempt ended up.

Looks right, but got all confused if I took a break in the middle of the repeated 10 rounds. Ha!

Here is the type of yarn. Don't even know if they carry it anywhere anymore...

I have now gotten this far, but I was foolish enought to bring it to the knitting cafe last week. Usually we have a quiet laid back conversation around the table and i figured I could concentrate for ten rounds no problem, but this time we all yacked an laughed constantly- and of course i had to make a TINY mistake that made a BIG difference. So now the scarf and I have been on a break until I have time to sit and study it with no interruptions

Instead I started on the February socks. I DID print out the jay walker socks that Anne Ruth suggested we knit on her SOCKS 2006, but I sometimes get my own ideas on how to do it, besides I had yarn in my stash that I wanted to get rid of before buying some more. So now I am composing my own. Started last night. Bad photo!