Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Loksins! pattern, and they came out really well, I think. There is enough yarn left for a scarf or neckerchief- it seems too good to be used for socks! The pattern is easy to knit, well written, and very pretty.
Remember a few days ago, I said I'd been making a pattern? I've seen a few blankets knit after lace doilies (Hemlock ring blanket, also found here ), and thought I wouldn't do what "everyone" else is doing. But the patterns I had, didn't work out that good, so I decided to give it a try myself...This is how far I got. 2 balls (100gr) of Gjestal Babyull. It was fun, but rather tedious. And I really wanted a round one...I guess designing is a lot about math... I would like to make this bigger, but I have to buy some more yarn first. It is about 60x60cm (22.5x22.5in) And then the Kitten Mohair yarn...it knits into a scarf , it is done, but needs blocking. I used 100gr of yarn on 4.5mm needles. Fun and easy to knit. I had a couple more photos I should have uploaded, but Blogger didn't want anymore today...
We've had a WET weekend. The pictures yesterday was taken on Sunday morning. The river is normally not so big, but it was pouring down, so we had rivers everywhere! It is still a grey day, had a bit of hail when I was feeding the sheep.
Some of you have been asking what kind of sheep we have. We have two kinds: spælsau and gammelnorsk utegangersau. The photo in the heading is spælsau, and the photo on the side is uteganger (often called villsau). We keep the spælsau inside the barn during winter, and feed them. Villsauen is going outdoors all year, but they are tamed, so if I call and have some grains, they will come. I also feed them extra during winter with hay. Some are more sceptical than others, of course, but they are nice animals, Very cute and curious, and great mothers. We have had some problems both with the fox and the ravens taking lambs. I deliver the sheep to a slaughterhouse, the wool is also delivered, the advantages is that I can deliver everything, the disadvantage is that we can do very little to get better prizes.
Utegangersauene have been butchered at home so far, but I'll try to deliver some this year. The wool is not used, it seems to be too coarse. And of course coloured... They are not too happy about the spælsauwool either... Maybe I have to learn how to spin? It is really interesting to browse the internet and see what people do, both spinning and dyeing, and in general processing the whole thing. Hmmm.
It is time to shear the sheep, but only the spælsau. Villsauen was sheared in June, they usually let go of their wool around that time. If I want to use the wool, I might have to shear them too twice a year.
Time to get another cup of tea, pick up the mail, and get something to eat. And then: back to the knitting.
Have a great day!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Strikkepinner og andre pinner
I did plan on posting some knitting too! But my pictures won't upload...so I'll save it for later. Today I'm baking bread and a teacake. I have started a new scarf, in KittenMohair, a yarn I don't like, but bought because it was on sale...smart, eh? I've knitted more mittens, and I tried to make a pattern for a babyblanket in lace...which convinced me that I'm not cut out for that stuff...Lace is fun, knitting is fun, browsing the internet for new patterns is fun, making a pattern is no fun...
We've had several days of great fallweather, sunny days, and clear nights.
I'll be back...
Have a great day:-)
Monday, October 22, 2007
Well, here we go:
1: Hardcover or paperback, and why?
I prefer hardcover. They look a lot better,and they wear a lot better... but I tend to buy a lot of paperbacks since they are cheaper...
2: If I were to own a book shop, I would call it...
Lesekroken (the reading corner)
3: My favourite quote from a book (mention the title)
Sorry, nothing comes to mind! Oh, I've got one! " Du ock jag, Alfred! Ja, du ock jag, Emil" ("You and me, Alfred! Yes, you and me, Emil" from the books about Emil i Lønneberget by Astrid Lindgren.)
4: The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be...
Sigrid Undset, a Norwegian author, now deceased, but I think she would be interesting. She has written some amazing books. I also think Chaim Potok would have been a good choice- or possibly those two together!
5:If I was going to a deserted island and could bring only one book, except for the SAS survival guide, it would be...
The Bible. Or maybe Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac- lots of laughs and some nice patterns:-)
6: I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that...
...made it possible to read and knit at the same time-maybe all books should be bound in spirals? And be at least twice as big as they usually are? And there should be something that turned the pages. Maybe that's why they invented CD-books...
7: The smell of an old book reminds me of......the books in the attic...
8: If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title) it would be...
Miss Marple. In all of Agatha Christies books... She's a gem!
9: The most overestimated book of all times is...
Gone with the wind. Yes I know you will not agree, but really?
10: I hate it when a book...
...is made into a movie!!! It is almost always a disappointment.
Should I tag someone? I think I'll pass this time, but please feel free to consider yourself tagged if you read this!
In other news the sheep are happy to be home! More about them later. Have a nice day:-)
Monday, October 15, 2007
THANK YOU to the vet's hubby and DS1(the 15yearold)- they did it. 70 sheep should be back home.
It's going to be a good week:-)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A clear sign of King Winter not being far away- frosty leaves. DD1 found ice on most of the puddles and had great fun shaping them into animals or faces,and then throwing them on a rock, it sounded like glass breaking!
There is a cliff in the background of this photo- Hornelen- Northern Europes highest seacliff- it is 860m straight into the sea. The witches are believed to dance there on Midsummernights Eve. We can see it from most places in our village, and it is quite impressive.
Finally back home- only 2 more hours to walk-LOL! We saw some sheep, but they were too far away to fetch, it was getting rather late at day, and my knee hurts a lot, so we just had to get back down. It was a great trip, though! Unfortunately we don't have any sheepdogs, it would have come in handy now. The kids want a dog, and Hubby wants one- I'm the reluctant one, because I don't know if a dog would like it here, I just don't seem to have enough interest in one, and they need practise and exersice every day to behave properly. I will have to think it over. A properly trained sheepdog works wonders!!! I've seen them in action, and it is impressive!
Back in my schooldays we always wrote an essay about the holiday or a special day or event, and the ending line of that would be " And they all agreed that it had been a lovely day!"
I think that is what we said too, even though we didn't find any sheep...
Have a nice evening:-)
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
And it had a nice article about Selbuvotten, and some nice patterns, so I cast on for a pair of mittens for a little friend of mine. Pink and black. It's been a long time since I've done any fairisle/ stranded knitting at all, so tension is way off- I need to work on that. Hopefully a good blocking will fix the unevenness.
These are the socks again from Strikk deg varm. They have an unusual heel- afterthoughtheel?- that was quite fun to knit. The pattern is a bit boring, but it might be fun to draw my own pattern using the same number of stitches.
DD1 and I are alone this week. Hubby took the boys with him to work this morning, he'll be at the office in Stavanger, and they will come home by plane on Saturday. DD2 was fetched by my mother-in-law, she'll spend the week there. It is autumn vacation this week. Having only one child at home is rather strange. We'll enjoy ourselves! We just have to get those irritating sheep down first!!!
Have a nice week!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
And I have to say: I have loved reading your comments to my last post, it has been really funny- THANK YOU!!!
The sheep are still in the mountains, we'll try again tomorrow. I've been up twice- first on Thursday a week ago, the weather was great (no pictures- my darling 12-yearold decided she needed the camera for school, and off she went!) and the sheep was all there. And still not willing to come home...
Last Sunday we were 8 going together,me, DS1 and DS2, DS2's friend, his mom(the teacher), a neighbour(the hunter), the vet's husband, and the mayor. We saw the sheep, we spoke to the sheep, we even got the sheep to move. And then the fog came...
Anyway- I'll be back soon- hopefully with some knitting too! Yes, there HAS been knitting!
Wish me luck tomorrow...I think we might need it-LOL!
Have a great Sunday:-)