Friday, November 30, 2007


I got this e-mail from hubby this morning...
+15°C / 59°F
This is as warm as it gets in Norway, so we'll start here. People in Spain wear winter-coats and gloves. The Norwegians are out in the sun, getting a tan.

+10°C / 50°F
The French are trying in vain to start their central heating. The Norwegians plant flowers in their gardens.

+5°C / 41°F
Italian cars won't start.The Norwegians are cruising in cabriolets.

0°C / 32°F
Distilled water freezes.The water in Oslo Fjord gets a little thicker.

-5°C / 23°F
People in California almost freeze to death.The Norwegians have their final barbecue before winter.

-10°C / 14°F
The Brits start the heat in their houses.The Norwegians start using long sleeves.

-20°C / -4°F
The Aussies flee from Mallorca.The Norwegians end their Midsummer celebrations.Autumn is here.

-30°C / -22°F
People in Greece die from the cold and disappear from the face of the earth. The Norwegians start drying their laundry indoors.

-40°C / -40°F
Paris start cracking in the cold.The Norwegians stand in line at the hotdog stands.

-50°C / -58°F >
Polar bears start evacuating the North Pole.The Norwegian army postpones their winter survival training awaiting real winter weather.

-70°C / -94°F
The false Santa moves south.The Norwegian army goes out on winter survival training.

-183°C / -297.4°F
Microbes in food don't survive.The Norwegian cows complain that the farmers' hands are cold.

-273°C / -459.4°F
ALL atom-based movent halts.The Norwegians start saying "Faen, it's cold outside today."

-300°C / -508°F
Hell freezes over, Norway wins the Eurovision Song Contest.

Have a great day:-)

Monday, November 26, 2007


First: THANK YOU so much for all your concern for DS2. He's back in school, happy as a fiddle. because now he has an exuse for not writing...(He's a clever boy, but hates to write by hand! And now, with a cast on his right arm, he is allowed to used a computer in school!),As you can see, we got some snow over the weekend, and the kids. yes, DS2 also..., has been out skiing and playing. DS1 has a snowboard that DS2 had to try...with a broken arm...I'd better get that emergency knitting kit ready! Thankfully, he is in no pain anymore, but it's itching.

Yes, we've got snow, and icy roads. Saturday night a car drove off the road just where the kids wait for the schoolbus, because he drove too fast and the roads were icy. Nothing wrong happened, and he called friends that helped him get the car back on the road.

I've started feeding the sheep a bit extra, these are the socalled wildsheep. They get hay. Most of them also has this shelter, an addition to the barn, to go into. They also have plenty of wool, so as long as it is not raining too heavily, they are okay. We shear them only once a year, in June normally. I've been thinking of doing it twice, but it has to be earlier, like in May and SEptember, so they get a nice layer of wool again before it gets too cold.
They can go from the shelter and out, next to the road, and down to the sea. This is behind the barn.
There has been little knitting lately, as I've been busy with the meat. We butchered some sheep at home, as we do each year, and make the traditional Christmasdinners. I always salt and dry the ribs and thigh, we also make meatrolls, liverpaté, and use the blood for pudding. On Saturday the girls helped me stuff sausages. We CAN buy everything, there is plenty in the store, but I like to do it my way, and also feel it is important to be able to do it, due to traditions. This year DS1 helped. The freezer is packed full with steaks... Around here, pinnekjøtt is the traditional Christmasdinner. How to cook it? Sorry, can't help you, hubby's always doing that! It is not my tradition, I'm originally from the south of Norway, and we usually eat cod. Delicious! (But around here they think I must be nuts...)

Nearly enough foodtalk for the day- I'm getting hungry!
But Kristy asked for the recipe for Christmastea- it is a tea that I bought at the pharmacy, it consists of black tea, dried orangepeel in small bits, small bits of vanilla and clove. It tastes good!

Time to pick up my knittingneedles again, and try to figure out what's for dinner...
Have a nice day!

Thursday, November 22, 2007


9:15am- phonecall from the school:" Could you come by the doctor's office, your DS2 slipped on a football this morning, and his arm hurts? We took him to the doctor."

9:30am- Doctor's office (and waiting only 5 minutes, if we had an appointment, we would have waited for 3 hours. Or possibly 4...)- kid looking gloomy, doctor examining arm... " I want you to get an X-ray of this. Do you want to drive yourself, or would you like a taxi?" We decide to drive ourselves. After all, it is only an hour. (Thankfully we have a hospital in Nordfjordeid- otherwise it would have taken us two or three hours to get to one!)

9:45am- stopping by the store to get a cocacola and some bisquits and fruit. Stopping by the school to pick up his bag, and have a few words with the teacher.

10:45- arriving at the hospital in Nordfjordeid. The arm hurts. Icepack is no icepack anymore...

11:15- X-ray.

12:15- a nurse comes by- sorry, but the doctor was needed somewhere else, you might have to wait for some time.

12:45- " Mom, I'm booooored.I've read the Donald-pocket at least five times now. My arm hurts!"

13:00- The doctor turns up, an inturn from Poland? Speaks rather good Norwegian, though. Checks the X-rays. " I think there is a fracture, but I will go check with the radiologist to be sure."

13:05- Doc comes back- "yes, there is a fracture, look(shows on the computerscreen). I'll get a nurse to come in and put a cast on"

13:10- Nurse arrives, puts on cast, doc tells us to come back in four weeks to remove it, and take another x-ray.

13:20- pay and drive back home.

The kid doesn't even want to go shopping! Hmmm...

13:30- crossing the mountains in snow!!! But here at the coast it rains.

14:30- finally back home. Oh, no, I've forgotten to feed the sheep!!!

22:00- DS2 in bed, with a painkiller.

My knitting? I dropped it on the floor when I got the call...
The boy will be fine. It was his right hand though, so he won't be able to do much writing the next couple of days!(not that it bothers him- quite the contrary...)

I'm going to make a nice cup of Christmas tea- with oranges, nutmeg and vanilla- it's been an exhausting day, even though I haven't done anything!

Have a nice day- and Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating that day today (and now I know the Canadians celebrated in October...)

Monday, November 19, 2007

monday morning view...

...and then we're back on track...

Sorry for the late "next post"! I've been busy with what they call "life"! We delivered some of the sheep to the slaughterhouse nearly two weeks ago, and it took some time to mark them and prepare them for sending off. Last weekend I also had a date with hubby, he flew in to Oslo on Thursday night, I took the bus down and arrived Friday morning, and we spent the weekend on a hotel, including a spa-treatment (ouch- I HATE the massage, it hurts! Hubby of course loved it!) We went to a show Friday night- Ylvis 3- two young brothers who had a great show), and out for dinner. On Saturday we did a little shopping and spent the evening listening to a singer/songwriter in the hotellobby (she was really good! She has a webpage that I haven't checked out yet, you'll find it here.
I took the bus down, as I said, and tried to knit some. The Koiguhat, the beanie, is too small, but I haven't decided whether to rip it all out(beanies are not my type of hat...) or just reknit the top of it, since I really like the band around the head. Anyway, I decided to make another one, more slouchy, still using Cassie's Loksins! pattern. With my own twist, that is.
I also need more angels...these are knitted in Mor Åse- yarn,on 4mm dpn's, and will be felted. I found the pattern in Familiens Juleideer 2007.
On the bus from Oslo last Sunday, I finally started Ripples, the Novemberpattern of Sockamania. This is how far I got (the busride is 12 hours...), but after a few hours I kept dozing off, losing both stitches and needles, so I stopped knitting- and haven't picked it up again... Mr.Black is trying his best to help me with the writing, he lies in my lap with his feet up, trying not to fall off.
We've also sheared the sheep, so they all look neat before winter!

I also had to make an unpleasant, complaining phonecall this morning. As I said, we delivered the sheep to the slaughterhouse a week and a half ago. We are not allowed to slaughter at home and sell the meat, and almost everything goes through cooperations. Well, I had a few sheep, a decent number of lambs, and a few castrates. We often castrate the male lambs in the fall if they are too small to deliver. Then they get an extra year up in the mountains to gain weight. I had 10 to deliver, and they looked good. I also had three that I slaughtered at home on Saturday to keep myself. Anyway, I got the payment for these on Friday... The castrated ones had been classified as rams, and we got NOK 1,71 per kilo... That is not much... To make it even more confusing- two of the castrates were classified "lamb", which is good, and being paid NOK 31,05 and 35,77 per kilo...a third was classified "young sheep"( which would have been correct for all of them) and paid NOK 24,91 per kilo.... And to top it off- we delivered all of the sheep as ecological, but it turns out the wildsheep should NOT have been marked with the "eco"label...the prizes would have been better if delivered as "wildsheep"!!! Confusing??? I'm mad! And disappointed. The prizes are too low, there are too many "if's" and "but's" and "maybe's", so I've been a nasty lady on the phone today...Sorry!!! This is supposed to be a knittingblog-LOL- but sometimes this socalled life interfere with my knitting:-)
I've just salted 5 sheepskin that will be "garvet" sometime in the future...but I doubt if I do it myself, I'm more likely to send it off to a garveri ( for those of you reading Norwegian...but there are pictures,so all of you will see what I mean- unfortunately I STILL haven't bought a book of translations between Norwegian and English!)

Enough of that. It turns out to be a great day here on the westcoast, the sun is up, and it is not too cold. Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 05, 2007

nice weather for knitting...

Of course I should have shown you the rains...and rains...and rains...I'm getting worried the kids will develop swimfeet just like the duck... A good thing about the weather, is that it is okay to not do anything outdoors(exept for gathering and marking the sheep,deciding which ones to keep and which ones to sell to the slaughterhouse, which we did on Saturday. In the rain. With all that wet wool....) So I've finally blocked my poncho! And DD2's poncho. And the one I made for her friend. Wonder why I didn't do it sooner? It softened up the wool( the yarn is not superwash, but I threw it in the washingmachine on 30C and woolcycle, and it came out great.) So now it only has to dry!
THIS will be a hat, I'm using Koigu and Cassie's Loksins! socks. I'm planning on knitting it like
Farmor did with this. DD2 is also a knitter, she's making a scarf for a friends birthday. Boring to knit garter stitch, but she has only a quarter left, and then we'll put on the rest of thr fringes and some crocheted flowers. I made a pair of fingerless gloves and a

calorymetri to go with it, knitted in Gjestal Babyull. I used almost exactly 50gr, on needles 2.5, for a small 10yearold. Only lacks buttons and a few flowers out of tha Kitten Mohair.

And finally:I don't know how many times I've tried to upload this photo...the mittens I made for two small friends. Selbumittens are always popular, and fun to knit.

Off to feed the sheep, and knit some more, I'd like to finish the hat before the weekend.

Have a great week, with perfect weather:-)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Revestreker...(foxy business...)

Mr.Black is defending his territory...Foxy was not exactly welcomed this morning, and I choked on my cup of tea!
It was fun seeing the cat this way, and he ended up chasing Foxy off the premises. I did try to call the hunter, but he probably had to work today (Work? When I need a foxhunter??? How inconsiderate of him!!!) See the fences? That's were some of our sheep go...
Have a terrific day:-)