Monday, April 21, 2008

Invisible Man and other interesting facts...

Hi there!
First of all:
A BIG Thank You for all your lovely comments on the BeeFieldsShawl! I love it, and I sure hope my sister-in-law will appreciate it. I think she will. She knows how to knit, but she's more into other kinds of arts/crafts, like weaving, felting, nunofelting, applique, patchwork...She's really talented.And she turns 50 on Friday:-)

I've been knitting a bit after the shawl was finished too, have completed my Talia vest from Knitty, and will post pictures later. The camera- well, it's not only mine...LOL! The kids brought it to school for a couple of projects:-)
So I thought I'd ca up on some unfinished business... both Rani and WoolyWorks tagged me for a game! So- here are the rules:
1.Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1: I could have pasted WoolyWorks answers right in- most of them also applied to me- like the first one"being a hermit", or #5 "I don't like horses"(they are beautiful to look at- but I have the utmost respect for them, they are too big and too unpredictable!) or #6 "talking ot loud to myself"...because then I get the answer I want:-)

2: I've always thought I was a pretty skilled knitter...that was until I discovered internet and knittingblogs! I have learned SO much from blogreading this year, and the more I learn, the more there is to learn! So thank you, all of you, that share your knowledge!

3: I'd like to learn more about spinning/weaving. We have lots of wool that is nearly impossible to sell because it's multicoloured and not used at commercial spinning mills (please exuse my English- I used to have CLUE- an English dictionary- on my computer, but it disappeared...)

4:I hate to ask people for help. I don't mind helping, though!

5: Is it weird to consider fellow bloggers friends? Somehow I feel I know more about many of the bloggers I read regularly than I know about my neighbours!

6: I hate paperwork ,and get cranky when I have to do it!

7: I'm a nightowl- that's probably why I'm still sitting here at 2am! Also, these are really boring facts!
Then:who should I tag? I think I'll go with the easy solution: those of you still reading and wanting to participate:consider yourself tagged!

Next: I found this on Yarnhogs blog, and decided to give it a try.... The result? Pretty accurate...LOL!!!

Invisible Man: "Paste this text into your webpage code!

You're Invisible Man!

by Ralph Ellison
Most of your life, people have either ignored you or told you that you
were wrong. You've been duped, mistreated, misled, and neglected. Maybe it was because
of your race, or some other uniqueness that people were quick to condemn, but now you
just want to crawl into a hole and disappear. After all, nobody knows your name. But
you just might speak for everyone.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Something totally different-these are not exactly the BLUEbell socks...but they are April's Sockamania. Done in Sisu 3525 (the solidcoloured) and Opal Euel (the multicoloured) I tried knitting these two at a time on one circular...but came only halfway down the leg before separating! I spent more time untangling the yarn than I spent knitting... So one sock was completed using MagicLoop, and the other one knitted on 4 DPN's. The DPN's worked best for me. The fair isle pattern got much more even than with magic loop or two at a time...They go straight into my gift basket, unless the girls claim them first!

We've had some wonderful days lately, sunny and clear. Quite the opposite of what we are used to. I've had backtrouble for a few days, but it's getting better now. I get it every now and then. I have kids that are willing to help, so the sheep get fed and the house isn't too messy:-)

Have a nice week!

ETA: I have no idea what happened- but suddenly the whole post disappeared...! And the date was wrong too:-)

We're enjoying the spring sun around here!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


The beginning.... before blocking....
no overnights guests tonight....
...beehives, beeswarm and bees in field....

Yarn: RørosLamullgarn bought here.
Colour: #48
Needles: KnitPicks circular 4mm. (can also be bought at EidMiljøOgHandverk.)
Started: April 2nd,2008
Finished: April 14th,2008
Size: BIG!!! 2.30m along top edge, 1.15m from neck to bottom point.
Purpose: A gift for my sister-in-law on her 50th birthday.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

...another week gone...

Lousy picture...but this is going to be the BeeFields shawl...I'm done with the beehives, beeswarm, and have started the Bees in field- section. A fun knit- but not a tv-knit! The yarn is Lamullgarn from Røros-Tweed AS, 100% wool in a (much!) darker red than this ine shows! (Colour # 48). I'm trying to finish it before April 25th...I'm also working on a sweater, and should start another pair of socks. Just didn't think I had the right yarn for it! But I'm sure I'll find some:-)

DD2 has finished both her slippers and her mittens, now it's up to mum to felt it.

I've seen several crafty children on blogs lately (some of the links you'll have to scroll down to see), and I think it's great that kids/youngsters are still interested in making something themselves! All my kids know how to knit, but they've learnt it in school- once they learn the basic knitstitch, I can help out with the rest. But I'm NO teacher-LOL!!!

I've been out chopping firewood for next winter. Normally that is hubby's job, but as long as he's in sunny, warm Houston, I'd better put the kids to work! Child labour...Also, they are back from school in 10 minutes- which means my time on the computer is off. I'd better get that cup of tea, and a couple more rounds on my shawl. I'm looking forward to the blocking of that one!

As for the weather,we've had a few lovely days around here, sunny and springlike, but today we woke up to this:
More snow! Yikes! It HAS disappeared now, though:-)
We're getting more and more lambs too. Can you hear the cat on the video? That's Mr. Black! He jumped on my shoulders while I was filming! He makes a pretty warm scarf-LOL!

Have a nice weekend:-)

Friday, April 04, 2008

I've got mail!

Some time ago, I signed up for TheMissMarple read-along and scarfexchange. I've always been a big fan of Agatha Christie's books, and have read most of them several times. I've also seen some of the movies lately on tv. So when KhadijhaCaitlin hosted another read/knitalong, I signed up! The idea was to read three different MissMarple- novels, and knit a scarf for a secret pal. Well- not so secret... Anyway- I got my scarf in the mail today! A lovely package from Kiki in Germany. I got so exited I had to open it right away- the sheep had to wait for their feed-LOL!

And this is what met me: A lovely scarf- Fickle fingers(I can't figure out any link), in bluish, the yarn is Ethno from Zitron. It is fun, warm, and incredibly soft! Kiki had also added some woolsoap, a stitchmarker, a bookmark- currently in use in my MissMarple-novel!- green tea, and some delicious chocolate! Such a great package! I wore the scarf today, as it is still pretty cold around here, and it felt so soft and nice around my neck. Thank you, Kiki!
In other news, my IcelandicLaceShawl is finished! It was a MUCH quicker knit than I had expected, and those dreaded pick-me-up's weren't half as bad as I had anticipated. There are a ton of mistakes in it, but I'll just leave them there, since nobody will ever notice anyway! Unless of course they have knitted it themselves... I've washed and blocked it, and the yarn is very soft, and has a great "hold" to it, it seems to take blocking very well. It isn't very big, but it's definitely warm. I think it will go into my giftbasket to begin with. Some details. I haven't quite figured out what is the wrong side, and what is the right side, it can be worn either way, I guess, since there are purl rows on both sides!
The Yarn is one-ply Navia, a faroese/australian/shetland blend 100% wool, in natural colours. The yarn was a pleasure to knit with! I used 3.5mm Prym bamboo circular needles, and I think it turned out nicely. I've casted on for another shawl, one that has been on my to-do list for ages... BeeFields by Anne Hanson of Knitspot. I've bought a dark red wool for it, but since I can't get blogger to upload more than 5 pictures at a time, -and it takes so long to upload that I'm turning all grey here!- I'll show pictures next time! It's coming along nicely. I was thinking of knitting it for my sister-in-law's 50th birthday on April 25th...but that might be too short a notice, considering I'm also preparing for DS2's confirmation celebrations on May 3rd! And Hubby's back in Houston...hopefully he'll be back home by the end of April... DD2's mittens are coming along nicely. She has only the top of the second mitten, and both thumbs left. Her siblings call her "the little homemaker"! She came home with a bookmark and a pillow that she had made in school. And she told me that she was the only one allowed to start a new project- none of the others could, because they hadn't finished what they were making! She was pretty proud of that.

I'll leave you with the everchanging view....taken a couple of days ago. All the snow we got for Easter has disappeared! It's spring! Have a nice weekend:-)