Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I'm back:-)

Thanks for all your nice comments:-) I really appreciate it. Life has been busy lately, so there hasn't been much time for blogging, unfortunately. It's a lot easier to do when I'm home alone...like now, hubby left for Houston this morning, and the kids are in school. So it's just me and the cats.
Hubby's been home five weeks- he got an extra week becuse of Ike the hurricane. So he's been busy outside, we've got a new driveway down to the house, and we've done a lot around the seahouse.He's used the excavator, and also hired a man to help. Getting the stones in the right place isn't always easy.

But I've had a couple of hikes too- to look for the sheep. First nearly three weeks ago, the weather was gorgeous, and I had a great day. Found all the sheep too, but they were not ready to go home yet, so they ran off from me, and I didn't have the guts to go after them...I'm in awfully bad shape:-(
I took a few pictures though. Hubby bought a new camera, aKodakV1273, which I haven't learned how to use properly yet...and it's REALLY hard to find the pictures on my computer afterwards! It does help a bit when I remember to download them though...LOL! Hubby was unable to use, it has a touch-screen, and he can't see what's going on, so I got it;-)
It's a nice camera so far.

Enough of that! I was going to show you this set- I carried it along the day I went for the sheep, but it was too warm a day to wear it. So it only got out for display, I thought the background was quite nice. It's Crofter'sCowl by TheShetlandTrader. I made a matching hat. The yarn is SandnesGarn Alfa, a 85%wool,15% mohair blend, very soft, and a bit "sloppy". Colour 4323. I knitted it on 6mm needles, and it's very warm (yes, I have used it- last week when we went deerhunting. And no, I don't shoot, but I try to go anyway) More knitting- the lambjacket for the vet's little babygirl. There is a pair of
booties there too, pattern made by Laura, it's a great pattern and very easy. They don't show up very well, but they are really cute! I liked the sheep-pattern so much that I used it for a pair of socks....
This pattern from WoolyWorks, with a bit of my own ideas. I really like the edging on the cuff! They are knit mainly in Silja from Gjestal. The cuffs are done one at a time on 5 DPN's, the heel and foot done with magic loop. I always make a mess of it when using magic loop for colourwork!
Now over to something else...the wool:-) The kids, our sheepfarmer neighbour and I went looking for the sheep last Sunday. And found them. The kids did really well, and we got them all back home. So now we are hearing bells again. It feels good to get them back home. They weren't too eager to come, since the weather was so good, but now it's turning, and they are better off down here.
As I mentioned earlier, we went deerhunting last weekend...this is what met me when I crawled up a hill! 12 goats, very curious and friendly. They belong to a neighbour.
Hmmm, I still haven't figured out how to sort the pictures here- this one is taken when we gathered the sheep. The island in the middle is Selja, more info if you like. Behind is Stadhalvøya. This is the view from the deerhunting trip....a bit steep.... our farm is at the bottom, and we walked the sheep home over those mountains to the left of that little lake.
Oh, I've found a way to use that boat i wrote about earlier! We went to Drøbak this summer, the kids and I, and this boat was down near the harbour. Really cute! I think that will be a good way to use our boat which is beyond repair....We'll see next spring. It would be fun to have it next to the seahouse with some flowers and herbs.
We've done a lot with the kitchengarden too, planted raspberries and other berries, and picked the potatoes. Next week I'll get some asparagus from hubby's uncle, and plant. I'm trying to figure out more to plant now. Guess I'll just have to use the winter to plan more. Unfortunately I don't have green thumbs... I'd better stop here, there's more to share, but that will have to wait.
Have a nice day!

31 comments:

Tracy said...

Hi, Marit! Glad you're back! :o) And love what you've done with that boat--very clever and pretty! It looks so beautiful where you are...loved seeing all these fjord views. And they make great backdrops for your knitting photos-shoots! Your knitting is exquisite--the lamb baby set is adorable, so sweet. And that cowl and cap is wonderful--great color there. Hope you don't have to go looking for sheep again that way ;o)...and hope your hubby will be ok in Texas now that Ike has washed away. Happy Days to you all (HUGS)) Oh, if you get a chance to stop by--I'm having a fun giveaway this week! :o)

ELIN - "The quilt maiden" said...

What a post you've made here, quite impressing. Your English is so perfect (I'm jealous...), your photos excellent and your knitting so nice!
You live a rich life by the ocean, I think!

Judy said...

You could climb that mountain and have the nerve to say you are out of shape??? Girl, you don't know the meaning of out of shape. LOL
Love the boat with the flowers. You are right, it would look perfect by your seahouse.
Love the knitting. I have to get away from socks so I can get some other things done.
Glad to have you back blogging.
Have a happy....

Mary said...

Wow, the little baby set with the sheep is so beautiful and I love how you photographed it. Those goats are so funny! Good luck with the gardening -- I'm getting ready to try a fall garden this year for the first time.

rohanknitter said...

It's hard to say which is the more beautiful - the scenery in those pictures or the knitting! The baby set and the sheepy socks are so cute!!

Ruth said...

Så hyggelig å se at du er tilbake.

Bildene dine er nydelige, men jeg har høydeskrekk og kjente suget i magen, så jeg kunne bare se på dem et par sekunder av gangen.

Sandie Knapp said...

I think you found a great backdrop for your lovely knits, and that baby sweater with the sheep............I LOVED IT!!! How adorable that is! I just know it will be loved and treasured for a long time.

I agree with you, turning your useless boat into a flowerbed is a very good idea. It should be great fun planning which plants to use for next Summer.

Thank you so much for visiting, and your so kind comments. But I need to visit you and my other blogs. It is good for me and I enjoy them and have missed visiting. Have a great week. :)

Heidelweiss said...

Amazing. Love the knits, love the scenery. I especially love that you are superwoman and herd sheep and "hunt" deer and raise kids, and knit, and sew and...Good to see you back!

Gudrun Johnston said...

What a fantastic background for the cowl and hat!! Thanks for making these!

Farmors said...

Nydelig den sauejakken, midt i blinken for deg som lever midt oppi dem. Praktfull natur hos deg, det er når jeg ser slike bilder at jeg innser at jeg skulle ha sett mer av dette landet, hyggelig at du deler det med oss i mer urbane strøk. Takk for hyggelig besøk hos meg forleden!

Rebecca said...

I love the sheep set! I forget, did you say where the pattern is from?

Dyan said...

Marit,I loved this post, the hills surrounding your home are just beautiful - so much natural beauty. The knitting went well, such lovely patterns. I hope it all goes well with the planning for planting after winter, the little boat is so sweet, I wouldn't have been able to pass it up either. Have a great weekend.
Dy

Hege said...

Nydelige bilder.
Sokkene med sauene på er jo bare herlige!

Cathy said...

I love your blog!! Thank you for what you write about your life, for the photos!! I will come back! Kisses from french riviera!!!

Melanie said...

Hi Marit, thank you for commenting on my blog. What a beautiful area you live in. In the Lake District here in the NW of England they use old boats in a similar way- filling them with flowers and sea grasses in the Winter. Here too some breeds of sheep are brought down from the mountains for the Winter or for lambing in Spring. there are some breeds though which are hardy enough to stay up high like Herdwicks whose fleece s good for carpet making.

I absolutely adore your little sheep set. I would hapily wear a grwon up version of that in those beautiful soft greys. :-) Lovely work.

YarnThrower said...

I LOVE your cute little baby outfit with sheep on it! (Also, thanks for the plug about the booties -- I'm glad they worked out well for you!)

The views in your pictures are just breathtaking! I should take a picture of what it looks like down the street from my house just to show you for comparison :-) Do you ever tire of the beautiful scenery there? So wonderful!

Farmors said...

Hei på deg!
60 er ikke noe hyggelig tall skjønner du! Det skjønner du nok når du kommer så langt... Jeg innser jo at det er dårlig med alternativer, men allikevel. Inni hodet er man jo fortsatt ung vet du...men takk for hilsen!

Rani said...

YEAH! You're back! You are the fastest knitter! I can't believe what you accomplish. I LOVE those sheep socks. They're gorgeous!

And I think the boat idea is perfect. It shouldn't be hidden away in the barn, although the mice might like it that way.

Stunning pictures and adventures. It's always a treat to read your blog.

Bea said...

Så utruleg flotte bilder du har tatt! Likte sauesokkane dine kjempegodt! Sauer er best ;)

Ha ei flott veke!

Hilde C. said...

Så flotte bilder du har tatt! Det er litt av en bakgrunn for det du har laget. Sauemønsteret ser veldig flott ut :-)

Alison Boon said...

Beautiful jacket, so so sweet. I'm sure it will be well worn. Great scenery.

Bjørg said...

Dei bileta dine får meg til å sakne vestlandet - fjella og havet... Her i Oslo har vi skogen, men det er ikkje det same i det heile tatt.

Tonje said...

Fantastisk natur, fantastisk strikking og artig lesning. Takk for titten.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Amazing photos and knitting! What an incredible place to live.

Beyla said...

Gratulerer med nytt kamera! og WOW for noen fantastiske bilder!! Geitene du møtte var jo knallsøte, enda godt de ikke var i stangehumøret sitt ;)
Vottene blir nok sende bedre ut når de er dampet og strukket litt! Holder på med ventrevottene nå ja, har jo ikke så mye valg når jeg alt har brukt så masse tid på å lage de to høyrevottene!! trodde jeg hadde lært leksa mi etter at jeg strikka Vogue gauntlets og lagde to venstrehansker... men den gang ei sa tordenskiold! Ha en flott dag!

tantehilde said...

What a beautiful pictures: the knitting, the mountains, the sheep, the goats (loove goats!!), in fact I love everything you make and photograph! happy you're back!

Min said...

Hi Marit,

it looks like you have been very busy. The baby set is so sweet-and the back drop stunning. I love how calm, peaceful and lush your photographs are - and always are. I can imaging sitting there with just the sound of the wind - very special.

Beyla said...

Ja ikkesant!! Flyturene hadde blitt mye mere spennende for ham og. Var gubben som lærte meg å strikke mine første harde små klumpmasker :) Svigermora mi var hustell lærer, så alle guttene hennes kan strikke, sy osv.. men ikke dattera! Lenge leve ironien :D

Ragnhild said...

Hi, Marit! I've been slow moving around on blogs.... Drøbak - a pity we didn't know each other before you came to my home town!!!! Next time, though!! No excuse for not contacting me, and I'll walk you around! Selja and Stadlandet - sure, I've been there, my roots from that district! Love, Ragnhild

Ulla said...

Hi, I just found your blog after you commented on mine. Lovely scenery and such beautiful knitting!

Oddny Urnes said...

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