Monday, March 09, 2009

More sheep!

Did you see Britt-Arnhilds blog yesterday? She wrote a post about her trip to Selja a couple of years ago. Make sure you check out her links- she has told the story of Sancta Sunniva a lot better than I could!
I just had to share a few more photos of the sheep...we went back yesterday to check on the sheep, it was a lovely, sunny day, but it was really windy, and I did not like the boatride! DS2 is in charge of the boat, and he takes his responsibilities seriously. He also likes to feed the sheep...we gave them some grains and a salty stone(minerals) , this is inside the old boatshed that belongs to the monastery.
When we came out, all the sheep had gathered just next to Sunnivahelleren. I went to get the grains, and started calling. They lifted their heads, waited a little, and then came running down the steps in one long row! Several will eat out of our hands, Rusta ("rusty" due to her colour) on the picture above, is even more determined to get her share of the goodies!


We met a young man with a little boy and a dog, they had spoken to the sheep, and the little boy- he couldn't have been more than 3 or 4- was very curious about them. He was going to have sheep of his own. "But you already have a dog", the young man said. " We are going to have sheep", was the reply...


Just in case you wonder- there HAS been knitting going on!


Even a pair. And they got gauge! Which means that they are a tad on the tight side for me. I'll still use them though;-) I never get gauge when I knit socks, because I always use 2.5mm circulars, no matter what kind of sock yarn I use. These are knit with Frost from Gjestal, a much thinner yarn than my ususal Silja/Senja. Top down- magic loop, two-at-a-time. Pattern? March Sockamania, called Rollercoaster.I think the pattern works okay with the yarn too.
There are other projects on the needles too- a Hey,Teach sweater, using some yarn I had in my stash...that turned out to be not enough..so I've been to four different stores trying to find the right colour, and they only had the other colours in their shelves..Oh, well, I still have a couple more options before I give up and frog it.
I've also been sewing a little bit. I used to love sewing, but I don't have a machine that works these days, so I've borrowed one from a friend. I recycled two pairs of jeans- making an anclelenght skirt out of them. I cut them off right below the pockets, and used that for the hip part, then I made the skirt out of the legs. I took a photo, but uploading took so long that I just skipped it.
Also: I've got two awards! Coming soon...;-)
Have a nice week!

26 comments:

Ruth said...

Fantastisk natur. Jeg er glad du poster dissse bildene, jeg får i hvertfall SETT - selv om jeg ikke kan dra dit.

Den olabukdeideen var kjempelur. ((opp på loftet for å grave ut gamle bukser))

Ha en flott uke.

Tonje said...

For noen fantastiske bilder du viser! Heldige sauer som får gå der og kose seg...

Sokkene dine ble også lekre, og det hadde vært morsomt å se det bildet av olaskjørtet. Har lekt litt med ideen om å lage sånt skjørt selv.

Bea said...

Det er så koseleg å sjå bilde av sauene dine, og jammen er dei heldige som skal få gå på Selja framover.. Må ha meg ein tur til Selja, altså.. får sjå til sommaren :)

Takk for hyggeleg kommentar hos meg, det er visst lenge sidan eg var innom deg..

Ha ein fin dag!

Ninne said...

Selja er et sted jeg gjerne vil tilbake til. Jeg har kanskje sagt det før, at da vi var der, lå tåka laaangt nedover øra, og vi så absolutt ingenting!

Flotte sauer og deilige sokker!!
Og så så morsomt det var med den lille tassen som ville ha sauer! Barn sier så mye søtt!

Melanie said...

What a fascinating story about Sunniva. There are a lot of Irish tales which show the strong ties with other nationalities. This legend does sound historically plausable. There is a Celtic tradition of having an island off the mainland for religious purposes.

I had to smile at the little boy who wanted sheep. Maybe he'll become a farmer.

Beyla said...

For en fantastisk løsning!! Nydelige bilder, herlig stemning - og jeg lo meg skakk ang uglelua og dattern din... ;) du strikker frivillig sokker.. og frivillig på pinne 2-og-noe.. du vet at i min verden betyr det hakket før innleggelse til en fin plass med folk i hvite frakker og spennende piller? ;) nei, 4mm pinner, det er mitt minimumskrav, hvis ikke takker håndleddene - og tålmodigheten - for seg! ;)
Naboen vår har like sauer som dere, vi har et 1.50m høgt gjerde - for å hindre dem i å "hjelpe" oss med hagen! De er veldig glad i rips og alle de deilige tingene de kan finne i drivhuset nemlig.. Snodig det der!

Anne said...

One of these days I'm going to tackle 2 at a time socks -- the very idea of it has scared me for so long!

Anonymous said...

Frábært Marit mín og gaman að fá að fylgjast með þér reglulega. Þú ert ekkert smá dugleg og ég mun sko koma hérna reglulega inn, sérstaklega þar sem þú skrifar á ensku. Mamma og pabbi eru að heimsækja Finn í Washington og ég og Milos förum þangað í næstu viku.. Allir byðja að heilsa héðan og já væri gaman að koma fljótlega til Selje en væri hins vegar stórkostlegt að fá þig hingað :-)

kv. Benný

Janice said...

Your pictures are amazing and I love hearing about the sheep and their new adventure!! Everytime I visit your blog and I want to hop on a plane and visit you in person!! Maybe someday....

Moogsmum said...

I love your new socks - I'd love to learn two at a time socks and toe-up too - that's next on my sock-knitting to do list!

xxx

STRIKKEMOR(O) said...

Flott natur sauene får gå i, ja! Det er bra du får tid til å strikke litt også. Sokkane ser fine ut og den jakka med korte ermer, som du linkar til, ser også veldig fin ut!

Sylvia said...

Skjønne sauene dine! tenk at de reiser med båt! Og den ulla ser herlig og myk ut, og de ser glade og fornøyde ut!
God helg

Heidelweiss said...

The sheep are adorable. I need to visit Rusta someday ;). She's so cute! I love that your son takes his boating responsibilities seriously. How cute. Love the socks as well! Have a great week.

Caroline said...

I want sheep too:) I have a friend whose daughter have a small acreage about five miles from our town, and we're trying to convince her that she needs some sheep. Of course, our scenery is nowhere close to being as beautiful as yours.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Marit, det er kjempeflott å kunne følge deg til Selja ved hjelp av bloggen din. Takk skal du ha. jeg gleder meg til å høre mer om hvordan det går der ute, med sauene.

Tracy said...

Hi, Marit! I am late to visiting...sorry--LOL! ;o) Wonderful photos...And great history lesson. So glad there's still lots happening on the needles between all that's happening :o) Those socks are beautiful...love that color. I'm afraid my sock knitting has fallen to the wayside in favor of knitting things for our young baby niece. Happy Days to you all...spring may get here soon! ;o) ((HUGS))

verachou said...

I had to laugh when you said you always used the same needles, no matter what sock pattern or yarn you were using. I do that too and I don't care how the socks turn out, as long as they fit my feet. 2.5 mm needles are my favorites for socks.

I'm always amazed at how beautiful your pictures are. You are very lucky to live in such an amazing place.

Judy said...

Those sheep are amazing looking!! and the socks aren't bad either. Another lovely knit project from you. Where do you find the time?

Ta...Judy

Holly said...

Oh, sheep! The flocks near me have just started dropping lambs.

thanks for the wonderful pix!

Kitty said...

Hi Marit. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog and taking the time to leave such a nice comment. I have enjoyed looking at your blog - the photos are beautiful. Norway looks stunning. I once worked with a man from Norway, I wonder what happened to him?!

I'll be sure to visit again.

Take care :-)

Sandie Knapp said...

May I ask what breed of sheep you raise. They are very pretty animals and I see their fleece appears to be very long. Years back I used to raise Tunis sheep. They had a very short fleece in comparison to your sheep.

Love the socks. :)

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