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  1. The summer holiday

    July 26, 2015 by sigrid

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    My summer holiday is almost over, and it is back to work on Monday. For the first time ever, I treated myself to four weeks off. Three of which I spent at home. It has been an extremely relaxing  holiday. The only thing I have been missing is swimming in the lake. We have had a lot of sunny days, but it has not been warm enough this summer to heat the lake sufficiently. The water holds about 14 degrees celsius, and that is not warm enough for me to put on my bikini.

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    I also went to Denmark with my sister, her husband and my niece. (The water was too cold for swimming there as well.) We lived in a summer house we used to stay in almost every summer when we (me and my sister) was younger. It is a beautiful place close to the ocean, but it also has a lot of other things to offer. As I discovered this year, there are a lot of nice paths in the forest near by, so I did get a couple of nice walks. We also discovered a nearby animal farm, and my 2 year old niece loved it there.

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    (She gave all the animals a treat. Everyone likes carrot sticks!)

    A lot of places my sister and me remembered from our childhood was unfortunately closed down or had expanded their business and did not have time for visiting tourist anymore. There was particularly one place  we wanted to go. A small “bolsje” factory. “Bolsje” is the danish word for hard candy. It was this really small factory where you could watch while they made the candy, with no use of machines. This used to be one of the main events for us kids during our visits to Denmark. So, this time we had to go to another factory, but it was not the same. The hard candy is still delicious, and with a lot of different flavors, but we wanted to see them make them in that old traditionally way.

    We also went to LEGO-land one day. When I told people we were going to LEGO-land during our stay in Denmark, they usually replied “Oh, yes, because of your niece”. And I always answered “No, because of my brother-in-law”. I think he was the one that looked forward to visiting the park most. But we all had a great time, going on rides and playing with LEGO. The miniature cities they have build is amazingly detailed, and so was the LEGO – Star Wars – exhibition. All those planning, building time and LEGO pieces!

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     Well, that was enough about Denmark. I did have a very nice time, but it was only one of my four week holiday. The rest of the time I knitted, read books, started a jigsaw puzzle with 4000 pieces and spend time with my friends and family. Oh, and celebrated me turning 30 years old.

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    (She is definitely not helping.)

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    (Relaxing with coffee and knitting on the veranda.)

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    (Amazing cake at “Skafferiet”, a small cafe at a big farm.I love the fact that they tend to use locally grown products in their food.)

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  2. Vintage bags and suitcases

    October 6, 2014 by sigrid

    I must confess I am a “gatherer”, and that just not only apply when it comes to yarn. I also gather old things. Not just any old object of course. I truly love everything vintage that has to do with knitting, yarn and sewing. But I also have a weak spot when it comes to bags and suitcases, and tin cans, boxes… and things you can store other things in. Like this old sewing basket that used to belong to my great grandmother.

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  3. To the mountains

    September 24, 2014 by sigrid

    This weekend I went with my husbands family up in the mountains an hour drive from where we live. We rented an apartment at a hotel friday afternoon, and stayed until sunday midday. We had a great time with nice food, playing cards and swimming in the hotel indoor swimming pool.

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  4. A summer summary

    September 3, 2014 by sigrid

    Here in the northern part of Europe, the air slowly getting colder day by day. We just have to accept that with September came autumn. But this summer have been extremely warm and sunny, and with a lot of great memories:

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    {Flowers from the garden}

     

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    {My dads special summer-drink}

     

     

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    {Blueberry picking}

     

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    {Hanging out with my niece}

     

     

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    {Beautiful nature}

     

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    {Choco getting a new friend}

     

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    {Project: try out the knitting machine}

     

     

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    {Knitting outside in the sunshine}

     

     

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    {Making someone tiny a gift}

     


  5. The book of knitting.

    August 23, 2014 by sigrid

    It have now been more than 20 years since I learned how to knit. And I can barely remember my first knitting experience. I was 5 years old, sitting in my grandparents living room, while my grandmother showed me how to knit garter stitches. My first knitted square was knitted in a white wool yarn, left over from a pair of socks she had made. But it do not remember if I thought it was hard or not to learn.

    As you know, if you have read my blog, is that a couple of years ago I switched my knitting technique from continental to lever knitting. In other words, I had to relearn how to knit. A experience I am glad I encountered. Because since it is such a long time ago I learned how to knit, for the first time, it would have been hard to relate to struggling knitting beginners.

    I like to view the evolvement of my knitting as a book:

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  6. Summer

    July 25, 2014 by sigrid

    I was suddenly shocked to see that I had not written a post for almost a full month. That was never my intention, but here we are again. Lately I have been busy enjoying my summer holiday. The weather has been unusually hot. I can not remember the last time we had above 30 degrees Celsius in this part of Norway. I feel like a lizard these days, creeping from shadow to shadow. The heat knocks me completely of  my feet, and I don’t have the energy to do anything. Well, that is not completely true. I have been doing some things the last few weeks.

     

    I had a really nice trip to Bergen a couple of weeks ago. The reason I went was to visit a friend, but also to help my sister move into a new apartment. I went there by train, but on the way home I joined my parents and sister in their car. The drive home was was a long but beautiful one.

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  7. Knitting and gardening

    June 6, 2014 by sigrid

    A Norwegian summer often equals a rainy summer. But to day we have the first rainy day in weeks. Since the weather have been so bright and sunny, I have prioritised gardening before knitting lately. This time of year is so amazing, with flowers and green leafs everywhere. So of course I try to spend a lot of time outdoors, sometimes bringing my knitting. But mostly it is too hot knitting with wool out in the sun.

    But I have done some knitting. I started the “Riding jersey” by Lise-Lotte Lystrup. The pattern can be found in the book “Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters”.

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  8. Lever knitting

    May 25, 2014 by sigrid

    Some years ago I found I had a big problem. My arms kept hurting whenever I knitted. The muscle right under my elbow on my right arm was big as a tennis ball, and it had a similar feel to it when I touched it too. Not good. Huge problem for a dedicated knitter. One of my friends (also a knitter) deviced me to stop knitting for a couple of months. But in my book, that was NOT a solution. I am addicted to knitting, and had no intention of going cold turkey. Instead I started some research for a more ergonomical knitting technique. At the time I had knitted continental for nearly twenty years, but I was well aware that other techniques existed. My first stop was the English style. But I quickly found it to be to slow and inconvenient (sorry to all who love to knit in English style, but that is how I felt). So my search went on, and I discovered the Peruvian knitting style. I found a good tutorial video and started to learn.

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  9. Yarn shopping/hoarding and the joy of knitting

    May 14, 2014 by sigrid

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    Have you ever told yourself “I have enough yarn at home. I don’t need these extra skeins.”? Well, I have not. I keep using my stash yarn, but I also keep adding more. It is some kind of stash circle of life…. or something. I went to my LYS, just to get some yarn for a gauge swatch. But 20 minutes later I am outside, plastic bag in hand and my wallet 700 kroner (120 $) lighter. What just happend? Yarn happened. And the tantalizing allure of the yarn shop happend. (more…)


  10. Flowers and yarn i Copenhagen

    May 4, 2014 by sigrid

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    This week I enjoyed a couple of days in lovely Copenhagen with my sister, mother and grandmother. My mother and grandmother usually goes on a trip together every spring, and this year my sister and I was invited along. This time of year is a time when you really see the differences between Norway and Denmark. The flight only last for about one hour, but in Norway I was so amazed when I found a blooming tulip in my garden. Here are the tulips in Copenhagen:

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