Friday, 22 June 2018

WHAT SHOULD I KNIT NEXT?

I'm still working on my No Frills sweater, but I've run out of yarn so I'm just sitting here, twiddling my thumbs while I wait for my yarn to arrive in the post. The weather's been a bit moody lately (summer's over, I guess! – JK. Please don't be over.), so I've also been itching to start a new knitting project. There's just something about sitting inside, working on a cozy knitting project while the rain pours outside! I'm being a little indecisive though, so I thought I'd maybe do a little post for inspiration. Input very welcome! Here are some projects I'm considering knitting next:



From the top left:

A Setesdal Sweater from Sandnes Garn for Oscar (though I'd love to knit a matching one for Graeme too!), perhaps with charcoal as the base color. This is a Norwegian classic, and I haven't really knitted a multi-colored pattern like this before, so might be fun to try?

The Vertical Stripes Sweater by Petite Knit, probably in a color similar to the photo. I love Petite Knit's patterns, and this looks like such a versatile and wearable sweater.

The Homestead Shawl by Melody Hoffman in a dark green. I already have some angora yarn from Pickles I'd probably use for this. I've also never knitted a shawl before, so maybe it's time?

The No Frills Cardigan by Petite Knit in a maroon-y color, because I loved the No Frills Sweater so much and I'd love a cardigan version. Can't have enough cardigans!

Help!

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

CURRENTLY IN JUNE

enjoying the insanely warm weather we've had recently! It's been out-of-character warm and sunny, to the point where the fire department has gone out and banned everyone from having bbqs because it's so dry and the risk of forest fires are so high. Still no rain clouds in sight!

reading a book on physics, Storm in a Teacup. I attended three high schools and basically chose biology each time I started a new school, so I've never actually had any physics in school. Maybe about time i learn something about how this world works, right?

watching Wild Wild Country.

knitting a sweater. Still working on my No Frills Sweater from Petite Knit. I had a bit of a knitting hiatus for about two months, but I am back at it again and have now run out of yarn! I've been having a bit of a search online and have found it in a yarn shop in Denmark (the colorway is out of production and can't seem to find it anywhere else!), but the shipping costs are a little higher than I was hoping. If anyone has any spare Baby Silk from Du Store Alpakka in colorway 318, hit me uppp!

eating
 a lot of rhubarb from the garden. Over the weekend I made a crumble, rhubarb juice as well as rhubarb sorbet. The sorbet recipe is a winner for sure! (And the simplest one too!)

flying off to London tomorrow for my friend's hen party! Details to follow. I am SO excited.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

MACRAME PLANT HANGERS

I love knitting and crochet, and I really enjoyed my weaving project, so is anyone surprised that I tried macrame and loved that too?

Honestly, I don't know why i haven't tried macrame before haha. It's such a satisfying craft. So much so that in pretty much the same sitting, I ended up making another project too (which I'll probably share later), and I have so many ideas for other macrame projects I want to try. I mean, I literally went to bed that night and ended up dreaming about macrame. I'm also a little bit sad that I already own a hammock--what an amazing macrame project that could have been! I want to macrame everything.

To make these, I used wooden rings leftover from my fabric teethers, some old t-shirt yarn and tutorials and techniques I found on pinterest. The t-shirt yarn is actually leftovers from an abandoned project years ago. Anyone remember this knitted poof project? Yeah, it ended up as a bit of a ufo, just lying around waiting for me to get the motivation to finish it, before I eventually admitted to myself that it just wasn't happening and that it was time to unravel it. And by then, Graeme had actually bought a very similar poof for Oscar's nursery anyway. But yay for reusing old materials in new projects, and not just going out to get more craft supplies every time a creative whim strikes! That might be my goal for next year actually, to only do projects using stuff I already have. Should be doable with all the craft materials I'm hoarding!


Here they are hanging in their natural habitat. Have you tried any new crafts that you've ended up absolutely loving recently?

Saturday, 19 May 2018

DUBLIN PHOTO BOOK



I'm loving my ever-growing collection of photo albums, and this is my latest addition. I have a long to do list of photo books I plan on making, and I finally sat down last yaer and finished up this one from when Graeme and I went on a trip to Dublin back in 2012 (which feels like a lifetime ago!).

Photo books are probably my favorite way of preserving memories, and I love how flipping through this takes me right back to that little trip. All these little memories come flooding back; like struggling to find vegetarian food for Graeme (he was still a vegitarian back then!); getting caught out by snow and seeking shelter by going to watch the Hunger Games at the movies; sitting in a pub in Temple Bar where some girl was singing Sinaed O'Connor covers and thinking, yup, we are definitely in Ireland. :)


Like the Athens album, this one was also printed in a softcover (I ordered them both at the same time), and I'm still not really sure if I like that or not. This is also a relatively short album, and I feel the softcover just kinda makes it feel even less substantial? I dunno. I'll probably order a hardback next time. And I'm probably also totally overthinking this haha. One day, when I have a whole library full of these, I doubt I'll actually care.

Looking through these albums always get me so excited about travel (even though we just came back from a trip haha). Anyone off to anywhere exciting any time soon? We have a few loose plans that I think we need to finalize pronto!



Sunday, 13 May 2018

TJUKKLUA - COZY HATS

It's been feeling really summery around here and we've been spending all our time outside in the sunshine, but hey, I decided to knit some super cozy and warm hats! We do live in Norway after all, so I wouldn't be surprised if we got to use them before the summer is over.

I knitted the first one a while ago. Graeme and I have this kinda weird tradition of celebrating our own Valentines day on the 14th of March rather than the 14th of February. The reason for this is basically that my birthday is on Valentine's Day and about a decade ago I was complaining about this. "How about we celebrate Valentine's Day a month later?" he suggested. "Ok!" I said, excited. Since then, Graeme has routinely surprised me with a romantic gift on the 14th of March every year. And I say surprised, because I've obviously forgotten about it every single year, even that first year. This is literally the first year I haven't spent the 14th of March frantically running around some shops trying to find a last minute gift. And wouldn't you know, this was also the first year Graeme forgot!

And I know I just knitted Graeme a hat, but it went down so well I decided to knit him another. I actually knitted it right in front of him, over a weekend we spent at the cabin. "What are you knitting?" he asked. "A sweater." I lied. "Ah ok," he said and continued talking. Not sure how he didn't realize that the hat wasn't sweater shaped in the slightest. Just shows how much he pays attention to my knitting projects! Ha!

I used this pattern from Drople Design, that I bought along with skeins of Hillesvåg Blåne wool. It's a lovely wool, chunky and cozy and soft, and the resulting hat is like a hug for your head. It's super simple and quick to knit, which is always fun break when you're working on a bigger knit project. I've already knitting another one in navy that I think I might just keep for myself, but I can easily see myself making more of these!