søndag 30. september 2007

SP11 swap

Two days later another wonderful swap packet arrived. This time it was first packet from my SP11 partner. Once again I could enjoy lovely items from a foreign country, incl trekking and Lana Grossa yarn which I`ve never tried before, addi needles which I either haven`t tried, a spiral scarf, beads, Holland chocolate and M&M (yummi). Thanks a lot to my secret pal, which still is secret.

Knit1Tea2 swap

This week I rec this wonderful swap from my partner Bette in VA, USA. I couldn`t believe my eyes when I saw all she had sent. Alpaca yarn, alpaca scarf, lots of tea, a cute tea cosy, teapot with mug, flour for making scones, flavoured coffee, sweets. It was even gifts for my daughter. Thanks a lot Bette. I`ve got a new friend. :)

torsdag 27. september 2007

Topic of the week three - Fall into autumn dishcloth swap

The question is what we like about the autumn. It`s quite easy to answer: the autumn colors, dark nights, burning candles, being creative, producing Christmas gifts.

Repost- topic of the week two, Fall into autumn dishcloth swap

I decided to delete my previous answer to this as I got some unwanted comment/spam to my post. Anyway. If I use thick cotton or double yarn I use circular needles 4.5 mm. For thinner cotton I use needles, 2.5-3. I mostly use bamboo needles, but have no problem using metall too. I`ve loved the thick cotton yarn I`ve got from a facebook secret pal in Canada. I`m not too familiar with what cotton there is in other coutnries, but it`s always interesting to try new yarn.

fredag 21. september 2007

Håndkle/kitchen towel

Got this pattern from ariel and this is the progress so far. Knitted between the pirate socks. I like this pattern very much and will definitely make more from it. Thank you ariel.

torsdag 20. september 2007


Piratsokker til min nevø som fyller 10 år i morgen. Pirat socks for my nephew who turns 10 y.o tomorrow. Happy birthday.

Hemmelig venn september - Hobbyboden/Secret pal September

I dag fikk jeg denne flotte pakke fra en dame i Sarpsborg. Alpakka er en stor favoritt her. Disse skal det nok bli sokker av. A great gift from a secret pal in a Norwegian online group called Hobbyboden. Alpaca is a big fave here.

tirsdag 18. september 2007

Gårsdagens produksjon/yesterdays knitting

To kluter ble strikket i går. Den blåe er av garnet jeg fikk av min hemmeligevenn i facebook. Flott bommullsgarn var det. HAr nok til en til klut.Two cloths knitted yesterday. Blue one is made from the cotton yarn I got from my facebook secret pal. Great yarn to knit from. Still enough for one more cloth.

tirsdag 11. september 2007

HV - Hobbyforum/ Secret pal gift

Denne flotte pakken fikk jeg fra min hemmelige venn i Hobbyforum. Den er bare helt meg og lyset og serviettene går rett inn i min stue. Gleder meg til å strikke pulsvanter av garnet og perlene. Tusen takk til en dame på Stjørdal. This super packet arrived today from a secret pal. The candle and napkins are perfect for our living-room. The yarn and beads will be used for pulsewarmers.

mandag 10. september 2007

Secret knitting pals swap - facebook, packet 2

Another wonderful packet from my dear, dear secret pal. I`m thrilled to be spoiled by you. You`re the best. :)
The hat was finished tonight. I`ll definitely make more of them now that I can make cables. That color is one of my fave ones. Can`t wait to wear it during the cold days that soon will be here. I`ll try many of the cable patterns from the book. M&M was gone shortly after the photo was taken. :)

Topic of the week - Fall into autumn dishcloth swap

This swap starts this week and there will be a weekly topic to be answered. As I live in a cold part of the world with no summer heat I don`t feel the need for changing my knitting during the summer. I can knit wool socks and alpacca scarves in between cotton dishcloths. Lately I`ve been hooked on dishcloths as I`ve been travelling pretty much and it`s easy knitting in cars and planes.

søndag 9. september 2007

Mer garnkjøp/More yarn bought

Dette er resultatet av garn salg i Tromsø denne uka, 37 nøster ble det. To er sendt i swap og et er strikket klut av.
Result of yarn sales in Tromsø (biggest city in the northern part of Norway), 37 balls. Two is already sent for a swap, one is used for a cloth.

Lommetøfler/Pocket Book Slippers

Strikket disse i går kveld. Lett å strikke mens man ser på tv.
Knitted those last night. Easy tv knitting.

tirsdag 4. september 2007

Christmas Around The World Swap questionaire

1. Are you religious? We`re not frequent church visitors.
2. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider yourself a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced?
About 30 years more or less. Intermediate.
3. Do you have any other hobbies besides knitting?
reading, beading, card-making, penpalling, rubber-stamping,
4.Favorite color(s)?
blue, maroon, mix of brown and turquise, orange, some green, red... loves many colors, except from plain yellow and neon.
5.Do you collect anything?
thimbles, teabags, stickers, card-making items, rubber-stamps, yarn
6. Are you allergic to any fibers or animals? No allergy
7. Do you have any pets? one cat, one pet rabbit.
8. Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate? Love them all. :)
9. Cookies or Sweets? Sweets
10. Do you knit socks? yes
11. If not socks then what? (tell us about your favorite knits) I also love to knit dishclots, pulsewarmers, hats, scarves...
12. Do you put up a Christmas tree? If not then what do you do? yes, always a real one.
13. Favorite holiday treats? marzipane, chocolate
14. Favorite holiday smells? cinnamon, fresh baked cakes
15. Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional or unconventional way? Please elaborate. Traditional at home - so far.
16. What are your favorite holiday traditions? Just relaxing with family and friends.
17. Finish the sentence: “For me Christmas is all about....” sharing, not only gifts but also love.
18. If you were a Christmas ornament you would be…….? Angel at the top of the tree.
19. What was your favorite gift you've ever received? Or given? That was a though one, Had many lovely gifts trough the years, but the last one from my late grand-mother who died a week before Christmas 1990 is a treasure to me. It`s a lovely oil lamp. I guess the piano we gave our oldest is the one I remember most, at least it was the most expensive gift we`Ve ever given.
20. When do you start your Christmas? In the evening of 23rd Dec. Then we finish the preparations and can realx and enjoy the atmosphere.
21. Do you send Christmas cards? Do you make them or buy them? Yes I send them. Last couple of years I`Ve made most cards, but I also buy cards.
22. What is your favorite Christmas dish? Turkey
23. Carolers are at your door. What do you do? I`m afraid that is not a tradition here, but I would have loved it if I`d them at my door.
24. When do you open presents? Christmas eve or Christmas morning? Christmas Eve
25. Do you celebrate with family or friends or both? Christmas Eve is always celebrated with my family, parents and my sisters with families. Other days are spent with friends too.

"Fall into autumn" dishcloth swap questionaire

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?
I knit, but I can the basic crochet too. Used to so it in the 70`s. Have been knitting more or less since the 70`s.

2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
Have made several dishcloths before, both for myself and for gifts. They are easy knitting while travelling.

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ?
Have no fave cotton, make from what I have there and then as long as it`s 100% cotton. Got lots from my mother-in-law which I`m using right now. Love to try new cotton from abroad.

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?
For cloths I use circular needles, wooden.

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
Fave colors are blue, maroon, mix of brown and turquise, red, some green, orange.... I actually love most colors except from plain yellow and neon.

6. What do you like best about Autumn?
The colors at the leaves.

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks! I know I love apple and pecan pies (have only had pecan ones, but I loved it). HAve never tried pumpkin. Pie is not too common in my country.

8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
I never looked forward to get started again, but as soon as first day came I loved it.

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap)
Halloween is a new tradition in our country, but my daughter celebrate it and we always have lots of kids at our door. A goodie/decoration would be nice.

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?
M&M`s (don`t sell it here), any kind of chocolate, something with nuts.

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
One cat and one pet rabitt. Two daughters age 13 (this month) and 25. Hubby and I married for 21 yrs, been together for 27.

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why? Sock yarn, 80 % wool and 20% acrylic. Soft and warm + solid.

13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths? Mostly for dishcloths, but I have a couple for face as well.

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
We don`t celebrate any of them (except from Halloween for youngest daughter). In late Sept we celebrate our youngest daughters birthday. It`s always a nice event.

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?