Sunday, 21 August 2016

Finished Object iPhone Sweater and a few thoughts

Pattern: iPhone Sokker by Katrine Augland
Yarn: Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash Solids
Colours: White, Blue and Black
Needles: 2.5mm
Start of project: August 17th, 2016
End of project: August 18th, 2016

On Ravelry
I knit this little iPhone cover for a friend of mine. It only took me a couple of hours, it's such a small project. I am not even sure if she'll use it, but I just felt like knitting something else, because I've felt a little stuck with my Silversmith Hoodie these last few days.

This cosy was done with left over yarn from Antonia's Tardis Socks and it was heavily influenced by all the beautiful Norwegian Fair Isle patterns we saw while in Bergen. I always find it hard to knit fair isle on such a small scale, somehow the floats get more uneven than on bigger projects. But the blocking helped and now I think it looks neat.

As written above my bigger project right now is my SSKAL16 project, the Silversmith Hoodie. I started it on the 5th of August and have been knitting ever since. The pattern is fairly complicated because there is a big part that's made of small cables which slow me down considerably. I don't find it as hard as in the beginning but the going is still rather slow. I actually reached the desired lenght of the pattern (40 cm from the underarm) but I want this longer, almost like a coat, so I've been adding more length. I am almost where I want it to be, I think I need about 4 cm more and then I can start with the ribbing. I am in love with the colour and the pattern but it does get a bit repetitive, so I'll be glad to start on the sleeves.

School will start again tomorrow, so I won't have as much time to knit anymore, but on the other hand the temperatures are cooling down and I spend more time on my sofa again, so I will still find enough time to knit. I am in a weird mood right now, but it might just be the end of summer blues, because now my five weeks of holidays are over.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Finished Object: Playdate

Pattern: Playdate by TinCanKnits
Yarn: Biscotte & Cie Bis-Sock
Colours: Sorcerer Uniform and Bouclier
Needles: 3.75mm and 4mm Round Needles
Start of project: July 8th, 2016
End of project: August 8th, 2016

On Ravelry
When I started this I had an idea in my mind which came from an inspiration I saw on Julie's blog. I had this vision of a striped cardigan with unicoloured details but of course I forgot a few important things. The thing is, sock yarn is dyed for socks, so the stripes look best when the piece you are working on is about sock width, which you can see at the top of the sleeves. When the circumference is bigger, the stripes get thinner or kind of disappear which is what happened at the body of the cardigan (that's my favourite part). The stripes get very fat and kind of heavy when there is just a small piece of fabric, as you can see at the top of the front (that's the part that I don't like very much). So all in all this got much wilder than I expected. I kind of hope that worn it won't matter as much, I think it might look nice in movement (with a kid inside ;-)

This was the second time I knit a Playdate (the first one was done exactly a year ago) and I really love that pattern. This time I chose the 2 to 4 years old size and in the beginning I was scared that it might turn out too small, but now I think it's a good size for a boy that will be around 18 months in the fall, so he will be able to wear this for a while. I still love the little pockets and how light it is, I used exactly 1 skein = 100gr of the stripey yarn and around 30 gr of the grey. As I bought two skeins of the stripey yarn there is definitely enough leftover for a pair of socks ;-) I added a shawl collar because I think they are very cute for little boys and for everybody really. The sheep buttons might not be terribly practical but I just couldn't resist them.


Now I'll need to fix a date to give this to the little boy it was knit for and hope that he and his mom like it.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Finished Object: MeadowCal Blanket

Pattern: The Meadow Mystery Blanket CAL by DROPS design
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Safran
Colours: Off white, yellow, turquoise, army, navy blue
Hook: 3mm
Start of project: March 30th, 2016
End of project: July 31st, 2016

On Ravelry

My first crochet adventure is finished, all 16 clues of the Drops MeadowCal are done. It took me four months to get there and it was definitely and interesting time. I now feel confident enough for easy stuff even though reading a crochet pattern is much more difficult than a knitting pattern still.

I had fun doing it and I probably will crochet again, but I am pretty sure that I'll always prefer knitting. I like the knitted fabric better, it's softer and it seems to be much easier to shape, I think it's easier to fix mistakes in a knitted project and I'd rather use needles than a hook.

I think I'll give this blanket to my grandmother. She has her 95th birthday at the end of August and her sofas all look slightly worn, so a bit of new colour will cheer it up.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Hiking in Elm

I went hiking today with one of my oldest friends. I met Annette in gymnasium, when we were both 14 years old and we have been friends ever since. We were really close while going to school for 4.5 years, then we spent a lot of weekends together and travelled all over Europe. After school we met occasionally until I started working at the same school and we'd see each other twice every week again. I only stayed at that school for about half a year and then we didn't see each other that much anymore, but we always knew what we were up to thanks to facebook and the occasional email or even letter (we used to write soo many letters to each other when we were teenagers ;-). We started hanging out again last winter and now we go dancing or as you can see hiking. I am really proud that we are still friends after all this time.

We took the postauto from Elm to Obererbs and then walked back on the Höhenweg. It's an easy hike with a great view, perfect to talk, take pictures and just enjoy the mountains.

We didn't feel like walking down (it was quite hot and muggy today) nor did we want to talk a cable car to the bottom of the valley, especially because there was a much more interesting way to get back down. It was fast (kind of, we braked a lot) and lots of fun ;-)

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Bergen - Sunday and Monday

On our second last full day in Bergen we went up to another of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, this time the highest of them, the Ulriken with its top at 643m above sea level. While that doesn't sound terribly high I was quite impressed what a difference these meters made. First of all, the top of Ulriken is above the timberline, something you'd find in Switzerland at around 1800m. But in Bergen the trees just disappeared and there were only rocks and grass left.

I was also really amazed by the different world up there. On the one side you could still see all over Bergen, we even saw right back to our hotel and all over the harbour and the surrounding fjords. But if you turned your back to Bergen, it felt like a very different place, very isolated and going on  and on into the distance.

When you go for a hike in Switzerland, there are lots of paths and so close to the city most of the walks are really easy, you almost never need anything more than sneakers. Up on the Ulriken we realised quite quickly that proper hiking boots where not just a silly idea but were really the only thing that would have made sense. We climb over rocks right from the start and once we were a little bit further away there was a lot of soft ground with water underneath it, so our feet got wet pretty fast.

Also it wasn't all that easy to find where to go, because the signs seemed rather random and far apart. I'd say that I am a moderatly experienced hiker and I almost never get lost in the Swiss Alps but here it only took us about 20 minutes till we had kind of lost our way. We weren't really lost, because it was obvious where we'd come from but we didn't know how to walk on, so we turned around and tried a different path. It was fun to explore but if we'd actually wanted to go to a fixed spot, I am not sure how fast we'd got there.

Nevertheless I very much enjoyed being up there and I kind of wished we'd have better shoes to really get walking. It was also lovely to took back up to the Ulriken in the evening and to see where we'd been...

On our last day the weather changed again and we were back to fog and drizzle or actual rain. Perfect weather to go to the museum. Well it was ok weather because the museum we went to was mostly outside. Gamle Bergen is a reconstructed town of about 50 houses a bit outside of Bergen. You can enter these houses from the end of the 19th or the beginning of the 20th century, read about their former owners, see how these owners used to live and in some houses you can meet and talk to the actual inhabitants. We had a lot of fun shopping at a little convenience store and visiting with a maid.

So this was it from our holidays in Bergen. We had a great first impression of Norway and I am sure I'll go again, I'd really like to see more of the country. Enjoy your summer, wherever you are and skål!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Bergen - Friday and Saturday

On Friday we decided to take it easy so we went shopping. In the afternoon we mostly hung out in the hotel and read, knitted and watched netflix. But then I got antsy feet and had to go out again for a walk. The fog had returned and it was really misty. I just moved along without a plan and enjoyed all the beautiful houses and their colours.

On Saturday we went for a boat trip with Rødne Fjord Cruises. Luckily we got on board way early so we had two chairs on deck to enjoy the view.

The boat took us away from the city and underneath the Nordhordlandsbrua and soon we were in the middle of the silence of the fjords around Osterøy. There were a few little houses but otherwise it was mostly empty and quiet.

At the end of the fjord we saw the houses of Mostraumen before we turned around and went down the other side of Osterøy.

In the evening we went back to the Bergenhus Festing in Bergen itself, enjoyed the sunset and then even some raindrops and a rainbow to round it all up ;-)

Bergen - Thursday - Norway in a Nutshell

After our early adventure at the hotel, I was glad that we still made it on time to the main station for our big tour around Norway. The first leg of our journey was done by train and it took us to Myrdal.

The train ride took about two and a half hours. It was lovely to get a first glimpse of Norway through the train windows, there were lots of mountains and hills with cute little houses, there were rivers and lakes and in between in was mostly green and empty ;-)

In Myrdal we changed trains and got on the Flåm railway. Because the train has to cover a lot of altitude quite quickly there are helical tunnels, a bit like in Switzerland in Göschenen, so you got the same view again and again but from different points. The train even stopped at one time next to the Kjosfossen waterfall and everybody got out to take a few pictures. It was exciting to be so close to the masses of water, we got quite wet just from standing there. Suddenly a voice started singing and then we could make out a women clad in a red dress close to the water. I guess that was the famous Hulda who tried to lure us even closer. This was definitely one of my favourite moments of the day.

After about an hour we reached sea level and Flåm. It's situated at the end of a deep fjord and there are mostly shops and restaurants for the tourist who stop by but I liked the mood of the place anyway. Unfortunately we had to leave earlier than planned because the boat we'd planned to take seemed to have a technical problem (I know! I started to believe we were jinxed at that point...)

The next two and a half hours we glided through the fjord on bord of our Fjord Cruise ship. We saw a few little villages and a couple of people in kajaks but mostly it was just calm and blue and green.

In Gudvangen we left the water behind and took the bus to Voss. The change from one form of transport to the next was rather chaotic, I was surprised by how many problems we encountered during one single tour, a tour that must be done by hundreds of people every day. Anyway we got a seat right at the front which was fortunate because the roads we took were very winding, at one point the street had a 18% decline and it seemed almost impossible for the bus to make it down safely.

The last part between Voss and Bergen was on the train again. It was an intense day with a lot of impressions but I'd definitely do it again.