Bits & Pieces – April 6th

With going to school 3 times a week, for 3 and a half hours each time (on top of working full time and everything else I have going on), it seems like my time for hand crafts should be limited but somehow, the busier I am the more I get accomplished. Well, at least sometimes and lately that has been the deal. I am not complaining.

Dog love

Lazy dog
We spent 5 days with this sweet dog. We miss him terribly but fortunately, we do get to see him quite regularly.

Geysir Haukadal, my office today
I visited our store in Haukadalur again to do some work. Always enjoy going there.

New window display at Storkurinn. Wouldnt mind sitting there with my needles, relaxing and listening to that beautiful old radio
New window display at Storkurinn. I wouldn’t mind sitting there for a day, knitting and listening to that beautiful old radio.

#madelinetosh #yarnporn
I got some Madelinetosh goodness!

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I finished clue 2 in the Romi Mystery KAL. I am absolutely loving my yarn choice!

Bus sisters
My girls on the bus today. Cool cats!

New dress for summer.
And Karítas got a new summer dress today. She is growing up so fast!

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Bits & Pieces – March 23rd, 2014

Another Sunday, another update.

Trying to pick two colors for the next #MKAL #romi #spinni #duo

My little helper

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I started another Mystery KAL! This one is by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and is also a shawl. If you want to join, you can find the info here on Ravelry.
I am using the grey (Uno) and orange (Spinni) yarn for my shawl and Karítas helped me wind them up with a huge smile on her face.

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Sumarrós went to the yearly school dance in a dress that she designed and my mother sewed for her. She looked so beautiful!

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Karítas got new knitted socks.

I have spent most of the weekend relaxing, knitting and today I baked a french chocolate cake and my mom came over for cake and coffee. I am knitting a lopapeysa for Karítas and decided to knit it top down this time and love it. The yoke is done and I am about to set aside the sleeve stitches.

Lopapeysa, the wrong side.
Lopapeysa in the making, the wrong side.

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Bits & Pieces – Sunday March 16th

I was sick this week with a stomach flu on Wednesday and Thursday. I am all better now and have spent the weekend relaxing and meeting good friends, a bit of cleaning and finishing up some projects.

Perfect Saturday with amazingly talented knitters
A very talented group of knitters met at Litla Prjónabúðin yesterday. It was a wonderful day and I look forward to doing it again as soon as possible. Kristín Hrund, Rodrigo Urðar & Gummi, Hildur Ýr and Sigurlaug. Dagga, the owner of the store is sitting next to Sigurlaug, but unfortunately got cropped out of the photo by mistake. I will get a better group photo next time.

Selfie on the bus
Going home on the bus after the knitting meeting.

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Some crochet jars that have found their home in my daughters bedrooms as pen and pencil holders. Just plain jars were not an option since they are well aware that their mom can make them prettier by crocheting over them.

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Socks for my nephew Adrían
Pattern: Rye by tincanknits
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Needles: US 4 – 3.5 mm

I also finished a wool sweater (lopapeysa) for my older daughter, Sumarrós. I still have to put the zipper in it so I will post photos of it when it is all finished and I get my daughter to pose for a photo shoot.

I am now working on finishing the same socks as I did for Adrían for my younger daughter Karítas and Sumarrós wants a pair also. I also have wool ready for a lopapeysa for Karítas but we need to decide on a pattern.

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Bits & Pieces – March 9th 2014

This past week was an eventful one. I started school again! Yes, I am going to school 3 times a week (Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings) to become a certified accountant. I have been working as one for 14 years, so it is time to take the degree for sure. So far it has been easy, but it sure is fun to be back in school and I know that gradually, it will get harder but hey, that’s why I am there.

On Match 3rd I opened up Ravelry (as I do daily) and to my surprise, the blanket I blogged about in my last post was on the front page! Damn, that makes me proud!

Ravelry's home page on March 3rd featuring my Solid Granny Square Afghan!

Since then, 80+ people have added it as a favorite and many have commented on it also.

My office for today
I worked at our store in Haukadalur for a day. It sure was a nice change from staying at the office.

New favorite juice #ommnomm
New favorite juice. So incredibly good!

Karítas as Clawdeen from Monster High, Sumarrós as a doll (I think she looks like Wednesday from the Adams Family) #öskudagur
Ash Wednesday in Iceland, the kids dress up in costumes. Here are my girls, Karítas as Clawdeen from Monster High and Sumarrós as a doll, though I think she looks like Wednesday from the Adams Family with that wig.

The Beatles. The dog is Ringo. #öskudagur
And I met these awesome kids on Laugavegur. The dog is Ringo, they told me.

Esja #reykjavík #iceland
Esjan – February 27th. It looked like a spring morning.

Black ocean, white mountain #esja #iceland #reykjavík
Esjan – March 6th. Winter struck again.

These two made the most awesome snowman!
The man and Karítas built a snowman in our backyard yesterday. The snow was wet and sticky, perfect for building snowpeople or snowhouses.

#mottumars 2014
March is for mustaches and raising cancer awareness. As you can see, the man is participating and we are cheering him on!

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New blanket finish

Me, my mom and my daughters went away to my grandfathers cabin on Wednesday and came home yesterday. It was wonderful to get away and we spent our time watching movies, soaking in the hot tub, playing cards and games, eating good food, watching the birds, drawing, my mother was sewing a dress for Sumarrós and I focused on finishing a blanket for a friend.

Skorradalur
Skorradalur, the view over the lake from the driveway to the cabin.

Kalaha match is on
My mother and daughters playing Kalaha. We love playing Kalaha, and Sumarrós is an awesome player. Off course she won almost every game (I won her once!)

The blanket has been a secret project since July last year. My very dear friend Hildur was at my house and wrapped herself in the Wave Blanket I made for Karítas last year. After that she expressed that she really wanted a blanket of her own, so me and our group of friends decided that we wanted to give her one. They bought the yarn and I made the blanket in between other projects. When I left on Wednesday I had about 70 squares left to do and I managed to finish the blanket on Friday night, boarder and all. It was made with a lot of love and warmth wrapped into every stitch and last night I walked over to Hildur’s house and gave it to her. She was very happy and wrapped the blanket around her and tells me she is still wrapped up in it, not about to let it go anytime soon.

Solid Granny Square Blanket

Solid Granny Square Blanket

Solid Granny Square Blanket

Solid Granny Square Blanket
Pattern: The classic granny square
Yarn: Stylecraft Special Double Knit (colors: bright pink, sunshine, lipstick, plum, royal, black and yaffa) except the neon green is Svarta Fåret Freja
Hook: 4.5mm

I used a little less than 2 skeins for all the colours except for the black one, I used a little more than 2 skeins of it as it is also used for the boarder. 420 squares, and I used Lucy’s amazing join as you go method to join the squares. The colours were very difficult to photograph, the orange and the green are neon colours but they look a bit washed out in the photos. They are much richer and nicer IRL so you just have to imagine how they really are.

Now I am focusing on some sock knitting, some test knitting for a friend and am about to start knitting wool sweaters for both myself and my daughters.

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Two new shawls and more

I have been knitting up a storm. The Mystery KAL by Ysolda Teague has really kept me at it and I have also been working on the Happy Street shawl. Both are now finished, blocked and the man was kind enough to take pictures with me yesterday.
First up, the Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL. I am so happy how it turned out.

Follow Your Arrow

Follow Your Arrow

Follow Your Arrow

Follow Your Arrow

Follow Your Arrow
Pattern: Follow Your Arrow by Ysolda Teague
Clues: AABAA
Yarn: Juno Fibre Arts Milly Singles in Boudoir and Touch Wood
Needles: 4mm

I am very happy with the outcome and am already considering another shawl with different mix of clues. Each clue has 2 options and they all work together, no matter how you mix them together. And she gives you the option of having one or two colours, but seriously, you can use as many as you want really. And some variegated yarns work very well with this awesome pattern.
The KAL has been a lot of fun and I have learned a whole lot. I set up with picking clues that I found interesting and would include some technique that I had not done before or had done little of, some new shapes and forms etc.

The second shawl, Happy Street by Vera Välimäki, is the exact opposite from the MKAL. Just garter stitch and short rows, the perfect TV knitting project. And even if the rows become veeeery long, it somehow never got boring. I love Vera’s patterns, this is the third one I have done and they have all been perfectly written, and very easy to execute with beautiful results. If you haven’t done any of her patterns, I would recommend that you try them out for a very joyful knitting experience!

Happy Street

Happy Street

Happy Street

Happy Street

Happy Street
Happy Street by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Shamrock and Madelinetosh tosh sock in Jade, grey is dyed by a friend. Also sock yarn.
Needles: 3.5mm

Work has been very busy, but the busy season and the end of year balancing is getting very close to being done, wooohoo! And next week me and my mother and my daughters are going away to my grandfathers cabin in Skorradalur. I can’t wait to get away from the city for a couple of days and just relax with my girls. They are on winter break from school and so is my mom as she works in a school, I have plenty of vacation days so I am taking a few for this.

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Bits & Pieces – January 22nd

It’s that time of year again when everything is super busy at work due to the end of the year and the beginning of the new year. Things to be counted, booked, balanced, returned, fixed, corrected etc. It is always a lot of work, but usually it is fun, especially when it is over and everything is so neat and orderly.

Even though times are busy, I had a great last weekend and relaxed to the max! On Saturday me and Rósa went to Litla Prjónabúðin where we met some other knitting friends and had a great and fun day.

These guys!
Gummi and Roddi

And this one
Sigurlaug, veeeeery focused on her Follow Your Arrow KAL

Speaking about the Follow Your Arrow KAL, I am participating too and am so thrilled. It is my first ever KAL, even though I have done SAL’s before. And the mystery is making this even more fun, suddenly Mondays (when new parts of the pattern are released) are exciting!

Follow Your Arrow KAL
This is my piece, after working the 1st clue using the A option.

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The yarn is Juno Merino Singles that I got in Litla Prjónabúðin.

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I also started a shawl called Happy Street by Veera Välimäki

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