It’s time for an update

I passed my first exam! GO ME! We got the results last week and I was so super happy that I passed AND was above the average grade. Now, 2 more exams to go. One on the 8th and one on the 15th of December. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please.

Now, what have I been knitting? First up, my daughter Sumarrós asked me to make her a sweater for winter. She described what she wanted to me and after browsing Ravelry for a bit and not finding what she wanted, I decided to give it a go to just knit the sweater without the pattern. It is now finished and she uses it all the time.

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peysa4Pattern: Sumarrós – by Linda Björk
Yarn: Snaeldan Nappað tógv 5tr
Needles: 6mm

I wrote down the pattern and am now working on adding more sizes to it. The plan is to release it on Ravelry, hopefully soon next week if everything works out.

Off course I am taking part in Stephen West’s Mystery KAL this year! I am up to date, and the 3rd part was just released this morning. I can’t wait to finish my day at the office and go home and knit! Here is part one completed, I have yet to take a photo of part 2.

Think I have found my colors for the new @westknits #MKAL #madelinetosh @hedgehogfibres #knitting

Part 1 is completed #westknitsKAL2014 #knitting #madelinetosh @hedgehogfibresPattern: Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2014: Exploration Station
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh merino light & Hedgehog Fibres Sock
Needles: 4mm

I also finished another Stephen West design, Samen. It was a gift for my very dear friend Anna Sigga and a few weeks back I visited her and gave it to her. When I started this shawl I had no idea who it was for. As it grew and the colors came together, she was the only person who popped into my head so it just had to be for her.

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Visited my friend @anna_flamenca and gave her a birthday present, #samen by @westknitsPattern: Samen by Stephen West
Yarn: Design.club.dk Duo Merino, Isager Strik Tvinni (Wool 2) & Strikkebogen.dk Yaku
Needle: 4.5 mm

And last night I finished these socks for the man. I love this pattern, this is the 3rd (but not the last) pair that I have done from it. It comes in many sizes and is super easy. If you want to knit socks but have been afraid of trying, try this pattern!

Socks! #knitting #novita #socksPattern: Rye by tincanknits
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Needles: 3.5mm & 4mm

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Morganite

I have been studying very hard for my upcoming exam tomorrow since I got home from Denver. This is the first out of three and I must admit that I am a little nervous about it. Sure, I know what I am doing but it has been a while since I have taken a big exam like that. Cross your fingers for me, please!

So I have not been knitting much. I did however finish the knitting on Morganite a few weeks back, but still had to steek it, cut, pick up stitches and knit the lists for the buttons on the front. So, after working for 8 hours, studying for another 5 I decided that I would get 1 hour of knitting time before bed. So the first night I did the first list. Then the second list. Then I attached the buttons and washed it and then I had a new cardigan! Ta-dah!

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Pattern: Morganite by Corrina Ferguson – Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 6: Autumn 2013
Yarn: 3ply Snældan in two shades of grey
Needles: 4.5mm and 5mm
Buttons from Litla Prjónabúðin

I made A LOT of changes on this one. The pattern is written so that you knit the cardigan back and forth. Well, I hate doing that so I changed to knitting in the round. I had no idea if that would work for the lace pattern on the yoke, but I decided that if it didn’t work, I could do that part back and forth. Well, it worked. How, I do not know, but it worked! I made size 3, that had an error in set up row when joining the sleeves to the body, but I got some notes from Sigurlaug and counted and re-counted and it all worked out in the end. Now I am waiting for Sigurlaug to finish her Morganite!

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Denver Yarn Storming

I had such a fantastic time in Denver! I had no idea what to expect, as Denver just did not ever cross my mind as a city to visit in the States. Now I can’t wait to go back some day. The people are friendly, the city is beautiful and I had a really great time there!

Flying over Greenland today was magical ❤️Flying over Greenland was breathtaking!

My event took place in Civic Center Park, and we decorated some trees there. It was a great day in the sun and I would like to thank everyone who showed up and added to the installation! Now, pictures speak louder than words, so here are a few for you to see!

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#yarnstorming for #TasteofIceland with @icelandnatural is done! Thank you all who turned up and took part today! ❤️

It really turned out so great, I am a very happy camper!

I also visited Fancy Tiger Crafts while I was there. I wanted to visit more yarn stores while there, but I did not have as much time as I would have wanted.

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2014-09-26 18.02.55-1This really caught my eye! So pretty!

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2014-09-26 18.03.24The store is big and absolutely beautiful!

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Hello, new friends! I visited @fancytigercrafts today and it was so nice! These new yarnies followed me back to my hotel. #madelinetosh anzulaluxuryfibers @brooklyntweed @hedgehogfibres  #sheetlandwool

This pretty lot followed me back to my hotel room. Oh so pretty!

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Gathering of the sheep and Denver

Life is full of unexpected things. I got an email a few weeks ago, asking if I would be up to going to Denver from 25th-28th of September to take host a yarn storming activity for Taste Of Iceland with Iceland Naturally. I did not have to think about it very long, and my response was off course YES, I WILL DO IT!

So, I will be in Denver! Any of you readers close by the Denver area and want to take part and join me in this crazy fun activity? I would LOVE to see you there!
Here is all the info on the event, and here is the Facebook event for it.

Getting ready for #TasteofIceland in #Denver @icelandnatural #yarnstorming #yarngraffitiGetting ready!

A friend gave me these started, but unfinished shawls. I did a simple crochet border to close the live stitches and now they are ready for some #yarnstorming in #Denver @icelandnatural #TasteofIceland bring your own unfinished/unwanted projects and add thA friend gave me these started, but unfinished shawls. I did a simple crochet border to close the live stitches and now they are ready for some #yarnstorming in #Denver @icelandnatural #TasteofIceland bring your own unfinished/unwanted projects and add them to the mix!

Karítas just turned 9 years old last Sunday!

My birthday girl ❤️We had a great family dinner at her fathers house with her dad and stepmother.

Karítas Árný is ready for winter #66north #66norðurShe got a new winter jacket, boots and a hat for her birthday, so she is ready for winter!

Two weekends ago we went to gather sheep in Mörtunga, close to Vík in the south of Iceland.

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Gathering of the sheep

Making friends

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Me & Helgi

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Me & Karítas

It was great fun, and hard work. Me and Helgi went with a group of people waaaay up into the mountains to look for more sheep and bring them down from there. It was about 10-12km walk up and down and all over a very gorgeous area.

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It’s been a while

And for good reason. Life has been super busy. Karítas came home from her summer vacation in the beginning of August, I started school on the 15th of August and work has been really busy also. Oh, and I turned 36 on August 27th. So there has not been much time for anything else. I have done some knitting and crocheting whenever I have had the time and have managed to finish, almost finish and start a few projects.

First, I finished Red Rock Canyon again! This one is for my MIL and I loved working on this design again. Romi Hill designs are extremely well done and easy to follow, not to mention beautiful!

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Pattern: Red Rock Canyon by Rosemary (Romi) Hill
Yarn: Juno Fibre Arts Milly Singles in Potpourri & Boudoir
Needle: 3.5mm

As I said, I really enjoyed working on this shawl. I am not a big fan of doing the same design twice, but I did not mind at all this time. The pattern is super well written, the yarn I used is a favorite of mine, and the colors are yummie! Who knows, I might even make another one for myself at some point, I have a few color combos picked out in my head already.

Back to school!School started again for the girls, Karítas was very excited!

Yay! My birthday started with singing and new, very much wanted, trekking shoes! Thank you, family ❤️I got new hiking shoes for my birthday from my family! So happy with them!

Drawing of me and Sumarrós, from Sumarrós. It says "You are my favorite mom" ❤️Sumarrós drew this photo of me and her. It says “You are my favorite mom”

Cozy evening for one tired mom and one snuggly daughter Saturday after spending the entire day in school, I was completely exhausted and spent most of the day snuggling with Karítas on the couch under a blanket. So nice.

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Yarngraffiti for Vitatorg and Gay Pride

After a long break from doing some yarnstorming, I have done two pieces in the last week.

First, I was asked to do some for Vitatorg as a part of a project by the city of adding more life and fun to the squares around the city and using the open spaces more, having some events there.

The theme colours were turquoise, blue, white and a bit of orange so I went through my stash of already made items and pulled out what I could use. Turned out to be more than I thought at first, not having looked through the stash for almost a year.

And here are some photos from what it ended up looking like.

Vitatorg #torgíbiðstöðu #yarnbombing #yarngraffiti #yarnstorming #reykjavík #iceland

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What did I do today? Oh, just a bit of #yarnbombing #yarngraffiti #yarnstorming #torgíbiðstöðu #vitatorg #reykjavík #iceland

Yesterday was the Reykjavík Pride walk. As a big supporter of LGBT rights, I have done a yarngraffiti piece for the past two years, and decided to do it again this year.

Ready for #reykjavíkpride #yarnbombing #yarngraffiti #yarnstorming #iceland
The piece ready!

#yarnbombing #yarngraffiti #yarnstorming #gaypride #reykjavíkpride #reykjavík #icelandMe putting the piece up in Lækjargata, close to Arnarhóll.

Happy #gaypride #reykjavíkpride
Me and Sumarrós at home before heading down town to take part in the walk yesterday.

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Two new sweaters

Recently I have fallen in love with a new yarn. This should not be news to anyone really, as I have a soft spot for all things wooly.

Selvstrik_lamauld_mange_farver-4 Lamawool from Strikkebogen, 50% wool and 50% lama, Aran weight.

It is just so soft and wonderful to work with. I have recently finished two sweaters with this wonderful yarn, and I am pretty sure that I will be making loads more. I want one for myself out of this yarn and already have some ideas as to what kind of sweater to make.

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2014-07-22 18.17.17Pattern: Loki by Ragnheiður Eiríksdóttir (with some changes that are mine)
Yarn: Strikkebogen.dk Lamauld
Needles: 3.5 and 4.5mm

This little cardigan is a gift to my daughter Karítas’s baby sister who is now almost 9 months old. I made the sweater to fit about a 12 month old baby and I did some changes to the yoke pattern, adding a bit more color in there. I am very happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to see her wear it.

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Yarn: Strikkebogen.dk Lamauld
Needle: 4.5mm

This later one, here modeled by my daughter Sumarrós, is for Markéta, my daughters baby sisters mother. I was honored and happy when she asked me to make her a traditional Icelandic wool sweater and she came with me to pick out the yarn that she wanted. I was very happy when she picked the Lamauld and I was intrigued by the color choices. It turned out absolutely beautiful and I am very excited to see how it will look on her.

They all (my daughter Karítas, her baby sister, their dad and my daughters step mom) come back to Iceland in August, so the sweaters are just waiting here patiently. Maybe I will get to have another photo session with them both wearing the sweaters, that would be great!

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