Follow Your Arrow 2

The wonderful designer Ysolda Teague organised a mystery KAL last year that I participated in (my first one) and loved and got me hooked on doing MKAL’s. In January I saw that she was doing a Follow Your Arrow 2 MKAL so off course I signed up.

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Pattern: Follow Your Arrow 2 by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Loft in Plume (I used 2 skeins)
Needles: 3.5mm
Clues: B-B-A-B-B

I love how it turned out, and participating in the MKAL was loads of fun. Ysolda is a brilliant designer, to say the least. Each clue had an option A and an option B and each went with either so you could mix and match it any way you wanted. I wanted to have my shawl with texture and learn something new each week, and this is how it ended up. The only thing that I did not like was the yarn. What a disappointment. I had read so many great reviews about this yarn and had been excited about trying it, but I just did not connect with it at all and am safe to say that I will not be using it again. Thankfully, there is plenty of great yarn out there!

The baby knitting continues. There are so many babies being born this year around me. I love it, I love knitting baby clothes. My sisters baby girl got her name on February 8th.

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Emilý Rósa Snædahl Ragnarsdóttir

Off course she got a knitted gift from us.

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Pattern: Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Yarn: Lark from Quince and Co in Pomegranate
Needles: 4.5mm

I loved making this little sweater. The hat is based on a free pattern from the Purl Soho website, but I did a lot of changes as the decreases were not adding up.

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First finishes for 2015

Yes, finally I got the light and time to take some photos of my finishes. Sure, many of these were knitted mostly in 2014, but I never consider a project 100% finished until I wash and block it and take photos of it to update Ravelry and my blog. So last Saturday I went to my favorite knitting store and the light was perfect so I managed to take some photos.

First up, some baby stuff that I have done for my sisters little girl.

Hat and Stay on Baby bootiesPattern: Stay on baby booties and Kvenfélagshúfa
Yarn: Juno Fibre Arts Milly Singles
Needles: 3mm

Tiny little #lopapeysa for my new niece #yaku #litlaprjónabúðinPattern: From Prjónablaðið Ýr
Yarn: Yaku from Strikkebogen
Needles: 3mm

I participated in Stephen West’s Mystery KAL last year and finished the shawl before the new year but it was always dark or wet or snowing or I was busy so I never got the chance to take photos of it. I loved this project, especially the brioche in two colors!

Exploration Station

Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2014: Exploration Station

Exploration StationPattern: Exploration Station by Stephen West
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Rusty Nail & madelinetosh tosh merino light in Ember, Kale and Charcoal
Needles: 4mm

And then I found a new designer that I really love! Melanie Berg is her name and she makes some wonderful things. Check her stuff out here on Ravelry. So off course I had to try knitting one of her patterns to see if I liked it. Because, as most knitters know, sometimes you find something wonderful that you want to knit, you purchase the pattern and it is so badly written that you end up tossing it or re-writing the whole thing yourself. Well, that is definitely not the case here. The patterns are very well written (I have 3 now in my Ravelry library, waiting for my attention) and I can’t wait to knit more from her. Next up is Quicksilver.

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Ashburn

AshburnPattern: Ashburn by Melanie Berg
Yarn: Engleuld in bluegreen and orange and Fjara in yellow
Needles: 4mm

My Christmas project last year was a project I had been wanting to do for a long time. I had this wonderful discontinued color of Kambgarn that I absolutely love (and hate that Ístex stopped making it) that was just perfect for this project.

Girasole

Girasole

GirasolePattern: Girasole by Jared Flood
Yarn: Kambgarn
Needles: 4mm

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2014 – Finishes

It has become a tradition for me every year to look back and see what I have stitched/knitted/crocheted over the passing year. This has become something that I always look forward to. Sometimes I find things that I have almost forgotten that I did, and usually I get very inspired. In 2013 I did more crochet than knitting, but in 2014 I did way more knitting. No stitching at all to show off though.

Crochet Finishes

Solid Granny Square Blanket – for my friend Hildur
Crochet Jar Cover – for Karítas
Crochet Jar Cover – for a friend at school
Súld hat by Rósa Tom – a hat for a little friends birthday
Baby sweater by Tinna Þórudóttir Þorvaldar – for a friends new baby
Solid Granny Square Baby Blanket – for a co-workers new baby
A little doily by Elín Kristín – for me
Crochet Jar Cover – a housewarming gift for Rod&Gummi
V-stitch blanket – for a friends new baby
Finished crochet projects: 9

Knitting Finishes

Safety Scarf by Stephen West
Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
Follow your arrow mystery kal by Ysolda Teague
Happy Street by Veera Välimäki
Rye socks for Adrían by tincanknits
Rye socks for Karítas by tincanknits
Loki by Ragga Eiríks for Karítas
Ranga by Védís Jónsdóttir for Sumarrós
Red Rock Canyon by Rosemary (Romi) Hill for me
Coat with a twist by Anna & Heidi Pickles
Birta by Bára Þórarinsdóttir
Vertices Unite by Stephen West
Bella Baby by Lene Holme Samsøe
18 Var by Védís Jónsdóttir
Loki by Ragga Eiríks for Árveig
Red Rock Canyon by Rosemary (Romi) Hill for my MIL
Morganite by Corrina Ferguson
Samen by Stephen West
Sumarrós by Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir
Rye socks by tincanknits for Helgi
Gjöf by Gréta Björk Jóhannesdóttir
Exploration Station by Stephen West (it is finished, I just haven’t had the time to take it out for a photo shoot)
Finished knitting projects: 22

Yarn Graffiti
Denver
Vitatorg
Gay Pride

All in all, I think I did pretty good with juggling a full time job, school and the kids, the man, the house, traveling and everything else! There are a few more projects that are almost finished, but since they are not 100% finished, they will not be counted as finished until 2015.
This year I am going to try to keep a better track of how much yarn I use over the year and weigh my projects and yarns better. Also, working from stash, doing projects that I want to do and make more for my ever growing family.

Yesterday I became an auntie for the second time. This little girl stole my heart today when I got to see her ❤️❤️❤️ Congrats to my sister @fanneye87 and her man @raggi_njals
On the 27th of December, my youngest sister had her first baby. It’s a girl and she absolutely stole my heart. I am guessing I will be doing a lot of knitting for this little one in the near future!

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you make it awesome!

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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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Peysa1

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.

Gathering of the sheep

Gathering of the sheep

Making friends

Karítas, me & Helgi

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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