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Halfway through March already

And I have not been as good about blogging as I had hoped. I will do more of it, my goal is to do it 1-2 times a week as I want to keep a good track of my projects. Keeping this blog and photographing and updating the process of my projects has been one of my biggest motivations since I started it, so I want to keep that going.

My stitching group is finally meeting again. We are trying our best to have get togethers once a month, and every Tuesday is a WIP/UFO day where we all work on a project that we already have going and try to put a few strands in.
I decided to work on my stocking as I really want to get it done. Every year when I get out the stockings I did for my daughters, I almost feel ashamed at not having mine done already, there is so little left to do on it, just some backstitching and details. So hopefully, I will have my very own stocking to hang come Christmas this year.

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Here is my progress after last Tuesdays session.

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Pattern: Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
Yarn: Quince and Co. Osprey in Bird S Egg
Needles: 4mm

For Karítas. I made my headband quite some time ago, and Karítas has always loved it. When we were on winter break we went to our LYS and she picked out this beautiful ice blue Osprey by Quince & Co for her very own headband. She absolutely loves it.

We went to a cabin over a weekend in February. It was just what we all needed as a family.

Fun in the sun/snow/cold
We went out and had fun in the snow and went sledding down a hill.

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We relaxed.

#scrabble and cozy time at the cabin
We played Scrabble.

Hlemmur and a snow blizzard
We have had about 40 storms this year here in Iceland. I have just about had enough and am craving warmer weather, less wind, more sun. But I know better, it is only March and there are still a few more weeks to go. Next storm is supposed to hit us tonight.

My #bedinburghyarnfest at Litla Prjónabúðin with knitting friends on a stormy Saturday in #iceland
But, when the wind is going mad outside, what is better than meeting up with your friends at your LYS and knitting the day away, having coffee and chocolate? Nothing, if you ask me!

When you have too much #kambgarn, make a BIG #grannysquareblanket using all the #colours
Going through my stash, I noticed that I had A LOT of Kambgarn. The best way to use up a lot of yarn in the same brand and/or weight, is making blankets. One can never have too many blankets so I started another one. I have always wanted a classic Granny Square blanket with lots of colour and black as the colour that binds it all together. That is just what I had in this Kamgbarn stash of mine. So I started one.
I am doing 10 rounds of colour, picking the colours totally at random by drawing them from a bag and not looking and it is not allowed to exchange colours. Each colour only to be used once in each square. Then 2 rounds of black and using Lucy’s Join as you go method to tie it all together. So far I am absolutely loving it!

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2013 – Finishes

It’s been a wonderful year.
Like the years before, I am doing a list of my finished projects.

Autumn

Stitching
Freebie from TraLaLa – finished as a pin cushion
Total: 1 finished project

Knitting
Cardigan for Pálmi
Curry cardigan for myself
Camomille shawl for myself
Turn a square hat for the man
Grettir for Óli Sindri
Total: 5 finished projects

Crochet
Wave blanket for Karítas
Bugða blanket for Sumarrós
Vintage blanket for my sister, Gyða
Electric Ripple blanket for a friends baby
Granny Stripe blanket for my nephew, Adrían
Viktoría collar for me
Viktoría necklace for Aimee
Viktoría necklace for Karítas
Viktoría necklaces for Þóra and Freyja
Viktoría necklace for Erla, Sumarrós’s sister
Viktoría necklace for Helga Soffía
Viktoría necklace for Steinunn Lóa
Bow Tie for my nephew, Adrían
Bow Tie for Starri, Sumarrós’s brother
Slaufa, for a friends baby
Slaufa, for Karítas’s baby sister
Cardigan for Karítas’s baby sister
Washcloths for me and the man
Washcloth for Karítas
Washcloth for Sumarrós
Mittens for Sumarrós
Mittens for Karítas
Hat for Karítas
Light green jar cover
White jar cover
Purple jar cover
Orange jar cover #1
Orange jar cover #2
Dark green jar cover
Red jar cover
Gray jar cover
White and black jar covers
Crochet stone #1
Crochet stone #2
Lægð, cowl
6 hair elastics for Sóley
Wash cloth
Súld, hat for my cousin Bjarki (here modeled by Karítas)
Lægð, wrapped scarf for Karítas
Bow Tie for my friend Einar. No photo, but one is hopefully coming soon.
Total: 40 finished projects

Yarnstorming
Hlemmur – bus stop in Reykjavík
The sign that marks my grandfathers summer house
Laxá í Kjós
By Hespuhúsið
In a car
Womens Rights
Gay Pride
Total: 7 finished projects

Me and my girls.

We wish you a very happy 2014 and I hope that you continue to drop by to my little blog.

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Bits & Pieces

Hello! The weekend completely flew by me, so I did not update on Sunday like I try to do. My little sister turned 26 on Sunday so we had brunch at my parents house that was absolutely amazing.

Here are some photos for ya!

It's late, but #winter finally arrived to #reykjavik #iceland

Office view. Or no view.
Winter decided to visit us here in Reykjavík for 2 days last week. It left as soon as it came. This has been the strangest winter I have ever experienced.

Friday = pizza!
Every other Friday night, when the girls are home, we make pizza. Karítas loves to help out and puts the toppings on the pizza for her and her sister.

#crochet #blanket #afghan i love how it looks on her bed. And the fact that it is big enough for her to enjoy for a very long time
Karítas’s bed made with her wave blanket. I love it.

#rainbow #crochet #socks
I started a crocheted sock! One down, one to go. Pictures to follow when I finish the second one.

Confirmation photo @elmarfreyr @joigudlaugs
My confirmation photo. This was 20 years ago, thank you very much!

January 2011 SAL
And surprise! I have a stitching finish. I decided to start UFO Tuesdays back again at my Icelandic stitching group since most of us are doing much more knitting and/or crochet these days than stitching. So some of us are dedicating Tuesdays to working on our very neglected UFO’s. I finished this cute freebie from TraLaLa into a pincushion last night. Cute, isn’t it?

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Sock knitting and exchange stitching

I finished my first pair of knitted socks! YAY! I have always been a bit afraid of the idea of knitting a heel so that has been the main reason for not knitting socks. But when I decide it is time to do something I usually do not quit until I am able to do it. So, I managed to do it! And off course it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

Socks for Karítas

Socks for Karítas

Socks for Karítas
Socks for Karítas
Pattern: Basic Child’s Gradiance Sock in Foot Prints by Laura Lough (Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Alpaca Select 4 Ply
Needles: 3mm

And some stitching. Yes, I finally finished a stitching project. I signed up for an exchange in my Icelandic stitching group with a pink theme and figured that the needleroll that I started as a SAL in January would be a great exchange piece. So I finished that one up and sent it along. The pictures are not good at all since it was night time when I was shooting them, and absolutely no natural light to be found anywhere.

Pink Exchange

Pink Exchange

Pink Exchange
Antique Hearts Needleroll – Shepherd’s Bush Kit

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Two SAL updates

Thanks everyone for the comments and e-mails of support about me stitching more! You guys are amazing!
I started a SAL with Carolyn after my latest post. We are stitching ‘Antique Hearts Needleroll’ by Shepherd’s Bush. Here is my progress.

Antique Hearts
Antique Hearts Needleroll – Shepherd’s Bush

As you may have noticed, I got the wrong lace in my kit. It was supposed to be wider and with hearts on it, but mine was slim and had flowers on it. I don’t mind really, it will just make mine unique 🙂

I am also stitching a small monthly SAL that I started up in my Icelandic stitching group. The group has not been very active lately, and this is an attempt to keep both myself, and other stitchers busy and their needles flying. The rules are pretty simple, it is a monthly SAL, the design has to be relatively small and available as a freebie online. Here is my progress of this little project.

January SAL
Petit Chat by TraLaLa
40ct Raw Linen – 1 over two
Hickory Sticks and Secondhand Rose by Crescent Colours

The pictures are not so good since it is dark most of the time these days and these were taken under my OTT-Lite. The best I could do in these dark filled days really.

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2010 in knitting and stitching

I always like to end my year to look back and go over the crafts I have done over the past 12 months. This year was a new low in stitching for me, but a record year in knitting. I will start with the stitching. I only stitched two projects this year!

Stitching projects 2010

1) Pattern: ‘Heart Stitcher’ freebie from A mon ami Pierre – finished as a pinkeep
2) Pattern: Snow Faces by Just Nan – finished as an ornament

Knitting projects 2010

1) Design: 18 Var – from Lopi 29, by Védís Jónsdóttir
2) Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
3) Lopapeysa for my daughter Sumarrós – design is a mix of various Lopi designs
4) Pattern: Henri the Knitted Bear by Rachel Borello
5) Pattern: Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West
6) Pattern: Odessa by Grumperina
7) Pattern: Lacy Baktus by Terhi Montonen
8) Pattern: mixed and matched 3 different designs to make this dress for a friends sister
9) Pattern: Hlekkur from Lopi 28
10) Pattern: Dressy sweater by Pickles
11) Pattern: The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by OrangeFlower
12) Dressy Sweater – Mini version for Sumarrós
13) Lopapeysa for Inga Rún: Design is a mix and match of a couple of designs that I matched to her liking.
14) Pattern: #22 Cape by Lana Grossa
15) Pattern: Jacket in ”Alpaca” and ”Glitter” with 2-colour pattern in raglan by DROPS design
16) Pattern: Bring It On Baby Blanket by Anna & Heidi Pickles
17) Pattern: Haruni by Emily Ross
18) Pattern: Citron by Hilary Smith Callis – no photos yet as I did not manage to photograph it before giving it away.
19) Black Hoodie out of Lopi for a friend – no photos and now the sweater is ruined 😦
20) 3 preemie hats for the premature ward at the national hospital. A charity project.

So yeah. All in all a pretty decent year in finishes! I am not counting the projects that I have started and not finished. I am not going to drag myself down because of those haha. I am going to try and be a good girl next year and stitch and knit, and use up some of my stash! I am bringing both a knitting and a stitching project to my parents house tonight as we say goodbye to 2010 and welcome 2011. I have a great feeling about the coming year. I have always liked odd numbers 🙂

Me and the girls would like to wish you and your family a wonderful new year. May all your dreams come true.

Me

Karítas

Sumarrós

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Christmas Ornament Exchange

I stitched! Can you believe it? And I really enjoyed it! Like, really, REALLY enjoyed it!
I organized a christmas ornament exchange in my stitching group like I do every year and decided to take part in it myself, just to challenge myself to some stitching. I honestly thought that I would maybe not enjoy it, or even not know how to do it anymore (not really, but still!). I decided on something small, but cute. And this is the outcome.

Snow Faces for Bubba

Fabric: 28ct Reflections from Silkweaver
Pattern: Snow Faces by Just Nan
Threads: DMC
Beads: Mill Hill

Cute isn’t it?

I have spent some time going through my blog the past few days. Man, I have really done a lot of stitching. And most of it is pretty damn amazing even if I do say so myself. I miss it. I figured that out while knitting this little thing. So, I am going to stitch at least a little each week (maybe just for a day or something) in 2011. I have SO MUCH STASH! It is heartbreaking to just watch it collect dust in my stash cabinet. I realize that I have to go through it and sort out what I know I will never stitch, but I haven’t had the time or the heart to do so as of yet. I will though, but only after I figure out more about what I want to finish and what not. I looked over this list that I made in September 2008 and most of these projects are still something I want to do. Do you have a project on that list and would fancy a SAL? We could dedicate one day a week to it and post pictures and encourage each other on. Please let me know, I know I need some encouragement at least!

I am not giving up on knitting at all, I would just like to do some stitching also! I really, really do miss it!

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Heart Exchange

Finally, I was able to give the Heart Exchange to Björg. I was supposed to deliver about a month ago but Karítas got sick, then I got sick, then work was busy, then Björg was out of town etc. My parents were going to her house for dinner last night (Björg is my dad’s sister) so I seized the chance and asked my mom to deliver it to her for me. Word of mouth says she loved it, so now I can happily share pictures.

Heart Exchange

Heart Exchange

Heart Exchange
Pattern: ‘Heart Stitcher’ freebie from A mon ami Pierre
Fabric 32ct white Lugana
Thread: NN

I really like how it turned out. And yes, I can still stitch, haha! I have been fondling some of my stitching stash recently and I do miss it, but there is something that is keeping me away, not sure what. Oh well, I am sure the bug will bite me again pretty soon! It is not like the stash is going anywhere really, and I am quite happy knitting at the moment.

Speaking of knitting, I am knitting wool sweater (lopapeysa) for my cousin Bjarki. I have just attached the sleeves to the body and will be working on the chest pattern today. Getting very close to getting it done! I got many, many other projects lined up so I better get to it. Stitch Markers are selling pretty well, least through etsy though. I have sold some at work, my mom at her office, some in Denmark and yet others through Facebook. I made a whole bunch last night and posted them on the Little Lillies and Roses page on Facebook. Become a fan if you want 🙂

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Heart Exchange – From Rósa

I got my Heart Exchange today when I went to lunch at Rósa’s house. This is a part of a Heart Exchange that we started in our Icelandic stitching group. I was speachless when she handed me this beautiful bright red heart shaped wood box. Beautiful! And when I opened it, I saw the beautiful extras she included!

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Thank you my darling Rósa!

Heart Exchange from Rósa

Heart Exchange from Rósa

Heart Exchange from Rósa

Heart Exchange from Rósa

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Öskudagur and weekend knitting

I have been sick since Friday. I am feeling a lot better but still have a slight fever. Hopefully this is the last day with a fever since I have a very busy week ahead of me at work. So I have been staying home, watching movies and Seinfeld. Oh, how I love Seinfeld.

I have been working on a shawl for myself that I am absolutely in love with. I bough the yarn (Noro Kureyon Sock) while I was in England over Christmas and knew instantly that it would become a shawl. And when I saw the simple design that is the Boneyard Shawl I decided to make that my first knitted shawl. It is very simple and plain, just like I had imagined. The yarn really does the design, makes it look very pretty. I love the colour variation of this yarn, it reminds me of the traditional Icelandic sheep colours.

Boneyard Shawl
Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock S149
Needles: 4mm

I have also been working on a Lopapeysa for my daughter Sumarrós. That one is coming together great. I am mixing and matching several Lopi designs to fit her wishes. I can’t wait to start the pattern for the chest piece.

Sumarrós's Lopapeysa
Pattern is a mix of several Lopi designs. I will list them once the sweater is finished. Yarn is Létt Lopi from Ístex.

I am also working on a stitching project that is getting very close to being finished. Pictures of that later this week as it is for an exchange that is due tomorrow.

And this last week was Öskudagur, which is basically our Halloween of sorts. The kids dress up in costumes and go out to stores and sing for candy. Sumarrós decided to be a Disco Queen and Karítas was a princess, off course.

Disco Queen and Princess

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New yarn candy

Yarn is candy right? Stash is candy. At least it all has pretty colours and often smells nice and you just want to stuff your face in it. Here are two skeins of yarn that I bought here.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Forrest Floor

Forrest Floor

• 100% Super Fine Merino
• 3.5 oz
• Appox 950 yards, A shawl or 2 scarves
• Lace weight weight–use #00-#4 needles


And then the beautiful yarns that I got as a gift from Rani.

Super Nova

Precious Metals

Green Blue wool

Mama Llama

Pumpkin Spice

Sugar'n Cream

If you click the images, I have put the info I had on the yarns under each of them on my flickr page.

I have been knitting a wool dress for a friend who is going to give it as a gift. I am soooo close to being done, I will probably finish it tonight or tomorrow. It is a combination of a few patterns but together as a dress so I am quite excited to see how it is going to turn out. So far, so good!

I will also soon have a stitching project to share! Woohoo! We are doing a heart themed exchange in my stitching group and I decided to join in on the fun to get me stitching again!

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A nice weekend away

Me and a part of my stitching group (Rósa, Erla, Guðbjörg, Aiste and her daughter Amelía) went away to a cabin in the country for the weekend. We left on Friday after work, and after a short stop at a grocery store to get supplies we drove out of town. Like always, as soon as we got there we started stitching/knitting.

Guðbjörg, Rósa, Erla Björk and Amelía

On Saturday Rósa made us a wonderful meal of chicken and vegetables, baked in the oven topped with cheese and rice, salad and bread, washed down with some white wine. Thank you Rósa for a wonderful meal!

Delicious food made by Rósa

The youngest of the group, Amelía (8 months old) was a complete angel the entire weekend and we played a little.

Amelía and me

Aiste (her mother) finished a wool west, her second ever knitting project. Rósa finished socks and learned how to knit two things at the same time using a long circular needle and the magic loop method. Guðbjörg finished a hat. Erla got her advent calendar done and did some of the ornaments to hang on it (you can see pictures of it on her blog). I did half of my bolero and started Necessities Sampler by Little House Needleworks. I am changing the colour scheme from blues to reds. I also knitted a little on the baby kimono (Ravelry Link) I am doing for a charity project.

My stuff

Thank you my wonderful friends for a great, great weekend! You have no idea how much they, and YOU, mean to me! More Pictures from the trip can be found on my flickr account.

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Finishing Camp – Results!

Friday night was thankfully just a slow low key night. I wasn’t feeling well because of the antibiotics and I also still had a slight fever. It was just me, Rósa and Guðbjörg that night and we just sat and stitched and talked. It was very nice. Oh, Lára and Sveina turned up late that night but didn’t stay long.

On Saturday I had a lot of guests coming. Me, Rósa, Guðbjörg, Sissú, Lára, Munda, Magnea, Anna Rósa, Aisté, Una, Erla Björk (and maybe I am forgetting someone) were all here at some point of the day and there were seven of us here for dinner. I was feeling lots better than the day before so I did get a lot of finishing done. I did finishing for myself and helped those that needed helping. It was great having all these ladies here sharing the joy of stitching and finishing, all helping each other out and learning from one another.

I am going to share with you pictures of the finishing I did for myself, for Brenda (who sent me the pieces a while ago) and a birthday present that I did for my friend Tracy.

Finishing for myself out of pieces that were stitched by me:

Ornament Side

Ornament Back
I stitched this tree in 2007.
Design by Lynda Baldauf – Scandinavian Stitches.
Stitched on 32ct Silkweaver Solo. Added red jingle bells instead of stitching the hearts that were in the design.

Bourse for Tracy

Bourse for Tracy

A bourse for my friend Tracy. I stitched this piece in 2008.
Little House Needleworks – Faith
28ct Gingham Natural/Cream Linen
Crescent Color threads

Stitcher's Roll

Sewing Roll

Needleroll kit from Shepherd’s Bush

Needleroll

Needleroll

Rose Mosaic Needleroll by M-designs
Stitched with recommended threads and embelishments
Fabric is 32ct antique white linen

These are all for me except the bourse, it is for my good friend Tracy who saw the bourse I did for Brenda and fell in love with it and wanted one. So, it is her birthday next weekend so off course she is getting one!

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Finishing I did for Brenda out of the stitched pieces she sent me:

Bookmark for Brenda

Beads on the bottom

I loved how this bookmark turned out. I thought it needed a little something to it once I had stitched it together, so I added some beads to the bottom of it. I hope Brenda will like it, I know she loves to read almost as much as she loves stitching 🙂

Cottage Garden Pinkeep

Cottage Garden Pinkeep
Design by Country Cottage Needleworks

Phew. So that’s it!
I hope everyone learned a lot this weekend and that people are now not afraid of trying new things and just go for it! I am thinking about having one of these weekends again in a couple of months. So if you want to come, you better start saving up! 🙂
I hope you all had a great weekend. I am off to bed!

Also, it is my dad’s 54th birthday today! Happy Birthday daddy! Love you!

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Blog stats

As I write this, the visits to my blog have reached this number:

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I have 3,691 comments. Commenter number 4000 will get a prize from me.
I will let you know again when it gets closer to the number. I am thinking of updating the number of comments about once a week or so so that you can be updated. So you will not miss it, I promise 🙂

This week has been a week of visiting doctors. Sumarrós went to the doctor on Monday and yesterday because she got glitter in her eye that hurt and had to be removed. I went today because my the UTI that I had been fighting came back and I finally got some antibiotics so I should be feeling better very soon *crossing fingers and stitches*. On top of that I have been fighting a cold and working like crazy. So when I get home I just crash. I have NO energy. But since I got the meds I should be all better before next weekend. Finishing camp at my house, wooohooo!

Thank you all for visiting and commenting. Thanks so much for the sweet comments on the Noel ornament. I sure am happy about it and can’t stop looking at it. Now I am going to crawl to bed and get some rest. Take care everyone!

Thank you

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Another ornament finish.

One of the few stitching goals I set myself for this year was to stitch and finish one ornament a month. January passed before I knew it so now I have made two ornaments in February. The Prairie Schooler Santa in the previous post was my January ornament (even though it was stitched and finished in February) and late last night I finished up this little beauty. I am super happy with how it turned out.

Noel Ornament

Pattern: Freebie found here
Fabric: 36ct Edinborough Linen – Cream
Thread: DMC 115
Stitched with one thread over two
Beads: Mill Hill #00557 and 40557

Noel Ornament

There is not much else going on. I had been fighting a UTI earlier this week and today a cold has been trying its best to set in my body. I am not about to let that happen. I have no time to be sick at the moment! So I am doing my very best to keep it at bay.

I did a little more stitching on my Flea Market Souvenir Sampler and will post a picture of it later this week. It is too dark right now to be snapping some photos. And I want to show you the true beautiful colors of the piece. I am on the last part of it now. I can’t wait to assemble it! I think it is going to be a lot of fun!

Another thing. Next weekend I will have my big finishing camp weekend as I mentioned here. So if any of you ladies are going to fly over, you are welcome! Seriously! The more the merrier!

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