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Bits & Pieces – January 7th

It’s a new year! And, it’s my mother’s birthday today!

My mom braiding my hair ❤

Happy birthday, mom! And thanks for still braiding my hair, even though I am all grown up!

The first gift is wrapped and ready
Christmas gifts

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree

Karítas and Adrían assist with the gift opening
Christmas kids

Christmas me
Christmas me

New headband, so warm! #knitting #cascade220 #malabrigo
I made myself a new headband for the cold.
Pattern: Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
Yarn: 1 strand Cascade 220 and 1 strand Malabrigo Twist
Needles: 6mm

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I gave my sister the Safety Scarf as that pink looks so good on her!
Pattern: Safety Scarf by Stephen West
Yarn: BC Garn Semilla Fino in grey and Koigu Premium Merino (KPM) in neon pink
Needles: 3.5mm

This scarf is supposed to be knit on much bigger needles with much thicker yarn, but I wanted a more delicate look and I really wanted to use the Koigu yarn that I got while visiting New York in September. I am very happy with how it turned out with my changes. It still wrappes twice around the neck but is not too tight. It was a very fun knit! Stephen’s patterns are just incredible.

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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

First bits & pieces post of the new year. It is going to be a bit of the best from since I last posted a bits & pieces post since there are so many pictures I have taken since then. If you want to see them all, you can always check out my Instagram set og Flickr.

#crochet #jar
Some crochet covered jars that I gave away for Christmas. They look really good with candles in them, or you can store your knitting needles, crochet hooks, cookies, straws or whatever in them!

#jólavættir #santa #light #reykjavik #iceland #christmas
One of the Christmas spirits around Reykjavík. Find them all!

New and enviroment friendly #shopping #bag at #geysirstore #reykjavik #iceland I love mine!
Our environmental friendly shopping bags. I love mine and use it all the time!

#christmas #tree is up with #hama #beaded #snowflakes
Our Christmas tree, decorated with home made HAMA beaded snow flakes.

Gift wrapping. My favorite part of the holidays
I love wrapping gifts. I do something different each year and I love the wrapping I did this year. Simple, but beautiful.

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The Christmas Tree at my parents house is always so beautiful.

Mmmm, smoothie!
I got a mixer from my parents. Smoothies for everyone!

Mom, dad & me! How cute are we?
My parents and me in 1982 or 1983. I love this photo!

They are baking chocolate chip cookies
My man and Karítas baked chocolate chip cookies. So good!

Grandfather and nephew watching the fireworks
My grandfather and my nephew watching the fireworks on New Years Eve.

Lunch pick nick durring inventory @svelgur @emmnielsen
Back to work after a great and much needed Christmas vacation. Inventory lunch break!

Sumarrós was drawing
Some of Sumarrós’s drawing. She is so talented!

Ready for a wedding.
I went to a wedding yesterday. This is a before shot of my hair and make up.

After wedding hair
After the wedding hair. Brushing my teeth, ready for bed.

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Bits & Pieces

Ah. Finally a week that is not absolutely hectic. Busy sure, but not crazy. The re-organizing of the house is still ongoing but getting close to being done. I still have not done any shopping for Christmas though, but I will finish it next week for sure. I have decided what to get for almost everyone, so it is just a matter of getting out there and pick up the gifts.

Here are some snaps from the week.

The first Santa put mittens in her sock.
The first Santa came, Karítas got new mittens.

Holtagarðar #busstop
My view each morning at the bus stop.

My #orchid is blooming again #flowers #white
The orchid at the office is blooming again.

We got a visit at work! #novasveinar #nova #discosanta #jóló
These Santas came to the office giving us chocolate.

New/old furniture love
New/old furniture love for my living room. A part of a larger ser that will come hopefully in the beginning of 2013.

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Karítas at the Yule Ball at Kaffibarinn today.

#yolo #kaffibarinn
Santas at Kaffibarinn

Santas give the little people gifts #santa #kids #kaffibarinn
The Santas gave the little people gifts and were very funny and friendly, singing songs and playing the guitar.

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Bits ‘n Pieces, on a Wednesday

The past week was spent almost completely in bed. I got sick on Monday at work and when I got home around five, I had a temp of 39°C. My fever went up to 40,6°C on Tuesday so I went to the doctor. Strep throat, again. I got my meds and was finally feeling slightly human again on Friday.
My cousin Bjarki, who has rented a room in my flat for the past 2 and a half years moved out this weekend so I spent the weekend moving the girls into new bedrooms and myself from the living room (where I used to sleep for the past year) to my own bedroom. Thanks to my parents for their endless, amazing help! I can’t thank them enough. Pictures will come when the rooms are ready. The living room is also getting a slight make over.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the sick week.

Sickness, #crochet and Boardwalk Empire
When I wasn’t passed out due to the fever, I was doing crochet and watching Boardwalk Empire. I love those shows!

It now measures 114 cm wide and 100 cm long. #crochet #blanket #brown #pink #white #gray
The blanket for Karítas now measures about 100cm in length. Woo!

Skype happiness❤i miss her!
Karítas is currently traveling with her dad and his girlfriend. We do talk on Skype. I miss her terribly, she will thankfully be home on Sunday.

#christmas #wreath from my mom
My mom gave me this pretty wreath and I hung it on my front door.

I stitched this piece years ago by my daughters request. #crossstitch #fairy #beads #dmc
Stitched this one years ago for Sumarrós. Petal Fairy by Mirabilia.

#mom ❤
Mom! She is the best!

Crazy #sun
Sunday was very dark and gloomy, until the sun broke out for about an hour or so. It was very low so the brightness was breathtaking.

So how was your week?

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Bits & Pieces, 2 in 1

I didn’t get to update last week. So busy! So here you get two weeks worth of photos and short stories.
I am currently working through yet another busy season at work, and then the Christmas madness starts, then the end of a year and beginning of a new one. Fun fun!

More #handknitted #homemade #woolsocks

Is there anything better than #homemade #handknitted #socks ? I think not!
Home made wool socks! Is there anything better in the cold weather? I think not. These pairs are both gifts from my very talented friend Ágústa. I have had them for 4 years and they are still like new!

Half #white half #black #esja #reykjavik #iceland #mountain
Mountain Esja. Half covered in snow.

My pretty store in #haukadalur #geysirstore #iceland
My very pretty Geysir store in Haukadalur. So many beautiful things to buy!

Cuteness! #flowers in #old #shoes
I love this! Flowers in old shoes. Genius!

Must haves for #winter #geysirstore #fjallraven #backpack #scarf #yellow #gray
Pretty things from my store. Fjallraven computer backpack and a warm wool scarf. Winter must haves!

Thank you, Joe, for a wonderful evening ❤
My wonderful friend Joe from the US was here and had dinner at my house.

Oh so nice! #yarnbombing #yarngraffiti #crochet #crochetgraffiti #reykjavik #iceland #atmo
Yarnstorm made by my talented friend Tinna. I love it!

My daughter is pretty good at beading! #mario #supermario #beads
Sumarrós is pretty good at beading! Super Mario!

I love making these! Such a quick and cute project #crochet #jarcover #jar #red
Crochet Jar finish. I am making a few of these for Christmas gifts this year. Such a fast and cute project.

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2011 – Finishes

Happy New Year! I can’t believe another year is here. 2011 was in many ways a very good year and in other ways a pretty crappy one for me. Probably the biggest roller coaster year ever for me. It ended well though and 2012 started out well too so here is hoping for a good one!

Like always I do a list of finishes so here we go.

Knitting finishes:
1) She’s a Rainbow shawl. Pattern based on Simple Things by Mary-Heather Cogar.
2) Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
3) The Whitney Headband by Jennifer DiMaria
4) Basic Four Needle Mittens – Super Fine by Patons
5) Stockholm Scarf by knittedblissJC
6) Basic Child’s Gradiance Sock in Foot Prints by Laura Lough
7) Pretty basic socks – no real pattern
8) Barnapeysa með hettu by Astrid Ellingsen
9) Still Light by Veera Välimäki
10) Brownstone by Jared Flood
11) Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki
12) Terra by Jared Flood – finished but need to wash and block it and take new pictures.
13) Butternut Scarf by Anne Hanson – finished but need to take better pictures.
14) Tree of Light by Cordula Surmann-Schmitt
15) Akimbo by Stephen West
16) I Heart Lace by Inese Andzane
17) Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
18) Bow Headband by Beth Postelwait
19) Honey Hat by Hannah Fettig
20) Classic Mittens by Bernhard Ulmann
21) Socks for Bjarki – my own design short row heel

Stitching finishes:
1) Antique Hearts Needleroll – Shepherd’s Bush
2) Heart Pinkeep – freebie
3) Strawberry Emery – Blackbird Designs
4) Winter Pinkeep – Just Nan freebie

So happy new year dear friends and readers!

Me and Karítas

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Citron Shawl

This was a Christmas gift for my very good friend Lilja. I did not manage to get pictures of it before I gave it to her as I cast of, washed and blocked it on the 23rd of December. So it was barely dry when I wrapped it and gave it to her on the 24th of December. She just came over today with some delicious bread and goods from the bakery and we had coffee and talked and she did bring the shawl with her so I could finally take pictures of it. It was really hard to take decent photos of it, both because of the previously mentioned lack of daylight, and the colours of the yarn. So I had to pull out my Photoshop skills (hah!) and do my best.

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Pattern: Citron by Hilary Smith Callis
Yarn: Spinning a Yarn Fibre Club – handspun by my friend Ágústa
Needles: 3mm

This was a very easy pattern, with a beautiful end result. The handspun yarn is just incredible. The pictures do not do it enough justice! The colours are much more vibrant and beautiful in person, but I guess you are just going to have to take my word for it.

Now I am off to take down the Christmas decorations and pack them in boxes, clean and try and enjoy the weekend after a very crazy week. I hope you all have a great weekend!

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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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Haruni for my mother

Ok. I caved. This was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my mother, but since I love giving gifts I couldn’t wait! I tried, and managed to do so for about 2 weeks. But then I just couldn’t wait any longer, so when she came to my house on Sunday, I dug it out and handed it over. I wish I had taken a picture of the look on her face. She knew I was making it for her, she picked out the yarn and agreed on the pattern, but she didn’t know I had finished it. I hope it keeps her warm, and that she feels all the love that was poured into every stitch. It was a pure joy to knit, and an even more joy to give.

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Haruni

Pattern: Haruni by Emily Ross
Yarn: Urban GypZ Merino Lace
Needle: 3mm
Project on Ravelry

The name Haruni means Grandmother in Quenya, Tolkien’s elven language.

Haruni in construction

Since this was my first lace project ever, I was a bit nervous and insecure about it. I used the stitch markers that me and Rósa make under the name Little Lillies and Roses. It really helped to put them between pattern repeats! I had tried knitting the lace without them but I kept frogging over and over again!

Now, let’s hope I do not cave and give away any more Christmas presents before Christmas!

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Charity knitting

I found out about some charity knitting on Facebook recently, and decided to use up some leftover yarn for tiny little hats for premature babies. Yearly about 6% of Icelandic babies are born before week 37 and the premature baby ward in the National Hospital is one of the best in the world. A woman who had a premature baby decided to ask knitters to knit hats to bring to the ward before Christmas.

So I made three, and will hopefully have time to make some more before Christmas.

Preemie Hats
Needles: 2.5mm
Yarn: Mandarin Petit
Tiny, tinier, tiniest.

I am very busy knitting Christmas gifts these days, so off course there are no pictures available at the moment. I can however amuse you with this one that my daughter Karítas took of me while cooking dinner earlier this week. Nobody can say that I do not make good use of the time I have.

Me knitting in the kitchen
A very typical sight while I make dinner, as long as it is a simple one 🙂

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Some Christmas gifts

I made a lot of Christmas gifts this year. Knitted and other. Here are some of them.

Recipe book for Claire

Recipe book for Claire
A recipe book for Claire

Journal for Fanney
A journal/organizer for my sister Fanney

Fanney
A Wham-Bam Thank You Lamb Neckwarmer for my sister Fanney

Sally's Neck Warmer
A Wham-Bam Thank You Lamb Neckwarmer for Ben’s mother Sally

Recipe book for my grandfather
A notebook for my grandfather and his wife

I have been trying to knit down on my list of orders. I am making a wool sweater for my daughter Sumarrós. I have yarn and a pattern picked out for another sweater for my cousin Bjarki. I am knitting a surprise thing for my friends Aimee and Johnny’s baby who is due in February. And I have yarn for a dress that Claire asked me to make for her sister. So I am busy busy and some things are still secret, like the baby thing I am making so there are no pictures of that at this point. But it is knitting up fast so I will share pictures as soon as I have mailed it and it has been received in New York.

And then I have a gazillion and fifty thousand ideas of other things I want to knit, stitch, crochet, make. Sometimes it feels like my brain is going to explode!

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Back home – photo heavy post

Hello everyone. I got home on the 28th of December, late in the night, so I got my girls back home yesterday after my first day back at the office after the holiday. It was amazing to get my girls back. Even if I had a fantastic time in England with Ben and everyone, I sure missed my girls.

On the 23rd of December I got a new title. I am now an auntie! My sister Gyða and her boyfriend Dominik had their first child, a son named Adrian who was almost 6 weeks early into this world and is still in the hospital. He is doing great, just a little lazy when it comes to nursing so he will be able to go home as soon as he starts drinking more. I am going to the hospital today to see him and can not wait! I did a whole lot of shopping for them while I was in England and last night I gave them a huge bag full of clothes for their little son.

My sister Gyða with her son Adrian
My sister Gyða and her son Adrian.

 

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Árbæjarsafn í Reykjavík

Today, me and my friend Lilja took my girls to Árbæjarsafn to see the Christmas Fair. It was wonderful and something that I would like to make a new tradition with my girls. The old houses have such an amazing spirit and are so beautiful! The employees dress up in old traditional Icelandic clothes and are all so very friendly. You could try some smoked lamb, see a printer at work, a toy maker, the old Santa’s were running around. Yes, I said Santa’s. We have 13 of them. Check out the link, they are fun!

Árbæjarsafn - Reykjavík
Me and Karítas in Árbæjarsafn today.

Árbæjarsafn - Reykjavík

I took a bunch of pictures today, and you can see them all here. There are some amazing stitched and embroidery pieces there!

I am still working on Christmas presents. Me and my daughter made these notebooks for her friends for Christmas the other day and she is so happy about them!

Notebook by Sumarrós Notebook by Sumarrós Notebook by Sumarrós & me

I am knitting, stitching and doing other crafts also. Every night is planned and used to the fullest so I am busy busy busy. I promise loads of pictures after Christmas. Only 5 days until I go to England. Stressing a bit, but I keep telling myself that it is all going to be OK. Oh, and to you rude anonymous commenters who claim I am a bad mother for not spending Christmas with my kids, I have one thing to day. Mind your own! I deleted those nasty comments and if you do not have the courage to talk to me and say your name, it is better to keep quiet. You do not know me, and have absolutely no right to judge me.

To all the other sweet persons that have been faithful readers for years! Thank you! Thank you for coming back and for all the support and kindness you have shown me over the years. I hope you and your families have an amazing time over the holidays. Much love!

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Secrets

I am stitching/knitting/crafting these days, honest! The thing is, that what I am working on are all Christmas gifts so no pictures are available at the moment! Soon though, soon. I can show you this one though. I am making this sweater out of Icelandic wool (but off course) but the colors I am using are totally different from this. I can’t wait to start the top pattern to see the colors better. Very exciting.

18 var18 Var – Design by Védís Jónsdóttir, Lopi 29

I will be spending Christmas in England. My girls are spending Christmas at their fathers (I have them one year, they have them the other year) so I decided to do something new instead of being alone and missing them. I am still getting used to the thought to be honest, and am quite nervous about the whole thing. I know I am going to miss my girls, and my family a lot, but, I made the decision and now I am going to run with it. Eeeek!

So, instead of stitching/knitting pictures, I will share this one with you. I took it to day of my girls when they were cuddling on the sofa, watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. I am so rich. So so so rich. How amazing are they. I love how this one turned out!

My sisters keeper
Sumarrós and Karítas, December 5th 2009

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