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Cold, but beautiful day in #reykjavik #iceland
The past 10 days or so have absolutely flown by. 10 days ago it was horribly cold, but bright and the sun was out. You can feel the spring coming slowly, the days are getting longer and it is slowly getting warmer.

#þingvellir #iceland
We took a drive to visit friends in the countryside and drove through Þingvellir. It is always so beautiful there.

Good morning #reykjavik #iceland
Early morning in Reykjavík.

A walk by the #pond #reykjavik #iceland
Same day, afternoon by the Pond.

I need this floor lamp!
I went out for a great lunch with my man and saw this lamp in the restaurant. I want it!

School dance
My beautiful daughter, Sumarrós.

Cousins ❤
Karítas and her cousin (my sisters son) Adrían. They are the cutest and so good together.

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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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Bits & Pieces

I completely missed last Sunday’s update. I was sick as a dog on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Still felt a little crappy on Wednesday and Thursday. All better now though.
This has been an easy week, work wise. Sickness and then there is winter break in the girls school so I took some vacation time to stay home with them on Thursday and Friday so I only went to the office on Wednesday. We have been cooking and baking and off course I have been doing loads of crochet.

Karítas as Claudine from Monster High
Karítas as Claudine from Monster High on Ash Wednesday

Sumarrós the zombie geek
Sumarrós as a zombie geek on Ash Wednesday

Just dancing with Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former president of #iceland #lunchbeat #unwomen #onebillionrising
Lunch Beat, One Million Rising against violence against women. This is the first female president in the world and former president of Iceland, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and me, dancing for a good and worthy cause.

The #sky was gorgeous this morning #reykjavik #iceland #clouds #sunrise
Mornings are getting brighter and sometimes the sky is on fire.

#sonarreykjavik #gusgus #latergram
I went to a music festival last weekend. Well, on Friday I did but I missed Saturday because I woke up so sick that day. I did see Gus-Gus on Friday. I have seen them so many times, but they always, always deliver. It was a great show!

Finished! #blanket #afghan #crochet #þóraheklbók #bugða
I finished he blanket for my daughter Sumarrós! She loves it and so do I!

Trying to pick a neon color to go with the gray one for a blanket.
Off course I started a new blanket right away, this one will be for my bed. Stone gray and bright NEON colors here and there. Very excited about this project.

All wrapped up in her #crochet #blanket I made for her ❤
Wrapping your loved ones in your own creation is some kind of wonderful!

#retro #crochet #blanket is growing
Oh yes, another blanket! This will be a baby blanket though, not a full size afghan.

I did finish the Vintage Crocheted Throw & Afghan last night. No pictures yet as it is in the washer. Pictures to come when it is all dry and ready. It is SO beautiful!

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Bits & Pieces

It is a lazy and cold and wet Sunday here in Reykjavík. The whole weekend has been lazy and slow, but the week was hectic and busy, both at work and at home.

Sumarrós with her new haircut ❤
Sumarrós got a new haircut this week. I think it looks amazing on her and she is so happy with it.

#yarn #scraps
I weaved in the ends of Sumarrós’s blanket while watching the documentary ‘Help Me Love My Baby’ the other night. I highly recommend that movie. Very eye opening. Painful to watch at times, but worth it.
I like weaving in the ends as I go along with the project because I HATE having all of them left to do when the project is done.

#ommnomm #cake #chocolate @svelgur
I baked chesse cake brownies. So good!

#crochet wash cloth for Karítas
I needed a quick project that would finish up quickly so I made wash cloths for my girls. They got to pick the colors and this one is for Karítas.

#crochet wash cloth for Sumarrós
And this one is for Sumarrós.

I hope your past week and weekend were good!

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Bits & Pieces

I had a very busy week, but it ended just perfectly as on Friday I went out of the city to a cabin in the country side with my man. Just perfect. We just got back home and I really wish we were still there, in the hot tub, watching the Northern Lights and the stars with a glass of bubbly.

Where is Wally? @emmnielsen
My co-worker trying on a hat we got to the office. Reminded me of ‘Where is Wally?’

New #crochet #blanket started!
Started a new blanket, this one is for Sumarrós.

Morning bus ride to the office
Self portrait at the bus, riding to the office in the morning.

Cabin!
Friday evening, we arrive at the cabin.

The bed is made! #barbapapa #barbafamily #bedsheets
My favorite bed sheets for the bed!

#wip #crochet #blanket #afghan
My Vintage Crocheted Throw & Afghan by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is coming along nicely.

#hraunfossar #iceland @worldplaces #worldplaces
Just a short drive away from the cabin you can find Hraunfossar. Absolutely breathtaking.

Insanely good beef ramen made by @svelgur ❤
Dinner on Saturday, cooked by the man. Delicious!

#wip #crochet #blanket for Sumarrós
More progress on the blanket for Sumarrós. I love the colors!

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Ölduteppi

I have my first finish for 2013!
I started this blanket for my daughter, Karítas, on August 28th last year and finished it January 6th. So basically it is a 2012 almostfinish.

This is my first real crochet finish. I mean, something bigger than just swatches or small-ish item like a shawl. I really enjoyed making this, it is simple yet interesting. And I do love the finished piece and Karítas is absolutely thrilled with it.

The blanket for Karítas is finished! #crochet #blanket #finished #happydance #white #pink #brown #gray
Name: Wave blanket
Pattern from: Þóra heklbók
Needle: 4mm
Yarn: Trysil Superwash wool in pinke, grey, brown and off-white
Skeins used: 29,4
Weighs: 1470 gramms
Width: About 120cm
Length: About 200cm

The set-up of how I changed the colors was inspired by Lucy from Attic24. I love this set-up. It is not too cluttered, yet keeps it interesting. Lucy’s blanket is amazing, and much more colorful than mine. One day I might do another one with more colors than the four I choose this time. I see one in rainbow, or a red/pink/purple theme.

Karítas super happy and warm with her new #crochet #blanket

She was so happy to snuggle up in her bed last night with her blanket. And I was super happy to be able to wrap her up in it as she went to bed.

And now, Sumarrós wants a blanket also, off course! We haven’t picked a design, or yarn, or colors, or anything as of yet. But we are going to brainstorm over the weekend and check out some designs and see what she has in mind, and what I am up for doing! Now I am focusing on my Vintage Crochet Throw & Afghan. The picture below was taken when I had 3 color sequences done, but I am on my 7th color sequence today. I want to get it finished soon-ish as it is meant as a gift for a special someone.

Three #color sequenses done #crochet #blanket

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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

Another busy week! I am knackered, so I will let the pictures speak for now. I am about to curl up on the couch and do a little crochet and writing.

#puffin attack at the office!
Puffin attack at the office!

New #crochet #shawl finish #einband #kría #þóraheklbók #black #gray #brown
Crochet happy dance!
Pattern: Kría by Tinna Þórudóttir Þorvaldsdóttir
Yarn: Einband from my stash, one hand dyed by me.

#lunchbeat @olofsaraa #reykjavik #iceland
On Thursday I went to Lunch Beat with a co-worker. Lunch Beat is so great. You go out for your lunch break and dance for an hour. Definitely the best way to spend your lunch hour!

#lunchbeat #reykjavik #iceland
Lunch Beat Reykjavík at Dolly.

Best #wallpaper ever! I want it!
The wallpaper at Dolly is awesome! I want it!

Happy Birthday #kaffibarinn ❤
Yesterday, my favorite bar, Kaffibarinn, turned 19! Drinks and people and dance and fun!

Happy Birthday #kaffibarinn
The Male Choir sang a few songs. Happy Birthday, Kaffibarinn!

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Bits & Pieces

On a Monday! I had a busy Sunday and wasn’t home until late, so I didn’t manage to do my weekly update. I saw Skyfall, the new Bond movie yesterday and quite enjoyed it. I thought I was over Bond. But, Javier Bardem is just oh so good!
Here are a few snaps from the past week.

Three #color sequenses done #crochet #blanket
Three color sequences done! I’m loving it.

Creepy teeth!
My charming daughter Karítas. She thinks this fake teeth thing is the funniest thing ever invented.

I have a #crochet breast in my lap. Now, where to put it up?
I made a giant crocheted breast for October Breast Cancer Awareness.

#crochet boob hanging out at #kaffibarinn #reykjavik #iceland having a few #beers
And now it is hanging in Kaffibarinn, my favorite pub.

New #shoes
I got new shoes for winter! Woo! I have huge boots since last year that I wear while walking outside, but they are too big for the office and running around the city center so I needed something a bit lighter. These were a great price and just what I had been looking for.

My grandfather, almost 2 years old. Way too cute!
My grandfather, almost 2 years old. So cute!

#hlemmur #bus #busstop #reykjavik #iceland
Hlemmur, bus stop. The weather was so nice yesterday, even if it was cold.

And you there across the pond. Stay safe durring that awful storm! Thinking of you all.

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Bits & Pieces

Sunday again! Another busy week, another Sunday. I have tomorrow and Tuesday off from work since the girls have winter break in their school. And since I still have some vacation days, I decided to enjoy some time off with them. We have nothing planned. Just the way I like it!

Here is my week in photos.

Funi is taking care of me today and keeping my feet warm. #dog
Funi, my friends dog came for a visit and took very good care of me. I love that dog!

Two #color sequences done on my #crochet #blanket
The blanket is coming along. I now have two color sequences done and have started the third.

Go Felix!
Did you watch Felix jump? Gah! It was so exciting. I was almost screaming here in my living room!

#dinner a la @svelgur
Best.dinner.ever.

#reykjavik #iceland #hallgrímskirkja #skólavörðuholt
Hallgrímskirkja during a walk in the middle of the evening.

Good morning #reykjavik #iceland
With my back turned to the church the morning after, this is the view. Looking down Skólavörðustígur.

Went out wearing a scarf, came home wearing a completely different scarf. Soooooo beautyful! Thanks @alexanderkirchner ❤
My mom took me out for dinner on Thursday. I ran into a friend of mine who is making these awesome scarfs and he put one around my neck. I love it!

Adorable #cat visiting #geysirstore
Adorable cat visiting the store that I work for. It was cold so I guess the kitty just wanted to get warm.

Nice saturday evening. #crochet and a movie
I am back to working on Karítas’s blanket.

I want! #cat #ragdoll
I want one! How amazing are his eyes? I will get a Ragdoll cat one of these days!

Preparing #dinner #marbella #chicken
Preparing dinner for tonight. Marbella chicken. So good!

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Hello! Anyone out there?

Hi! I have been MIA for a while now. Summer has been so very busy on all fronts. I have been working like a mad woman, knitting like a mad woman, crocheting like a mat woman and yarnstorming like a mad woman. Yes! So much going on.

I will update soon on my latest knitting and crochet projects, but for now I want to talk about the yarnstorming.
I have always loved this kind of art. I think it is urban and funky and fun and such a great way to express yourself. And another great part is that it does not ruin anything. If it needs to be removed, it only costs a pair of scissors. I did my first yarnstorming almost a year ago. It was just an experiment. I knitted a little sample and put it around a light post close to my house.

Yarn bombing

It is still there! I walk by it almost every day and it always makes me happy.

Off course my brain went straight into 5th gear and I just knew I had to do more of this. And I was thinking HUGE. I realized I needed a team. So I made a team. We call ourselves Reykjavík Underground Yarnstormers.

Our first mission was statues.
And one in daylight

Then we did a little something for Gay Pride.
#gaypride #yarnbombing #yarngraffiti #yarnstorming #crochet

And then we did The Yarn Bus.
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We were on the news here in Iceland. You can watch it if you click the link provided (in Icelandic off course, but at least you can see the bus live).
We got an article in The Reykjavík Grapevine that you can read here, page 18, in English.
We have gotten featured for this project in many places, here and here and here to name a few.

We are already planning a few other projects, so if you are interested, please keep an eye out for us!

This is so much fun. My head is going crazy with ideas for future projects and I only hope that I have the time and energy to complete as many of them as possible. I try my best to keep the team inspired and supported and I really hope they know how much I appreciate all their work. I could never have done this on my own. They totally rock!

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Olearia – Finished

The first finish for 2012! Olearia for my lovely Karítas, who is not that small anymore. How and when did my kids grow up so fast? I surely missed it.
She needed a cardigan that goes with basically everything and after a quick Ravelry search I found this one. I love this pattern, simple yet beautiful. I knit it out of some Chinese wool that was gifted to me last year and I love it in this little cardigan. It knitted up so beautifully. Now I want more of this yarn, in more colours but it is probably not happening since it is just sold in this one store in Shanghai and well, I am not going there anytime soon! Haha.

Olearia

Olearia

Olearia

Pattern: Olearia by Georgie Hallam
Yarn: Weird wool from China
Needles: 3.5mm and 4mm

I am also making socks from this yarn and they are really pretty. Should have them finished sometime this week.

And in other news! Very exciting, I got a new job! My last day at my current job is this Wednesday and then I start working at the new job on Friday! Woohoo!

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January 16, 2012 · 10:21 am

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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Well Hello there!

Long long time! This summer has flown by. I went to Denmark with my girls for 3 weeks (pictures here), my office has moved and the workload has been absolutely crazy. I also went to Denmark (again) for my birthday weekend to see my favorite band, Arcade Fire, in concert on my birthday and it was just absolutely the best weekend ever! I was with my best friends in my favorite city and had a blast the whole time!

I have off course been knitting up a storm so here are some of my most recent finishes.

First of all. I was asked to test knit an Icelandic translation of Stephen West’s Akimbo for publication by Knitting Iceland. Stephen came here in July for a knitting tour and some classes and now Knitting Iceland is publishing some of his gorgeous designs in Icelandic. Here is my version of Akimbo, modeled by my beautiful daughter Sumarrós.

Akimbo

Akimbo

Akimbo

Pattern: Akimbo by Stephen West
Yarn: Kambgarn in 9640 (blue) and 9653 (orange/brown)
Needle: 3.5mm

While in Denmark I knitted this beautiful shawl out of some rainbow yarn. I love yarn that looks like the rainbow and I had this skein of Evilla for quite some time, just couldn’t decide on a design that I wanted to knit. But I finally found one that I really wanted to knit and started it just 2 days before leaving on my vacation and finished it in 8 days or so. It was a super fun knit!

Rainbow Tree

Rainbow Tree

Rainbow Tree

Rainbow Tree

Pattern: Tree of Light by Cordula Surmann-Schmitt
Needles: 3.5mm
Yarn: Evilla Artyarn 8/2

I also have two more finishes already, but I need to wash and block those before I can share pictures. Right now I have a sweater for a friend on the needles, and a shawl for my grandmothers 80th birthday that is coming up next month. I also have some commission stitching to get done so there will be plenty of things to share in the coming weeks/months.

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