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2015 – Finishes

Like every year, I like to start the new year with looking back over my stitching/knitting/crochet and make a list of the things I have completed over the year. So here we go! All the links go to my flickr page and open in a new tab/window.

Knitting projects
Exploration Station by Stephen West
Ashburn by Melaine Berg
Girasole by Jared Flood
– Hat and Stay on Baby booties
– Camilla babe and Garter Ear Flap Hat
–  Baby cardigan and  Crochet Peter Pan Collar
– A Little “Lopapeysa”
– Follow Your Arrow 2 by Ysolda Teague
– Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
Kertalogi by G. Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Sumarrós
Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for me
Quicksilver by Melaine Berg
Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Karítas
Drangey by Stephen West
– Moon Shadows by Rosemary (Romi) Hill
– Windschief by Stephen West
– Iceland vs. Japan lopapeysa
Wavelike by Stephen West
Verur lopapeysa
Clara dress
– Trillidium – Test knit
Quill by Jared Flood
Baby Kylie
Camomille by Helga Isager
– Dream Stripes by Cailliau Berangere
Exploration Station by Stephen West
Einar for Einar
The Doodler by Stephen West
Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Árveig
– Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Markéta (no photo yet)
– Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Helga Soffía (no photo yet)
– Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Steinunn Lóa (no photo yet)
Kertalogi by G.Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, for Fanney
Rye socks for Adrían
Rye socks for Karítas Rye socks for Kristinn
– Rye socks for Árveig
– TTL Mystery Shawl 2015 (no photo yet)
– Vertices Unite by Stephen West (no photo yet)
– Morfar Bukser (no photo yet)

Total:  41 projects completed

Crochet projects

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Long time – some knitting!

It’s been a long time since the last update. Summer was crazy, busy and wonderful. We did some changes in the house and put down new flooring on all the bedrooms, the girls switched rooms and everyone is very happy with the changes.

I am going to share with you the finished knitting items I have done since I last updated and keep it at that. Things are good, busy and routine has kicked in again with fall and school starting.

Rye #socks for my nephew
Rye Socks for my cousin Adrían, pattern is free on Ravelry.
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Needles: 3.5 for cuff 4 for the rest

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Pattern: Clara by Karin Vestergaard Mathiesen
Yarn: madelinetosh tosh merino light in Esoteric
Needles: 3.0 mm

Trillidium - Test knit
Trillidium by Dieuwke van Mulligen (I was a test knitter for this pattern)
Yarn: Anzula Breeze in Poppy and Black – Evilla Wool/Linen 8/2
Needles: 3.75 mm

Pattern: Quill by Jared Flood
Yarn: Yaku
Needles: 3.75 mm

Pattern: Baby Kylie by Ann Klimpert
Yarn: Yaku
Needles: 3.5 mm

I made this one for my daughters new baby brother. I made Drangey by Stephen West for her dad earlier this year, and I really wanted to make a matching sweater for the little boy. They look so cute wearing their matching sweaters!



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Wavelike and Verur

A long overdue update. I have been super busy. Both my girls have finished school and summer is upon us. I have 17 workdays to go until I start my summer vacation. I can not wait. It was a long and hard winter, both because of the weather and mentally due to personal stuff. We are now really enjoying the sun and longer days even though the summer seems to be a cold one, like last year. At least it is bright. We were all getting very sick of the grey, gloomy days.

I finished Wavelike last Friday. When I saw this pattern as a part of Stephen West’s Westknits Spring Scarf KAL I was immediately interested. Then my friend Rósa made one and when I saw her version, I knew that I wanted to make one in one colour but different shades of it. So I went through my stash and came up with enough yarn to make it, short of one skein of colour B as the pattern calls for so much of it. I got another skein of it and started.

New start. Wavelike by @westknits #westknitsssk

Wavelike by Stephen West

Wavelike by Stephen WestPattern: Wavelike by Stephen West
Yarn: Colour A: Madelinetosh Coquette
Colour B: EngleUld 14/32078
Colour C: EngleUld 16/32082
Colour D: EngleUld 17/32083
Colour E: Koigu 1155 Malibu
Needles: 4mm

The play and texture between the Madelinetosh and EngleUld is so fun and beautiful. It has become one of my favorite yarn combo. The subtle changes in Tosh play so well with the solids in EngleUld. I just adore it. And I think the neon pink Koigu really ties it all together with the i-cord bind-off. I am super happy with it!

I also got an order for a Lopapeysa for a friends son. He has red hair and his favorite colour is lime green so I picked two shades of green, one grey and one brown. I love the outcome.

2015-06-20 12.01.38-2Pattern: Verur by Védís Jónsdóttir
Yarn: Lamauld
Needles: 4.5 and 5mm

I went to Brighton for a long weekend in May. It was a suprise trip, thanks to my wonderful friends who surprised me with giving me a ticket back and forth. It was exactly what I needed and I enjoyed it so much! While there I relaxed, walked a lot, had great food and hung out with friends. I also visited YAK, and picked up some yarn.

My new #yarn friends 😍Walk Collection, The Uncommon Thread, Julie Asselin and Yorkshire Spinners.

We love colouring books

So relaxing and fun

I got some adult colouring books through Amazon (and bought one in Brighton) and me and my girls really enjoy sitting down and relaxing while colouring. I used to do a lot of colouring as a kid, and these are just perfect, they feel like visiting an old friend.

Sweet sixteen today 🎉❤️💋👍
Sumarrós turned 16 on June 14th. I can’t believe how grown up she is!


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Finished MKAL, Windschief and new Lopapeysa

First up is the finished Romi Hill MKAL. This was great fun, and as always I learned new tricks and knitting patterns that I absolutely love. I am particularly proud of this one since I used only leftover yarn for it. That is always a good feeling, and to get something as pretty as an end result is a total WIN in my books. I decided to bind off in the same blue that I used for the pattern details and I am so happy that I did, I think it really ties it all together and makes it pop.

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2015-05-03 13.00.42Pattern: Romi Hill MKAL 2015
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers Sock, Fjara, Yaku and Madelinetosh in orange shades. EngleUld in blue for details and bind off.
Needles: 3.5mm

My project that I was working on in between clues is also finished. My friend Yuka from Japan gave me a great knitting book a couple of years ago where some Japanese designers are designing Icelandic sweaters using Lopi. The patterns are different from the Icelandic ones I have seen, and their use of colors is also quite different. I love this book and finally decided on a sweater to make. I wanted it to have colors that popped and had a dream about it that was very vivid, so I picked the colors that appeared in the dream and I love it.

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New #lopapeysa in time for a cold Icelandic summerPattern: From a Japanese knitting book
Yarn: Snældan 3tr.
Needles: 4.5 and 5mm

I always feel a bit lost and with a slight case of knitting-ADHD after they are done and find it very hard to pick my next project if I do not have anything lined up already. So I made a hat for the man. He needed a new one since the last one I knitted for him is worn out and a bit stretched out of shape as he has used it a lot. This was a super fun and fast project.

Windschief by Stephen WestPattern: Windschief by Stephen West
Yarn: LamaUld
Needles: 4 and 4.5mm

Thankfully, my knitting ADHD has a cure already. I am working on a lopapeysa for a friends son, I bought yarn for Blue Sand that I have been wanting to do for ages and Stephen West just announced his Spring Scarf KAL where I can pick from TEN new patterns!

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Christening gift and MKAL update

Yesterday the newest little person in my family got her name, Emma Rún. She is the daughter of my cousin Sigurjón and his GF, Elsa. When they were still pregnant, they asked me to knit the little girl a sweater and do a crochet collar to go with it. They sent me a photo of what they were thinking, and I did my best to grant their requests and this is what came of my needles and hook.

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2015-02-04 14.55.53-1Pattern: Sweater is totally made up, based on a photo. For the collar I used Crochet Peter Pan Collar by Emma Escott
Yarn: King Cole Baby Alpaca DK
Needles and hook: 4mm hook and needles

I really loved making this one. And I love this yarn also and will definitely use it again.

Clue nr.4 of the Romi Hill MKAL came on Friday, and I knitted it up and finished it on Saturday.

Romi Hill MKAL 2015

I am continuing with my gradient plan. Now I have finished 3 different yarns and am up to my last one. First I used Hedgehog Fibers Sock, then Fjara and then Yaku. The last two rows are knitted with Madelinetosh Light and that is my final yarn. I am thinking I will definitely use the turquoise to bind off to tone with the details that came with clue 3.
The colour change for the Yaku looks pretty drastic in the photo, it is not this drastic IRL, the colours are just very hard to photograph propperly. I can’t wait to finish this baby and wash and block and take photos of it. Romi Hill is such an amazing designer, her patterns are incredible and I keep seeing new ones that I want to knit.

I feel like a tiny person #knitting with 10mm needles and this #novitatuubi #yarn

My inbetween clues projects are a new Lopapeysa for myself (I am working on the yoke now) and a cover for a foot stool that I got from my grandmother that is looking rather shabby. I am going to give it a make over and for the cover I am knitting on 10mm needles with Novita Tuubi in a very pretty retro yellow colour. I will post photos of it when I am finished, hopefully next weekend at the latest.

"Mom, can you teach me how to knit?" "YES I CAN!" #knitting #tinyknitter #daughtersofknitters #parentingwin

Karítas is now knitting! I am the proudest mom!

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Mystery shawl update and Drangey

Karítas’s dad had his birthday in the end of February. Since I had made a sweater for both his wife and their baby girl, I wanted to make him one also. When I saw the pattern for Drangey by Stephen West, I just knew it was the right sweater for him.
I then picked Snældan for the main colour and used double Yaku for the pattern colour in the yoke. Using two of my favourite yarns at the same time was a joy. They are very different, Snældan is rough wool that softens up when you wash it (it is like magic washing this wool!) and Yaku is a superwash wool that is perfect for baby items as it is so incredibly soft.

IMG_4091.JPGPattern: Drangey by Stephen West
Yarn: Snældan (3 theads) and Yaku, held double.
Needles: 4.5mm and 5mm
Knitted just as written, the pattern is a delight to follow.

My friend Sigga had a baby in November, a few weeks before he was due. I made in a blanket that I managed to take photos of the other day when they were visiting.

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2015-03-13 15.38.23-2Pattern: From my head. Just a basic v-stitch, changing colour every row.
Yarn: Geilsk 3 ply Bomuld og uld
Hook: 3.25mm

My MIL is crazy! Amazing, but crazy! Thank you @grannypoppins  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #kofteboken #knitting #knittstagram #knittersofinstagram #knittingbook
My latest obsession is this book. My MIL gave it to me the other day and I am still speechless!

And finally, an update on the Romi MKAL 2015.
For clue 3, there was a detail that I first thought I would use the darkest orange for. But I tried it, and it just did not show well at all. So, I decided to add a colour, at least for this particular detail. I hope that I can continue with my gradient plan, but I will have to see how the next clue turns out and if it works out. If it does, I am thinking I might use the turquoise for the bind-off or some extra details here and there. If I have to change colour completely, I do love this colour and would not be horribly upset, that is part of the mystery and the fun!

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Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers, Fjara and EngleUld
Needles: 4mm

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Quicksilver, Gjöf and other things

I have some finishes to brag about today. I will just get straight to it.
Karítas came home from Czech Republic where she spent Easter with her father and their family. She was there for almost three weeks, and even though I should be used to this by now, this time was hard. I missed her like crazy and even more than usually so it was even sweeter to get her home and get those warm and loving cuddles from her.

Kertalogi for Karítas

2015-04-13 15.01.22-2Pattern: Kertalogi
Yarn: Osprey by Quince & Co in Pomegranate
Needles: 3.5 & 4.5mm

She loves her new hat and I think it looks great on her.

Last year, I was asked by my aunt’s husband to make her an Icelandic sweater – Lopapeysa. They live in California, so we thought that making it a bit lighter would be ideal. He looked at some patterns and designs and ended up picking out this one (Ravelry link) called Gjöf (Gift). The original is knitted with Álafoss lopi, that is bulky in weight and very think and way to warm for California. The yarn I had in mind is LamaUld and is Aran weight.
So. I recalculated the whole thing, did some pretty dramatic changes on the yoke also, and completely switched the colors around. I love the outcome. A light and feminine Lopapeysa that goes with basically anything. I am still waiting for photos of my aunt wearing it, but until that happens, here are a couple of shots of me modeling it.


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Yarn: LamaUld from
Needles: 4.5 and 5mm

And then there is my latest shawl. There is always a shawl, right?
I love this one. The design is easy and simple and the outcome stunning. I picked neutral grey tones and made them pop with some red for the wedges. Classic and elegant. I have already used this shawl a lot and it is fast becoming a favorite of mine. This is the second design that I knit from Melanie and have already purchased a few more that I am excited to get to.

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2015-04-04 11.04.36Pattern: Quicksilver by Melanie Berg
Yarn: Yaku
Needles: 4mm

Oh, and then there is Romi Hill’s MKAL 2015. I finished my clue yesterday and finished my first yarn. I am using up my orange colored leftover yarn and going for a gradient effect. The first yarn I finished was Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Rusty Nail, leftover from my Exploration Station shawl. The last three rows are knitted with Fjara from Handprjón, 100% Alpaca from Bolivia. You can’t really see the change yet, but I am super excited with how this is one is turning out.

Romi Hill MKAL 2015


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April showers?

April is so far pretty cold and winter like. I woke up to snow on the ground this morning, but it seems to be melting away as the day goes along. I am craving spring and warmer weather. They are saying that this summer will be just as bad as the summer we had last year. I really do hope that is wrong. I need my yellow friend in the sky to bring me some Vitamin D after this dreadful winter we have had.

So the winter themed knitting is still going strong. I have been making shawls and hats recently. I have made the same hat 3 times. The first one was for myself, then Sumarrós wanted one. And then when Karítas saw the one for Sumarrós, she wanted one also.

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I have had enough of snow. The understatement of the year.
Pattern: Kertalogi by G. Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir
Yarn: Snaeldan Nappað tógv 3tr (3-ply)
Needles: 3.5mm & 4mm

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Pattern: Kertalogi by G. Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir
Yarn: Snaeldan Nappað tógv 5tr (5-ply)
Needles: 4mm & 5mm

I still haven’t taken a photo of the one I knitted for Karítas, but I will when she gets back from her Easter holiday with her dad and their family.

Emilý Rósa wearing the hat and sweater I knitted for her ❤️ #knitting #camillababe #lark #quinceandco #litlaprjónabúðin
I visited my sister and her daughter the other day and we got a picture of her wearing the Camilla Babe sweater I knitted for her. So adorable!

Cousins being cute ❤️I love seeing my daughters interact with their cousins and siblings. Melts my heart.

I decided to participate in Romi Hill’s new Mystery Knit-A-Long. I loved the shawl last year and even ended up making two of them. One for myself and the other one for my MIL.
It seems like this years shawl will be different, it starts as a half circular one. I am excited, I have never done a shawl with that shape before. And off course, Romi’s designs are wonderful, her charts are perfect and the end results incredibly beautiful.

I decided to use up some stash for this project and found that I do have plenty of orange leftovers in different shades. Mixing and matching gave me a beautiful gradient, using 4 different types of yarns with enough yardage. I am super excited to see how it will turn out. I finished the first clue this weekend.

MjvkOPattern: Romi’s Mystery Shawl 2015
Yarn: for this clue I am using Hedgehog Fibers Sock
Needles: 3.5mm

Other yarns that will be used are: Yaku, Fjara and Madelinetosh Light. All are leftovers except for Fjara, that was meant for another project, but I ended up using another color for that in the end, so I still have that pretty burnt orange shade that will come to good use now. Win Win!

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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.



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.



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
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.



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: Duo Merino, Isager Strik Tvinni (Wool 2) & 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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Bits & Pieces – January 22nd

It’s that time of year again when everything is super busy at work due to the end of the year and the beginning of the new year. Things to be counted, booked, balanced, returned, fixed, corrected etc. It is always a lot of work, but usually it is fun, especially when it is over and everything is so neat and orderly.

Even though times are busy, I had a great last weekend and relaxed to the max! On Saturday me and Rósa went to Litla Prjónabúðin where we met some other knitting friends and had a great and fun day.

These guys!
Gummi and Roddi

And this one
Sigurlaug, veeeeery focused on her Follow Your Arrow KAL

Speaking about the Follow Your Arrow KAL, I am participating too and am so thrilled. It is my first ever KAL, even though I have done SAL’s before. And the mystery is making this even more fun, suddenly Mondays (when new parts of the pattern are released) are exciting!

Follow Your Arrow KAL
This is my piece, after working the 1st clue using the A option.

The yarn is Juno Merino Singles that I got in Litla Prjónabúðin.

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I also started a shawl called Happy Street by Veera Välimäki

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I just got knit-tagged by Kristín, so here goes!

1. Are you always happy with your FO’s (finished objects)?
Oh no, not always. Especially not at first. It gets better with practice and the more I knit. These days I am usually thrilled with what I make. Thankfully! 

2. Are you sometimes so disappointed that you frog everything and start a new project? Why? Color? Yarn? Making? Too small? Too large?
It has happened yes. Sometimes I start something and when I have knit a bit of it I just see that the project is not going to work. Sometimes it is the color, sometimes the yarn, sometimes a combination of the two. Sometimes the needle size is off etc. It can be so many things. And I would rather frog than finish something that makes me unhappy and unsatisfied. 

3. Do you wear your knits or do they end up at the bottom of a cupboard? If so, why? How do they age after being washed and worn?
Oh I wear them! I haven’t made very many for myself, more for the kids, friends, family etc. and they all wear what I make. 

4. Do you always make a swatch? (maybe it should have been the first question, lol ?!)
Nope. Sometimes, but usually not. 

5. Finally, would you rather work with some yarns you know well rather than others to avoid bad surprises?
A little bit of both. I like to try out new yarns! In fact I love it. But some yarns are just classic and something you can always count on. Like the Icelandic Wool Lopi. You always know what you are going to get. It is like visiting an old friend really!

I am tagging Rod & Rani.

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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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More eruptions.

As most of you probably know, the volcano eruption that I visited the other day has stopped. But instead we got another active one, in the same glacier, but much bigger.

Here are some incredible photos from the eruption site and the surrounding area. The one I visited the other day was tiny really, beautiful and tourist friendly. This one is definitely not. Air traffic has s topped as the ash could spreads over Europe. The company I am working for, as well as most airlines in Europe, are taking the hit.

Things are OK in the capital area where I am. If the wind starts blowing from the East we might get some ash over here. Things change every minute, it is scary. My heart and thoughts are with everyone that suffer from this. I am also crossing fingers that this will not wake up Katla, a big nasty volcano that has been sleeping since 1918. That volcano usually erupts once every 100 years or so, but everyone is hoping that it is not going to happen any time soon as the effects of that would be world wide since that eruption would be a hell of a lot bigger than this. There is also a chance of massive floods due to glacier melting if that happens. So yes, hoping hoping hoping that it does NOT happen. So far nothing is indicating that it will happen. Hopefully it will stay that way.

More pictures can be found in this photo pool on Flickr, but from the current one and the on I visited that has died down.

Here is a video on youtube.

Here is a video from an explosion in the eruption. It happens after about 6 seconds or so.


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