mandag den 24. september 2018

Pumpkin spice latte!

Hvis der er NOGET, der signalerer efterår (altså - hvis man ser bort fra æbler, nødder, kulde og blade der skifter farve) så er det når man kan få pumpkin spice latte igen.
Det er noget sødt stads, men når man nu kun kan få det i disse måneder, så går det vel nok? Dagens opskrift er perfekt til din kop, så du ikke så nemt brænder fingrene.

If there is ANYTHING signaling autumn (well - just forget apples, nuts, cold weather and leaves changing color for a second), then it is when pumpkin spice latte is back.
It is really sugary, but since it is only available for a few months, I think we'll manage?
Today's pattern is perfect for your cup to help you not burn your fingers.

søndag den 23. september 2018

Kogle

Jeg strikkede og strikkede, og jeg nåede det! Sweateren til min niece blev færdig og fik lov at blive i USA. Jeg nåede lige præcis at veje den (den vejer 545 gram) og så kom den på hende og kom ikke af igen.....
Den blev lige lidt anderledes end forventet. For det første strikker jeg åbenbart det der flettede garn ret stramt, så jeg måtte gå en hel mm op i pindestørrelse for at få den til at passe. Dernæst slog jeg op til ryggen med maskeantallet for størrelsen større, så den blev lidt bredere i kroppen. Men det gør nu ikke noget. Den ser fin ud, og bare den ikke er for lille!

I knit and knit and I made it! The sweater for my niece got done and stayed in the US. I just managed to weigh it (it weighs 545 grams) and then she put it on and never took it off.......
It turned out a bit different than expected. First of all, I knit very tightly when using this braided yarn, so I had to use needles an entire mm over what the pattern said. Then, when I cast on for the back, I used the number of stitches from the next size, so it is a bit wider. But that doesn't matter. It fits nicely and I'm just very happy that it isn't too small!
Garnet hedder "Får" og er købt i Ann Arbor hos Spun. Det er ren merino og helt usandsynligt blødt! Selv niecen syntes overhovedet ikke det kradsede. Hun fandt det jo selv i sommers, og hun er meget, meget glad.
Sweateren har ret lange ærmer, men det gør ikke noget. Jeg tror, hun kommer til at bo i den hele vinteren!
Jeg er også helt vildt tilfreds. Mønsteret var dejligt nemt, og det ligner faktisk en kogle!
Næste projekt til familien derovre bliver til hendes lillebror. Som vil have startbilledet fra "Minecraft". Med en zombie.........

The yarn is called "Får" and I bought it in Ann Arbor at Spun. It is pure merino and incredibly soft! Even my niece didn't think it was itchy at all. She found it herself this summer, and she is very, very happy.
The sleeves are quite long, but that is not a problem. I think she will live in this sweater all winter!
I'm also very happy with it. The pattern was really easy, and it does look like a pine! (Kogle is Danish for a pine)
The next project for the American family will be for her little brother. Who wants the start screen from "Minecraft". With a zombie.......

lørdag den 22. september 2018

Dejlige dage / Lovely days

Resten af ferien er blevet brugt i Ann Arbor, hvor børnene har skullet i skole igen. Den første dag efter Florida var jeg med min søster på indkøb. Når man er vant til kun at fylde en kurv, var det temmelig imponerende at se sådan en vogn med mad til 3 voksne og 2 teenagere.....

The rest of my vacation, I spent in Ann Arbor. The kids started school again. The first day after Florida, I went grocery shopping with my sister. I'm used to just filling a basket, so it was really impressing to see a shopping cart filled with food for 3 adults and 2 teenagers.....
Vi tog også hunden på tur hen til dyrebutikken, hvor hunde er velkomne. Det var selvfølgelig ikke nemt for en hund bare at lade alle fristelserne ligge på hylden.....

We also took the dog for a walk to the shop were they welcome dogs. Of course it wasn't easy for a dog to let all these temptations stay on the shelves!
Min søster og jeg var på guidet tur i Detroit, den gamle bydel. Det var virkelig interessant. Det er så dejligt, at Detroit er ved at komme på benene igen! Det er fint symboliseret ved stationen, hvor der nu er glas i ALLE vinduer. 

My sister and I went on a guided tour in Detroit, in the old part of town. It was very interesting. I love how Detroit is fighting its way back up again! It is very nicely symbolized with the train station, were ALL windows now have glass.
Jeg fik lov at køre med niecen på 16 der lige har fået kørekort. Hun er god til det!

I got to ride with my 16 year old niece who just got her drivers license. She is a good driver!
Der var ture til skolebussen med ham på 13, inklusive smukke solopgange.

There were trips to the school buss with the 13 year old, including beautiful sunrises.
Der var en tur i Spun, alene, hvor jeg sad nogle minutter og strikkede på niecens sweater.

There was a trip to Spun, alone, were I sat knitting on the nieces swetaer for a little while.
Nå ja - og så fandt jeg ud af hvad der sker, når ens nevø får lov at bestemme kagen. Den var enorm! Men hvad "Death by Chocolate" er en vildt god kage, ved jeg nu.

Oh well - and then I discovered what happens if your nephew gets to pick the cake. It was huge! So now I know that "Death by Chocolate" is a seriously good cake.  

fredag den 21. september 2018

Hvis jeg strikker meget / If I knit a lot

På vej herover til USA i flyet strikkede jeg nummer 2 ærme. I Florida var det for varmt til rigtigt at strikke, men alligevel er ryggen nu færdig. Den bliver sååååååå dejligt blød, den sweater, og det kunne selvfølgelig være dejligt, hvis jeg bare kunne lave den færdig og efterlade den når jeg tager hjem.
Forstykket er i gang, så jeg håber, at jeg kan nå det.
Nå ja - og så kan jeg se på Facebook og Instagram at strikkefestivallen så småt er gået i gang. Rigtig god weekend til alle jer der er på Fanø! Håber virkelig ikke at Knud laver for meget ravage.....

On my way to the US on the plane, I knit the second sleeve. Florida was too hot to really knit a lot, but somehow the back is now done. The sweater will be sooooo nice and soft, and it would be really nice if I could finish it and leave it here when I go home.
I am working on the front right now, I and do hope I can do it.
Oh well - and I can see on Facebook and Instagram how the knitting festival is getting started. All of you going to Fanø - have a wonderful weekend! I do hope the storm Knud won't disturb too much......

torsdag den 20. september 2018

Florida

Vi er kommet "tilbage" fra Florida, men I skal da lige have lidt billeder. Jeg havde i meget lang tid glædet mig til vi skulle i Magic Kingdom og i Universal Studios, og det var nogle dejlige dage.
Vi tog i Magic Kingdom da de åbnede om morgenen, fordi de kun skulle have åbent til kl. 18. Der er jo mange parker i Disney World, men vi tog kun i den. Jeg synes der er rigeligt at se, nemlig.... Desuden ligger parkerne et godt stykke fra hinanden.
For at komme derhen, sejlede vi med færgen og havde udsigt til "slottet".

We arrived "back" from Florida, but I want to show some photos. I had been looking forward to going to Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios for a long time, and we had some great Days.
We Went to Magic Kingdom right when they opened up in the morning, since the park was closing at 6 p.m. that day. They are lots of parks in Disney World, but we only visited that one. I think there is plenty to see, you know..... Furthermore, the parks are not that close.
To get there, we sailed on the ferryboat and had a nice view of the "castle".
Vi var rundt og kigge på det hele, og prøvede en masse ting. De andre gad godt med i butikker, så vi var også inde og kigge på ting (og Disney t-shirts!). Alle ture ender jo i en butik, så det var svært at undgå.....
Det var temmelig varmt, så kolde drikke var dejlige. Vi fik f.eks. en "float" - sodavand med softice. Det smager så godt!

We walked around, looking at everything and going on a lot of rides. The other ones were willing to look in all the shops, which was nice. Every ride ends up in a shop, you know, so it was hard not to.....
It was kind of hot, so we enjoyed cold drinks. For instance, we had a "float" - soda with ice cream. It tastes so good!
Eftersom min svoger havde en Fedtmule hat og min nevø havde Anders And, skulle vi selvfølgelig specifikt ind og tage billeder med de to. Det var sjovt! Fedtmule "stjal" Anders And hatten, og jeg elsker udtrykket på de tres ansigter. De var slet ikke forberedt!
Anders And tog sig også den frihed at give min niece et ordentligt smækkys, hvilket hun var helt færdig af grin over.
Jo - alle havde en rigtig dejlig dag!

Since my brother-in-law had a Goofy hat and my nephew a Donald Duck hat, we wanted to visit those 2 guys specifically. It was fun! Goofy "stole" the Donald Duck hat, and I just love the expression on these 3 faces. They were not prepared in any way!
Donald Duck took his chance and gave my niece a giant kiss, which made her laugh so hard.
So - everyone had a lovely day!
Næste dag tog vi så i Universal Studios, hvor dealen var 2 parker samme dag. Det var om muligt endnu varmere! Men det var også en herlig dag hvor alle fik prøvet det, de havde lyst til, og alle fik tid til at sidde lidt i skyggen når der var behov for det.
Vi tog Hogwarts Expressen frem og tilbage.

The next day, we went to Universal Studios. The deal was 2 parks in 1 day. It was even hotter that day! But we had another wonderful day with everyone going on the rides they wanted, and everyone having time to sit a bit in the shadow when that was needed.
We took the Hogwarts Express between the parks.
De to store prøvede den ret vilde Jurassic Park bane, som slutter med et 30 meters fald. Jeg prøvede den allerførste gang jeg var i Universal Studios for en hel del år siden, og jeg skal ikke nyde noget igen.....
Til gengæld blev jeg lokket med ind i "Skull Island" som faktisk var sjov! Der er en masse ture som er en blanding af rutchebane og 3D film. Ret imponerende.

The 2 big ones tried out the pretty crazy Jurassic Park ride, which ends in a 85 foot fall. I went on it my first time in Universal Studios many years ago, and I really don't feel like doing it again.....
But they did make me go on "Skull Island", which was so much fun! They have all these rides that are a combination of rides and 3D movies. Really impressive.
Vi brugte en del tid i Harry Potter delen, og det lykkedes at finde Diagon Alley, som ligger helt inde bagved nogle huse, og som vi overhovedet ikke fandt sidste gang.
Min nevø købte en tryllestav som faktisk virkede inde i parken i udvalgte butikker. Men det var ikke let at få det rigtige sving på staven!

We spent quite a lot of time in the Harry Potter part, and we succeeded in finding Diagon Alley, which is placed behind some houses, and which we didn't find last time we were there.
My nephew bought a wand, which actually worked in the park in some shops. But it wasn't easy getting the movements right!
Selvom det var varmt, sov niecen med strikkede strømper. Hver nat. Hvilket hun altid gør! Af hele flokken er hun nok den, der elsker de strikkede strømper mest.

Although it was hot, my niece slept with her knitted socks. Every night. Which she always does! In the entire group, she is the one who loves the knit socks the most.
Nå ja - vi var også lige i "Whole Foods" for at købe aftensmad den ene aften. De havde noget lidt anderledes frugt end andre steder. F.eks. en Jack Fruit, som jeg ellers kun har smagt i Afrika. En ret stor, ucharmerende frugt, men den smager godt! (Denne her smagte vi dog ikke)

Oh - and we also went to "Whole Foods" to get dinner one night. The fruit section was kind of different from other supermarkets. They had Jack Fruit, which I only had in Africa. A rather big, not very charming fruit, but it tastes good! (We didn't taste this one, though.)

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