tirsdag den 22. august 2017

Hjernevask / Brainwash

Jeg havde store planer for de sidste 5 dage i min ferie. Enorme! Jeg skulle sidde og sy helt utrolige mængder af fint tøj.
Problemet er bare, at jeg faktisk synes det er så kedeligt at sy, og at jeg havde travlt med at slappe af og forsøge at få min nattesøvn i orden igen, så det blev ikke til så meget.
Men lidt har jeg da lavet. Jeg fandt det her fine stof i Joann med "glasmosaik"-billeder fra Beauty and the Beast, og det var jeg nødt til at købe.
Nu er det meste af det blevet til et baby-sengesæt til min ældste nieces lille pige. Hun kan jo lige så godt lære sine Disney-klassikere allerede som baby!
Nu skal det bare med i maskinen, hver gang jeg vasker tøj, for sådan noget ny bomuld er lidt hårdt. Det når vi nok - babyen skal efter planen først komme i starten af december.....

I had great plans for the last 5 days of my vacation. Huge! I would be sitting there, sewing incredible amounts of pretty clothes.
The problem is that I do think sewing is boring, and I was so busy relaxing and trying to fix my sleeping at night, that I didn't do much.
But I did sew a little. I found this beautiful fabric at Joann's with "stained glass" motives from Beauty and the Beast, and I had to buy it.
Now most of it has turned into a set of baby-bedlinen for my oldest niece's little girl. She might as well learn her Disney-classics from the very start!
Now it just need a few washes - actually, it will go with every machine of laundry, since new cotton is a bit hard. We'll manage in time, though. The baby is only due in the beginning of December....

mandag den 21. august 2017

Tid til svampe / Time for mushrooms

Selv om det kun er august, er vejret temmelig efterårsagtigt. (ALT for efterårsagtigt! HULK!)
Det føles ihvertfald som om det er tid til at gå på svampejagt!
Hvis du ikke gider ud i regnen, og iøvrigt ikke føler dig helt sikker på om du kan kende de gode fra de giftige, så tag og hækl en svamp i stedet. Hvis du spiser den, bliver du syg, men så ved du ihvertfald hvorfor! Opskriften er her.

Although it's only August, the weather here in Denmark feels a lot like fall. (TO much like fall! SOB!)
It does feel like it's the season to go hunting for mushrooms!
If you don't want to go out in the rain, and you're not really sure if you know the good mushrooms from the poisonous ones, then do a crochet one instead. If you eat it, you'll get sick, but at least then you'll know why! The pattern is this one.

søndag den 20. august 2017

Tomten

Faktisk burde jeg ikke starte på noget nyt. Igen. Til en, der slet ikke er nyfødt. Når jeg nu har så meget jeg skal have strikket foruden strømperne.
Men altså. Det der Crazy garn er bare så sjovt, og jeg har virkelig, virkelig lyst til at prøve en Tomten jakke, også Elizabeth Zimmerman, også udelukkende retstrik.
Jeg har ensfarvet grønt som hætte, ærmer og overdelen af jakken skal være i, mens den nederste del får striber. Jeg kiggede en masse færdige jakker igennem og jeg synes, det bliver pænest.
I dag er det sidste dag i min ferie. Jeg hygger mig med forkølelse oveni de sidste rester af mit jetlag. Dvs. når jeg endelig falder i søvn, begynder jeg at hoste og kan så ligge vågen en times tid igen. "Heldigvis" vågner jeg tidligt. Det er pænt træls, men det går vel over. Det bliver nok fint at komme på arbejde i morgen.

Actually I shouldn't be starting something new. Again. For someone who is not even newborn. Because I have so much to knit apart from the socks.
But, well. The Crazy yarn is so much fun, and I really, really wanted to try a Tomten Jacket, also by Elizabeth Zimmerman, also pure garter stitch.
I have dark green for the hood, the sleeves and the top of the jacket, but the bottom part will be striped. I looked at a lot of finished jackets and I do think that is what will look the best.
Today is the last day of my vacation. I'm having fun with a cold combined with the last bits of jetlag. Which means that when I finally fall asleep, I start coughing and wake up again for an hour or so.
"Fortunately", I wake up early. It's really annoying, but I guess it will pass. Will be good getting back to work tomorrow, I guess.

lørdag den 19. august 2017

Camping

Jeg har jo lovet, at I skulle komme til at se lidt mere fra USA, så hermed lidt billeder fra vores campingtur.
Det er utroligt hyggeligt at campere i Michigan. (Bortset fra en fugl med en stemme som en alarm, der sad og skreg kl. 06.30 om morgenen.) I år var vi i Interlochen, en 4 timers køretur fra Ann Arbor. Teltene blev sat op i god ro og orden, uden at jeg fik lyst til at slå min niece ihjel. (Det hjalp garanteret, at det værste jetlag var overstået!)
Campingpladsen ligger i en skov, og ligesom sidste år var der bålplads.

I promised to show you a bit more from my trip to the US, so here goes with some photos from when we went camping.
It is so nice camping in Michigan. (Apart from a certain bird with the voice of an alarm, which sat screaming at 6.30 a.m.) This year, we went to Interlochen, a 4 hour ride from Ann Arbor.
The tents were raised quite quickly and peacefully, without me wanting to kill my niece. (It probably helped that I didn't have too much jetlag!)
The camping park is located in a forest, and like last year, we had a fireplace.
Flere dage tog vi på tur og så bl.a. Traverse City, Petosky og Glenn Arbor. Vi var i hele 3 Cherry Republic butikker, den ene større end den anden, men det kræver et indlæg for sig selv.
Her sad vi og ventede med hunden, mens niecen kiggede på tøj. Min nevø er i en periode, hvor han absolut ikke vil fotograferes, og hvis han vil, må man ikke poste ham på facebook. Men her kan I ikke rigtig se ham, så det går jo nok....
Som I kan se, er han stadig glad for sin Pokémon sweater!

Several days, we went on trips and visited Traverse City, Petosky and Glenn Arbor. We went to no less than 3 Cherry Republic shops, each one bigger than the other. I will make a post about it.
Here we are, waiting with the dog, while my niece went looking at clothes. My nephew has an age where he absolutely doesn't want to get his photo taken, and if he allows it, you can't post him on facebook. But on this picture, you can't see him anyway, so I guess he survives.
As you can tell, he still likes his Pokémon sweater!
Den ene aften fik vi snobrød! Juhuu! Det var på betingelse af, at jeg selv lavede dejen (ikke noget problem!) og pindene var egentlig for små, men det var SÅ hyggeligt!
Bagefter snakkede jeg om mine fantastiske snobrød hele ugen. Det må være den danske måde at udøve psykisk tortur mod børn, for hvilket barn har tålmodighed til at vente og bage et rigtig godt snobrød? (Når man nu ved, at det hurtigere bliver færdigt hvis der går ild i!)

One evening, we had snobrød! Yipee! The only claim was that I had to make the dough myself (no problem!) and the sticks were too small, but it was just the BEST!
Afterwards, I talked about my amazing snobrød all week. It surely is the Danish way of mental torturing kids, because I never knew a child with patience to wait and make a really good snobrød. (Especially when you know it will get done quicker if it catches fire!)
Campingpladsen lå ved en sø, og der var en dejlig strand og mulighed for at sejle. Der var utroligt mange stjerner om natten, og solopgangen så sådan her ud.
Hvis næste års sommerferie inkluderer en campingtur igen, så er jeg frisk!

The camping park was next to a lake, and there was a nice beach and the possibility to go sailing. At night, there were so many stars, and the sunrise looked like this.
If next years summer vacation comes with a camping trip again, I'm in!

fredag den 18. august 2017

Crazy Baby Surprise Jacket

Mens jeg nyder de sidste dage af min ferie og spekulerer over, hvordan jeg nogensinde skal komme op i gear igen, så jeg overlever både at stå op kl. 5 om morgenen og passe et arbejde, har jeg lige strikket en lille babytrøje.
Det der Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy garn er helt perfekt til en lille baby surprise jacket! Jeg er super tilfreds med resultatet.
Der er brugt lidt mere end 1 bundt, så det gik helt fint at mingelere lidt med farverne, så den sluttede med en rød kant, hvilket "samler" den lidt mere farvemæssigt.

While I'm enjoying the last days of my vacation, wondering how I'm ever going to get more active, and will survive not only having to wake up at 5 a.m., but even go to work, I've knitted a tiny baby cardigan.
The Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy yarn is just perfect for a small baby surprise jacket! I'm so happy and satisfied with the result.
I used a bit more than 1 skein, so working a bit with the colors was no problem. It ended up with a red border, which kind of rounds of the colors.
Den er strikket på pind 3,5, og som sædvanlig har jeg dels strikket ærmerne 10 riller længere, dels har jeg strikket skuldersømmen sammen, fordi jeg er sådan en spade til at sy retstrik pænt sammen. Det fungerer superfint!
Jeg kan rigtig godt lide farverne i trøjen, som endte med at veje 80 gram. Garnet er virkelig blødt og lækkert, og faktisk er det jo så åbenbart min personlige tradition at strikke en BSJ til babyer i familien. Foreløbig bliver det 4. baby som får en (min nieces lille pige), og jeg skal også nok strikke en til den næste som kommer allerede i oktober. Den næste bliver i orange/brun Zauberball, har jeg bestemt. Dels skal det helst kunne vaskes i maskine, dels er barnets køn ukendt indtil fødselen. Orange går også fint til en dreng.

I used size 3.5 mm needles, and as usual, I made the sleeves 10 ridges longer, and I knit the shoulder-seam together instead of sewing, since I'm a real clown sewing garter stitch in a pretty way. It works very well!
I really like the colors of the cardigan, which weighs 80 grams. The yarn is really soft and yummy, and actually this has become my personal tradition, making a BSJ for all babies in the family. So far, it will be the 4th baby to have one (my nieces little girl), and I'll also make one for the next baby on the way in October. The next one will be orange/brown Zauberball. It needs to be machine-washable, and they don't know the gender of the baby before it's born. Orange works well with boys as well.

torsdag den 17. august 2017

Lidt farve / A splash of color

Min mindste nevø fylder 12 om godt 1 måned. Mens jeg var i USA, fik jeg en ide til, hvordan hans strømper skal være, og i går farvede jeg så garn. Strømpetæppe fra Knitpicks fik en smal grøn stribe på midten, og 2 nuancer blå på hver side. 
Det fik VIRKELIG godt med farve, og det var faktisk svært at skylle det overskydende ordentligt ud..

My youngest nephew turns 12 in a bit more than a month. While I was in the US, I got an idea about how his socks are going to be, and yesterday, I dyed the yarn. A sock blanket from Knitpicks got a thin, green line down the middle, and 2 shades of blue on either side. 
It REALLY got a lot of color, and I did have trouble washing out the extra color.....
Resten af farven kom i en gryde med noget andet strømpegarn (med cashmere. Lækkert!) og fik lov at passe sig selv.

The rest of the dye ended in a pot with some other sock yarn (with cashmere. Delicious!) and got to sit there for a while.
Sådan ser det ud i dag - næsten tørt. Nevøen ønsker sig knæstrømper (dybt suk), så jeg har farvet 2 tæpper på samme måde. Er meget spændt på, hvordan det kommer til at se ud strikket, og om min ide holder vand. Jeg tænker måske lidt striber i de to blå farver med lidt grønt hist og pist.
Det er sjovt at farve garn!

This is how it looks today - almost dry. My nephew wants knee-high socks (deep sigh), so I made 2 blankets in the same way. I'm quite excited how it will look when knitted, and whether my idea turns out the way I thought - stripey in the 2 blue shades with a bit of green here and there.
Dyeing yarn is fun!

tirsdag den 15. august 2017

Tradition

Det er efterhånden tradition, at strømperne til min søsters ældste bliver strikket på lange bilture med familien. Det er ihvertfald 3. gang at jeg har siddet og strikket lange strømper i bilen! (Og efter mødet med strømper til min ældste nieces mand er de her strømper næsten små....)
Denne gang bliver han 18 år, så han skulle ikke bare have ribstrømper.

It has become tradition that the socks for my sister's oldest are knit while on long car-rides with the family. It is my third time knitting long socks in the car! (And after meeting socks for the husband of my oldest niece, these socks look kind of small.....)
This time, he'll turn 18, so he should have something apart from ribbed socks.
Jeg lavede "Fly away" strømperne igen. Bare fordi mønsteret er SÅ pænt og elastisk, og faktisk sjovt at strikke. Jeg havde selvfølgelig sikret mig, at hverken han eller hans far havde noget imod at have ens strømper.
Garnet er lidt sjovt. Det er Opal, men fra tyske fåreracer, og det er lidt mere "fuzzy" end normalt Opal garn, og så lugter det faktisk af får! Strømperne er strikket på pind 2,5 som sædvanlig, og de vejer 80 gram.

I did the "Fly away" socks again. Just because this pattern is SO pretty and elastic, and actually fun to make. Of course, I made sure beforehand that he and his dad didn't mind having identical socks.
The yarn is kind of fun. It's Opal, but from German breeds, and it's a bit more "fuzzy" than usual Opal yarn, and it actually smells a bit like sheep! The socks are made with 2.5 mm needles, and they weigh 80 grams.
Det er det 17. par strømper i år! For en gangs skyld har jeg også en model til at præsentere dem. Modtagerens lillesøster.
Mit mål om 26 par strømper i år, 1 strømpe pr. uge, går faktisk over al forventning. Faktisk er jeg foran, og der er både 5 fødselsdage, 3 par uspolerede babyfødder plus et par strømper til mig selv at se frem til, så det skal jeg nok nå.

It is the 17th pair of socks this year! For once, I even have model to show off the finished socks. The little sister of the recipient.
My goal of making 26 pairs of socks this year, one sock every week, is coming along better than expected. Actually, I'm ahead of my plan, and I still have 5 birthdays, 3 pairs of unspoiled baby's feet plus a pair of socks for me to come, so I'll finish in style.

mandag den 14. august 2017

Fisk! / Fish!

Min mindste nevø er helt tosset med fisk lige nu. Han har været på fiske-sommerlejr, snakker om fisk og snører, og han ser (næsten) kun fiske-videoer på youtube.
Så dagens opskrift er derfor - en fisk! Det er en Koi, de der fine, japanske kæmpe karper, som er utroligt fredelige. Find opskriften lige her.

My youngest nephew is crazy about fish right now. He's been on a fishing-summer camp, talks non-stop of fish and lines, and he (almost) only watches fishing-videos on youtube.
So today's pattern is - a fish! It's a Koi, one of the pretty Japanese giant carps, which are so incredibly peaceful. The pattern is right here.

søndag den 13. august 2017

Cindy's Northern Crafts

Den sidste uge har jeg snydt lidt her på bloggen og lavet indlæg i forvejen. Vi har nemlig været på camping i den nordlige del af Michigan. Det blev uden computer, hvilket var godt i forhold til de dage det regnede!
Den ene dag kørte vi helt op til Petoskey, som lå et par timers kørsel fra campingpladsen. Der ligger en fantastisk garnbutik, Cindy's Northern Crafts.

This past week, I've cheated a little bit on my blog, doing the posts beforehand. We went camping in Northern Michigan. Without my computer, which was smart considering the days of rain!
One day, we drove all the way to Petoskey, located 2 hours of driving from our camp. Petoskey has an amazing yarn shop, Cindy's Nothern Crafts.
Vi var kørt derop, så jeg kunne få lov at vælge min fødselsdagsgave, og jeg havde al den tid jeg havde lyst til derinde. Eneste tidspres var, at vi var sultne og skulle spise frokost bagefter.....
Der var mægtig meget at kigge på, med garn overalt!
De havde også fået en sending strømpegarn i den særlige "Petoskey Stone" indfarvning, men desværre var alting forudbestilt, så beskeden var, at jeg også måtte forudbestille. (Det må jeg se at gøre...)

We went up there, so that I could pick my birthday present, and I got all the time I wanted to look in the shop. Only deadline was that we were hungry and was going to eat afterwards....
There was so extremely much to look at, with yarn everywhere!
They also just had a shipment of sock yarn in the special "Petoskey Stone" colorway, but unfortunately, everything was pre-ordered, so I also had to do that if I wanted it. (I need to do that.....)
Det her vædderhovede kunne jeg ikke lige stå for. Er det ikke fint?

This ram's head was too cute, don't you think?
Her er min søster så - i gang med at købe GARN! Til mig!
Jeg valgte en rigtig god gave, og glæder mig til at åbne den på min fødselsdag....
Desuden købte jeg selv et bundt strømpegarn (hvad ellers?) og endnu et bundt af det fine "crazy" garn fra Stonehedge mill. De er jo alle sammen forskellige.....
Nå. I morgen skal jeg så hjem. Men I slipper ikke for nogle dage med USA-indlæg. Der er meget at fortælle!

And here is my sister - shopping YARN! For me!
I picked a really good present, and I can't wait to open it on my birthday.....
Furthermore, I bought a little bit myself - a skin of sock yarn (the obvious choice) and another skein of the pretty "crazy" yarn from Stonehedge mill. They are all different, you know.....
Well. Tomorrow, I'll be going home. You are going to get a few days of US-posts anyway. I have a lot to show and tell!

lørdag den 12. august 2017

Baby-ting / Babies stuff

Forhåbentlig er der snart noget mere færdigstrikket her på siden. Indtil videre, må I nøjes med lidt mere snik-snak. Det er så sjovt at finde ting til gaver, især sjove baby-ting. Denne lille Starbucks-look-a-like tudekop var SÅ fin at den måtte med hjem!

Hopefully, there will be something finished here on my blog very soon. Until then, you'll have to listen to a bit more chit-chat. It's so much fun finding stuff for presents, especially funny baby's stuff! This little Starbucks-look-a-like sippy cup was SO pretty it needed to get home with me!
Det her syntes jeg virkelig også var sjovt. Men der var så mange leopardpletter at min søster nedlagde veto. Den kommende mor var heller ikke begejstret, og smukt er det vel heller ikke. Må jeg indrømme. Så det blev hængende i butikken.....

I also found this outfit very funny. But with so many leopard spots, my sister put a veto. The mother-to-be wasn't too impressed, either, and I guess it wasn't exactly pretty. I have to admit that. So it stayed in the shop.......

fredag den 11. august 2017

M in Michigan

Ann Arbor er en rigtig hyggelig by, faktisk, bygget op omkring universitetet, der fylder en del.
Midt i byen ligger parken med det store messing-M, som man absolut IKKE må træde på, hvis man vil bestå sin eksamen.

Ann Arbor is a really nice city, actually, build around the university, which takes some space.
In the city center is the park with the big brass-M. It's very important NOT to step on it, if you want to pass your exam.
Da jeg jo egentlig synes, at mine eksamener forlængst er godt overstået, har jeg trådt på det. Flere gange. Måske er det et karrieremæssigt dumt træk......

Since I do believe that my examinations are well passed a long time ago, I stepped on it. Several times. Maybe it's very bad for my career.......

torsdag den 10. august 2017

Stonehedge Fiber Mill "Crazy"

Det sjoveste og mest anderledes garn man kan få i Michigan, må være det her, som hedder "Crazy". Lavet af rester af samme slags garn, men alle mulige forskellige farver som sættes sammen, og i helt tilfældige farveforløb. Jeg køber altid noget af det, når jeg kan!
Denne gang er der endda planer.
De her bundter skulle gerne blive til en "Tomten" jakke til lillebror i Nordjylland. Mønsteret er så fint, og jeg tænker, at det kunne være flot i de her farver. Har længe godt kunnet tænke mig at strikke den.

The most fun and different yarn to get in Michigan must be this one, called "Crazy".
It's made with ends of the same type of yarn, but different colors are put together in totally random color changes. I always buy some of this, if I get the chance!
This time, I even have plans.
These 4 skeins are meant to become a "Tomten" jacket for baby brother in Northern Jutland. The pattern is really pretty, and I think it would look nice in these colors. I've been wanting to knit it for a while.
De her røde bundter skal blive til endnu en "Baby Surprise Jacket". Det er åbenbart et must til en ny baby i min familie. Rigtig sjove at strikke, og hurtige.
Jeg skal lige finde ud af, hvordan det melerede og det stribede garn skal sættes sammen, men jeg tænker nu alligevel, at det bliver godt. Det bliver spændende!

These red skeins will become yet another "Baby Surprise Jacket". Apparently, it's a must for a new baby in my family. Much fun to knit, and even fast!
I just need to decide how to combine the mixed and striped yarn, but I do think it will turn out nice, any way it ends up. So exciting!
Det her bundt var bare SÅ pænt. Det var jeg nødt til at købe!
Det er altid spændende at komme ind i butikken og se, hvad de har for farver denne gang. Nogle gange er der ikke meget garn, andre gange meget. Sidste år strikkede jeg 2 huer af garnet, og de blev så fine! Idéen om at sætte rester sammen er også virkelig smart. Især når det er så fint!

This skein was just SO pretty. I had to buy that one!
It's always exciting visiting the shop and seeing, which colors they have this time. Sometimes, they don't have a lot of skeins, sometimes they have plenty. Last year, I made 2 hats with this yarn, and they turned out so pretty! The idea of joining the ends is also very clever. Especially when it ends up so pretty!

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