torsdag den 23. oktober 2014

En tur til centrum / A trip to the center

Da jeg var i Ann Arbor, var jeg med min søster inde i centrum en tur. Så hyggeligt! Vi startede med at spise morgenmad på en cafe i byen. Det var faktisk ret dejligt at spise morgenmad uden (meget) utålmodige børn!

When I was visiting Ann Arbor, I went with my sister to downtown. So nice! We started out having breakfast at a cafe in town. It was actually very nice having breakfast without (very) impatient kids!
Farverne på træerne var utroligt smukke. Det er også lige det område af USA, hvor træerne bliver flottest Overalt er der strålende farver i de mest utrolige, næsten selvlysende farver!

The colors of the treas were incredibly beautiful right. It is the very area in the US with the prettiest trees. Everywhere are bright colors in the most amazing, almost flourescent colors!
Midt i byen er der en plads med et - ja - M. Hvis man træder på det, inden man har bestået sin første eksamen, bliver man aldrig til noget......

In the middle of town there is a square with a - well - M. If you step on it before passing your first exam, you will never become anything......
Jeg synes jo nok, jeg er kommet igennem rigeligt med eksamener, så jeg trådte altså på det! Der blev dog ikke taget noget billede, så der er ingen beviser!

I do think I passed plenty of exams, so I dared stepping on it! No photos were taken, though, so it was never proofed to happen!
Der var egern overalt. De var store og tykke og klar til vinteren. Faktisk var de også ret nuttede.....

Squirrels were everywhere. Large and fat and ready for winter. Actually very cute, too.......
Vi tog forbi det store "Law Library", der ligner spisesalen på Hogwarts. Meget flot! Damen ved informationsbordet stirrede mistroisk på os. Måske med god grund?

We passed the big "Law Library" that looks like the dining-hall at Hogwarts. Very impressive! The lady at the information-desk stared at us mistrustful. Maybe she had good reasons for that?
Til min søsters skræk tog jeg et billede af min strømpe. Selvfølgelig! (Det fik ikke damen til at stirre mindre, kan jeg fortælle jer!)

To my sister's horror I took a photo of my sock. Of course! (Didn't make the lady stare any less, I can assure you!)
Det var jo ikke forbudt at tage billeder af strømper.....

Taking photos of socks were not forbidden.......
Turen endte i en amerikansk boghandel, hvor jeg tilbragte et par fornøjelige timer med at kigge i strikkebøger. Til jeg fik nok! Tænk, at man kan få nok...... Men så kiggede jeg bare på andre bøger. Og drak kaffe. Jeg ELSKER amerikanske boghandler!

The trip ended in an American book-store where I spent a few nice hours looking in knitting books. Till I had enough! Can you believe it..... But then I looked at other books. And drank coffee. I LOVE American book-stores!

onsdag den 22. oktober 2014

tirsdag den 21. oktober 2014

Der er ikke noget som at komme hjem! / Nothing is like coming home!

Som I ved, kan jeg godt lide at rejse. Det er fedt at sætte sig ind i flyet og komme nye eller velkendte steder hen. Væk fra dagligdagen.
Men lige så godt kan jeg lide at komme hjem! Jeg ved ikke noget bedre end at lande i Kastrup og vide, at nu er jeg hjemme.
Lejligheden var heldigvis fin og fuglene glade og mætte herhjemme.
Kufferten blev tømt, og jeg fik kigget på, hvad der var kommet med mig tilbage.
Fødselsdagsgaven - den fine heldragt - var selvfølgelig med. Den blev også brugt i går aftes, for hold da nu op, hvor er det blevet blæsende og efterårs-koldt! Den er utroligt dejlig at have på. Meget blød og varm, selv om der ikke er skabt naturmaterialer i den. Tak, Frikker!

As you know, I really like traveling. It is wonderful entering the plane and end up new or well known places. Away from the everyday life.
But just as much, I love coming home! I know nothing better than landing in Copenhagen Airport, knowing I'm home now.
Fortunately, the apartment looked good and the birds were happy and had enough food.
The suitcase was emptied, and I got to look at what I brought back.
My birthday present - the nice onesie - came back with me, of course. I even used it last night, since Denmark has become so very windy and fall-chilly! It is wonderful to wear. Very soft and warm, although it doesn't have even one thread of natural materials in it. Thank you, Frikke-family!
Der kom også amerikanske klassikere. Græskarmos fordi.... Ja, fordi det stod der, og det kunne da være sjovt at prøve!
Limen kom med på de varmeste anbefalinger fra min mindste nevø. Det bruger de nemlig i hans skole, og det limer ALT! (Moster, er du ikke glad for at du købte den?)

I also brought some American classics home. Pumpkin because.... Well, because it was there, and it could be fun to try using it for cooking!
The glue came with the warmest recommendations from my youngest nephew. They use it at his school, and it glues EVERYTHING! (Moster, aren't you happy you bought it?)
Karamel-popkorn. Uhm. Jeg elsker karamelpopkorn! Lige siden jeg smagte dem i England da jeg var au pair. Faktisk er det ikke lykkedes mig at finde dem igen før nu, så det bliver spændende!
De andre popkorn skal bare i mikroovnen. De er så fine med alle de forskellige farver majs!
Der er også kommet strikkeblade med hjem. Ting til nogle venner. Mit garn. Det er hyggeligt at åbne kuffert!

Caramel-popcorn. Yum. I love caramel-popcorn! Ever since I tasted them in England when I was an au pair. This is the first time I had luck finding them and it will be very exciting to try them!
The other popcorn are for the micro-wave. They look so pretty with all the different colors!
I also brought home some knitting magazines. Stuff for friends. My yarn. It is so nice unpacking the suitcase!

mandag den 20. oktober 2014

Halloween coming up

Om knap 2 uger er det Halloween. Det er jo ligesom ikke helt slået igennem i Danmark endnu, så her kommer noget, du kan hygge dig med i længere tid......
Jeg tror, man skal tænke hønsestrik på amerikansk, men sjovt er det!
Mon ikke man kunne bruge mønstrene til noget andet spændende også? En hue, en taske eller en sweater.
Halstørklædet finder du her.

In a little less than 2 weeks, it's Halloween-weekend. It's not quite started being celebrated in Denmark yet, so here is something you can have fun with for somewhat longer.....
I think, you need to think hønsestrik the American way, but it's fun!
I think the patterns could be used for other stuff as well? A hat, a bag or a sweater.
The scarf is right here.

søndag den 19. oktober 2014

Rhinebeck!

I dag var det så dagen for mit livs første tur til Rhinebeck. "New York State Sheep and Wool Festival". Hold op, som jeg havde glædet mig!
Jeg ved ikke helt, hvad jeg havde forestillet mig. Noget som Fanø. Større. Men altså - hvor meget større kunne det være?
Det kunne så være ret stort! Da vi kom, var der en parkeringsplads på størrelse med noget, man ellers ser udenfor Disneyland. Der var ikke helt fyldt, men vi kom også tidligt.....

Today was the day for my first trip ever to Rhinebeck. "New York State Sheep and Wool Festival". I had really been so excited about this!
I'm not sure what I imagined. Something like Fanø. Bigger. But really - how much bigger could it be?
It turned out to be huge! When we arrived, the parking lot was like something you see outside Disneyland. It wasn't filled, but we arrived early......
Lige indenfor var vejskiltet. Totalt et "Kodak moment"! Så her er Dorina til højre, Corrina i midten og mig til venstre. HELT klar.

Right inside the entrance was the sign-post. A total "Kodak moment"! So here we are. Dorina on the right, Corrina in the middle and myself on the left. SO ready.
På området så der sådan her ud. En masse lade-bygninger omkring en vej. Med boder imellem husene også. Nå ja - og det var så bare det ene hjørne!

Inside, it looked like this. A lot of barns on both sides of a road. With little shops in between the houses as well. Oh - and this was just a corner of it!
Hver lade var kæmpestor! Der var små butikker hele vejen i begge sider, og det var altså næsten umuligt at huske, hvad man havde set hvor. For der var 15 af de der lader ialt! Nå ja. Der var altså også andre bygninger med andre aktiviteter. Som jeg ikke nåede ind i.

Every barn was huge! There were little shops all the way down on both sides, and it was almost impossible remembering where you saw what. Since there was a total of 15 barns! Oh well. There were other buildings with other activities as well. That I didn't have time to see.
I nogle af bygningerne var der dyr. Både får, geder og lamaer. Jeg tænkte på arme kaptajn Haddock der blev spyttet så grundigt på i Sydamerika og var en smule bekymret for at stå lige i skudlinjen.....
Men der skete ingenting. De ser vildt søde ud sådan nogle!

In some of the buildings, there were animals. Sheep, goats and even llamas. I thought of poor captain Haddock who was really spit on in South America and was a bit worried to stand in front of them....
But nothing happened. They look so cute!
Der var selvfølgelig også garn. Bjerge af garn! Alle mulige slags håndfarvede garner. Det ene blødere og lækrere end det andet. Mums!
Hvis bare jeg havde haft plads i kufferten......

Of course there was yarn too. Mountains of yarn! All kinds of hand-dyed yarns. Each softer and more delicious than the last one.  Yummy!
If only I had space in my suitcase.......
Jeg havde min Tempelblomst på. Bare fordi den er så fin og er dansk design. Der var faktisk også en hel del der spurgte til den!
Generelt var der ekstremt mange flotte strikkede ting. Det var virkelig hyggeligt bare at kigge på andres tøj!

I was wearing my Temple flower. Just because it's so nice and Danish design. Actually, a lot of people asked me what it was!
There were an amazing amount of beautiful knitted stuff. It was so nice just looking at other people's clothes!
Når man så forlader Rhinebeck, ser det sådan ud. Selvfølgelig.

When you leave Rhinebeck, it looks like this. Of course.
Jeg holdt mig dog virkelig i skindet og købte kun 3 nøgler garn. Et stort bundt lace-garn i smukke blå toner og 2 sjove nøgler strømpegarn. Det multifarvede var med 10% moskus-dun (hvem kan stå for det?) og det gul-brune (det er ikke orange) var med 15% hundehår. Det er så utroligt blødt. (Det hedder Woofers!)
Vil jeg til Rhinebeck igen? Det ville ikke være tosset.......

I really behaved, though, and only bought 3 skeins of yarn. A big skein of lace-yarn in beautiful blue shades and 2 skeins of funny sock yarn. The multicolored one has 10% of buffalo-down (who could not buy that?) and the yellow/brown (it's not orange) has 15% of dogs hair. It is so incredibly soft. (It's called Woofers!)
Do I want to go to Rhinebeck again? Wouldn't be bad.......

lørdag den 18. oktober 2014

Flere huer / More hats

En enkelt hue i Michigan-farver var ikke nok.... Næh nej! Min niece ville også gerne have en, og den skulle selvfølgelig være anderledes end den til hendes bror.
Men et M skulle der på!

Just one Michigan-colored hat wasn't enough..... Oh no! My niece wanted one as well, and of course it shouldn't be identical to her brothers hat.
But it did need the M!
Derefter ville min svoger også have en. Den skulle også være anderledes, så den blev med dobbelt så brede striber og snoninger. Det tog ikke lang tid at lave!

Next, my brother-in-law wanted one as well. It should also be different, so the stripes were doubled and the hat got cables. Didn't take long to make!
Det sidste touch skulle være pom-pom'er. Så der blev indkøbt pom-pom-dims, og så blev huerne gejlet op. Der var tilfredshed hele vejen rundt!

The final touch was pom-poms. So a pom-pom-maker was bought, and the hats were completed. Everybody was happy!
Her er alle huerne så sammen. De er da meget sjove, ikke? Tykke og varme er de ihvertfald!

Here all the hats are together. Funny, right? They are really thick and warm!
Der var stadig garn tilbage (efter at jeg havde købt nr. 2 portion!), og stakkels Muddi, min nevøs abe, var også noget nervøs overfor den kommende vinter.
Så selvfølgelig blev der en lille hue til ham!

There was still a little yarn left (after I bought the second portion!), and poor Muddi, my nephew's monkey, was very afraid of the upcoming winter.
So of course he needed a hat as well!
Her er de så. Dreng og abe. Sødt, ikke?

And here they are. Boy and monkey. Cute, right?

fredag den 17. oktober 2014

Mark Newport

På University of Michigan var der en strikkeudstilling af Mark Newport. Heldragter i acrylgarn. Håndstrikkede.
Jeg mangler ord.....

At University of Michigan there was a knitted exhibition by Mark Newport. Whole-body suits in acrylics. Hand-knitted. I have no words......









torsdag den 16. oktober 2014

Mere Ann Arbor. Med garn! / More of Ann Arbor. With some yarn!

Om morgenen får jeg lov at køre med, når min mindste nevø skal i skole. Han går i Elementary School, hvilket han er helt utroligt glad for.
Der er mange flotte træer på vejen, og som det ses, er farverne helt utrolige lige nu!

In the morning, I get to join, when my youngest nephew is taken to school. He is in Elementary School, and he really loves it.
We see so many beautiful trees on the way there, and as you can see, the colors are amazing right now!
Hans skole har en fuldstændigt gigantisk græsplæne og legeplads, og det er garanteret godt for koncentrationen, at børnene spæner rundt derude i frikvarterene.
Han elsker ihvertfald skolen. Laver lektier uden brok. Har verdens sejeste lærer (som strikker!). Det er dejligt at opleve!

His school has this gigantic lawn and playground, and I bet you it's good for the concentration when the kids have the ability to run around a bit between lessons.
He definitely loves his school. Does his homework without complaining. Has the coolest teacher in the world (she's a knitter). It's really nice to see!
Mens børnene så er i skole, laver jeg sjove ting. Som at tage i garnbutik! Min svoger vidste, hvor denne lå (mærkeligt nok) og var gerne guide.
Der var fint, lokalt garn på tilbud, så det kom med hjem. (Altså ikke det hele. Kun det flotte røde!)

While the kids are at school, I make fun things. Like visiting a yarn shop! My brother-in-law knew the location of this one (strangely enough) and was willing to be a guide.
They had pretty, local yarn on sale, so it went home with me. (Well. Not all of it. The red yarn!)
I hjørnet havde de "dansk garn" i denne fine, gule farve. Jeg har aldrig set noget lignende i Danmark! Det er ren uld og virkede ret kradst. Pudsigt oplevelse.
Da jeg så kom hjem og fortalte min mindste nevø, at jeg havde været i garnbutik, sagde han "Hvor meget har du købt?" Hvad er DET for et spørgsmål?????
Han kunne godt lide det røde garn, men syntes nok, der var lidt rigeligt. "Hvordan skal du nå at strikke af det, moster, inden du skal hjem igen?"

In the corner, they had "Danish yarn" in this bright, yellow color. I never saw anything like it in Denmark! It was pure wool and a bit itchy. Strange.
When I got home and told my youngest nephew that I went to a yarn shop, he said "How much did you buy?" What kind of question is that????????
He liked the red yarn, though, but found that I bought plenty. "How are you going to knit all of that before you go back home?"

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