søndag den 29. marts 2015

Flere striber / More stripes

De her strømper blev færdige lige nøjagtigt i tide, for om 5 minutter skal jeg afsted til fødselsdag hos min nieces mand. (Hans første par strømper i min "strømpeklub")
Endnu engang er det garn fra restekassen med wollmeise. Jeg kan godt lide dem.
125 gram vejer de, og de er jo lige ud ad landevejen.
Hvad jeg så skal lave? Endnu et par stribede fødselsdagsstrømper.......

These socks were done in exactly the right time, since I'm leaving for a birthday party in 5 minutes. My niece's husband. (His first pair of socks in my "sock club")
Once more, it's left-overs from my wollmeise-box. I like them.
They weigh 125 grams, and are really straight-forward.
So what's next? Yet another pair of striped birthday-socks......

lørdag den 28. marts 2015

Forår / Spring

Nu hvor det er lidt varmere, er det virkelig skønt med den nye lejlighed. Den ene dag var det så varmt, at jeg sad 5 minutter på altanen, og jeg GLÆDER mig til at nyde den til sommer!

Now, that the weather is a bit warmer, it's really great with my new apartment. One day, it was so warm that I actually sat for 5 minutes in my balcony, and I can't wait to start using it for summer!
Baggården er jo også ny, og ligesom sidste år, bliver den passet og plejet med blomster. Det er altså vældig fint at komme ned til cyklen om morgenen, når det ser sådan her ud!

The backyard is new to me too, and like last year, there are people looking after the flowers. It is so pretty coming down to get my bike and then it looks like this!
Jeg glæder mig meget til at se det fortsætte sommeren igennem. Uden at skulle bruge tid på at male og flytte, altså. Det bliver ren nydelse!

I'm looking forward to seeing this continuing during the summer. Without having to spend my time painting and moving, you know. It's going to be a pleasure!
I morges skinnede solen. Faktisk er mine lystætte gardiner bedre til at holde solen ude end døren ind til det andet værelse. Dejligt med forårssol!
(Nu håber jeg så bare også, det er "forår" når jeg skal på arbejde i aften uden alt for mange snot-unger....)

This morning, the sun was shining. Actually, my blackout-curtains are better at keeping the sun out than the door to the next room. I love the spring-sun!
(I only hope it will also be "spring" at work this evening without too much snot and fever....)

fredag den 27. marts 2015

Farvel-agtigt / Goodbye-ish

Det har været nogle mærkelige dage, for lige om lidt skifter jeg arbejde til et (for mig helt nyt!) andet hospital og starter 2 år med diverse ophold her og der, hvis alt falder på plads.
Det bliver virkelig skønt kun at skulle arbejde et enkelt sted, og endnu mere skønt ikke at skulle arbejde helt så ofte fredag aften!

It has been some very strange days, because in a very small while I change job and start at a (to me totally new!) different hospital and begin 2 years of stays here and there if everything falls into place.
It will be really great only working in a single place, and even greater not having to work Friday evenings so often!




For at sige pænt farvel har jeg to dage i træk haft påskeæg med på arbejde. Sådan RIGTIG mange påskeæg! Jeg er ret sikker på, at alle de, der skulle smage, har smagt. (Inklusive mig!)
Der mangler stadig 2 arbejdsdage, men ikke med helt så mange kolleger.
Hvis der kommer påskeæg med dér, bliver det nok til privat brug.....

In order to say goodbye in a civilized way, I brought Easter eggs for work, 2 days in a row. You know, ENOUGH Easter eggs! I feel quite sure that everyone supposed to taste did taste. (Including me!)
I still have 2 more work-days to go, but with less colleagues.
If I bring Easter eggs on those occasions, they will be for private use......
I fredags fik jeg en KÆMPE overraskelse fra en familie, der havde medbragt en gigantisk buket blomster. Faktisk står den nok så fint og pynter endnu, og liljerne er sprunget ud også, så den er smukkere end nogensinde!
Hvor heldig kan man være?
Så heldig, at jeg også har påskeferie i år!!!!!!! (Skal til Jylland og se familiens nye baby. Ih, hvor jeg glæder mig!)

Last Friday, I had a HUGE surprise from a family who brought a gigantic bouquet of flowers. Actually, it's still here, looking very pretty, and the lilies are in bloom now, so it's even more beautiful than ever!
How lucky can you get?
So lucky that I'm even having an Easter vacation this year!!!!! (I'm going to Jutland, seeing the new baby in the family. I can't wait!)

torsdag den 26. marts 2015

Hanne Falkenberg

Tirsdag aften var jeg så heldig at få lov at komme med til foredrag med Hanne Falkenberg hos Sommerfuglen.
Egentlig ville jeg have købt en billet, men var for langsom. Men så var det lige, at en, der skulle med, blev syg, og jeg fik lov. Det var så hyggeligt! (Jeg har aldrig været til foredrag derinde før.)
Efter foredrag var der mulighed for at se og mærke på alle modellerne. De var utroligt flotte, selv om det virkede både forkert og lidt uartigt, at alle de fine bluser lå hulter til bulter i en bunke.

On Tuesday evening, I was fortunate enough to go hear a talk by Hanne Falkenberg at Sommerfuglen.
I wanted to buy a ticket myself, but I was too slow. Then someone with a ticket happened to get ill, and I got to join. It was so nice! (I've never been to those arrangements in Copenhagen before.)
After the talk, there was the possibility of looking at and feeling all the different models. They were so pretty, although it seemed wrong and a bit naughty to have all those sweaters in a messy pile.
Der var den fineste sommerbluse! Jeg kunne godt lige se mig selv i denne her..... (Bedre billede her)
Men så var der lige det med prisen, ikke? Selv med 10% rabat skal jeg vist lige tænke over, om jeg virkelig, VIRKELIG behøver den? Men smuk er den.
Alle Falkenberg-modellerne er meget flotte og spændende strikket. Man bør vel lave sådan en på et tidspunkt, men der er lige 50 par strømper og en Bohus-sweater der skal strikkes først, tror jeg!

I found a very pretty summer-top! I could totally use this..... (Better photo here)
But there was the price-issue, you know. Even with 10% off, I still need to think hard about whether I really, REALLY need this? But it's still so pretty.
All the models by Falkenberg are really great looking, fitting well and knitted in an interesting way. I guess everyone should make one of these at some point, but I have 50 pairs of socks and a Bohus-sweater to knit first, I guess!

tirsdag den 24. marts 2015

Jeg troede, jeg var i god tid / I thought I was totally ahead of my time

Det gik ret godt med at få strikket strømper færdige på min ferie. Faktisk gik det så godt, at jeg VIRKELIG skulle brilliere ved at starte på et par mere til en af mine nevøer, der har fødselsdag midt i april. Altså - om en hel måned! (Hvor blæret er det lige?)
Strømperne er fra reste-kassen, men jeg synes egentlig, de er blevet rigtig fine i farverne.
Det er godt nok bare rib. Jeg er endnu ikke kommet i det helt store humør til meget indviklede strømper endnu i år, men det kommer vel. Engang.
Pind 2,5 mm, rib derudaf, str. 45-46 (ca.) og ialt 140 gram garn.
Hvad opdager jeg så, midt i nr 2 strømpe? At min nieces knap ny-slåede mand holder fødselsdag. PÅ SØNDAG! Så der skal lige turbostrikkes et par mere...... (Heldigvis lidt mindre)

It went really well with the sock-knitting while on vacation. Actually, it went so well that I REALLY wanted to make a turbo-point by starting another pair of socks for one of my nephews celebrating his birthday in the middle of April. You know - in an entire month! (How awesome would that be?)
The socks are from my left-over box, but I really like the colors.
It's just plain ribbing. I haven't really found the mood for very complicated socks yet this year, but I guess I will. At some point.
Needles size 2.5 mm, a lot of ribbing, very large socks and a total of 140 grams of yarn.
What do I discover, in the middle of the second sock? That my nieces close-to-very-new husband is celebrating his birthday. THIS SUNDAY! So I really need to be fast with another pair...... (A bit smaller, fortunately)

mandag den 23. marts 2015

Shaun

Måske kender du ham? Fåret Shaun.
Fræk og sød og sjov og hyggelig.
Du kan også strikke ham. Vidste du det?
Mønsteret er her.

Maybe you know him? Shaun the sheep.
Naughty and cute and fun and nice.
You could also knit him. Did you know?
The pattern is right here.

søndag den 22. marts 2015

Pærelet / Easy peasy

Nå. Det var helt utroligt nemt at finde en gave til min nevøs lærer! Det tog bare en lille, hyggelig tur rundt i København med en veninde og en tur i skabet (= garnlageret), og så var den dér!
Dejligt farveskiftegarn fra Hjelholt fandt jeg hos Sommerfuglen. Det er både blødt og fint, og så er der nok til et tørklæde eller lignende.
Wollmeise fandt jeg (sjovt nok) i skabet. Mon ikke hun kan bruge sig sådan et par strømper?
Bogen med Marianne Isager på engelsk fandt jeg på tilbud. En bog med dansk design kan være ganske eksotisk og anderledes i USA, så den kommer helt sikkert også med!
Jeg tror, hun vil kunne lide det. Fra en strikkenørd til en anden!

Well. It was incredibly easy finding a gift for my nephew's teacher! Just took a small, nice trip around Copenhagen with a friend and a trip to my closet (= yarn stash), and there it was!
Lovely color-changing yarn from Hjelholt, found in Sommerfuglen. It is soft and pretty, and there is enough for a scarf or such.
Wollmeise was found (surprisingly!) in my closet. I guess she can use a pair of socks like that?
The Marianne Isager book in English was found on a sale. A book by a Danish designer can be quite exotic and different in the US, so it's definitely going as well!
I think she will like it. From one knitting-nerd to another!

lørdag den 21. marts 2015

En skøn opgave / A great task

Min mindste nevø har en ret fantastisk lærer, Ms Beech, som hele deres klasse vist elsker højt. Hun har sat dem i gang med at fingerstrikke (til velgørenhed), i øjeblikket samler de ahorn-saft til sirup, og til Halloween laver hun altid sit hus om til noget gyseligt hvor de så kan komme og blive forskrækkede på den hyggelige måde.
Nå ja. Hun strikker også. (SELVFØLGELIG!)
Til sommerferien skal hun have en gave - som jeg skal købe! (Juhuu!) Min søster mente, at jeg måske kunne hjælpe med at finde noget garn til hende? Så der skal shoppes nogle danske lækkerier. Gerne i farver. Faktisk satte jeg min nevø til at undersøge hver dag, hvilken farve bluse hun havde på for at finde hendes yndlingsfarve.
Lad min sige det sådan. Det er IKKE sådan noget, drenge på 9 år går op i! Men den ene dag havde hun da en lyserød bluse på, og hun roste min rød-orange Noro hættetrøje, så mon ikke jeg finder ud af noget?

My youngest nephew has pretty amazing teacher, Ms Beech, that I believe is much loved by the entire class. She started them finger-knitting (for charity), at the moment they are collection maple-juice for syrup, and for Halloween, she always changes her house into something scary and let them come visit her and get scared in a nice way.
Oh well. She's also knitting. (OF COURSE!)
When the school year ends, she is going to have a gift - that I'm supposed to buy! (Yahoo!) My sister thought that I might be able to find some yarn for her? I'm SO going to shop something wonderful and Danish. Something colorful. I actually tried to make my nephew find out everyday what color of shirt she was wearing in order to find her favorite color.
Let me put it this way. That is NOT something of interest for 9 year old boys! But one day she did wear a pink shirt, and she complimented my red-orange Noro hoodie, so I'm quite sure I'll find something!

fredag den 20. marts 2015

Den er meget, meget dejlig / It's very, very lovely

Ikke længe før min ferie, blev min "Tro flytter bjerge" bluse færdig. I har jo ikke rigtig set den, andet end på et kosteskaft, så her kommer lige lidt om den.
Det hele er strikket i ribmønster, men på forstykke og ærmer er der lige en lille trekant der er anderledes, hvilket er sjovt og fint.

Not long before my vacation, my "Faith moves mountains" sweater was finished.  You haven't really seen it, except on a broomstick, so here is a bit about that specific sweater.
Everything is in rib-pattern, but on the front and the sleeves, there is a triangle of a slightly different pattern, which is fun and pretty.
Den er strikket i uld og silke/mohair, så den er ufatteligt let og blød, og ikke alt for varm.
Mønsteret er (som altid med Annette Danielsen) meget velskrevet, men det er godt nok træls at sy alle dele sammen bagefter. Til gengæld snor den sig ingen steder.
Farven er min yndlings, så heller ingen klager der!

It's made in a combination of wool and silk/mohair, which makes it incredibly light and soft, and not too hot.
The pattern is (as usual when the designer is Annette Danielsen) really well written, but it's ever so boring sewing all the pieces together afterwards. But it makes it very straight without twists.
The color is my favorite, so no complains on that subject either!

torsdag den 19. marts 2015

Garn og mønstre / Yarn and patterns

Mens jeg var i Ann Arbor, besøgte jeg også de to garnbutikker, byen har. (Nå jo. Samt de store krea-butikker: Jo-Ann og Michaels. Men DER købte jeg ikke garn! Til mig.)
Min svoger var så venlig at køre mig i Ophir Crafts, som jeg også besøgte i oktober. Hvor jeg også købte garn. Som jeg ikke har strikket af endnu.
De havde noget vældig fint multi-farvet garn, som jeg var nødt til at købe, og så kom der to ensfarvede med i posen der passede til. Det er noget meget lækker, lokal uld. Samme mærke som sidste gang. (Det hedder Shepherd's Wool og er fra Stonehedge Fiber Mill)
Ejeren bemærkede, at min "mand" var meget støttende omkring mit garnkøb. Men så forklarede jeg jo, at grunden til at han var så støttende, jo nok var, at han er min svoger og ikke skal leve med mit garn......

While in Ann Arbor, I visited the 2 yarn shops in town. (Oh well. Also the big craft-stores, Jo-Ann and Michael's. But THAT was not a place to buy yarn! For me.)
My brother-in-law was kind enough to drive me to Ophir Crafts, a shop I visited in October as well. Back then, I also bought yarn. That I didn't knit yet.
There was some very pretty multicolor yarn that I had to buy, and then 2 skeins of uni-colored yarn that fit well. It's very soft and pretty and local wool. Same type as last time. (It's called Shepherd's Wool and it's from Stonehedge Fiber Mill)
The owner made a remark that my "husband" was very supporting about me buying yarn. But then I explained that the reason for his support was probably because he is my brother-in-law and doesn't have to live with my yarn......
Den anden butik, "Busy Hands", besøgte jeg for første gang. Der var lidt af hvert - også en del, der ikke var garn,  men det er en hyggelig butik. Der var en del Malabrigo, som jo altid er lækkert, men jeg endte med et nøgle strømpegarn i en solskinsfarve. Til strømper til mig. (Der er efterhånden en hel del strømper, jeg skal strikke til mig!)

The other shop, "Busy Hands", was one that I didn't visit before. They had plenty of stuff - also non-yarn things, and it's a very nice and cozy shop. There was plenty of Malabrigo, which is always very nice, but I ended up with a skein of sock yarn in a bright yellow. For socks for me. (I actually am about to have quite a few socks to knit for me!)
Min søde svoger kørte mig også forbi Barnes and Nobles. Åh - jeg ELSKER store, amerikanske boghandler!
Ligesom sidst var der uendeligt mange strikkebøger, og jeg kiggede ikke halvdelen.
Men jeg købte de to bedste. Faktisk 2 Noro-bøger, hvilket måske er lidt fjollet, men mønstrene er rigtig fine, og Noro-bøger kan man aldrig helt være sikker på at finde igen.

My very sweet brother-in-law also took me by Barnes and Noble. How I LOVE large, American book-shops!
Like last time, they seemed to have an endless amount of knitting books, and I didn't even look in half of them.
But I did buy the best two books. Actually, they are 2 Noro-books, which may be a bit silly, but the patterns are really nice, and Noro-books are not something you can feel sure to find again.
Heldigvis virker mønstrene jo også til andet farveskiftegarn, men det er alle mønstre, der ser godt ud med mange farver, og der er en del pæne modeller i. Helt sikkert et godt køb!

Fortunately, the patterns work with other color-changing yarn as well, but all patterns look good with many colors, and the projects are really nice. definitely a great thing to buy!
Blade købte jeg også. De sidste to Vogue er faktisk rigtig fine (ind imellem er de voldsomt kedelige) og Piecework er altid sjovt. Knitter's Magazine købte jeg pga. en enkelt opskrift.

I also bought magazines. The last two Vogue-magazines are quite good, actually (sometimes they are terribly boring) and Piecework is always fun to read. The Knitter's Magazine had a great pattern.
Det var nemlig denne her! Jeg synes, kombinationen af snoninger og vævestrik er ganske genial! Måske skulle jeg strikke den på et tidspunkt? Først skal jeg dog lidt igennem nogle strømper, babytøj og en trøje til svigerinden.......

This pattern! I really think the combination of cables and mosaic is a stroke of genius!
Maybe I should knit it some time? First, though, I have to make quite a few socks, baby's clothes and a cardigan for my sister-in-law......

tirsdag den 17. marts 2015

Det grønne lyn / Green lightning





For en gangs skyld havde jeg medbragt en masse garn til USA. Alt det grønne, lækre, Noro Kama garn, som jeg købte i Lyngby.
I butikken havde jeg set en ganske enkel bluse i Noro-garn, kun pyntet med snoninger, og den kunne jeg rigtig godt lide. Der er så mange farver i Noro, at der ikke skal være for meget mønster oveni.
Heldigvis har jeg denne bog med mønstre på alle slags oppe-fra ned sweatre i alle tykkelser garn, så den tog jeg også med.
Derefter brugte jeg hvert ledigt øjeblik på at strikke (det var en skøn ferie!) og fra søndag til lørdag fik jeg så strikket denne sweater, som er helt perfekt og dejlig.

For once, I brought a lot of yarn when going to the US. All the green, yummy Noro Kama yarn that I had bought in Lyngby.
In the yarn shop, I had seen a quite simple sweater in Noro-yarn. The only pattern was some cables, and I really liked that. Noro has so many colors that you don't need a lot of pattern to go with it.
Fortunately, I own this book with patterns of all kinds of top-down sweaters in all types of yarn, so I brought that one as well.
And so I used every spare moment to knit (it was a great vacation!) and from Sunday until Saturday, I knit this sweater, which is totally perfect and lovely.
Min strikkefasthed var lidt ind imellem dem, jeg kunne vælge mellem i bogen, så sweateren blev også lidt sin egen. Men det lykkedes heldigvis meget godt, og efter en god vask er den faktisk perfekt i både længde og bredde.
Der er snoninger i raglan-udtagningerne og ned langs siden, men ud over det er den bare strikket lige ud ad landevejen på pind 6.
Jeg brugte 585 gram garn, så der var ikke meget tilbage af de 12 nøgler, jeg havde købt!
Sweateren er så dejlig, at jeg havde den på hjem i flyet. TÆNK, hvis kufferten blev væk! Oh skræk......

My gauge was a bit in between the once I could choose from in the book, so the sweater is kind of its own. But everything went well, and after a nice wash it's perfect in width and length.
I put cables in between the raglan increases and in the side seams, but apart from that, it's just very plain and knit on needles size 6 mm.
I used 585 grams of yarn, so I didn't have much left of the 12 skeins I bought!
The sweater is so nice, that I actually wore it home in the plane. IMAGINE if my suitcase got lost! Oh the terror.......

mandag den 16. marts 2015

Påskeliljer / Daffodils

Noget af det fineste og smukkeste om foråret er alle påskeliljerne, der kommer op.
Det er så dejligt, at man kan købe dem og have dem til at springe ud indendørs, og at de kan blomstre et stykke tid.
Dagens opskrift er en strikket påskelilje.
Bare fordi.

One of the finest and prettiest things in spring is the blooming of daffodils coming out of the dirt.
I really love how you can buy them and have them blooming inside your living-room for a while.
Today's pattern is a knitted daffodil.
Just because.

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