tirsdag den 31. maj 2016
Nu er min telefon så efterhånden ved at være så slidt, at det i går var svært at høre hvad folk sagde i den anden ende. Kan ikke lade være med at glæde mig til at skulle have en ny.......
A bit more than 4 years ago, I had a new phone and this photo was the first I took. Frederiksborg Castle in the sunset. SO pretty!
Now my phone is sort of used, and yesterday I had trouble hearing people speaking at the other end of the line. I have to admit I'm looking forward to having to buy a new one......
mandag den 30. maj 2016
Ihvertfald. Der er kommet små ællinger. Jeg så nogle i går, og hold op, hvor var de søde!
For nu at fejre foråret og de søde små, er dagens mønster på din helt egen (grimme) ælling.
Hvem mangler ikke sådan en?
It's spring - at least according to the calender. Right now, it feels like summer!
Anyway. There are little ducklings again. I saw some yesterday, and they were so incredibly cute!
In order to celebrate spring and the cute small ones, today's pattern is for your very own (ugly) duckling.
Who wouldn't need one of those?
søndag den 29. maj 2016
Here at my place, I've had the luck to enjoy this pretty view of 2 big cypresses. Together with a very blue sky they almost made me believe I was in Italy.
But. They are building a playground beneath them, and discovered they were filled with fungus. So when I got home very late on Tuesday night, the proud cypresses lay there as a pile of tree. Maybe you can see it?
Now it looks like this. Less Italian, but I do think that those people living behind the trees are enjoying the extra light now?
lørdag den 28. maj 2016
Jeg havde mit "Gadekryds" med, og jeg nåede da også en 4-5 firkanter på vej over Atlanten, mens jeg så "Zoolander 2" og "Daddy's Home".
Den bliver ret fin, men hold nu op, hvor retstrik og vævestrik på pind 3 er kedeligt. Uanset hvor fint det bliver! Jeg ved ikke, hvordan I andre har det med pind 3 til voksenstørrelser? Men nu må den altså blive færdig, den kære bluse. Også selv om det ikke ligefrem er uldtrøjevejr.
When flying, you just sit there. In your seat. For hours. It's wonderful! Time for watching movies and knitting!
I brought my "Gadekryds" (Crossroad), and I did get to do 4-5 squares on my way across the Atlantic while watching "Zoolander 2" and "Daddy's Home".
It turns out really nice, but really. Garterstitch and mosaic knitting using size 3 mm needles is pretty boring. No matter how nicely it turns out! I don't know how you guys feel about 3 mm needles for adult sizes? But I really want to finish this dear sweater. Even though it's not exactly wool-weather.
fredag den 27. maj 2016
Åh ja. Et par strømper! Denne gang i wollmeise i den fine røde farve hvis navn er i overskriften. De er til min nevøs kone der har fødselsdag i weekenden. Det er 14. par strømper i år, de vejer 100 gram og jeg er allerede gået i gang med næste par. Til min svoger.
In case you wonder what I actually knit while in the US, it didn't end up as much. Actually. I knit on my "Gadekryds" sweater on the plan going there, but ran out of yarn and started the other knitting project I brought.
Oh yes. A pair of socks! This time from wollmeise in the pretty red color with the name in the headline. They are for my nephews wife whose birthday is this weekend. It's the 14th pair of socks this year, they weigh 100 grams, and I already started the next ones. For my brother-in-law.
torsdag den 26. maj 2016
Først "Brown Cow" yoghurt. Noget af det bedste. Spist med en dansk juleske mens en vis hund sad og stirrede på mig med sit allermest sultne og charmerende blik! (Ikke, at jeg faldt for det, altså.)
In the US, I ran into a few "classics" in one way or another.
First "Brown Cow" yoghurt. One of the very best. Eaten with a Danish Christmas spoon, while a certain dog was sitting next too me, looking very hungry and charming! (I didn't fall for that.)
The next thing may be a brand new classic. A bodystocking for overweight babies. Say no more!
De var så fine! Og de koster næsten ingenting. Så snart han var trukket ind i butikken af sine 2 (!) søstre, kapitulerede han ret hurtigt...
Finally, one of the big ones. My brother went to the US for the first time and had absolutely no chance of escaping looking for dresses for his granddaughter.
They were so pretty! And they cost next to nothing. As soon as we 2 (!) sisters had dragged him into the store, he surrendered quite quickly......
onsdag den 25. maj 2016
tirsdag den 24. maj 2016
Men det ER altså så hyggeligt at komme i en garnbutik også! Især, når Ann Arbor nu har fået den der nye, fantastiske (eneste) garnbutik, Spun.
Jamen - ser det ikke dejligt ud? Garn overalt!
When staying with my sister's, the most important thing is to spend time with the family. Even if it means having to watch the Jungle Book 2 days in a row with 2 different kids.....
But it IS så nice to get to visit a yarn-shop too! Especially since Ann Arbor now has this new, amazing (only) yarn-shop, Spun.
Doesn't it look just great? Yarn everywhere!
Der var virkelig meget uld, men da det nu snart er sommer, ville jeg finde noget bomuld. Det lykkedes da også.
They hold a lot of local yarn, too. This wasn't exactly local, since it's Manos del Uruguay, but the colors really rock!
There was so much wool, but since summer is coming, I wanted to find cotton, and I did succeed in the end.
Der røg også lidt strømpegarn med. Bi-farvet garn, så niecen kan få humlebi-strømper til sin fødselsdag, og lidt "fuzzy sock yarn" som jeg nu har strikket 2 par strømper af, og som både er flot, er farvet lokalt og er helt utroligt blødt.
It ended up with the pretty, green, hand-dyed yarn lying below. I took all the 6 skeins they had (HORROR if I ran out of this yarn!) and am looking forward to finding a pattern!
I also bought a little sock yarn. Bee-dyed yarn, to make bumble-bee socks for my nieces birthday and a skein of "fuzzy sock yarn" which I used twice before, and which is pretty, dyed locally and just incredibly soft.
At Barnes & Nobles, I looked through the knitting books while my nephew built lego upstairs. This one came home with me. Not just because of the models, but also because of the colors and because it's just a pretty book.
Before I left for the US, I ordered a few books at Schoolhouse Press. This is a book I have been looking at for a long time! It's very interesting, and I can't wait to test the techniques.
Man skal så lige vælge mønstre med omhu. Hagekorset er jo et gammelt soltegn, og som sådan er det med i bogen. Jeg tror dog, at nybagte forældre ville være minimalt begejstrede for at få et babytæppe med det i......
This one is an all time classic! You can make all kinds of pretty patterns, and I feel quite sure it could lead to a lot of fun!
You just have to pick the patterns carefully. The swastika is an old sun-sign, and like that it's included in the book. I do think that new parents would be ever so NON-happy receiving a baby blanket with that in it.......
Kellogg's stof var for sjovt, og det med super Mario kunne jeg heller ikke lade ligge. Suk. Jeg har en håbløs smag i stof! Selv damen i butikken spurgte, hvad jeg skulle bruge det til..... Det er vist meget heldigt jeg ikke bor i nærheden af Jo-Ann's.
Then there was the fabric! This time, they had the pretty Zelda-fabric! I don't play a lot of Nintendo anymore, except when I have visitors, but Legend of Zelda are just the most amazing games.
Kellogg's fabric was just so funny, and the super Mario fabric had to come as well. Sigh. I have a hopeless taste in fabric! Even the lady selling the fabric asked me what I was going to make from it.... I guess it's good I don't live next to Jo-Ann's.
mandag den 23. maj 2016
Jeg er ikke helt sikker på, om det hjælper de rigtige bier at strikke denne her, men man kan da prøve?
Mønsteret er her.
Bees are pretty, make wonderful honey and only sting if their life is in danger (which makes them much nicer than wasps who stings just because you irritate them!).
I'm not quite sure if knitting this bee will help the real bees, but you could try?
The pattern is here.
søndag den 22. maj 2016
Men hvad. Man støttede skolen og deres arbejde for at inkludere de allerfattigste børn, så det vejede også godt på vægtskålen i forhold til den store pakke!
Vi startede med pizza, popcorn og sodavand.
Friday night, there was an "Icecream social" on my youngest nephews school. How excited he was!
I was invited already 2 weeks ago, and he used his biggest charm to convince me to buy the biggest package of tickets. This include raffle tickets and tickets for use during the evening to buy and to try stuff.
The evening supported the school and their work to include the poorest kids, which helped me decide whether to buy the biggest package!
We started out with pizza, popcorn and soda.
Det var en rigtig hyggelig aften, og derefter gik resten af dagen og lørdagen med på at blive klar til at flyve hjem. Glæder mig allerede til næste gang vi ses!
After that, the rest of the evening had all kids running around happily in order to try out as much stuff as possible, while we adults just sat there, enjoying the sight of them (and wondering why there wasn't just a small possibility of buying a small beer!) and talking.
It was a really lovely evening, and after that, the rest of Friday and Saturday was spent getting ready to fly home. I'm already looking forward to next time I'll see them!
lørdag den 21. maj 2016
Min mindste nevø har helt styr på det, omend ikke på termer og teknikker. Men jo. Jeg har strikket en streg hver dag!
Den grønne farve er heldigvis lagt væk. Herligt!
My blanket came with me to Michigan, and I've been crocheting faithfully. According to the highest temperature in Copenhagen that day.
My youngest nephew knows about this, although not quite a lot about terms and techniques. But yes. I did knit a line everyday!
The green color is out of the picture now. Fortunately!
fredag den 20. maj 2016
Mit nye symønster gik helt ned i børnestørrelser, så jeg tegnede af og klippede om morgenen. Stoffet var ikke bredt nok til mønsteret, så der kom en stribe andet stof ind på siden af benet.
The fabric with pictures from "Legend of Zelda" was so wonderful and soft and warm. Unfortunately, there was just a bit more than a yard left, which was enough for pants for my youngest nephew. If I was going to make them before going home tomorrow, I'd better get started!
My new sewing pattern was for kids as well as adults, so I drew it and cut the fabric in the morning. It wasn't wide enough for the pattern, which is why there is a stripe of a different fabric too.
When we arrived home in the afternoon, I started sewing on my sister and brother-in-laws old sewing machine, bought at a thrift shop. It works quite well, and it didn't take too many hours before the pants were done.
De er bløde og hyggelige, og jeg tænker, at han vil være rigtig glad for dem. Selv om de altså desværre ikke har lommer.......
Gad godt have sådan et par flonelsbukser selv!
They fit him okay, although I'll be glad if he doesn't grow too much for the next 6 months or so!
They are soft and cozy, and I guess he is going to love them. Even though they actually don't have pockets, unfortunately......
I really would love a pair of these in flannel myself!
torsdag den 19. maj 2016
Det er jo svært at få sådan nogle dage, når vi bor så langt fra hinanden, så den blev godt udnyttet. Lige fra morgenstunden!
Vi tog på "House of pancakes" til morgenmad.
Tuesday was a "moster-day" for my youngest nephew, and it was eagerly awaited. For both of us!
It is hard having those days now that we live so far apart, so we really spent it well.
Right from the morning!
We went to "House of pancakes" for breakfast.
Derefter tog vi i diverse butikker. Supermarked, boghandel og håndarbejdskæmpebutik (JoAnn) hvor jeg som sædvanlig fuldstændig mistede selvkontrollen i stof-afdelingen. Så nu er jeg den lykkelige ejer af Kellog's, Zelda og super Mario stof! Det ene stykke stof er flonel, men det var en rest og desværre kun nok til et par hyggebukser til min nevø. Der var han lige heldig!
What amazing pancakes we had! He got a Mickey Mouse pancake and ate a third of it, while I got "Apple & cinnamon" and gave up after half of the plate. It was SO delicious, but the portions were really gigantic!
After that, we went to different shops. The supermarket, a book store and the giant craft shop (JoAnn) where I - as usually - lost all self control in the fabric-corner. So now I'm the happy owner of Kellog's, Zelda and super Mario fabric! One piece is flannel and was a left-over bit which is only big enough for a pair of soft pants for my nephew. What luck he had!
Men han hyggede sig!
Han tiggede rimeligt meget om at blive hjemme i går også fordi han havde kastet op. Men ak! For meget junk tæller vist ikke som rigtig sygdom.....
Istedet fik hans søster en lille tur, da hun vågnede med ondt i halsen og lidt feber. Heldigvis ikke mere feber end at hun kunne klare en tur i biffen! Det er en dejlig ferie.
We also went to the movies to watch the Jungle Book, which was really great. Later, we watched his sister run, and even later, he ended up vomiting after eating too much junkfood during the day.
But he had a nice time!
Yesterday, he really begged for another day at home since he had been vomiting. But alas! Too much junk doesn't count as sickness.....
Instead, his sister got a small trip, since she woke up with neck-pain and a bit of fever. Fortunately, the fever was so low that she could make it to the movie theater as well. It's a nice vacation.
onsdag den 18. maj 2016
tirsdag den 17. maj 2016
Hun fik også et par ægte Fjällräven bukser (ikke fra mig) som hun var virkelig glad for. Så alt var godt!
I arrived in Michigan. Fortunately in time for the confirmation. Tomorrow, you'll get to see more photos, but today I can just reveal that my niece got REALLY happy for her blanket and also for the fact that it wasn't a pair of home-made pants..... She got it under my speech for her, and kept it in close contact a lot of the day.
She also got a pair of real Fjällräven pants (not from me) that she really liked. So all in all, everything was good!
Today I will be spending with this guy. Just the two of us! We're going to have a nice time! So far, we planned pancakes for breakfast and a trip to the bookstore and Jo-Anns. I'm excited!
mandag den 16. maj 2016
Men det kunne nu være rart, hvis de også kom i haven.
I går til konfirmation var det snevejr her i Ann Arbor. Sne! Så får man mere lyst til en kop te, og så er det jo godt, at man kan komme jordbær udenom tepotten.....
The supermarkets already sells strawberries. Juicy, sweet, red strawberries!
But it sure could be nice if they were also to be found in the garden.
Yesterday in Ann Arbor, we had snow. Snow! This really makes you feel like a cup of tea more than anything, and then it's great that you can wrap the teapot in a strawberry.......
søndag den 15. maj 2016
Jeg håber, hun får en rigtig dejlig dag og glæder mig til at være med til at fejre hende.
Today, this girl is celebrating her confirmation! Congratulations, sweet niece!
I hope she will get a wonderful day and I'm looking forward to be there.
lørdag den 14. maj 2016
Mønsteret hedder "Eugene" og er fra denne bog, som jeg købte sidste år i Belgien.
Det er ikke et svært mønster, men det der rib på skrå på forden krævede alligevel lidt koncentration!
Garnet købte jeg i USA for næsten 5 år siden, så det er vellagret! Det er uld og silke og rigtig dejligt.
Ialt har jeg brugt 90 gram på pind 2,5, og det er par nummer 13 i år!
The course and the socks finished about the same time. The socks are really good - warm and soft - but I really hope it will take a while before I need them!
The pattern is called "Eugene" and is from this book that I bought last year in Belgium.
The pattern is not difficult, but the pattern on the foot did take some concentration!
I bought the yarn in the US almost 5 years ago, so it is well seasoned! It's wool and silk and really lovely.
In total, I used 90 grams on needles size 2.5 mm, and it's the 13th pair of socks this year!
Glæder mig sådan til at se Frikkerne igen, men har godt nok også nydt en aften hjemme i sofaen.....
Apart from the socks, I've been trying to get ready to leave. I packed candy and Donald Duck magazines, and the liver pate is waiting in the freezer, ready to go. The suitcase is weighed and re-packed, and I guess I'm good to go now!
I can't wait to see the Frikke circus again, but I also really enjoyed an evening on the couch.....
fredag den 13. maj 2016
Hvis der er noget usædvanligt ved dem er det vel, at de er til mig. I det garn, jeg gik tur med for nogle dage siden. De bliver skønne!
These days, I'm attending a course. Right before I'm leaving for the US. Didn't have much time to prepare, and since I wanted to bring a knitting project, it ended up with - surprise - socks!
If there is anything unusual about these socks, it would be that they are for me. In the yarn I took for a walk recently. They are so soft and nice!
Vi får helt utroligt meget mad hele tiden, så det er vist meget godt, at jeg skal hjem i dag!
The course is about home-ventilator-treatment. Very useful, actually! Also much fun when you get to try it yourself! This is a nose-mask which was incredibly comfortable. If I ever should happen to need one of these.....
I get a lot of food all the time, so I guess it's good I'll be going home today!
torsdag den 12. maj 2016
Hun blev faktisk glad for dem! De var sådan lidt til den store side, så det var jo perfekt.
Mønsteret er det sædvanlige ribstrik, jeg har slået 48 masker op på pind 2,5 og der er brugt 50 gram garn. Tolvte par i år.
The socks for the second birthday got done on the way home from work. (I love how I don't finish at the last moment anymore!)
She actually loved them! They were a bit big, which was perfect.
The pattern is the usual rib. I cast on 48 stitches using size 2.5 mm needles and used a total of 50 grams of yarn. Twelfth pair of socks this year.
onsdag den 11. maj 2016
tirsdag den 10. maj 2016
På søndag skal min skønne, seje niece konfirmeres. I USA. Jeg er ved at finde billeder og få lagt sidste hånd på hendes (ultra)pinlige tale. Det tager utroligt lang tid at kigge billeder!
Jeg glæder mig til konfirmationen, nyder at se billeder og strikker lidt ind imellem. F.eks. de der strømper, som jeg skal give væk senere i dag.......
These weeks are busy, filled with work, visitors and confirmations. I'm sorry if the blog seems kind of dry!
Next Sunday, my wonderful, cool niece celebrates her confirmation. In the US. I'm finding photos of her and finishing her (very)embarrassing speech. Looking at old photos takes so long!
I'm looking forward to her confirmation, enjoying the photos and knit every once in a while. For instance the socks I'm going to give away later today.....
mandag den 9. maj 2016
En lille, hæklet ræv til hårnålen, og pludselig kan du få en ræv bag øret.....
Mønsteret er dette.
Today's pattern is quick and easy. But very pretty!
A small, crochet fox for your hairpin, and suddenly you'll get a fox behind the ear, as we say in Scandinavia when you have something up your sleeve.....
The pattern is right here.
søndag den 8. maj 2016
I helt utrolig grad, faktisk.
Der gik ikke mange dage, før jeg skiftede fra gul til orange, og i går kom vi helt op på 21 grader som er rosa! Det er jo helt vildt!
Jeg tør ikke hækle dagens stribe før sidst på dagen - bare for ikke at skulle trevle op. Men mon ikke den bliver rosa igen i dag? Man kan jo altid håbe.....
Nyd solen derude!
After a very long and far too cold April, May certainly came through on the blanket!
In the most convincing way, actually.
Not many days passed before I changed from yellow to orange, and yesterday, we reached 21 degrees celsius, which is rose! It's crazy!
I'm not crocheting the row of the day until later - just so I don't have to go back. But I guess it will be rose again today? One can always hope.....
Enjoy the sun out there!