mandag den 21. august 2017
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
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
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.
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!
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!)
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
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.
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
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.....
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.
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!
onsdag den 16. august 2017
tirsdag den 15. august 2017
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.....)
This ram's head was too cute, don't you think?
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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 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!
onsdag den 9. august 2017
tirsdag den 8. august 2017
Hver eneste gang kommer jeg til at købe noget, og selv om det er lykkedes mig at sy af noget af det de sidste gange, kan jeg stadig bedre lide at strikke!
Denne gang skulle det dog gerne kunne blive til et par små lyn-kjoler til Frk. T1 og T2. Med elastik i toppen, så der kun skal syes en enkelt søm og et par stropper, skulle det gerne være hurtigt. Den ene elsker Dr. McStuffins, den anden kan vel leve med Gurli Gris.
I love going to Jo-Ann when visiting my sister, and every single time, it's SO difficult for me because of all the fun fabric they have.....
Every single time, I buy something, and although I succeeded in sewing up some of what I bought the past times, I still like knitting better!
This time, though, I should be able to make some very easy dresses for Miss T1 and T2. With the elastic band at the top, there is only one seam to do and a couple of straps to sew on, it should be fast. One of them loves Dr. McStuffins, the other one can cope with Peppa Pig, I hope.
They had more Dr. McStuffins fabric! I do think it would make a nice night gown. Furthermore, there was pretty fabric with notes and the most awesome fabric showing "Beauty and the Beast", which I imagine could become bedlinene for a baby!
mandag den 7. august 2017
Man bager ikke snobrød herovre, men til gengæld laver man s'mores: 2 kiks med en ristet skumfidus og et stykke chokolade imellem. Der er kun én ting at sige. Prøv det! Dagens version er hæklet. (Og jeg elsker stadig snobrød, men det er sandelig ikke ofte man har mulighed for det...)
Camping and camp fires belong together. American camping sites have space for camp fires on all their tent-sites, which is genius! It's SO nice sitting around the tent in the evening, and it's great to cook on a fire.
You don't make the "snobrød" over here, but what they DO make are s'mores. Biscuits with roasted marshmallows and chocolate in between. Today's version is crochet. (And I still love the snobrød, but it's not very often I have the possibility to do it.....)
søndag den 6. august 2017
Det var så heldigt, at min søster kom hjem med en ny stak bøger, og denne her så virkelig, virkelig god ud. Hvis jeg vil læse den, må jeg jo blive færdig inden jeg skal hjem, så det er jo meget effektivt i forhold til mit mål....
Det er virkelig interessant at læse om fængslingen af top-nazisterne inden Nürnberg retssagen, og den psykiater der fik lov at undersøge dem, var heller ikke helt almindelig. Glæder mig til at læse den færdig!
One of my goals for this vacation was to read a real book. An ENTIRE book, that is!
It was so fortunate that my sister came home with a pile of new books, and this one looked really, really good. If I want to read it, I'll have to finish it before I go back home, which is kind of efficient considering my goal....
It's very interesting reading about the incarceration of the top-nazis prior to the Nuremberg trials, and the psychiatrist who got to examine them, wasn't the usual kind. I'm looking forward to finishing it!
I've also been to a thrift shop here in Ann Arbor. And I found old knitting magazines. Quite funny, actually, although the most fun were those from the 70's with knit crochet pants, and with identical, sewn pajamas for the entire family. The problem was the size of the magazines. I didn't want to take them home and ended up with magazines from the 80's onward. Those are also funny.
lørdag den 5. august 2017
Størrelsen er meget bedre end jeg havde frygtet. Faktisk tror jeg, den kan passe en 0-3 måneders baby som opskriften var til!
Mønsteret er fra et Dale hæfte, garnet er wollmeise. Den er strikket på pind 2,5 og selv en lille babykjole føles lang på pind 2,5.
The little dress is done. It's soooo pretty, now that it's washed and in the right shape!
The size turned out much better than I feared. I actually do think it will fit a 0-3 months old baby, just like the pattern said!
The pattern is from a Dale pattern book, the yarn is wollmeise. It's made on 2.5 mm needles, and even a little baby's dress feels like forever on 2.5 mm needles.
Det er så fedt at have strikket noget så nuttet og desuden noget andet end strømper og Bella trøjer! Det føles faktisk så godt, at jeg har været inde og finde nogle mønstre på "Knitting for Olive". Bare fordi.....
Men det betyder så ikke, at jeg ikke er næsten halvvejs i par nummer 17 strømper i år......
The dress is for my niece's little girl, expected in December. I used almost an entire skein of yarn in the color "Sanguinella". It weighs 135 grams.
It's so great having knit something this cute, and also something apart from socks and Bella cardigans! It actually feels so great, that I've found and bought a few patterns from "Knitting for Olive". Just because....
But it doesn't mean that I'm not almost halfway in the 17th pair of socks this year.....
fredag den 4. august 2017
Vi starter med "Nick's House of Pancakes". Selv om portionerne er så store, at man altid ender med kvalme. Så må vi se. Han vil mægtig gerne i biografen, men resten af familien vil også gerne se "Grusomme mig 3", så det bliver vist ikke lige i dag. Måske kan han overtales til at bruge en times tid i Barnes & Noble? Måske bliver det "Zap Zone" som han plagede vældigt om i går.
I aften er det bare mig og børn. Har tænkt mig at tvinge dem til at se "Johnny English", og så må jeg hellere komme lidt videre i de strømper jeg strikker til hans storebror.
Today, I'll spend the morning with this guy. Just him. Everybody else is doing other stuff, and I feel quite sure we'll have a nice time!
We'll start by visiting "Nick's House of Pancakes". Although the servings are always so big you'll end up feeling nauseous. Then we'll see afterwards. He would love to go to the movies, but the rest of the family also wants to see "Despicable Me 3", so I guess that won't be today. Maybe he can be convinced to spend an hour in Barnes & Noble? Maybe it will be "Zap Zone" like he talked about yesterday.
Tonight, it's just me and the kids. I'm going to force them to watch "Johnny English", and then I'll have to work on the socks I'm making for his big brother.
torsdag den 3. august 2017
I tirsdags var vi nede ved floden og sejle i "tubes" ned af de små vandfald. Det var en meget, meget langsom fornøjelse, fordi jeg hele tiden sad "fast" udenfor strømmen. Men virkelig hyggeligt og sjovt! Jeg reddede mig også nogle seriøse blå mærker af at padle, men sådan går det.
Time passes with relaxation here. We do a little every day, and I admire my youngest nephew when he swims, when he plays computer-games and when he is sorting his Pokémon cards. (Right now, he is sleeping on a mattress beside my bed.) He is so old by now, that I'm not allowed to upload his photos on the internet without permission. Wow!
This Tuesday, we went to the Huron River, "tubing" down the little waterfalls. It was a very, very slow thing, since I got "stuck" all the time, outside the current. But a lot of fun! I also got some serious blue spots from paddling, but that's how it goes.
Underholdningen var den evigt sultne hund, der prøvede at stjæle brød fra ham på 11, hvilket desværre ikke lykkedes.
Jeg strikkede også lidt. Det går virkelig fremad med kjolen, som bliver rigtig fin, selv om det har taget meeeeeget lang tid at strikke de 25 cm til skørtet. Mindst dobbelt så lang tid som jeg troede! Heldigvis ser den ud til at blive god i størrelsen, og ikke så stor som jeg var bange for.
Der er også kommet gang i et par strømper, og så er babytæppet blevet en lille bitte smule større.
Yesterday, we went to the river again, and had lunch looking at this view. So beautiful!
Our entertainment was the ever hungry dog trying to steal the bread from the 11 year old, but unfortunately without success.
I also knitted a little bit. The dress is really showing progress, and is turning out really pretty, although it lasted forEVER knitting the skirt. At least twice the amount of time expected!
Fortunately, the size looks very good, and it doesn't look as big as I was afraid.
I started some socks, and the baby blanket grew a little.
And then I met a groundhog! This little guy wasn't the least scared (very unusual), but sat around nicely for a few photos. Isn't he just cute?
onsdag den 2. august 2017
tirsdag den 1. august 2017
Garnet er Zauberball i en eller anden håndfarvet udgave, og vi syntes begge, at de faktisk har en meget flot effekt. Selv om det bare er ribstrømper.
My niece turned 15 just 2 days before I arrived. When her socks were finished next morning, she put them on immediately. In spite of the summer heat!
The yarn is Zauberball in some hand-dyed edition, and we both like the effect of this skein. Although it's only ribbed socks.
Hun holdt ud med strømper og sko i 4-5 timer, inden tæerne måtte have luft, men til gengæld sov hun så med dem om natten. Som hun plejer med nye fødselsdagsstrømper!
This time, I cast on 72 stitches, making them a bit wider. They are made on 2.5 mm needles and weighs a total of 80 grams.
She staid in the socks with shoes for 4-5 hours, before her feet needed air, but then she slept wearing the socks at night. As is her tradition with new birthday socks!
Det bedste? Jeg har stadig 2 uger tilbage herovre.
I got to see her gift from her parents. A flying lesson! Since it's the US, it didn't cost a fortune, and the girl was overjoyed! She wants to be a pilot, and this didn't do anything to take away her dream, getting this ride....
The best thing? I still got 2 weeks left over here!