Tuesday, June 4, 2013


I'm going to take a bit of a break from all things phone, computer and unfortunately - crafting. I put my knitting needles and crochet hooks away a couple of weeks ago since my thumb and index finger on my right hand are aching. From what, I have no idea, but it's not getting better. Could this seriously be from knitting/crocheting? Seems ridiculous to me, but it's the only thing I can come up with that could be causing this. 

Such a bummer, I had just gotten started on my boys new granny square blanket that I wanted to have finished by the end of the month, for his birthday. Hopefully a week or two of "rest" will do the trick. I'll be back in this space eventually. Until then, have a lovely summer!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Etsy love and a new list

I love the idea of supporting small businesses instead of mass-produced crap, that's why I love Etsy.  In the spirit of helping those small businesses I thought I'd share my latest purchases. I don't buy much, but these lovely things somehow made their way to my home within a few days of each other. Excuse the bad photo's, we don't have the best light today.

My birthday present to myself - a fern fiddlehead coffee mug, by Bunny Safari Pottery. I love the look and texture of fiddleheads, so I fell in love with this mug when I first laid eyes on it many months ago. Now it's finally here, and yes, my coffee does taste better in it!

These were meant to be new spring/Easter ornaments, but I ordered them a bit too late. Linen and Roses makes lovely handmade ornaments from felt.

Last but not least, I purchased a new smock for Esther from Pinkdixie. I adore these smocks, and I think they are perfect for summer. Better yet, they're on sale and since the owner won't be making any more of these lovely smocks you'd better get yours now if you are interested!

Now, my birthday was way back in February (I can't believe it's almost JUNE!), but I have been meaning to make a new birthday list. A "34 before 34"-list. I'll be stealing more than a few things from my last list since I've been terribly bad at crossing things off, but thankfully the doing isn't so much the point for me. It's the dreaming and wanting and reminding that I need!

Here are the things I can cross off:

1. Find a reason to crack open the expensive bottle of champagne we have had at home for way too long.
2. Step out of my comfort zone when it comes to clothes & accessories
4. Enjoy a quiet morning alone with my cuppa and other morning indulgences
5. Go crab-hunting with my boy
6. Go completely organic on the beauty products front.
7. Grow potatoes on my balcony
8. Find my abs again (where did you goooo?)
30. Lie on a blanket in the sun with my bare feet on the grass
14. Do my best to make sure my crazies (that is, the kids) know their worth and feel good about themselves.
18. Move out of the shoebox
21. Go through our storage room and get rid of things we don't need anymore
24. Get a full-length mirror
29. Have a picnic in a meadow
31. Give an unexpected gift
32. Go for more walks in the woods alone. Pure meditation.
33. Make a campfire with my kids

The most fulfilling was definitely moving out of the shoebox, even though we are temporarily in a smaller shoebox. That was my reason to open up that expensive bottle of champagne and led to me finally doing something about our over-flowing storage room. Nr 14 is permanent and the most important. That one stays on in the list indefinitely!

Here's my new list, things I really want to do whether it is this year or the next. I started writing this post a while ago, so I've already started crossing things off.

:: Take my family to Iceland
:: Have a pedicure
:: Make sourdough bread from scratch (I did try, but the starter died on me!)
:: Get that tattoo I've always wanted. (Still undecided on this one, a tattoo at the age of 33 just feels sort of like a midlife crisis, doesn't it?)
:: Improve my photography skills
:: Participate in a run, 5 km minimum I did this one two days ago, a 5 km run with friends!
:: Send someone a hand-written letter
:: Take the kids to the butterfly house in Stockholm  Done! We had the best time.
:: Plan a garden
:: Take the kids on more outings
:: Knit something for my husband
:: Have people over to our place more often, especially family
:: Make the time to slow down and just be, even if it's just five minutes a day
:: Sew a dress for Esther
:: Buy a new piece of art (be it a painting, pottery etc)

I'm sure I'll come up with more things, but for now these are the things that are foremost in my thoughts.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The gauge-gods were with me! (but I'm sure I won't get away with it again)

I'm finished! I am so happy with this cardigan, it fits just perfect. I've been having the hardest time taking pictures of my girl in it, I actually had a hard time coaxing her to wear it at all. I always despair just a bit - on the inside -  when my kids initially reject something I've spent so much time on. They usually come around in their own time, I just have to be patient and not force anything on them.

I was so afraid this cardigan was too small (I didn't check gauge as usual), but after a good ole blocking it fit perfectly. It was a very easy project, I will definitely be making more of these! The pattern can be found here.

I'm still on a high from this perfect weekend we had. It was exhausting and wonderful, we only came indoors to eat and sleep. The rest was walks and playing and biking, we biked miles and miles. I went on a solo adventure with my girl, searching for signs of spring, and this is what I found:

Hepatica nobilis, a splash of purple amongst all the brown. A sure sign of spring and a sight for sore eyes!

There is still ice on the lake nearby which we visit many times a week, but the ground is finally free of ice and snow.

Each spring I feel like I am waking up  from a long sleep, all senses coming to life again. I can't wait for what lies ahead.

Joining this weeks Yarn Along.


Friday, April 12, 2013

For Anna

Yet another loved teacher is leaving the daycare, it came as quite a surprise to me. So I was ill prepared and needed a very quick project since we wanted to give her a little something to say "thank you" for being such a darling with the kids.

It's still quite cold here, so I figured wrist warmers would be perfect. I used alpaca yarn from my stash and kept it simple - off-white with a dash of light yellow in the second row of shells (can you see it?). This project was done in just a few hours, but I have to admit I had a hard time with the chart. I ended up winging it and doing it my way. Don't know if I was right or wrong, but the end result was pretty! Project notes here.

Pictures were taken in our early morning rush, and Esther was so attached to my hands that I had a hard time getting pictures at all! My hands are her lovies you see, always have been. She like to rub my fingers on her nose and play with my fingers, she's done this since she was a baby. I've tried to slip a small stuffed animal into her hands and tried with blankets and other soft things. She's had her favorites, one of them a small bear her cousin made for her, but they've always just been "a little something on the side". She wants my hands, always. A bit trying at times and I sometimes wish I had a third arm so everyone is happy, but I know I will miss her little hands playing with mine when she doesn't want them anymore.

This last pic is taken by my son, who decided to try and help. Sweethearts the both of them.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lake therapy

I borrowed the sweetest book from the library for my kids, a collection of poetry about the four seasons. A particular poem got stuck in my head and as we stood by the lake yesterday I kept on reciting quietly "Winter is dead, winter is dead". The ice on the lake is melting and I saw my first butterfly this weekend, a Small Tortoiseshell . Yes, winter is indeed dead, hurray for spring! 

Daffodowndilly (A.A Milne)

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, 
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down. 
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head, 
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead".

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A quiet Monday post

Easter was a complete disaster. The kids colds just got worse and Sebastian and I got a stomach bug. We spent most of our vacation at home praying to the porcelain god, blowing our noses and climbing the walls here at home with the frustration of being locked in, sick and miserable. I think the only good thing about easter was my new ornament, "Skatan Frida", an easter witch made from wood, felt, Icelandic sheeps wool and feathers (The artists name is Åsa Götander,  love her stuff!) I'd just as soon erase the past two weeks from my memory. 

I did manage to finish the teachers shawl before Easter, and I was very happy with the end result. Ta-daaah!

This was such a fun knit. I have never done lace - let alone a shawl - before, and it was exciting to see the pattern emerge row for row. I have to admit that I was a bit worried at first, I kept screwing up the first lace bit and was not looking forward to the frustration of having to backtrack my work with 200-something stitches on my needles. But I got into the rhythm of it and all went smoothly, despite this being a very hurried project. Ravelry notes found here.

I've spent this blissfully quiet morning updating my ravelry account. I've been bad at keeping track of the projects I've been working on this past year, and it was high time I remedied that. I thought I'd share one that I am especially happy with, Esthers blanket: 

I actually started this crocheted blanket on a trip to Iceland when she was 6 months old, using blue yarn only.  Blue is just the best color for my girl, what with her golden brown hair and fair skin, but after crocheting up a bunch of squares I found it to be too dreary. The blues were just too dark for a baby blanket. For some reason this project got put on the shelf and when I picked it up more than a year later (*ahem*) I decided to add some pink and plum colors to the mix. My crocheting had been so very tight (stressed and tired? yes!) that I had to start all over again - the squares I had made in Iceland were much too small compared to the new ones I was making. 

Esther finally got her blanket on her second birthday. It fits perfectly on the end of her bed, and is just big enough for her to snuggle in when she takes a nap. Ravelry notes here.

After seeing Esthers blanket, Sebastian of course requested one of his own.  There are so many beautiful blankets on ravelry that it was hard to decide which pattern I'd make for him - I have about a gazillion blankets in my favorites.  After much perusing I fell for Alicia Paulsons Sunshine day baby afghan. The base colors will be brown/beige and I'm leaning towards the squares being mainly in blue hues with a splash of yellow, grey and green. 

I can't wait to get started with this blanket, but first things first - I have a cardigan to finish!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Oh the cleverness of me!

Can't say I've done anything clever these past few days, just had a total overload of Peter Pan and that line is permanently stuck in my head.

The littles have come down with the most horrid cold. High fevers, constant night coughing. All of this nasty coughing and fever business leaves little time for knitting, but I pick up the needles every chance I get.

The weekend was spent in pyjamas, cooking up lovely things that I like since the kids only had an appetite for bread and pancakes. So to calm my own hunger I made:

Baba Ganouj. Eggplants are such an unappreciated vegetable, don't you think? Looks unappetizing, but it's so, so good.

Basil pesto, with lots of olive oil.

Plum marmelade, at the request of my boy. A guilty pleasure, since plums are terribly out of season, but how can I resist when I'm asked to make mamma-marmalade?

The non-cooking cooking continues, wonder what I can be bothered to make next?  Day 5 of sick kids and I am absolutely DESPERATE  for spring to make an arrival and put an end to all of these illnesses!!!