So the holidays are over. However this Christmas was wonderful and lovely with the perfect Christmas spirit, even if I didn’t spend it with my daughter at my parents house as usual. I guess that at some point, changes will occasionally happen, with or without your acceptance. These changes are not bad, just changes. They often help you see things differently, help you appreciate those around you, those who love you, even more. If that was even possible, you didn’t think it was but then it hits you and your heart grows one number bigger even. Changes like those often mark a milestone in ones life. In my case at least. Those moments you’ll always remember. Bitter sweet even, being so happy and yet longing, there is actually a word in Icelandic that the English is missing, that word is ‘söknuður’ a word that means missing somebody, longing for them and grieving that they are not there all in one little word, and yet I cannot describe it so I’ll stop here.But I wish you all a happy new year and I hope that your holidays were as good as mine 🙂
just the thing you need now that it is getting colder, a warm and cozy hat! 🙂
It’s that time of year when two things are happening: new and beginning knitters are looking for ways to learn, and knitters of all skill levels are looking for great hat patterns for gift an…
It started to snow in the north today, sadly I am not there, happily I am with my parents in the south where its been raining with some refreshing gushes of strong wind. I am here only to visit friends and family I miss, my brother came to meet me to but he also lives in some distance from the city, not as far as me, yet quite far, and so we were all here, only people missing were both my and my brothers partner. But its been wonderfull to say the least 🙂
I managed to finish my niece’s mittens that I wanted to give her for her birthday, blue is her favorite color and so I knitted her blue mittens. It’s fair isle, no particular pattern, like with the other mittens my main goal was to make them as warm as possible. I used alpakka from Sandes, really soft and cozy. I hope she will like them!:)
My partner took some really nice snow fotos, I will put some up soon, hopefully tomorrow since I will be going home tomorrow.
The fall has reached Iceland as it has many other countries with all its brilliant colors and me finally finding the time to start posting again. I have knitted this summer. Not much though as we have had so much to do around the house and in the garden. My parents came to help us finish fixing the porch and the roof and the windows and things previous owners had left for us… and than we have had to scrape the paint of the cladding of the house since former owners used oil base and painted acrylic paint on that, not the best of ideas, but it will look so much better once we have finished and done it right. We have not been able to finish painting the house yet, the weather has not permitted so. And therefore we might not be able to do it until next spring, but when it is finished it will be just lovely! 🙂
We have done lots in the garden. Taken down trees, planted trees, planted vegetables and berries and tasted some of the crops. It always tastes better when you’ve grown it yourself, without any pesticides or preservatives.
As far as knitting goes I have not been very productive. Just recently I have knitted two pair of socks and two pairs of mittens, and one pair on the needles as we speak. The socks I made for my daughter with leftover yarn of léttlopi therefor they are striped and not exactly a like. The mittens are made with alpakka wool from Sandes. The patterns I made as I went. I only thought of making them fair isle so they would be warm and cosy.
Here is litle glimplse of house scraping, cropps, knits and and a pretty nice yard spring and fall…happy fall everyone! 🙂
There is certainly a prospect of a new life in the comming weeks and months and this will most likely be the longes post I have ever posted and will ever post. And this is also the reason for my rather non exiting posts lately. I have been occupied with selling and buying houses, applying for jobs and organising the movement of our furniture and stuff to the other end of the country etc.
The reason for all this is that we have a plan to leave the hussle of the city and move to the countrysite. We found a very cute little house only 15 minutes drive from a town in the north part of Iceland, that is it there on the photo. We sold our house here in Reykjavík in order to chase our dream. It’s a dream of beeing more self sufficient, beeing able to be better aware of what we really want in life, in more harmony with nature and with ourselves.
My partner is now finally going be able to write all the novels that he has harvested through the years and keeps inside his brilliant head. Me, I am going to be working at seniours commuity center, acctually knitting, woodcarving and do crafts all day long with the elderly and giving courses on these things. I cannot belive how lucky I am, it’s almost scary and I am afraid to jinx it somehow, hence my very late post about it. This also meens that I can better concentrate on what I am good at and my intrests, like knitting, drawing, woodcarving, gardening, growing vegetables and almost live the life of an homesteader, which I find very appealing.
The house we bought has two bedrooms, it is 116 square meters and although the size of it fits us well it would be nice to have an extra room, a guestroom. For that, I might have a solution. In the yard there is a fair sizesed shed about 60 sqare meters. And I believe that would be perfect for both a guest room or a studio appartment even, and a workshop for myself. And therefore I am going to have to master the art of DIY. I am capable to do simple things but to build interor walls, plumming, electricity and such might be to much, but you never know unless you give it a go, right, well the plumming and electicity I will leeve to the professionals… perhaps 🙂
I look so forward to my new country life. I just can’t wait, I have been reading up on permaculture and how to build greenhouses with recicled materials and keeping the cost as limited as possible. I have even been looking up the possibilites of windturbines. This Icelandic company, Icewind, has this small and clever design of windturbines, that are just brilliant. It is not huge and high up in the air. You can just put on top of your house or sommerhouse or what ever and it broduces electricity even if the wind is not so strong. This a link to their webside, I incurage anyone interested in that kind of thing to have look: icewind.is
I was thinking about writing about the process of my new coutrylife, in this blog, or perhaps it would be better to have one just for that but I kind of like my old blog and so even if it would not be just about knitting it might not matter so much, I hope!
Well, I hope your weekend has been lovely, mine was quite hectic since we just moved our furniture and things inside one of those big boxy containers and it will soon be on its way up to the north with a ship. Now we sleep on a blown up mattress in the living room since it as a multiple purpose as a bed, a sofa and eating place and there is not much else here. Now we wait for the Easter to come and go because that means that we are moving! 🙂
My daughter has wanted a pair of these for ages and maybe it’s time for me to make her one. The mittens are made by Soile Peltokangas, a Finish lady, and my daughter has always been a fan of the hattifattener and so task begins…here is a link to the pattern, in both Finish and in English: