happyhappy fall

happyhappy fall

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! 🙂

 

 

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The prospect of something new…

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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! 🙂

 

 

Mumin mittens

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:

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Double knitting

Ever since I knew one could do double knitting I have been curious about how it is done, but never took the time to really look into it and find out…until this week. And guess what, it is not that complicated, at least not as complicated as I had imagined. I wathced a video on Youtube made by ”whiletheyplay” and then I started to make a swatch. As you can see on my pictures I made a mistake there. Always good to make a swatch when learning a new method, for this exact reason 🙂

Finished…

I finally finished the jumper for my friend in England. Well it’s been a while but I haven’t finished blocking it but now it will soon be shipped of to England. But even better I also did a tiny baby sweater for friends of ours that just had a baby. I only have to put some button in and it’l be ready 🙂 The baby sweater is knittied with alpakka and so soft and perfect for a little baby. I used needles nr. 3. Started with 100 stitches. I started with five roes of garter stich. The sleeves where knitted with stocking needles eight stiches each needle. The Icelandic jumper is knitted with Lopi, plötulopi to precise 🙂

Little progress

Yep very litle progress, but now I am going to do something about this and my goal is to have this jumper finished by the end of the week. I have finished the body, one third of one sleeve. I know there is a lot to be done but I have finished more in less time. And it will help that I am going to my knittingklub next Tuesday and there I intend to make some proper progress.

This jumper is for my friend Philippa in England. I promised her this jumper months ago and I feel really bad about not having finished it yet and so I don’t inted to charge her anything for it since she has had to wait for it for so long! I just don’t think it would not be fair. She has already purchased two of my jumpers and I want to maintain a good relationship with her and so I feel it is the right thing to do 🙂

Sorry there is no picture yet, it will come, it would not be all that exiting anyway it’s still just some black knitted stuff 🙂

I’ll put some pictures of some of my carving just to make the post a litle bit worth it for the eye 🙂

The box was a present for my daughter, my father made the box but I did the carving. My dad is really talented! The other is a picture frame, obviously, but the bird I drew and carved it in the frame. There is a picture of me and my daugher in there that I hold very dear.

New project…

…is now on my knitting needles. My partner and our pup are now on their way to the north part of the country to help out an old friend of ours at his farm. They are driving over there and I am anxious and worried about them because the roads here can be dangerous this time of year and the weather unpredictable. So the only thing I could do to calm my nerves and distract my mind was to knit, and so I started knitting. It is the beginning of an Icelandic jumper, a comission long over due. There really is nothing to show for but a bit of black knitted stuff…