First Day of Summer!

Gleðilegt sumar! Is an Icelandic phrase said often this day all around Iceland. For this is the first day of summer in here. However it’s not very summery, ever, the first day of summer in Iceland. It is celebraited none the less because the summer is just around the corner. Children usually get small presents from their parents in the form of ball or a skipping rope. People also get a day of on this day.

We, my boyfriend and I, celebrated it by taking a nice walk in the forest with our dog, and afterwards I sat by the fire and knitted, very cozy but nothing like summer for it snowed the most of the day, luckely it didn’t stick just snowed and melted 🙂 Yebb and it’s a bit windy too…

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I was finishing mittens on a three year old girl. One less thing I have to make on my knitting list that will be sent of to the States.

I have finished the scarf I was making. Here it is 🙂 I will put in the recipie for both the scarf and the tiny mittens. Next time. Little short of time, like always 🙂

 

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Knitting on Sunday afternoon…

Knitting on Sunday afternoon…

IMG_1047…It’s a rainy and windy Sunday afternoon today. I was hoping you could see the weather on the windows…It’s cozy, kind of weather I like.

I have sort of been of the grid these past few months, just busy, but I have still been knitting, of course. As a matter of fact I have knitted six pares of mittens, lets be clear though that those six pares were knitted from august 2016 to february 2017, but as usual I forgot to take photos of three of those pares before sending them off with my partners mother to the States. But I have a pattern for one of the mittens I knitted, the others were either just me dooing what ever came to mind or inspired by things I saw on the internet. I made penguin patterned mittens, traditional scandinavian pattern mittens and those can be found in this book:

And you can see that pattern there too but mine were white and gray quite lovely.

The thing is I am knitting down a list of orders made by my partners family members. It’t pretty fun! And so far I have knitted three pare of mittens, a pare of socks, a hat, a baby heartscarf, another pare of socks well that one pare is still in progress, and now I am working on a plum colored scarf the one on the top picture. But here are pictures of some of the things I’ve done so far:

I have manly been using alpakka from Sandes. It’s super soft and cozy. The socks here are made with léttlopi though. I was using left over yarn, for I have plenty of that and I am trying to use it up, making silly yet warm things. I will put in a better photo of the scarf when its ready and the recipie, I half used it from a book I like, but I’ll put all that in in my next blog wich will NOT be after many months to come 🙂

The Holidays and … happy new year!

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 🙂

Winter’s first snow

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!:)

Hera’s mittens

 

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My partner took some really nice snow fotos, I will put some up soon, hopefully tomorrow since I will be going home tomorrow.

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! 🙂