Monday, August 3, 2015

Sunday in Norway

I already posted about my epic climb up the mountain....Manafossen, if you haven't read it...but before we accidentally climbed that mountain, we visited a couple of yarn outlet stores...

It was a wet, grey day...
Drive through some beautiful scenery, even with the rain.....

First stop...was a Viking outlet....


They also had knitting coffee....but I don't drink coffee, so did not get it...(there was a small cafe attached to this store, but we didn't get anything)
Then we headed back to the Gjestal Outlet...this also had a small cafe attached to it


I normally eat my pancakes with syrup and butter in the morning, but this was like a snack...

I also found it interesting, that the bathroom or toilet doors always seemed to have cool symbols..
After these two stops, we did the mountain climb...and we were done for the day...it was an interesting, exhilarating and exhausting day!




Sunday, August 2, 2015

Year of Projecys Week 31

Good afternoon!  I am being lazy and watching The Walking Dead marathon.....

So I have three things to add to the finished list....you would hope so, since I missed a couple of weeks...

2015 Completed Projects:
White mittens - 1/10/15
Quick Crochet Cowl - 1/12/15
Stripes Cowl - 1/22/15
Frosty, the Snowman - 1/24/15
Head Wrap - 1/24/15
H's Everyday Socks 2/7/2015
Stepping Stones 2/17/15
Ita's Shawl 2/18/15
Speckled Eggs 4/11/15
Stitch's Rock Collection Hat 4/16/15
Hawk Baktus  5/17/15
Far Side of the Moon 5/17/15
Estrella's Turtle 5/20/15
Quick Hat 6/1/15

Adele Socks  6/11/15
Zuzu's Petals 6/13/15
Humphrey 6/14/15

Olivia Owl 6/24/15

Shoulder Poncho 7/26/15
Freedom Rollers 7/30/15
Boot cuffs 8/1/15

I've already blogged about the shoulder poncho that I made in Norway....I also finished up my friend's Freedom Roller socks..

Yesterday I also worked on something, but can't post pictures until next week...For me they will be boot cuffs...but they were made for something else....I'll explain when I can....

So what is still in the WIPs categories....

 
WIPs Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

Knit: 

 Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14) 
Turtleneck Capelet #2 (8/12/14)
Willow Fields (9/6/14)  
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)


Bedrock (2/23/15)
Owligan (5/3/15)
Flaming Arrows (7/6/15)

Socks:

Kai-Mei: (April 2012)

Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)
Irish Tea (Feb 2015)
Those Socks (2/27/15)   
Dork Socks (6/13/15)

Blue Skies and Rainbows 6/26/15

A & C Vanilla 7/3/15 

Martina Marvin in Norway 7/14/15

Besides the finished objects, I have worked on these sock projects....two of them went to Norway with me...

My other WIPs have not seen much love in awhile..
  
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)

 
Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in

KAL/CAL:  
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14) 
Zuzu's Petals (1/1/15)
Downton Abbey (1/4/15)
 
Misc: Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt  


And then my long list of Projects in Mind....
  
Gifts/Charity: 
Hats for friend's babies (ongoing) Hats for students (ongoing)
Kimberly Skye's tunic
garter for Caitlin

Two Elsa doll/blanket things

Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird

Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Stash Saturday

Lots of stash to update.....

First of all, I went to three yarn outlet stores in Norway.  Knitting is a way of life there...students learn it in school....and there was yarn available everywhere..even in the grocery stores...


And in a museum gift shop
In a regular store, like our Walmart or Target
In a "tourist" shop
I'll talk about the yarn outlets when I write posts about those days...I didn't take a ton of pictures of them...

So what did I bring home?
4 balls of Drops Air....I have used almost 3 on my shoulder poncho....so warm and such a lovely color...
Some Viking Nordlys, which I bought at the grocery store...

Some Troll yarn...because Troll yarn!

Incredibly soft!  68% baby alpaca!  and the colors are so subtle, but so gorgeous!
Big, fat, fun yarn!

Again..Camel yarn..78%, because camel yarn....
Alpaca Mohair and Alpaca Silk in a stunning grey-green...OMG!  This will be saved for something special...

How can you not get something called Kitten Mohair?  I don't think any kittens were harmed in the making of it.....
I went back to the "tourist" shop to grab these...they will be my first colorwork..going to make Selbu mittens with them...
Grabbed these in the all-around store....great colors...

Tone gifted these to me before I left......gonna do something with felt....

Then when I got home....
Sparkly rainbows!  Love is Love from Groovy Hues Fibers....
Sock kit from Otterly Adorable Knits and Knitmona....

Yesterday I received
Dia de los Muertos from Desert Vista Dyeworks

We rode tripped around the state yesterday and I stopped at a favorite LYS and picked up this..
with the cowlette pattern.....

and today I received my Random Fandom from Nerd Girl....
God of Thunder (inspired by Thor)

And I think I am set for awhile....although I did order something else the other day...I have no will power....






















Friday, July 31, 2015

Finished Friday

 So I have two projects that I finished this past week...one I worked on in Norway..and the other a pair of socks for a friend...

I made a small shoulder poncho, because it was cold in Norway...yep it was ready for my flight home...LOL....I bought 4 skeins of this beautiful yarn at a yarn store in Norway...
What a great yarn!  And so warm!  It's 70% alpaca, 7% Merino and 23% polyamide...They call it a medium thick blow yarn.....the poncho is not super long, but it is super warm....and was a comfortable wear on the plane ride home...I just made up the pattern as I went along...

And I finished the Freedom Rollers for my friend...I hope they fit her...
They are a little big on me, but her foot is bigger....

So what have you finished...so noone that I normally link to has a link up...so I'm going to throw one up..if anyone wants to link....





Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stitch Along Wednesday


Hello there!  I am back, but not still 100% human.   The jet lag has kicked my a$$ this time around...plus we did so much that by Saturday I was exhausted!  So still trying to catch up on my sleep and energy.....

So this is the yarn I came back with from Norway.  The blue in the upper right was 4 skeins..I used three...that'll be shown on Friday.  I will do a more in depth post on Stash Saturday, as I have squishy mail I came home to, also.....

But I have been working on socks...
I'm almost done with the first rainbow sock...just finishing the toe...it may be done by the time I post this....

And my Norway socks..which I did work on there, until I got yarn and started something new....

Since I've been home, I've also put some time in on the Freedom Rollers..
What have you been up to?  So sorry last week's didn't work out.....

I also have been reading a series by Nora Roberts that my Mother-in-law gave to me...I'm on the third book...it's good summer reading....

As always, please provide a link back when you post...thanks!



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stitch Aong Wednesday - Norwegian Version

Sorry, had it scheduled to post and it didn't, sorry...


Okay...not sure what I'll put here...if I'll add anything, but wanted to have something up for you guys to link....so if I don't add anything, it's because I'm too busy discovering Norway...play nice amongst yourselves and I'll be back next week!

And the linky is gone and I don't remember my password for it......so if you'd like to share. Add your link in the comments....so sorry this did not work. I'll be back next week...





Monday, July 20, 2015

Manafossen

Yesterday we went to a couple of yarn shops (posts later) and then drove around the countryside and decided to go see a waterfall.  Tone thought we could drive to it...nope, we had to climb a mountain.   I did not have on good shoes for this and am seriously out of shape...it took me an hour...but I climbed that mountain!

Was it worth it? You decide....
I have other pictures, but they are on my phone, and I can't seem to blog from my phone.