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The comeback of the year?

I am not even going to apologize. I am not saying anything. Except that I am still knitting.

Noro socks knitted toe up

Noro socks knitted toe up

These are toe-up monkeysocks in Noro sockyarn. The color is S 188. I both like and dislike this yarn. It is spun uneven, and some of the colorrepeats are soooo long and boring. I like the Noro silk garden yarn better. I finished the first sock, and realised the foot of the sock is a bit too big. When you knit toe-up, that means I have to frog all the way down to before the heel, or just have a sock that is a bit too long. I don´t know what I am going to do yet. Frog or not to frog, that´s the question.

I am knitting other stuff as well, a Forest Canopy Shawl in Dream in Color Baby for a good friend, and a Clapotis in Mirasol Hacho. But I have no proof, no pichures yet. The Canopy Shawl is actually the first shawl I have ever knitted in a laceweight yarn. I am on repeat 13, and I still have a long way to go. I had to cast on a Clapotis before jan 31 to ba able to join a KAL on Ravelry.com. I have always wanted to knit this pattern, and I have no idea what took me this long. I have been wanting to try the Hacho yarn for a long time, it is dyed by women in Peru who get a procentage of the sales of this yarn.

That´s all for tonight, have a good weekend!

(The yarnlinks go to The loopy ewe, since I bought that yarn there. I love that shop, they are super!)

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What happened?

My life, that’s what happened. I had so many projects to finish before I started university this fall, and now I’m already three, four weeks into my fallsemester. School takes up alot of time, they expect me to have read and also understand about 2600 pages. Ha! No wonder I can’t find the time to blog.

Nannersocks in Baresheep yarns

Nannersocks in Baresheep yarns

But I have a tiny reading break this morning, and not blogging since July 2nd started to annoy me. Summer of socks 2008 didn’t go that well, I managed to knit four pairs, and I have a fifth on the needles as we speak. I have five Christmaspresents done, and about five to go. At the end on SOS 08, I started knitting a hat and armwarmers just to do something else, and also sabotage my chances of winning. No need to say that I didn’t win anything? I finished one of the two skeins I got from Baresheepyarns. I used the Nannerpattern by Wendy Knits, and knit them toe-up, two at a time. I love the pattern, it is so easy and intuitive, and toe-up is alot of fun. I have Wendys blog in my Bloglines, I like to follow along with what she knits. The other day she finished Baby surprise jacket, and that pattern looks like alot of fun. I think I know what my friends will recieve when they start popping out babies.Ok, that’s enough, I have to get back to my studies 🙂

… for my long awaited holiday, I have some stuff I need to blog.

Rememer my gaugeproblem with the second RPM sock? A few inches into the second sock, I noticed my gauge was way off, it was alot larger than my first one. I ripped, cast on again, same result. A huge, giant monstersock appeared. After alot of thinking I read the pattern again. Where it says to “cast on 27 st on each needle”, I had cast on 27 inches three times, as I had been working the last sock on three needles. The pattern is written for two circs. Duh! So on my third try I got it right. I now have the correct amount of stitches, and I am halfway through the heelflap.

We are leaving to go visit my boyfriends family up in the west of Norway tomorrow, and since the busride takes about 8 and a half hours I will be done with the second sock before we arrive.

Bare sheep yarn skein Isn’t this cute? It arrived in the mail not too long ago, from Bare Sheep Yarns. It arrived fast aswell, so I can recommend this store. It is fingering weight, and I am dreaming about what I can knit with this. Of course it will be socks, but which ones? I also got another skein from Bare Sheep Yarns, the Rainbow colorway. Alot of happy colors in that skein. The socks that I make from these two skeins are just for me I think *evil grin* Bare Sheep Yarns, fingering weight in the Rainbow colorway Hopefully I will be able to post pichures of the soon to be finished RPM’s, and other socks that will be created while on holiday. See you soon!

RPM sock This is all I have completed for the SOS08. One sock in the RPM pattern. The yarn is Socks That Rock, Watermelon Tourmaline colorway, bought from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

Right after finishing my first sock, I cast on sock # 2 right away, and realised about two inches later that this sock was alot bigger than my first one. Gaugeproblem. So, I ripped, and I am now about three inches into the leg on sock # 2. The colors are really happy though, and the yarn is very dreamy. I have two more skeins of STR that will be used during SOS, and I can’t wait. I just want to be done with this pair though…

Goodiebag!I had a great mailday the other day, Kraft Foods desided to send me a little goodiebag. I had written them an email a couple of weeks earlier, complaining about a pack of potatochips that I bought. It was great for the first half of the bag, but suddenly, all of the chips started tasting funny. Annoyed as I was, I found their website, and spent five minutes telling them what was wrong. They sent me a lovely note, saying they were sorry, but this happened sometimes, and hopefully I would enjoy the package they would send me. I did. It was filled with a bag of “Sprø” chips, three chocolatebars (that I love, chocolate wll always be my number one snack!) and even a pack of jello and vanillasauce. Two of the chocolatebars are already gone, and I am guessing the bag of chips will be devoured during the weekend.

I am trying to get ready for my holiday. On monday we leave to visit family up in the vest. The busride there takes several hours, and I will hopefully get alot of knitting done. But I need to roll more skeins into balls, decide on patterns to bring, find the right needles…. ah man, I have so much to do. And right now, I actually have to go clean! Unfair. I’d rather be knitting.

Oh, and in a weak moment I joined Plurk. Crap, like I didn’t have enough on my plate as it is. Want to be my friend?

Lime and Violet yarn in the Carinsbane colorway

I am almost ready for SOS (Summer of socks 2008) which starts on saturday. I got to huge orders in from The Loopy Ewe this week, and I have already rolled some of them into balls. I have yet to photograph my entire sockstash though, as so many of my fellow Sos’ers have. They have shown off their great skeins on Ravelry, and I must say I couldn’t stop looking at all the beautiful pichures.

The photo on the left is one of my sos “victims”. It is a Lime and Violet yarn and the Carinsbane colorway. Pretty huh?

I have had so much to do this week. It’s the last week of school, and tomorrow is my last day as a teacher’s aid. I have worked at this job for two years, and I must admit that quitting is hard. I have worked with the sweetest students of all time, and I can’t stop getting all teary-eyed and sad when I realise that after tomorrow I won’t see them every week like I have the last 700 days of my life. Today they gave me some drawings, a beautiful scarf that I started wearing right away, and this huge sunflower that brightens up my livingroom. I didn’t manage to stay cool anymore, I cried while I tried to say thank you. Tomorrow will be a pretty good day, although I expect to cry a bit more when they all go home. I am such a wimp.

After the student go home it’s time for my last workparty. I actually got a really nice bottle of white wine from the parents of one of my students today, and I am concidering drinking it at the party. My plan is to dance the night away, and celebrate that my next step in life will be to get a degree and hopefully teach children that need more help than others. I start at university this fall, and I couldn’t be more exited!

Dream in Color Smooshy - Happy Forest

After a long hiatus I have a burning need to talk about yarn. While I was away I finished my Forest Canopy Shawl in DIC Smooshy. The colorway was Happy Forest, lovely shades of forest greens. (I bought it from The Loopy Ewe actually, my very first purchase from that store)

I am very content with my shawl, and the yarn was a dream to knit with. The name is incredibly fitting, as DIC Smooshy is very smooshy. It is soft and glides through your hands while knitting. I didn’t experience any splitting with this yarn, and there were no knots or other debris in my skein.

I have not made socks yet with this yarn, but it was very fitting to make a shawl, as the 450 yards (411,5 meters) comes in one complete skein. No need to weave in more loose ends than necessary. The colors are really beautiful and blends well into eachother. The yarn is knitted up with a gauge of 6,5 to 8 st per inch, on US size 1 to 3.

My only minus to this yarn is that it bled a little when I washed the finished shawl before blocking. I have read somewhere online that this is to be expexted of greencolored yarns, and it didn’t wash out any of the beautiful colors, they stayed bright and clear after washing.

I will definitely use this yarn again, I have actaually ordered some Dream in Color in the Classy weight that will hopefully arrive this week. So, two big thumbs up from me!

A little update

I am superworkingwoman.

Monday through friday I go to my “regular job”, fulltime, as a teachersaid of some sorts at a school in Oslo. The students all have different difficulties, and need more help than most. I love this job, and hopefully I will get into the University in Oslo to study the subject. This month, I have worked every saturday and sunday too, at my new part time job. (No wonder I am tired, since I haven’t had one single day off this month) The job is fairly new, but I like it.

So, why am I working my ass off? I am almost 26 years old, and I feel I need to have a buffer saved up in the bank. (and not just a yarn buffer) 2008 is the year where I will try to be smarter with my money.

So, tired superworkingwoman will go back to the couch now to knit before heading of to bed. I am still working on my 9 to 5 socks, and my Forest Canopy Shawl, and loving each minute.

Hope you all are having a good weekend, I promise to blog soon about some podcasts I have found.

A new Loopy lover

Cherry Tree Hill in the Mardi Gras colorway from <a href=Last friday I turned into a Loopy lover. I got my first order from The Loopy Ewe, and since I turn into a real “Loopy Groupie” when I recieve my sixth order, I will call myself a “Loopy lover” while I wait. I love The Loopy Ewe! Oh my, the package was even better than I hoped for, and the colors, I can’t even describe them. (Good thing I have photos!) The skein on the left is the Cherry Tree Hill in the Mardi Gras colorway.

Thing is, this last week had been a long one. I had a really bad day at work on monday, and on tuesday my boyfriend’s computer blew up, causing a poweroutage, and the rest of the week was just too long. You know when you are just waiting for the weekend? It seemed like it would never come.

Then friday arrived, and I got off early at work. The warm weather already had me in a good mood, but the note in my mailbox telling me I had to pick up my Loopypackage from the postoffice just made my day. Dream in Color in the Happy Forest colorway I also got one skein of Dream in Color in the Happy Forest colorway, seen on the right. I think I will make a Forest Canopy Shawl of this. I downloaded the pattern from Ravelry.com, and it only cost 6.50$. I will gladly pay that for such a good pattern. It explains alot about knitting lace, and since I have only knitted lace socks, an introduction was needed. I can’t wait to get started on that. The last two skeins in my package was ShibuiKnits in the Dragonfly (1605) colorway. I have already rolled up one of those into a ball. It will become socks as soon as the sockbooks I have ordered will arrive. (I am stalking the mailman still)ShibuiKnits in the Dragonfly (1605) colorway It is incredibly soft, and I really can’t wait to cast it on. I have another order coming from the Loopy Ewe already, and other goods will be arriving in my mailbox soon too. The next few weeks will be good mailwise.

I will post about my almost finished 9 to 5 sock later, because this is getting to be a long post, and all I really want to do is knit. For more pichures of the yarn, and also a photo of the handwritten (!) note Sheri of the Loopy Ewe sent, go to my Flickr site.

Hope you guys had a great weekend, I am still looking for a name for my Etsy store, check out this blog post to help me out.

I got my behind in gear while I was sick and opened my own etsy store. I am planning to add more items, but working two jobs and keeping our appartment in shape takes up most of my time right now.

I need suggestions to name my store though, the one up now is boring and kind of bugs me. I was thinking of a name that tells people I’m norwegian, but I don’t know if “Viking goods” would be fun? Please leave some suggestions in my comments. I will be very grateful.

In other knitting news, I did cast on a pair of 9 to 5 socks, I got a pair of Lorna’s Laces Sheperd sock in the Georgetown colorway, and I am loving the feel of this yarn. I would pick another colorway if I was making a pair for myself, but I think this pair will get a lovely home someplace else. I had to go down a needlesize to get gauge, so I am knitting these socks on 2mm dpns, and it will take a while to say the least. Good thing I am loving the pattern.

Hope you guys had a good weekend!

I almost went mad. I couldn’t knit for a couple of weeks, I would try and just after a few stitches I was in serious pain. I would lie on the couch thinking and breathing knitting, but not be able to actually knit. I started planning new projects in my head, projects I could start when I got better. Because I would get better right?

I found so much great information on Ravelry on this topic. Both Fibro froggers, and Achy Breaky Needlecraft had tons of tips to share. You don’t have to have fibromyalgia or arthritis to join either.

The doctor told me I had tendinitis, gave me anti-inflammatory drugs and told me not to do anything with my arm. Great, I am pretty useless without my right arm. He also got me an appointment with a naprapathic physician. He told me that was someone who combines chiropractics with physical theraphy, and since I have gotten my share of physical theraphy in life (that is another story), I was in.

My appointment was yesterday, and I told the man my problem: after two weeks the only thing that hurt anymore was knitting. I could write on my computer, I can do anything with my arm really, but knitting makes me hurt right away. He looked at me, smiled and said “Well, I have treated many athletes in my life, but never someone who only hurts while knitting”. He talked to me about how knitters alot of times has their shoulders up by their ears, and how that didn’t look that relaxing to him, although he had been told knitting was very calming and relaxing. He then treated my pain, and I was instantly better. He told me to go home and try knitting, and come bak for a check-up in two weeks.

Back home I picked up my knitting, and while I knitted I tried to focus on my shoulders, push them down when I felt them up by my ears. I didn’t knit that much, I was told “not to knit myself to death” either, took some good pauses and tried to just relax and enjoy. Today I am not in pain, and it feels so good!

So, I am back on the needles, a bit wiser and painfree.