Saturday, April 24, 2010


Moving house, again, has robbed me of knitting time. And blogging about the move, has taken all my blog time. But how could I resist these colours!?

The tiny top and crown were made for baby N, but the same yarns + the hot pink are also used in garments for her brother and cousins. Cute as candy for the girls, Pocoyo fun for the boys.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


My first niece is due next month, and DD and I have made har a few small things. But as we give them the last finnishing touches and lay them out on a table, I notice that the sizes vary GREATLY! A few pieces actually fit the Baby Born, while others actually fit the almost-five-year-old over the chest (with zero ease and comfort). Note to self: USE the size chart. STOP EYEBALLING SIZE!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Adorably practical

I just signed in to share this link to a pattern for a baby romper (or whatever the short version is called in your region). The pattern directions are in Norwegian, but the pictures might be insporational for all :-)

Monday, August 31, 2009

TINY things to be knit

How well do you know Polly Pocket? For readers who don't know her, she's the size of a finger and her clothes are made of rubber. And according to my daughter, none of her handfull of Polly guys and dolls are actually called Polly. These three are Pippi, Anette and ...possibly her sister Jen.

The dolls come with a variety of clothes, sports gear, pets and food items. A few have a jacket, and one of them a sleeveless fur something. But none are dressed for Norvegian winter, and DD wants me to knit them something warm.

But did I mention the small fact that they are really, really tiny? I've knit a few capes, and blankets. And I know I should be able to knit some socks/snowboots. But she requests jackets and sweathers.

I would like to insist that anything can be knit with the right yarn (or if neessarily string, wire or dental floss). But this one requires some thinking! Not even my lightest lace yarn could fit between those tiny bodies and their even tinier arms...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A knitting room of one's own

We just moved to a new 3-room appartment, and made a very bold decision: We have no living room. We have a quite large kid's room, an even larger guy's room half filled with computer stuff and playthings, and [ta-ta-tara!] mum's very own little room for knitting, sewing and chatting.

It has been ten years or so since I last had a room of my own, and I really enjoy the closed door sometimes. But even more, I love to bring my family into the tiny space with three cups of tea, two magazines and a box of Polly-dolls. Yesterday, the blonde Polly took her man shopping in Knitty, carefully tiptoeing over my laptop keyboard, before they had lunch on daddy's knee.

Today, I am carefully sorting my yarn into piles on the sofa. Planning where and how to store the different yarns, and what to knit this summer and fall. Taking my time to touch and smell the delicate fibres, combining different colours, and knitting swatches as I go. Knowing that if I can't finnish today, I can leave everything out, close the door and continue tomorrow.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Constitution Day knitting

As some of you know, next sunday we celebrate Norvegian Constitution Day (AKA The National Spring Fest of Ice Lollies, Hot Dogs and Children's Parades).

Also, as some of you know, after my encounter with some rather strict regulations to who can buy materials and patterns to the national costume I have put my plans to make a "bunad" to rest.

But that does not mean I have run out of Constitution Day knitting! I still need to make a red boy's cap, a white girl's shawl and a few pairs of socks. I must darn a "Marius" sweather and rebutton a "Fana" jacket. And I would really like a new pair of wrist warmers for myself... perhaps in the "Fana" pattern, or inspired by the pearl embroidery on the belt of my grandmothers "bunad"?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Yikes! I knit milk!

This weekend I got to try out the Viking of Norway yarn "milk and honey." It is made out of 70% milk fibre (and 30% cotton), and I still find it hard to understand ...WHY?

Of course, I do not quite understand HOW either, but that's for some future post. What I do understand of the process, however, is that it isn't easy nor cheap. It does sell on the eco-friendly wave, but I am not convinced that it is any more eco friendly than plain cotton.

But great political, philosophical and ethical questions aside, let us concentrate on the important perspective: The knit.

Honestly, it felt like cotton. Slightly less plied and thus also a looser knit than the cottons I prefer, but not at all like some brands of 100% cotton. So, why bother adding that much milk to the blend? Need I try the new 100% milk fibre?