Archive for January, 2008

I’m down with OPK

January 30, 2008

The good news: the mittens actually made it to Iceland (I was a little worried when they had not yet gotten there yesterday). The bad news: my sister-in-law’s hands are bigger than mine (which I did not expect because she is shorter than me). The good news: my niece loves her new mittens. 😉 The good news: I have an excuse to make new mittens. (I am hoping she will go for a slightly different pattern, since there were some really cool designs in Hugur og Hönd that I wanted to try anyway).

So now it means that pretty much everything I am working on currently is Other People’s Knitting. I resigned myself to putting aside Juno Regina for a bit, so below I have a sock for Ingi (it was misplaced and then found again), a sleeve for a sweater for him, and a doll sweater for my niece. And the second sheep mitten, since it’s nice to work on at least one thing for myself.

I’m thinking, maybe the way to get through all these projects for other people is to allow myself to work on one thing for myself, but it has to be a UFO. So maybe when the sheep mitten is done I can go find something else to finish. But when I finish Ingi’s sweater, I am definitely starting one for myself. (And I keep coming up with more ideas for other people, like I want to make the Poetry Mittens from Piecework for my mother for Christmas, and Ingi wants a new hat, probably will need one for next winter, but these things can wait for summer I think).

Monday was B’s birthday and of course my kids have the challenging cake requests. The husband is easy, he likes carrot cake and I have The Best recipe for that. And I usually like chocolate cake, which I can make in my sleep and often default to my grandmother’s recipe, or I experiment with something fun that I find in a magazine (one year it was raspberry filled cupcakes). But B asked for a yellow cake. Up until now, every yellow cake I have tried has been dry and flat and just awful. I don’t know why they are so hard for me. Anyway, this recipe claims to be the best yellow cake the submitter has tasted, and I have to agree. (If someone wants a translation let me know). I made a double recipe, and put custard in the middle, and then ended up making a vanilla buttercream frosting (there was some confusion from the child about whether or not he wanted whipped cream or frosting, and then after I thought I had it sorted out, he asked where the whipped cream was as I frosted the cake. Kids. He got over it.)

Now it’s safe to post

January 21, 2008

I am not sure if the recipient of these mittens reads my blog, so I wasn’t sure about really blogging about them before her birthday. But I am fairly sure she will check the mail when she comes home from holiday before looking at people’s blogs, so now I can show the finished mittens:

The pattern is from Selbustrikk and the yarn is KnitPicks Palette.

We watched a few excellent French movies this weekend:
Ma femme est une actrice, a comedy with Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of Serge Gainsbourg) playing an actress named Charlotte with a neurotic husband (played by her real-life husband).

Tous les matins du monde, a historical movie starring Gerard Depardieu, about actual masters of the viola da gamba (they are referenced in the Wikipedia article) from the 17th century and how their lives intertwined. It’s an amazingly poignant movie with some amazing viola da gamba music; the music is done by an expert in ancient music (Jordi Savall) and it’s just brilliantly performed. (This is a really interesting instrument. A friend of mine growing up played it when I was studying violin. I found it so strange compared to what I was doing at the time, but still really fascinating.)

UFO Fimmtudagur

January 17, 2008

My knitting list has a UFO Fimmtudagur (UFO Thursday) announcement every week, so I thought I would dig up an old UFO and work on it today. I’ve been wanting to start new mittens, so I decided I really should finish old ones first.

I think this was an early colourwork project and the stranding wasn’t really good (I don’t think I was even this far when I picked it up) so I ripped it back to where the sheep feet start and started that part over again.

Listening to: The B-52’s

I’m really not under a rock

January 11, 2008

Somehow it’s just been crazy busy, between unpacking from our trip, and working, and I haven’t had any time to post.

I’ve been working on Juno Regina, although it is put aside temporarily while I finish things with deadlines:

When we first got snow, I saw pinkish-purple spots in the snow, kind of like in Cat in the Hat Comes Back. I was puzzling over it… why is the snow pink? Then I saw a quite a few spots under the above tree (I am not sure what kind of tree it is, anyone know?) and it dawned on me… the birds were eating the berries and then dropping pink stuff into the snow! I don’t think we’ve had berries on that tree so late before, because I can’t recall this happening before. Or the birds stayed around late because it had stayed so warm so long.

Before we went on vacation, I read Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann. It was hilarious. I was going to read it on the plane, but I couldn’t help finishing it. All knitters should read this one. 😉

Happy New Year!

January 3, 2008

And once again, I am belated with my greetings. We got back on the 1st LATE (and it always feels later coming back) and we were all back to work and school yesterday, so I had to catch up on grocery shopping last night. I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s celebration. There were no bonfires in Iceland, due to some rather strong winds, they were banned. But people still had their fireworks in Reykjavík. My father-in-law spent some insane amount of money on his, I think it was like 70000 ISK. Of course, the kids thought that was great.

Best Christmas present: A few days before Christmas, my feet were aching and I said to Ingi, “Can I have a pedicure for an early Christmas present?” (kidding around). He said, “Sure,” and went in the other room. I didn’t think anything of it until he came back with an envelope that he handed me: a pedicure gift certificate. And the funny thing was he was planning to give it to me early. (I didn’t end up getting to use it until the morning we were getting ready to leave for the airport, but it was still nice.)

Another great Christmas present: a huge stack of back issues of Hugur og hönd, from my mother-in-law (thanks to my wonderful husband for suggesting it to her). I have knitting patterns and reading material for ages now.

We had a great trip, full of lots of visiting and parties (2 Christmas and 1 New Years party). Sunday was awful weather, though. The winds were 25 m/s, so we didn’t do much. We did make it to the mall and IKEA to look for dishes for my mother-in-law, so I got to buy 2 dresses. I looked everywhere around me for a certain style of dress, say like this one, and there is nothing like that around here. So in Debenhams at Smáralind I managed to find ones I liked on post-holiday sale. Other great finds: a meat thermometer made in Germany (mine broke and all I can find around here are made in China) and Familiens Juleideer 2007, which I had been actually hoping to find for the felted angel pattern. So now I have all kinds of good Christmas projects for next Christmas, which is good because I was hoping to start early and do lots of projects (maybe not THIS early… but I may make one of those angels before the month is out.)

The trip was way too short but everyone had a great time and we all managed to stay healthy.