November 18, 2015

Cozy Knit Night

It's a cold day here in Trondheim. 
But luckily we have tea and knitting!

I'm still working on Christmas presents, and right now I'm making a Christmas Ball from Arne&Carlos' book 55 Christmas Balls To Knit. Lovely balls, easy pattern to follow and they make for lovely decorations for your home.
I have the book in norwegian, but it's available in several languages.

I do love a cup of tea when it's cold outside, and tonight was no exception.
Tetøsene is a relatively new tea company here in Norway. On the side of the box it says: Tetøsene = Teachicks. Two tea-loving girls from Norway started thteir little teabrand in September 2014. High quality loose leaf tea blended with norwegian vintage design and humor.

In my cup, with a Scot knitting undergarments straight of the sheep, I have "Halvors Herlige Hasselnøtter". It's an Chinese Pu erh tea, with strawberries, cocoa nibs, natural strawberry flavor, natural creme flavor and natural hazelnut flavor. It did have a kinda creamy warm nutty feel while drinking it. But I couldn't find any strawberry flavor at all.
I do recommend Tetøsene tea, and they have a lot of different types.

Well, I guess I'll get back to the knitting now.
Lot's to finish before Christmas!

November 16, 2015

Magnus Gardenmouse is done

And he's ready to move to Germany!

I'm sorry for the bad lighting on the pictures. I had to use flash as he was done late in the evening, and I really wanted to take pictures of him before placing him in his travel box.

The overalls he's wearing had a hole for his tail, red heart buttons, and a crochet edging.

He's also wearing a warm woolly sweater. After all, he's born in Norway.

Stats for Magnus Gardenmouse:

Designer: Arne&Carlos
Needles: 2,5mm double pointed needles Hverdagspinner in aluminium 

The pattern is written out row by row and you stuff and close the holes as you go. You start at the feet, knit the body, then the arms, put the arms and body together, then the neck, head and snout. Then you knit the ears separately and sew them on to the head. Make an I-cord for the tail and sew it to his bottom. After that you embroider on the eyes and you're done!
Clothes are optional, but the book gives you a pattern for a sweater, pants and overalls.

I made his clothes of some leftover yarn I had lying around on 3mm needles.

November 13, 2015

Garden Mouse

This is a Christmas present, but it's for a little guy who doesn't read my blog. His mom does, but I'm sure she won't spoil it for him. His dad on the other hand...
The pattern is Magnus the Garden Mouse by Arne&Carlos. It is from their book Knit and Crochet Garden

I'm knitting him up in Falk from Dalegarn. It's a 100% superwash wool and I'm knitting on 2,5mm needles as the pattern recommends. 
It's a relatively quick knit and the pattern is very easy to follow. 
There is also patterns for clothes for him, a sweater, pants and overalls. And the pants and overalls has a hole in the back for his little tail!
For the clothes I'm using leftover yarns. 

I hope he'll be well taken care of when he moves to Germany next month. 

November 11, 2015

Quiet because

I've been a bit quiet lately.

And that's because I'm mostly knitting Christmas presents.

But I have one thing to share.
I'm knitting a pair of Christmas socks for myself along with my friend Maike.
She gifted me a skein of christmassy yarn a few years ago, and a month ago she suggested a KAL.
For those of you that don't know, KAL stands for Knit-A-Long.
And this time I'm doing something I've never done before.
I'm knitting 2 at the time, toe up on magic loop! And it's not that difficult!!
And the yarn sparkles! It has 2% golden polyester in it.
Makes the yarn a bit rougher to knit with, but it's still OK.

Needles: 2,5mm, 100cm circulars.

So, yeah, I guess I'll go back to  my Christmas knitting now. Lots to do!