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2014!

In the first months of 2014 I promised myself to write down everything I’d craft in the year and make a fancy list of if by the end of the year. I made a list of almost everything I did and tried to put it all up on Ravelry with photos. However, some pairs of socks and mittens were missed by the camera and it’s not a complete list for the year as I’m definitely forgetting something…

So here it is, in no particular order:

Knitting 

Baby set for the wee one; a sweater, hat and socks

Ysolda’s MKAL shawl

A green BSJ

A purple BSJ

Striped socks

Kenzie shawl

And… loads of mittens, socks and hats for the kids.

Crocheting

A blanket for the wee one

 Herðubreið shawl

 Blanket for a new nephew

Jóhanna af Örk hat/cowl

 

I’m setting the goal for even more crafting in 2015!

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Hello world!

It’s almost July and we have not seen the summer here in Reykjavík, Iceland. We did have a good spring though so I’m not complaining over the weather… yet ;)

This spring, on the 24th of March me and my husband became parents to a beautiful baby girl whom we named Urður. Here is a photo of her on her way home from the hospital.

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Sweater and socks
Pattern: My own design. Will be published later.
Yarn: Lanett

Baby cap
Pattern: Classical baby cap, pattern can be found in Icelandic here
Yarn: Lanett
Needles: 2.5 mm.

Blanket
PatternBabysvøbet – Det hele kongerige by Marianne Knorborg
Yarn: Dalegarn BabyUll
Needles: 3.5 mm. and 4.5 mm.
The whole kingdom on Ravelry

Well hello 2014!

I love doing lists of all kinds of things and I got super inspired by a list of FO’s made by my friend Linda. I started my own but I felt overwhelmed so I stopped and promised myself to make my “crafted in 2014” list as I go…

However, I love looking back. On January 1st 2013 I wrote:

“What a year 2012 was! The highlight was without a doubt giving birth to my first, Draupnir, and get to know him. He’s a fantastic little boy, charming and happy. I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for my little family.”

Well…2013 was a blast! Watching my son grow and learn is amazing and he is always the same charming happy boy. In 2013 it was clear that the little family was growing bigger and in 2014 we’re having a baby girl! Exciting times ahead!

In the blog post from January 1st 2013 I also shared some crafty resolutions with you, let’s see how I did:

Crafty resolutions for 2013 – How did I do?

1. Finish and publish a pattern that I’m working on at the moment. – CHECK! This year I published my Mia Baby Blanket and my Jasmin socks! :)

2. Design and publish a pattern for a children sweater (at least one!) – NOT CHECK!  However, I have few design and I’m going to try to make it a whole book!

3. Design and knit or crochet mittens, hats and socks for Draupnir as he grows. – CHECK! Mostly hats though :)

4. Knit myself something really beautiful and nice! – CHECK! I crochet myself a shawl and a cowl/cap.

So bring on 2014 with all its glory – it’s going to be super!

Stitching through grief

My grandmother passed away in  February. She was a brilliant and strong woman. When I was younger I always had hand knitted mittens and socks from both of my grandmothers and they were a great inspiration for me as a knitter.

The night she died we knew it was coming. I was too restless to work on my knitting so I picked up a crochet hook and started crocheting a classic granny square. I had never made one before but I knew how to do it so the square came pretty easily. As I sat there crocheting one square after the other I decided that I would put up a yarnstorm in the memory of my loving grandmother. And so I did.

Öldustígur

My grandmother lived in this house since the middle of last century. This is where she raised her children and had her most joyful and hardest times. In her loving memory, I left these granny squares on her fence.

An owlie sweater

I love owls. They just look so cute and smart. So knitting an owlie sweater for my little son was great fun!

Pattern: No. 41 from the knitting magazine Ungbarnablaðið Tinna no.13
Yarn: Lanett
Needles: 3.0 mm. and 3.5 mm.
The Owlie sweater on Ravelry

The Danish Royal Baby Blanket

When I got pregnant I decided to knit a blanket that had been a favorite of mine for a long time: Babysvøbet – Det hele kongerige! by Marianne Knorborg. It took me from January to the end of April to finish the whole thing. I technically knit the inner border 6 times as I decided, after knitting two sides, that I wanted the lace to be more open.

So I went up a needle size, frogged the already knit borders and knit all four of them again. I’m really happy with the result! The outer border took the longest and the blocking was a bit tricky. But with great help from the husband and my new blocking wires (LOVE THEM!) it “only” took an hour and a whole room in the apartment!

I’m never blocking a huge piece like this without blocking wires…

Size before blocking: 100 cm x 100 cm

The borders drape pretty nicely.

PatternBabysvøbet – Det hele kongerige by Marianne Knorborg
Yarn: Dalegarn BabyUll
Needles: 3.5 mm. and 4.5 mm.
The whole kingdom on Ravelry

Well, hello world!

I spent the beginning of summer being very, very pregnant. I also lost my knitting mojo somewhere on the way so there wasn’t much going on in that department. It was a very hot June here in Iceland which makes knitting with wool very warm and sticky. But at the end of June, when my due date was just around the corner I decided to take matter into my own hands. I didn’t want to start waiting for the arrival of the little one so I started to knit him a sweater to wear on the way from the hospital. That way, each day waiting became another day spent knitting to get the job done!

I finished the sweater. And a little baby cap. I managed to knit one sock but then my little one decided it was time to join us here in the outer world ;)

In the middle of the night on the 6th of July me and my husband became parents to a beautiful baby boy whom we named Draupnir. Here is a photo of him on his way home from the hospital.


Sweater
Pattern: No. 41 from the knitting magazine Ungbarnablaðið Tinna no.13
Yarn: Lanett
Needles: 3.0 mm. and 3.5 mm.
The Owlie sweater on Ravelry

Baby cap
Pattern: Classical baby cap, pattern can be found in Icelandic here.
Yarn: Lanett
Needles: 2.5 mm.

Blanket
Pattern: Babysvøbet – Det hele kongerige by Marianne Knorborg
Yarn: Dalegarn BabyUll
Needles: 3.5 mm. and 4.5 mm.
The whole kingdom on Ravelry