Sunday, January 29, 2006

Now and then

These pictures are taken exactly one month apart. Can you believe it? It went from 25% done to 40% done.

New stuff

Because the foundation of my new Garnaflækja group I've been looking at knitting blogs a lot last week. I've been stumbling onto some cool stuff I haven't seen before. Like the ScienceKnit webring - something to look at if you want to know what scientists are knitting. I even registered myself, as you can see to the left.

I also found a knitting podcast, called KnitCast. I downloaded some of the shows and already listened to interviews with Yarn Harlot and Amy Singer, founder of Knitty. It's a lot of fun hearing their actual voice and I learned some new information. For instance that Amy Singer has couple of new, exciting books coming up. She also talked about how Knitty came to be. I had the idea, after listening to Stephanie's (AKA Yarn Harlot) to get her bookbookbook1 to read on our trip to/across US. I would have bought it long time ago but I never read anymore.

Saturday, January 28, 2006


Ok, I'll be 'memm'. Linda tagged me.

Four jobs I have had in my life.

1. Receptionist at the Microbiolical Department at the Landspitali Hospital
2. Aluminium worker
3. Production planning (Aluminium factory)
4. Doctorial student

Four Movies I could Watch Over and Over Again

1. Tremors
2. NL's Christmas Vacation
3. Canadian Bacon
4. Nemo

Four Places I have Lived

1. Reykjavik, Iceland
2. Rivers, Manitoba
3. Bordeaux, France
4. Copenhagen, Danmark (but only for total of 9 weeks)

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch

1. House
2. CSI
3. Desperate Housewives
4. My Name Is Earl

Four Places I Have Been on Vacation

1. Malaysia
2. Japan
3. Thailand
4. Basque Country, Spain
Actually the first 3 were in the same trip and it wasn't really vacation except for Thailand because we were on a study trip and visited various businesses.

Four Websites I visit Daily


Four of My Favorite Foods

1. Lamb
2. Chicken Clint makes
3. sushi
4. Burritos (but only original, not Icelandic cut-corners burritos)

Four Albums I can't Live Without

1. Turandot, Puccini
2. Barber of Sevilla, Rossini
3. Pink Panther, Henry Mancini
4. Jólaplatan með saxafóninum og orgelinu sem ég á og man ekkert hvað heitir né hve flytjandin er.

Four Places I'd Rather Be

1. Alone knitting/stitching
2. Wine Country (any where)
3. Swimming
4. California

Four Bloggers I Am Tagging

1. Cassie
2. Sveina
3. Sigga Sif
4. Stína stuð

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Belated and a brand new photo

I finally took a picture of my sweater ornament I made. It's from the book Weekend knitting. I actually made the sweater itself last fall. Then it sat in my bag for few months. I never even took a picture of it since I wanted to iron it first (goes to show how much I iron, he he).

Then, before Christmas, I decided enough was enough and took out the sweater, made the little flower decoration and put in a cord. Still I never took a picture of it but hung it in the front door window. Then, Christmas was over, I took down the ornament but still didn't take a picture. I had it in the car one day (it's permantent place will be hanging down from the rear-view mirror) then took it down to photograph. Went to my mom's and left the camera there! So finally it's here.

Also here is the progress photo of the French Village. No uploading on pbase but I can link to the photo itself. Here is a link to how it look 2 weeks ago. You can click the photo for a larger image.

I went to my dad's summerhouse with my brothers and sister. It was a lot of fun AND I got time to work on my pattern. I also finished a pair of mittens for my brother but took no picture :( They were black (natural black) Lopi mittens with a skull pattern in duplicate stitch.

The night before we left (at about 1 AM) I founded an Icelandic knitting group. Finally we can talk about knitting us Icies. The group is called Garnaflækja, it means either a 'yarn tangle' or 'tangled up intestine' depending on your preference. I encourage any Icelandic speaking knitter/crocheter to join (and it's free!).

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Today's SBQ is:

Have you had a happy dance yet this year? If so, tell us about it!
(Or just point to the entry that talks about it.) If not, when do you
predict it will be?

No, none yet. Next happy dance will probably be mittens I've already made but need to finish. The Beginner whitework ornament from TW has also been stitched but I have to add beads. I have only worked on the French Village this year but only got perhaps 5+ hours work done. So not a lot of activity on this front. The baby has been awake in the evenings and other work has been taking up my whole.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

ABCD... etc

From Stitching in Lobster Hands comes:

A is for Age: 30
B is for Booze: Spanish Red Wines
C is for Career: Ph.D. in Engineering around the corner
D is for Dad’s Name: Reinhold (and yes he is Icelandic (I get that question a lot))
E is for Essential Item to Bring to a Party: Myself
F is for Favourite Songs at the Moment: Fiskalagið af Söngvaborg (kid's songs)
G is for Goof-off Thing to Do: ?
H is for Hometown: Reykjavík, Iceland
I is for Instrument You Play: None.
J is for Jam or Jelly you Like: Any homemade jam, especially Rhubarb (Rabbabari)
K is for Kids: 2 fantastic girls age 2 yo. and 7 mo.
L is for Living Arrangement: At my mom's at the moment but about to move to USA (to Clint's mom, he he).
M is for Mom’s Name: Ástrós but she likes to be called Rósa
N is for Names of Good Friends: Imba og Kristín
O is for Overnight Hospital Stays: Once I had my tonsils taken out and spend one or two nights at the hospital. I was neither born at a hospital (birth center) nor did I have my kid at a hospital and I'm very proud of this fact :)
P is for Phobias: I can't think of any
Q is for Quotes you Like: Can't think of any
R is for Relationship That Lasted Longest: Romantic relationship? That would be with my husband.
S is for Siblings: Four (4) half-brothers
T is for Texas: Texas????????? Texas Instruments make good calculators ;)
U is for Unique Trait: Honest
V is for Vegetables You Love: Orange bell pepper
W is for Worst Traits: Can't make up my mind
X is for X-rays You’ve Had: Teeth, torso for chiropractor appointment
Y is for Yummy Food You Make: Anything involving 'kókosbolla'
Z is for Zodiac Sign: Libra

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


If this entry is not inspiring I don't know what is. Being an engineer I have a soft spot when it comes to mathematical knitting and I've wanted to do a moebius pattern. However, I saw one where all you did was to knit back and forward and then sew it together 'wrong' so it has a moebius form. I lost interest. This woman, Cat Bordhi, has actually figured out a way to knit it on circular needles. How cool is that? She also figured out a way to make socks with two circular needles instead of 5 sock needles. Also very cool. Also very tempting.

Monday, January 09, 2006

French again

I made an album with the progress of the French Village. As you can see it is a long progress. The first pictures are about 10 months old. I actually started the piece in April 2004 but started over because I didn't like the one color combination in the border. The pattern was designed using Anchor threads but I'm using DMC and since they are not identical something like this is bound to happen once in a while.

This is the latest photo, taken yesterday.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

SBQ of last weeks

I just signed up but I'm already behind.

This week's:

Do you do your stash shopping at your LNS, ONS, or both? Which do you like better? Why?

I do most of my shopping at ONS (if that stands for online needlework stores) because the LNS's here in Iceland are more or less small and oldfashion. That said I do buy small things at LNS, like few skeins or little things like that but fabric and patterns I buy exclusively online because I can't get what I want here and what is available is expensive. I wish I could shop more locally because I would like to support them, I just don't like the stuff they carry. I do, however, shop for knitting yarn locally because the selection is pretty good.

Last week's:

How do you balance your stitching time with your other obligations such as work, household chores, etc.?

Work first, play later. I only do crafts in the evening. In the day time I try to work as much as possible, when the baby sleeps. Chores? You're supposed to do those too? he he

Few week's ago:
Take a minute to reflect on your blog reading habits and preferences. What do you prefer to read in stitching blogs? (Progress, tips, family life, experiences, etc.) How much do you think you are influenced by other stitching bloggers?

I am very much influenced by stitching, knitting and crochet blogs. I learn about patterns, yarns, threads and such I was not aware of before. I prefer to read about WIPs and a picture is very important. I find that blog reading is detrimental to stitching time :)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Girls are better

The girls are better and Ása Sóley actually slept tonight. Last night she couldn't sleep even if she was exhausted. I took her to our homeopath yesterday and that did the trick. Now I can stitch :) I've been working on the French village.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

More New Years

I made a list of WIPs. Turned out I had 4 mittens on it!!!! Holy Cow, where did all these mittens come from? Actually 2 of them are already finished and usable but I wanted to add a little something special.

I also have couple of stitching projects that are only minutes away (or at least no more than 2 hours)from completion.

I put some progress photos in my WIPs album. Gocheckitout.