Monday, 16 October 2017

A break

The pearl stitch: knit one, purl one. Repeat until the end.
It looks beautiful, but it is hard on the hands.
I have taken a little break from the mice, although I will shortly be returning to them. I decided to start another project. 

As you may recall, I recently went on a shopping spree where I bought yarn and wool and more yarn and more wool. As the saying goes: 'you can never have enough yarn'. But I didn't just want to own this yarn, I also wanted to do something with it. So, last week I started.

With a round-knit-needle and the first ball of yarn, I got going. According to the pattern I would need 251 stitches (that is NOT a typo), but that was for large. I am a bit bigger, so I needed even more stitches and in the end it was 275 (again, NOT a typo). The first couple of rows were torture. I am used to knitting with a needle under my arm and with round-knit-needles, that is not possible. 

What I have done so far.
Anyway, forward a couple of days and I have all but completed a quarter of what I am making. Since it will be a garment without any seams, it will probably become a bit heavy, but so far, it works fine. And if you're wondering about the colours: dark green, light green and burnt orange. Not grey.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

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Having never cooked for 6 people before (apart from lasagne, but that is easy-ish) and never having cooked certain dishes before, I decided I would need a trial first. Yesterday was the starter's turn. The result did have some faults. So, definitely some more work needed. Or a rethink for that matter!

Friday, 13 October 2017


Right before I went on holiday (like a life time ago), I got an order for two of my mice from a guy called Andrew. Brilliant! So, I got the ones he wanted, put them in a box, wrote his address on it, stuck a sticker with my address on it, got a stamp and sent it off. 

Then, earlier this week, I got a message from a friend of his: whether I knew what happened to those mice, since he never got them! I must admit, I did feel bad about that, because I don't use track and trace, which would make sending mice even more expensive.

Forward to yesterday and a box was waiting for me. Addressed to Andrew. With a sticker from Royal Mail on top. Saying it hadn't been collected. And therefore being sent back to me. 

From what I could gather from the stickers and such: the box had arrived within a week of me sending it, but it was never collected. I know Andrew has been extremely busy lately, so a Royal Mail notice might have slipped his notice. But, three weeks after sitting on a shelf, the mice were sent back. It then took a further three weeks to get to me for some reason. 

Those are adventurous mice I can tell you!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Knit and purl

Do you do that? When knitting (or crocheting) something and you see that you are nearing the end of the ball of yarn and yet you have still a bit to go and then you start knitting faster? Because that way the yarn might last longer? You don't? 

Just me then...

Monday, 9 October 2017

The mice

The original lot. One small and three large left at this point.
My time lately has been pretty much taken up by mice. Not the real ones (Miss O would soon put an end to that), but the knitted versions for Mice for Mama. Sales have slackened somewhat, which in one way is kinda sad, in another way it's kinda good: my stock was running low and I very much needed to make some more. 

The twin mice
Along came a colleague. Who wanted two small ones for his twin grandchildren (one of each type). And then he wanted two large ones that I had already sold. So, an order for two similar ones came in. Then there was the colleague who is a fan of a certain football club and could I make one in their colours? And then the colleague arrived who had already bought two 'off the rack' as it were, but kept giving them away to her bonus grandson and now definitely wanted one for herself!

The 'exploding head' mouse. 
That kept me busy for a while. But apparently not busy enough, because once they were done, I started on a few that are not the norm. They are a bit different. With some extras, some embellishments. Because I am making a couple especially for Hallowe'en! I have made one right now and there is another one in the make. Plus plans (but no time this year) for at least six more. 

Detail of the feet of the first Special one.
For sale on October 15th
I still have to make two regular ones for November and then three regular ones for December and I want to make a couple of specials for Christmas as well! Guess I will be busy...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Brom's adventures in Scotland

On the beach
Have you been wondering what Brom has been up to lately? Well, wonder no more. Apart from learning how to speak a bit of Scotlandish (is it Gaelic, is it Scottish?), he went on visiting a castle, saw trees, nearly dropped in mud and met a lovely guy called Oscar! Which apart from anything else, is a fantastic name!

With Oscar
The first part of the story about the outing with Yamini and Oscar (who loves trees, I wonder whether he has seen our listening tree) can be found here. And then the second part (including mud) can be found here

I just want to say thank you again to Yamini for all the lovely outings and the great stories Brom has to tell. The thing is though: Brom might get spoiled and want to go on solo trips next year as well... Whatever will we do?

Photos shamelessly stolen from Yamini.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


After the day where they said we had only two proper days of summer (about 2 weeks ago now), we did have a few really lovely days. Not that it did me much good, since I had to work long shifts on those days. Last Friday however, that all changed. 

For a start I didn't have to work and instead went to town with my friend and Mouse. We saw the swords, we went shopping, we had a great time. By the end of the day though, the clouds had rolled in and the first drops started to fall. 

They haven't stopped since!

Heavy rain, some sunshine and more heavy rain. This morning I was caught in a rain/hail shower as I was getting from the bus to the canteen. Running did not help much, nor did the temperature. I was cold when I got back on the bus an hour later and actually had to turn the heating up. 

Since I haven't got much inspiration to make this a better post than is, I thought I would take some random photos to go with the non-story. Both photos are taken from my living room. The first shows the lights of the stadium (the big light is reflection of one of my lamps). Our local football club may be out of any international league (lost to some Polish club), but a nearby football club is doing just fine thank you very much. And tonight they are playing Barcelona! Not too shabby. See, women do tend to do better (it's the ladies from Avaldsnes against the ladies of Barcelona in the Champions League)!!

The second photo is of something I have shown before. It's the oil platform and I said at the time I could see it from my living room. Here's the proof!

Monday, 2 October 2017

The union

My first annual meet in 2013
When I first thought about moving to Norway (after giving up on moving to Canada), I read somewhere that the union(s) is/are very important. So, before I left the Netherlands I contacted a union I found on the site of my Dutch union. Apparently they were so pleased with that, they printed out the email and had it on their wall for quite some time! I digress however. 

I have been asked once whether I wanted to take part in my local group. Not just as a member, but as a board member. It was when I was having a lot of pain from my abdomen (a few months before my operation) and I had enough of me to even think of dealing with others. My answer was no. 

On Saturday we had an extraordinary meeting. Open to all members. Not many showed, it being short notice and it being in the middle of the (albeit dreadful) day. Only thanks to some other member who mentioned he was going on Facebook did I remember and hit the shower to make it on time for the meeting. I was asked again. My answer was no. 

So, how come I am now a spare member of the board? Only to be called in when somebody else is sick? Why did I take the notes of the first board meeting? In Norwegian no less? Whatever the reason: I am now a spare member of the board. The first to be called up if others cannot go. Soon to be going on a course (if I can find the details, registering ends tomorrow). 

Oh, and apparently I said yes to organising the annual meet/Christmas meet as well. I don't remember, but the others do, so it must be true?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

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Our first stop on Friday was a special stop. You may remember how Mara wrote about Harald Hårfagre a few years ago. And the monument that was raised in 1872 on the supposed millennium anniversary of his decisive battle to unite all provinces of the area to one Norway. 

This decisive battle took place in/around Hafrsfjord (yes, that is spelled correctly) near current day Stavanger and in 1983 a monument was put up there to commemorate. Unfortunately not a lot of information was found on site, but Wikipedia knows a lot, so info on the battle and some info on the monument. Which is called Sverd i Fjellet (Sword in the Mountain).

I just know we both loved the site and were very happy with the photos we took. Especially since on our way back it had started to rain!