Friday, March 16, 2018

A short getaway

When DaddyO told me he had a bunch of frequent flyer miles that were expiring very soon, he booked us a weekend trip to London! How sweet. In my 30+ years I have still to experience the city of London. The most I had seen of London was in the nighttime from a bus…

So on Friday we dropped the kids of at kindergarten and headed for the airport. The girls were stoked to be sleeping over at their grandparents while we were away. It was a smooth flight to Gatwick and before I knew it, we were checking in to our hotel located in the Kensington district.

So a few days with shopping and enjoying each others company, we are back a little more rested. I admit I might have gone a little overboard when shopping at Primark….clothes for the kids are really cheap when you don’t have to pay VAT. And if you shop other stuff for more than 30£ and flash your passport, you get a tax refund slip you can show at the airport when going home. Just remember to do that before you check in the baggage.. There’s a 100% chance they will want to see the goods you are taking home.

no pictures of my very full suitcase,

Oh and a last minute tip if you ever visit London…check out Oyster card (there is one for tourists) if you plan on using public transportation in London. Way cheaper options than buying the tourist cards. Eventhough it is a pay-as-you-go card, it is capped at £6.60 per day.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

With time to spare

Sorry I’ve been MIA the last few months….time has just flown by.

The girls Marius dresses have been finished a few weeks now. They just need a round with an iron to flatten out here and there.

Bilde 12.02.2018, 20.04.20

As mentioned in this post, it is a Marius pattern vest that I modified into a dress. I made it longer than the orginal vest and added a border to the bottom. Initially I made them so the girls would have matching dresses for their kindergarten pictures, which is in the Spring. I have yet to receive information about a photo scheduel. so how long can I hold off these dresses until the girls want to use them? With my luck, if I let them use them they’ll eat blueberries or something that make stains that are impossible to get out.

For these dresses I used Drops Baby Merino yarn. This yarn is so nice to knit with. Recommend this yarn if you are knitting patterns with different colors.

SweetieS choose the color “lilla orkide” (mix 39) as her main color, while SweetieL choose “turkis” (Uni color 32). For the Marius pattern I used “hvit” (Uni color 01). For the collar I used “rosa” (uni color 07). In both dresses I used 4 skeins of the mail color and 1 of each the white and pink..

An ice cold front has hit Norway the last week, so it’s been good knitting on a baby blanket I’m gifting my sister when her new baby comes…

-what are you knitting on these days?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Will I make it in time?

Winter is coming and the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch and do some knitting.

I finally finished my pillow project, a pillow pattern based on a picture I saw online of the quatrefoil pattern. Using about 5 skeins of cotton yarn from Søstrene Grene on 2,5mm needles (I think it was).

Fil 25.10.2017, 10.57.07
finally done

Now over to my new project, Marius dress for both SweetieS and SweetieL before they take kindergarden pictures.

Earlier this fall I went to my local library and borrowed the book “Marius strikkebok” with lovely knitting patterns with the popular Norwegian pattern Marius. This time I desided to modify a vest pattern into a dress for the girls. Colors were choosen by the girls and yarn was ordered from Garnius (pst! Drops alpaca yarn is on sale till the end of this year!)

Fil 25.10.2017, 11.09.33 
in the starting pit of SweetieLs dress

The dates for kindergarten pictures has still to be announced. But since I am making not one, but two dresses. I hope I make it in time…

- what are you doing these cold Autumn days?
- what’s your latest knitting project?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Another weekend with Teddy

The past weekend we got to have SweetieS kindergarten mascot Teddy for a visit.It’s been about a year since we had him for a visit. (in case you missed it, here is the post)

Sine we last saw him Teddy has been “upgraded” with new clothes and a new buddy, Little Teddy. This time SweetieS put in a request for a new hat for Teddy. With temperature rapid falling these days, SweetieS felt Teddy need a warm hat. So I was put to work. I did a quick Google search to have a base to start with. I found this pattern. Starting with 68 stitches I knitted until I felt it was big enough.

Bilde 07.10.2017, 09.52.34

I’m still looking for Lille Teddy. He went to bed with Teddy and SweetieS and has yet to show up…I’ve emptied the bed (SweetieS has “a few” stuffed animals) and still no sign of him…

These days the windows in our house are being changed. So the weekend was spendt clearing and getting ready for the upcoming renovation, while the girls had a sleep over at the grand parents.

- how have you spendt your weekend?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I “heart” NY

Just a few days ago I wrapped up my annual New York (US?) trip with mummy dearest.

This time around we actually had time to both do some sightseeing and shopping. Not like last time, were my suitcase suit case tok a few rounds extra around the world (read its story here).

I had in advanced ordered the New York Pass. These passes are great if you plan on doing some sightseeing over a few days, or even just one day. If you download the app, you can plan in advance. The app had a nice feature for setting up an agenda for the day and gives a calculated savings overview. Great to check if it is worth investing in a pass at all. I recommend starting out early the sightseeing day(s), a lot of time is wasted in ticket queues and (airportlike) security checks. Oh and pick up your pass in advance! so you don’t waste time queing for the pass. The pass is activated upon the first attraction.

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