Thursday, December 28


Pate d'amande, long breakfasts, Christmas tree, lego, knitting, reading, pinnekjøtt, ribbe, torsk, pepperkaker, sleeping in, cinema, Wiiiiiiiiii! ;)

Friday, December 8


Dagbladet has ruled. Due to the critique and discussion of the cultural elite in Norway, Dagbladet has put together their own home made test to sort out who 's at risk of being too woven into the elite. Here's my result:

You are definitely not part of the cultural elite, - congratulations! You are probably genuine and down to earth and may take part in organisational work as much as you like without being suspected to work for yourself and keeping the proletariat down.

Well that's a good thing to know when from time to time being reminded of how feminism shouldn't turn into a top-down movement...

Friday, December 1

Advent's mood?

It's December 1st - it's pouring rain - the temperature is 11 degrees Celsius - the same as it was July 16th 2005... (- and several of the weeks around that date.) Hm... Yesterday I thought: " There is no way I will get my usual advent mood by tomorrow - advent's calendar to prepare or not.
Then I woke up this morning. I turned to my (new) cell phone and realized that my first calendar entry ever on this phone had popped up. Next to it: a symbol that goes with the season - a green parcel wrapped up with a huge red ribbon. - And what does it say next to the parcel? I assure you - one of the best advent's greetings ever!
Første dag som stipendiat
First day as PhD scholar
Juhu!!! I'm finally on my way ;) I'm here - I'm here - I'm here!!!

... getting there...

There just has not been time and space enough to complete the calendar before this morning. I'm sure I'll get it done this weekend, but the kids were super happy as long as there was one parcel each for this morning - next to the book! This calendar was my calendar when I was a kid - and apart from a few mouse holes from attic storage it looks as new... (but feels like always...)

December 1st

This morning my kids unwrapped this book - It's Jostein Gaarder's Julemysteriet. It's a calendar book, and we're reading one chapter a day until the 24th. The kids got their first chapter this morning at breakfast ;)

Present preparations started

The other day we started wrapping up presents. We send gifts all around the world - Japan, the States, Uganda, France - and obviously a bunch around Norway. Time to get things off by the post!

Sunday, November 26

From advising to research training

Tomorrow starts my last week as adviser for research training, as I start my 4 year PhD scholarship this Friday. I can hardly wait! I've known for so many years that I wanted to go for a PhD and in 5 days I'm there... JUHU!!!

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

I'd love some snow, though...

The closest I've been to snow this year is flying over the Alpes going back from Spain. Having lived several years in the north of Norway, I miss snowy winters a lot... I hope we'll soon have some snow here, too!

Sørlandet in November

I brought the kids for a weekend in Grimstad to make sure they don't actually think Sørlandet is only about summer and swimming. The November light is beautiful, and we had some nice walks around town and the nearby wooden hills.

Hey - Nathania! Remember this?

Fall trip to Dalsnuten

I told you about Anne who came from the States to see us? She's a professional hiker - and we obviously had to take her to the nice area next to Dalsnuten not far from where we live :) Very nice trip. Perfect autumn weather ;)

Fall project

Images from Girona

Girona is a beautiful city situated an hour and a half outside Barcelona. We still eat the loveliest chorizos and saucissons secs from the market that I popped by Saturday in the lunch break.

Barcelona from the Miró museum

Miró images

Finally at the Miró museum

I've been waiting to go to the Miró museum in Barcelona since 1994. This October I went to Girona for a conference, and the one thing I prioritized other than the conference was - of course - finally seeing the museum. Back in Norway it was raining - chilly autumn weather - and in Spain I wandered about in summer skirts, gently cooled under the large trees - and just took in Spain, Miró and the scent of Barcelona...

While we're contemplating summer...

Pre jelly and lemonade

White raspberries
Red raspberries
Red raspberries and blackberries


Tarte Tatin

 What is better than a warm tarte tatin? 

Yummy summer memories

This August when we came home from vacations we spent the first weekend making jellies - yellow and red raspberry jelly - and blackberry (?) - solbær (sun berry) jelly... Tastes good at breakfast in dark November rainy weather...

Tuesday, November 21

Quiet early morning

It's a bit past 6 - and I've already been up for a couple of hours. My youngest son woke me up at 03h30, and I could not go to sleep again. I'm really not used to this anymore - it's been almost three years since they regularily held us awake during night hours. Turns out I got a bunch of work done, though. - which is good, because I'm leaving my present position in one and a half week - and there's so much I should finish before that!!!

Here is my bonzai - I bought it to introduce a(-nother) token of calm and quiet in our externally seemingly buzy home. I love to see it there in front of my rice paper lamp when I knit in the evening - listening to Bugge Wesseltoft playing away the snow on his piano.

Thursday, November 16

Sweater restarted...

It was too hot this summer. Far to hot to knit woolen yarn. That is why I have just restarted my daughter's button sweater - and I have a certain amount of progress.

- and Crystal Palace Aran Print ;)

- sorry for the bad picture! - the colours aren't quite like this...

Crystal Palace Taos'

- has also arrived. Before yesterday I hadn't knit anything new in months. 24 hours ago I started a scarf in this comfy 100% wool...

Arrivals from strikkinnom

I subscribe to surprise packages from - here are some of the yarns that have arrived - that I have not been able to start yet...: Two colours of Mayflower Cotton Light , a light green luxury cotton DK classic yarn from Rowan Yarn - cotton, viscose and silk and a 100% cashmere grey, amongst other things ;)

Knitting kids

My daughter and my eldest son are knitting, too... Christmas presents for lucky ones! They nicked my bamboo needles!!!

Calming down

This fall has been stuffed with work in different shades. There hasn't been much knitting - there hasn't been much blogging. The main reason of the latter is a rather bad technical (although factual) excuse... We got a new camera and it's not really plug and play to get my photos uploaded. (I know - bad excuse.) This combined with too much work - to little spare time - hmf. I'm planning on improving that, however...

Instead of waiting to get all my waiting to be blogged pics available I'm now starting in the other end. This is what I do now. Right now I drink wine. - a sweet, lovely Muscat from Bonny Doon California that we got from Anne who came to see us a month ago.
Anne is disputing for her PhD next week, and I'm going to Trondheim to celebrate ;) Juhu!! Thanks for the wine, Anne! Lovely for special occasions!!!

Wednesday, September 27

Thursday, September 7

PhD scholarship obtained!

Hurray!!! I am going to start working on my PhD!!! This morning I was informed that my project description and application for PhD scholarship went all the way - I am starting my PhD!!! This weekend I am presenting my project on Bakthinian dialogic discourse analysis and its implications for feminist aesthetics and ethics in Bergen at "Kjønnsforskning NÅ!" ("Gender Studies NOW!") Juhu!!!

Monday, August 28

Proudly realizing: It actually works!!

This is a report from R(eal) L(ife) - as opposed to the theoretical, academic, virtual feminist bloggers' universe. My daughter (6) started school last Monday and since she more or less instantly left her pink phase this May I quite happily yesterday ended up buying her black Spiderman rain wear that she found super cool.

Every parent sending her or his child off to the scary, unprotected world of first grade school tends to reflect upon whether she or he will meet huge emotional challenges that are too tough to cope with. To a 6 year old making new friends (and even more later) the opinion of class mates might certainly have an impact on their day...- I sent my daughter off this morning thinking: Would the daughter of this feminist mother have been better off blending in with the other pink, red, purple rain wear girls this early in her new class? Picking her up this aftenoon my cool, cool daughter told me this about her day (it did turn out to be an issue...):

"You know what? Today Caroline saw my new rain wear when we went into class and she asked me why I was wearing boys' clothes." (smiling and laughing as she is looking out the window telling this) - "I just told her that there is no such things as boys' clothes or girls' clothes - and I told her that I have a Spiderman drinking bottle, Spiderman sleep wear, Spiderman underwear and a Spiderman caps that are really cool. You know what Caroline said then? She said: 'Really! I didn't know that!' - and that now she understood that it wasn't the way she thought it was."

A) 6-years olds (like older people) can realize that the world isn't the way they thought it was

B) All that attitude changing work we do actually makes a difference...

Sunday, August 27

...reading resumé &thensome coming up shortly

I'm too tired right now - but I will be back with a resumé of what I read through this summer :) I also promise pics of the last week's domestic production of jellies, jams, lemonades and the likes. Check in regularily!

Saturday, August 26

Hearty Wishes...

... for a long lovely life together...



Gift Wrapped


Vardeheia knitting pattern details

Kitchen Towels...

For the Vardeheia kitchen I knit different blue kitchen towels. One towel takes two skeins of semi thick cotton - 5 mm knitting needles - and a little light while kntting assuring you don't skip one row of the pattern...

DIsh Cloths

I love yarn that changes colour as you knit along! - The wavy effect makes it perfect for brightening up your sink and kitchen bench - and stains wont show as fast as on one colour cloths ;)

Kettle Holders

Kettle holders should be thick and soft. - and just about big enough to prevent you from burning yourself, at the same time as assuring they wont slip into the lasagna melted cheese...

The Vardeheia Knitting Pattern

Any respectable household needs a dedicated knitting pattern. - for the couple to be wed I made one and presented it to them in a frame with samples. I will come back to the details - only I'm too tired right now... Perhaps you're capable of reading it off the original instructions here presented?

Wedding Preparations

Two weeks after the baptism I was matrone of honour of the formely baptised fellow's mummy when she got married :) That was a lovely experience... We had the most wonderful three day wedding celebration - and - the two weeks before included a lot of knitting as well as other preparations.

We got the bride and groom light blue stone ware for their new kitchen - and to go with that - obviously - I had to knit matching
cloths in a diversity of sizes and colours. I don't have a lot of pictures from the process before the end product(s) - but as we all know; cotton cloths risk never being used if they're not preped by having passed a round in the washing machine...