Wednesday, June 28

Now, how is that for progress?

The Mason Dixon Knitting book promises that the baby kimono is a project feasable even for debutants in knitting and pattern reading (well, that is my interpretation of what they are saying). They also say that this can be done in not too much time. Neither of this prevents me from being impressed and proud to have made the progress you can here see since yesterday evening.

I have only the right front of the kimono left - and since I am still in a far away feverous world that involves coughing, sneezing and instant and urgent need to sleep every hour, chances are big I will get there inbetween the above mentioned during the day.

New kitchen?

- no - only new kitchen cloth ;)

The yarn is bought at Husfliden in Stavanger - mercerized cotton, intended for embroidery. It is left overs of the yarn I used for the raspberries and straws baby blanket in March.

Colourful - huh?

Tuesday, June 27

Baby Kimono Progress

Colourful kitchen wash cloth coming up

And then there were three...

Dark side of the moon?

Last night Roger Waters of Pink Floyd was in concert at Viking Stadion just over the fjord. Look at the sky above the concert arena! - Now how is that for dark side of the moon?


All these baby wonders of the world popping out here and there seem to encourage and inspire more than what is good for me... (combined with the fever) - I started another lovely baby kimono project from the Mason Dixon Knitting book in Baby Alpakka/Silk from Du Store Alpakka!


I have been working on some burp cloths for a little prince who just came ten days ago. I had planned for two - this weekend I found a nice vest to go with it (home bought) - and yesterday I put some lovely sheep buttons on them.

However - this throat infection and the fever with it assures me I can not go to see the baby before I am well again - so then I could not help myself from making a third one with his initials on... - soon to be finished, that, too. It must be the fever.

New summery yarn

Inspired by the Mason Dixon Knitting book, I have dived into the world of cotton/linen ideas of burp cloths, wash cloths, towels and more. Here is some of the yarn I bought.

Monday, June 26

Ends tied up

I finished my ecru silk/lamb wool shawl! I have been considering covering it with pearls (well covering or not totally covering), but I think I will just keep it like this. It is simple, delicate and comfy, now that the light (somtimes a bit chilly) Norwegian summer nights call for late presence at the teracce ;)

Sunday, June 25

Japanese Reading

There's no limit to what I can permit myself nowadays - It seems like I have the world of time now that I'm no longer developing projects on deadlines. At least not before after the vacations.

Being a huge fan of Haruki Murakami since just about a year ago when I first met Kafka on the Shore, I finally have room to dive into "Japan forteller" ed. Reiko Abe Auestad (UoOslo)- a Japanese prose anthology, including extracts from novels and shortstories from 1868 onwards. This will permit my getting acquainted with something beside Murakami, originating from a country that has interested me since my early teens (I have a pen pal that dates back to that!)

NB. Do not quote me on any of this - this is pleasure reading and blogging with a feverish mind...:

The introduction, written by Abe Auestad, includes a presentation of the Japanese literature history in the years sinec 1868, when Edo changed name to Tokyo and became capital of Japan. (Tokyo means the eastern capital as opposed to the former capital Kyoto - the western capital). This also, due to Abe Auestad, marks the shift between the Edo and the Meiji period. (Meiji = the enlightened reign).

The western influence included a decodification of Japanese literature, - a move towards GENBUNITCHI - consistency between the spoken and the written language. The challenge of establishing a neutral narrator - neither above, nor below the reader - has not yet been fully solved.

Traditionally the Japanese language, due to Abe Auestad, differentiates between higher and lower social status betwen the dialogue partners. It is seemingly impossible to develope a Japanese language that does not indicate the dialogue partners' relation to oneanother (p. 12).

Taking into account that I might be way off here - This seems a possible connection to my project on Bakhtinian dialogics, - where I am aiming at developing a discourse analysis displaying suppressing structures in discourses. - Not that I in the near future would be capable of analyzing any Japanese texts - more like an anecdote... - Anyway; I really enjoy reading the short stories in the anthology. Go read.

Shades of green

I mentioned a while ago that I started a green summer Silk Tweed baby blanket on big needles - and that I'd post pics of it later. Here it is. The project sort of paused for a while, since I went out of yarn. Expecting to get back on track shortly.

Inspired by that splendid Mason Dixon Knitting book, I also started a few baby cloths in a very nice green linen/cotton yarn that I don't remember the name of here and now (it's from Romania). I got it in a surprice sending from Strikk Innom.

That sending also got me a soft kid moahir yarn that will turn into a little shawl/scarf for a friend who's not well these days.

Closing in

There hasn't been a lot of knitting the last month - but now I'm back. I'm closing in on my second wedding shawl - one that I'll probably end up wearing myself, since the bride chose the other one.

It's getting big! - And it took longer than anything else I have knit, since it's done on 4 mm needles (Silk Tweed - lamb wool and silk).

Friday, June 23

Lovely, lazy Sunday at home

Last Sunday we had a lovely, lazy day at home. We just did what we felt like - I baked wheat buns and bread for the evening meal consisting of delicious shrimps, lemon and mayones... Yummy!

Saturday, June 10

Project finished - Look what I got!!

This week I finished my project description after several weeks of hard work. Now I'm trying to redirect my life towards other creative activities, such as knitting, relaxing, gardening, reading non theoretical texts and enjoying boat trips. (When I'm not at work...)

As I hung in there on Tuesday - aiming at my first night not working in 5 weeks - one of my loveliest friends turned up with this intriguing gift - scheduled for posthandingintheproject. Someone just knows that you sometimes need a little help to reconnect body and mind...
Having put the kids to bed I poured myself a nice cup of green tea, curled up in the sofa and opened the lovely wrapping:

I tell you; this friend knows exactly what a deknit knitter needs to reknit...! The Mason Dixon Knitting's Knitters' Guide is a thrill to any knitter - and a symphony to knitbloggers... Ann and Kay's story - written in a oh-so-funny manner - mixed with ideas, patterns - and gorgeous pictures - it's like a soothing lavender bath ;) - Wouldn't you just kill for those needles??

What did I do to deserve such a friend???