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Monday, February 25, 2013

Done!

Remember this post  and this one about my crochet-blanket I started 2011?? Well... I finally managed to finish it! 
I used icelandic léttlopi and hook nr. 5

It started up as a scrap-afghan, but of course I ended up buying a lot of extra yarn - especially since I´ve been adding more and more rounds to the about 105 squares. 
I added 3 extra rows in 2 colors to  each square for two reasons: 
1. To  keep it a bit more calm and organized - all those colors made it look so crazy and unorganized
2. To make the squares bigger so I wouldn´t have to make&join over 200 to reach the right size:-)

I joined them with my favorite color: mustard-yellow and it´s huge

Me and my older one love this blanket so much & we will be using it a lot! 




Saturday, February 23, 2013

Something strange...

I think those dragons I was hunting might have put a spell on me... 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dragon hunter

I went on a dragon hunt today... 


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

finnish blueberry pie


A few years ago, I went to visit a dear friend in Finnland - on of the first things she made me was a finnish blueberry pie. I loved it so much that she gave the recipe. She told me she used all kind of berries for this pie and I when I make it, I just use whatever I have in my fridge: raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb and sometimes a mix of those things. It´s not a typical pie - and some people might even call it a cheese-cake - but the most important thing is how delicious (and easy to make) it is! Yummi!

Here you have this wonderful recipe in english below - enjoy!

pie dough/crust

100g soft butter
3/4 dl sugar (I use brown sugar - demerasykur)
1 egg
1,5 dl flour
1 dl whole wheat (heilhveiti eða spelt)
1 tsp baking powder

Mix those things in your stand mixer (hrærivél) and put it in a pie dish (I use my fingers to spread it).

filling

200g blueberries (I never weigh them - I just put as much as I want to... most of the time a lot more) 
200g Greek yogurt
0,5 dl sugar (I use brown sugar - demerasykur)
1 egg
1 tsp  vanilla extract/vanilla sugar (venjulegir vanilludropar eða vanillusykur)

Spread your berries on the dough, mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the berries.

Bake for 30 minutes (200 degrees on Celsius)

Friday, February 15, 2013

bottle cap crochet-flowers

I improvised those flower-brooches for my girls 
during a girls-weekend in a cottage on the countryside
I used icelandic lace (loðband,einband) and bottle caps for the center 
and léttlopi for the flower pedals


one more thing: I´m starting to miss "the word of the week" photo-challenge so I'm starting with that one again next week...  next weeks word "outlines" is chosen by my sister Guðrún

Have a wonderful weekend ya´ll!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

crochet blanket

I´ve been creating so many things for other children than my own lately, so I decided it was time to make something for my boys. My older one loves Icelandic wool - he want´s to cover himself with it, swim in it, dig in it... he loves everything about it, even the smell :-) So.... why not make him a crochet blanket of his own, big enough to wrap all around himself? 

Details
I decided to use the traditional granny square pattern for this blanket. What I like about this blanket is the simplicity&at the same time "happiness" of the colors. It only took me 1 week to make it since each square only has 2 colors.  

I didn´t make an edging because I want to be able to add some rows around it when he grows...

hook: nr. 7 
material: icelandic unspun, 2 strands (tvöfaldur plötulopi). I mainly used wool from my stash.


Do you recognize the system behind the color-arrangement?

dig in...

my big boy enjoying&loving his new blanket



Friday, February 8, 2013

Beautiful Westfjords

I´m dreaming of last summer... 
 
Súgandafjörður
 

 Bolafjall

Arnarfjörður, Stapadalur

most adventurous&most beautiful drive of my life: vegurinn fyrir nes, Arnarfjörður

can´t wait to go back there next summer...

Monday, February 4, 2013

pillowcases

Many years ago, I covered my pillows with fabric I have now grown out of - meaning: I really don´t like them anymore. I have been thinking about new pillowcases for a while now and during a visit in  IKEA the other day I got some really nice fabric on sale and some lace curtain-scraps for almost nothing. The best thing about the fabric probably was the color: curry/mustard/crazy-yellow/greenish. 

This is what I made out of it:  

Nr. 1.
IKEA fabric and curtain-scraps: 
it was a bit tricky to sew the two fabrics together but it was worth the effort...

I really love the way the yellow/greenish shines through the white lace curtains
(p.s. my older son likes this one too and want´s one of his own to sleep with in the night)

the back: my cases are open so it´s really easy to wash them

Nr. 2.
An old doily from my favorite thriftstore and IKEA fabric
 - what a nice way to use/recycle old doilies -

the two together, waiting for their brothers and sisters I´m currently working on...