Pentecost

Norway’s mostly renowned, I think, for its fjords and mountains, but I’m determined to share the charms of the Eastfold with anyone who will spare a glance!

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Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy

Did you know that there’s a secret manuscript of the Odyssey wherein Circe enchants her wine with the following spell? Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy. Make this wine sweet and fizzy! Most of the past 3 weeks have been spent adapting the aforementioned Homeric epic to Knoll and Tott’s tastes — hence the detailed descriptions of the comestible aspects; spells similar to Strega Nona‘s; and multiple digressions that begin “in the olden days in Greece…”

Anyway, unlike Penelope, I don’t slave away all day at my loom, viz. knitting needles, only to unravel my work after everyone else has gone to bed. And here’s what I have to show for my diligence:

Westfold Wheat! This rectangular shawl in the Estonian style calls for 800 m of laceweight yarn and works up very quickly once you get past the nupp border. I knitted the orange version for Mum while she and Dad were here for a 3-week visit — it busted more stash (in this case, Slink by Easyknits in the colourway Marmalade), which left me feeling more productive than usual, as if knitting from the stash is somehow of great worth from a moral perspective. (It is, as I can personally attest, naturally of great worth from the financial perspective of an unemployed person.)

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Then some finished objects that had been malingering as they waited for better photographs — a new Troldhaugen in Blacker BFL Lace (I will spare you the rhapsodizing about this yarn); St Martin, finished some years ago and tossed in the freezer to avoid both moths and blocking till now, in handspun merino/silk; and a simple garter stitch shawl in handspun Shetland, which everyone but me thinks is itchy, thereby ensuring that it won’t be poached.

And just as I thought that I’d cast on a fresh new project, I discovered some half-finished socks and shawls without edgings in my WIP bin. Hmph!

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A rainy day at the Palace and Park

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Spring!

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The Woods at Alby

Maybe it’s easier to take blocking pics because there’s no expectation of awesomeness in said pics. Anyway, as usual there is nothing to recommend either my blocking or photography skills but I did love the repetitiveness and simplicity of this pattern.

The shawl takes less than 800 m, which was the intention, but which also made for some stressful and extremely fast knitting — because for some reason I harbour the irrational belief that the speedier the knitting the less yarn will be needed.

With Soft ‘n’ Lacy in the Windflower colourway from Lamington Lass! The yarn is very plump and makes great nupps. It also survived at least 4 trips to the frog pond in quite decent condition.

Here’s a rather dry article from the New York Times about the flower called wood anemone in English (as opposed to the rather more poetic hvitveis in Norwegian) that inspired this shawl.

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China

Yesterday I discovered AliExpress. If you’re not familiar with it, then the best description that I can muster would be Chinese Amazon crossed with Etsy — in the sense that it provides a platform for individual stores to sell, dream, and scheme.

The shop names charmed and baffled me: Happy DIY Store and Horticulture Family Store made sense but FishMan Store sounded somewhat alarming. Clearly, the Valuefashionshop had decided to make their agenda clear. And the admittedly oddly named Two Per Thousand Store and finding Store had nothing on Shop1669336 Store.

Yarn can certainly be found there, but I managed to keep my hands away from the ‘buy’ button. Instead some dresses and petticoats made it into my cart (there’s a wedding in the family in August! more on the knittery aspects thereof in a later post!) as well as some novelty socks for Dad. Shops offer all kinds of coupons/discounts, although I’m wondering at the wisdom of buying $50 of socks or $300 of dresses (given that $2 buys a pair of socks and $20 a dress) in order to claim a $3 rebate.

With $500 dollars you could reconfigure your home. You could dump your existing wardrobe and transform your style overnight. If you want to be a Goth or rockabilly girl or wear an animal adult onesie then AliExpress will be more than happy to help you fulfil your dream. I don’t like to think of myself as overly materialistic or consumerist, but clearly AliExpress has not appealed to the better angels of my nature.

Speaking of conspicuous consumerism, here’s my latest yarn from my new favourite dyer Lamington Lass! I would have started knitting already but for the UFOs lingering on my 3.5 mm needles. Waaah!

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I joined Pinterest

Why did I keep writing that post title as “I jointed Pinterest”? I don’t even joint chickens! But yes. I joined Pinterest.

Anyway, it being required to provide Pinterest with a minimum of 5 (!) topics so that they could curate a homepage for me, I decided to engage in some surreptitious rebellion after choosing the predictable ‘knitting’ and ‘lace’ and ‘yarn’. So I listed ‘survival skills’ as one of my 5 interests — and Pinterest obligingly provided me with tips on how to ward off a variety of wild animals while knitting Japanese cable patterns.

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On the knitting front, the stash expansion pack just arrived this afternoon from Jon at Easyknits — and last week’s swatch has turned into a shawl.

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My spooky shadow arm somehow reminded me of the shadow puppets from the opening credits of the movie Bunraku, which is where I’ll leave you tonight:

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