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"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

93 - Victor Hugo

A little earlier last month my husband, oldest son and I took a short trip to France for a  family reunion. 

We had only a couple days, and had not planned on doing much more than spending time with my family. But we did pass the old town center in Strasbourg on a saturday, and the display of a street book seller  caught my eyes.

I really can't resist taking a look at books, especially vintage or antique ones. One quick glance, and this one volume stood out to me, an early edition of Victor Hugo's last novel titled "93" (after the 1793 revolt in the Vendée).
The story centers around three small children, and their widowed peasant mother. Caught between two fighting forces, they are innocent victims of their time.

It's a story of revolutionaries, versus royalist. Of the conflict between duty, and moral duty.

I actually had just read the book, and while it is a sad story it is also a nobel one..... 

This volume is beautiful illustrated with  many illustrations, and while I could not find a printing date I believe it is a late 1800's edition....  Maybe one of my readers can help me date it better ? 

Quatrevingt-treize. Victor Hugo

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Ramona cardigan by Elizabeth Smith. Part 2

A little sweater progression update.

So now I am well on the way, and haven’t made any serious mistakes since the miscounts at the beginning. I did forget to knit instead of purl at one point on the false hem, but that was easily fixed by going back and removing the couple stitches involved, then fixing the mistake with the aid of an hair pin – I know, you should use a crochet hook. But once again it happened while watching the TV, and I did not want to get up and get a crochet so my always handy hair pin was put to good use. It’s amazing how useful those little pins are, made of metal and easy to bend I’ve used them for so many things… maybe they should be added to the swiss knives. 

The pattern has a small decrease/increase along the waist, but I wonder it is really necessary ? Maybe  knitting it straight wouldn’t  be too bad ? I also wonder about the false hem, I’ve seen other bloggers who said they had knitted this sweater without the false hem and thought it was much nicer that way ? Anyways, I’ll follow the pattern as stated, but it is such an easy and pleasant knitting project that I might do it again. Thought a next time around I would probably skip the false hem, and the increase/decrease and instead add a little fair isle style strip into it for contrast ? Or pockets ?

Ramona cardigan. Here you can see the lovely top-down raglan construction lines

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ramona cardigan by Elizabeth Smith. Part 1

It’s that time of year, when the days grow shorter, the air gets nippy and you look forward to spending more time indoors, sitting by the fire or watching TV with a warm blanket over your knees and a knitting project in your hands.

After a summer spent practicing tatting, I felt ready to start on a new knitting project – but which one ? I quit knitting for my kids years ago, I’m a slow knitter and they grow too fast. I also don’t need too many more hats, or scarves. But a cardigan or sweater, not too complicated, and not too easy either sounded like the perfect autumn project. So after many, many hours looking online and in my collection of magazines and books I settled on this cardigan pattern by Elisabeth Smith. It had good reviews and looked like something I would actually use, beside my old favorite cardi is looking rather worst for wear and needs replacing.

So now I’m inviting you to follow along as I knit, and I’ll let you know what I think of the pattern, my choice of wool and  any tips or tricks I pick up along the way.

The pattern is available here on Ravelry:

The wool suggested is hard to find in Norway, so I settled for Drops Nepal (wool and alpaca mix) in beige 0300, I bought 10 of them, and figured if I didn’t need all then I could always use the rest to knit a hat.

I’m knitting the pattern in size Medium

I was a little eager to start, but then after a couple rows took off everything and started again with a long tail casting, it gives a much neater edge.

Soon after I made a little counting mistake, and had to restart another time. Best tip: don’t start a new project while watching TV… you’ll make most mistakes at the beginning, and need to concentrate a little until you feel familiar with the pattern and how it’s written. 

For those of my readers who live in Norway I will recommend this online shop for buying supplies, the package arrived really fast and the service was excellent:

Almost all the supplies needed, except a set of DPN ( double pointed needles) I had already had in my stash

Already well started.... the pattern is designed for XS -3XL, the orange marks the stitche count I will follow for size M

Here are some helpful youtube videos for the techniques used:

m1-R :

m1-L :

Knitted-on/purled-on CO technique :

Longtail cast on :


PS: All recommendations are my own preference; I am not sponsored by the designer, websites, manufacturers.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Tropical aroma cake

Here is the recipe for a 'vintage' Norwegian favourite, I call it vintage as it seems to have been very popular in the 60's. 
As I always do, I reduced the recommended sugar amount and would  recommend using a level, or small  teaspoon of the nutmeg and cinnamon if you do not want a heavily spiced cake.

Tropical aroma cake

( 8 portions )

-           125 g butter (room temperature)

-           250 g sugar

-           2 eggs

-           250 g flour

-           2 teaspoons baking powder

-           1 teaspoon nutmeg

-           1 teaspoon cinnamon

-           2 ½ dl milk

-           3 tablespoons cacao powder

- Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs one at a time.
- Sift in dry ingredients, except cocoa powder
- Separate the batter in two separate bowls, then add the cocoa powder to one of them.
- Butter and flour (or line with baking paper) a 24 cm diameter cake pan. To make the marbled affect, pour half of the clear batter first, then drop with a spoon half of the chocolate batter. Repeat.
-  Bake in an 180 degrees oven for 35-40 mns.
- Let cake cool completely before icing.


-           50 g butter (room temperature)

-           300 g powder sugar

-           3 tablespoons cacao powder

-           5 tablespoons coffee

Tropical aroma cake