mandag 24. desember 2012

Travelling mother

Like me, my mother likes to travel. When I saw the shawl called "Traveling woman", I knew I had to knit it up for her. I found the perfect yarn at The Loopy Ewe, I bought a skein of Dream in Color Starry in the Amethyst Ink colourway, it is purple and black.  I used needles 4 mm, US  6, and I knit the fingering version in medium. Here's my Ravelry project page, for anyone interested.  

When I had two rows left, I realized that I wouldn't have enough yarn to finish it. Luckily, I have a "little" yarn stashed, so I found something that matched, and knit the last two rows in Wollmeise 100% Merino superwash in Schwarz. 

This wil be her Christmas gift, so this post will go up automatically on Christmas Eve. The pictures show the whole shawl, and a closeup of the colours. As always, you can click the pictures to make them bigger. 

torsdag 29. november 2012


So, once again I have knitting to show you. This was a birthday gift, and the pattern is Shaelyn, by Leila Raabe.

The recipient likes browns and blues, so I ended up using Madelinetosh Pashmina in the "Mare" colourway. It took about 96 grams on needles 5,5 mm, US 9. I got the yarn from The Loopy Ewe.

I really liked this pattern (if you don't count that I had messed up, and had to frog quite almost a whole repeat), so I may knit it again soon.

fredag 23. november 2012

Sigma Beauty offers free shipping

Just a quick note to tell you that Sigma Beauty offers free worldwide shipping as their Black Friday deal.
They still offer free gifts when you order for $30 or more. I love their make up brushes, and have some on my wishlist for Christmas, myself. :)

torsdag 11. oktober 2012

Chai Latte

A while ago we bought a new coffee machine, as I got tired of our Nespresso machine. We got a Dolce Gusto, and one of the things I like about it, is the variations you can buy for it. For instance the chai latte. I ended up searching webshops for other chai lattes, and a couple of days ago, I got four different Drink me chai Chai Lattes from Discountcoffee. I've tested them all, and I quite like them. :-)

I had to get something for my fiancé as well, so I got him Rocket Fuel coffee.

Sorry for the crappy photos, they were taken with my cell phone.

tirsdag 26. juni 2012

10% off from Sigma in July

If you visit my blog regularly, you've probably seen the ad for Sigma beauty. In the month of July, they offer a 10% discount on all orders, using the code AP 2012 when checking out. I have bought several make up brushes from them, in fact, I'm slowly working my way through changing all my brushes to Sigma brushes, as I love them. I'd really like to get one of their Travel kits, as I love the sizes of the brushes, but I can't afford it right now. For those of you that are vegan, they have a vegan collection, too. 

Finished objects

Very basic baby beanie
A while ago I spun up some White spruce top from Highland Handmades, in the colour Freya's cloak. While spinning it, I had no immediate plans for it, but when a colleague got a son, I knit up another Very basic baby beanie of some of it. I used needles 3 and 3,5 mm, US 2 1/2 and 4.

I've also taken part in a Knit-a-long on Ravelry. Sillyfru, and Noteable Needle, two video podcasters, joined forces, and held the Hitch a Rainbow KAL. The goal was to knit the Hitchhiker shawl by Martina Behm between 15 May and 30 June.

I finished mine this weekend, I used Happy Spider sock yarn in the colourway "Over the rainbow". Sadly, it seems that the yarn is discontinued. I used needle 3,5 mm, US 4, and got 34 points. I used the whole skein. I love how it turned out. I'm not too good at taking pics, and this one was so wide, so I didn't know how to show it off. Hopefully this will work.

lørdag 2. juni 2012

Algaebra kremer

This is a Norwegian product I've tested, so the post will be in Norwegian.

For LikenShare har jeg testet Algaebra Håndkrem og Vitalkrem. Begge delene skal være med "næringsrike alger", håndkremen er beregnet for følsom hud, vitalkremen for tørr hud.

Jeg har testet Vitalkremen på kroppen, spesielt på leggene, men også på hendene, det er der jeg som regel har tørrest hud. Det jeg reagerte på her, var at kremen ble liggende utenpå huden, jeg hadde kanskje forventet at den skulle trekke litt inn, de kremene jeg liker å bruke, trekker gjerne litt inn, og blir ikke liggende utenpå huden. Det fikk meg til å stusse litt på hva som var ingrediensene i kremen, og på de små tubene står det at info om ingredienser og nettbutikk finner man på Jeg har prøvd å lete, men har ikke funnet en ingrediensliste på nettsidene der, og det gjør meg faktisk litt skeptisk. Jeg har en mistanke om at produktene kan inneholde mineraloljer, det var blant annet dét jeg ville sjekke.

Det andre jeg reagerte på, var lukten. Det er greit at det lukter litt av et produkt når du smører det på, men at lukten faktisk sitter der mange timer senere, når det ikke lukter spesielt godt, det liker jeg ikke noe særlig. Men, heldigvis har man forskjellig smak, så det at jeg ikke liker dette, betyr ikke at andre ikke kan like det. :-) Det er heldigvis ikke en sterk lukt, så jeg tror ikke andre ville ha kjent lukta, med mindre jeg dytta min innsmurte arm under nesen deres, for å si det sånn. ;-)

Når det gjelder håndkremen, ble ikke den noen stor hit hos mine tørre hender. Den ble ikke liggende utenpå huden på samme måte som Vitalkremen, men jeg følte ikke at den ga nok fuktighet til hendene mine, rett og slett. Nå skal det sies at jeg sliter med å finne en krem som jeg føler er bra nok for dem, da, de blir tørre, uansett. ;-)

Hvis du har lyst til å prøve produkter fra Algaebra, kan du bruke koden "LNS2012" for å få 150 kr i avslag på ditt første kjøp i nettbutikken. Selv vil jeg nok fortsette å lete etter de gode produktene for min vanskelige hud.

torsdag 10. mai 2012

Bigger on the inside?

Well, I don't know about that, but at least the Tardis socks are done.

As you can hopefully probably guess from the hairy legs, these are not my feet, the socks are knit for Tommy, so they are size 43, approx.

The yarn is Fibernymph Dye Works Squoosh, in the Tardis colourway, and the pattern is Afterthought heel socks by Laura Linneman.

These are knit on needles 2,25 mm, US 1, if you want to see my notes, you can find them on Ravelry, here.

Oh, and if you don't know what a Tardis is, you can read about it here.

mandag 9. april 2012

Baby girls need baby hats

A little girl has been born to this world, and tomorrow she will be gifted a Very Basic Baby Beanie, pattern written by Janet D. Russell. The yarn is my very own handspun, it's Cloudlover 80/20 Merino Tussah silk, in Morocco, a colourway from the August 2011 Fiber Club.  The beanie is knit on needles 3 mm and 3,5 mm, US 2 1/2 and 4. Instead of using sock needles, I used a long Chiaogoo red lace needle, and I must say that these needles are my favourite needles of the "cheaper" ones. The Signature needles are my absolute favourites, but the Chiaogoos are second best in my opinion. I really need to get more of these. The cables don't twist as much as the KnitPros tend to do, and the join is so smooth, that it is a joy to knit with them.

I've bought my Chiaogoos from The Loopy Ewe, and Grandmas handknitting on Etsy.

Oh, and if you think you've seen the hat here before, you've not gone mad. I knit the same pattern in the same yarn in November, the blogpost is here.  :-)

søndag 1. april 2012

April fools

From Ravelry

Growing up in a family were you're told every 1 April that there's a tiger, pink elephant, or something equal in the garden, you learn to dislike 1 April and April fools. When I joined Ravelry, a community for knitters and crocheters, I began liking it again. How can I not, when you get cute hats on 1 April?

What got me really laughing today, though, was the Adblock extension to Google Chrome.

From,  Adblock for Google Chrome
When I start my browser, I automatically start four panes of Norwegian newspapers, among other web pages. I saw pictures of cats in between the news articles, and was confused. What was this?

I moused over one of the pictures, and got to this page. The ads were switched with cats! I love it! I've been laughing out loud several times because of this today, it's hilarious! This is the kind of April fools I like! More of these, please!

From,  Adblock for Google Chrome
I am playing around a bit with my background today, and the settings here, so if the blog looks a bit wonky, that is why. Hopefully I'll get it the way I want it soon, so that it looks better.

lørdag 31. mars 2012

Henna part three

I can finally show you a picture of my hennaed hair, unfortunately it's a bit windy outside today, but you get the picture. Ha ha. It's funny how the colourr in the sunlight, (picture to the left) it's usually not that red. As usual, you can click on the picture to get a larger version.

The second picture is in cloudy weather, with flash, and the third, with no flash. As you can see, the difference is remarkable between the three, and I like it!

Luckily you can't see the roots, they will need a new application soon. I'm not sure if I'll do just the roots, or all the hair, we'll see.

In the sun
Cloudy, no flash

Cloudy, with flash

fredag 30. mars 2012

Taster's Choice coffee

Pictures borrowed from
It seems that I'm always on the hunt for good coffee. However, some 
days I also like it simple, like when I'm at work. There is a coffee machine where I work, but I'm not a big fan, the taste is... interesting. 

So when I found Nescafé Taster's Choice in Hazelnut and Vanilla, I had to try them. These are instant coffees, boxes of 20 single servings. I love them, and may just have ordered more. 

I got them from iHerb, if you want to try these, or any other iHerb products, you can use the code QEX019 for $5 off your first order under $40, or $10 off your first order over $40. 

søndag 25. mars 2012

Simple things

Simple Things in Posh Yarn Elinor "A man walks into a bar"
I knew I had forgotten something. Something other than my hennaed hair. I had forgotten to show two of the Christmas presents I gave away last year. Unfortunately they were both wrapped up before I realized that the pictures were crappy, but taking pictures during winter in Norway is never easy. :( I guess I should just be happy that I remembered taking pictures.

So, both of these are from the pattern Simple Things, made by Mary-Heather Cogar, and they're both knit on needles 3,5 mm, US 4.

The first one is knit in Posh Yarn Elinor, the colourway is called " A man walks into a bar".

Simple Things in Wollmeise Twin "Mond im 7. haus"
The second one was knit in Wollmeise sockenwolle twin 80/20, colorway "Mond im 7. haus". The yarn was very dry and splitty when I knit with it, this is the first time I've had that experience with Wollmeise, and as it was supposed to be a gift, I was very worried. I looked around for tips, and a helpful "bird" told me that she'd experienced the same, and that the yarn had acted better after soaking, so I should be safe. She was right, everything turned out ok.

tirsdag 20. mars 2012

Regler for langtidssyke med sykdommer som ikke vises på utsiden

This is a link to a Norwegian blog, so the post will be in Norwegian only.
Noen postet en link til denne bloggen på Twitter, med regler for oss som er langtidssyke med sykdommer som ikke vises på utsiden. Siden jeg kjenner meg igjen i mye av dette, måtte jeg bare poste dette her.

Jeg har for øvrig ikke glemt å komme tilbake med bilde av mitt "nye" hår, det kommer. Ting tar bare litt tid av og til. 

søndag 11. mars 2012

Henna part two

Ok, so if you happen to be my impatient sister, you are probably expecting to see a picture of my newly henndigoed hair here now. Well, sorry to disappoint you, sis, but there are a few things that you may or may not know about henna.

When you dye with henna, the henna takes some time to oxidize, this means that the "final" colour won't be true until a few days after the dyeing process. This is one of the things I find fascinating with henna. I actually went to bed yesterday with a lighter shade than when I woke up this morning! So you can probably understand why I won't put up a picture yet. I probably should have taken a picture last night when the dye process was finished, and have done a comparison over the next days, but I didn't think about it then, to be honest.

What I'll do, though, is put up the "recipe" I used yesterday, just in case anyone's interested.

I started with boiling up water, putting 3 bags of chamomile tea in a large mug, and adding the water. I let this cool off for a while. I put a 100 g bag of Fresh Organic Rajasthani Indian Henna Powder in a bowl, added the tea. I also like to add a few drops of essential oils, yesterday my mix was of lemongrass, thyme and clary sage oil. I mixed this well, covered it with plastic wrap, and let it rest until dye release. (I test the mix after ca 1 hour, 1 1/2 hour and so on, by putting a small amount of the mix in my palm. If it stains a bright orange colour, it's ready.)

When the henna mix is getting ready, I warm up some more water to 40 degrees Celsius. I measured up around 35 grams of indigo, and and mixed it with water. I then mixed the amla with water. All the three mixes were kind of thick, a bit thicker than yoghurt, I guess. I know the usual descriptions says pancake batter, but European pancake batter is quite thin, and I like my henna mixes thicker than that, so they don't start running when it's on the hair.

While all three mixes are resting, all covered with plastic wraps, I wash my hair, and add a little bit of hair oil to it afterwards. When the mixes have been resting for 15-20 minutes, I mix them all together, and on to the hair it goes! This process can be a bit messy, so covering the nearby surroundings can be an idea, if it's not safe for colouring.

When I'm all done, I cover my head with a plastic bag, then cover the plastic bag with a sarong that I only use for hair dyeing, and wait. Dyeing with henna takes longer than chemical dyes, yesterday I waited approx. 2 1/2 hours before rinsing out. Henna can be hard to get out, but if you add conditioner to the hair, it gets easier.

So, that is the whole process, I think. And while you're waiting, I'll give you a picture of Nemi.

lørdag 10. mars 2012


Since I'm sitting here with henndigo (henna and indigo) in my hair , I felt it was natural to write a blog post about it.

When you realize that your first gray hair has arrived before your 20th birthday, and and your hair had a mousey gray colour to begin with, I guess it's only natural that you've been experimenting with hair colouring. At least it was like that for me. I think I've been dyeing my hair since I was around 15, so more than half of my life. Of course, this isn't very healthy for the hair, being chemically treated every 6-8 weeks, especially since doing it on my own, I wasn't able to just do my roots, I did the whole hair. 

Then I discovered podcasts. And with podcasts, I discovered henna. It's been 5 months since I made my first order at Henna Sooq, after emailing with them, asking what they suggested for my hair, for the results I wanted. 

These months later, my hair feels healthier and I feel happier when dyeing my hair. Not only have I gotten rid of that nasty smell from the chemical dyes, but I also feel that I'm doing something to make my hair and scalp happy, not the opposite. Today, for example, I've added Amla to my henndigo recipe, to maintain my somewhat wavy hair, add volume and tone down the henna a bit. 

If you're interested in knowing more about henna, I suggest you read Henna Sooq's FAQ, or go to their blog, there's a lot of useful information there. 

Picture borrowed from Henna Sooq

I am in no way affiliated with Henna Sooq, nor have I received any form of payment for writing this post. These are my own personal opinions. 

søndag 4. mars 2012

Synchronising iTunes on a Mac with Android tablet

So, I've got myself a new toy, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. I love it so far, and I've been wondering how I can synchronise it with iTunes, so that I can bring it to work and listen to podcasts there. I wanted to put my videocasts on there as well, just in case, even though I will normally still watch them on my MacBook Air.

So, I've been trying this weekend to figure this out, and I thought I'd share it, in case anyone else needed it. What you need for the Android device, is iSyncr and iSyncr Wifi Add-On. For your Mac, you need iSyncr Desktop and iSyncr Wifi Server Add-On.  The Market apps cost a few dollars, but they seem worth it to me. It is quite plug and play, really, there is a tutorial in the app, that tells you what to do.

The problem I'm having, is that most of my video podcasts showed up as "Unknown". To fix that, go to iTunes on your Mac, choose the heading of the podcast you want to change. ( Please click on the pictures if you want to see them larger.)

Right click with your mouse, and show info. (My iTunes is Norwegian, so the specific menu might say something slightly different, but it should be of that effect.

Go to the Info pane:

As you can see, the Artist name is missing, so you need to add that. I just copy (cmd+c) from the Album and paste (cmd+v), and press OK.

Now you just need to do this on every video podcast that's missing the Artist name.

Good luck!

tirsdag 31. januar 2012

Sigma beauty


A few days ago I received something new and exciting in the mail. I have seen quite a few ads for Sigma beauty, but since I had the make up brushes I needed, I never thought more of it. Until a couple of weeks ago, when I found out that it was about time to invest in a few new brushes, as my old ones were beginning to be, well, old ones.

As always when I am looking for something makeup related (unless it's mascara), I read a few reviews, and began looking at their web pages to see if I found some that looked interesting, and that could replace those I wanted to get rid of. I ended up getting F82 and F10, and I got a cute little E25 (travel size) for free since I bought for more than $30. I've only tried the F82 and the F10 so far, and both of them seem good. The F10 shed a bit, even though I've washed them both, as one should before using them, so I'm not sure what that is about. We'll see how it holds up after I've used it some more.

I will by time try to get more of these brushes, I have several others on my wish list, but I couldn't buy more at the time I was shopping. Also, I didn't want to buy too many the first time, in case I didn't like them.

Since I liked these brushes, I decided to join in on the Sigma Beauty affiliate program, I hope you won't mind the little ad.

mandag 23. januar 2012


Carbaderm, uten og med parfyme
This post will be in Norwegian, as this is a post about a product that may not exist outside of Norway. 

For en tid tilbake fikk jeg mail fra Buzzador, som lurte på om jeg ville være med å teste et produkt for vintertørr hud, Carbaderm. Det som fristet meg, var teksten: "Carbaderm* er en mykgjørende og fuktbindende krem som finnes med og uten parfyme. Kremen inneholder karbamid, et av hudens naturlige fuktighetsbevarende stoffer, i tillegg til fuktighetsgivende og mykgjørende ingredienser. Det høye innholdet av fuktighetsbevarende karbamid reduserer behovet for et “overdrevent” tykt fettlag på huden. Dette gjør at Carbaderm ikke virker “fet” når den påføres huden." 
Siden jeg sliter med tørr hud, og den blir spesielt ille på vinterstid, takket jeg ja til dette, og krysset fingrene for at jeg ble en av de heldige som ble plukket ut til å teste. Når mailen kom om at jeg var plukket ut, ble jeg veldig glad, og spent på hva som ventet meg.

Pakken som kom i posten i forrige uke, inneholdt to 150 ml testtuber til meg selv, en med og en uten parfyme, og 15 tuber med 10 ml som jeg skulle dele ut.

Før jeg Buzzer, dvs forteller andre om mine erfaringer om produktet, tester jeg produktet først. Det har jeg også gjort nå. Jeg har prøvd begge kremene flere ganger, og min foreløpige kommentar er at disse har jeg lyst til å fortsette å bruke.

Huden på kroppen min har alltid vært veldig tørr, og selv om jeg smører meg om morgenen, kan den ofte være like tørr et par timer etterpå. Erfaringen med denne kremen er at den har holdt hele dagen. Jeg kan smøre meg om morgenen, og ikke se noe til denne tørrheten på kvelden. Dessverre kan jeg ikke si at det gjelder på de mest utsatte stedene, som f eks hendene mine. Jeg har prøvd med den parfymefri utgaven før jeg legger meg, og selv om jeg smører et tykt lag, og så tar på bomullshansker som jeg sover med, er det så vidt det er noe igjen av kremen om morgenen. Det skal sies at hendene mine er ekstremt tørre om dagen, jeg har ikke funnet noen kremer som har hjulpet godt nok der enda. Det hjelper ikke akkurat at jeg har vasket hendene masse i helga, pga vasking av ull, blant annet...

Jeg har sjekket denne kremen mot, og der kom den ut som trygg. Kremen kan kjøpes på apotek for 99 kr, men det ryktes at Boots-apotekene nå har vinterkampanje på denne, og at du får 3 for 2 ut februar


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