Sunday

friendstime









A few more photos from the trip to the ocean, this time through my dear friend Nausika's camera lens...*smiling..
(thank you for such a wonderful week together sweet friend!)

Thursday

by the ocean












 
 
sea scented wind playing wildly with my hair, climbing and walking barefoot on sun warmed rocks, seagulls floating around in the air, bright sunlight and in-between rain....








i love days like these....


Friday

A conversation, with Guro.


There are so many women that inspires me in their own unique way and through these conversation posts you and i get the pleasure of getting to know a bit more about them. For example what it is that inspires them, what a typical day in their life looks like, where they find beauty...  
This time it is the lovely Guro that has sat down and answered my questions.


 



 
 
V: I am so excited about having this conversation together with you Guro and I thought it would be nice if you could start with sharing a bit about yourself?
G: Thank you so much for thinking of me, I am truly honored! I have grown up under the midnight sun and nothern light, I am used to long, dark winters and bright but sometimes cold summers. My family means the world to me, and I had a happy childhood growing up on a farm. We had dogs, a cat, rabbits, sheep, cows and I was also lucky enough to have a horse. I am a biologist, working with fish and fish diseases. I have two kids (a boy and a girl aged 6 and 3) and a wonderful man. Together we live on the country side in the north of Norway.  We have also been so lucky to have the opportunity  to live abroad for a year at the time, in Berlin and Copenhagen, and also shorter stays in Florida and Scotland (before we had kids). I love to experience different cultures, and feel very privileged to have had the chance to live in other countries with my family.



V: 5 words that you would choose to describe yourself?
G: Mom, dreamer, coffee drinker, creatively confused, yarn obsessed



V: Words that you try to live by?
G:  Lately, it has been: Enjoy the little things! It is so easy to get caught up in a busy life with work and kids. I sometimes find myself forgetting to be in the moment.






 
V: I know that you are just as "addicted" to your daily cup(s) of coffee as i am to my daily cup(s) of tea...*smiling*.. What does these small coffee breaks mean to you? And which cup of the day do you enjoy the most?
G: It is so true, I really enjoy a cup of coffee. I am totally addicted to a cup of coffee in the morning, when I get to work. But the cup I enjoy the most, is coffee after dinner. That little quiet time, when everyone is happy and relaxed. For me, a cup of coffee is my daily luxury. It is the time when I clear my head, and refocus.


 
V: Your Instagram feed is such a JOY to look at and one can't miss noticing there that you have quite a lot of pretty cups. Like you i have a lot of different ones to chose from too but very often i find myself picking the same cup, in other words a favourite. I am curious how it is with you, do you have a favourite cup or does it often change? 
G: Thank you so much! I do have a favorite cup. It is not an expensive design cup, but a set of cups I bought 8 years ago when I needed to cheer myself up. After having a bad experience, one of those little bumps life sometimes offers you, I bought these cups on sale from the Swedish chain store Indiska. And even though they are a bit worn now, I still love them! I think they are even more beautiful now, then when I bought them.


 
V: I LOVE the atmosphere in your pictures!! Do you enjoy taking pictures?
G: Thank you so much! That's so sweet of you. I love taking pictures, in a very amateur-excited-to-share-my-moments kind of way. I do not own a good camera, all photos are taken with my iPhone. For me, it is not about equipment and technical stuff, it is about sharing a special mood, or atmosphere as you say. That being said, I would love to have a good camera one day, and learn how to use it!
 


 


 
V: The colors you surround yourself with are so pretty. I am curious to know if you have a color crush at the moment...maybe also a color combination that you have a weakness for?
G: For a long time, I have loved yellow, in many different shades. Lately I find myself more drawn to dusty pink, coral, nude or peachy pinks. That has to be my color crush at the moment (together with a big part of the Instagram knit community, I guess!!). These pink tones combined with pale yellow, gold or the safe light grey has to be my favorite color combo for now.


 
V: Have you grown up in a crafty family?
G:Absolutely! My mother used to knit (and still makes the most wonderful knit clothes for my kids!), and I grew up with clothes made from the Elsebeth Günther sewing books. My grandmother used to sew the most amazing dresses, coats and other clothes for my mom when she was a kid. At that time, being creative and making clothes was not just something she did because she liked it, but because she did not have a lot of money. My great grandmother also was a crafty woman, and I guess I have always been used to seeing people around me with something crafty to keep their hands busy With.

 

 
V: You both sew, knit and crochet but i know that for a long while now you have had to stay away from hooks and needles because of your shoulder. I am curious to know if you have some specific projects that you are eager to work on now when you can slowly start up again?
G: Luckily, I have just picked up my needles again, and I am so happy about that. Still have to be careful though! I have waited to get a chance to knit Immie tee for my 3 year old daughter, and I have finally started it. For myself, I of course want to finish the straight up-sweater I have been working on, but I also have a crush on the Topp ti (both from Pickles).

 
  
V: What is your first knitting memory and who learned it to you?
G: My mom taught me to knit when I was a little girl. I remember my yellow knitting needles, and how proud I was to have knitted a (very crooked) scarf/carpet/blanket for my barbie doll! 







V: I noticed a pretty "kofte" (a cardigan that is knitted after an old traditional Norwegian pattern) in one of you blog post's. One that you found at your grandmother's attic. Can you tell us about this "kofte"...and maybe also about this attic where you go treasure hunting from time to time (lucky you)...*smiling...
G: I love my grandmothers attic! I always see new things there, even though I have been there many times. I also find myself looking at old embroideries that my great grandmother or her big sister (who used to live in this house) have made, remembering them, thinking of them and missing them. It is both a happy and sad place, a place I need to go to every time I am back home.
My grandmother made this kofte for my mother, and I found it in need of some serious loving care. I fixed every hole in it, and started wearing it again. A garment like this has to be honored by wearing it for generations. I love the pattern, and wish I could find the written pattern for it. My grandmother has told me that she used a pattern to knit it. I also love the colors she has chosen for it. That is one thing I like about a kofte, how different it looks depending on the choice of colors.
 

 
V: What kind of value and importance does creativity have in your life?
G: I feel that creating something is very important to me. The satisfaction of seeing something grow from nothing! I get sad when I don't have a creative outlet
 
 
 
V: If you were to explore a new craft, what would that be and why?
G:  I have always loved making jewelry, so maybe exploring that would be something for me. If I was going to do something completely new, it would be pottery, or working with materials like porcelain. I have always wanted to try, but never had the necessary equipment at hand.







V: Other interests?
G: Being with my family and friends, animals, reading books, taking photos.


 
V: What inspires you?
G: People around me inspire me, but I also have to say I find a great deal of inspiration online: Blogs, Pinterest, Instagram.

 

V: I  want to thank you for this lovely conversation Guro, it has been such a pleasure getting to know you better! And as a closing i want to ask you about what you are most grateful for in your life right now?
G: That would be my wonderful little family! I feel so lucky to have two healthy kids, and a wonderful man to share my life with

 
Links:
instagram
and
blog.
 

Sunday




"Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?"
-Tao Te Ching

Wednesday


“The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.”      
-Jon Kabat-Zinn







The air is noticeably colder here now, especially in the late evenings and early mornings. I picked a bouquet of wildflowers yesterday, still some to be found but far less than just a week back in time.
I also finished my Camilla Shawl yesterday, it was such an enjoyable knit and i am, as i always am when i knit a Madder knit pattern: very happy with the finished piece. I have actually been quite an effective knitter lately. Not only have i finshed the shawl but i have also started on my next project, the Imogen Cowl by Madder. I have been wanting to knit the Imogen Cowl for a loooooong time and since i was generously given the perfect yarn for making a summer version of it by my kind friend Anu it was no reason to wait any longer...*smiling... She gifted me some skeins of Quince & Co's gorgeous organic linen yarn Sparrow (the yarn in the pictures)- thank you my dear Anu!

Now it is only 6 days until my dear friend Nausika is coming to visit, yes i am eagerly counting down the days...*smiling!


A few likes and loves:
-the GORGEOUS Blue Naive giveaway at Melody's blog!
-Elisabeth's blog Rosa + Eple, i LOVE the atmosphere that this lovely woman  shares through her pictures and words. I wish that you all could understand Norwegian because i just know that you would have loved it just as much as i do...*smiling...
-Maegan's August Mantra article.
-Reading writings by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Henry David Thoreau, so interesting and meaningful.


“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”      
-Henry David Thoreau

Monday

A blog hop post


Thank you dear Lotte for inviting me to participate in this blog hop, it has been interesting for me to think through these questions and it was also so very nice for me to read your blog hop post...to get to know a bit more about you! Here are my answers to the questions:




What am i working on:
I have just started on knitting a shawl by my favourite knit pattern designer Madder/Carrie Bostick Hoge. It is the Camilla Shawl from her just released Anthology 1 Ebook. The yarn i am using for this one is Rios from Malabrigo, such a heavenly yarn. As soon as i have found the suitable grey yarn i will also start on one more piece from this same Ebook from Madder, the Sibella Cardigan. I LOVE the Frost Flowers design that Carrie has used on both her Sibella and Imogen/Immie knit patterns, it is fun to work on and it looks so beautiful.
Usually i have two knitting projects going on at the same time: one that are of the more easy and fast kind and also one that are more demanding and time consuming. This is because i like to have a simple project that i am able to knit on when i am together with other people, while i am at a cafè or while listening to an audiobook or watching a movie. When i am alone and have it silent around me i mostly prefer to knit on something that are more complicated, were i need to stay more focused and consentrated.
Lately i have been thinking a lot about stranded color work. I have very little experience with it but find it very beautiful so i would definitely have liked to get better at it. Maybe something for the coming winter months.


The Imogen Tee
 
 
How does my work differs from others in it's genre:
I am not a professional maker (or designer) in any genre but to create something with my hands IS essential to me. Since i always use other peoples knit patterns/design when i knit something the final result will not differ a lot from other projects made after the same knit pattern. BUT the individual chosing of colors and fibers/yarns will of course add a personal touch to it and also make the final result different from someone elses because of the individual taste one has. Now i am also confident enough to do some simple changes to a knit pattern if i for example want it longer, shorter, wider and so on.
In the past i have also done some sewing of (very simple) clothes, crocheting and a little bit of weaving but it is definitely knitting that i enjoy the most and do almost daily. I would have liked to learn more about weaving though, maybe i will attend a course in the future.
Last summer i learned solar dyeing of yarn and it was very interesting, simple and fun. Since i am a nature lover the whole process of solar dyeing felt extra exciting and meaningful to me. I hugely enjoyed everything in this process: from learning which plants that were suitable, to go out in nature and pick the plants that i wanted to use and to follow the magical process of colors being released from the plants and adding colors to the yarn.
Several years back i followed a pottery course and that is definitely something that i would have liked to do more of too. I so enjoyed working with this medium, clay and porcelain, such a good chemistry between us...*smiling...


The Rios yarn by Malabrigo that i use on my current knitting project, the Camilla Shawl
 

Why do i create what i do:
A few years back i got physically ill and this changed my daily life a lot. Suddenly i was forced to live in a very slow pace and most of the daily things/activities that i had done before were too much for my body. After a while the need of creating something, being useful, grow stronger and stronger and knitting became the answer. I am so grateful for the healing, happiness, company and meaning that knitting has brought into a very challenging period of my life.




How does my creative process work:
My creative process are influenced by several things. Like how good my health are, which season it is and if i find myself easely inspired or not. In other words it varies but since creating is so essential to me there isn't a day were i don't "connect" with the creative. There are a lot of ordinary daily things that offers the possibility of creating something with ones hands. It can be something as simple as picking a bouquet of wild flowers to decorate our home with, or to bake a pie or make a colorful and tasty meal. But i have to add that there isn't a lot of days that you don't find me doing a bit of knitting....*laughing..


In this blog hop i have invited two lovely and inspiring women that i admire a lot, both through what they create and who their are as a person, and to my happiness they have both said yes:

Ludid and Patrice!..*smiling....

Friday

The view from a hammock

 
 


This is the view when you sit in my mother's new hammock...*smiling.
There is a big chance you will find me there this weekend, with my new knitting and maybe also with a glass or two of white wine. The sunshine and warmth are filling these golden August days, and both my husband and i are surprised by the amount of butterflies that have been visiting our garden lately...maybe they are stopping by to share happiness with us through their cheerful dancing.


"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
-Rabindranath Tagore


Happy weekend sweet ones,
V.






Tuesday

Hello August





 
 
These first days of August have been of the beautiful and golden ones. Autumn colors have slowly started to color nature, it feels like a warm embrace when spending time in nature now. I find myself being drawn more and more towards the warm and deeper colors in my yarn basket. The tea in my cup are also changing a little bit, more often i chose the more spicy ones instead of the flowery and "delicate" ones. The nights are getting darker and i have started to burn candles again.
BUT one thing i am holding onto as long as i can: wearing my favourite summerdresses. Look out for a woman in a summerdress and knitted socks, it can be me...*smiling..




"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all."
-   Stanley Horowitz