19 December 2017

What to Do with the Jar of Mincemeat You Got for Christmas

Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with knitting.

Making. Four of the six jars I made.
Ingredientscurrants, raisins, dark brown sugar, dried cranberries, white sugar, candied orange peel, fresh apple, hardened vegetable fat (Delfia), spices (cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves, nutmeg, ground ginger), 
fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh ginger, vodka, brandy, salt

It's traditional to make a batch of little mince pies/tarts, or you can make one large mince pie/tart. (Generally speaking, in English a pie has a lid and a tart is open.)
  • Use any pastry recipe you like. Find one which uses between 250g - 350g of flour, to ensure you have enough for your pie crust and lid and/or decorations. Here's my pastry recipe.
  • Make pastry and roll it out and cut out circles to fit your muffin tin or one large circle to fit your pie dish. (If it doesn't want to be rolled out, or becomes crumbly, just press or mash it into the tin, but don't play with the dough too much in the process.)
  • Fill the pastry cases with mincemeat - which does not contain meat, these days (find out about the origin of mince pies here). 
  • Use as much or as little mincemeat as you like. I prefer a high pastry to mincemeat ratio - about half and half, or two thirds pastry to one third mincemeat. 
  • If you choose to bake one large pie with a lid, cut a few large (decorative) holes into the lid to allow moisture to escape, so the whole thing doesn't get soggy inside.
  • Add chopped or sliced almonds, if you want.
  • Add more brandy or any other liqueur... Cointreau would be nice!  
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Eat warm or allow to cool.
  • Serve with double cream, whipped cream, custard, ice cream or brandy butter (scroll down for alternative serving suggestions).

Small individual mince pies/tarts baked in a 'muffin tin'.
From bbcgoodfood.com
One large mince pie/tart with latticed top.
From joyofbaking.com


Mincemeat and apple tart.
from thespruce.com
Mix it up with ice cream.
from foodlovermagazine.com

Or hot or cold with ice cream.
from happyhealthymotivated.com

Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with knitting.

300g flour - wholemeal or plain white
150g butter
1.5 Tbsp ice water
1 pinch of salt for savoury dishes
1.5 Tbsps sugar for sweets

The secret to successful pastry is keeping it cold throughout the making process.
Chill all utensils and ingredients before use.
Dice the butter and put it in the freezer for half an hour.
  • Combine the flour and salt or sugar.
  • Cut the butter into the mix using two knives, a pastry cutter or a food processor.
  • Be sure not to overwork the dough! 
  • It's ready when it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the ice water and pull it together into a solid mass, work/handle it as little as possible.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before use.

Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 15-25 minutes or according to recipe.

16 July 2017

Traditional Norwegian Knitting

The title of this post could be Non-traditional Norwegian knitting.
I work out most of my patterns based on my body shape. I don't suit dropped shoulders (who does?!) and most traditional Norwegian jumpers and cardigans (genser & kofter) have dropped shoulder. Like this...

Dropped shoulder cardigans and jumpers. Clockwise from top left:
Gudbrandsdalskofta, Østerdalskoften, Fanagenser, Setesdalgenser.
All that fabric in the sleeves and under the arms make for a very bulky garment. These were originally worn as jackets, so it wasn't an issue, but today, if you want to wear a jacket or coat over one of these, it had better be a big jacket or coat... or maybe an 80's, batwing throwback.

My knits have either raglan sleeves or round yokes. I also knit on larger needles, because (like most of us) my hands prefer a certain gauge of needle. My preference is between 4mm and 7mm. 4.5mm and 5mm being optimal. I can knit a ribbed border with 3mm/3.5mm, but a whole jumper, or even a hat, for that matter, is a strain.

The larger needles also means that the pattern is larger, which I really like.
My design: Fanagenser with raglan sleeves.

My design: Setesdalgenser with round yoke.

I've made meticulous notes, by hand, of my versions of these classics, but they're almost written in code and I'm not sure they'll be any good to anyone else, but I'm going to share them here anyway. As I've said many times before, the main reason for sharing patterns on this blog is to preserve them for my own reference. I do occasionally make patterns available for others, which often means making a detailed and downloadable version. This is something I'd love to have time to do with all of my patterns, but single parenting, work and study are all-consuming, these days.

I hope to have time in the future to actually write out all of my patterns, but until then, here are my Fanagenser notes.

Btw, that nail varnish is Classy Nude Gel Lacquer by IsaDora. 

29 May 2017

Aprés Ski Raglan Cardigan

I'm posting these notes for myself, which is why I'm not publishing it as a pattern.
They may be clear enough for others to follow, but maybe not.

With 5mm crochet hook and working yarn, chain 63st, 64sts total including live stitch.
Switch to 3mm, pick up 63st, in 1x1 rib. 
Work 1x1 rib for 2cms.

Switch to size 5mm needles. 
Sl, *K1,P1 for 8st, P1, place RIB marker, *KFB, K3, repeat from * to 9st from the end of the row, 
Place RIB marker, P2, *K1, P1 to last stitch, K1. - 76sts.

On next purl row: (first purl row, place RAGLAN markers at: 16/6/32/6/16)
S1, *K1, P1 x3, K2, slip RIB marker.
P7, place RAGLAN marker.
P6, place RAGLAN marker.
P32, place RAGLAN marker.
P6, place RAGLAN marker.
P7, place RAGLAN marker.
Slip RIB marker, K1, *K1, P1 repeat from * to last stitch, K1.

On next and the following 33 knit rows, (slip all markers):
Increase on knit rows with KFB, K1, before and K1, KFB after each RAGLAN marker.

On next and all purl rows, (slip all markers):
S1, *K1, P1 x3, K2, purl to next RIB marker, K1, *K1, P1 repeat from * to last stitch, K1.

(Neck shaping - optional: Work a few rows then shape the neck.To shape neck, work 2 sets of short rows between the back markers.(Purl to the second back marker, wrap and turn, KFB, knit back to the first back marker, wrap and turn, KFB, continue in pattern to the end of the row. Knit a regular row, then work another short row row) ).

Increase for 33 INCREASES​.

Divide sleeves: set 64sts onto scrap yarn, make 4 stitches under each arm.Continue knitting body in stocking stitch with rib edging until work measures 54cms from top of front collar. 

On a knit row, knit 20sts after RIB marker, set 25sts onto scrap yarn. Make 27sts. (Make 2 more to allow extra width for pocket edge ribbing and general shape)
Knit up to 45sts before next marker. Set 25sts onto scrap yarn, make 27sts.On the following purl row, KNIT the two sets of 27 made stitches.
Continue in stocking stitch with rib edges until work measures desired length (knee length).

For pocket edge: use size 3mm needles, pick up the 27 knit bumps plus 1st either side. 
Switch to 4.5 mm needles, K1, P1 rib for 2-3 cms to make pocket cuff.
Using 3mm needles, pick up 25st off the scrap yarn and 27 stitches at the inside base of pocket cuff.
Switch to 5mm needles and knit until pocket measures 15cms.
Kitchener stitch to close.


Option ONE  knit directly into garment.

Start in the middle of the 4 made stitches and pick up the sleeve stitches​ on the scrap yarn on the body, plus the 2 last made stitches. - 66st. 
Place marker at the beginning of the row.On first row, K1, K2TOG, Knit to the last 3sts, K2TOG, K1. - 64sts.

Knit in the round for 5cms, decrease either side of the marker - K2tog, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK.Work until sleeve is the desired length, while decreasing to 56, evenly distributed decreases.Switch to 4mm, knit one round.K1,P1, for about 3cms. Cast off in rib.

Option Two: provisionalUsing scrap yarn in a contrasting colour, crochet a chain of more than 66.
Pick up 64st, join work and knit in the round. 
Knit in the round for 4.5cms, decrease either side of the marker - K2tog, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK.Work until sleeve is the desired length, decreasing to 56, evenly distributed decreases.Switch to 4mm, knit one round.K1,P1, for about 3cms. Cast off in rib.

On the body, start in the middle of the 4 made stitches and pick up the sleeve stitches​ on the scrap yarn on the body, plus the 2 last made stitches. - 66st. 
Place marker at the beginning of the row.On first row, K1, K2TOG, Knit to the last 3sts, K2TOG, K1. - 64sts.
knit one round.

On the sleeve, rip out crochet chain while picking up the stitches.
Graft sleeve to the body using Kitchener stitch.

Stitch down pocket cuff edges, stitch armhole corners if necessary, weave in all ends, wash and block.

22 February 2017

Fake Cable Pom Pom hat

Before washing.

Years ago, I made a hat for my niece. I didn't make a note of the pattern, but I remember what it looked like. It looked a lot like this hat (but, obviously, my memory tells meit was infinitely better). It looked more like a real cable stitch, and I think I know now how I did it - it was a 3x1 rib. I'll try that some other time.

For this hat:
CO96, Work 2x2 rib with 4mm, switch to 4.5mm, place marker at the start of the round (2 Knit stitches)
P1, *K2, P2 to end for 6 rounds
P2, K2 for 6 rounds
K1, *P2, K2 for 6 rounds
Continue like this, staggering the rib by 1 stitch every six rounds.

On the last row, I staggered the stitch to the right instead of the left, so I incorporated it into the pattern... abandoned the pattern -  and continued in standard 2x2 rib.

For the crown:
P2tog all purl stitches, for one round, K2, P1 the next round, K2tog all knit stitches the next round, K1, P1 for one round, then K2 together until you have few enough stitches to finish the hat (8-12st).

I made the pom pom with a pom pom maker, which I love. Available here.

9 February 2017

Lima Drops Mittens

I have these mittens that I've knitted in Drops Nedal. They are really basic and the warmest mittens I've ever owned.

Unfortunately they're this undyed, natural colour, which means they look really shabby, even though they are clean.

Because of the challenge I've set myself, to use up all of my existing yarn before buying any new yarn -at which point I will also attempt to remain stashless! - I have to use the yarn I have. 

I have Drops Lima, but not Nepal, which is the same aplaca to wool ratio, but DK rather than Aran weight.

I'm going to work out and publish the pattern for both. The pattern will be a single colour design, but I also want to knit something like this.

I found these images on a Russian website, with no pattern. I think I can work out something similar.

Yarn Conversion Table / Garn konverteringstabell

30 January 2017

Lommevenn strikkeoppskrift med bilder

En Lommevenn er en bamse som skal deles ut til barn som blir behandlet i ambulansetjenesten.
Den skal være til hjelp for å skape tillit mellom behandler og pasient, og for å lede oppmerksomheten bort fra det som er ubehagelig.

Mer info under.

Legg opp ca 22 masker (varierer utfra garntykkelse)
Strikk ca 5 cm (ben)
Bytt til annen farge og strikk ca 4 cm (genser)
Strikk 2 og to masker sammen (11 m)
Bytt til bunnfarge og strikk en omgang
I neste omgang øker du en maske i hver maske (22 m)
Strikk ca 4 cm (hode) og fell av
Sy sammen øverst
Form ører ved å sy en søm i hvert hjørne av hodet
Fyll bamsen med vatt
Sy sammen nederst
Sy en søm midt på nede for å markere bena
Sy en søm på hver side av genseren for å markere armer
Broder på øyne, nese og munn

Lommevennene skal være uten harde detaljer, og alle løse plagg må syes godt fast.

For å slippe å feste tråder etterpå kan man strikke en omgang med begge tråder ved fargeskifte.

Det er ingen begrensninger til garn og garntype, så lenge det har blitt oppbevart under gode hygieniske forhold (ikke fukt osv)
Fyllmasse skal være syntetisk vatt, ikke bomull, garnrester eller annet.
(billigputene fra ikea er et tips)
Gamle puter ol anbefales ikke pga hygieniske årsaker.
Lommevennene må være uten harde detaljer pga kvelningsfare for små barn, og skjerf og andre løse plagg må syes godt fast.
Vi som er kontaktpersoner vasker alle bamser som lukter røyk, sterk parfyme ol, og samtlige bamser fryses i 48 timer av hygieniske årsaker.
Det er derfor viktig at dere leverer til kontaktperson, eller oppførte leveringssteder, så disse rettningslinjene blir fulgt.
Vi ønsker ikke at dette prosjektet blir stoppet av tjenesten pga at dette fører til merarbeid for kollegaer som ikke står oppført som kontaktpersoner.
Alle bidrag er på frivillig basis, og man må selv påkoste utgifter for garn, porto osv.
Vi ber om forståelse for at vi foreløpig kun ønsker levering per post. Om det blir aktuelt med personlig levering etterhvert så vil det bli oppdatert med egen adresse for dette under hvert distrikt.
Mottagere for resterende områder er underveis.
Adresser vil bli oppdatert fortløpende.
Bruk i mellomtiden de som står på listen, ikke forsøk å opprette egne kontaktpersoner.
Alle innlegg som går ut på å etterlyse strikkere/kontaktpersoner i nærområdet vil bli slettet da det blir meget kaotisk om alle skal gjøre private avtaler.
Av praktiske årsaker skal kontaktpersonene være ansatt i ambulansetjenesten.
Mottaker for Lommevenner er;
Per post:
Tonje Lysaker
Solveien 6
1482 Nittedal
Nøstefryd, Nittedal
Nøstet mitt, Lambertseter, Tveita, Storo, Ski
Nittedal legevakt
Catrin Sigvartsen
Hejer gård, idd
1765 Halden
(kan leveres personlig etter avtale)
Det gamle bryggerhus, Haldenvn 108, Sellebakk
Per post:
Anne Lise Bergerud
Myrabakken 7
3630 Rødberg
HEDMARK/OPPLAND (sykehuset innlandet)
Per post:
Adrian Mageli Kronborg
Sigrid Undsets veg 50 D
2624 Lillehammer
Garnrike, Solørvegen 1034, Kirkenær
Per post:
Jørn Velle Moldskred
Joelvsvingen 8
6065 Ulsteinvik
Johanne Ohnstad Bakk
Vetleli 4E
5745 Aurland
(kan leveres personlig etter avtale)
HORDALAND (Helse Bergen)
Bodil Reime Sørlie
Honvesvegen 19
5708 Voss
(kan leveres personlig etter avtale)
Per post:
Karmøy ambulansestasjon
v/ Siw H Bjørnstad-Karlsen
Åkraveien 47
4270 Åkrehamn
(Kan leveres personlig etter avtale)
Haugesund Legevakt
Karmøy Legevakt
VetlaLøo - Odda
ROGALAND (Helse Stavanger)
Per post:
Mari Dalaker
Håvasteinhagane 21
4150 Rennesøy
Garnkilden, torgveien 15, Stavanger
SØR TRØNDELAG (St Olavs Hospital hf)
Per post:
Per Ivar Lundli
Dalsveien 20
7374 Røros
Per post:
Sølvi Fjærli
Skardsvingen 4
7160 Bjugn.
Jens Hoff Garn og idé, Trondheim torg
Orkdal Sjukehus,
Akuttmottak og LV-sentral
7300 Orkanger.
Per post:
Lene H Krosshus
Dyre vås gt 12
3683 Notodden
Per post:
Hege-Kristin Johansen
Åsveien 46
8663 Mosjøen
Ullbuksa i Brønnøysund
Per post:
Trine Fillingsnes Kjerpeseth
Bodøveien 33 a
8206 Fauske
Nøste, City Nord Bodø
Per post:
Line Ernestussen
8484 Risøyhamn
Husfliden, Sortland storsenter
Akuttmottaket Stokmarknes Sykehus
Andøy Rådhus
Joker Risøyhamn
Kristoffer/Siri Mikkelsen.
Skjærgården 23
8372 Gravdal :)
(Kan leveres personlig etter avtale)
Per post:
Knut Erik Haugen
Adr Sandmyrveien 9
Revehiet garn og hobby, buveien 55, Ankenes
Per post:
Cathrine Budahl
Svingen 1
9050 Storsteinnes
Stoff og idé, Balstun 4, 9050 Storsteinnes
Susan Ravna
Austertanavn 412
9845 Tana
(kan leveres personlig etter avtale)
Rachel Heitmann
Kautokeinovn 57
9518 Alta.

23 January 2017

Reverse Ski Hat pattern

My son's initials.

Yarn: Aran/DK+4ply. Drops Lima + Drops Aplaca
Needles: 4.5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm

Use 6mm needles to CO 72.
Switch to 4.5mm. K2, P2 for 4cm
Switch to 5.5mm, knit for 12cm.
Switch to 6mm. Knit til work measures 17cm
Place marker. K10, K2tog. Repeat to marker.
Knit every other round
K9, K2tog
K8, K2tog
K7, K2tog
K6, K2tog
K5, K2tog
K4, K2tog
K3, K2tog
K2tog to marker.
Knit one more round then finish hat.
Sew in end on the smooth knit side. The reverse side is the right side.

19 January 2017

Rask Pussyhat lue


Women's March i Norge:
på 21. januar 2017.

Her finner du en video demonstrasjon av maskesting

Garn: Circa 75g rosa garn, 10m=10cm. Jeg brukte Andes av Drops.

Pinner: 6mm & 8mm rundpinner eller strømpepinner, eller rette pinner.

Strikkefasthet: 10-12m = 10cm glattstrikk


På rundpinner:

Bruk 8mm pinner til å legge opp 56 m. Bytt till 6mm. Strikk 1 rett, 1 vrang til arbeidet blir 12 cm
Bytt til 8mm. Strikk rett til arbeidet blir 22-23cm.
Sy sammen med maskesting.

På rette pinner:
Bruk 8mm pinner til å legge opp 28 m. Bytt till 6mm, strikk 1 rett, 1 vrang til arbeidet blir 12cm.
Bytt til 8mm. Strikk 1 pinne rett, 1 pinne vrang til arbeidet blir 36cm.
Bytt till 6mm. Strikk 1 rett, 1 vrang til arbeidet blir 48cm.
Fell av, brett og sy sammen.

For mer info

working to support the
on January 21st 2017.

The original pattern is also available here (for Ravelry members).

Faster Pussyhat! Knit! Knit!


This is a super fast growing version of the Pussyhat, knit in the round, with a Kitchener seam along the top.

Here's a video demonstration of the Kitchener stitch by VeryPink knits.

Yarn: Approximately 75g of pink Super Chunky/ Super Bulky weight. I've used Andes by Drops.

Needles: 6mm & 8mm circular or DPNs, or straight needles.

Gauge: 10-12st = 10cm in stocking stitch


To knit in the round:

Using 7mm or 8mm needles, CO 56. Join. Using 6mm needles, K1, P1 until work measures 12cms.

Switch to 8mm. Knit until work measures 22-23cms from the cast on edge.

Seam using the Kitchener stitch.

To knit flat:

Using 7mm or 8mm needles, cast on 28 st. K1, P1 until work measures 12cm.
Switch to 8mm needles. Knit until work measures 36cm.
Switch to 6mm needles. K1, P1 until work measures 48cm.
Cast off with 7mm or 8mm needles.
Fold in half and seam the sides.

For more information, please visit

working to support the

on January 21st 2017.

The original pattern is also available here (for Ravelry members).

18 January 2017

The Final Countdown PussyHat

Here's a 
to the Women's March in Bergen
on January 21st 2017.

It takes about 12 hours for an experienced, 
relatively speedy knitter to knit one hat.

Here's the knitting pattern for the Pussyhat 
in English.

Strikkeoppskrift finne også på Norsk

The Final Countdown PussyHat norsk

Her er en
til den Women's March i Bergen
på 21.januar 2017.

Nå kan du se akkurat hvor mye tid 
du har igjen til å strikke en lue. 

Det tar circa 12 timer for en relativt erfaren strikker til å strikker en Pussyhat lue!

Strikkeoppskrift på Norsk

PussyHat lue strikkeoppskrift på Norsk

English version here.

Raskere versjon her.

Women's March i Norge:
på 21. januar 2017.

For mer informasjon om luen, søk 
The Pussyhat Project sin webside,
som støtter den 
Women's March on Washington DC 
på 21. januar 2017.

Originale oppskrift er også på Ravelry, her.

Med maskesting får du en usynlig søm!

Garn: Ca. 75g rosa garn 18m/10cm. Jeg brukte Odin, Viking of Norway

Pinner: 3,5mm & 5mm rundpinner eller strømpepinner

Strikkefasthet: 16m x 22p = 10cm x 10cm glattstrikk


Med 5mm pinner, legg opp 88 masker. 

På originale oppskriften, får arbeidet 100 masker. Jeg bestemte meg for å lage min egen versjon fordi jeg har ganske tykk hår og strikkeluer blir ofte for løse etter tid.

Bytt till 3,5mm pinner og strikk 2 rett, 2 vrang. til arbeidet blir 12cm.

Bytt til 5mm, strikk 1 pinner og øk til 100 masker jevnt fordelt - da blir det ca. strikk 8, øk 1.

Strikk til arbeidet er 22-23cm fra nederste kanten.

Bruk maskesting til å sy sammen. 

Til å strikke på rette strikkepinner 

Original oppskrift: 
Bruk 5mm pinner til å legge opp 50 m, strikk 2 rett, 2 vrang til arbeidet blir 12 cm. 
Bytt till 5mm pinner, strikk 1 pinne rett, 1 pinne vrang til arbeidet blir 33-34cm. 
Bytt til 3,5mm pinner, strikk 2 rett, 2 vrang til arbeidet blit 43-44cm. 
Fell av
Brett og sy sammen.

Min versjon: 
Bruk 5mm pinner til å legge opp 44 m.
Bytt till 3,5mm pinner. Strikk 2 rett, 2 vrang til arbeidet blir 12 cm. 
Bytt till 5mm pinner. Strikk 1 pinne rett, 1 pinne vrang til arbeidet blir 34-36cm.
Bytt til 3.5mm pinner. 
Strikk 2 rett, 2 vrang til arbeidet 44.46cm. 
Brett og sy sammen.