Friday, July 30, 2010

New Word

I have read Needled, by Kate Davies for some time now . . . her words of recovery and strength sometimes balance my day, or my moment. I sometimes feel yucky and she helps me not. And, I love her knitting. I read her before her blogging about her recovery.

I remembered a phrase that she used some posts ago, but could not remember it. I went searching and found it on her blog, May 16.


I do not think it is a swear word, apologizing, if so. I just like it.

So, HOO-FOOKIN-RAH!!! about whatever it is that I am thinking.


Nice garden treat . . .

Saterglantan Knitting Course 2010

The recent course "Knitting with Traditional Swedish Patterns and Techniques" held at Saterglantan School in Insjon, SE was amazing! Rich in history, technique, inspiration; and, conducted in Swedish. The course instructor, Karin Kahnlund, apprised me frequently of what she was lecturing of. After some translation attempts before taking the course and a shallow familiarity with knitting techniques and history, I did get the "jist" if it. Did I mention that I do not speak Swedish? No.

Karin provided countless examples and samples, then put us to work each day. It was mostly open-ended in work; however, the focus was studying an area (or two) in Sweden each day and learning of the history and techniques unique to the area.

These were samples and patterns for samples provided by Karin. I spent most of my class work time translating the patterns so I could make sure of accurate details.

And, did some knitting!

I am currently working on completing samples and blocking them. Many of my knitting ideas take the shape of fingerless gloves, so am excited about this work!

The yarn primarily used was Kunst Strikkegarn. It easily spit splices and blocks magically and has lovely, bold colors, including gray.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We arrived in Uppsala, SE on July 15, staying at the Hotel Uppsala. The rooms were in the process of renovation, so we had a small, dingy room to start, but b'fast was amazing. And the staff very helpful!

We went on a nice walk to the castle, church and botanical gardens in Uppsala. This is the most walking that I have accomplished in over one year. So, all of the scenery was stunning, fresh and photograph-able!

On one of our walks, we found a small marketplace with various meats and cheese, candies and baked goods from Holland. They had beautiful cheese.

Sandwiches at Barista with a mystery salad made of cucumber, onion, some type of coarse bulgar (yellow), all difficult to replicate, so savory to the last bite!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Flowers from Sweden

My Husband did a "Ding and Ditch" to me this afternoon. He left this nice bouquet and message. He's a nice Husband.

The flowers are from our garden and the note from his heart.