Knitting Norwegian- Neuloen norjalaisneuletta

I have admired Norwegian knitting patterns for a long time and planning to invest in nice authentic wool jumper. A bit over month ago one of my favourite bloggers ”Fisherman’s Wife” (Kalastajan Vaimo) added instructions of a Norwegian knit. I fell in love with the pattern so much that I ran to the store on the same day and started to knit my own.

It is finally ready. After finishing my own jumper I also knitted one for my dear daughter, she got grey and pink coloured one.  I feel knitting has this amazing calming impact. It energises me. I love it.

knitting quote 2

I also love the feeling of finishing something pretty that I have done with my own hands. This is my Norwegian knit, perfect with tights or skinny jeans and so warm too.

norjalaisneule

The pattern.

pattern

Two different knits.

norjalaisneuleet

You need round sticks that are size 7 (European), 140 stitches to start with and knit close round. The pattern is below. You need 500g light colour, 400g dark colour. Knit with double yarn to get a thicker yarn. Combine the colours as you like, I loved this blue and light ivory combination. Knit the pattern four times with round sticks, end the knitting.  The sleeves I started from the wrist end (this instruction is from my head by the way..), I created 25 stitches and I added a stitch in the begin and end of every fourth layer approximately until I got 50 stitches. I repeated the pattern four times. I closed the sleeves by using crochet and attached half of the sleeve to the jumper by using crochet. In the end I took all the stitches around the neck and from both half of the sleeves and knitted ”knit one, purl one” for 5cm with round stitches as closed round. My size is UK 8, EU 34-36 so if you are a bigger size just add more stitches.

norjalainen 2

The pattern above is for 12 stitches. It is from Fisherman’s Wife blog. 

I bought Finnish ”Seven Brother’s Wool” (Seitemän Veljeksen lanka, Novita Oy) that is for 4mm sticks. It is 100% wool but quite soft and nice and feels lovely against the skin. As Finnish products usual this yarn is extremely high quality wool and meets the standard of colour proof or how you call it which means that you can wash it in the machine and the colours stay even when light and dark in the same knit.

IMG_20141011_133019

I hope you liked this post! Something different for change!

Mainokset

Busy Times -Kiireistä Aikaa

I came back to London on Tuesday. I had a wonderful holiday back home and it was even nicer when my dad was travelling back to London with me. Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday and we will go to have a pub lunch in Gordon Ramsay’s pub called York and Albany so watch this space, next restaurant review and photos will be from there!

I have been terribly busy these last couple of days. We have had all the removal companies visiting us and assessing our stuff to estimate the container size. All of them are quoting 20 foot container as we have lots of stuff. It is good as it means we get a sole use container and after packing it will be delivered straight to the port in South Hampton. If anyone of you is ever planning to move overseas by shipping your goods, here is the list of companies that we have requested quotes from: Anglo-Pacific, Pickfords, John Mason, White and Co, Moving Company and Fox. Out of all of these my absolute favourite has been Anglo Pacific. They are specialising in Australia and New Zealand, they have a long experience of shipping to those countries and as Australian customs are super strict you want to go for a company that knows them back and forth. I got so many great tips from the guy who visited us, the things that I thought would be fine were listed as risk items such as woven baskets, bamboo decorative items and pine cones in Christmas decorations. Fortunately we don’t have those. Not all the containers will be inspected but if you happen to be the unlucky one it is not worth taking a risk as it costs a fortune if they need to fumigate the goods. Shoes and pram wheels need to be cleaned perfectly too. The guy gave me a good tip of the disinfectant liquid to use to remove the soil from those: Jeyes Fluid. This is the reason why we decided to give up our garden table set and BBQ, we just cannot bother cleaning those and still after cleaning they are kind of risky items. I am so excited though!!! I guess I was first very sad of leaving my job and knowing that I need to say so many goodbyes in Europe but now I am finally getting so excited and cannot wait to get onto the plane and head towards our next adventure. We will take at least 2 months off and just relax on the beach until our container arrives to the port of Melbourne. If we did not have a baby I would love to take the ship all the way to Australia just to experience that but with the baby the sooner we get there the better. We are booking our flights today. We are planning to have 2-3 day stop over in Singapore on the way to ease the jet lag and also to get two night flights in a row. This way hopefully the baby will sleep both of those flights! After the flights have been booked the next step is that I have to start washing our clothes so that they are clean and ready to go to the boxes. I got my permanent resident visa granted so I can bring an extra migrant luggage with me which is great! I certainly need it.

The other thing that has kept me busy for the past few days is my new knitting work. I saw a perfect Norwegian knit in my favourite blog Kalastajan Vaimo (Fisherman’s Wife) and I decided to make one. The pattern is gorgeous and I cannot wait for it to be ready.  It will be perfect for these couple of winter months in London and so great in cold Melbourne houses next summer (Aussie winter). It won’t take more than maybe a week or two to finish this. Here is a sneak peak if you want to see what it looks like. I will post the instructions here in my blog later as I know that some of you cannot read the original instructions from Kalastajan Vaimo blog as it is all in Finnish. The knit is super simple and I would classify it as medium or even easy level. I will probably knit pink and grey one for my daugther too.

IMG_20141016_142140

In Finland I made a reindeer-trumpet chantarelle pie (Yellowfoot). I will post the recipe as my next post. It was tasty and I was particularly happy with the dough.  I was also a proud Finnish mother when my daughter tasted reindeer for the first time! I know some of you think it is horrible to eat Rudolphs but to all of you who have not tasted the reindeer meat I can tell you it is super good and amazingly tasty game meat. I personally love it as I also love moose roast.

Anyways, I will run to continue my Norwegian knit now as my daughter is having her long lunch time nap. I hope you have a lovely Friday evening today!