around here – summer edition

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Quite the picture-dump! This is my summer vacation (more or less) summed up in pictures of plants and colors, travels to Italy and Copenhagen and the quick rock-climbing/tenting trip to coastal Telavåg, and eating and biking and friends, and finally a very tired little kitty. We’ve had absolutely amazing weather here in Bergen for what is starting to feel like months, and for a city know for its incessant rain that is a huge deal! Ironically in this hot weather I’ve picked up my Bayview Street Cardigan again, but then it’ll be ready for the fall. Good planning! The plaid shirtdress is also almost done – I just need to sew in the sleeves and add buttons and buttonholes. The fit is looking really good, but I’m a little concerned all that earth-colored plaid is looking a bit “Little House on the Prairie”! We shall see.

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Since last time, I have been…
- travelling to Kristiansand and their impressive culture house Kilden, for a folkdance and folkmusic performance I did the costume design for. I really enjoy getting out and seeing a part of my country I’m unfamiliar with!
watching the little kitten grow bigger and bolder. She is adorable and playful and a handful, but mostly adorable.
taking it slow. I’ve needed to really step back and not be working on something *all the time*.
sewing, still. A few things made not for myself to share here, and some things that just need that last row of double stitching that is on hold until my sewing machine is back from a tune-up.
planning my summer vacation, which will include a girl’s trip to Copenhagen, and a week at our place in Italy where eating mozarella and sweeping leaves of the patio will be the only solid plans. Mmm, looking forward to that already!
celebrating 17th of May (constitution day) yesterday with friends, food, drink, ice cream, flags and fireworks. Not having my bunad close by this year, I wore my grandma dress instead and felt nice and festive!

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Since last time, I have been…
- living quietly. I’ve been feeling like I had to be working on a project all the time, so that a day was wasted if I didn’t sew after work or improve my website or something. I’m working on telling myself that reading and playing with the cat are perfectly acceptable and worthy after-work-activities too.
- cuddling a lot with our brand new cat! We’ve only had her for a few weeks, but she’s a funny and sweet little thing. And loves to sit on my lap and watch (and swat) what I’m doing.
- reading my newspaper and loving it. It’s a weekly newspaper, but without sports or tv-guides or the like, and pretty much every page is an interesting read. Plus a weekly quiz, and I like quizzes.
- eating poached eggs for the first time. Yummy!
- visiting a brand new baby wearing some jersey pants I made him. I used this pattern, and it was very easy, fit right (or so the mama tells me!), and used a stupidly small amount of fabric.
- watching sunsets and sunrises and thrilled that we can see them at all on precious clear days. I’m so glad my work has a view of the water and the outside, so I can watch the weather and the boats roll by. I so enjoy that. And when I’m not watching water, I can watch the galaxy that appear on my wall from light breaking through glass building blocks. It’s kind of magic.

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Since last time, I have been…
- taking a weekend trip to Haarlem, 15 minutes from Amsterdam. We had a concert to go to, and followed it up with museums, postmodern architecture towns, good food and lots of strolling. I so recommend visiting here! (I actually enjoyed my time in Haarlem more than the hours we spent in Amsterdam, it is such a beautiful and charming little town).
- enjoying all the bikes and trains in the Netherlands. I know this is a total cliche, but man – bikes everywhere! Bikes among cars, bikes among pedestrians, bikes by train stations, bikes everywhere! It was actually quite a wonder to see everyone in action, like an intricate dance where nobody gets run over, surprisingly enough. Oh, and the train system is pretty awesome – they run on schedule, they run often, and you can get close to anywhere in the country with them.
- wearing my newly finished Minoru jacket like nobodys business. Pictures (in two posts!) coming later this week.
- wanting
to start these socks for John – he doesn’t often say “cool” about sock-designs, but he did about these!
reading books on loan from my local library on my new tablet (a Christmas present – thanks dad!). You can check out electronic books from the library! I love it. This is a fairly new title from Norwegian author Helene Uri, and actually the first of her books I’ve read. The narrative switches between a biographical and a more traditional third person all-knowing narrator. I didn’t know this, or anything else about the book when I started reading it, but I don’t want to put it down. She writes so recognizably (and, because of that, painfully) about loss.
- entertaining myself with finding how many things match my mint-colored nails. So far I have a museum wall, a tram ticket, my jacket lining and the phone display at work. I’m sure I’ll find even more before being done having mint-colored nails. Mint is a sort of magical color I think.

 

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 These past weeks, I have been…
- accepting that winter has come. It is bringing with it a little snow, and if we’re lucky, some sunny days. It’s time to bundle up with layers of sweaters and scarves and mittens and hats, and seek out winter-activities; sculpture spotting, gingerbread cities, hot chocolate in abundance…
- eating soups made with our fancy new stick blender. Those things are awesome! Hummus is super quick to make now, and of course… the soups. In the picture is a sellery root & potato soup with mushrooms and a whole lot of fresh olive oil.
marvelling at the intense green color of our fresh oil. It’s peppery like nothing else, and has a kick like a neat whiskey.
- knitting
along on the hat that I mentioned. I am so thrilled with the fancy looking cables I’m managing. It’s in a delicious merino & alpacca yarn that I think will be perfect for the winter.
- getting some smaller sewing projects out of the way before digging into a bigger project. I have a couple of Grainline Tiny Tanks going and a portrait blouse, and a few secret-for-now gifts.
reading newspapers, since I started a subscription to a weekly paper. I love having subscriptions!

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These past weeks, I have been…
- travelling down to Italy. I flew cross-country to meet my dad, then we took the boat to Germany and drove the rest of the way to Italy.
- working hard on picking olives. It’s that time of the year again, and the reason for travelling in the first place. It’s been olives from morning to night, olives, olives, everywhere. It was the first time I got to participate in the entire process – from prepping to picking to gathering to pressing…. to bringing jugs of olive oil with me home in my suitcase. It is so cool to get play hunter/gatherer/farmer and produce your own foodstuff!
- blocking a sweater while down there, taking advantage of the beautiful weather we were having. I finished it in August, but haven’t bothered blocking it until now. Look out for a finished sweater post in the next few days!
- reading “The Great Gatsby”, the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. My local library is having a booknight with this book, and since I had a copy on my bookshelf, I thought it would be an excellent reason to re-read it.  It is strange though – I think your first experience reading a book stays with you upon re-readings. I definitely felt like a high schooler or college kid again reading this.
- planning some sewing-projects after a lot of knitting (besides the mittens and the finished sweater I have a cardigan on the needles). I’m thinking a Gertie Portrait Blouse and a panelled ikat/plain fabric miniskirt.

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These past weeks, I have been…
- biking to work in the mornings (at least some of them – I need more reflective bands and vests now that the mornings are so dark). 
- basking in the sunshine we’ve been fortunate to have. John and I biked to a park at the end of the city peninsula and sat in the sun eating brownies, drinking tea from a thermos, reading the paper and watching the boats go in and out of port. It’s fall, no doubt about it, but to be able to sit outside still is just wonderful.
- baking again. I bought a bag of small-mill rye flour, and I don’t know why it’s different, but it is. I like everything about it from the design of the bag to the consistency of the flour to how it makes the bread dough feel.
- working on a refashioned dress for a customer. It’s a total disassemble-and-reassemble sort of project, and now in the home stretch it’s a thrill to see it totally different and almost done.
reading Tom Wolfe and his “From Bauhaus to our house”. His narration of American architecture requires previous knowledge on the subject, but his tounge is sharp and his tone entertaining.
- treating myself to flowers. I love hydrangeas.

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