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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Low carb crisps (lavkarbo knekkebrød)

A couple of months a go I started eating LCHF (low carb high fat). After two months I have noticed several improvements in my physical well being. This way of eating means no bread, rice, pasta or potatoes because of the high contents of carbohydrates, but these low carb crisps only have 0.75 grams carb per crisp, and they taste good too! There are several recipes to be found on line, but as far as I know this particular recipe is original from me.
Bodil's Low carb crisps
(norwegian recipe in parentheses

200g linen seeds (200g linfrø)
100g sunflower seeds (100g solsikkefrø)
100g sesame seeds (100g sesamfrø)
50g wheat bran (50g kruskakli)
2tbs psyllium husk (2ss fiber husk)
1tsp salt (1 ts salt)
550 ml water (5,5 dl vann)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and divide the dough on two trays covered with baking paper. (I have bought reusable paper that works very well). 
Spread the dough thinly and put them to bake in a preheated oven 175 C. 
If you have a hot air oven you can bake both trays at the same time.
After 10 minutes, remove the crisps, and divide them into 16 pieces per tray (4x4) total 32. For this I use my pizza wheel but a knife will work too.
Put them back into the oven and bake until dry and crisp, about 45 minutes more, taking care not to overcook. 
It is important that they are baked untill they are completely dry, then they can be stored in an airtight container for weeks.
Tastes great with cheese!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Knitted tunic in "Silke-tweed"

 During the easter holidays I had time to finish my tunic, wich I started on a while a go.
The lacy edge is a nice contrast to the slightly rough yarn.
The front has an interesting construction too.
The tunic fits snuggly over the chest and flows out to a loose fit over the hips, just the way I like it!
Pattern:  Knitted DROPS tunic with ¾ sleeves in garter st and wavy pattern
Yarn: Silke-tweed from Drops
Needles: 3mm
I also started two new projects with yarn from my stash
"Easy drop stitch scarf" in pure silk.
"One row scarf" in pure merino wool.
Ninja enjoyed helping with the spring cleaning in the garden.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Crochet hat for sunny days

One of my favourite pass times is to sit outside in the sun, knitting or reading. Til now my sun shade has been this:
I thought it was time to make something a bit more feminine, a crochet hat.
A flexible hat that can be worn in different ways.
Definitely more feminine than the old one!
Pattern: Crochet DROPS hat
Yarn: Cotton Viscose (2skeins) and Bomull- Lin (3skeins)
Hook: 4mm
I have allready started a new crochet project, a granny square dress for a lovely little girl who will soon turn two years old.
 Yeela says she just turned one, but she is a big girl.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Granny stripe blanket

Today the sun is shining and the birds are chirping
So I thought I'd show you something that suits the mood of the weather.
My granny stripe blanket! 
I made it last summer, on a trip I took with my boyfriend. We drove 5700 km in two weeks, all the way to the North Cape and back, with a little detour to Sweden and Lofoten as well.
I really enjoyed the trip, and it was nice being a tourist in my own country, as I really hadn't seen much of it before!
The midnight sun up north was beautiful, and very strange having the sun shining in the middle of the night! 
Pattern: Granny stripe by Lucy in Attic24
Yarn: Bomull Sport 100% cotton from Gjestal
weight: 1478g
Hook: 5
Finsihed size: 175x130 cm (70x51 inches)
Malawi looooves the blanket!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Marimekko scarf

I have finished a scarf that I've been having on my list for a long time, ever since I saw it a couple of years ago on another knitting blog. I bought the pattern and put it neatly into my file of patterns, where it stayed untill I happened to chance upon it the other day while I was looking for something else.
I followed my recent decision about sticking to earthy, natural colours when I bought the yarn.
Making this scarf involves weaving in a lot of ends,
 but the construction of the scarf ensures that it's fun to make, as you build it up stripe by stripe.
A fun and fairly quick knit!
Pattern: Marimekko scarf by Vivian Høxbro
Yarn: Drops fabel
Needles: 3mm
In other news:
All the snow has melted away, and the other day I was able to catch a few minutes in the sun! 
Mira has had her spring bath and is happy with the way things are going.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My workspace

As I've mentioned earlier, I am currently spending most of my time writing a bachelor on child welfare. This is how it looks where I spend my days:
From the other angle:
Books all over, even on my heirloom chest.
The chest is from my paternal grandmothers childhood home, and is nearly  two hundred years old.
I have allways loved this chest, ever since I was a little girl, and was very happy to inherit it!
But it's not all work and no play :)
A new cardigan is on my needles. In Noro! 
Here is my daughter Jenny on her horse Surprise, early one foggy morning in April.

Friday, April 1, 2011

O w l s

This is my second O w l s. I made the first one a couple of years ago, in a blueish greenish colour. That was one of those garments I made in a bright colour wich I ended up never wearing because of the colour.
This time I spent some time looking for just the right yarn in just the right colour.
I ended up using two types of yarn, one 100 % wool in a light not completely solid beige, and one thin mohair in a darker beige. This gives a lot of depth in the knitted fabric. The photo is completely out of focus but you get an idea of the colours :)
This time I am quite happy with the colour and I'm sure I will wear this o w l more often then the first one!
Pattern: O w l s from Needled
Yarn: Fritidsgarn 100 % wool from Sandnesgarn and Vivaldi mohair/wool/polymide from Drops
Needles: 5.5 and 6.0mm
Malawi wants to point out that he is kind of beige too!