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Farmlife

August 12, 2009

Some glimpses from our summer at the farm.

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This is where we stay. Our little red “bryggerhus“, it’s supposed to be the oldest building on the farm.

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By the sea, such beauty.

And this summer the unthinkable happened.. The huge oil spill catastrophe caused by the tanker FullCity. We tried to do some cleaning up, but I don’t know if it was of any help. Some say the oil will be gone by next summer, some say it will take decades. Seabirds are dead by the hundreds and life in the sea is contaminated as well. Even though our area wasn’t among the worst, it was still pretty bad in some places. Lumps of oil, a thin film of oil on the surface of the sea, the smell of oil from seaweed..

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The flowers are innocent and unaware of human hybris and sloppiness, a fatal combination indeed.

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And so is our one-year-old little girl and her favorite animal, Pus.

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Holiday

June 6, 2009

We are just back from a week on the Croatian island of Hvar. Stayed in a little town called Jelsa. As usual I took loads of pictures, most of them of flowers and stones. But some of the family too, of course. And the usual pictures of the port, the beach and the sea. Food was ok (fish and pizza), weather a little less than ok (hard rain half of the time), but from an esthetic point of view the trip was quite amazing. So many beautiful flowers and plants, colors and shapes! The little town of Jelsa was very pretty too.

I picked a lot of dried out plants that I photographed close-up. This is of a poppy. I really like the pattern on it. Inspiring indeed. I never knew the poppy had these stripes on them, it makes such a stark pattern. Again the colors (or lack of colors) are beautiful, I think.

I was intrigued with this pattern I found on the many steps that led down to the port. The cement is worn down, revealing a sort of grid pattern. The various fungus/ mushrooms form a organic, soft pattern. I like the colors too, and the contrast between the cement grid and the fungus. Reminds me of some Japanese prints, it became very clear when I included the twig with the leaves. The difference in color is due to the light when the picture was taken.

By the sea

May 26, 2009

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We spent some days by the sea, at our place on the coast. Beautiful weather, and I had my first bath this year. Cold, of course. I took an enormous amount of pictures, I’ll publish them on Flickr. So much inspiration for my printing. Plants, flowers, the pattern on the rocks. I I bought a very good book on printing, June Fish, Designing and Printing Textiles. I certainly have a lot to learn.

Cute as it gets

July 10, 2008




My little boy and the old cat, last pictures taken before I left for town. Nothing beats kids and animals in cuteness, not even small knitted babysweaters. So, I’m back in town, alone for some days while my boys enjoy the last days of their summerholiday on the farm. It’s not so bad to be alone for some days, being alone will soon enough become something very exotic and rare. I have enough to keep me busy, getting the babythings ready, reading books about how to get babies sleep at night. And of course knitting. And hoping my little girl has patience enough to stay put until the boys return..

When she comes, this will be the first knitted sweater she will wear. If it fits. It’s really so small, I have my doubts. The yarn used is alpaca and silk, pattern is Sunbeam from Nettleknits. It’s available on the website http://www.nettleknits.com. I made some small modifications on the cuffs, adding a small garter stitch edge. I also added an i-cord hem.


This is for little Lucie, but she will have to grow considerably before this one fits.

And finally my mysterious top-down project from a previous post. It still lacks an arm, but it’s clear for all to see that it’s going to be a sweater. The sleeve caps are worked simultaneously with the back and the front, and it’s quite fascinating to see how the garment slowly takes its form as you knit.