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Hvert år tager min mor og jeg på en lille forlænget weekend, hvor vi nyder hinandens selskab og finder noget god klassisk musik at opleve. I år var vi i Stockholm. Jeg har været der et par gange i forbindelse med arbejde, men rettelig har jeg ikke set byen ordenligt siden jeg var der som 10-årig, så det var en stor fornøjelse at vandre rundt i sneen og opleve og ose og hygge og snakke og alt det, som man nu gør, når man ikke har de store planer og al tid i verden.

Every year my mother and I go on an extended weekend trip. Our mission is always the same – enjoy each other’s company and listen to some good classic music live. This year we went to Stockholm. I have been there a couple of times recently, but always for work, so I haven’t actually seen the city properly since I was 10. Thus it was a great pleasure wandering around in the snow and experience it once more, talking and laughing and meandering as you do, when you don’t have many plans and all the time in the world.

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Vi hørte Sveriges Radiosymfoniorkester (og kor) spille gallakoncert i anledning af Hellig Trekonger, og vi havde en sjov oplevelse, da vi dagen efter fangede den sidste del af fjernsynsudsendelsen – det var overhovedet ikke nær så fantastisk på tv, som det havde været i virkeligheden. Jeg fik straks tanken, at det kunne være fantastisk at se nogle af de andre gallakoncerter, som jeg ellers har nydt på tv, hvis det er den samme faktor, man skal gange på, som det var denne gang. For live-oplevelsen havde været helt og aldeles forrygende.

We heard the Swedish Radio Symphonic (and choir) play the Epiphany galla concert, and we had a fun extra experience, as we the next day caught the last bit of the concert on television – it wasn’t even close to how fantastic it had sounded and felt in real life. I immediately thought of how utterly amazing some of the great concerts – which I have actually enjoyed on tv – would sound if I was there. That is, if I can apply the same factor to multiply the experience with. In other words, the live experience of that galla concert was breathtaking and mind blowing fantastic.

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Ingen rejse uden et besøg i en garnbutik. Min mor lod sig trække med til “Litet Nystan“, som var en virkelig skøn butik i et dejligt kvarter. Der var smukke garner fra store dele af verden, men også et rigtig godt udvalg af svensk producerede garner. Jeg har en slags princip (ikke at jeg altid står fuldstændig fast på det) om at købe lokale garner, når jeg er ude at rejse. Mine garnkøb er i høj grad souvenirs mere end egentlig projektrelaterede indkøb, og så er det sjovere med noget, som man ikke nødvendigvis kan få andre steder. Jeg købte også den fine sokkebog #tantulltussockor af Anna Bergman, som jeg har set en del om på de sociale medier – og den er ligeså fantastisk, som jeg havde håbet på.

No travels without a visit to a local yarn store. My mother let herself be dragged to “Litet Nystan“, which was a really cool and pretty shop in a lovely neighbourhood. There were pretty yarns from all over the world, but also a great selection of Swedish yarns. I have a kind of principle (not that I always keep it, mind) to buy “local” yarns when travelling. My yarn purchases is mostly souvenirs, more than project related. And with souvenirs it’s a lot more fun, if it’s yarn you can’t just get everywhere. I also bought the quirky and pretty sock book #tantulltusssockor by Anna Bergman, which I have seen doing the rounds on social media – and it’s just as good, as I had hoped.

Alt i alt, var den (som sædvanlig) en fantastisk tur. Jeg føler mig utrolig heldig, at jeg har en mor, der gider rejse med mig på den måde (og at jeg har en mand, der også bakker turene op). Vi kunne have det godt hvor som helst, men Stockholm var nu faktisk lidt magisk. Det gider jeg godt igen en anden gang.

All in all it was a wonderful trip (as per usual). I feel incredibly lucky that I have a mother, who likes travelling with me like this (and that I have a husband, who supports this). We could have a blast anywhere, but Stockholm was actually a little bit magical. I wouldn’t mind a revisit some time in the future.

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I sidste uge var vi på vores første storbyferie med drengene. Turen gik en lille storby, nemlig til Edinburgh, og det var fantastisk. Jeg har flere gange tænkt, at det er sjovt, som rejser forandrer sig, når man får børn. Vi har oplevet det på vores sommerferier, der oftest involverer en del natur og vandreture. Men det er absolut også tilfældet, når man er i en by med de mange by-relaterede oplevelsesmuligheder.

Last week was spent on our first city vacation with the boys. We went to a smallish big city, Edinburgh, and it was fantastic. I have several time thought about, how amazingly a travelling experience changes, when you travel with kids. We have felt it on our summer vacations, though they often involve hiking and nature experiences. But it certainly is also the case, when you are in a city with the manifold attractions and experiences that are available in such a place.

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Vi turede rundt, så godt vi nu kunne og fik set både borg og whisky, vulkan og museum. Den gamle by er fyldt med smukke gamle huse og stejle gyder med trapper. Sært og sjovt.

We toured the city as well as we could, and saw castle and whisky, vulcanoes and museums. The old town is filled with beautiful, old houses, and narrow, steep closes (with and without steps). Strange and yet wonderful.

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En anden ting, der fascinerede mig, var hvor tæt på naturen alligevel er i Edinburgh. Holyrood Park med Salisbury Crags og Arthur’s Seat er nærmest i centrum, og man kan fra byens mange højder se over vandet (Firth of Forth) nordpå, eller sydpå til Pentland Hills. Vi fik meget lyst til at tage tilbage udstyret med en bil og nogle flere ugers ferie. Jeg tror, vi bliver nødt til at kigge lidt nærmere på Skotland inden længe.

Another thing that fascinated me, was how close to the centre of the city the wilder landscape was. Holyrood Park with Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat is almost in the centre of Edinburgh, and from the many heights you can easily see across the water (Firth of Forth) to the North, or to the south toward Pentland Hills. We were charmed and feel ready to go back armed with a car and some more weeks of vacation to explore the Scottish landscape. I think, we will be back before too long.

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Ferie er nu noget af det bedste jeg ved! At komme helt ned i gear, gå lange ture, nyde livet og familien og udsigten og tiden… Det er til gengæld tilsvarende hårdt at skulle tilbage op i gear. Dagene flyver pludselig igen afsted, og er fyldt med hverdagens trummerum. Men det er jo præcis det, der gør ferie så skønt – kontrasten mellem den og hverdagen. Heldigvis kan jeg så forlænge ferienydelsen ved at vise et par glimt af den her på bloggen.

Vacation is one of my favorite activities! To gear down completely (almost to a full stop), go on long walks, enjoy life and family and the view and time… It is proportionally hard to get my behind back into gear now that everyday life has returned. The days fly by (again) and has been re-filled with all the little things that make up an “everyday”. But that is exactly what makes vacations so wonderful – the contrast to everyday life. And luckily I can extend the vacation feeling (at least a little) by showing you some pictures here on the blog.

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Familiens sommerferie gik (igen) til Norge – det var en god beslutning. Den norske natur gør noget godt for mig og får mig til at slappe fuldstændig af.

Our vacation was (once more) spent in Norway – it was a good decision. The Norwegian nature triggers something good in me – makes me relax perfectly.

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Det er godt at vide, at Norge ikke løber nogen steder – og at jeg skal derop igen lige om straks, når jeg skal til Oslo Strikkefestival. Efteråret ser allerede ud til at blive travlt og godt.

It is good to know that Norway wont go away – and that I’ll return in a short while, when I’m going to Oslo Knitting Festival. My fall looks to be wonderful and busy already.

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Jeg håber, at resten af blogland også har haft en dejlig sommer!

I hope that all of you on the other side of this blog also have had a wonderful summer.

 

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I starten af juni gik turen til Madrid (det er faktisk første gang jeg er “rigtigt” i Spanien – Lanzarote tæller på en eller anden måde ikke helt). Jeg deltog i en konference om kvalitet i offentlige statistikker (jo jo, jeg er nørdet på mange måder).

Konferencen var spændende, hvilket også var godt, for det er godt nok nogle lange dage (der er dog bonus strikketid at hente sig, når man skal holde koncentrationen på foredragene). De lange dage betød til gengæld, at der ikke var særlig meget tid til at udforske byen og bare nyde stemningen.

At the beginning of June, I went on a trip to Madrid (actually my first time in Spain “proper” – somehow a jaunt on Lanzarote doesn’t really count). I participated in a conference on quality in official statistics (yup, I’m geeky in more ways than one).

The conference was very good and interesting, which was a good thing, because it’s some seriously long days (on the plus side that means quite a bit of knitting time as you keep you hands busy and your head clear to concentrate on the presentations). The long days unfortunately meant that there was little time to explore the city.

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På en eller anden måde er det ikke helt så eksotisk at være i syden, når man kigger ud fra mørke konferencelokaler.

Somehow it’s not as exciting to be visiting a foreign capital, when you mostly get to look at it out the windows of a dark conference room.

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Det lykkedes dog at se lidt – bl.a. fordi spanierne er sent ude og der er liv i byen til langt ud på aftenen. Der var en god spadseretur fra hotellet til konferencen, så med et par omveje lykkedes det at få lidt af stemningen ind under huden og få set nogle seværdigheder. Jeg havde en lidt blandet fornemmelse af byen til at starte med, men den vandt absolut et par dage inde i turen – og nu har jeg det sådan, at jeg godt kunne tænke mig, at turen gik dertil igen snart.

I did manage to squeeze in some sightseeing – among other things because the city was alive until late in the evening. There was a good walk from my hotel to the conference, so by the simple tool of meandering a bit off the straight line I got to experience some of the mood and see some of the sights. To begin with, I must admit that the city wasn’t my favorite, but after a day or two I found that I had change my opinion – and now I’d quite like to get a chance to visit again soon.

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Ahhhhh, ferie! Det er altså en af mine yndlingsbeskæftigelser – især når den tilbringes sammen med familien i smukke omgivelser. Det var også ved at være tiltrængt med en pause i hverdagen.

Ahhhhh, holidays are my favorite kind of days – especially when they bring vacationing with my family in beautiful surroundings. This year I really needed this break from everyday humdrum, so it’s been wonderful to relax.

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Det er skønt, når det eneste man “skal” er at sove længe, lege i sneen, lære MM og LB at stå på ski (mest LB, siden MM lærte meget sidste år og synes at mene, at det var i går han sidst var ude at løbe), spise dejlig mad og drikke et glas god vin. Nå ja, og strikke (det er så kun mig, der strikker, men ifølge Magen strikker jeg også for flere personer).

And it’s even better when all we need do is sleep late, play in the snow, teach MM and LB to ski (mostly LB, since MM learned a lot last year and seemingly didn’t need refreshing), eat wonderful food and share a good bottle of wine. Oh, and of course knit (well, only I knit, but I knit enough to cover the need for several people according to the Mate).

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Jeg håber, at I alle har en dejlig påskeferie fyldt med det, I allerbedst kan lide. God påske!

I hope that all of you have a wonderful Easter holiday, filled with whatever you need or like the most. Happy Easter!

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Januar har (indtil videre) været smækfyldt med aktiviteter – rejser, møder, strik, opgaver, familiebesøg, arbejde, fest. Alt det gode, alt det hårde – nogle gange i den samme pakning.

January have (so far) been tightly packed with activities – travelling, meetings, knitting, tasks, family visits, work, partying. All the good stuff, all the hard stuff – some times all at once.

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Forrige weekend drog jeg på Jyllandsturne i min lille røde bil. Efter den smukkeste solopgang ved Sjællands Odde og den roligste færgetur, jeg kan mindes at have været på, havde jeg et kort og godt stop i Århus, hvor jeg nåede omkring to af byens garnbutikker. Det var hhv. Tøndering Strik (herover) og Garnkisten (herunder). Jeg elsker at besøge garnbutikker og se, hvad der er for udvalg og hvordan de indretter sig. Lækre butikker begge to (og selvfølgelig købte jeg noget begge steder). Skal helt sikkert på garn-crawl i Århus med lidt bedre tid på et tidspunkt.

A week ago, my weekend was spent travelling around Jutland in my little red car. I started by taking the ferry to Århus from Sjællands Odde, where the sun rose in magnificent purple and pink splendor. Well arrived in Århus, I managed a brief visit to two of the yarn shops (there are many more – and someday soon, I need to take time for a proper yarn crawl in Århus), Tøndering Strik (above) and Garnkisten (below). I love visiting yarn shops and seeing what yarns they carry and how they present their wares. Both shops were really great (and yes, I bought something both places).

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Efter en tur til Aalborg og en overnatning i Randers – hvor morgenen gryede smuk og frostklar var jeg ved at være klar til at tage på TEX-Stil messen.

After a brief trip to Aalborg and a overnight stay in Randers – where I was treated to the most magnificent dawn break – I was ready to visit the TEX-Stil trade show in Vejle.

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Det er en indkøbsmesse for garnbutikker, men som regel har jeg et design eller to derovre, som det er sjovt at se, hvordan bliver taget imod. Det er nu ikke den primære årsag til, at jeg vender tilbage. Jeg elsker at have muligheden for at snakke med mine designerkollegaer og andre folk i branchen. Det er nemlig ikke så tit, at jeg ellers har mulighed for at møde dem. Som sædvanlig var jeg en hel del mere koncentreret om at snakke (og jeg var så også ved at være lidt træt ovenpå weekendens aktiviteter), så jeg fik ikke taget mere end et enkelt billede. På Filcolanas stand stod Aniwaniwa lige ved siden af Spectra, hvilket jeg synes var sjovt, da cardiganen nemlig kun er blevet til, fordi jeg havde så mange fine rester tilovers fra tæppet.

The TEX-Stil trade show is for yarn shops, but I am usually represented by a design or two, and it is always fun seeing if people like it. There is another reason for me to visit each year (actually twice a year). I love having the opportunity to meet and talk with my designer colleagues and other people in the yarn industry. It’s not often, I have that opportunity in my everyday life. As usual I forgot to take more than a single picture (I was too busy talking and admittedly I was also a bit tired). Filconana’s booth had placed Aniwaniwa just beside Spectra, which I found funny and appropriate, since the cardigan wouldn’t be here without all the pretty leftovers I had from the blanket.

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Det var en god weekend, men jeg er ved at være klar på en uge, hvor aftenerne bliver brugt i sofaen med strik og tv og weekenden bliver brugt til at sove længe og hygge hele familien sammen. Det er den absolutte målsætning for denne uge!

It was a good weekend, but I am about ready for a week, where the evenings are spent in the sofa with knitting and tv, and the weekend affords sleeping late and lazy living with the family. It is my absolute goal for this week!

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Her på feriens sidste dag kan man jo sidde og kigge lidt på billeder. Det har været en skøn ferie. Vi var i det norske, hvilket passede både Magen og jeg godt, da vi er noget varmeskære – det vil sige, at vi egentlig trives bedst i kølige omgivelser og har en vis irritation på vejret, når temperaturen sniger sig over 25 grader.

Today is the last day of a wonderful vacation. I’m using it to look through some of all my pictures. We spent most of our vacation in Norway, which suited both the Mate and I – we like our summers a bit to the cold and clear side.

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Vi gik på fjeld, slappede af i hytten, strikkede både på fjeld og i hytte (mig), spiste god mad (os alle), fik fjeldchokolade (mest børnene), hoppede på klipperne (kun børnene) og i mudderet (os alle, men kun ved fejltrin) og havde generelt bare en dejlig ferie. Drengene viste sig at have gode fjeldben og klarede alle vores gåture super flot.

We hiked in the mountains, relaxed in the cabin, knitted both on the mountain tops and in the cabin (me), ate a lot of good food (all of us), ate a lot of chocolate (mostly the children), jumped around on the cliffs (only the children) and in the mud (all of us, though only by misstepping), and thus generally having a great vacation. The boys are good walkers and made us proud by enjoying the hikes.

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Undervejs praktiserede jeg en disciplin, der kan kaldes strikning med udsigt. Ikke det værste. Jeg blev også færdig med flere ældre strikkeprojekter og har dermed en herlig følelse af fuldførelse med hjem i (den fuldt proppede) strikketaske.

I admit to carrying my knitting with me on the hikes to be able to practise what I call “knitting with a view”. Which is a rather glorious discipline. I also managed to finish several older projects, so I went home with a sense of fulfillment (and a tightly packed knitting bag).

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Tomorrow the everyday humdrum awaits, but I am ready with fully recharged batteries. I hope the rest of you also have had a wonderful vacation.

 

Jeg har grublet over, hvordan jeg mon bedst beskrev oplevelsen af min allerførste Fanø Strikkefestival. På nogle måder er det svært at sætte fingeren på præcis, hvad det var der gjorde, at jeg nød det så meget. På den anden side er det ligetil: menneskene, hyggen, naturen, husene, borebiller (!!), grin, strik, afslapning. Jeg tror, jeg lader billederne tale i første omgang, og så vil jeg vise lidt af de mere præcist definerbare minder senere.

I have wondered how to describe my very first visit to Fanø Strikkefestival (knit festival). In some ways it is hard to define what made me enjoy it so much. In other ways, it’s easily done: the people, coziness, nature, buildings, laughter, knitting, relaxation. I think I’ll let the snap shots speak for now, and then try to describe some of the more specifik moments later.

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Magen og ungerne og jeg har tilbragt en dejlig sommerferie med at køre rundt i Tyskland og se nogle af alle de ting, man suser forbi, hvis man blot drøner sydpå ad autobahn. Det var en god oplevelse. Tyskland er et smukt og meget varieret land. Fyldt med skønne landskaber, fine små (og store) byer, masser af borge (nogle gamle, andre knap så gamle) og gode muligheder for vandreture og oplevelser. Da vi kom hjem, havde vi kørt 3482 km, men ingen af dem var spildt, for vi havde haft det skønt alle fire.*

The Mate, the kids, and I have spent our summer vacation driving about Germany and seeing some of all the things that you miss, if you just rush past on the autobahn on your way south. It was a good vacation. Germany is a beautiful and very diverse country. It is filled with beautiful scenery, beautiful little towns and strapping big cities, lots and lots of castles (some old, some not so old) and a plethora of opportunities for experiences. When we returned home, we had driven 3482 km, but none of them were wasted, because we had a blast all four of us.*

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* Jeg er yderst taknemmelig for, at mine børn er så gode til de lange køredage sådan en ferie nødvendigvis medbringer. Det gør det hele lidt nemmere og sjovere.

* I am utterly grateful that my children are so easy travellers on the long driving days that are a necessity on such a vacation. It makes travelling a whole lot easier and more fun.

Sokkestrikning er min afslapningsstrik. Det første jeg strikkede var sokker, og jeg vil tro, at jeg strikker sokker til den dag jeg stiller træskoene (med eller uden striksokker i). Der har nu været en længere pause i min sokkestrikning (eller i hvert fald i antallet af færdige sokker), fordi jeg (ikke overraskende) havde gang i lidt for mange ting. Men rejser er en herlig motivation og sokker så yderst praktiske, så jeg har atter fundet sokkestrikkelysten.

Sock knitting is my go to relaxation knitting. The first thing I ever knit was socks, and I’ll bet my needles that the last thing I knit will probably be socks as well. There have been a rather long pause in my sock knitting (or rather in the number of finished pairs), mostly because I’ve had a bit of a break from knitting, but probably also because I’ve got quite a few projects going at the same time. But as mentioned before, travelling makes for a rather good motivation for simple knitting, which is where socks win big time. And since I’ve travelled quite a bit lately, I’ve relocated my sock knitting mojo.

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På den seneste rejse blev jeg færdig med et par enkle og dejlige sokker – mission “Fyld sokkeskuffen” er dermed på rette spor. De er strikket på pind 2½ mm i Schachenmayr Regia Mix-it Color fv. 09383 og vejer nette 71 g. Flere har snakket om at farven ligner det svenske flag, men i mine øjne er det mine Tardis-sokker! Min søster var meget flink og lå og luftede fødderne som sokkemodel, mens jeg legede med indstillingerne på mit nye kamera.

While I was on my latest little journey, I finished a pair of simple and quite lovely socks – the mission “Restock the sock drawer” is thus underway. The new socks are knit on 2½ mm needles in Schachenmayr Regia Mix-it Color (col. 09383) and weighs 71 g. I adore the colour and in my mind I see them as the Tardis socks. My sister was very kind (even when she knew the socks were for myself) and rather patient as she lay on the rocks and aired her feet as the sock model, while I played with the settings on my new camera.

The beautiful (and patient) sock model

Jeg havde selvfølgelig fuldgarderet mig og medbragt endnu et nøgle sokkegarn (og diverse andre strikkeprojekter) i kufferten. På flyturen hjem blev der strikket en del, men jeg fik også en ekstra oplevelse, idet vi sad ved nødudgangen og stewarden var så flink at vise, hvordan man åbnede døren, hvis der nu skulle blive brug for, at vi skulle hjælpe (det blev der heldigvis ikke).

There was no cause for panic since I of course had more sock yarn (and several other projects) with me, so I immedieately cast on for a new pair. I got a fair bit of knitting done on the homeward flight, but I also got a rather unusual (for me) experience. We had seats at the emergency exit (the glorious leg space), so the steward kindly showed us how to open the door in an emergency. Luckily we didn’t need it, but it was fun seeing anyway.

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