Christmas Knitting

Well, now that Christmas is over, I can share my middle-of-the-night-lighted-pictures of my Christmas knitting.  I really wish I took better and more pictures of these!  This year all of Knut’s siblings (and their spouses) got mittens.  I used this luxurious 80%merino wool/20%bamboo yarn.  It was lovely to work with!

5 sets in all, each mitten had a thick stranded design on the outside and is fully lined with another mitten in a contrasting color in the same yarn on the inside.  I used this “Northman Mitten” pattern which boasted to be big enough to fit large man hands, but after I made the first mitten to gauge, Knut tried it on to test it and it was way too small.  I had to increase the gauge significantly for the ones for Knut’s brothers.  Knut now wants a pair and wants them even bigger and wants me to add a ribbed cuff as well, and to do all that I may have to pick a thicker yarn.  You know, when I get to it.  I love how my family comes up with all of these custom requests without batting an eye.  Silje still “orders” dresses from me using illustrations from her Cinderella book as reference.  (“Mommy, can you make me this dress?  But in purple, and sleeves like this other dress and…) 
Here’s each mitten with the liners exposed.


The big mistake I made was when I was making one of the boys’ mittens, and accidentally made 2 right mittens. I had no desire to frog an entire mitten, so after fuming about it for a few weeks and moving onto another pair in the meantime, I finally broke down and bought more yarn to make 2 left mittens. (Originally I had intended each pair to be a different color.) It took some time to track down the exact color and yarn on the internet because my yarn store was out, but it all eventually worked out.

So, now after these and Solveig’s stocking is done, do you think I have fulfilled my personal goal of developing the skill of the stranded/fair aisle technique so I can finally make Knut the Norwegian sweater he’s been begging me for?  Perhaps you’ll need to tune in next Christmas…maybe. I’m still a bit nervous about that project.

It’s Been Too Long

since I’ve posted a picture of Solveig.  She changes every day, you know.

Here’s her wearing her mama-made Christmas dress.

My two girls in their dresses.  (Silje’s was not mama-made.)

Nothing beats a nap with a newborn!

So far her personality is…sleepy. She sleeps a lot, and we whip out the camera almost every time her eyes are open, which isn’t often. I’m not sure if I remember my other kids sleeping this much, but maybe that’s because I have a 2 year old who doesn’t stop moving. Remembering them like this gets pretty tricky!


Solveig had her 2 week check up this morning.  Where has the time gone!?  She’s already up one whole pound from her birth weight.  That’s what she gets for being born during the holiday season!  MMMmmmm…cookies…

My parents are flying in tonight and will be staying with us for a week.  Knut’s grandpa’s funeral is tomorrow.  Knut will be a pall bearer.  Solveig will be baptized on Sunday.

My friend Jillene who dyed the blue and purple yarn for me lost her baby at 33 weeks on Christmas Day due to a freak cord accident.  She’s had so many pregnancy complications and was starting to show signs of pre-eclampsia, but her doctors were watching her closely to let the baby go as long as possible before her kidneys gave out.  To have gone through so much and have lost him over something so little seems so unfair.

Our amaryllis plant bloomed right on Christmas Day. It still has 2 more buds to go.  It got so freakishly tall that I’m not sure where to put it.  It has to be at least 3 feet tall.

It’s amazing to me what extreme reactions I get from people when I tell them Solveig’s name.  Some people go over the moon swooning over it like great-grandparents and some people at church (and us of course).  Then there’s the polite “Oh.  Interesting.”  All the way to the lady at Walmart today who got a sour look on her face and said “Well, whatya do that for?”

My (borrowed) camera is somewhere, but we’ve barely been home.  we’ve been at Knut’s parents a lot over Christmas and have been living out of bags and it’s probably in one of them.  I won an auction for a new camera on ebay, and for the first time, the seller flaked out on me and doesn’t want to send it to me for the price I won the auction at.  He “forgot” to put a reserve on the item and was disappointed at how much I got it for.  Ebay will be refunding me my money in 6 more days if the seller doesn’t, and I’m annoyed I have to wait even longer for my new camera.  There’s another one in the “Buy it Now” section from another seller that I want to pick up, but I need to wait for my refund.  The whole thing was terribly annoying, but at least I don’t have to worry about getting my money back.  I’m thankful for buyer protection, although I’ve never needed it before this.

If I did know where the camera was, I’d take a picture of the boys’ room right now, as Silje is moving in for the week when Grammy and Papa are here.  She moved in “just the essentials” and it looks like a pink monster threw up in there.  

I also took pictures of the finished handmade Christmas presents I did.  I guess that’s destined for a different post.  (Wednesday’s yarn along perhaps?)  Knut’s cousin Liv drew my name for the girl cousin gift exchange and she is currently living in China and flew in just in time for the Christmas Eve gift exchange.  She brought me tea direct from China.  How cool is that!  Not quite as cool as the paper snowflakes Silje made and wrapped for me, but close.

Everyone asks how Solveig sleeps.  Well, she wakes up every hour from midnight until about 3am and screams her head off until I feed her…every hour. Then from 3am she sleeps for 4-5 hours straight.  So not conventional, but I’m not complaining.  I get to sleep in with her as Knut is not back to work yet, but I’m sure eventually he’ll have to go.  Since we’ve brought her home, she has had exactly 2 diapers that were not poopy.  She poops during diaper changes as well more than all of the other kids did combined.  Probably not so ironically, she’s the only kid of mine who has not shown any sign of jaundice. 

Yup, I think there’s not much more to talk about after the “how the baby’s pooping” part.  That about wraps everything up.

Saying Goodbye

This isn’t Solveig, but David.  This is one of my favorite pictures of him as a baby.  He’s being held with the large hands of his Great-Grandpa.

My children have been blessed that up until now they’ve had 7 living great-grandparents, 4 of whom live close by and come to birthdays and other family events. 

This great-grandpa is Knut’s maternal grandpa.  His favorite thing was to hold babies.  He loved holding babies.  (He has Silje in this picture.)  For as long as I’ve been a part of this family, he was blind.  I remember asking him once if his glasses helped even a little bit.  With a twinkle in his eyes, he handed me his glasses.  I looked through them, and saw they were just glass.  I asked him why he wore glasses that didn’t do anything.  He grinned and said “They make me look handsome!”  Well, I couldn’t argue with that.

Great-grandpa M. went to be with Jesus last night.  While we kinda knew it was the beginning of the end for him, getting that phone call in the middle of the night seemed to still catch us off guard.  Please be in prayer for Knut and his family.  This is the first death close to the family he’s ever dealt with before.  Grandpa M. will be very, very missed.  As our hearts ache, we’re trying to remember that Grandpa can now see again.  He can now walk without any assistance.  He gets to hold the little great-grandbaby of his that we lost in pregnancy last year.  (Something Knut’s mom pointed out to me that touched my heart.)  Most importantly, he gets to worship at the very throne of Christ.  One can only imagine how Jesus’ birth is celebrated there.