Wednesday, 25 February 2009

For the love of Mohair

I will admit that I was a bit hesitant when I found some a lot of mohair yarn at my favorite sewing and knitting store. Without anyone actually saying this to me, I felt that it went out of style in the early 1980's. And I'm not sure why.

In the end, the fantastic colors won me over.

How can one NOT walk around with a smile on their face, knowing they are drenched in sunshine?

For those who have their heads in the clouds, a sky blue scarf is perfect. And for those who really have their heads in the clouds, the safety buttons ensure that they won't loose the scarf.

A jolt of cranberry red to splash the world with color.

Finally, this burnt orange always makes me feel toast from the inside out.

I've personally tried wearing these scarves and they are so soft and cozy to the touch. But mine's a pink one and no one's allowed to take it.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Norwegian Raspeballer

As part of my products to my customers, I offer translations of Norwegian recipes that will be sent electronically to buyers. These they can enjoy while waiting for their purchase to arrive via ordinary mail.

One of the very traditional recipes that I offer is Raspeballer. These are potato dumplings that are still very much in fashion. Traditionally they are eaten with turnip/swede/rutabaga different types of salted meat: lamb, bacon, sausage, etc. After this, there are a number of different additons that can be found all over the country, depending upon which area you come from. Some families enjoy pea soup with this dish, others add sour cream and other still add syrup.

Whichever way you choose to eat your raspeballer, you can be guaranteed to be full and content for hours afterward!

Monday, 9 February 2009

Norway In the European Melodi Grand Prix

I am not usually a huge fan of the European Melodi Grand Prix. I do watch it, usually moving in and out of the living room to fold a load of laundry, unload the dishwasher, etc. It seems to me that the 'talent' aspect of the competition has disappeared in the 10 years that I've living in this country. I accept the fact that looks and the selling of sex will always sway voters in competitions such as these, but in the last years it seems that a lot of good looking ladies with perhaps not the best talent have made their way to the top.

But now, now there is a new young hottie from Norway who actually can play music. And who can sing. And he's got some talented modern Halling dancers behind him. Those dancers don't just have pretty faces.

Oh.... if I was 17 again.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

A Little Something Turned Big

My biggest satisfactions come from the smallest things. Like when I don't really have faith in an idea, but give it a whirl and am surprised to see the outcome.

I had such an experience last week: a single ball of purple wool and two pewter buttons. I did not expect much to come out of this. In fact, I EXPECTED it to be a waste of valuable time.

Instead, the result was a simple scarf with a lot of versatility. And it's not the fact that it looks good that is the point of this blog. It's the fact that it has taught me something big about myself.

First, the scarf: it's a loose traditional stitch with a twist. This gives it a very organic and lively feel. It will go with all casual items and business attire. Because it's made from soft wool, it will keep you warm while still letting your skin breath. It's a good deal.

Secondly, me: I need to stop analysing things so much. I need to stop trying to predict the outcomes of events and focus on the journey. I need to ENJOY the journey. I need to start being a bit more optimistic about things and expect the best from my endeavors.

And finally, I need to remember and take solice in the fact that as always, great things are hidden in simple packages.