31 Aug 2008

Fridtjof the Bold

This big fellow is a local viking hero. He wanted to marry Ingebjørg, the daughter of King Bele from the other side of the fjord where Fridtjof lived (Vangsnes).

Fridtjof and Ingebjørg grew up together on the farm Hilding (one of the largest farms in Sogn at the time, situated further in the fjord). But when Fridtjof wantet to marry Ingebjørn her brothers tried to put a stop to it, because they wanted her to marry the powerful King Ring of Ringerike (eastnorway), to avoid a big war with him. To make this happen the brothers sent Fridtjof on a trip to the Orkneyislands telling him to collect taxes and hoping to be wrid of him for good. Then they made Ingebjørg marry King Ring and robbed and burned Fridtjofs home farm on Vangsnes.

When Fridjof came back and saw what had happened to his home farm and Ingebjørg he burned the Grand farm that Ingebjørgs brothers lived on in Balestrand, and stole back the ring he had given to Ingebjørg before he left on the mission her brothers cooked up. Now he was lawless and left to raid foreign countries for treasures. After 3 years on the run he returned to Ringerike making himself out to be an old man that wanted to see his old girlfriend Ingebjørg. The old King liked Fridtjof and promised that he could have Ingebjørg as his own wife when the old king passed away to stop him going on another raid. Soon after the old King died.

Fridtjof took Ingebjørg as his wife and controlled the kingdom untill the old kings sons where of age. They didn't like Fridtjof so they went to war against him. In one battle Fridtjof killed one of the sons while the other begged for his life and Fridtjof let him live. After this Fridtjof became King of all of Sogn and made Hordaland part of his kingdom too.

The statue on the picture was given to the county of Vik in 1913 by the German Emperor Wilhelm II. The statue of Fridtjof the Bold stands 22.5 m tall on Vangsnes.

24 Aug 2008

Cloud Bolero

I've been a member on Ravelry since march this year, one of the first things I did was look at all the free patterns there were to choose from. I soon found the pattern for the Cloud Bolerao and just as fast I added it to my favorittes. But since then I have tried to find the perfect yarn. Seeing that the pattern calls for fairly thick knitting needles so..

But here the other night, after going to bed, I came to thinking of a project I had given up on. The yarn was perfect and the color I already liked...

The day after, after work and all that, I got the old project forth and unraveled it. I cast on the first 50 st and there was no way back. It took me just 4 evenings to finish the bolero. If yarn had permitted it I would have made one or two rows of pattern more, but it's fine the way it is and I love it. What yarn did I end up using you ask, well I ended up with Eskimo from Garnstudio. Dark brown and made for needles size 8-9 mm. Perfect... The pattern was easy, quick and fun. And the fact that the pattern covers so many sizes is very nice. Thumbs up!

My new blog - this time more international

Here is my first english blog and I'm crossing fingers and toes that someone will find it and maybe also find it entertaining. I'm thinking I'm going to use this space to promote Norway, how selfish is that, but I have to face the fact that Norway is a beautiful country with lots to offer. You tend to forget what you homecountry has to offer when living there all the time, atleast I did for a while.

I will problably also show stuff that I've made with my own two hands, I've fallen victim to knitting the last 2 years so... I'm also starting to have a go at crocheting, you never know where that might take me :)

I promise to release a new spot atleast once a week, maybe more :)

The picture in this segment is of one of the many beautiful parts of the second largest fjord in the world: The Sognefjord. And it's almost just outside my bedroom window in my hometown of Vik in Sogn :)