Draisine along Numedalsbanen railway

Everyone that has read Jack London’s book The Road in younger days will for sure understand why some of us still have a fascination for goods trains. Every time I happen to drive or bicycle parallel to a goods train I smile big like a happy child and get set back to Jack London’s adventurous stories for a little moment.

Numedalsbanen railway bicycle numedal line

Imagine my happiness when I discovered that there is a draisine railway in moderate driving distance from the cabin I as often as possible spend time at. So, recently me and puppy drove up the serpentine mountain road over to the next valley and hoped for some available drop in hours to finally try a draisine.

Varied landscapes along the railway – in the beginning I kind of worried a bit about trains coming around every corner, but soon forgot about that and enjoyed the tour with my dog.

The rental guy at Veggli Vertshus was very helpful. I brought my own bicycle helmet and headlight for tunnels, and we decided to fasten a big green bread basket to the passenger area with a pillow in for my dog to sit on. He also instructed me about necessary things like how to handle a railroad switch, how to brake, to lift up the draisine for turning etc. Then finally – we where set to go!

Numedalsbanen Numedal Line rail

I would lie if I said we had a “flying start” into Jack London’s adventurous hobo world. My dog Jenta did not agree to sit on that suspicious bread basket, and I was shit scared she would get her paws or tail squeezed by the heavy iron wheel. But with a little bit of “patience” and many bits of candy, she finally understood she had to sit down when we moved.. and we could finally roll veeery slooowly out of the first train station…

Numedalsbanen draisine rental Veggli landscape views

It really is as lovely as it looks like.. so awesome with that familiar and rhythmic sound from the wheels hitting the rail joints. We followed the river Numedalslågen along beautiful landscapes, old buildings, equipment, signs and a dam.

Near Kjerre train station you can take a break and enjoy this view, jump into the water or put something on the grill.

On a Sunday trip in nice weather you will probable not be alone on the rail tracks. We met a nice group of people that used their draisines to get around for mushroom hunting, cool. And we usually helped each other lifting off a draisine when a meeting or passing occurred.

Our return point Fossebrekke-next time we will hopefully go further for sureNumedalsbanen finsk lapphund railway draisine rail biking fossebrekke

So, I would love to rail all the way to Rødberg end station, but I think it would be too long for my dog to handle that this first time. Instead we turned at Fossebrekke and headed back for Veggli station again. Numedalsbanen dog trip railway Veggli Norway

I could also have let my dog run aside the draisine, it is a nice idea where the ground is “paw friendly”, but I discovered a poisonous vipera berus besides the rail on our trip, so no way this day, but it will probable be a solution for colder days. On our way back over the Veggli mountain road we instead went for a evening hike so my Jenta got some good exercise too.

 

INFO

  • If you would like to rent a draisine for a ride on the railway Numedalsbanen from Veggli to Rødberg, visit the homepage dresin.net for further details, contact information and map.
  • Wikipedia have some further historical information about Numedal Line/Numedalsbanen 

Værøy hiking in Lofoten

Finally me and puppy was on on our way with the ferry to wonderful Værøy island again. I did the longer hike to Måstad and Måhornet last year in a not so nice weather (yes, it happens to us all) and wanted to do it again … but both Håen, Hornet and Nupen hikes was very tempting today, so me and puppy went for them all – with no regrets!I

HÅEN & HÅHEIA

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On our way out to the view point at Håen – with a spectacular view towards Måstad and Måhornet at Sørland.
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Below us is one of Norway’s most beautiful beaches named Pundsanden
View from Håheia Lofoten Håheia lapphund
View from Håen – No my dear, we will not follow the trail that continues downwards over there
My dog Jenta like views like this too – wondering if those tiny moving spots down there is huntable

I usually have some kind of plan, but keeps it open for changes depending on circumstances. This day it was the sun, it’s position and the heat. I need to take care about my furry dog’s health in the heat, so I chose to first hike up to Håen, hike along Håheia and the scenic ridge with the sun in our back, and then ascend Hornet before a descent to the parking place. All with that lovely breeze in our fur.

HORNET

It was necessary to be up in the height to get some comfortable breeze from the ocean, to rest whenever we found a shadow and drink a lot of water.
Scenic views alright… it was a true pleasure to hike along this ridge from Håen to Hornet (in the middle)
The peak of Hornet is waiting…we will hike up along the trail that follows the edge
Holding my dog, some times she is just too curious for my faint of heart for hights, but I have to deal with it
Looking down on the trail and Nato-veien road up towards Håen and Håheia
Awesome views from Hornet towards Gjerdheia and Hamrane.
And a steep view down to Nordlandshagen and the old air port

Once again we met lovely hiking fellows that make our day just a bit brighter than expected, I am always thankful for those meetings, to continue hiking with a big smile in our face.

BREIVIKNUPEN

Back in the car me and puppy had lunch, rested in the shadows and drove to Breivika to hike up to Nupen in the comfortable afternoon shadow. The fog came in while we ascended along the ridge, but fortunately it was just temporary, so we continued up to Breiviknuten, the last narrow meters to Nordlandsnupen was not so tempting to do with my dog, but I was more than satisfied with the amazing views from Breiviknupen.

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Don’t forget to actually relax and enjoy the moment with whoever you are together with
Down there is Nordlandshagen, we would visit the area again after this last hike
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On our way down from Breiviknupen
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Yeeees, life is good…
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Best of all… my dear dog reminded me once again of why I actually love hiking,.. to relax, enjoy and take in the moment you are in.

NORDLANDSHAGEN

After the last hike we had some extra time for disposal (before we had to queue up for the evening ferry back). We drove along the absolutely adorable Nordlandshagen just to take in the idyllically and peaceful surroundings here in the afternoon sun.. a little peaceful paradise at the end of Lofoten indeed.

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That peaceful and tranquil atmosphere along the Nordlandsveien in the afternoon sun was good for the mind… I really didn’t wanna leave this place…
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Breviknupen and Nordlandsnupen up there in the afternoon sun
Værøy light house fishing boat
Fishing boat and Værøy light house in the last beams of the sunset
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And of course I got a shot of the light house when the ferry passed it …ho..ho.. I never stop seeing pictures 😀

This amazing and magic day on Værøy together with my dog will always be safely stored in my very best of memories

I have made you a rough map of where me and puppy hiked, click on it to open the IRL map with more details at http://www.Norgeskart.no

GOD TUR!

Møntinden hike in Lofoten

I discovered this beautiful area while me and puppy went for a evening stroll along the landslide-exposed gravel road by the sea. At the end of this road you will find the very peaceful, authentic tiny little village Myrland surrounded by mountains, heathland and a little white beach overlooking the open sea.

You will see and hear lots of cool birds while you go though the first part of the trail in Myrland..great place for bird watchers…

I quickly found out that there was several hiking trails in the area among the heaths and towering spears, so at the very next visit here me and puppy went for the peak of Møntinden (the one with a telemast on top). I will post more from this area soon.

First we went straight forward from the car…

And then we turned right to nicely round the small lakes (Hornvatnet and Litlvatnet) and headed through the heaths up to the edge to the left in picture…

It is possible to hike straight upwards too the peak of Møntinden (if that is your only goal), but me and puppy did a little “detour”, yes, why go directly up if you will miss the best part of this hike…a walk along the edge!

When you reach the edge from Krykkjedalen you will see a trail along the edge towards and up to Møntinden – some places the “outer” trail looked a bit insecure, but it will always be possible to choose the safe inner trail where necessary.Montinden Lofoten hike scenic landscape nature beach mountains fjords Norwegen

The trail: After parking the car (blue spot on my map) I followed the trail(s) that seemed to take us towards my eyeballed goal, the trails are mostly of nice quality, not at all muddy after a rainy night, but perhaps a bit soaked here and there.

Lots of sheep poo here too, so If you have a dog that like munching on that (unfortunately my dog think this is M&Ms) this is probable like walking in chocolate-wondertrail for them) puh…

You can follow the trail both on the inside or outside of the tiny lake Krykkjevatnet – we did a little round-trip to do them both in each direction..(picture from our way back)

Here and there the trail turn into a sheep trail that will dissolve here and there. Just keep your direction through Krykkjedalen towards the beginning of the edge below Bjørntinden – eventually you will find the trail again.

Along the edge we could look faaaar down at the pebble beach down there, with views towards Fredheim and out towards the open ocean while following the nice trail along the edge towards Møntinden. Absolutely awesome!

After Krykkjevatnet me and puppy followed a trail along the mountain side that eventually dissolved in the middle of the mountains side – we just went back a bit and found a tiny trail that took us the last part up to Møntinden.

Fab views from Møntinden towards Ramberg, Fredheim and YttersandheiaMøntinden Lofoten hiking

Looking down at Hornet peak, Myrland village and towards Vestvågøya

On our way back along the edge Lofoten Myrlandsheia edge ocean view scenic hike lapphund landscape Fredheim Ramberg

Take a look at Møntinden seen from below in my post:

 

I made you a rough map of my and puppy’s hiking trail to Møntindennother 

I will soon be back with our second hike in this area.. from another view 😉

Tinn in Telemark

A lot has happened since last blog post, it sure is time for a quick update. Me and puppy are currently living a nomad-ish life alternating between Norway and Sweden. I also have access to a cosy mountain cabin (about 750 m.a.s.l) in Telemark, Norway based at the very foot of Hardangervidda, so me and puppy naturally tries to be here as often as possible.

Tinnsjå lake view

Hopefully I will be able to show you more of these wonderful landscapes, interesting places and exciting war history and heroes a bit later, but before all ice has melted and revealed the myriad of hikes and nature’s beauty, me and puppy will soon be travelling far north in Norway for the summer’s seasonal work.

The closest city is Rjukan, about 50 km drive from the cabin. I sure admire the beautiful building of Såheim water power station near the Måna river  ..yes, we do like the power of water ..remember?

Gjuvhovd quickly became a favorite hike, it’s a short and easy accessible trail to get a superb view over the big lake Tinnsjå and towards the beautiful Gaustatoppen on the other side.

Ryes vei is a very nice serpentine trail hike with 21 “tornanti’s” and reveals some great views – starting from Rjukan city, you will end up at Gvepseborg at the very foot of Hardangervidda. Alternative you can take Krossobanen sky tram up and mountain bike down. (More about these places later my friends).

Happy winter days indeed we had – this awesome cross country skiing track starts just down the road from our cabin.. kind of ski in-/out-ish…makes it so easy to just go for a cardio, no car transport needed to get on track

Up here we admire deer, foxes, badges, hares,  weasels and birds right outside our cabin windows, think we both adore the silence up here too, only “interrupted” by a sweet lullaby from the two melting mountain streams near the cabin, and of course, the wind in the high treetops – this is so good for the soul!

At the cabin me and puppy are waiting for the snow to melt so we can show you some of the best hikes and interesting places in the area – grab a hot cup of tea and have some patience please… it will take some time to melt and dry up… in meantime puppy loves to sit out in the snow for a frozen ass …

Looking forward to show you more beautiful landscapes and exiting places and activities from this area ..so drink that cup of hot tea and don’t go to far away dear readers 😀

In the mountain area above Tessungdalen vally, the wild reindeers occurres from time to time. Would love to see them one day. What I do see is that the mountain grouse population here are really boiling.. they pop up from everywhere!

Storronden hike in Rondane National Park of Norway

Last summer visit in Rondane I biked and hiked up to this awesome National Park and to the very peak of Veslesmeden (2015 masl).. some truly gobsmacked days to remember.

Now, this summer me and puppy woke up early in our little mountain cottage with a new challenge, to hike up yet another 2000-peaks in the area – we where aiming for Storronden (2138 masl), the second highest peak in Rondane National Park.

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My hiking buddy Jenta was still a puppy, so I would carefully keep an eye on her in case this hike/climb would become too much for her. She had been hiking around Lofoten with me all summer without any problem, but this hike would be different, much looonger, hiiiigher and full of scree – and yes, yet another super-hot hike under the sun!

If you are really lucky you might spot wild reindeer in Rondane, but if not, just bear in mind to respect their fragile environments and food source – so beautiful isn’t it?

So, we did not know it yet, but sensed we where heading for a really wonderful day, starting with a sunny 2 km walk to the mountain bus departing from Mysusæter. 

The bus took us to Spranget where we walked/hiked 6 beautiful km into Rondvassbu mountain lodge – where the trail up to Storronden starts.

My curious, cheerful and outdoor loving puppy is the best hiking buddy I could ever wish for

Spranget is the stopping point where the mountain bus arrives/departs a couple of times per day. From here you will have to walk/hike 6 km one way to Rondvassbu.

You can also rent a bicycle from Spranget (also trailers) to shorten down some time, and leave the bike at Rondvassbu and walk back, or rent a bike from Rondvassbu back to Spranget again. Take a look at the photo below for prices and alternatives.

bicycle rent Spranget Rondane

After a short break above Rondvassbu we started our ascent … the trail up to Storronden sure looks easy from a distance ..but I can tell you right now – it ain’t!

Getting closer to Rondvassbu and trail start, Storronden is the big long “bump” to the right rondane mountain landscape storronden rondvatnet rondvassbu topptur turjenter natur hiking trail norway

 

The first person we met was on our way up was a man that had decided to quit and turn back, it was too hot, he was exhausted from his Per Gynt-hike the day before, and this trail just didn’t seem to end.

But me and puppy continued and finally got over the first big “bump”.… if you ask me the second big bump is the very worst, but know that if you manage that one – you will probable be rewarded by chilling stream water (if you can listen & locate it), and will only have the steepest bump left to force, then you are practically up! 😀

Finally we reached the frozen cairn! And we are here alone with this awesome view!

Most of the trail is on scree and rocks, it is red-marked ok, but allows for some creative “short cuts”. On our way up we only met a couple of others descending, and finally up at the very top peak we where totally alone – for an hour!

It was probable due to the exceptionally hot/dry summer the snake was up here to “chill” that very day.

Somewhere on the trail looking down on Rondvatnet, Jutulhogget and Fremre IllmantjønneStorronden Rondvassbu hike climb lapphund Rondane

We enjoyed our lunch with a spectacular 360 degrees view, jumped curiously around on the very plateau, just remember be careful near the vertical drop area, there are cracks and loose slabs of rock here. We also did a tiny detour to the right wing of the top to see a bit more of Langbotn far down there somewhere.

Looking down on Langbotn near the vertical drop area- be careful when you move among the slabs here, it sure is far down….storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

So far so god with Jenta, she is really a true mountain dog, walking and jumping elegantly on the rocks like a prima ballerina, and she looked a lil’ bit proud too, sitting there at here very first 2000m-peak gazing over that magnificent landscape... ❤

View towards the vertical drop area and Langbotn down there from the “right wing”storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

The descend was a little bit easier, I did not know before the day after from the newspapers, but the very same day someone encountered a huggorm (vipera berus) snake not farm from the frozen cairn up on Storronden..

The newspaper wrote this was a national record for how high a snake like this has been observed in Norway ever... me and puppy probable passed it totally unaware of it’s existense (well, at least I was, I’m sure puppy knew more)…

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After descending Storronden mountain we dropped by Rondvassbu lodge to enjoy an outdoor meal in the sun… we rested for a while (puppy in the shadows) since I knew we had to walk all the way back to our mountain pasture – so, additional 13 km walk was waiting us in the beautiful sunset!

Not so far from the glittering Rondvatnet ..and a chilled Pepsi outside Rondvassbu lodge is waitingnorway rondane hiking dog rondane dnt rondvassbu travel

It was so beautiful to walk back on the parallel side trail, but oh so exhausting… in total me and puppy hiked 27 km that day (including Storronden hike)… well back in the cabin I made up the fire, cooked some food, anointing puppy’s paws (they where fine actually)… then we just snuggled through the evening still with stars in our eyes from that very awesome hike.

Heading for a nice break at Rondvassbu before we start our 13-km walk/hike back to our cottagerondvassbu rondane rondvatnet lake dnt cabin landscape beauty norwegian landscape

I am really grateful to have this dog by my side, she loves to be out and hike with me, she is full of love, affection, curiosity and beauty, so fun to be with, playful…and at times tough as a nail… If you are looking for a dog like this, I can warmly recommend the breed Finnish Lapphund.

A fairy tale view when the sun is setting on our return ..the colours are really stunning… don’t you want to hike here one day?storronden topptur varde cairn 2000m peak panoramic rondane nasjonalpark norway

Now.. wich peak should we choose for next year? 😀

Click on my map photo to view more facts for a hike to Storronden at UT.NO

 

Solar illuminated bird feeder

Feeding wild birds or backyard birds is a great way to learn more about them. They are such fascinating and adorable little creatures. To be successful at the birds dinner table I have eventually learned what to give them to keep them coming.

Here you can see the tiny “solar panel” I mounted on the roof – the light bulb is inside under the roof. The birds don’t seem to be bothered by it at all, and this little great tit is the first guest this frosty morning.solar cell panel bird feeder solceller talgoxe tit kjottmeis feeding frost winter birds night illumintation kjøttmeis fågelmatare fuglemater

So, this autumn I put up various bird feeders, two of them with windows. I is really so cool to spy on the various visiting bird species and see what they are up to. You can be sure that if the “table is not ready and set” they know where to find me and remind me about that 😀

It’s for sure cosy to see the decorative bird feeders all day, but at night it is completely darkness out there ..almost… so I pondered on how to best enlighten the windowed bird feeders at night. I decided to buy some super-cheap solar cell bulbs (3 EURO each), and installed them with the solar charging “panel” outside on the bird feeders roofand bulb inside. It works like a charm! 

The relatively peaceful daytime bird feeders automatically turns into extra cosy bird cabins with slighty illuminated windows in blue, red and greene at night… like somebody is at home in there ... (oh, I think I managed to include the Big Dipper/Karlsvognen in the photo too, can you see it too?)bird house solar light solcell ljus fågelmatare nigth nattlysnordic arctic polar frost

Up here in the cold north we now only have a few hours of sun this time of year, so the solar cells charging time are pretty limited right now, but a solar cell illumination after dark for some extra hours is enough, and when the reflecting snow comes it will hopefully improve the charging conditions again.

Whenever I can afford it I use solar cell illumination. Now I have put up solar cell illumination both along my barn’s stairway and on two of my bird feeders outdoor, some additional small steps in the right direction. So far this winter we had -18 °C , and the solar cell still works!solar cell illumination bird feeder

More pip’s to come.. 😉

Solbjornvatnet and Okstinden hike in Lofoten

Have you ever wondered how it looks at the other side of Reine‘s famous spectacular mountain views? Well, wonder no more my dear readers .. curious or not, in just a short and easy hike you can see for yourself these wonderful views hiding behind Rein’s looming front peaks.

Ever wondered what’s it looks like behind these spectacular mountains views in Reine? Olstinden Reine Lofoten travel landscape lapphund

Me and my puppy Jenta took the bus from Tind/Å at the end of Lofoten  (where I am based for the moment) via Reine – and got off the bus directly after the Fjøsdaltunnelen (ask the bus driver kindly if he/she can drop you off at the first pocket at Fjøsdalen after the tunnel (not so far from Soløya bus stop)).

The easy trail starts from the little recycling plant in Fjøsdalen. About 35 minutes later you will be up at the pass and already see parts of lake Solbjørnvatnet. If you follow the trail to the right you will shortly get on top of Okstinden with super nice views over the lakes, mountains and fjords, among this the little beautiful lake Svartvatnet to the left surrounded by steep mountain peaks.

A short and easy hike and you will find this hidden treasure behind Reine’s looming peaks  I did not meet a single soul here, so a great hiking area for those who seek some peace and quiet.behind-reine-panoramic-view-solbjornvatnet-mountains-landscape-okstind-travel.

From the top of Okstinden I could see the trails continue around both sides of Solbjørnvatnet lake, so hopefully next time will be a longer hike around here to discover more in this area, and of course – bring my fishing rod along as this lake is full of trouts!

View from Okstind towards Svartvatnet and some of the “Reine” mountains, but from the other side that is.Lofoten hike lake mountains panorama easy trail trout

 

Simple map of hiking trail to Okstinden and Solbjørnvatnethike solbjornvatnet okstinden flakstad moskenes lofoten map kart

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Outdoor spring workout

Friends and family chuckle warmly of me, they say I for sure live pretty rural on my little farm, it’s just made for boredom.. but no! there is just too much stuff occurring and happening in me and my son’s life, almost continuously, I feel like a rugby player always on the field. I would actually love to be bored for just a day or two..but no.

So the very last incident I really could be without, and I am still a bit shaky from it. My dear son had an indefinite and acute incident and ended up in the hospital for a week, I actually thought he died while I held him in my arms… (sure sounds like a cliché, but a true cliché then) ..it takes time to recover from an overwhelming experience like that, both for my son and me… thank god I have my family in Norway for support, my furry animals, and even some of the health personnel here that are so wonderful in what they do – wich also included handling a dazzled mom – ha..ha, so god bless them!  More about this when I’m ready to sit down an take it all from the beginning...

I say it again and again…a very helpful and effective way to cope with whatever worry’s your/my mind is of course to get out in nature or to workout outdoor. Don’t immure! So for today’s adventure I and my lovely puppy Jenta went for a sunny run in icy, muddy and slushy forest roads.. yippii..the spring melting is on .. but slooowly as you also can see below…workout outdoor gym mindfullness weight lift running barn squats deadlift

After the run we went to my little barn where I have stashed some very simple workout equipment, and did some basic squats and deadlifts.. it’s been a while since last time I weight trained (just didn’t feel for it in minus 30 degrees), so it is such a nice spring act to start-up again lightly and gradually after a run ..sticking to the basics of course. .. I simply don’t want a skinny ass flapping in the summer breeze!

Oh, and you guys, I still have a lot to recommend and write about for those who are planning to visit Norway this summer... the posts will be on their way – just a lil’ bit overdue as I had to reload first…  ❤

Take care , see you soon back here 😀

Crochet rustic infinity scarf of wool

After 3 days of cross-country skiing my best little friend Jenta and I went for a walk around a lake yesterday in the falling snow. I had finished one of my crochet gadgets and took the opportunity to shoot some outdoor photos of the finished wool infinity scarf that I made in a somewhat rustic look with an earth dye.

The scarf before felting – absolutely usable right there, but again, the felting made it more wind resistant and warmer, and usability is more important than the look when the wind bites you… createwithadlibris

Let me present one of my of my dear self-appointed “helpers” – he closely follow the crochet process and always claims he “didn’t touch anything” when I get back to continue crocheting – he sure looks innocent enough..crochet intifiny shawl cowl earth dye hekling virkat cat devon rex

One of my other dear self-appointed “helpers” usually takes care of the durability-test for how much a piece of crochet can take…

This time I used Drops Big Delight wool yarn, and blended the colour mix Autumn Forest 06 with Chocolate Banana 05 to get som ochry light up’s in the scarf. It is very easy to crochet and to practice on, and you don’t have to sit and count all the time, I just had a stitch marker placed at the start point. crochet intifiny scarf cowl earth dye wool hekling virkat handmade needlework

Our little car got stuck in the snow on our way out to the lake, but a couple of my door mats got us out of the situation so we could drive to one of our favorite walking places you can see a bit of below.  

 

Peek-a boo! Happy with my rustic wool scarf in warming earthed colours. Now I’m starting to feel confident enough to crochet stuff for others too, so be warned! ha..ha.. I will be back with a travel gem of Norway soon, so don’t walk too far away dear reders 🙂crochet wool intifiny shawl cowl earth dye hekling virkat pattern jordfarger big delight yarn

Handmade crochet beanie of pure wool

It’s not perfect, it’s not for all, and it’s not exactly super fashionable, but it’s my own “haute couture”- and my very own first handmade garment, so I’m a lil’ bit proud today. I made this beanie of 100 % natural unprocessed wool yarn and it brought out a very special delight to plan, create and finish a piece of handwork on my own.

A white detachable and fluffy pompom as a finishing touch on the beanie top. I bet Jenta want’s to chew on it. lapphund woolk beanie handmade felted tovning tovet

Lapphund and handmade wool beanie

In Norway we have a long tradition of making good food and clothes from sheep ... (that is probable why it sounds crazy that here in Sweden they burn/throws away over 1500 tons of wool every year, wich is not ok!). Wool can be used in several other ways than just yarn i e fillings, isolation etc), and considering the displacement of our carnivores in benefit for the sheep, I think we are obligated to at least use the whole animal, and not waste most of it. Well, that was today’s politics..  😀

So, who hasn’t admired the beautiful handmade wool cardigans (kofter) in various Norwegian patterns? I have several of them myself – and have room for more, but maybe on day I can knit my own instead? So I decided to first learn myself the art of crocheting and how to read patterns… and just take it from here..

The supplementary stitches in natural white may not perfectly made, but my very first, to my defence 🙂wool beanie handmade ullue heklet crochet stiched winter pompom

As a newbie I think it was smart to start with a chunky and feltable wool yarn like Eskimo, as the felting process would let me shape and hide beginner mistakes a bit easier. It is also a bit quicker to finish up too. Below you can se my beanie before washing, felting and blocking it…. see any difference?

Before felting: The pompom was of course detached before the washing, felting and blocking process

A selfie lying in the snow – the wool pattern looks ok now, keeps the snow, wind and chill out.. what more can you require from a beanie ..oh, that’s it..it actually smells good too... mmmm.. and by the way, my old jacket here is also of 100 % wool, still going strong…  norrland handarbete virka mössa crochet

Handmade crochet beaniePeaceful learning?? I must admit.. the first two days I was struggling and swearing a lot when learning myself this handicraft … but “suddenly” I got the hang of it and all I wanted was to find some peaceful moments to just sit down and work on my first beanie… and put up a sign with “do not disturb” ..ha..ha

It really gives a well needed inner calm and a wellness feeling to just sit down and create… a bit fascinated to see that I have created some nice patterns… or may be I’m just getting old enough to appreciate moments like this more – here in Sweden they just call it “tantvarning” 😀

It started to snow a bit as you can see …I really like this place a lot, and yesterday I took a walk with my lovely lapphund dog here while doing some beanie-shots too… wool beanie handmade ull heklet crochet pompom virkat winter landscape

 

For the beanie I used:

  • Yarn: DROPS Eskimo 100 % thick pure wool – Natural and Beige colours
  • Crochet needle: 8,0mm
  • Wool needle for stitches
  • Detachable synthetic pompom (or make your own in wool)

Felting process: With the wool yarn quality type in mind (chunky Eskimo) I washed the beanie gentle by hand in wool detergent, and felted it carefully in the tumble-drier to make it more compact and tighter. I blocked it/shaped it/stretched it with needles on a paper plate during the night. Very pleased with the result.

If you have any questions regarding my beanie, just ask. I have already started on my next li’l project, so don’t stay away too long …  🙂

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I love this soft, chunky ans environmentally friendly Eskimo wool yarn (Oeko-Tex® certificated

Agnsjön lake surrounded by autumn

This week I and my fluffy puppy have discovered several nice lakes for scenic walks in beautiful autumn colours, and Agnsjön is one of them. On the map I can see that the gravel road we followed a bit goes all the way around the lake, so I’m sure it also will become a good biking and running lap for me, far away from that damn traffic. I will keep you updated how that turns out.

Mirrorlike autumn lake 

Small idyllic cabins are placed here and there along the lake’s waterline, so I guess this lake probable is more lively in summer time, but I really don’t mind the silence here now. A not so idyllic history is that this lake has taken several lives during log floating in the older days and by unstable ice in the winter.

Wonder if she see what I see? My fluffy adorable lil’ girl..

You see.. I just recently got my very first little car, a cute microcar, so our life has changed a bit because of this, as me and my son, together with our animals, are now able to get around and discover places much easier..  it actually makes the everyday life a lil’bit easier too. But I will try not to get lazy and still use my bicycle to get around frequently.

 

“Time wasted at the lake is time well spent.”

Finnish Lapphund puppy

Finally, after years of evaluating, longing and waiting, I got our new family member home last week after travelling 2000 km during 3 days. I absolutely adore this lil’ girl’s wonderful temper – she is calm and composed when introduced to new and unexpected situations (except with the cats ..ho..ho..action!), alternated with a frisky and playful mood.. and some times I am sure I spotted a glimpse of a wild boar in her too :D.

The weather is pretty gray these days, but my new hiking friend turns it into a colorful and lively outdoor day.

Yes, she looks like a little teddy, but in that teddylook a smart and robust dog is under development. I really look forward to learn toghether with her – to meet the winter with here and of course to take her with me into the mountain world, pretty sure she will love it as much as I do, it’s looking good so far.

During this weekend we went up on a hight I have discovered – and she really adores the uphill...so much energy..  she will for sure be a great hiking & running buddy!

 

Follow us and see how we develop together – I will of course bring her with me back home to Norway next time I leave to work and visit my family there.. her passport is already prepared for this 😉