About living a creative life in a small commuity approximately 300 kilometres above the Arctic Circle

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Home, sweet home

I'm finally back home again. It has been an exhausting week with lots of travelling and lots of concerts. I've played 13 concerts in 8 days, and the bands total amount is 19, so it hasn't been any vacation. It's all about getting up, eating, travelling, practicing, preparing for concert, play the concert, get to sleep in a new bed every night and so forth. Not much time to be alone and definately not much time to sew. The only sewing I did was fixing a colleague's torn lining in his jacket pocket ;-). I've knitted a pair and a half of mittens and I did find some lovely alpacca yarn, which I will try.

I mentioned in my last post that we were on a cruise ship. This tour was a joint venture with the shipping company that runs Hurtigruten and most of the travelling were supposed to be done by coastal steamers. Due to changes in the sailing directories, we had to do some of the travelling by bus and speed boat. One day was especially cruel. The bus went 5.20 am and then there was a nearly 4 hour spead boat trip that started at 6.45 am. We had to get up at 4.15 am!

But there was a reward for the early awakening. We were able to watch the sun rise over some of the most beautiful landscapes you can see in Norway. I'm posting some of the pictures I shot that day. Enjoy!


Saturday, October 14, 2006

On tour in Lofoten

Hi all. I've been a lousy blogger lately, but life and job has disturbed ;-). Right now I'm sitting in a comfy chair at MS Finnmarken, a ship that travels up and down the Norwegian coast. It's both a cruise ship and a way of transportation for the local people along the coast. I'm on the boat due to work. We're on tour with our band, and today we've been playing a total of 11 concerts on board the ship ( I've played 5). Tomorrow we're leaving the boat to drive bus for a couple of days.

Today we passed through Raftsundet and entered Trollfjord in Lofoten. I thought I should share the view with you all. Enjoy!


Monday, October 02, 2006

New month - new UFO

October is here and I'm ready to start working on new UFO's. Today I've been marking a redwork piece for quilting. I started this in 2000, and the embroidery has been lying around since spring 2001. I made borders earlier this year, and now it's time to finish it.

To mark it, I prefer using the floor as working table. In our living room, there is space enough to mark and baste quite large quilts. My husband's so used to it that he doesn't mind. He actually used today's working session as an opportunity to test out some camera functions. I'm not too happy to be portrayed with glasses , bit I think today's photos came out quite nice.

The other picture (also taken by my husband) shows the top before basting. I was thinking about doing a more complicated border at first, but have decided to leave that for another redwork of my own design. The embroidery is by the way taken from an American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine issue in 2000.