Happy Birthday!

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My son is 20 today! This picture is from his graduation from grammar school this spring. He is not at home today, he is working in Vík this summer and will indeed be working tonight (he is working nights) and even missing the final game of the FIFA World Cup . He is an avid football fan and so is his father. (I am not – but I will watch this game with interest.)

He is going to university next fall so he really is all grown up! I couldn’t be more proud of him.

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Here is a picture from his last visit, we took a stroll downtown to enjoy a break in the rain, watch the ducks (you can not feed them anymore)

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Happy Birthday my son. I hope you have a moment to celebrate today and go Germany!

 

Photographic Mistakes!

I made the very same mistake on New Years Eve as I did on Christmas! I was completely engrossed in the cooking and conversation and therefore: (almost) no pictures. And those I took are hurried, poorly lit and generally not very good. I had asked my family to remind me, but their memory seems to be no better than mine… This is my meager crop – half of them are from New Years day.

ps: I really miss knitting.  But I think I can start embroidering soon. I’m going to give it a try in the weekend.

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Some Christmas Snapshots

I failed almost totally on the photo front this Christmas. But here are the very few snapshots I did manage to get. Half the guests are missing (we were twelve in all on Christmas eve), but some photos are better than no photos at all…

 

 

Carmen

The Icelandic Opera stages Georges Bizets Carmen this year, in  Harpa Concert Hall.  This production of the well know opera is a feast for the eyes as well as ears, beautiful and action filled group scenes, lots of drama of course but quite a bit of humor too.

The singers are wonderful. I heard the first cast,  Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir was simply divine as Micaëla.  Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir was a strong a fierce Carmen and the other singers were great too. I am going again to hear the second cast, Garðar Thór Cortes,  is not to be missed as Don José and the very young wunderkind Kristján Jóhannesson is making quite a splash as Escamillo.

My younger daughter is a member of the Icelandic Operas Children’s Choir and the participation in Carmen is a life changing adventure for her.

Here are some photos I borrowed (with permission as always):

The Children’s Choir

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Listening to the director, right before the dress rehearsal.

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Deliriously happy after the premiere:

 

In the last photo the girls are with star tenor Garðar Thór Cortes.

Here is  one television coverage, and here is another. Both in Icelandic (part of the first in English though), but the music is universal.

All scheduled performances are sold out, but an extra performance has been announced.  So there are still some tickets to bee had.

 

A New Project

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I have started a knitting project. It’s a long sweater/short dress, the cover model from Lopi 33, the new pattern book from Ístex which is only available in Icelandic now, but will surely be published in English very soon.

I am also (finally) preparing for a new embroidery picture.  That makes me really happy.

I am in no hurry. I take my time  collecting the colours and sketching a bit before taking the first stitches.

On a completely different note, some snapshots from a short family outing yesterday.

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Ég er með nýtt stykki á prjónunum. Það er síða peysan/kjóllinn sem er utan á nýja lopablaðinu.
Ég er líka að undirbúa nýja útsaumsmynd. Það finnst mér afar skemmtilegt og ég tek mér góðan tíma í að finna réttu litina og teikna svolítið áður en ég tek fyrstu sporin.

Allt annað, hér eru nokkrar skyndimyndir frá því í gær:

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The Miracle of Birth

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This is me early this morning.  I was getting ready for the operating theatre, where I had the honour of being by sister’s helper in the birth of her baby. In the photo we were having fun with the HUGE scrubs I was given, but in fact I got some smaller ones later on.

Everything went according to plan and mother and baby are doing very well. And now I am an aunt!

The little boy will be going home in the orange baby layette, so I better get around to photographing it before I give it to his mother tomorrow.

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Svona var ég fín í morgun, þegar ég var að gera mig klára fyrir skurðstofuna. Mér hlotnaðist sá heiður að vera systur minni til aðstoðar þegar barnið hennar kom í heiminn.
Á myndinni erum við að skemmta okkur yfir stærðinni á fötunum sem ég fékk, en reyndar fékk ég heldur minni föt nokkru seinna.

Allt gekk samkvæmt áætlun og móður og barni heilsast vel. Og nú er ég sem sagt orðin móðursystir!

Drengurinn á að fara heim í appelsínugula settinu, svo það er eins gott að ég drattist til að mynda það, áður en ég færi mömmu hans það á morgun.

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Summer Baby

I’m knitting for a summer baby. I’m a little behind schedule (as usual), somehow my sisters growing baby bump failed to kick start my knitting. But now the baby is due very soon, so I’m knitting this little number pretty fast.

Here are the colours I picked:

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And here is a (bad) photo of the original pattern.

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It’s from Dalegarn Baby nr. 203  but I’m knitting the cardigan with Drops Baby Merino.I’m knitting a hat too, and perhaps more, we will see.

And to finish, my lovely summer children.

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En það er sem sagt von á barninu nánast á hverri stundu svo ég er frekar iðin við prjónana þessa dagana.

Ég valdi þessa liti:

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Og hér er (slæm) mynd af upprunalegu uppskriftinni:.

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Hún er úr Dalegarn Baby nr. 203   en ég er að prjóna peysuna úr Drops Baby Merino. Næst kemur húfan og svo sjáum við til.

Og að lokum, falleg sumarbörn:

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