mandag 31. desember 2007
It started out great. Elina looked adorable in her new, red Minnie Mouse dress, the dinner was a success,the tree was decorated, everyone was happy and looked forward to a great christmas...
Then it got even better! I haven't been som exited about a christmas gift since I was 11 (or so), and wouldn't even hope it could be a spinningwheel, even if the box was HUGE! I've been wanting a spinningwheel for quite some time now, and planned to buy a used one while we're on vacation in July. No need for that now..!
I had some trouble in the beginning, but over the next days I managed to make a little ball of yarn, my first one! The picture came out a little dark, but it's a dusty pink/brown/beige shade. The quality isn't much to brag about, but how much fun would it be to start out as an expert?
I even tried to dye som wool myself, using red and purple. I put white, beige/brown and grey wool in the pan before heating it, and got some different shades. But the sad part is that I'm not sure I'll use the wool at all, as it's better suited for felting than spinning. Maybe it can be used in a mixes yarn, with merino? I got my first merino tops today, and I have to say it was very different from the "ordinary" wool I had tried before. I'm pretty sure which quality I'll choose in the future!
I had big plans for the christmas when it came to quilting and exercise. But that was before I got hospitalized with a painful gallstone. It passed in a few days, but I didn't feel to good for days (for some odd reason, sleeping is your first priority when you're on strong painkillers)
I've started to quilt a spring/eastern/hexagon tablerunner which turns out pretty great, I think. But I'm getting even more delayed, as the sewing machine is full of batting, and needs to be cleaned. Hopefully I'll get around to that someday... Now I'm mostly into spinning, I want to learn this! Making my own yarn would be wonderful.
onsdag 26. desember 2007
I once loved crazy quilting. it's the perfect way to use my creativity, I love projects where I get to do several different things, and isn't told by a pattern how things are supposed to turn out. Crazy quilting is perfect! You just make a few bocks, find some embellishment you'd like to put on.. and let it develop. I've never had any idea how things were suppposed to turn out, just that it had to be purple, and I wanted to use a lot of beads and buttons.
But it's so slooow! I love the idea of using years and years making a quilt. I just don't love doing it. I have 4 6" blocks for this, and to be honest, I don't think there will be any more.
søndag 16. desember 2007
torsdag 13. desember 2007
I've almost been running to check the mailbox as soon as I got out of bed the last days, since I was so curious about the second card I was going to recieve. And finally it came, all the way from Tiriltunge in Tromsø! Check out her blog, she makes some really nice stuff. I love the card, she's been using angelina and tulle, a technique I'm curious about, but never have tried. Maybe this was the inspiration I needed? Thank you for the beautiful card!
tirsdag 11. desember 2007
Here's the two cards I made during the "christmas card-round", and today I saw both had gotten where they were supposed to! I was a bit nervous, as the cards are soft, easy to fold, and the stamps easily could fall off.
I've got the appliqued figures from a Norwegian book, called "Tildas julehus". It's so inspiring! I had a lot of fun making these, not like last year where I sat down by the sewing machine day after day, without coming up with an idea.
Here's the cards I made last year:
|Your Christmas Song Is|
Redneck 12 Days of Christmas
Twelve-pack of Bud
Eleven Wrastling tickets
Ten o' Copenhagen
Nine years probation
Eight table dancers
Seven packs of Redman
Six cans of Spam
Five flannel shirts
Four big mud tires
Three shotgun shells
Two hunting dogs
... And some parts to a Mustang GT.
You don't think that 27 strings of Christmas lights are tacky
And you swear that eggnog from last year is still good!
fredag 7. desember 2007
torsdag 6. desember 2007
I bought some other small presents for myself too, a couple of rayon threads and top stitch needles. The thread is ment for machine embroidery, but I think it looks great as a quilt thread on smaller works as it is variegated and shiny. The green looks amazing, the other one I'm not to sure about. "Earth tones" can be almost everything!
søndag 2. desember 2007
onsdag 21. november 2007
tirsdag 20. november 2007
søndag 4. november 2007
Socks is one thing I just don't enjoy knitting. But I enjoy cold babyfeet even less, so I had to make a pair. They're made of 3/4 a ball of Noro Kureyon, (colorway 207) and I knitted them om thinner needles, to get them as thick and warm as possible. Then I started abusing them. Kureyon gets a lot softer after beeing put in some really hot water.. And I felted them just a bit against a cookietray, to get a soft and fluffy look ;)
Happy with the result, even if I don't like the colors. But the yarn is really fun to knit with! More about these socks on my Ravelry.
mandag 29. oktober 2007
The jacket-pattern is a tiny version of an adult pattern from Garnstudio
And look at this! She even sent a note to my boyfriend, who has other talents than washing clothes... It says "Handwash only" for you non-Norwegians ;)
Impossible to misunderstand, even for a guy!
søndag 28. oktober 2007
onsdag 10. oktober 2007
søndag 30. september 2007
I've saved some animals from when I was little. The oldest one is a cat I got from a friend when I broke my arm. I was six. The other animals have I collected over the years, and the miniature perfumebottles on the top was collected while I was in my teens. Some of the animals are broken, amazingly many feet are missing...
The shelf/cabinet (which has a plastic lid as well) was found at a flea-market in Sweden about a year ago. I will always remember that trip, because i was pregnant, and had a lot of "signs", but couldn't figure it out.. I even had a baguette and 3 buns for breakfast without thinking there might be something wrong! So the cabinet is a memory too.
The other one is (surprise, surprise) another tablerunner. In dull greens. I got a load of japanese fabrics from Lappeteknikk and wanted to use them together in a project with some other dull fabrics. I went into my "ugly box" and found some olive florals, went into my "to good to be used box" and found a japanese mushroom-pattern. And I also found some beige and a more bright light green to make it a little more interesting. I've even used some christmas fabric! This isn't like anything I've made before, so I have no idea how it turns out. So far I like it, and I think I know what fabric I'll put around it, as a frame. My favourite, sage! Oe will sage make it to dull? We'll have to see.
7 things about me:
-I'm scared to death if I see a balloon. It's even worse if it's beeing held by a small (unpredictable) child.
-I often buy shoes without trying them on.. And I'm almost as often to lazy to return them if they don't fit.
-I often dream I'm a sexually frustrated man. I have no idea why.
-Manequin-dolls scare me almost as much as balloons. Every doll or "thing" that look like a full-scale human is really creepy. And now we're moving into "2 meter tall creepy moving-santa-season"... please help me, someone.
-I come from a family where long and intricate conversations with ourselves is pretty normal. My brother is the master of this "skill", but I'm not to bad either.
-I start a crochet or knitted blanket several times every year. So far I haven't finished any of them. I threw away two of them recently.
-I had cupcakes for dinner today... *blush*
I'm to lazy to tag anyone else, if you want to tell something about yourself, please do so. It's fun to read!
I even found some treasures at the flea-market, two old booklets with lots of knitting and crochet patterns, I just love the purple shawl! I looked through the pattern, and it looks like something even I can manage to knit. Yey! I also found a book about interior decorating, from the 40's, and some fabrics. Who doesn't love flea-markets?