Friday, February 29, 2008

Now I'm ok...

but unfathomably depressed.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Still sick...

I'm convinced we have mold in our house... I so wish we get an apartment on the North side of the town... Södertälje is a lovely place, but this house is horrible and it's too far away from my sisters.

Now, what has been happening?
Because I'm sick I haven't been doing much. Just preparing the easter baskets and knitting my hubby's woolly.
I haven't been out buying some new fabric for the pillows.
Tomorrow is the craft convention at Sollentuna, but I'm sick, so I don't think I'm going. Besides, I don't have much money and I'd like to be able to buy things there. We'll see...
Easter is coming and I'd love to make things for home, but... Uh. I'm feeling lazy and rather uninspired.
Except that I have been playing around at COLOURlovers... addictive place that one.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Sick... again... :-(

Influenza... It sounds like some fancy latino thing. It doesn't feel fancy nor latino at all. I'm so happy we don't have kids. I can sleep all day long and try to avoid feeling bad.

Anyway, I have been checking my post and what's happening in Craft-zine and Whip Up.


I found this inspiring store: "All Us All the Time"
"All Us All the Time is the creative creation of Pamela McCarville and Staci Leavitt."
Online shop rides wave of the future

Monday, February 18, 2008

Today's internet round

starts with Craftzine and the Matryoshka dolls

I don't think the pattern takes kindly to be enlarged that way... I don't think Happy Zombie's doll is comfy and huggable. But what do I know. I haven't hold her. My hubby got an IKEA polar bear to Yule present and IT IS huggable... I don't hug stuffed animals, but this polar bear... I noticed after a while that I had been sitting on the sofa just squeezing the bear for a long time. So perhaps Zombie's Matryoshka is just as huggable.

But Aimee Ray's felt nesting dolls are... WOW! I love the fact that she has made them really nesting... fitting into each other. Now... one could make a series of easter eggs nesting into each other and hide something in every layer.

Nevertheless, Zombie refers to Aimee Ray's "childhood heroes" embroidery series.
At Craftzine and at Crafster
I don't know who Bob Ross is and whether he was carrying a chipmunk in his pocket or not is of no interest to me. But I started thinking of MY childhood heroes... I don't think I had any... I loved Lasse Pöysti reading fairytales in a Finnish children's program. I loved watching Rolf Harris make art. I love watching ANYONE make art - especially origami was fascinating. Of course I loved Jacques Cousteau. :-)

I checked Youtube to see if there were any gems with Rolf Harris, and checked 'origami' as well, and found Eric Joisel. Amazing!

It would be nice to make embroidered heroes... I borrowed a book from my sister; Margaret Cusack's "Picture Your World in Appliqué". I'm really good with appliqué... but I don't quite know what to picture... It is interesting that I haven't even considered making my art in appliqué... *hmm*

What I am DOING is knitting things to Afghans.

P.S. I was blocked from "Go Make Something"... No explanations, no information, nothing... I got the message I was blocked when I tried to go there next time. A friend of mine has an account, and everything I ever posted is gone too... Now I'm sitting here and wondering why I'm Persona Non Grata... Have I offended Lisa somehow? Or what? Well... I suppose it's not a big loss. But it's very confusing.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

One skein cat

by Katarina Gustafsson-Dock
For "Hemmets Journal" - a Swedish magazine

I apologize for the scrappy translation, but you'll get it :-)

Yarn: You’ll need about 50 g (about 2 ounces) yarn – any yarn will do. Effect yarns give a nice fuzzy kitty :-)
You can also use several different yarns and make a striped cat.

Needles: 3,5-4 – according to the yarn you use.

Gauge – not important.

Other: You’ll need filling material too. And you will need a needle to put the cat together.

Size – (smaller) bigger

Body: Cast on (20) 30 sts. Knit garterstitch (44) 66 rows and cast off.
Head. Cast on (10) 15 sts. Knit garterstitch (44) 66 rows and cast off.
Tail: Cast on (6) 9 sts. Knit garterstitch (36) 56 rows and cast off.

Sew the cat together:
Sew the corners of the body piece into feet. (See graph).
Fill the body with fill and close the tummy.
Fold the head and sew into a “bag”. Sew the upper corners into ears (see graph)
Embroider eyes and nose, cut some strings of white or grey yarn into whiskers and fasten very carefully.
Fill the head, sew around the neck and tighten.
Sew the head to the body.
Roll the tail, close and fasten to the body. (See graph)



See this "one piece bunny tutorial" too! :-)

P.S. Here's a photo tutorial on how to put the kitty together.

Afghans for Afghans

I was horrified by the fact that almost 1000 people - women, children, elderly, even men - have died in Afghanistan, because it is so cold. Hundreds have lost fingers and toes (and more...) to the Afghanistani winter. Houses and tents have been damaged, and the winter isn't over yet...

I have started knitting socks. I hope I can help. :´(

Afghans for Afghans

Peacocks

Thanksgiving turkey applique/pin/fridgie

"But that's TURKEY!" you'll say...
And I'll say: "Yes, THAT is a turkey... but YOU will make it with green, teal and blue, perhaps even variegated yarn; you won't give it wattles, you'll sew on two white strikes by eyes, two black beads as eyes and a bone-colored bead as beak... and THIS is a peacock. You can even sew on beading on the tail, if you like, and a few beads (or threads) as "crown".

No, it's not my idea... I got it from here: "I need sunglasses please!"

Photo stolen from crochetdoilies and manipulated in PSP8
Will be replaced with "real stuff" when I find time to do it... :-(

So... now you get the idea...

THIS is a Crochet Turkey Talk Afghan
YOU'll make it with teals, blues, purples and greens and end up with
Peacock Afghan


So... Here's a cute turkey coaster set... with some small changes you'll get a peacock coaster set.
Here's a turkey fridgie - PDF
Here's "Tom the Turkey", give him white beak, no waddle, and a tiny tuft on the head, and you'll have Pete the Peacock.
Tom Turkey hotpad... Just make the color changes and give him longer legs and you'll have a peacock.
- long legs like this; Dayna's turkey square

This doesn't work with everything: MIGHT work with these "turkey butts", but won't work with this "turkey door hanger" - because it doesn't look good if a hanging peacock's tail was up and not hanging too... Of course, you can find nice patterns for oblong things, like ties, scarves, bookmarks and runners, and adjust them to be the tail feathers (This would work beautifully - and here's a peacock feather bookmark... a little too much work for the result to my liking, but... These fans booksmarks would be perfect... This wouldn't be bad either... Or this. Can you see what a magnificent peacock tail the different strips of lacy "feathers" crocheted in blues, greens, purples and teals would make?)

Peacock stitches

Peacock plumes
Peacock's tail
Vintage peacock's tail
Peacock tails

Peacock's tail knit lace doily

Ridged feather stitch
Ostrich feather stitch
Feather stitch
Feather stitch II

Picture of Shetland Triangle shawl lace that looks like peacock feather
Picture of Japanese feather stitch

Crochet peacock stitch

Feather lace

Cast on in multiples of 6 + 1

Row 1: (right side) K1, *YO, K2tog through back loop, K1, K2tog, YO, K1; repeat from * to end

Row 2 and every even row: Purl

Row 3: K1, *YO, K1, Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K1, YF, K1; repeat from * to end

Row 5: K1, *K2tog, YO, K1, YO, K2tog through back loop, K1; repeat from * to end

Row 7: K2tog, *K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, S1 1, K2top, PSSO; repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, K2tog through back loop

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

From Love2Knit dishcloth patterns

Knitted Peacock Stitch

Cast on a number of stitches divisible by 9 + 4

1. K4 *yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo K4* repeat *-*
2. P4 *K11 P4*
3. K4 *P11 K4*
4. P 2 *P2tog P11 P2tog* P2
5. K2 *K2tog K9 K2tog* K2
6. P2 *P2tog P7 P2tog* P2
7. P4 * yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo P4*
8. K4 *P11 K4*
9. P 2 *P2tog P11 P2tog* P2
10. K2 *K2tog K9 K2tog* K2
11. P2 *P2tog P7 P2tog* P2
12. P4 * yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo K1 yo P4*

From Eastman Publishing "Utopia Yarn Book" 1904

Down-loadable paper peacock

Friday, February 15, 2008

Free easter patterns on-line

Crochet:

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/easter.php

Let's start with baskets
Basket
Easter Basket
Easter Basket
Easter Basket Decoration
Easter Basket Fridgie
Holiday Basket
Shell Stitch Easter Basket
Small Baskets
Whimsical Bunny Container

Eggs:

I'm not much into easter egg covers... But others might be so here:

Granny's Garret - PDF files
Ancilla Easter Egg Cover
Filet in Blue Easter Egg Cover
Nuncia Easter Egg Cover
Marabu Easter Egg Cover

Easter Egg Covers
Art Deco Easter Eggs
Filet Cross Egg Cover
Victorian Easter Egg Ornament
Victorian Egg Covers
Egg Snuggie (could be used as a pattern for crocheted egg)
Egg Bunny Kids and their hats and trims

Easter Egg I
Easter Egg II
Easter Eggs III
Easter Eggs IV
Easter Egg V
Easter Egg VI
Easter Egg VII
Tapestry Crochet Easter Egg

Easter Egg Dressups (Egg cups - one plain, one "easterbasket" and one with bunny cozy.)
Easy Easter Crochet Egg Cozy
Bunny and Rooster vintage egg cozies (egg warmers)
Vintage chick egg cozies
Chicken over eggzy

Easter Egg Bookmark
Easter Egg Fridgie
Egg magnet
Easter Egg Potholder
Easter Egg Hot Pad
Egg Coaster
Easter Egg Coaster
Easter Egg Hotpad
Multi Coloured Easter Egg motif

Bunny Candy Pouch
Duck
Crocheted easter candy duck
jelly bean duck
Jelly Bean Bird (Turd Bird)

Chocolate Bunny
Lamb
Vintage Stuffed Lamb
Little Bunny
Easter Bunny
Chenille Rabbit
Pocket Pet Bunny (works also as a bookmark)
Pocket Pet Duckling

Easter Bunny Fridgies - in worsted.
Gangly Easter Chick Fridgie
Mini Easter Bunny Fridgie
Bunny magnet
Photo frame bunny magnet

Filet Crochet Two Rabbits With Easter Egg
Filet Crochet chick
Filet Crochet bunny

Bunny plant poke
Easter bunny napkin ring
Bunny towel ring

Easter Egg Hairtie
Bunny ears hair decoration

Four bunnies granny square (or use just one bunny as a motif)

Chinese photo album
- a couple of patterns with what looks like Polish... but also a lot of charts. Egg covers, bunnies, chicks, baskets...
Crocheted easter hen with chicks and eggs - in Portuguese

Knit:

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/easter.php

Roll Brim One Egg Easter Basket
Knitted Easter Egg Basket

Bunny
Easter Chicks

Chick egg cover
Easter Bunny Egg Cover
Easter Chicks egg covers
Judy's Cadbury Chick
Egg Cozy

Easter Basket Knitting Motif Chart
Easter Chick Knitting Chart
Easter Egg and Bunny Knitting Motif

Easter Egg Hat
Rabbit Hat for Easter

Aunt Maggie's Easter Ripple Afghan

Egg hotpad

Other stuff

I-cord bunny hotpad

Simple glued easter egg
Simple yarn-covered easter egg
Easter egg string art



Irene Duquette's lovely designs
Crochet Partners pattern library
Granny's Garret
The Crochet Shoppe
C&M Craft's Crochet Free Patterns - one more of these outdated link collections... But use Internet Archive Wayback Machine to find the dead links. I think there are good things.

YES!

You might know that I have been fighting with inspiration when it comes to my Imbolc alphabet blanket...
Yes, I have been making that for 4 years now... and I haven't come any further except that I know which images I'm going to put at which letters...

Now I know the style, so it's going to be smooth sailing from here on :-)

THIS is the style...

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iHanna loves the heart shape [it isn't bad... my favorite figure is boteh... (paisley)]
She suggested you go to heart shape hunting... I didn't find much though...

A couple of fridge magnets; earrings; a collection of hearts and a polymer clay heart made by his little sister.
There's two pics in this "mosaic" I'd like to talk about a little more...
The one in the middle, top, is an earring I found outside several years ago, and it is the heart of our "house angel". I made an angel when we moved here, 11 years ago, of old linen and other scraps. It had hair of wool, but moths have eaten it all up.
Then the collection of hearts... The two bigger white ones I got from my eldest sister. The brass one is from my hubby, bought from Carl Milles Museum. The grey one is not a heart, but a stone, lovely, round, smooth stone, smoothed by nature and time... Behind it is one of my favorite photos... it's a family photo from 1970 I think...

I do love my blog community too! Shai Coggins speaks about what you can do to "let it show". I just participated in One World One Heart "happening", so I have been visiting quite a lot of blogs and letting them know it too... But I'm going to be better with it.
Because people of my blog community are wonderfully generous, open, caring, loving, creative, inspiring, courageous, funny...

I know only a couple of the almost 70.000 people who have visited my blog since April 2006... Right now there's a visitor from Malta, Kuwait and Tunis here... (Hey, you, from Malta... my sisters are coming to Malta in about a month, do you have any suggestions on what to see, where to go and so?) I would very much like to know a little more about you :-)

So, if you are reading this, could you say "hi!" to me?

P.S: I just discovered "Go Make Something"...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Why dishcloths?

Read this and you'll know...

Oshibori: We don't need no stinkin' washcloths!

Think what it would be like... on a hot summer day, you pick out the pretty soap box from your bag, take out the washcloth that is moist and cool after being in the freezer over-night... Think drying your neck with this... Mmmmm....
Or on a cold winter morning, you put the soap box with the washcloth in the micro for 10 seconds and have the warm box in your pocket to warm your cold fingers...

I really love wet wipes, and here's how you do it yourself and eco-friendly!

So here's some patterns (again...)
Knitting nonsense
Dishcloth Boutique
http://www.knitlist.com/washcloths.htm
Knitting Pattern Central - Dishcloths
Crochet Pattern Central - Dishcloths
http://dishclothcorner.blogspot.com/
http://dishandwashclothmania.wordpress.com/

And the winner is...

My husband chose a number between 1 and 111, without knowing what he was choosing.

I was counting and when I got to the number my hubby had chosen, and I read the comment, I cried. (Sure, it's "that time of the month", but see this:
"If my name gets pulled by anyone as a winner, I will donate $100 to AIDS Foundation in memory of my brother. If my name gets selected more than once, I will up the ante an additional $10 every time it gets pulled (greedy I know, but one can dream!!!) If my name is not pulled by anyone, I will still make a $50 donation. This way, everyone is a winner."
I'm really happy that Fortuna chose her to win my socks and I hope my socks will fit her perfectly and warm her feet and good heart for a very long time :-)

I'm very sorry that I'm not able to give more... The comments have been very nice and I have had a lovely time reading them, and I would want to give socks to everyone. Thank you all who participated, visited my blog and left me a comment. :-)

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I put my name in forty hats and from one my name was picked. (YAY!!!) But going through the blogs and every time my name was NOT in the list of winners, it felt like I lost... and it just kept happening over and over again...

I have tried reminding me,
that getting things is not the "name of the game", and I have met many amazing women (and some men) I didn't even know existed before these two weeks,
that not winning is not the same as loosing,
that from dozens of people only one (or two, three, four... ;-)) can win - and there are more people who "loose" than "win" - so I'm not alone with this feeling,
that I already have more than I can storage,
that one more thing, how ever beautiful and amazing and desirable, is going to drown in the mess, and that's not fair for me, the thing or the creator of the thing,
that I need to make space for more stuff before I get more stuff,
that I am such a creative, artistic, fantastic woman I can create something as beautiful and amazing myself (though it's not the same as getting something beautiful and amazing I couldn't create even if I tried)
that I can buy me things and that's just as good, I might be poor, but I'm not THAT poor...

But it doesn't help. I still feel like I lost...
And I don't like the feeling at all.
One of the worst experiences in my life. Will not live through that again. So no more participating in draws, lotteries and such.

I love the giving though, so that I want to do next year too. Might even have some give-aways on my own :-)

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OWOH Giveaway Participants on the LOVE TRAIN

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Some updates...


This is a necklace I made to a friend. And now I noticed I have put the lock "wrong way".. it should be on the right. Well... doesn't matter. I'm very proud of this, though it's not what I'd usually do. I'm not a big fan of "sequels" and on this there's
- silver bead - lapis lazul - silver bead
- little blue bead
- bigger blue bead - blue "cat's eye" bead or hematite star or silver dragonfly - bigger blue bead - little blue bead
It's very pretty... I think I make myself something similar, but with amber and turquoises... or red and turquoise... *hmm*

I managed to throw away a box full of fabric scraps and samples and stuff. You know the one cats had probably peed in and moths had feasted on.
I also gave all the mohair to... er... I don't know what's it's called, but they have a big yellow box where people can put their used clothes and such and they sell it to gather money to help people. I hope someone finds the yarn and gets it cheap and thinks they made the catch of the day :-) I hope I'd find out who bought it. :-)

Yeah... I regret, but I am also reliefed to get that burden off me. Now I have no excuses to not go and give myself new, fresh fabric bought specificly for the purpose, and I have no expectation on crafting something from material I dislike. :-)
(I saved two balls of white mohair... I'm going to crochet some fuzzy amigurumi of that :-) THAT I want to do ;-))

I am crocheting baskets for the Easter basket swap. (Yes, baskets... I'm just fixing some bad behavior from previous swaps...)
I'm having some troubles with the pattern, but nothing that tehcorcing and adjusting can't help :-) (Confirming my right to own the math badge ;-) :-D)

Tonight I'm going to choose one lucky winner to my give-away socks... :-)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

50 questions (- one)

1. If your doctor told you TODAY that you were pregnant, what would you say?

Really?

2. Do you trust all of your friends?

Yes... er... yes.

3. Would you move to another state or country to be with the one you love?

I was born in Finland, I live in Sweden... I miss home everyday, and yes, my darling is ready to move to yet another country - to my first - with me. Does that answer your question?

4. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

Yes, of course. I do believe in causality. So far I haven't seen anything happen totally unconnected to everything around. It would be interesting though... I wonder if I'd even notice. *hmm*

5. Can you make a dollar in change right now?

ROTFLMAO. No

6. Which one of your friends do you think would make the best doctor?

My brother.

7. Are you afraid of falling in love?

No

8. Have you been overseas?

Yes, but not overoceans.

9. Is there someone who pops into your mind at random times?

Eh... Yes. Not the same person though. Usually people who said something stupid and got away with it.

10. What’s your most favorite scar?

The ones in my face. :-) I have one over the left eye, which I got by falling the stairs at the tender age of what ever... 3-4-ish, I think. One under the right eye, which I got at the tender age of 5-6 or something while teasing a dog and the dog said "that's enough, thank you!" She was really ashamed after that, even though we all know I was to blame. But I never teased her again. I just painted her into a polar bear with milk glue... Totally unrelated, and I didn't do it to hurt her, though it did. What an awful kid I was. Then I have one over right eye, in the middle of eyes and below left eye - in perfect symmetry with the two previous, and this one (in three parts) I got from barbed wire while trying to get a sheep back inside the fence, and I didn't see the barbed wire and ran straight into it. I was really lucky not to get the barbs into my eyes... and I got the really nice symmetric "looks-like-intended" scarring on my face :-D

11. When was the last time you flew in a plane?
Er... hmm... a couple of years ago, I think... I flew from Finland.

12. What did the last text message you sent say?
"I have a headache and must go home." Oh, *I* sent... *hmm* I think it was "milk, bread, butter" or similar.

13. What features do you find most attractive in the preferred sex?
"Preferred sex"? Interesting form...
Taking the question in the most probable intented sense:
Sense of humor, intelligence, nice hands, nice feet, nice smile... smile is important. Jude Law gets me all the time. So does Arnold Schwarzenegger... weird...
Taking the question with my twisted thinking sense: That I love the one I'm having sex with.

14. Fill in the blank. I love ________.…
Salt liquorice.

15. What is a goal you would like to accomplish in the near future?
3 easter swap baskets

16. If you were to wake up from being in a coma for an extended time who would you call?
Nurse?
*I* would not call anyone. The hospital would call my husband, he would call my sisters and they would call the rest of the family.

17. How many kids do you want to have?
Seven.

18. Would you make a good parent?
Yes.

19. Where was your favorite picture taken?
One of them on our front yard. :-)
Another in front of our wedding church.

20. What’s your middle name?
Petra

21. Honestly, what’s on your mind right now?
This "quiz"

22. If you could go back in time and change something, what would it be?
I would send in the applications and finish the courses I have started.
I would take languages in school and not maths.
I would have written 7 "subjects" instead of 4.
I would have studied more in 3rd and 4th grade.

23. Who was or will be the maid of honor/ best man in your wedding?
My husband's "adopted" sisters and his best friend.

24. What are you wearing right now?
A grey pajamas. Or silk kaftan with embroidered kimono and beaded slippers.

25. Righty or Lefty?
Right-handed lefty.

26. Best place to eat?
A very nice and dry grassy park with no insects.

27. Favorite jeans?
Considering that I don't much wear jeans... a brown pair I inherited from my elder sister. I loved those jeans.

28. Favorite Animal?
Our dog. In general cats (all sizes... Siberian tigers... *_*) and catlike animals, like foxes, martens, fossas and so on. I also like wasps. And swallows and falcons and such.

29. Favorite juice?
Apple

30. Have you had the chicken pox?
I think I have, but then I'm not quite sure what chicken pox is in Finnish.

31. Have you had a sore throat?
Yes

32. Ever had a bar fight?
No :-(

33. Who knows you the best?
My hubby and my sisters together.

34. Shoe size?
40-42 depending on a day.

35. Do you wear contact lenses or glasses?
No

36. Ever been in a fight with your pet?
See the question nr.10 and then accept that I say "no". My hubby has had sort of a fight with our cat. The cat won. He just didn't want to be washed so he climbed over my husband. Using claws. All of them. He said it felt like he had more than 16. More than 20. More like 60...

37. Been to Mexico?
See question 8

38. Did you buy something today?
No

39. Did you get sick today?
Er... next question

40. Are you angry with anyone today?
Yes, today too :-D

41. Did you get in a fight with someone today?
No

42. When is the last time you had a massage?
Don't remember

43. Last person to lie in your bed?
Me

44. Last person to see you cry?
My husband

45. Who made you cry?
No-one can make me cry, you idiot. You should ask WHAT made you cry. The frustration, sadness, being tired, hopeless and fat...

46. What was the last TV show you watched?
Hmm... I think it was "Providence".

47. What are your plans for the weekend?
The weekend? It's Tuesday!

48. Who was the last person you hung out with?
Er...?

50. If your significant other asked you to marry them TODAY, what would you say?
"Again?"

Monday, February 11, 2008

origami peacock

How to fold an origami peacock?

here's a video - for an elongated piece of paper, like a bill
here's the diagram

A peacock from a square piece of paper
and a video on how it's done - unfortunately some of the folding is done outside the picture, but I'm sure you'll figure out how it's done with the diagram :-)

diagram for an origami peacock
You start with a single square of paper, fold two corners in the middle and off you go...
There's a little tricky part there... the instructions are "ii" :-D
You are to fold the "thin" triangle in two - it will become wings and feet. Just fold the triangle in two and keep the "neck piece" in 90 degrees angle to the mid-fold of the "tail piece" - that gives you the correct folds to the "breast" part of the peacock.
Practice with several pieces of white scrap paper before trying it out with the "real" paper.
Also, note in "fold the neck piece inward" - you are also to push the tail piece inwards. That will give your tail pretty spread and steadyness to legs.

Instructions to a rather advanced folding...

folding a peacock and a gliding peacock from the same book...

another peacock

Busy weekend


I was visiting my lovely sisters this weekend, and finished the socks, finished a necklace I have been making for several months now. (I have been able to make it only when I visit my eldest sister, and those visits have been too few and far apart...) I have also been making a series of necklaces to my sisters - my youngest sister got the "seashore" necklace, my mid-sister got "colors of skies" - it's blue, purple and green flowing from one color to another - and now I made "heavens and leaves" to my eldest sister :-) It's turquoise and brown... sort of... I hope I can publish a picture of all of them :-)

This is my "fairyforest"

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

It's our wedding anniversary today :-)

9 years... Feels like we only met last year... Still very much in love, still starry eyes and silly smile when I think of him...

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I found an old, disgusting, stained and worn sacco sack - a sitting sack. It was ugly blue, but what made this a find was that the stuffing was intact and clean... :-) These tiny styrofoam pellets are quite useful as stuffing for a lot of stuff. :-)

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I also found out that there's another monthly sock-a-long going on. Unfortunately I'm too late to join, but it's like the Norwegian Sokker 2008 - the patterns are free patterns on-line, so anyone can join the fun of knitting socks. One just misses the "member benefits"...
They have also a long link list of free patterns on-line... some in Swedish, but...
I found this there! "Knit yourself an aran afghan" monthly squares :-)

I also found this: Tsarina of Tsocks... Fantastic sock desings! LOL Very inspiring :-)

There's Sock Stash Elimination Campaign

Then there's 200L - 2klace - two thousand and lace at Ravelry and here's the blog entry about this at Ria Knits. Now I don't plan on knitting MAINLY lace, but sounds interesting.

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Anway... I have socks to finish, so I can show them, so I go now. :-)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Mardi Gras and Runeberg's Day

I am stupid enough to participate in Easter Basket Swap. There's one month to go before the package will be sent, so I think I will be able to make it. I already know what I'm going to post, and then I'm going to add some little things especially chosen to the receiver. :-)
There's a Flickr group for this swap too...

Be... Dream... Play... has a "polar festival"... sounds interesting. I don't know yet if I'm going to participate.


The Altered Page; The Pulse; Postscript

One tool I cannot live without is scissors.
I use them in everything, knitting, sewing, crochet, paperwork, art journaling, scrapbooking... cooking. The person who invented scissors was a genius. I can think it's hard to shear a sheep with a knife.

One artist that inspires me is Nicky Epstein. There's plenty of others, but she's one very inspiring person :-D

5 things on my studio table right now: I don't have a studio table. But in my knitting basket there are: scissors, bag of crochet needles, bag of nick-nacks, three yarn balls and a pair of needles.

My current go-to blog is You Knit WHAT? 2

My current go-to website is photo163.com

Today my favorite color is peacock ;-)

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, it would be... Uh... I don't know.

I love Dot's dolls too :-D

Monday, February 04, 2008

One world, one heart...


Lisa Oceandreamer of Heart of the Nest and Imagination Cafe is hosting the 2nd annual ONE World-ONE Heart Event, starting Feb.1 and ending late night on Feb.13, with the winners of the artworks being announced on Feb. 14.

The intention with this is to get people to look at people's blogs, and the catch is that one person who comments on this blog entry will win a prize... I will choose one name from the commentors on 13th of February, announce the winner the 14th and send this person a package 18th of February. (CET)

Every person is eligible - you don't need to participate in OWOH, you don't need to have a blog, you don't need to live in Europe. Just you have a mailing address, so that I can send you a package.

I am a little late in joining the fun - first I didn't feel I was properly prepared, then I surfed the participating sites and the atmosphere is magical... I found some things I very much would like to get, and I joined some of them, and I just wanted to join the fun of giving!

I would have wanted to be properly prepared but now I'm jumping straight in.

It's going to be a pair of pink hearty socks, women's medium size, of Finnish wool (I have personally known the sheep who have given the wool and I can promise no sheep were harmed during the process ;-), plant dyed by yours truly (again, with no animals harmed during the process - no cochenill.) and knit by me. These socks can't be washed in a machine, unless you want felted slippers for your 5-years-old, but the color will not bleed what ever you do.

There will also be a couple more things in the package, but I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what they are.

P.S.
The first comments came when this blog entry was still about me NOT joining the fun. This blog entry has changed very much after that.

P.P.S. There are other give-aways going on... among others Jan gives away two lovely thailandic scarfs and Christine gives away a lovely spring bag :-)

P.P.P.S. We have a dog - so the socks will be of also dog hair ;-) (That should wash off... :-)) But if you are allergic to animals, you might need to be careful when opening the package.

P.P.P.P.S. I wish I could give everyone who comments a pair of socks :´)