Category Archives: Knitting

Pictures from March

I know March ended a long time ago, but here are some pictures from that month and my photo-project 365 pictures in 2011.

March 6th, 2011
March 6th, 2011 – A poppy in my parents’ home

March 7th, 2011
March 7th, 2011 – A sunrise on my way to work

March 10th, 2011
March 10th, 2011 – Felted trophies

March 12th, 2011
March 12th, 2011 – Lamps hanging in the ceiling of a Chinese restaurant

March 22nd, 2011
March 22nd, 2011 – Bird nests and a sunset on my way home from work

March 25th, 2011
March 25th, 2011 – Detail from my Shipwreck Shawl
(that I wore for the first time)

March 26th, 2011
March 26th, 2011 – Yarn from Fröken Garn’s booth
at a sewing and knitting show in Malmö

March 28th, 2011
March 28th, 2011 – Cracks and shadows

As random as it gets

Hello!

Remember me?

I didn’t fall off the surface of the earth, but I drifted off for a while. A lot longer than I thought I would. A comment to my last post asking me if I was still in the process of making pancakes had me realizing just how long I’d be abscent from my blog. Thank you, Tina! 🙂

1. Creative roller coaster
This spring I have been struggling with going between periods of feeling very creative to stretches of time in which I’ve not wanted to do anything but eat, watch tv and sleep. I’ve felt very scattered and I needed to rest my brain for a bit by staying more focused.

2. Sewing
I have, however, worked my way through finishing that colourful crazy 9-patch quilt I was making for a baby’s name-giving ceremony (blogged here and here). I will show you the finished quilt as soon as the ceremony has taken place. I have also sewn two Jewelry Rolls (pattern from One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins) as graduation gifts for friends (posted here on July 2nd, 2011). There’s a Teardrop Bag (from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches) hanging in my craft room waiting to be gifted to a friend on her 40th birthday on Saturday. Posts on these projects will appear here.

3. Knitting
I have also been knitting a bit. You will see posts on my “process” in that area as well. I have managed to mess up a pair of socks by knitting the second one on needles that were too small. And I only realized after I had knitted the toe, the foot, the heel and the leg and was supposed to start the ribbing where the pattern told me to change to smaller needles…

I have started a ribbed sweater that just sucks the energy out of me as one of the sleeves is knitted with horizontal ribs. I knitted forever and it just didn’t grow…
I am currently knitting a Cornflower Shawl (after seeing Anna’s start of one over at garndrommar.se). I started over four times before I found the needle size that produced a shawl I was happy with. And I also changed around the main and contrast colour. Now, I’m loving it!

4. An end
My favourite yarn store is closing down in a couple of weeks. I’m really sad about it, but that’s me being selfish. I know the owner is happy with her decision and I fully understand her. And admire her for her guts!

 5. Photography
My distant ed photography class didn’t go well. I loved the first lesson. And I loved the second one. But it ended with an assignment I couldn’t do at the time. I needed to wait for an order from Amazon.com. And I needed to wait for sunlight… The assignment was about panning moving objects to create pictures that show movement. How easy is that to do in my parts of the world in early February? I left for work int he morning in darkness and came home in darkness. The weekends were snowy and cold. And I couldn’t do it.

And the teachers constantly told us to work through every class and assignment before moving on the next one. So I got stuck.

I still have access to all the classes online and will try to go through them over summer and fall instead.

6. Photo project
I’m still working on my photo project for 2011 (blogged here, here and here) and I’m really enjoying it. I’m way behind on transfering the pictures from my camera to the computer and to actually make the choice of what picture to name “Today’s Picture” but I’m not stressing too much about that one. Promise you’ll see some of the pictures here on the blog.

7. Earrings
During the spring I have pierced my ears. I had them pierced when I about ten but let them overgrow a couple of years later as the started acting up. I would put in earrings and my earlobes would get all red and swollen. This time around I went to a real piercing studio and had them done more professionally than I would’ve had in a beauty salon. I’ve decided to use earrings made out of titanium or sugical steel as they are better for sensitive ears. Wish me luck!

This has led to me being absolutely fascinated by earrings! I don’t think I’ve ever noticed that so many people around me use earrings. And good looking ones too. I love the look of dangling earrings and can’t wait to expand my jewelry wardrobe. I’m currently waiting for an order from silvermason over at Etsy. You will see a post about those earrings when I get them!

8. Health
This spring I decided to deal with the fact that I haven’t felt comfortable in my body and clothes in a long time. I joined Weight Watchers online and have so far lost 9kg/22lbs by eating more, more regularly and healthier; and by increasing my weekly exercise by taking more and longer walks.

I have spent more time preparing and eating food this spring than I have ever done in my life. And I enjoy it! I try new recipies and new ingredients. I have given up cheese sandwiches for dinner and try to cook something instead. Or at least make myself a plate of veggies and cold cuts.

I have signed up for a membership at the gym from July 1st and I’m looking forward to start building muscles. I’m in desperate need of stronger abs and chest muscles to keep my back and hips from acting up all the time. And I’ve proven to myself that working out at home isn’t my thing… The sofa is far more comfortable than the floor. 🙂

9. Writing
I haven’t written anything at home for the pure pleasure of writing in nearly 6 months now. I think about it a lot though… Strangely enough; that doesn’t produce readable text.

10. Change?
I’ve also concluded that some things never change. And I speak of myself.

I have this feeling, this urge, to start a creative business. I follow blogs on creative entrepreneurship and I dream. And I make plans. I have five options for names. And I sort of know how to brand myself. And how to keep things moving. And where does that take me? Not far. To be honest. ‘Cause I forget to specify what my business should be about and I forget to produce anything…

And that’s sort of the way I am. I know how to write a letter of interest to a publisher for the novel I haven’t written yet. And I know the pros and cons of different marketing strategies for the novel I haven’t written yet. And I also know [fill in the gap] for the [fill in the gap] I haven’t made yet.

There are more random stuff I could share. But why do it all in one post after such a long absence? Next time, you’ll get pictures too. Promise!

The Hat by Ingrid Michaelson

Last year, my friend essjay posted a video on her blog that made me go to iTunes to buy an album. It was a song and video of Ingrid Michaelson.

Here’s a favourite song of mine from the album I bought (Girls and Boys)

Did you notice there’s a knitted hat in there? What other songs do you know of, and like, that has knitting in it? I’d like to know!

WIP – Print O’The Wave-stole (again)

Corner!See???!!!

My Print O’The Wave-stole has yet another corner! It’s finished! I’ve grafted that fourth corner and I’ve fastened the loose ends. Now it’s time for blocking.

Thanks again to Linda who came to my rescue and helped out when I lacked yarn to finish my stole.

WIP – Print O’The Wave-stole

Stole in progress
Stole in progress

This is how much I could do knit with the yarn I had myself. I lack yarn for the last 7 repeats of the border. But! Help is on the way from Canada!

The pattern is Print O’The Wave-stole (opens a pdf) by Eunny Jang. And the yarn is Fino from Alpaca With a Twist.

(And speaking of a blurry Skorpan the other day, what about the focus in the picture above? 🙂 )

And I found help…

The wonderful world of knitters! Yesterday, I asked for help as I need some additional yarn to finish my Print O’The Wave-stole. I also asked three people over at Ravelry if they would be intrested in a trade of some sort to help me out.

Within 2½hours I had given my address to a generous woman in Ontario, Canada, who later this week will send me 15 grams of the yarn I need. And she didn’t even want to trade anything for it.

I’m blown away by the generosity of knitters! Thank you, Linda!

FO – Elijah the Elephant

Elijah the Elephant Elijah the Elephant

Pattern: Elijah by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Left-over Idena Cotton Sport from a project that never really happened some years ago
Needle: 3mm/2.5US
Project time: 5 days of knitting in November 2010 and 2 hours to embroider the eyes and crochet the scarf in december 2010

Standing Elijah A Standing Elijah – I love his feet and hands

Knitting this was straightforward, especially after already having done Ysolda’s Sophie the Rabbit (go here for a blog post on Sophie). They are very similar in construction.

I’m not too fond of how the neck looks like though, so just as for Sophie, I added a scarf. This one is crocheted using one strand of lime green and one strand of raspberry pink of BC Garn Allino (a cotton-linnen blend) held together.

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I forced Skorpan to model with Elijah to give you some sense of the size he turned out. As you can see, Skorpan wasn’t too interested in the knitted elephant…

Elijah and other stuffed toys Elijah is here modeling with three beanie babies that I have placed on top of our glass cabinet in the dining area. The ostrich was a gift and I bought the other two myself on my first visit to Canada, back in 1999.

I made Elijah for the baby of two of our friends. The boy was born in December and we got to see him when he was 10 days old. His parents were happy with the gift but the baby was way more interested in sleeping than playing with his new cuddly toy. 🙂

Knitting, Sewing and Crocheting

Print O'Wave Stole This lump of a knitting project is going to be a Print O’ The Wave stole (pattern by Eunny Jang). The yarn is Fino from Alpaca with a Twist and it was gifted to me by GeekKnitter a couple of years ago.

Front of my Butterfly Quilt
I decided to rip the stippling quilting I had attempted and started quilting my Butterfly Quilt with straight lines instead. I’m making progress!

Back of my Butterfly Quilt
The back of my Butterfly Quilt as it looks now.

Cat toy
I picked up a crochet hook the other day and made a toy for my cats. Basically I crocheted a square and then folded it. I filled it with cotton pads and dried cat nip before crocheting around it to close it up. The cats love it!

Cat toy
Skorpan up close…