Sunday, 31 August 2008

Ysolda Mitts

Made a pair of fingerless mittens by Ysolda in Noro's Kureyon. Lovely colors - as always...

...and my first ever hand-spun skein...

Saturday, 30 August 2008

First Spindle and attempt to spin

As always, I feel inspired by Anna - who does the most beautiful things. So I now also wanted to try spinning. Went to Handweavers Studio in north London and got my first spindle and some wool (and some other "bits" I couldn't resist). Didn't totally trust my ability, so I got the very basic and simple spindle, in case I couldn't get the hang of it.

Nancy in the shop kindly showed me how to spin and here is my first attempt ever to spin my own wool... Not very even, but it is great fun. But HELP, now I don't know what to do with it. when I take it off the spindle it all tangles up! Has anyone any tips for me? All help very appreciated.
Just found some help on YouTube here.

Elliot saw some angora rabbits on the children's TV program yesterday and thought we could have some in our garden and I could use their wool to spin and knit. Interesting idea?!

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Jam Tarts

What to do on a Bank Holiday Monday? Asking the kids and the answer was simple - baking Jam Tarts.

Knitting the Sock Clubs sock for May, I suddenly broke one of the needles!!! Never happened to me before.
Now I just found that the sock-pattern for September is released - two to chose from and they both look fab. Oak Leaf from Knotions or Socks with Cables from Garnstudio. Hrm! Which to chose?

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Now I walk in style...

Had a great day yesterday.

My dear friend Gunilla called in the morning saying she will come to visit me, not once but two times in the next few months. I'm sooooo happy! Just the good kind of news I needed.

Then Zak and I made Petra's lovely Glodbrod for breakfast. YumYum! I mixed white bread-flour, kamut bread-flour, wholegrain spelt with porridge oat and added a dl of seed-mix of flax-, pumpkin- and sunflower-seeds + gojiberries. More Yum!


After getting us all ready, we went for a swim and quite a lot of splashing at the swimming pool. Afterwards the boys and I had a pic-nic in the park - with more of the yummy bread.

...and then off to collect my price from Joanna Hall's Walk Active - "Fab Feet" Competition. I, who never wins anything... But this time I was one of three to win a pair of MBT with this photo:

My April-sock in StickaMera's Sock Club.
I'm absolutely thrilled about my new MBT's - and was happily surprised when I could chose just any of the many designs. YIPPIE!

So, Yes! now I can finally walk in style again.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Lace Pin Hat

Finished a crocheted hat for myself. I started off using this pattern and then improvised from there. Crocheted in Du Store Alpakka's Tynn Alpakka from Garnharvan, in a beautiful red color.

Found it difficult how to get a good picture of a hat when I couldn't photograph myself...

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Spring Forward

So, as I've been so resistant and its been so fiddly with my Zetor scarf, I now finished the Spring Forward socks instead. Knitted in Regia's Kaffe Fasset, Landscape Carribean.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Olympic Knitting

I signed up to join Sticka Mera's Olympic Knitting and rather ambitious hoped to finish this lovely Zetor scarf during the two weeks of sport events. It does take me umpf of time though as the pattern needs my full attention and is not really a leasure knitting (not for me at least). I still intend to keep on knitting and one day I hope to show you the finished result.

In the meantime, I'm getting distracted with 1. Morning surf scarf in Noro Kureyon sock-yarn, 2. Spring Forward socks in Regia and 3. a crocheted hat with lace crocheting.
And this is from me who normally finish off one project before starting the next...

I am not very encouraged by my beloved either, who at the moment at least, just complains about my knitting...

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Chesterfield

Years ago, during my apprentice-ship, I started with a Chesterfield armchair on a course. Since then it mostly been in storage, until now.
Now it's been dusted and the seat is on the way. I've had some problems sourcing material, especially as I don't know the English name of all the material, but now I have what it takes to finish it off. So between running after little boys trying to make sure they don't do to much mess (hopeless task...), I totally enjoy upholstery again.

Waldorf Doll Morgan

I hereby present you my latest Waldorf Doll called Morgan. The hair has this time been crocheted which save loads of time.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Spring Forward Socks and Olympic Knitting

First of my sock club's August-sock is finished. Spring Forward from Knitty, knitted in Regia's Kaffe Fassett, color Landscape Caribbean.

I also joined StickaMera's Olympic Knitting and decided to give Jatta Soheltaa's Zetor Scarf a go. If I make it or not - I'm not sure, but as I said, I will give it a go. Will knit in Ullcentrums Wool 6/1, color Bordeaux from Garnharvan.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Tudora

A little neck-warmer knitted in the summer heat - Tudora from Knitty. Not so easy to photograph your own neck though...

...but it will go nicely with my Gretel hat by Ysolda. Both knitted in Gepard SoftWoolSilk.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Re-Upholstered Chair

A friend recently asked me to re-upholster an old chair of hers. The lovely tapestry on the seat and back, was once made by her grand mother, so it obviously meant a lot for her to keep it.

Here are the before...

...and after pictures.