Saturday, 12 December 2009

Teachers Presents

It is that time of the year again...

Busy, busy sorting out presents. First for teachers and then for my family. I'm so excited as we will celebrate Christmas in Sweden this year, first time in three years. The boys cannot wait to actually meet Santa/Tomten again. I just about got away with it last year when I dressed up and acted as Tomten. My wellies gave me away - kids are sooooo observant!

Some home made chocolate cashew truffles (learned at this course - YUM!) for the boys teachers with crocheted lids from Froken Elsa's pattern.

Also made some felted balls for Michael, our Eurythmy Therapist.

And this is what the boys and I have been busy with today. Candle holders that now is put to dry before we will decorate and wrap them.

Last, I cannot believe that I forgot to take a photo of my latest doll before he moved away to his new owner. (Sobbing..) Anyway, I've learned that the doll was to great delight. (Happy again!)

Now, back to the pressies...

... and happy Lucia to everyone back in Sweden.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Christmas Competition

Olala! Just how happy will the lucky winner of this fantastic yarn be. Wonderful Anna gives away this lovely handspun yarn.
I have all my fingers crossed.

Monday, 23 November 2009

More Gnomes

Last Saturday was the day for our school's Winter Fair.

Again it was a great day with lovely, home made food, cakes, loads of activities for the children, live music and of course lots of craft and things from our school shop.

This year 'out-side' traders were also invited, so there were also stalls selling lovely truffles (I know because I've been to one of Liz's courses), hand-made soap etc. and we were a few parents from the school who had our own stall. I brought in some of my 'left-over' handbags, embroidered pot-holders, door-stoppers and some new Gnomes. And the best of all - I did sell some of it!! Yaha!

After being the 'Craft-Lady' for the last few years, it was a bit strange not being the one this year - but the new craft-team had made a great job and the stall looked fabulous.

Monday, 9 November 2009

A bit of this and that...

As I'm not seem to get that much time for blogging - or crafting - my rare posts now-a-days are a bit of this and that...
This beautiful yarn, even though it is a sock-yarn, will hopefully be a hat for Elliot some time in the - not to far a way - future. My hope is for a lovely rainbow-coloured hat.

In the half-term, I was busy writing one of my many essays for my course. As always, I was to much of an time-optimist and had hoped to finish the essay, which I haven't!! But anyway, I
have got off to a good start. The module I was working with is about story-telling and puppetry. Except the essay, we are also supposed to give a puppet-show ourselves. I have chosen "Olle's new suit" by Elsa Beskow. I love her stories and all the beautiful pictures. So along with my writing, I also got started with the puppets for this. So far, I have two nearly finished grannies, a sheep, some pigs and a cow with calf. Pelle and all the other characters are still in the making.

Soon we are also having our Winter Fair at our school, so a few bits have been made for that - some pencil-gnomes and a few walnut-gnomes.
LinkHere in north London we have a lovely shop called Handweavers Studio - a heaven for wool lovers. This is what I came out with the other day - beautiful wool for more knitted gnomes (as in previous post).

Sunday, 11 October 2009


Long time no seen - again...

Since end August everything changed in my life - at least it feels like. I started working again after being home with children the last 5 1/2 years AND I started university. Still a bit in chock! It's all very exciting, but OHOY what a lot to do.

I started work as an assistant to the Playgroup teacher at our Steiner School which is great. I thoroughly enjoy the work and it is very handy to drop off my boys in the kindergarten and then just get into the next room for playgroup.

The university studies are a bit more scary. Even though I'm only away 2 days a month, it is a lot of reading that has to be done - and at this very moment I have no idea how I'm coping. Anyway, it is as I said very exciting. I'm doing a two years foundation course in Waldorf Steiner Early Childhood Education.

So with all this happening, there is not that much time for craft...

My Vivian by Ysolda is on the way - slowly, slowly.

This is my latest love. A gnome from this book. There will be more of them I can tell.

And to finish off - this was the way I celebrated my birthday by myself last Monday - with Swedish Cider!!! Just had to buy it when I found it in our local supermarket.

PS. Visited the Knit and Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace in London today and was stopped at least 30 times by people admiring my red ponchonette by Anna. So well done Anna! You are admired.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Shetland Wool for Vivian

I'm in heaven. While visiting family in Leeds I was dropped off at a wool shop I found - Baa Ram Ewe. Beautiful and lovely shop. Long after everyone given up waiting for me and gone off to the park, I came out with a bag full of lovely Jamieson's Shetland Heather Wool. The color is just as heather in full bloom, not as purple as it looks in my picture. Ysolda's Vivian is what it will turn into. Yeah!

My mother-in-law dug out some gems stored away for me to take home. Candy!

While in Leeds I took up my Zetor shawl that was frogged ages ago. I unraveled what I had knit before and am now knitting with two strings of this VERY thin lace yarn. Like it much better now, but as I just have to start with Vivian, Zetor will have to wait yet again...

Friday, 7 August 2009

A bag full of candy - Competition

Who doesn't dream to win something this beautiful!

from Kamilla

Birthday Dolls

We are going to a birthday party for two little girls today. So I have made these Waldorf inspired dolls for them.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Knit Bag

Finally I got myself together to make:

a) one of these little hand-stitched flowers.
b) a knit/craft bag.
LinkThe flower is hand-stitched together, but applied on the bag by machine.

Inspired by this little tutorial listed on the great blog Monster-Arkivet.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Pink Competition

Who wouldn't like to win lovely and beautiful things like this...
This would be so perfect when I start my new job at our Steiner School. Imagine to keep nice warm and dry in the wet UK weather... from Mirrezz

Saturday, 1 August 2009

The boys and I went to Parkside Farm today. A Pick-Your-Own fruit and veg farm just 15 min drive from us. This is what we came home with.

Yum! So now I'm looking for recepies to make home made jam for the first time in my life. Wish me luck!

And in between all of the fruit this little creature appeared - Minnie Mouse! My result of this pattern.

Friday, 31 July 2009

Hat for Zak

Again recycled some old jeans to make a hat. I really do love this hat and the way it turned out.
Even Zak is now happy with it even if he was quite grumpy and not very co-operative when trying to take the photo...

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Crochet on the go...

Some small crocheting projects that's been with me in hospital, on holiday and in the sofa.

Veronicas lovely mouse - still need assembling and dressed...

Giraffe with limbs still missing...

... and the development of Pepika's heart from her original small heart - to mine bigger ones.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Hello Again

Even though I have been REALLY slow blogging lately, I do enjoy calling in at all you other VERY crafty and inspirational bloggers out there. So thank you all!

As soon as the boys finished school on 10th July, we headed down to Bridport, Dorset for our friends Sammat and Lyndsay's wedding. A great day - and night - despite the weather. But some rain on the wedding day says bringing luck and wealth...

Elliot found his own dancing partner.

After the wedding we went on to St. Ives, Cornwall for a few days camping. Again, we all enjoyed it all despite the weather. First time and great adventure for the boys.

Even though I find myself busy most of the time, it is not much finished to show. Anyway, here is a little neck-lace (sorry, the blurry photo) that is just now making its way to the new owner. The pattern from Kristina-Lakris (Swedish).

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Soon... a little mouse will move in

I am delighted that Veronica has invited us all (well Swedish readers) to join in and crochet one of her little garden-mice. Today is the first bit of the pattern out and I cannot wait to get started.
Let me also introduce Wilson mini who is just about to move into his new owner Wilson 2 yrs.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

St John's Celebration & Summer Fair

Last week we celebrated St. John's Day and all kindergarten children could jump over the fire to burn all their grumbles away. Zak - as always prefer his own way and decided to just sing the song - but Elliot was very excited this year. ...and yes - RED was the color for the day...

A few days later we had our School Summer Fair with Music in the Garden, lots of kids activities, yummy home-cooked food etc - and of course our Craft Stall. Here is a little selection of what we made and sold.
Somehow, some strange person had made his way into the garden as well.