Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lace curtain thriftin'

Im buying lace curtains at the thrift shop, what have I become? Grandma? (Well grandma never really had lace curtains, I think she is to modern for that).

I find newer lace that I've seen to be a bit blotchy for my taste, but these old curtains are light with small details. Pristine condition as well. They are probably going hang infront of our "wardrobe", which is an alcove more then an actual wardrobe.

I laso bought some 70ies cotton print fabric that I cant make up my mind weather it's fun or hideous. But they where both a steal, so I can sleep on it.

Not very gangsta

13 year old metal me would cry... and 15 year old hip hop me. But 6 year old me would understand.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tinted glass

I just can't seem to get enough of it. Bought these two yellow tinted glasses, and a small blue assiette at the thrift shop. I think it's my loning for spring that makes me extra drawn to light and brigh thinks at the moment.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

My new toy / Husqvarna Emerald 116

Let me introduce to you out new family member, Husqvarna Emerald 116.
(Grannys old Husqvarna zig zag, may you rest in peace).

I've been so busy fixing the bedroom re-decorations chaos, taking care of my sick husband and working since we got home for Munich,  I't wasn't until yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time with it. It sews like a dream, compared to my old one (not a difficult feat, I'll admit). I wont give you any illusions of a review, now or later, since I'm really not in a skill position to do so. I can however say that the automatic needle threader is complete junk since it more fiddly than threading your self, and the little sharp hook breaks the thread, but I can thread my own needle, no probs.

I made a children's hat practicing sewing in streachy materials, which I have no experence with. Im having another project in mind for this fabric, but I wanted a test run first. I used this tutorial from Blomma åker vagn (varning, swedish). It was super easy, fast and fun.
(Edit: forgot to mention, the fabric is cotton/lycra from swedish fabric chain stor Ohlssons)

I also made a prototype for a baby grab ball (end result will be something like this). I have crocheted a ball like this once (not fun) which you can see on my ravelry page, it turned out way to big but thats another story. This time Im going for sewing (hopefully more fun). I like the color combination of the fabrics, but i think I need to make the "leafs" a bit longer in proportion the the width to be able to assemble it properly.

I think this marks the start of a long friendship. In my family there is a tradition of animosity rather than friendship with sewing machines, but hopefully I can break that.

Love and Stiches from me.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Knit and crochet for the air

Tomorrow, Friday, we are flying to Munich for the weekend. Hurray! I've been looking forward to this for so long, especially since it's my first time going away since the whole disc herniation ordeal.

Since I fly with just carry on luggage I don't want to take my interchangeable metal needles, since there seem to be no consensus what so ever if they are allowed on flights. Instead I'm bringing some short wooden needles and a bit of Järbo Raggi sock yarn for a small project I have in mind (that might result in a gift, hence the lack of details). I'm also bringing some of my cotton Tilda to make a few more granny squares. If they take my beautiful green hook I'll be seriously pissed, but It's the only size 5 i have. It should be allright. Right?

These small project should be enough to keep me entertained on the way there and back. I don't think there'll be much time for it while there, I'll be busy drinking beer and eating sausage and red cabbage.
Ah German food,  so cheap, so delicious.
We'll be visiting a Bundesliga game between Munich and Dusseldorf as well. I'm not really a sports person, but I can get enthusiastic about most things if I just put my mind to it. And they have beer, so all is well.

Since I know what yarn to pack I should be ready to go, right?

Have a nice weekend! Hope you get some quality time with friends and family as well, where ever you are.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The 10 km scarf knits on for the second WIP Wednesday

So, It's WIP Wednesday again. It seems like wednesdays occur more frequent then the other days, dosen't it?

Anyway, I'm still mostly workning on my 10 km Scarf. Since it's so much else going on in the appartment, i like simplicity of it. It's measuring about 1,1 m now! (1.2 yards)

I've added all of the pink I had, some crazy withe effect yarn that made people at the knitting café get a strained look on their faces and say "oh, how.. interesting".
It's not interesting, It's really quite ugly. But then I'm not generally one for effect yarns, and I don't think the kids will care all that much. The grey is a short bit of Norwegian sock yarn.

Someone at the knitting café asked me if It was a two sided braid. Apparently there is a way to knit braids that makes them identical on both on the front and back side. I need to check this out and try it., Im fairly certain I understand the principal of i when she explained.

I have sorted out a few skeins from my stash for this project. All of them is Eskimo from Drops Yarns, except from the red one which is Iglo soft from Trysil Yarn (Note how they all happend to be bulky, I'm not stupid, I want to see som dan progress when i knit this, 10 km is a loong way)

I've also made a bit of progress on Baktus but it's going slooow and I've made a few granny squares with the goal of a pillow for the kitchen sofa.

And, as always, check out some other WIPs over at Tamis Amis.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chaos (not pictured)

It's a bit quiet in here because there's a lot of this stuff going on in the appartement at the moment, leaving less time for other tinkering. I did fit in some knitting time with friends this saturday though, and to nigh I'm attending a knitting café at the local yarn shop Perssons. Just need to find my missing skein for the Baktus scarf, which is easier said then done in this appartement due to above pictured reasons (our bedroom is now fitted in to our living room, I will spare you those pictures).