Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Hama bead birds

 I have for some time been wanting to try and make some birds of hama beads.
The other day I finally bought some bigger pegboards, so I could try it out.

The picture below shows the first bird I made, after a embroidery pattern found on pinterest.
Here is the link from pinterest.
The tail is a bit too thin I thought, so I wanted to make some bigger ones.


Then I tried making one bigger, by simply doubling up from the pattern.
Didn't get the best result, though. You can see it on the last two photos.

Then, I decided to try out a different pattern I found also on pinterest.
With an even bigger bird, which you can see in the make, on the pictures below.
Here is the link from pinterest
I liked the result of this one.

 Took over 2 hours doing this one.

 As you can see I used two different patterns, 
and I definitely prefer the bigger one, much more detail in it.

Here they are up hanging, they kept moving, so haven't got a good picture of them.

All in all I liked it, and will probably make some more at some point. 
These ones went to my mum, and are now hanging in my parents hallway.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Attack of the moths

I have a continual fight against moth.
They have invaded me, and are not keen on moving on.
I have tidied and cleaned and sprayed with insect spray.
Yet they keep on going.
I am getting pretty fed up with them to tell you the truth!

The long wristwarmers below are the latest casualty.
Bloody hell!
I really liked those!

Damn.

I wont mend them, it wouldn't be pretty.
So I guess I will unravel them and use them for something else.
I can't make myself do it quite yet. They were a lot of work, and fitted perfectly.

Sigh

Actually there were two pairs of wristwarmers that was ruined.
The other pair is the one below, some of the first I ever did.
They are rather crude, and some yarn are sticking out.
Those are just going in the bin
Havn't used them for years you see.


I really, really hope the moths wont ruin anymore knitting projects!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bird painting

 Wanted to try and paint some birds, so I found a small canvas to practise on.
It is 30 x30 cm.
The background is inspired by fair isle knitting patterns.
I have painted the birds after 2 danish ornithology books I have from fleamarkets.

 In the works

Finished

It is a Great tit, a Willow tit and a Western yellow wagtail.

I rather like the result . I might hang it in the kitchen I think.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Purchases


 
 New books!
Reading "Bad Karma" at the moment.

Have you read a good book lately?
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Visited a fleamarket with my best friend and my parents:

 Some of my favorite magazines.
To look through and to cut out for collages and such later.

 4 english plates.

 Some fabric samples.

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Went into town yesterday, had a meeting with the municipality to go to.

Had a slight altercation with a mom and her pram because I neglected to move from a spot, where it said - "no prams". Completely threw me off. Thank goodness I had some extra medicine on me!

Anyways, when I go shopping it is normally for creative materials.
This time, some yarn as seen below, and some different glass and ceramic beads, from "søstrene grene" and "Panduro". The red beads are going to be put on strings for Christmas ornaments.



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This weekend I am going to another big fleamarket in Copenhagen.
Looking forward to it:)

Friday, 3 October 2014

Gift for my best friend

My best friend just finised her masters and turned 25 some days after.
That calls for gifts. 


Homemade ones, because she is such a one who I know will appreciate it.

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Graduation gift:
I decided to make a diary/notebook for her as a gift for her graduation, 
plus a flower bouquet I bought on the way to see her.
 It is painted with acrylic paint.


I gave the book too many layers, too quickly of the base paint, so the notebook has gone a bit loop sided. Also I got paint on the sides, so I decided I would just paint them. Didn't think it quite through, because the paper absorbed more of the paint/ink I used, than what was pretty.
Lessons learned.

A great tit and  marguerite daisies

A white pansy and a daffodil.
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Birthday gift:
Something practical.
She lives at a "kollegie" (sorta like a dorm house), 
but hopefully she will soon have a place of her own.

4 dishcloths and a guest towel, in red and purple colours and cotton yarn, and some bookmarks

Crocheted dishcloths.
The bright salmon coloured dishcloth is bigger than the rest, because the yarn for some reason was thicker than the others. (I used the same brand, but bought at different times)
Used a stitchs from a pattern dictionary.

Crocheted guest towel in red and purple colours.
Used this pattern fron Drops.
Bookmarks, 
Hopefully she will now have time to read normal books again.

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Yeah it is weekend now.
I hope you will have a good one:)

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Legwarmers for mom

  My notes, and the cable I used. 

The cable design is from a free sock pattern on ravelry.
The yarn is a wool mixture, not my favourite yarn to use.
Used 4 balls of yarn for the two legwarmers.
They are a bit wider in the second half, 8 sts wider on each to be exact.
I added the stitches to the purl stitches in between the cables.
I don't remember how long they are ( I gave them to my mom some time ago),
but they are above the knee.




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Things are going sorta okay, it varies.
I sleep a lot.
Haven't managed to gain much momentum to do anything sensible.
 
My dad came by today however, and helped taking the humongous bunch of pots and pans and etc. that have been sitting on my kitchen counter for ages. 
Thank you dad.

Am by guarantee going to school Thursday, the first time for a couple of weeks I think.
Again, because of my dads help. I simply can't do it by myself.
A mixture of anxiety, low self esteem and hopelessness I suppose.
I really don't wanna go.

 I think it is time for another cup of tea to raise the mood.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Crocheted hangers


Many years ago now, I decided to paint all of my parents ugly wooden hangers.
I didn't get very far however - as you can see on the picture above. 
So now I feel rather bound to actually finish them somehow.
The solution is to cover them with crochet.
I only want to use leftover yarn, cotton.
(Soon I will get even more, when I at some point in the distant future, finish a secret project.)

Until then I have managed to finish 6 hangers.

They are 14 chains wide and 23 coloured rows long.

What I am left with, are lots of ends to sew in. Which at first overwhelmed me.
But then I realised I could use some of the ends to sew the crochet around the hanger, and the rest of the ends I simply stuffed into the hanger when I got to them. If that makes any sense.

The result is as you see below.
Very cheerful if you ask me. A bit of a shame they will just be in a closet.

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I have finally gotten some more yarn for my secret project, and have unravelled most of what I had actually done. A bit annoying it was necessary, but I have only myself to thank for that.

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Now I will drink another cup of tea, and hopefully gain enough momentum to do something sensible.

I have a rather enormous amount of dirty dishes waiting for me. Then there is the matter of clean clothes, a general tidy would be good, oh, and all of the homework I have been neglecting to do the last couple of weeks.

Maybe I need several cups of tea now I think about it..

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Drawing, and a book

A bit of drawing.

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I just read: Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan. Not the best of books. A bit too much sex, and too much love. I never thought I would say that there was too much love in anything. Maybe I am at a turning point, I don't know. It did most importantly however have a happy ending, which is essential for me. - The reason why I like Jane Austen fanfiction!
Sharon Lathan has based her story on the "Pride and Prejudice" movie from 2005 with Keira Knightley, which made me like it less. Because everybody knows that the 1995 mini-series with Colin Firth is by far the best;) 
Still, it did give a nice view on how Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet's life after the marriage could be. So I have by no means regretted reading said book, and really, I have read worse. "Mr. Darcy takes a Wife" by Linda Berdoll comes to mind..
This is of course a matter of taste.

I will continue to expand my horizon, when it comes to Jane Austen fanfiction, that is. I have absolutely no plans of expading my horizon in general;)


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Feeling a bit better. Still not happy about school, but it is not like there is an alternative. 
So I guess I will keep on trying, hoping time will help. 
Apartment looks like crap, and a bit of clothes washing is definitely due.

I did however manage to bake a cake, and I got some beautiful flowers from my parents garden.
Plus I just ordered some nice books, which I will hopefully get soon. 2 out of the 4 books are Jane Austen fanfiction - I'm loving it:)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tulip painting

Painted the above small picture with tulips.
(I don't remember the seize, I gave it to my mom.)
Just to practice.

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I sleep a lot at the moment.
Can't get into my head that I am actually studying again now. It is afterall 6 years since I did it last.
Mood not so great. The apartment is a mess. Thank goodness for my sweet cat who always keeps me company, she doesn't really have a choice though..

I like the following quote:
 “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet
voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
So I guess I will try again tomorrow.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Bathroom mat

 My mother asked me for an other mat for the bathroom.
So I thought it a good time to try out a new crochet pattern.


First of, I made the one above. Found it a bit too small however.
So I started a new one with an extra pattern repeat.
The picture below shows the result.
I don't remember how big it was, since I have already given it to my mother.
She seemed satisfied with it however.
Mission accompliced.


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 Am having some bad days.
The result is that I sleep a lot, and do not go outside my apartment.
Very happy I got my little cat to keep me company:)

Was working a lot on a secret project. But had to leave it alone for a couple of days to see whether the colour combination was good enough or not. The result is that I have decided to unravel a bit too much. Especially since, I already unravel some earlier. So my passion for this project at the moment, is pretty much non excisting. The result must be that it will be done, when it is done.

I think I will make myself a cup of tea, and maybe paint a little or draw a bit.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Covered jars for pencils


 My mother asked me to do some covered glass jars for pencils, for her new office space. 
She is a teacher and they have just reformed the danish school, so that the teachers have to prepare at the school instead of at home, as they have always done. So she is in need of things to prettify her work space at school.

I came up with the following two jars.

 First jar,
 Crocheted. I didn't follow a pattern for the shape I just winged it. 
The crochet pattern ( or is it called a design?) is from a drops guest towel pattern.
Used scrap yarn.

 Second jar.
Crocheted as well. Used double crochet stitches. 
Just winged the pattern for the shape. Which also meant I had to do it two times to make it right.
Used scrap yarn again.
A lot more boring, so added flowers.

 Crocheted flowers, and a few felted.
Such a drag to sew in all ends, but have had worse.
I glued them on with a glue gun.

Voila.

Hope you are having a good start at school or work.

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Having started going to high school level history, I am finding that I like reading and taking notes. The rest I am not too fond of yet. Maybe it will come with time, as I get more used to it.
I have noticed that it takes me ages to get used to new things, but I will get there at some point, hopefully. Lots and lots of thoughts. Lots of editing and rewriting.
As always I choose to write less,  rather than, more and being faithful to my thoughts.
I think I need a cup of tea. Tea is afterall the bringer of all things good :)

Friday, 22 August 2014

Bird drawings



Made a few drawings of birds.

The "Arg" I have written beside the birds, expresses my frustration when working on them.
I of course try my best to make them as exact as possible, but I am finding it rather difficult.
I do rather enjoy it though, somewhere in between the frustration that is;)


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Started school, can't figure out whether I like it or not.
Skipped school today anyways, couldn't cope with having to see those people again.
Hoping to recharge over the next day so I am more ready to see people when the week start anew.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Water colour of birds


I have tried my hands at some more water colouring.
A blue tit and a normal tit.
They are my favourite birds, so colourful.
 
I found it calming to work on them. - Which is pretty essential, or I wouldn't be doing it I guess.
As always I used one of my books on birds to draw from.

They are of course not quite good enough, I don't feel like pointing out my mistakes however.
I don't need to add to my existing list of negative things, and things to worry about.

So, here you are, two birds I made a week or so ago.



I hope you will have a good weekend.
I sure need some days to relax, create and breathe.
 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Blue legwarmers for me

 Long time ago I made a pair of blue legwarmers for myself.


The picture above show the legwarmers in progress. 
I was sure I had a picture of them finished, but I don't.

My point is, that those blue legwarmers were too big for me. They kept sliding down. 
Which is a rather annoying trait for a pair of legwarmers, if you ask me.

As I believe in reusing things, it made sense to unravel the existing legwarmers, and use the yarn again for the new ones. So that is what I did. I unravelled them, and started anew.

I think the legwarmers was knitted on 3 mm needles, with 50 sts in circumference.

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 So the new pair of legwarmers.



I found the cable design I used via Pinterest.
I do love a cable!
 The legwarmers have 12x6 = 72 sts in the round with the reused yarn, 
and 15x6 = 90 sts with the turquoise yarn. 
I added extra stitches in the turquoise yarn, because it is thinner, and also because I wanted to add a bit more to the circumference.

 
 I knitted with 2,5 mm needles, using the magic loop method.
In hindsight the needle seize might had been a bit too small for the reused blue yarn. 
So it is a bit dense, but done is done, and I don't really mind it.

The legwarmers are around 47 cm long.
They could easily have been longer, but I didn't have any more blue yarn,
 and I specifically wanted to use yarn from my stash.


All in all I am pretty satisfied with the legwarmers.
Now I just need some cold weather to test them.
Though I am quite happy to wait just a bit to test them;)

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Have started a secret long term project. + A green shawl with cables.
AAnndd I have just started in school. For the first time in 6 years or something.
Am a mixture of excited, bored and anxious.
At least it makes me enjoy my freetime with knitting and other things, even more:)