Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Just now


Finished this book last week.
The second in a series of three.
Looking forward to the 3. book. - picked it up earlier today.

Finished this book Saturday
I have watched the television series they have made based on the books, and really liked it.
So I thought, why not give the books a try.
First up I had to find out if the library even had some of the books (preferably in English).
Which it turned out they had (several), and one in Polish and none in Danish apparently.
Anyways, I got the first one from the library and found that I rather liked it.
So now I have reserved some more.

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On a more creative note- I still got several projects on the needles , and about as many planned (Or more).
What I haven't got is the wish to actually work on them.
So instead they just lie around, waiting for me to get excited about them again.
 
There has been rather a lot of boredom and restless walking about the apartment.
Not that that is anything unusual.

I have been doing some crocheting though.
 I don't know why that appeals to me and knitting does not at the moment.
There has also been some bead work done.
 
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Now I believe I will drink another cup of tea.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Washcloths

 I made 5 washcloths in green for my fathers birthday.

I wanted to use yarn from my stash for this project.
Since I had used most of my blue cotton yarn stash earlier, all I had to choose from was green.
I have/had over 10 balls of green cotton yarn from Søstrene Grene.
Must be from back when I was crocheting a granny square blanket in green.

One washcloth uses just over 25 g of yarn, which is why they are all a different colour. 
The pattern is from a ripple stitch book by Jan Eaton.

I hooked 65 chains to start.
The design is 10 wide and crocheted with single crochet stitches through the back loops.
The design calls for double crochet stitches, but I chose single crochet stitches to make it more dense.

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The Easter holiday has arrived.
And I am bored, en masse.
Have tons of projects in the make, or just waiting to be started on.
But I don't feel like doing any of it.

I obviously got to do something, but what.
 I foresee boredom.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Embroidery

 Have you ever seen this book by Ingrid Plum?
It is amazing.
I remember borrowing it at the local library 10 years ago or so.
And was absolutely fascinated by it.
It seamed a bit too difficult for me though so I never started any embroidery.

I have always remembered it though, and felt a great need to look into it again.
So I spend some time trying to figure out what the book was called, and finally found it - and then reserved it at the library.

Thank goodness for libraries:)

Here is a few snippets from the book:

 I remember being especially fascinated by this one.

 This one has caught my eye this time.
I really like the art nouveau likeness to it.


 I am not sure whether I will actually start up on a project or not.
Because if, it means I will have to buy the canvas ( I got tons of small scraps, but nothing the size of a pillow cover) and the embroidery floss, which as you might know isn't cheap.
And I already have my fair share of pillow covers.

Anyways, just wanted to share the amazing book with you.
I am sorry to say that I couldn't find it on amazon

Then we come to what I have been working on:

My "what if" embroidery.
I started it ages ago, and filled in the background 1½ year ago when I was hospitalized.
See this post.
But the embroidery floss I used was wool and more fluffy,
and it never quite grew on me.
So it has been lying in a drawer for ages.

Until I finally decided to remove the beige embroidery thread.
Then when I was on holiday in Lisbon, I bought some blue embroidery floss.
Several skeins, not that I can find more than two skeins at the moment..
Anyhow.
On the picture above I have tried out the colours.
I am not quite satisfied, but it is the colour I bought, so nothing to do.
I will embroider some more, and see whether I like the result or not.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Drawings from sketchbook

A look into my sketchbook

 Drawn from a botanical book, and a mandala.
I know the shadowing on the dog rose is completely off, I don't know what I was thinking.

 Study of Masters - William Morris.
The two branches should be closer together.

 Drawn from a botanical book.

 Drawn from a botanical book.

 Drawn from a botanical book.

Study of Masters - William Morris.

Not drawing or painting at the moment.
Have been crocheting quite a bit, but have run out of stuff to crochet.
Just started embroidering the background on a old project, not quite sure about it.
Therefore I am looking for a new exciting project, who doesn't love one of those!?
Hoping inspiration will hit me soon:)

Friday, 4 April 2014

Just now

 Isn't she a sight for sore eyes?
Which reminds me, I got to go disturb her for the 10th time today.
Hold on.
There it is done:)
She is a very brave little thing -she puts up with all my kissing and hugging.

In the picture she is lying on my favourite linen. 
I got 2 pairs of it. Bought in two different secondhand shops. 
What is not to love?

 Reading "An Assembly Such as This". 
The first in a series of 3 books. I have read it before though.
Picked up the second in the series from the library the other day, and started reading.
-and didn't have a clue where the first one had left off.
So since I own the first one in the series, I started reading that one instead.

Spend an hour or so today, rearranging my books.
Normally I have books in this bookcase + in another smaller one.
I normally have them colour coordinated because I like the look, and went for it again.
It makes it more harmonious I think.

Not being tremendously creative at the moment.
Which is very boring.
 Sometimes the hours just drag by, one after one after one.
If you will excuse me. 
I will drink a cup of tea - and wonder at what on earth I shall do to spend the time tonight.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Patched up poncho

  My mother finished a poncho for me in December 2012.

The poncho.

But maybe ½ a year ago or so,
 I took the poncho from the coat hook it had been hanging on.
- When I saw a huge hole in it.
I then realised I had moth!
(Which I have had more than once since - see my previous post)

My heart broke.
Because I really really liked that damn poncho.

I started by letting it lie in the freezer for a couple of weeks.
To kill the damn things.
After that I really didn't know what to do...
So for ½ a year I didn't have a clue about how to fix it, and make it look good, mind.

Recently though, I finally decided I could patch the whole up with some felt,
 like when you get a whole on you pants or your sweater.
So I bought some felt. Grey felt.

Now was the time to fix it.
So I found myself a needle, some grey sewing thread, a scissor and the felt.

 Here I have sewed the hole together.
Should have taken a photo of the hole before I fixed it, but I forgot.
- It seemed like a humongous hole.
Though here sewed together, it seems rather little..

 -Anyways-

 Here is the heart cut out of a square piece of felt.
I made it double, because that just felt right.

I could easily have made the heart smaller,
but I prefer it as a statement, instead of something to patch up a hole..
If that makes any sense.

 The heart sewed on.

Poncho with heart.

I think it looks okay.
It hasn't ruined the poncho like I thought it would. 
It doesn't look fantastic, but it is decent.
It's definitely wearable.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Drawings from sketchbook

A look into my sketchbook

I mostly draw flowers and plants.
I draw them while looking in my botanical books .

This is my collection of botanical books, I got 11 so far.
 Most of them are bought at flea markets.
-And there is still some specific ones I am looking for (By Eigil Kiær).
I really love a good botanical book with beautiful illustrations! 

I also study artists.
At the moment I am focusing on William Morris.
He has made some amazingly beautiful tapestries and floral patterns.
Hopefully it will broaden my horizon.
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 Drawings after a botanical book.
Using a H4 pencil, a 0,05 mm pen and a 0,1 mm pen.

Study of Masters - William Morris
Used a H4 pencil and a 0,05 mm pen and coloured pencils.
 The top drawing is a study of masters - William Morris.
The bottom is a drawing after a botanical book.
Used a H4 pencil, a 0,05 pen, a 0,1 pen and colour pencils.

A study of Masters- William Morris.
Used a H4 pencil, a B2 pencil, a 0,05 mm pen, a 0,01 mm pen and some coloured pencils.
Drawing after a botanical book, and a Mandala.
Used a H4 pencil, a 0,05 mm pen, a 0,1 mm pen and a 0,7 mm pen
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I can happily announce that I am crocheting at the moment.
Have also knitted a bit - but it is a secret project so I can't show you the result.
Actually the crocheting is also a secret project...
So I foresee more pictures of drawings!

Happy creating:)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Just now

Been to the library today,
 borrowed "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict" by Laurie Viera Rigler
 and "Duty and Desire" by Pamela Aidan.
(And, I went to the library all on my own and  of my own accord)

Have once again gotten moth, this time in my yarn drawer.
So up with all the yarn, a good vacuum of the drawer and all the balls of yarn, one at a time.
Then a good spray with the insect spray.
What a hassle!!
(This is the third time I have moth)
Now all I can do is to hope all the buggers are dead.


My Bedroom covered in yarn while cleaning out the knitting drawer.
I also have a smaller drawer for reddish yarn - but that one got a lit so it is not infected.

Now I will make myself some tea and do something creative.
Don't know if it shall be knitting, crocheting, drawing or pompom making.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

On reading and some drawings

H4 pencil and B2 pencil

Here I have so far only used a H4 pencil.
You see the botanical illustration I am trying to draw at the top

 Used H4 pencil and B2 pencil.
I made more details on the leaves than the flower heads.
As you can see.

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I cannot show you any  finished projects
 - because I am in fact not really doing anything.
(Besides drawing a bit)
Scandalous, I know.
And, very boring!!

I have read a bit though.
I Just read: 
- Austen Land by Shannon Hale
- Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
And I really liked them:)
It is nice to find some books that are just at a great read, 
it happens so rarely!

I used to read tons of books when I was a child and teenager.
Now I only read rarely, because I can't find books I really like.
I used to read fantasy books en masse, but that is not really me anymore.
Then I tried reading whodunit books, but it didn't really get into them.
Dramas not for me either - I have enough drama in my life, thank you very much.

Now I have also come to the conclusion that reading danish books are not an option.
I am not fond of reading danish. -It is just, well, boring.
It ruins a perfectly good book you see.
English on the other hand, is perfection.
Something else that is perfect - is Jane Austen.
But since I have already read her books (except Mansfield park),
listened to them as audio books,
and watched most of the different versions of movies and mini-series there exist.
(Several times over)
- Fan fiction seem to be right up my alley.

So far I have read several (By Amanda Grange, Pamela Aidan, Laurie Viera Rigler) ,
 and only one of them I didn't like (by Linda Berdoll).

I foresee several days joyful entertainment reading some more good books:)

Happy reading!
 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Embelishment of red cardigan

 Long time ago I made some embroidery on a red cardigan.
Some bright red on the sleeve by the shoulder, 
and some dark red skewed stripes on the shoulder (back and front)
But, a huge but,
The stripes I made wasn't identical on each shoulder!
To tell the truth it looked very stupid.
I just haven't gotten around to fixing it yet. Even though it is ages ago I made it 
- I blame the depression.

-Anyhow-
The other day, that day, had come. 
The day I would rectify my stupid mistake.

So I finally found the seam ripper, and started working.

I remember the hassle I had making those darn stripes, but remembering it looked absolutely foolish because it wasn't done correctly - it was okay to remove the stribes.

Only thing is - I made 4 holes doing it. Ups.

I had already decided I would make some sort of new embellishment on the cardigan, 
so it was sort of okay. Sort of.
Still feel a bit unskilled though!

But since I now had to cover some holes, I decided on making crocheted flowers.
Used this pattern I found via pinterest.

 Flowers done, now only the sewing in of the ends needed doing.
Sewed in one of the ends, and used the other to sew on the flowers.
Used a 1,75 mm, 2 mm and 2,5 mm hook.
Used 3 different scraps of yarn, two of them being wool.

 Finished.




Really like the result :)


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Painting no. 3

 This is how the painting looked before I decided to paint it over.
Again something I have used some time on, but very far from a done painting.
So it felt good to try with something new.

First I made a sketch

Background painted.
Gave it quite a lot of layers, because each time I had mixed a colour I only had enough for 1½ layers.
Which isn't enough.
So I had to mix again, and again. 

Motive sketched on with white pencil.

The gruelling task of painting white and yellow is what I do first.
Then I get on with the other colours

The worst to paint is the stems, I hate it. So difficult to paint - as you can see.

Finished painting

This is my favorite so far, I really like it.

The first flower painting I made you can see here.
The second you can see here.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Latest drawings and the cat

 Drawn from botanical books.
Wanted to try something a bit more detailed than just a single flowerhead and a stem.

 Drawn with a 4H pencil, a 0,1 mm pen and a 0,05 mm pen.
First I drew with pencil then with pens and then I erased the pencil strokes.

 Drawn with a 4H pencil and a 2B pencil


 So Selma here decided to lie on my drawings which are lying on the bookcase.
Why I do not know.
She has done it before though.
One time I had a piece of paper lying on the sofa - and she decided that was the best place to lie. Even though she had the whole sofa to choose from.
But no, not a chance - The piece of paper it was!
And, she is lying on the drawings on the bookshelf now again, as I am writing.