Blogger, blogger, who's got the blogger?!?
Og fordelen med det, er at mens man venter på at venninnen skal få tid å stikke innom, så..
..kan man strikke den andre sokken i mellomtiden!
Jeg er så stolt at jeg holder på å dåne hver gang jeg ser på dem. Helt sant.
omigjen, pånytt, snudd, vendt, reformålisert...
En kjole som var for liten...
..og en grønn damaskduk fra fretex...
..satt sammen med noen lommetøfler..
..blir til varme føtter i bukse og skjørt.
Mine første sokker..
Første frokost som 6 åring..
Ha en fin søndag!
Her er noen uskarpe bilder av skjønningen i sin nye alpakkadrakt. Fin, ikke sant? :)
It fitted him! Just..
Here's some blurred pictures* of the sweet baby in his new alpaca. Good looking, don't you think?
Og mens vi er i det uskarpe hjørnet - se på dette langbeinte rekelet som henger i taket mitt. Hun blir 6 år denne uken - gulp!
And while we're in the blurry corner - look at this long legged thing hanging from my ceiling. She turns 6 this week - oh my!
Jeg er ganske misfornøyd med sprayblogg for tiden. Jeg lekte meg litt med designet og mistet det gamle i leken. Liker ikke dette, har bedt om hjelp til å få mitt gamle tilbake, intet svar å få. Grrr....
I'm not very pleased with sprayblogg right now. I played around with the design, and lost my old one. Don't like this one, have asked for help to get my old one back, no answer. Grrumph...
*Oppdatert: den stolte moder var ikke tilfreds med de uskarpe bildene og sendte umiddelbart et sylskarpt foto av den lille herremannen :)
*Update: the proud mother wasn't too happy with the blurred photo, so she immediately sent me a better one to show off her little man :)
Skatter fra biblioteket / Treasures from the library
Post jul / post yule
Handlenett ble det flere av, bl.a. det lilla jeg la ut et bilde av tidligere. Her er et i et litt mer sommerlig stoff:
Here are some of the things I made for yule gifts - I didn't remember to photograph everything.
I made several shopping bags. The purple one I showed earlier were among them. Here's one in a more summerly mode.
Denne vesken laget jeg til en annen niese. Samme stoff som den første, men bare halvparten så stor.
I made this bag for another niese. Same fabric as the first one I made, but only half the size.
En venninne gav meg en bluse som hadde blitt for stor til henne. Hun likte stoffet så godt, og mente jeg kunne bruke det til noe. Jeg laget et skjørt og en vest til datteren hennes.
A friend of mine gave me a blouse that had become too big for her. She liked the fabric and thought I could use it. I made her daughter this skirt and vest from it.
Endelig fikk jeg ferdig dette settet i alpakka til lille Magnus. Problemet er bare at Magnus ikke er så liten lenger ... Håper det passer!
I finally finnished this set in alpaca for little Magnus. The only problem is that Magnus is not all that little anymore...
I hope it fits him!
Har også fått prøve meg på filting av strikkede ting i julen. Etter første omgang i maskinen var disse tøflene store og slaskete. Etter andre omgang var de ca 10 cm lange... Jeg strakk og strakk og presset foten min nedi, og fikk sønnen min til å gå med dem hele neste dag. Heldigvis passet de sin nye eier til slutt!
I got to try felting knitted objects for the first time this yule. After the first felting they were much too soft and big. After the second felting they were about 10 cm big... I stretched and stretched and pressed my foot into it, and made my son were it for all of the next day. Luckily they fitted their new owner just fine!
Min datter fikk skjørtet sitt og likte det - heldigvis! Hun er totalt uforutsigbar når det gjelder sånt, og å lage eller kjøpe noe til henne er et evig sjansespill.
My daughter got her skirt and liked it - luckily! She's impossible to predict when it comes to taste, so to make or buy her something is always a bit risky.
Og så må jeg bare vise frem denne... Jeg pleide å lage slike selv, men har ikke hatt tid til hjemmelagede leker i år, så jeg kjøpte en på julemarkedet på Steinerskolen. Er den ikke fiiin??
I just have to show this one off ... I used to make these ones myself, but I haven't had time for homemade toys this year, so I bought one at the Waldorf school market. Isn't it lovely??
Min første veske...
Jeg er egentlig litt stolt - jeg arbeider hardt med min aversjon mot vesker! Også rosa, da! :)
My first bag is made form two ready mades; pieces of cloth that you put under your plate when you eat (I have absolutely no idea what they are called) in light pink and mint. The lining is a golden brown (a beautiful song by The Stranglers, by the way!) fabric I've had for years.The bag is a yule gift for my niese (who definately doesn't read this blog).
I'm a bit proud, actually - I'm working hard on my aversion towards bags. And in pink! :)
Ooops, hva er dette?
En sniktitt på en annen gave - til en venninde som deler min fascinasjon for gyselig retro :)
Ooops, what is this? A peek at another gift - for a friend who shares my fascination for horrible retro :)
Ord om julen
I took the liberty of copying this from whip up. The article says something about making your own gifts, about buying handmade, but most of all it says something very accurate about the christmas celebrations of our culture. I think we need these kind of reminders to avoid getting sucked in by the current, no matter how conscious we are.
"The angst that is involved in gift giving in the holiday season is not diminished by taking the handmade option. Some parts of the angst have disappeared such as the worry about becoming a rampant consumer and dealing with the crowds at the mall. And I always get so angry about the enormous amounts of packaging that seems to surround kid?s toys. And the price of everything is outrageous especially when you know that the item is made in a factory in China and those getting the profits are the rich fat cats in their tall towers who don?t care about anything except money. And then the day after Christmas when the toys fall apart and are tossed in the rubbish and all the little bits fall off everything and the item suddenly is useless - when the batteries are not included and you end up with piles of rubbish to throw away - makes me so so angry - the quality is just not there. And of course there is no love in going to the mall, all sweaty and stressed, searching high and low for the perfect gift and then just buying something because you are running out of time. There is no feeling in all the plastic packaging and the annoying snotty nosed pimply shop assistants who really don?t care. Many people become a Scrooge and choose not to celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Solstice or whatever your holiday celebration is at this time of year. But I just don?t see that as the answer.Choosing to make something (or buy something that has been lovingly made from an artist or crafter) is one way of saying NO to the commercial holiday experience, saying NO to sweatshops and environmental damage, saying NO to crappy plastic landfill. You are saying that giving in the holiday season is more than just stuff and things and spending money, it is love and joy and being part of something better in the world. But that does not diminish the angst of giving. The angst of whether the person you are giving your beautiful handmade, thoughtful gift to, the gift that you have spent time and love making, is going to love it like you do, is going to appreciate it as it should be appreciated. The truth is that most of them will not realise how much work you have put in - especially if they do not make things themselves, and if they are not going to appreciate it - and they don?t need another handmade scarf/hat/bag then what is the point of giving it to them. Giving, I think, is about feeling good about what you have given but also equally about knowing that the person you are giving it to will love it, appreciate it and actually use it. It might be more environmentally friendly and in tune with the person receiving the gift to give them a voucher for iTunes or a book voucher or purchasing something from a fairtrade community co-op.Another thing to consider is whether you have the time and the emotional stamina to make gorgeous handmade gifts for all your loved ones? In our family - amongst the adults we have put a price limit on gifts and a time limit too - we are realistic - for children though we are a little more generous - while at the same time ensuring that Christmas lives up to its promises, we don?t wish it to be the commercial bonanza that is depicted on tv. For the children the holiday season should be about fun and family and celebration, personal traditions, cooking and preparation is a big part of it - the anticipation is almost too much - and too many presents on Christmas morning can be emotionally exhausting - too much choice inhibits creativity.So while you may have taken the pledge to give handmade this holiday season - don?t wear yourself out, don?t make it a stressful holiday by taking on too much. Be realistic, set yourself limits, be easy on yourself and make this holiday more about the joy and fun of Christmas than about the perfect gift."
Vi har en fekteglad gutt i huset. Sverdene hadde derimot ingen fast bopæl, og de ble lite brukt fordi de alltid var 'over alt' eller 'vekk'. Dette løste seg da jeg sydde denne vesken og gav den bosted like ved utgangsdøren. På med sko, sverd i hånd - klar, ferdig, fekt!
Jeg brukte et gammelt grått ullteppe og hele saken er rasket sammen i en fei, med forsøk på quilting for å stive den litt av. Fungerer glimrende :)
Hva skjedde / what happened?
På toppen av en helt sinnssvakt hektisk høst:
Vi skal starte for oss selv. En nyutdannet akupunktør, og en akademikerutdannet massør. Hjelp... Lokalet dukket opp litt kjappere enn forventet, og var i litt dårligere forfatning enn forventet.
Så, mellom alle de andre jobbene (plutselig hadde jeg tre) har jeg vekselvis hamret og malt og vekselvis stirret apatisk på gipsplater, driller og andre ukjente objekter.
Dette er et av de apatiske øyeblikkene. Kledelig drakt, ikke sant?
On the top of a crazy hectic fall:
We are opening up a clinic. A newly graduated acupuncturist, and an academic massage therapist. Help.. The rooms showd up a bit faster than expected, and was in a bit poorer state than expected.
So, between all the other jobs (all of a sudden I had three) I've been partly hammering and painting walls, and partly been staring apathetically on plaster walls, drills and other foreign objects.
This is one of the apathetic moments. Nice suit, eh?
Dette er alt jeg kan vise til på håndarbeidsfronten siden sist - et julegaveskjørt til min datter:
This is all I have to show for on the craft side - a yule present skirt for my daughter:
WWW er en god følgesvenn - og uunnværlig når oppskriften befinner seg nettopp der :)
WWW is a good companion - and invaluable when that's where the tutorial is :)