Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My not so secret knitter within

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I have been knitting quite a lot though 2016 - and it has been great fun!
Originally I gave up knitting some years back. My arms were hurting badly, but with new needles and a new exercise regime, I can knit again. If not daily, enough to bring me joy.

I have knitted mostly dishcloths and socks, which are small enough to not weigh much on my arms and quick enough to get done.
I just went through my yarn - I do not want to build a stash or a knitting Ufo collection.

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So for now, I have 3 projects going - the jacket above, with the crazy happy colour arms. It is in the final stages, and I cut the front and the armholes open yesterday.

A pair of purple and white mittens.

A dishcloth started yesterday evening.

I gave away a huge stack of dishcloths for Christmas and 3 pair of socks - and I am replenishing my gift box with more dishcloths - nice to knit, nice to give and nice to get.

May Britt mentioned the sock book below yesterday, and I found it in a store today. I had to visit a few shops to find it, and it is filled with nice sock patterns of all kinds.

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I have shopped Ravelry for several cool patterns through the last year too - so much creativity going on amongst different designers world wide!
It is great to be able to download a pattern right away.

If you want to take a look at what I knitted in 2016, you can look in on my Instagram account. I have decided to not try to do any catch up here on the blog, it will just make my head spin ;-)

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This is my favourite nearly-no-brain pattern for dishcloths.
It is a free pattern from Bittami's Facebook group called Bird Cherry.
It goes with all kinds of cotton yarn, and always looks good.
Maybe I can cast off number 5 for 2017 tonight?
It is relaxing to watch TV and knit at the same time, and dear husband likes the company.

 

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Wishing you a lovely day,
wherever you are

Hanne

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I promise………..

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I promise to have fun in Quilt Corner every day, come rain or shine :-)

Sometimes that will be embroidery, other times it will be knitting, crochet, and most times it will be quilting and fabric related.

I will not promise to finish all my Ufos. not in 2017, not ever, and I will not stop shopping, or use all that I have here before shopping more.

Not long ago I was asked to front a No Shopping challenge……
Sorry, that is not me - I believe in supporting our shops - if we do not support our quilt shops, craft shops and yarn shops, soon we will be without any!
Most of our shops are independent and need our business continuously!

I promise to use from what I have, AND add new fabrics, patterns, books and yarn when I feel like it, guilt free - that's me in a nut shell :-)
I love to mix and match fabrics, and I will always need some new "spices" in any project.

In 2017 - I promise - to take care of myself in every way best to my health - feeding my body and soul with what is most important to me.
Sometimes that will mean I will retreat to Quilt Corner instead of being out and about, to keep away from people with colds and influenzas, or just to recharge my batteries.
If I am tired I will keep quiet, even on the blog, which is what has happened over the last couple of weeks. I had other plans at the beginning of the year, but you know, the best laid plans of men and mice…….
When I am tired, I do enjoy hand work so much - winter is not my season physically - and I feel that more year by year.
I am counting my blessings every day when I enjoy my books, my projects and all - they add sparkles to any day, both the good and the not so good.

I promise to keep up keeping up with my focus projects - and am starting a 1for1+6,2017 challenge for myself.
For every new start there must be at least 1 finish, + 6 more finishes through the year.
I did a similar challenge for myself in 2016 too, and even if I did not count to closely I know I finished more than I started, for what that is worth for me.

I have picked some focus projects to start the new year:

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Knitting, stitchery, free hand embroidery, machine piecing and making a quilt from last year's stitchery - all this should keep me busy for a while.

I do not promise to keep on track with my focus project all the time, but sometimes is better than not at all ;-)



I solemny swear

Wishing you a lovely day
wherever you are

Hanne

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!

The first morning coffee in the new year has been had – and it tasted so good!

I am sitting in a quiet house – the love of my life is still sleeping – and from my window I can see the day is waking up, slowly.
How did 2016 go?
It was a year filled with all kinds of things – laughter and tears, hopes and fears, victories and losses.

I set out on a personal journey of living with less and make more room for myself in Quilt Corner. I also had a quite ambitious goal of finishing more than I started quilt and craft wise.
I must admit I have not counted to close, but from what I can see ( and feel ) I did succeed.
The photo above is just 9 of my many favourites of the year.

From being a quilter through and through for many years, I have taken up embroidery, crochet and knitting again too, and all put joy and sparkles into my life and my days.

My goals for 2017 are as follows:
Keeping on keeping on with my living with less project.
Keeping on enjoying quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet and more.
Do something that makes my heart sing, every day.

At the beginning of the year 2016 I decided to start saving the spools I emptied – I was very inspired by my friend B.

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It was a fun project, that ended up with all these spools, all in all 3100 meters of thread.

You might say that some of these spools may not be full from the beginning, which is right, and I will say that in addition to these empty spools I have also used from other spools not yet emptied + a lot of already filled bobbin spools + my favorite hand piecing thread and my applique / English paper piecing thread.
My glass jar is now empty, waiting for the empty spools of 2017!
I hope and pray 2017 will be a good year, for all of us!
happy
Hanne

Monday, September 19, 2016

More focus projects :-)

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Here are my next 4 projects to move forward :-)
I can not and will not promise to not work on anything else, but I will promise to give these 4 some special attention.

Maybe you recognize the knitted leaf pattern on the back of this jacket from the last post?
It is the Løvfallskardigan - Falling Leaves Cardigan, by the same designer, Strikkelisa, on Ravelry
It is fun pattern to knit!

I am enjoying making my Focus lists - lists are good!


Lists happiness

Be creative - make a list!

Hanne

Busy month - Focus Fun

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Focus is good - focus brings my projects forward, step by step, stitch by stitch :-)
The table cloth from last post is finished and I am very happy about it.
It is perfect for my coffee table!

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Another finish is this heart cushion, and I like it very much!

I love hearts, and these hearts are a celebration of the most important things in my life -
my precious family, my love of creating, my lovely home and my good friends.
I am so grateful for all these things and what they represent to me!

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I guess I am a not-so-secret knitter, knitting more and more, in between other fibre activities…..
I enjoy browsing Ravelry, and found this shawl (Løvlisjal / Lovely Leaf Shawl)  by a Norwegian designer, Strikkelisa.  I had great fun knitting it, and I am looking forward to use it a lot through the upcoming winter.


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If you have followed my blog a while, you will know that I am not much of a brown / beige person.
Well - when doing renovation in Quilt Corner this summer I had to move EVERYTHING out of my room, and when putting things back, it became very obvious that I have A LOT of beige and brown fabrics that have accumulated over the years.

There is no better way of shrinking a stash than to use it, so I will be making brown and beige quilts for charity - Tepper som varmer - through the winter. These 2 big quilts below hardly made a dent in my beige and brown stash and they are both 60" by 80".
I have friends who will machine quilt them both - I can do what I like best - make tops!

It feels good to brighten someone's day with a quilt!

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Wishing you a wonderful day
wherever you are!

Hanne

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What makes an Ufo - and what makes it move again.

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Through this year I have very much focused on finishing my Ufos,
of which I have many (yet).

In the process I have met some mind boggling truths, and come to a deeper appreciation of who I am in my creative process.

First of all - fabric kits are not my thing!

I like this table cloth, I love the pattern (which I have managed to misplace), I love the fabrics in the pinwheels, the rest of the fabrics not so much, but the whole thing had to be bought as a kit when purchased.

I did not like the fabrics in this kit for the sashing, which made this project come to a halt several years ago. I found some other fabric to suit my taste in my own fabric collection. Then I did not like the fabric for the corner triangles - another halt. Another dive in my own fabric collection - and then the whole project was put to the side.
I thought back then that I had to find a grey fabric to match the side triangles - I could not find any that I really loved, in spite of shopping several. 
I was bored! It was not fun anymore!

Well - there is no time like the present, so I dived in to my fabric collection this morning, following my heart for a light border, and now a piece of the light fabric to the left is in the washing machine.

Yellow sticker note to self -
Do not buy kits unless you love all the fabrics.
You can wait for the pattern to be sold separately at a later point!
Buy only fabrics that you love!

Goal: I want this table cloth finished asap!

goalsWishing you a creative day
where you are

Hanne

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A little post about gifts given

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I love to make gifts for special people in my life, like my two grandaunt children :-)

Sometimes I make the gifts a long time ahead of the gifting day, and forget to blog about them later.

 

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It was fun to alter the What's In Your Bag pattern to fit crayons and pens for L and J.

 

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A nice professional looking label adds to the overall look too :-)
I love these labels - one "old" and one new, ordered from Sweden.

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Before we went to USA in November 2015 I made this new toiletry bag for May Britt,

 

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Off course I had to make one for myself too :-)
The stitcheries are from Bronwyn Hayes - Red Brolly.
The rest is my own idea, and I had so much fun with the quilting.

 

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These 2 pincushions I made before Christmas 2015 to gift to two of my special friends.
The designs and buttons are from Lynette Anderson.
A quilter can never have to many pincushions, right?


the best things in life

Wishing you a happy day
wherever you are!
Hanne

Monday, August 08, 2016

Small threads of this and that in Quilt Corner

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These late summer days are filled with small threads mostly -
Some knitting while visiting with family- isn’t auntie L’s flowers great? She is 92 years old and still going strong with her garden and flowers!

Some crochet watching TV. The potholders were a gift for the same lovely auntie Smile

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and more stitchery as good as every day – at least 3 threads or more, every day.

 

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I am sure you already have figured out that I love doing these stitcheries?
Now I have done 22 – and there are only 10 more to do.

 

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Lately have have started doing some bullet journaling, and I find it is fun, and make me stay very on the straight and narrow when it comes to keeping to my goals.

For the duration of the Olympic Games I have a weekly to do list, which this week includes 4 projects.

The light green dishcloth on the first photo is done - check

3 of 4 stitcheries for United Stitches quilt are done

I am working on my Chimney Log cabin quilt top – it will be a donation quilt, all from stash.
I really need some stash reducing!

1 Ufo – not yet worked on.

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The chimney log cabin quilt will be 6 by 8 blocks when it is done.
My sewing machine and my arms are not on good speaking terms just now, but hopefully that will be better shortly!

 

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Wishing you a wonderful day
wherever you are!

Hanne

Monday, August 01, 2016

This summer's focus project

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This project, United Stitches, by Rosalie Quinlan, has been a focus project for some time.
I do, as you know, enjoy having a focus project that I can move forward over a period of time - a project that I can enjoy with my morning coffee.

Since Quilt Corner has been down for renovation in real life for a while, it has also been good to have a project that can easily be carried around the house, no sewing machine needed.

Above are the first 12 blocks - below are the next 7 blocks.
Now there are 13 more blocks to go.

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My goal is to have all the 32 stitcheries finished by the end of 2016 - I can do it!

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Wishing you a lovely day
wherever  you are

Hanne