Archive for November, 2006

You Belong in Spring

Optimistic, lively, and almost always happy with the world…

You can truly appreciate the blooming nature of spring.

Whether you’re planting flowers or dyeing Easter eggs, spring is definitely your season!

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Non-traditional craft ideas

Whiplash challenge came and went and I didn’t do anything this time either 😦

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I was part of a Christmas Stocking swap, and this is my creation… I don’t know much about my swap pal, but I hope she’ll like this.

The yarn is Portuguese, from a private swap with Lucia 🙂
I think there ALWAYS has to be a small soft toy in a sock 😉

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Knittig lace

I WAS planning on knitting one lace bookmark a day – at least – and this is my Lacevember catch… well… better than Socktober :->

The turquoise thingy is horrible. I made it just to practice lace knitting. The needles I have are too thick, I don’t have 0, 00, 000 or 0000 – I’d like to, but lace knitting isn’t popular in Scandinavia, so they don’t offer needles in those sizes. Perhaps a swap pal will have mercy on me, and send me a pair of thin lace knitting needles 😉

Knit lace bookmarks:
“Mary original pattern”
Ava Coleman’s pattern
Sivia Harding’s bookmarks:
diamond lace
Waves from the top
Parisian Arches
Knitting Fairy’s 4 lace bookmarks
Sarah’s Knitting.com’s bookmarks
Links of Lace bookmark
Lace heart bookmark
Granny Garret’s bookmarks Ida and Leandra
Free Pattern’s “Elegant bookmark
Eyelet charm bookmark
Tia Judy’s bookmark Seashell (This is the turquoise monstruosity), Scalloped Edge and Stringed Heart
Lot’s of lacy bookmarks
Yarn Over’s bookmarks; Pinetrees and Tammy’s

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This is the first sketch to my peacock crazy quilt. It’s heavily inspired by Linda B. at Flickr… I think she has had some help from her friends, and wish I had friends like that 😀

Anyways, I’m going to go through the 100 details for 100 days, and use a lot of paisley and feathers. And peacocks 😉
I’m also going to use a lot of maroon and dark, spicy burgundy flowers, because I love the dark, spicy burgundy maroon, and I think it goes lovely with these peacock colors.

And then some rosepink tiny roses 🙂 Those are so cute and will balance well all the darkness of the quilt.

There’s going to be quite a lot of black lace as well and copper…

I really don’t know what to do with this, but hey, a girl has to have at least one crazy quilt!

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Dear Jane…

This is the Dear Jane quilt. Now I know what it is… and now I just have to do it. Join the Janiacs 😉

It looks very nice in these old-fashioned, brownish colors, but it looks nice in other color combinations as well.

This is “Edith“s version. I was thinking of peacock colors… a little darker perhaps… no fiery or pale patches… hmm…

One could also try to make something interesting with it… This one would be perfect for Patriotic theme 🙂 Blue and white, like the Finnish flag, and with a twist 🙂

The only problem is – of course – that I don’t have time. 😦

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count your demons…

When I counted up my demons
Saw there was one for every day
With the good ones on my shoulders
I drove the other ones away

So if you ever feel neglected
And if you think that all is lost
I’ll be counting up my demons, yeah
Hoping everything’s not lost

When you thought that it was over
You could feel it all around
And everybody’s out to get you
Don’t you let it drag you down

– Everything’s not Lost, Coldplay

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Quilting meme

From Suze’s blog,
who got it from Shelina’s blog

Have You Ever?

1 Taken a quilting class
2 Paper pieced
3 Hand quilted
4 Hand pieced
5 Created your own pattern
6 Published a pattern in a magazine or book
7 Gone on a quilting retreat
8 Gone to a quilting convention

9 Met someone who wrote a quilting book

10 Combined your quilting with some other craft
11 Done any three dimensional quilting – like fabric origami
12 Made something using Thimbleberries fabric

13 Made something using batiks

14 Dyed your own fabric
15 Made a landscape hanging
16 Made a New York Beauty quilt

17 Made a baby quilt
18 Made a wall hanging
19 Made a journal quilt
20 Submitted your journal quilt for viewing

21 Made a fabric postcard

22 Made a artist trading card (ATC)

23 Exchanged artist trading cards

24 Mailed your own postcard

25 Made a lap quilt

26 Made a twin size quilt

27 Made a full size quilt

28 Made a queen size quilt
29 Made a king size quilt

30 Donated a quilt to charity

31 Sent a quilt out to a quilter

32 Thrown away a UFO
33 Given away a UFO
34 Cut up a UFO and made something else with it
35 Ripped fabric instead of cutting it
36 Made a quilt exactly like the pattern, with no changes whatsoever

37 Done any Sashiko
38 Quilted your own quilt
39 Did free motion quilting
40 Put any embroidery or beads on your quilt
41 Given away your quilt to a stranger
42 Swapped fabric

43 swapped blocks

44 participated in a round robin

45 participated in an ostrich round robin

46 kept a journal about your quilting

47 written a letter to someone who made an antique quilt

48 kept a blog about your quilting

49 participated in a gift exchange
50 sent a quilting random act of kindness
51 joined a newsgroup about quilting

52 made a quilt using a pattern from quilterscache

53 joined an online block of the month

54 made a block of the month quilt

55 subscribed to a fabric of the month club

56 bought fabric at an online store
57 bought fabric from ebay
58 own more than one sewing machine

59 have a room dedicated solely to sewing

60 hide a fabric purchase

61 finished making a holiday gift before July

62 spent more than $200 in one quilt shopping trip

63 made a quilt using a book from the library
64 worked with someone else to make a quilt
65. joined a quilt guild
66 become president of a quilt guild

67 taught a quilting class

68 helped someone else get the quilting bug

69 taught a child to sew
70 made a Dear Jane block
71 Made a miniature quilt
72 watch QNN – quilters news network
73 subscribe to a quilting magazine from your own country

74 subscribe to a quilting magazine from another country

75 buy fabric from another country
76 swapped completed quilts with someone else
77 asked for quilting help online

78 gone to a quilt shop to ask for quilting help

79 bought fabric at a local quilt shop
80 traveled more than 100 miles to go to a quilt shop
81 used nontraditional fabric for a quilt – something other than cotton or flannel
82 made a quilt using instructions given to you on a blog
83 make comments on someone’s quilting blog
84 meet a quilter in person after only having talked online
85 had a quilting retreat in your home

86 own quilting software

87 made a quilt you designed on your quilting software

88 done any quilt research – history, interviewing quilters, etc.

89 had any quilt related subject published anywhere

90 donated a quilt to a museum

91 bought a quilt from a thrift store

92 made a quilt using fabric from a thrift store

93 made a quilt using photos

94 made a pastel quilt
95 made a quilt using brights
96 made a quilt using ethnic fabric from another country – African, Asian, etc.

97 made a quilt using leftover blocks from other quilts

98 had your quilt in a magazine, newspaper, newsletter, TV, etc.

99. submitted your quilt to a quilt show
100. won any ribbons with your quilts
101 had more finished quilts than UFOs
102 made a quilt using reproduction fabrics
103 took a break from quilting that was longer than a year

104 made money with your quilting
105 had a job in the fabric / quilting industry

But this list isn’t quite fitted to the Scandinavian circumstances…

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Crazy Quilting

Image: Mardi Gras by Vickie Tobin

I stumbled over the CrazyQuilting group at Flickr, and there “100 details in 100 days” blog diary…

I love crazyquilting. I adore it. I’m passionate about it. I’m obsessed with it. And now my mind is exploding…

I haven’t actually ever thought of using lace or ribbons in crazyquilt… NOW I’m thinking of knitting, crocheting, colors, dyeing, pearls, applications…

I really wish my hands could make real the images that are rushing through my head right now…

Look at Lilla Le Vine’s creations to get an idea 😉

Contemporary Crazy Quilts & Bags
Crazy Seoul Sister
Kitty and Me Designs
Debra’s Design Studio: Crazy Quilt; 100 details in 100 days
Hobbies and the Military
Hideko Ishida and Wind from the East
Marty’s 100 details… This is the first entry, just continue forward to see the rest 🙂
Iris Cabin
Creative Ribbons

Stitch Index at Embroiderers’ Guild

Crazy Quilt Patchwork Block – Online Class


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More lace…

Image information: Nancie M. Wiseman’s knitted lace edging. Photograph by Joe Coca.

Sarah Bradberry, another Aries, a year younger than I am ;-), has some pretty nice patterns on her website.

Here’s some lace.

Like this one: http://www.knitting-and.com/homework/leaf-bedspread.htm
Simple, but beautiful.
Or this one: http://www.knitting-and.com/homework/23-quilt.htm

Doilies, tablecloths and other round laces

Lace edgings and insertions

Tia Judy’s absolutely lovely site about lace knitting

You know… I posted something in Lacevember’s blog, and it was deleted. I suppose my mistake was to name it wrong… I don’t know. I was never contacted, the entry was just deleted. I posted a link to a nice lace pattern, or lace pattern links – I don’t remember anymore… it’s deleted, all gone, so I can’t even go back and see… I feel like something has been stolen from me, because I can’t remember what it was. I think it was something worth having, because I don’t post things if I don’t think they are of value at least to someone…
I really wish I was told before someone deleted the message. Or that someone had sent the entry back to my mailbox. I feel ignored, offended, hurt, upset and disillusioned, and I think who ever deleted the entry is an inconsiderate ***.

I’m pretty sure it was Yarn Over.

But go to Lace Knitting Ring and go through the sites. Very interesting, inspiring and most of them also have free patterns 😉

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