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Archive for July, 2007

Getting inspired

July sock… to publish a pattern every month… *hmm*

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This is Anna’s Mother-in-law’s stash… or part of it. She presents this “Church of Knitters” in her blog “Mochimochi”.

My own stash isn’t this big and after seeing this I pray it will never get this big either… though I am inheriting my mother’s stash (from 70’s and on) and as she is of a crafting family, there’s quite a lot of it – but not this much… and I am tossing away some of it. My mother has a taste of novelty yarn, which I personally detest.

My first thought after seeing this room was “Dawna would be thrilled to get to organize THIS!”
Then I wanted to take a picture of my stash as a comparison… but before I can do that, I need to clean up this mess… because I’m a REALLY messy person (Remember, dogs play with yarn?)
Right now my stash is all over the living room, buried under paper, dog’s “mess” (sticks and bones), books and clothes… So – no pictures. I have no problems saying that I’m messy, because no-one believes the extend of it anyway – EVERYONE’s a little messy. Even people with “cleaning sickness” believe to be messy.

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1st Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Paper
Modern Gifts: Clocks
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 1st Anniversary Resources

2nd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Cotton
Modern Gifts: China
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 2nd Anniversary Resources

3rd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Leather
Modern Gifts: Crystal
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 3rd Anniversary Resources

4th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Fruit or Flowers
Modern Gifts: Appliances
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 4th Anniversary Resources

5th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Wood
Modern Gifts: Silverware
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 5th Anniversary Resources

6th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Candy or Iron
Modern Gifts: Wood
Related: 6th Anniversary Resources

7th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Wool or Copper
Modern Gifts: Desk Sets
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 7th Anniversary Resources

8th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Bronze or Pottery
Modern Gifts: Linens or Lace

9th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:Pottery and Willow
Modern Gifts: Leather
Related: 9th Anniversary Resources

10th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Tin or Aluminum
Modern Gifts: Diamond Jewelry
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 10th Anniversary Resources

11th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Steel
Modern Gifts: Fashion Jewelry

12th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Silk or Linen
Modern Gifts: Pearls

13th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Lace
Modern Gifts: Textiles or Furs

14th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Ivory
Modern Gifts: Gold Jewelry

15th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Crystal
Modern Gifts: Watches

16th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Silver Holloware

17th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Furniture

18th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Porcelain

19th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Bronze

20th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: China
Modern Gifts: Platinum
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 20th Anniversary Resources

21st Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Brass or Nickel

22nd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Copper

23rd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Silver Plate

24th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Musical Instruments

25th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Silver
Modern Gifts: Silver
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 25th Anniversary Resources

26th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Original Pictures

27th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Sculpture

28th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Orchids
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 28th Anniversary Resources

29th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Furniture

30th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Pearl
Modern Gifts: Diamond

31st Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Time Pieces

32nd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Conveyances

33rd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Amethyst

34th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Opal

35th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Coral
Modern Gifts: Jade

36th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Bone China

37th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Alabaster

38th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Beryl or Tourmaline

39th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts:Lace

40th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Ruby
Modern Gifts: Ruby
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 40th Anniversary Resources

41st Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Land

42nd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Improved Real Estate

43rd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Travel

44th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Groceries

45th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Sapphire
Modern Gifts: Sapphire

46th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Original Poetry

47th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Books

48th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Optical Goods

49th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Luxuries

50th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Gold
Modern Gifts: Gold
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 50th Anniversary Resources

52nd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Ruby

55th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Emerald
Modern Gifts: Emerald

60th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Yellow Diamond
Modern Gifts: Diamond
Celebrating: Ideas and Symbols
Related: 60th Anniversary Resources

65th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Star Sapphire, Gray

67th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Star Sapphire, Purple

70th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Platinum
Modern Gifts: Iron

75th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts: Diamonds, Diamond Like Stones, Gold
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Gold

80th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Pearl

85th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Sapphire

90th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Emerald

95th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Ruby

100th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: 10K Diamond

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“Vacuumed” from “Tale of a Shooting Star

    The Purpose:

The purpose of this challenge is to reduce the amount of patterns you have not stitched.

    The Rules:

  1. Have fun reducing your stash.
  2. There is no time limit- people have different size projects they would like to work on.
  3. Thou shall not purchase any new patterns until 10 projects have been stitched. Pattern size does not matter.
  4. Freebies count as part of your total and you can aquire them at any point.
  5. Rinse, lather and repeat, as needed, in order to reduce unused stash.
  6. The official start date of this challenge is May 1, 2007.

I have received a lot of yarn from my mother – most of her stash, actually 🙂 So I think this challenge would be great for me… and I have A VERY LONG LIST of “to do”… There’s also a 50 projects challenge

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101 Things To Do in 1001 Days

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Well… I think I have made an effort to do this as well…. er… I hope not. Because I haven’t done anything.

101 goals… hmm…

I want to get into the school
move to Turku
learn French properly and fluently
Pay the bill to the library and start using it again *blush*
get the sewing machine to the repair man and get it fixed
get the dog vaccinated against rabies
make the yule stockings
fill to the stockings
knit the socks on my to do list
Read the classics on my list
(my craft projects list on 43 things)
Get the house cleaned properly
get rid of 1/10 of the book collection
write the cook book
write the witch book
write the craft book
buy a washing machine
Get the laundry pile done
Get ourselves a “kolonilott”
De-clutter
make this apartment a HOME instead of a place to live in

I have a problem with this… I’m optimistic, idealistic and over-achiever… So I’d need to break these up to baby-steps…

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“Elizabeth Bozievich thinks finishing can be fun as well as creative, so she issues Cindy Humbard
THE FINISHING CHALLENGE

An article from “Needlepoint Now” Nov-Dec 2006, Volume VIII, No. 6

article 1
article 2
article 3
article 4
article 5

There are some ideas of how to finish the needlework pieces at Needle Nook’s Stitchers’ Corner
I find the pillows extremely fascinating… So beautifully finished…

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I read Dora Ohrenstein’s “Busting The Bad Crochet Myth”, and I found it inspiring… It is true that we have our preconceived notions of what can be done with certain crafting methods – in this case the article is about crochet and clothing.

Now, not all have the same taste in clothing and crochet… some people like things I wouldn’t touch with a lit match. It doesn’t mean my taste is good and theirs bad – it’s just different…
Some examples are in the before mentioned Brazilian crochet blogs (Croche Croche!). For example the “sexy” swimsuit “bodies”, mock vintage fashion dolls and the kitchen appliance covers… *brrr* – but at the same time… I’d LIKE to have matching towels and kitchen sets and… yes, I admit, kitchen aid cover… *blush*
I have a certain shameful attraction to tautology, kitsch and Victorian bric-a-brac mishmash… *blush**blush**blush*
(But my tautological kitschy bric-a-brac mishmash has to be tasteful 😉 :-D) So in fact I admire the people who manage to manage their crap and make it – tasteful – even pretty and desirable… 🙂 *sigh* (I have just a mess LOL)

I was looking at Japanese craft magazines and books, and they really challenge my ideas of what can be done – even though they don’t do anything extraordinary or amazing, just ordinary stuff – but the thing is that ordinary stuff – like this cute doggy in his tiny basket – is something *I* haven’t thought of doing…

It makes me a bit at unease, because I have a good fiber craft education, I’m very interested (read curious) about all things done with fibers, textile crafts and such, and I consider myself very imaginative and creative… and I haven’t THOUGHT of certain things…

For example, I salvaged a tiny children’s loom from carbage because I have ALWAYS wanted one. It has been standing in the corner for over a year now, because I wanted it, I got it, but now when I have it, I don’t know what to do with it. I’m a professional weaver by education, and I don’t know what to weave!
Until I saw this Japanese craft book and it told me what to do…


And the thing is, it’s so simple, easy – self evident! The runner is very nice, though it’s not as “professional” as I’d like it to be – and THAT*S THE POINT. I have let my education limit me, instead of widening the horizon! I have learned that what I do has to be perfect, flawless, immaculate – and that’s the biggest lie in the whole history of crafting!

I could be doing small tapestries like this – the tiny loom is absolutely perfect for such. These would be the prettiest and finest pot holders anyone has ever had 😉 😀

I could be weaving Kente cloth.

I could be weaving straw runners.

I could be weaving runners of “poppana” and “ripsi” and other techniques I know… *hmm*

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There is nothing to see here. Go to my original fiber craft blog Need More Fiber

Chinese doilies and thread crochet

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