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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Frankenstein's blanket on: December 19, 2013 01:00:53 PM
I've worked on and off this project for almost a year. It felt so good to finally finish it Smiley I call it Frankenstein's blanket because of the colours. They are hideously wonderful.

The whole project started with a yarn discount… I bought ten skeins of variegated yarn that I didn't even like much. (Who would combine dark green and greyish rosa anyway?) Still, something about that yarn made me buy it and then I thought of finally making a blanket big enough to use during nap time Smiley So I had t buy more yarn. Something to mach the colors… except that I was impatient and there was nothing right at the shop, so I just bought two colours I liked and decided they would all just somehow blend together in the end.

The blanket is huge… My goal was to make it 220x150 cm (standard cover size), but I think it's bigger. In the picture there's just half of it and it's the size of my living room rug.

The technique is my own idea. I used three different yarns and garter stitch, knitting one row with each yarn. That is what creates the color effect (and the variegated yarn).

The size of each piece was determined by the variegated yarn and the fact that I started the first piece with 60 stitches. I finished each piece by crocheting with turquoise yarn and joined the pieces. Then I crocheted around the whole blanket to create a bit of a border.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged stool set on: December 19, 2013 12:41:54 PM
Last February (almost a year ago) I bought four stools and this week I finally finished the project. Lots of randomness happened… but I'm happy with the result Smiley Green and gold was what I wanted.

All four of them are different, but variations of the same theme. They each are decorated with book pages (different languages) and with stamps (different themes).

I varnished the legs with brown, and it was a mess, but I decided it's mostly how I wanted it… I'm not very good at painting things in a planned way. The gold crackle paint was part of the original idea, but it didn't really work the way I had planned. I was able to save the project anyway.

These two were kind of ok, but a tad bit boring, and I think the gold actually mostly improved how they look, although it didn't work as I had planned.

This was my favorite before the gold paint… I added some gold leaf (first time ever I used it). Now it's not so bad, but I still feel sad about it.

This one I liked the least before the gold and now I think it's my favorite. I added some gold-marbled paper pieces to it to cover the worst spots of gold paint and I really like the result. And the best thing is that I got this paper from a friend I don't really see that often, so now I think of her every time I see this stool.

And here they all are happily together, waiting for the guest to come Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Repaired a pair of shoes for winter on: September 28, 2013 07:57:54 AM
So, about four years ago my trusted shoes gave up and I had to buy new ones. I'm picky when it comes to shoes and I couldn't find anything I liked, but I really had to get new ones right away, since here where I live, you'll freeze to death in the winter without proper footwear. So... I just bought a cheap pair that didn't look too bad and ended up wearing them for four years until last spring they finally gave up.

There was some knitwear around the edge, but it was so frayed that I cut it off in March thinking, I would never need the shoes. But I kept them anyway, because deep down I knew I'd be facing the same dilemma that I had four years ago. Today I went to a shoe store and came out empty handed. So I dug out some hot glue, an old woollen beret and scissors, and a half an hour later I had these

Let's see if they hold up until I find a pair I like enough to actually buy them.
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Pinwheel Doily Crochet Blanket on: March 23, 2012 09:29:39 AM
I love the colours and the design. And I love the fact that I'm able to tell a Babukatorium-craft just by looking at the thumbnails Smiley You have a unique style and that's great.
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Book Mates - Bookmarks on: February 15, 2012 03:20:18 AM
I love the ones with butterfly wings. Smiley
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Postcards made with paper and a quilted piece of fabric on: February 07, 2012 11:33:14 AM
Great idea! I like how the stitches show on the other side and bring some color to the white paper too Smiley There are so many ways to do this, I'm already inspired to try some of them. Thanks for the idea Smiley
17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Tallukkaat - the Finnish traditional home-made shoes on: February 06, 2012 01:42:18 AM
I want to learn how to make my own shoes. I like the idea of being able to do everything for myself even if I don't actually need to.

I'm the same. Now I think I'm there Smiley at least in theory. Socks are still difficult for me, though, because I don't really like knitting with several needles.
18  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Tallukkaat - the Finnish traditional home-made shoes on: February 06, 2012 01:40:15 AM
Thank you all for the nice compliments Smiley

thanks for the explanation! it sounds a bit complicated and difficult to do...

It isn't really, it's just difficult to explain. The only thing is that you need strong fingers, as it can be tough to push the needle through all the layers and still have even stitches.
19  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Tallukkaat - the Finnish traditional home-made shoes on: February 05, 2012 10:05:07 AM
Thank you for the compliments Smiley

About the soles: I had the shoe on a wooden shoe form. The inner sole was attached to the shoe form with small nails. Then the edges of the shoe fabric were glued to the sole. Then the sides of the shoe fabric were stitched together so that the thread passed over the sole. (Sorry, this bit is difficult to explain.) Then the felt sole was glued to the shoe and hand stitched around the edge with thick waxed thread using a curved needle. Last the rubber sole was glued to the shoe.
20  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Tallukkaat - the Finnish traditional home-made shoes on: February 05, 2012 09:13:35 AM
I got a chance to be on a workshop on how to make these traditional Finnish homemade shoes (n. tallukas pl. tallukkaat). I've been wanting to learn how to make them for more than ten years and I'm so happy now Smiley
Here http://www.kotiposti.net/narvasoft/museo/vkm/museo703.htm you can see the traditional versions (pictures 3,4 and 6), but of course I had to do something completely different. The others ended up calling my shoes Robin Hood Boots, I can kind of understand why...

The traditional shoes have been made on a relatively small area in central Finland from circa 19th century. The traditional materials were anything that could be recycled and would be warm, so old woollen socks, sweaters, felt, flannel was used for different parts of these shoes. They even used parts of old shoes to make new ones. These were especially popular during the world wars, because of lack of material of any kind.

For my shoes I used mostly new materials, mainly because I happened to have suitable new materials instead of recycled materials. Theres three layers in the shoe. The outer and inner fabrics are wool fabric and the middle layer is knitted wool. The soles also have several layers. The inner sole is made of three layers of fabric then theres a thick wool sole and a rubber sole. Inside the shoe theres also a removable liner that I made using a regular cardboar liner on witch I stitched some felt I had lying around.

I machine stitched the fabrics together, I didn't want to follow any of the traditional designs so I just winged the design and then copied it to the other shoe. Almost everything else is hand stitched. Traditionally there's holes for laces, but I don't like using those metal things (because I'm not good at it), so I had to do something else, hence the green cords.

I have walked with my shoes today. It's about -20 Celsius degrees and my feet were completely warm, but it's funny how I can feel the ground through the soles. These shoes might be a bit too large for me, but I hope a thick pair of woollen socks will fix that problem. Other than that they are very comfortable and definitely warm.

I'm happy to answer any questions, but I won't be writing a tutorial and unfortunately I only have pictures of the finished shoes.
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