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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lots of mittens on: January 22, 2010 10:15:01 AM
I've been making lots of mittens this winter!

These were a christmas gift for my sister. Wool yarn, slightly felted. The bird pattern is from a book.

I bought myself a few skeins of Noro Kureyon and made this pair of striped mittens. They are machine felted and really warm.

These are my backcountry skiing trip mittens. Wonderfully warm when used with shell mittens! Made from lovikka yarn which is very loosely spun wool.

There were enough Noro Kureyon left for another pair of mittens! The grey yarn is Kampes 3-ply.

A friend asked me to make him a pair of mittens. So I made him striped stashbuster mittens. He works as a tourist guide in Spitsbergen every winter so I hope these are warm enough!

Then I made these. Striped and felted like the previous pair, but in fewer colours and with a chain stitch embroidery added after felting.

I don't have any actual patterns for my mittens, but if anyone's interested I'll write down some directions.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Handwriting swap on: July 18, 2009 02:06:42 AM
Would anyone be intrested in doing some sort of handwriting swap? Maybe people could request words or sentences or styles, both calligraphy and regular handwriting.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / heat packs on: June 17, 2009 06:14:16 AM
I was invited to a birthday party for a person I don't know very well, and had a hard time figuring out a gift. But then i decided everyone needs a heat pack. And if they already have one they need another one. So I made these:

It's one "regular size" and two "hand size" and they are filled with buckwheat. The bags are made from linen and the flannel covers you see in the picture come off in case there is need for washing. The big heat pack is divided into five sections with about two deciliters of buckwheat in each.

Thanks for looking!
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered book of important things *image heavy* on: May 16, 2009 07:00:19 AM
I don't know what happened to my immune system. I've managed to catch a cold AGAIN so I've been home from work this week (about the fourth time this spring. it sucks.)
Anyway I was looking around Crafster for inspiration and found the Altered journal-alonghttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248633.0 started by Phizzychick and was inspired to start my own altered book.

To make painting easier I've glued two pages together where I wanted to paint. I've used watercolor, ink, gel pens, ribbon, yarn and beads, lots of glue and some fabric. I also used a lot of photos, both my own and pictures I found in magazines. Most of the poetry is in Swedish, but I'll try to translate some of it. The book is randomly filled with things I like. I've used some of the themes from the journal-along.

Here it is! I haven't done anything with the cover yet, I'm not sure how I want it to look.

First spread! The forest scene reminds me of a place near my parents house, and the flower is a favourite of mine. The green background is a bit brighter in real life, and the text is the name of the flower in Latin and Swedish.

Second spread. The ocean! I used pieces of a practice chart i got when learning basic navigation a couple of years ago, and the text is part of a poem I found on the internet. In English it would be something like "What if words come out of the ocean, like the necessities of life".

Third, and my favourite so far! Backcountry skiing! I drew the trail markers in watercolour and ink. No text, because the photo shows the feeling I was going for better than any text could do.

Lily of the valley (I love white flowers!) and a lot of swirls. Not sure I like the swirls though, they definitely don't fit in there. I might put something else there.

Another favourite plant, and black and white. The photo is from a magazine.

More plants! This one grows in the mountains in rocky places. Green swirls that I like much more then the multicoloured ones.

Backcountry hiking! And green. I love green pages! fabric, ribbon, yarn with leafy beads and a sweet little fairy.

More green, with a wonderful forest scene. The text is the names of the fern in the lower part of the picture. Cheery yellow page with books! The text is the first line from a poem I found online, and it's wonderful in its crazyness. "When I was a Japanese I used an unread book as my pillow". I mean, how do you even come up with that?

A very dear friend of mine Smiley And Modesty Blaise to show my love for cartoons!

More favourite plants. This is the one named after the bothanist Carl Linnaeus, not sure about the English name though. It's called Linnea in Swedish. Other page: a cute fairy, and a beautiful first line from a poem: "When I stood still, I could feel the Earth breathing".

"The Tyger" by William Blake. My camera wasn't nice on this page, it looks much better in person.

Thanks for looking! I have more pages coming up soon, this is addictive!

15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Help me name the angry crane! on: May 04, 2009 07:01:24 AM
To make a long story short, my neighbour and I have different taste in music and different opinions on how loud you can play at night... One night a couple of weeks ago I ended up going to work at 2 am to get some sleep. So I decided that the ideal pet for me would be an angry crane I could let out to attack my dear neighbour when he's drunk and annoying Angry

I wanted to catch a real one, but I figured that would be a problem Grin so I crocheted one. here he is, flying around in my kitchen:

I used scrap yarn. Started from the bum and crocheted towards the head, then added tail feathers and wings. Eyes and red and white spots on the head are embroidered. He needs legs but I have to go find something to make them from, I want them poseable. Maybe pipe cleaners. No pattern, I just made it up on the way, but if anyone's interested I could probably come up with one.

sorry about phone pics, my camera won't cooperate.

He doesn't have a name yet! Any ideas? He won't tell me Tongue
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Monkeys on: March 09, 2009 03:45:30 PM
A friend and I have a silly joke about a monkey answering the phone, and this weekend i started drawing a bunch of monkeys doing that.Then they branched out to car driving and skiing. They are done in waterproof ink and then coloured with watercolours. Sorry about the poor photo quality, the colours look right but they are a bit blurry.

This one is my favourite!

this one is wearing an orange bib...which means he has completed Sweden's famous skiing race Vasaloppet at least 30 times Grin

I think I'll turn some of these into greeting cards and maybe frame the one with the two monkeys.
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / some watercolors on: March 04, 2009 01:31:43 AM
Yesterday I started some watercolors. I saw Weighanchor's wonderful paintings of Mick the sailor her on craftster and was inspired to make some of my own. This is not the way my pictures usually look, but I like them.

I'm not sure what to do with these two girls. I might make ten more and turn them into some sort of calendar, that would be fun.

I also started this pony painting for my bf's daughter who wanted a picture of a horse for her room. This one is nowhere near finished, but it's supposed to be a black Shetland pony. It needs more contrast and detail. This is more of my usual style.
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First wearable stencil project on: March 04, 2009 01:21:20 AM
My sister asked for a hoodie for her birthday, and I found a nice but boring one in a store, so I decided to try some stenciling on it. I used a quilting/embroidery iron-on removable underlay instead of freezer paper, and it turned out really well. I'm not sure if freezer paper is even available in Sweden, but since this worked so well I don't think that's a problem. I cut out my stencil, ironed it onto the hoodie and painted it with black fabric paint. It was very time-consuming to cut out the pieces, but I think it was totally worth it (except for the tiny toes on the frog, my next frog will be toeless!)

Work in progress:
you can see how I messed up a bit on the top leaf, but luckily the bad part faded a bit when I washed the hoodie!

Finished, but before washing:

This was a really fun project, and my sister loves it and wears it all the time!
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / chihuahua and ape on: February 10, 2009 01:49:34 AM

I drew this chihuahua on a paper and then cut it out from a plastic sheet, and used a sponge to paint it. Not the best picture, it's less blurry in person and it hardly bled at all. It IS poorly painted because it's the first one I made, but I got better the more I made Cheesy

This one was done the same way:

I also made another stencil using the paper they wrap copying paper in. It can be ironed on like freezer paper! I have no picture yet, but it turned out well.
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / tag blanket on: February 07, 2009 03:20:14 AM
I saw someone on craftster who made a taggie style blanket using actual clothes tags, so I borrowed the idea.

I used flannel fabric, satin bands, and tags I cut from old clothes. I tried to use tags made from different materials so there are both the satin-like ones and cotton ones. I also tried to find some in different colours.

work in progress:

finsihed: (the grey tag in the bottom row accidentally got an extra corner sewed into the topstitching. I fixed that after taking this picture)

the other side:

I'm happy with how well it turned out, and it was a fun and easy project.

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