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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mittens and hats on: January 06, 2009 01:07:49 PM
I made my mom a pair of mittens. Grey and white wool, my "standard" type of mitten with a pattern I found in a book. I forgot to take pictures when they were finished. This is before I made the thumb and wove in all the ends.

This is first attempt since fifth grade at knitting hats. I've been afraid to try, for some reason. My mom was here for christmas and asked if I could make her a hat that matched her mittens so I decided to give it a try.

First I used Hello Yarn's pattern "We call them pirates" http://www.helloyarn.com/wecallthempirates.htm to see if I could make a decent hat:

I had to change the pattern a bit because it turned out a bit too big for my head. So the bottom part on the pattern is on the inside of the hat.

Then I started making up a pattern for my mom. Its based on the pirate pattern but has fewer stitches, and ribbing in the bottom. I drew the stars to look like the ones on the mittens, but I think they turned out quite different. I'm still happy with the hat.

With Norwegian stars.


Lame mirror shot:
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Handwarmers on: January 06, 2009 12:19:47 PM
I made me some hand-sized heat packs from linen fabric and filled them with buckwheat.
with hand for size:

on the table:

I see more of these in the future!
23  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate/caramel Lingonberry Pie **edited to add US measures** on: October 31, 2008 09:45:55 AM
I made a wonderful chocolate caramel pie with lingonberries on top! I found the recipe in a magazine and altered it a little bit.

I tried to translate the measurements into something you American types would have any use for Smiley If anything sounds totally wrong, please let me know! Of course translating deciliters into cups left me with some really odd amounts of  everything. If I were using American measurements I think I'd just increase everything into some more even numbers. Do you use grams for weight? If not, what do you use?

Heat oven to 175 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit

Crust/pastry (which word is right?)
100 grams of butter (3.5 oz or .63 cup)
1/2 deciliter of sugar (white or brown, I like the brown sugar more but they both work fine) (0.21 cup)
2 deciliters of oatmeal (0.84 cup)
1 1/2 deciliter of wheat flour (0.63 cup)
1/2 deciliter of sesame seeds if you like them. I love them and use them in almost all my cooking! (0.21 cup)

Melt butter, mix everything in a bowl. Put it in a pie dish and flatten to cover bottom and edges. Bake for 10 minutes while you start making the caramel filling.

Chocolate caramel:

1 1/2 deciliter of whipping cream (0.63 cup)
50 grams of butter (1.75 oz)
1 1/2 deciliter of light syrup (0.63 cup)
200 grams of dark chocolate. (7 oz or just use a nice big chocolate bar)
Lingonberries or cranberries

Boil butter, cream and syrup for about 10 minutes. Cut the chocolate into pieces and add it to the caramel and let it melt. Stir and pour the filling into the baked crust. Put some berries on top. I've only tried lingonberries as I haven't had the time to go looking for cranberries this year, but I think they'd taste great with the sweet filling! Let the pie cool (no baking after you added the filling!) and cut it up, Put the pieces in the freezer for a while. The recipe said to eat it with whipped cream, but I tell you, it's just as good without it. Addicting!

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / I plan to survive this winter - visibility quarter sheet and breast plate on: October 02, 2008 01:30:30 PM
Swedish winters are long and dark, so I made some safety stuff for my horse.
I bought a bunch of cheap reflective vests and cut them up. Much cheaper than buying the reflective tape from the fabric store, and it saved me a lot of hemming and stripe adding.

I wanted a quarter sheet that fit my western saddle, because most are too narrow in the front to fit the back of my saddle, and have the straps in the wrong places. I killed three vests to make it so it cost me about 90 SEK (about 15 US dollars) instead of 300 for a store bought sheet. It was a lot of fun to make! If anyone's interested I'll make a tutorial for you. The only things I bought for it except for the vests were two d-rings and some white thread. The vest fabric was so easy to work with! No fraying, and just a little bit stretchy.

It attaches to the saddle with ties, mostly because I was too cheap to buy real straps. It has a tail piece to make sure it's visible from behind. I still need to decide how to attach it to the fenders though.. now I just wrap it around them a couple of times, but I think the final version will include the velcro from the vests. I put my horse's name on one side and added the diagonal stripes after I put the sheet together. I also added an extra stripe on the tail piece.

Smokie modelling. Lights on!

Lights off! Visibility is no longer an issue Grin

Store bought reflective neckbands/breast plates hardly ever fit western saddles, but OhHappyDay sent me a breast plate she wasn't using, which was perfect for me. I cut up another vest and sewed two tubes which I slipped onto the breast plate. This was such a simple thing to do! And easy to remove if I want to use the breast plate without the reflectives. I'm thinking of adding either snaps or velcro to the ends of the tubes so they will stay on better when hanging in the tack room.

Lights on!

Lights off! I didn't make the leg bands, but I plan to make some soon because those yellow ones aren't too good.

We're now visible from behind, from the front and from both sides!

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / saddle compatible map case on: September 11, 2008 01:08:09 PM
When I'm out riding I often have reason to wonder where the **** I am, but that ends NOW. I give you the incredible saddle friendly map case! (you can probably buy something similar and more fancy in tack stores but I'm not that rich plus my horse has a reining saddle with hardly any good places to attach stuff so a store bought one might not work)

Front. Velcro closure to the right, strap that snaps to the saddle to the left.

Back. Sorry about the crooked topstitching. I usually get my projects all worked out at about the third attempt, this is the second. The first one was too big and clumsy and didn't fit my map.

Action shot with not very cooperative horse.

Attached to saddle. I wanted it to be somewhere in the front part of the saddle so it would be easier to look at, but I couldn't find a good place for it where it wouldn't be in the way. This way it's right behind my leg and easy to unsnap if I need it.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks - Lace and stripes and yarn problems on: August 31, 2008 06:40:49 AM
I finally learned how to read knitting instructions that are more advanced than just knit and purl.
So I started knitting socks loosely based on this pattern:
I used the Swedish version but it should be the same. I followed the instructions for the lace pattern but used my "standard" heel and toe solutions. Also I used another yarn ("Jrbo Raggi" instead of Eskimo that the pattern called for).
So, there I was, happily knitting a pair of socks for my little sister when I ran out of yarn. And of course the yarn store was out of it as well (but only in that color), and when their next shipment arrived.. guess which color was missing!  This is what the socks looked like at the time. The color doesn't show very well in the picture, but it's a wonderful dark chocolate color.

Then I found the right yarn in a food store up north when visiting a friend and finished the pair:
Modeled by me (my sister has smaller feet but at least this shows the lace pattern fairly well).

I started another pair for a friend (that is the grey pair with shorter legs) :

With my hand for size, the color is pretty much true in this picture:

And another pair, striped with leftover yarn. Weaving in the ends was not fun on this pair. They have ribbing all the way down to the toes and double yarn in the heel. A little bit too small for me but should fit my mom or my other sister perfectly.

My next project is to make a pair of toe-up socks which I finally figured out how to do.

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / baggy pjs on: August 26, 2008 08:02:38 AM
I found this wonderful giraffe fabric at the fabric store and knew it was time to make a pair of pjs.

I think the pattern is New Look 6321, I've had it for at least a year but I was afraid to try it Roll Eyes I used size L because I'm tall but they turned out very baggy (which I like, but I still think I'll try a size M next time). I altered the pattern a bit. There were pockets in the pattern, but I left them out, and I added elastic on the legs instead of just hemming them. My pants have elastic in the waist, where the pattern had ties.
I used the pink fabric for the waist and bottom parts of legs.

This was my first time sewing pants. It wasn't half as scary as I thought and it took me about half a day.
Now I have a billion of little giraffe scraps in pink and brown. There might be enough fabric left for another pair if I use more pink. Or I might make a pair for somebody smaller than me. **just a little bit jealous with all those tiny 5 foot, 50 kg women**
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby bibs on: August 24, 2008 12:48:13 AM
One of my best friends is having her first child in about a month so I decided to make something for the baby. I made three bibs and tried to keep them not gender specific so I used some jungle and bunny fabric that was on sale in the fabric store. The bunny fabric really makes me think of the killer bunny in Monty Python's "The holy grail"Cheesy

All three together:

Jungle fabric (modeled by my horribly scary teddy bear since I have no kids). This one is topstitched around the edge but has bias tape for neckline and ties.

Jungle fabric # 2. This one has a topstitched neckline and bias tape around the edges. I tried to find out which solution would work best.

Killer bunnies! This one has bias tape all around and I think I'll stick to that solution because it looks more finished.

I used two sewing books from the library and took the pattern from one of them and used parts of the instructions from both. This was my first time sewing anything for a baby, and also my first time using bias tape. I think I might try backing the next one with something a little more waterproof, these three are just two layers of cotton fabric.
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro Challenge: Ice crystals on: April 26, 2008 11:36:58 AM
I took this picture last december on a ice skating trip to Lake Femund, Norway. I found this piece of smooth ice filled with little bubbles, frozen into the surface of the lake. I think it looks a bit like a frog, with the line of bubbles for mouth and the two white ice crystals for eyes Grin Nothing has been changed in the picture after I took it.

30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting: marsh clover on: March 25, 2008 11:46:30 AM
I made this painting of my favourite flower a few weeks ago. I think I'll work some more on it and remove those flowers in the background or make them look better. I'm really happy with the way the water turned out!
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