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Sunday, 21 January 2018

WOOL ROVING WALL HANGING

So somewhere along the line, life got a bit busy and I stopped finding time for creative projects. Don't get me wrong, I've still had a couple of knitting projects on the go and I've completed three photo books too (I'll share these later), but it feels like it's been a long time since I sat down and focused 100% on making something new.

And last weekend, after a bit of a hard week, I sat down, brewed myself a cup of tea, put on a favorite podcast, got some materials out and started making a wool roving wall hanging. I've never made anything like this before (though I do remember doing some basic weaving back in school when I was about six—does that count?), but I googled a couple of tutorials and looked at Pinterest for some inspiration, and it was just so wonderful to just sit down and try something new, something just for fun. I need to do this more often. Making stuff is my zen.



So one of my goals for 2018 is to complete 12 projects. I'm counting this wall hanging as my first. And then I thought maybe if I share my projects here on this blog, that might make me a bit more accountable and likely to finish them all, so here I am, writing away. I haven't made a set-in-stone plan for what the next 11 projects will be, but I've had a good brainstorm and just really looking forward to trying new things in general and being creative.

For this wall hanging, I used the lid of a pizza box to make the loom, some old weaving threads that I inherited from my grandmother (she was an avid weaver and did huge, complicated tapestries), and three packs of wool roving that I bought for 20 kroner each. So in total, this project cost me 60 kroner. The little wooden beam I just had lying around, leftover from an orchid I managed to kill a while ago.



I went for a pretty abstract look, where my only plan was to try to make some thick braids that faded into thinner braids, and then do some basic weaving in between to even it out. The wall hanging is far from perfect (and I'm not actually sure it fits the space it was originally intended for), but I had such a good time making it and would love to make something similar again.


So here's to a creative 2018 and hopefully 11 more creative projects!

Friday, 24 March 2017

KNITTED RAGLAN SWEATER


Some friends and I have recently started meeting up for "strikk & drikk" evenings, where we basically meet up and sit around and chat and knit while having a couple of drinks ("strikk & drikk" is Norwegian for "knit & drink"). It's been really fun, and it's also put me on a bit of a knitting kick!

And while on this knitting kick, I went ahead and knitted my first sweater! Actually, I knitted two, this is the second one (I was going to do a post on the first one but never got around to it, cause, you know, life!). I've always been a bit put off by knitting sweaters as they seemed like such big projects, and I have a tendency to get distracted and bored if a knitting project is too time consuming. Admittedly, this project is still lying there unfinished in my knitting basket. But I was encouraged by one of the girls from my knitting group who has only been knitting for a couple of months now and she's already finished three sweaters (and several headbands made out of the leftover yarn). Besides, I needed a break from all the knitted baby blankets! (Although I also knitted another one of those for a friend who's expecting haha)


For the first sweater, I used this pattern, but I used Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk which meant I had to adjust the pattern a little to make up for the tension difference. I knitted the whole sweater in about two weeks, and was so happy with the result that I decided to knit another one and got started straight away.

For the second sweater though, I wanted to make a couple of adjustments. I wanted a bit of a tighter knit, so I decided to use 4mm needles (as opposed to 6mm as the original pattern called for). I made some adjustments to the length of the sweater, inverted the sleeves for a subtle contrast, and did a slight adjustment to the raglan construction.



And overall, I'm so happy with the result. I loved the first sweater and I've worn it a ton, but I think I like the second one even more! But while the first sweater took me about two weeks to knit, the second one took me over two months! This was partly because of the smaller needles that obviously take a longer time to work with, but I also got really demotivated halfway through because I was convinced I wasn't actually going to like the fit and that I was spending all this time knitting a sweater I'd have no use for. I even wrote down a shortlist of potential people I could gift it to in case it didn't fit me. So when I finally finished it and tried it on, imagine my relief that it not only fit, but fit exactly how I wanted it! And with the soft and cozy alpaca silk yarn mix, it makes for such a comfy sweater. Think I'm gonna have to knit about a dozen more of these!

Before I knit myself another sweater though, I'm planning on knitting one for Oscar. I'm thinking either this pattern or this one. What do you guys think?


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

MY 1SE VIDEO

If you've been reading for a while, you might remember that I started a SE1 video project on my 29th birthday last year. And guess what: today I am 30 and the SE1 video of the last year of my twenties is complete. It was definitely a challenge to remember to take a video every day (hence why quite a few of the videos ended up getting taken at night, right before bedtime haha), and the project ended up taking so much space on my phone that by the end of it I had to delete pretty much all my photos and hardly have any apps left, ha! I was holding my breath when I was mashing all the videos together, hoping my phone would make it! But it's been such a fun project, and I would definitely do it again. Not this year, but maybe in a few years to see how my life compares then?

Anyway, here it is:

PS. Graeme and I are also working on a 1SE project for Oscar's first year, which will be done in May. It's so cool seeing his development and watching the little clips makes my heart sing. :)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

GOLDIE DOLL

My niece turned two a couple of weeks ago, and for her birthday I made her this awesome Goldie doll from See Kate Sew! Honestly, these dolls are the cutest. I'm pretty sure if Oscar had been a girl I would have made him all of them by now!

I chose to make her the Goldie doll as both Goldie and my niece have blonde hair. I gave her two striped bows in her hair, included a pink skirt, a mint skirt with a cat print, and the teddy bear and ice cream cone as accessories. My niece seemed mostly interested in the ice cream cone at first, but I'm hoping she'll end up loving this doll as much as I do!


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

OUR WEDDING ALBUM

So here's something that was on my to do list for a while: finish our wedding album. We got the photos from our wedding back pretty promptly, but honestly, there were just so many good ones that I found it really hard to narrow it down and just kept putting it off. I finally managed to complete it towards the end of last year though, and thought I'd share a couple photos of it here! So brace yourself for another picture heavy post...


Actually, bit of a funny story: for some reason my mom was convinced that she would be receiving our wedding album as her Christmas present last year (2015). She'd seen the rectangular, hard present under the tree and assumed it was our wedding album, and she'd even excitedly told her sister on the phone how excited she was to unwrap it. We were celebrating with Graeme's side of the family that year, so she called me the next day to tell me how disappointed she had been when she had unwrapped it and found that I had actually gifted her a cookbook haha. Obviously, I had to make up for it this Christmas, so both my parents and Graeme's parents were gifted a copy of our wedding album. Needless to say, my mother was very happy. 


And, obviously, I'm pretty happy too. I'm so happy with how it turned out, and looking through it brings back so many happy memories. I used the same website I've used for my other photo books, only this time I went for a A4 portrait format and a grey cover. Since this is a bit of a special album, I wanted to make it stand out from the rest. I'm actually still waiting for our copy of the book (it's currently waiting for me in Glasgow!), and can't wait to have it sitting on our shelves in the living room!


I also just realized I never really shared any details about our wedding on this blog! So, in short: we got married in August 2015, on a veteran ship in Norway. The ceremony took place in the middle of Lysefjord, underneath the pulpit rock. This is obviously just a few of the pages, but I thought it necessary to highlight the following pages that make me laugh: the photos of Graeme struggling with his kilt in the wind, and the black and white spread of Graeme and I killing ourselves with laughter as our parents are kissing. It's a bit of a difficult one to explain, but basically, there's a Norwegian wedding tradition where the guests make noise (like stomp their feet under the table) and the couple or the couple's parents are supposed to kiss, either standing up or underneath the table, depending on which noise the guests make. Neither my parents or Graeme's parents knew about this before the wedding, so panic and hilarity ensured when they were put on the spot! I don't even know which of them got it right in the photo, but there was much confusion and I'm pretty sure both our mothers banged their heads in the process haha. This is why you make photo albums right, to remember stuff like that?