Thursday, October 31, 2013

Another Granny Square Blanket

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Nothing much to say about this except that I love it. And that I think I must make another. These are so much fun to make, even if they take forever. It’s both a small project: crocheting one square takes no time at all and is very portable, and a huge one: sewing all the squares together takes forever and takes up half the sofa, or the floor.

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Here’s my first ombre one. And the original idea is from Muita Ihania.

EDIT: You can find the pattern here.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Week

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I thought I’d make one of these posts, mostly as a sort of reminder for myself, to have something to look back in years to come, to see how I life was when we were young-ish and poor-ish and care free-ish.

1. Jake came to see what on earth I was doing on the balcony, when I was taking pictures of my pumpkins. The balcony has the best light I’ve discovered. And I love those lights, best 15 Euros I’ve spent. They look super romantic in the evenings. I may have forced several people to admire them.

2. New cardigan. I love this. I went to find a hat and came home with this. No luck with the hat. It’s from H&M. I’ve been looking for tribal print cardigan for ages, but this was the first one I’ve seen and it’s perfect.

3. Weird selfie with pursed lips, that’s my concentrated face. I have no pictures of myself, because Jake doesn’t take pictures. Hence the selfie.

4. Pizza Sunday! Tuna, onion, shrimp and mozzarella for me. I always add some spinach and Greek dressing on top. Jake had pineapple, jalapenos, minced meat and pepperoni, I think.

5. New yarn, the best. I started a new project I hope to finish before Christmas or rather before December.

6. Lots of time spend on the sofa watching Jake play. I find these moments really nice. I crochet, he plays, both doing something we love, but still hanging out together. Side note, I really want to add some colour into the living room.

Not pictured: I started ballet this week. It’s for adults who have never before taken ballet lessons. I think it’s just wonderful these kind of courses are available. It was so nice. The teacher is a super sweet Russian ballerina and ballet seemed challenging, but not incomprehensible. I mean, in aerobics classes I’m always  messing up and not able to follow, but here I could understand what I needed to do even if I couldn’t do it. Anyway, it was wonderful and I can’t wait for the next lesson. Tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crochet Pumpkins

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We don’t really celebrate Halloween here in Finland and I’m not even sure pumpkins like this grow here. Autumn is associated with yellow leaves, apples and rain, but not pumpkins. So I guess these go under the influence of too much Pinterest.

However, aren’t they cute? The pattern is from here. I didn’t use a styrofoam ball, but filled them with polyfill. The pattern didn’t include a pattern for a stem, so I just winged them. I wanted each to have a bit of a different kind of stem, to make them look slightly more natural.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Striped Yarn Wreath

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I’m so surprised how nicely this came out. I just had an idea and went for it. I started it late one evening and just used what I already had at home. The base was two circles I cut out of a cardboard box for frozen pizza (tuna, my favourite). I drew on them a few guidelines to see about where I wanted the stripes to be and then just started wrapping black and white yarn over the cardboard. First I did a thinner layer to see how it looked and then did another layer over it to make it thicker and even out the stripes a bit. They aren’t measured, but I think they are even enough. Perfection is boring, right? :) Plus, I knew if I’d to try to make it perfect, I’d never even get started.

I wanted the bow to have some texture, so I threw “Crochet Pattern” in the Google image search and chose this one. I think it has just the right amount of interest, not too plain, not too complicated. I crocheted the pattern until it looked long enough, then just wrapped yarn over the middle to make a bow. I sewed it on the wreath and forced my boyfriend to admire it.

I’m so happy with this! I think it would be easily customizable for different seasons and colour  preferences. White and green stripes and a red bow for Christmas, for example.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Currently

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1. Can we just pretend it is still Autumn? Snow in October is indecent, even in Finland. The above picture was taken yesterday. I started to take daily walks last spring and fresh air every day has been so wonderful. I hope to keep it up through the snow, too.

2. I have actually managed to complete a few craft projects (including yet another blanket and a striped wreath) and I’ll be sharing them soon. It seems my craft projects are tied to the amount I spend on the sofa staring at the TV. I’ve mainly watched Sons of Anarchy or my boyfriend play GTA. It’s been oddly relaxing.

3. I finally got a smart phone (hence the picture above). I know everyone else has had one for years. But we went to Hong Kong and my father bought both my brother and me new phones (Thank you Dad!). So I might finally get an Instagram account, even though there’s no official app for my phone (Lumia) yet.

4. This post was mainly meant to get me back to blogging. Sometimes I  just don’t craft that much, so there’s nothing to post. But lately I’ve noticed I have several finished projects that just need to be photographed and posted. So those will be coming up soon! Thanks for reading!

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