Monday, 3 March 2014

I didn't mean to leave so suddenly

I hadn't realised that it's been so long since I last blogged. Autumn came and I started studying translation, and I suppose I just got a bit overwhelmed by it all. But I'm doing well.

I'm still not quite sure what I really want this blog to be, but I kind of like having it around. Maybe I'll figure something out eventually but for now I think I'll just let some pictures live here.

I spent summer wishing I had a cat

In autumn I knitted

Come winter I made Christmas cards for friends and family

And bought beak-boots (worn with the socks I knitted!)

Now it's spring and I should be thinking about what seeds to put in the ground, but most of my time is spent studying and planning a trip to visit my mother in the US. Exciting, but also a bit daunting. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

What I'm up to

I bought some houseplants

made an awesome pizza with a cauliflower crust

and harvested my first tiny potatoes

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


I went on a mini road trip with a friend and visited Läckö Castle. It was beautiful, but I think my favourite part was the kitchen gardens.

A very pretty blue flower.

Whoever's in charge of this garden sure knows how to set up a still life.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Picture heavy hey-I'm-still-alive-post

I've gone far too long without posting here!

I think it's partly because I'm not 100% sure what I want this blog to be (like, how personal do I want to get? Do I want to share my thoughts or just post pictures of things I've made?), and the longer I go without posting, the harder it becomes to write something. And not to write too much when I finally do.

I'm enjoying summer anyway, it's nice not to have to think about lectures and exams all the time, though I do need to send in some papers so I can get my degree (yay, finished my bachelor's degree!). Of course, the person I need to talk to is on vacation, so I need to wait a bit.

Some pictures of what I've been up to, in no particular order:

Growing radishes

Scratching goats

Visited mom in Glastonbury

Had picnics in the garden

Gone for walks in the Scanian countryside

Finally got the hang of crochet thanks to Malin Bohm's excellent blog! (Swedish only I'm afraid). Not sure if I should block it. Probably? It's smallish because I ran out of yarn but boyfriend likes it and it's a good scarf size for him.

More garden picnics

Started knitting another lace shawl (still need to weave in the ends of my first one, but at least I've blocked it now! Here it is on Ravelry). The yarn is fiddlier than anything and I need to take a break every two rows, but it's fun!

Been to an old quarry which is now a lake (people actually jump from those cliffs!)

Watched the cats play in the garden

Admired my growing jungle

All in all, having a pretty nice summer break (which is what sommarlov means)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Socks and trousers

Soooo, as usual, lots of things going on. Among others, I've been accepted to the master's programme in translation that I applied for - woo!

I also made a sock - using Ellen Wixted's Snowflake Socks pattern, one of those I wrote about in my last entry. One more sock is on its way, in time for spring no less...

Stranded knitting is so much fun! I haven't really gotten the hang of holding both colours at once, so I usually just drop one colour to pick up the next one. It's fairly quick anyway, I just need to stop and unwind the yarns from one another sometimes, haha!

Today I've been sewing a mock-up for a pair of trousers from the glorious 80's book Sy Byxor, or Sew Trousers in English. Could you get away with a cover like this for a modern sewing book? I kind of doubt it. I like it, though I doubt it would have worked as well if the women inside the book didn't look so severe.

Anyway, the patterns are all great (if you're into 80's style trousers). The instructions are minimal, along the lines of "trace pattern, cut, sew", so I'm glad I've sewn trousers before (poofy viking trousers no less! Oh, and my bloomers). The sizes worked surprisingly well. Sure, this is a forgiving pattern, but I'm used to my hips being two to three sizes larger than my waist and here I was able to cut one size all the way.

I'll shorten my trousers a bit, because I want them to end mid-calf, and I also want to raise the waist a little bit - and add pockets! Apart from that, I don't think I'll make any changes for this pair.

The pair below are a bit difficult to make out on the picture, but they're made in velvet which sounds very neat, I'll make sure to try them out!

Finally, I realised I never show my face on here. I'm pretty camera shy and tend to be the person behind the camera whenever pictures are being taken. But not always, so... hi guys!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Knitting and other things

I'm really into knitting at the moment. It's so much easier to work on a knitting project than a sewing project, and since spring seems to be reluctant this year I might as well stock up on warm things.

Some might say that I ought to focus on one thing at a time, but I find that I need to indulge my whims when it comes to crafting, or I lose interest. Right now I'm knitting gloves (teased here) but they are almost done and I'm going away for Easter, so I need to find a new project. I'm thinking socks.

These Classic Kilim socks are just gorgeous, and the idea of using a rainbow coloured yarn for stranded knitting is so cool! I need to make them some day but the pattern is in a book, which I won't be able to get before Thursday. So that's out.

I'm thinking Ellen Wixted's neat Snowflake socks. Probably in the colourway shown here, unless I get really attached to another yarn while I'm in the store. It's those or the Water for the elepants-socks:

Yeah, I tried stranded knitting and found I couldn't get enough. Also, I'm on Ravelry now!

Oh and maybe you need some proof that I actually create stuff once in a while, I don't just start projects and drool over other people's things. Have some embroidery (ahem, not a finished project though):