Monday, 28 February 2011

2 down, 2 to go...

Have been spinning a bit lately, and now I'm through half a batch of 4 bumps of Falkland fibre from Fyberspates. I do love these colours, and am hoping that picking up again on the spinning can make me finish all of them. They would probably look nice as a Liesl or something like that.

Everytime I spin, or when I am letting others try to spin on the wheels, little bits of fluff are left over. I have tried to come up with a sensible way to re-use those little bits, and I hope that the solution now found is a good one:

They are now hanging in an onion-net on the terrace for the little birds to pick as nesting material. I do hope they like the colours ;-)

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Get crafty

I simply cannot resist japanese craft books or japanese fabrics. And yesterday was a good day fabric-wise, because the mailman brought my latest acquisition from nuno-plus. (This was the second time I ordered from them, and this time I had even faster delivery than the first - great place!). Sorry about the colours being a bit dull when compared to real life, but daylight saving time and the approach of winter makes for poor photography:

Are they not cute? I can see a lot of christmas presents made from these - hope to get seriously crafty in a month or so...

Inspired by all the images on Ravelry, I digged out my progressing Earth Stripe Wrap - design from Rowan Mag 42 - which I hope I will be able to get a bit further with really soon. The fabric and colours are great (again, apologize the dull photo),

but I must confess that I subbed some of the shades with what was handy in the Kid Silk Haze stash herearound. Love Kaffe Fassett's way with colours, though.

Kiddo has finally given in to the knitting bug. Yippie!!! Maybe mohair is not the best choise for a first-timer, but it had to be pink, and pink yarns in a light worsted weight are not really in abundance in this knitters stash.

At least it is a good quality mohair ;-) I can see some pink yarn shopping in the near future...

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Jack is back

Trying to keep up with the demands for Halloween action around here ;-)

A few mini-punpkins are spread around the house, and Jack is sitting (standing?) on the veranda.

I have started knitting with some of the Habu from AllyPally. One strand of Tsumugi (A-1) and one strand of the Wool Stainless Steel (A-148), on 4.5 mm needles. Supposedly it will end up as a jacket/cardi. The drape is just great!

It looks like it will be a quick knit, but one never knows around here. Really love the feel of the yarn. Maybe I should also try to get some action going on the Habu Linen Paper/Rowan Kid Silk Haze jacket I started a really long time ago? Hmmm...

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Where did that summer go?

No I'm not complaining. I love the autumn season. But the last tree months just seems to have gone by so quickly. Oh, looking at my saved photos I can see that they were at least put to use here around.

Summer vacation this year was a trip to Trinidad & Tobago. Rather exotic for this dane, but as my youngest niece was getting married on Tobago, I thought I'd rather go.

Kiddo absolutely loved being a brides maid!

Danish beaches are usually really good. But they do not have palm threes like this

And we rarely have these views

And certainly the flora and fauna on Trinidad are not really like the danish. We have no humming-birds

and our flowers does not look like this

I think that I could have stayed for a month just looking at this

though it made me think of "Gorillas in the Mist" more than of leaving the Asa Wright Nature Center on Trinidad.

I thought that vampires and such were mostly at home in Transylvania. But maybe they also live on Trinidad?

After going home again to dull, old Denmark where it was rainy or cloudy for most of the summer's end, we did manage to harvest some of the best fruits around, the summer berries

Actually we don't have any berry bushes ourselves, but I always get to loot the bushes by my sisters summer cottage, and we just love to make berry compot/stewed fruit, marmelade and berry muffins. Yummy!

In the last part of summer we managed to also get a trip to Lego-land in Billund, the home of Lego. And a bit of sword fighting just fit the bill after surviving one of the new attractions, a waterfall roller-coaster

I was really a baaad Rowanette this year. Managed to be awfull late in getting my gift for the annual exchange finished,

but it went in the mail just before I left for London. Went there to visit with knitting-friends that I know through knitting lists, and to go to Ally-Pally for the first time. I had a truly wonderful time in London; being with such nice knitters is always a treat!

Regarding the Ally-Pally visit I tried to be a very moderate shopper, and only (mostly?) buy things that are not readily available here in Denmark (ahem - rather easy, as I can usually only get "foreign" brand yarns through internet-shopping, unless it is those large british brand-names like Rowan or Debbie Bliss). So my Ally-Pally loot

mainly consisted of Habu yarns. I love Habu yarns!

The rest of the London trip was spent on both cultural and yarny doings. I had a visit to the V&A, but also managed to do a bit of damage at Stash in Putney, Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely and Liberty. My poor feet!

Came home again at the start of the school's autumn break. So we have spent the last week kite-flying

and a lot of other autumn-doings. Halloween in the US form is not traditionally celebrated here in Denmark, but it has started creeping in. Tivoli in Copenhagen has happily adopted Halloween now, as a means to prolong the season in the amusement park, and so we had to go there together with all the other Copenhageners with kids. Apparently, spinning is a pastime for Halloween witches, at least those in Tivoli

but thankfully, there are also more peaceful pumpkin scare-crows.

As a service to the tourists, Tivoli has translated the info-signs to english

but maybe a little proof-reading would be appropriate? Well, at least the danish opening hours are before the closing ones ;-) Nope, it was not just on this one sign - it was all of them.

Never mind, we had a really good time, and enjoyed the pumpkins all over the place, and the illuminations that came on with the dusk.

Ack, this post was a little long, and a little picture-heavy. But that is probably what happens when trying to cover more than 3 months in one blog post... I'll try to do better next time ;-)

Sunday, 24 June 2007


Yesterday was the day we danes celebrates solstice - that is, if we celebrate it at all. We do not have as extensive traditions as our swedish brothers and sisters, who revels in herring and schnapps when celebrating; our celebration is usually a modest bonfire and an excuse to sing some of the danish old-timers. And according to lore, the witch on the bonfire will fly to Bloksbjerg, and take all evil with her. Our solstice is also called Saint Hans, our rendition of John the Baptiser. So there is a merry mix of heathen and christian lore here, but it all sums up to a wish of eradicating evil. And as with most of those traditional things, it apparently doesn't matter if it is done in a promotion of violence. Aehm?

But the rain was pouring down, and it really looked that this would be one of those solstice celebrations that drowned in the rain. Alas, at 6 pm it suddently stopped raining, and there was a promise of a dry evening.

The bonfire closest to our place is one in Frederiksberg Have. It is a rather large thing with entertainment for kids and adults, but as we didn't get there before 8pm, we unfortunately (no, not really) missed most of the opera highlights and brassband tunes, both usually sent out through amplifiers of a questionable quality.

Federiksberg Have (Garden of Frederiksberg) is a lovely oasis in the city. And on our way to the bonfire we passed some of my favorites. The tree, where kids hang up their pacifiers when they need them no more

and the Heron-man

who has tamed some of the wild herons to come eat from his hand, though all zoologists says that this cannot be done. (The Zoo is just beside Frederiksberg Have, and the many herons that were supposed to be in the Zoo have long time ago chosen to live in the garden instead - thankfully, the same has not been possible for the lions or the tigers).

The bonfire itself is always situated in the lake, at the foot of Frederiksberg Slot (castle), with the entertainers placed in between

As it had been a very wet day, not many people were attending before the final moments. But the witch was sitting there awaiting, at the top of the bonfire in the middle of the lake

A boat was roving out, to get her going, but as everything was soaking wet, they took some time

Finally they got the fire going, and flames were licking up her behind. After a while the fire took over, and soon she was nowhere to be seen. She had flown on to Bloksbjerg on her broom.

As Bloksbjerg is in fact Brocken, the highest mountain in Harzen, Germany, I suppose she celebrates the rest of the night at a safe distance.

(Well, nice little country we have here: If we think we see evil, we just burn it! In modern days, mostly figuratively speaking, though. But nevertheless not really an open approach to diversity...I'll get off the soap-box now ;-))

After we had seen the witch off, it was time to go home. A day of playing handball, horse riding and watching bonfire can be a handfull when you're 7, but at 10pm this girlie still looked ready for trouble, with the umbrella-sword an all:

Oh, you wanted to see some knitting? Got a teeny progress pic for you

I know, too little knitting has been going on lately! But I still love this yarn from Garnharvan, so I am sure this WIP will in fact get finished!

Monday, 18 June 2007

It's raining again...

The danish summer is back to normal again - lots of rain, a few warm spells, and then some more rain. Yesterday afternoon was spent at a garden party; the host barbecueing under a large umbrella, while the guests were seated indoors. Well, living in this country, one gets used to such a set-up. But we did make some delicious blueberry muffins, including doll-sized ones.

Today was mostly spent indoors for my part. Arranging a seminar held on a usually beautiful spont on the waterfront, with great wievs over parts of the harbour canals. Today the wiev was a gloomy one, though, and it looked like an almost deserted city.

So, what's a girl to do? Well, my fall-back plan is always something involving colour, and as I had just a few days ago gotten an Amy Butler skirt pattern from GetKnitted, I was daydreaming a bit on the way home about which fabric to use for it. And it struck me, that some new shoes were in order to fit the bill. Shoe-shopping is almost as good as yarn-shopping or fabric-shopping, I believe ;-)

And I didn't have any shoes in that particular turqoise shade...

Yes, I know, my choise of fabric for the skirt was not too creative. Hope to finish it this week. Along with a lot of other stuff.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Summer creativity buzz

Summer continues here in the small country of milk and honey ;-)

Realising that kiddo has in fact grown since last summer, I have started producing some summer clothes for her. Usually I buy 99 % of her clothing, and produce very little of it myself. I decided that it should be different this summer.

This fun Westfalen-fabric

has been cut out, and is all ready to be sewn together for a dress. And as if I didn't have enough cotton material in stash already, I have bought some of the wonderful Echino/Etsuko Ladybug fabric for another dress for Marie. I have searched the internets for a really long time to find it available in the red colourway, and I was suddently lucky that Kris had some available. Maybe I overbought a bit, but it is a lovely fabric - in fact I am totally smitten with all those georgeous Echino fabrics! If I was to make something for myself, it should have been in the aqua colourway, but Marie loves reds and pinks. And the danish word for ladybug translates to "marie-hen", so she has as special relationship with ladybugs ;-)

The fabric arrived this week, and sweet Kris had included some extras

much to Marie's pleasure, as she loves when I sew something for her with accents of Amy Butler fabrics.

Hopefully I will find moments to sew those two dresses this week, as it looks like some of the fine weather is here to stay for a while. If I can decide, we are fine with temperatures around 25C. The suffocating 30C and high humidity we have had for the last week is a bit too much to be enjoyable, and it is also a bit out of character for a danish summer. Can you say "global warming"?