torsdag 26 maj 2011

Going up north for the weekend!

 It seems like I never get back on track with this... But I am going away again this weekend and this time I will not have internet at all. I will show you pictures from up there it is a stunning place to be, and I will try to really enjoy it and not just think about all the stuff I need to do up there.

These pictures are from last time we where up there at the beginning of April. I hope it will be a tad warmer this time...

So 'till next week, hope your weekend will be warm and relaxed.

tisdag 24 maj 2011

A walk with the husband photographed with retro camera.

 So a couple of weeks ago Me and the husband went for a walk in the park close to where we live. It's a nice "tiny forest" sort of park that goes all the way down to the water.

When we had walked almost halfway I said that I shuld have brought the camera cause all the blogs had a Walk with the husband post at that time. He got all giddy cause he had got a new smartphone for his birthday and had just got the app called retro camera. So we photographed the walk with the husbands new phone. I took the photo above of him and the dog on our half way rest by the water but he has taken all the other photos.

 Typical Stockholm waterfront. Love the sign! Both me and the husband spent a lot of time in the archipelago when we were kids. And we share that love.

The dog loved it too, Even though in this picture he is doing his best too look like a monster. And no he is not growling at the camera he is chewing his stick and has got a little wood in his teeth that is the face he makes when getting it out.

 Then we move on and get a peek of the centre of this park, the tower. This tower is the reason the park is here. It was built by the same rich dude who had all the different trees imported and planted and the fruit trees planted down in the orchard. we have old castles in Sweden but this is not one of them this is built in the twenties and made to look like the German castles he had seen.

Lots of different kinds of trees means lots of different kinds of stick.

The way up to the tower is just lovely I really like the forest feel of this place even though it is in the city.

And the retro camera app doing its job pretty good too.

This is one of my favourite places in the park it is a low stone bench that says "in remembrance of a beloved mother" It just makes me so ad and happy at the same time every time I see it.

We are getting closer... It sure is big.

Super lovely tiny blue flowers, now since I didn't have the camera there are a lot less pictures of flowers then I would have taken but the husband at least took one... 

Finally at the gate. We didn't go in there is a reasturant  in there that is a tad expensive for us but we like looking at it from the outside. Can you see the bulldog peeking out over the door? I love that!

 And yes it is majestic when you are up close, he did have a great idea when building this even though it was quite crazy. At this point the camera was put away so I'm sorry to say you won't get to see the orchard but I hope you enjoyed the peek of our walk, retro style.

måndag 23 maj 2011

The bag I made for my mom!

My mom had to spend two weeks in hospital a few weeks back and to sheer her up I made her this bag for grocery shopping. I used the free pattern from Anna Maria Horner Called love emblem and I put it on a bag.

I used scraps I had laying around and I really liked the result even though  There was much swearing and sighing at the time I made it. I don't know why I keep trying to sew. I am just no good at it, and I just get angry and sad. But then again I have such wonderfull ideas about what to sew. I need to get a seamstress, I have my husband but he is not so keen on keeping on rescuing me all the time... He didn't mind this time though since he loves my mom almost as much as I do.

torsdag 19 maj 2011

Last weeks colours of the garden!

 I can not believe how fast this week has past. I have had a few rough days and all of a sudden I am so far behind on my blogging! I have a ton of stuff to show you! The present I made for my mom when she had to spend a week in the hospital, a lovely walk me and my husband did two weeks ago (how did that not get up here yet?) and a splendid birthday celebration this weekend and of course we are having a gardenparty here at the house tonight! You will get bombarded with posts in the coming days. First though will be the garden walk from last week.

And we start with the magnificent big red tulips. They are so majestic! And theese twin ones are just by our little space in the garden.

 Right behind our chairs and table is this bush that this week is heavy with the white bows of flowers I have always seen these bushes everywhere they are the kind they put outside offices and such to make the city feel more green and I have never thought about them. Now that I have one so close I am really appreciating the beauty of the flowers!
 oh, yes and by our patch is also the ivy (I think that is the name) That I have only seen pictures of in winter So when it flowered I was chocked! They are so pretty, like mimosa.

And the plum tree is in full bloom! I just love the fruit trees in bloom It is something about that that wakes the kid in me, just getting fascinated about how that means there will be fruit later...

 And since we are on that subject, this is the apple tree, well one of them. These buds are now in full bloom but I just wanted to show you how delightfully pink the buds are even though the flowers are white.


And the pretty pretty flowers of the tiny little Japanese tree at the bottom of the garden. I think it is super lovely and I like it even more because it is a little secret.

Oh, and more tulips. This one is the one Z calls "the goth Tulip" There are maybe three or four of them and they are hard to photograph but for you lovely readers (hello four followers) I step carefully into the flowerbeds so you can get a pic af the full glory of the goth tulip.

My favourite of the tulips This spring has to bee this beauty! All by herself she stands by the Ginko tree and is she not magic?

The pink going to peach and then to yellow in the middle, Oh I am in love with this princess! The shape is just divine too. Oh I think I could be a happy tulip grower I just love them!

Ok, we are moving away from the tulips and spending some more time on the tiny delights of  the garden, the forget-me-nots that pop up here and there through out the lawn (I think they got cut yesterday though in preparation for today's party) This is one of the reasons I love my camera, to be able to catch forget-me-nots like this is a real treat I get so happy just looking at them.

And from the smallest wonders to the biggest! This tree (if someone knows the name in english please tell me) is one of my all time favourites, I just love big trees that flower and the smell of this one is magical! Most of the flowers died in the rain and wind though but al last week it was a treat!

söndag 15 maj 2011

Bohusrutan the tutorial!

Ok so I promised you a tutorial of Bohusrutan and it is here!

This is my first tutorial and there are a lot of pictures so please bear with me. I just don't know how many is enough so please let me know what you think of this. I put it up as a separate page and you can find it in the little "bar" right under my banner. I do hope you enjoy it and please let me know what you think of it.

fredag 13 maj 2011

Progress report.

A post about how my knitting is going? I do say, is that not what this blog was supposed to be about? Well yes but... let's just say I had a lot of other things to tell you...
But here it is the the status report on the sally cardigan! This is a KAL and I am behind on it. Well I am by no means last ,some people haven't even started, but I am not on schedule and seeing as I don't have a job I should be.

So this is how far I have got on the cardigan. I was not sure it would fit since I didn't try it on after the big divide, but am very happy to see it did! I would say I am about half way down the body and if I am being completely honest it has been slow work lately since I have been doing other stuff. Presents for my mom  and stuff for the apartment and so on it is a problem I have I never seem to finish the stuff that is for me. So this time I am and I am not bailing out and making it cropped or short sleeved or something.

 So I have decided to make at least one pattern repeat a day at this until it is done. Just keep going no matter how slow. and no matter how many other project I can dream up. Because lately I have been coming up with way to many projects at once. And they are not all yarny ones...

So what else have I been up to? I have finished more cushion cover fronts even though they are not completely sewn on yet. 
And I will leave you with this mystery project and you can just guess what it will be...

onsdag 11 maj 2011

Meet my yarn, part 3. The fuzzy drawer.

Ok, so you didn't get you yarn fix last week and I know some of you are just shaking with anticipation. (yes my idea of a joke) But there was so much going on last week , the pillows, the bohusruta and such I just didn't get around too it. But today is the day!

 The first of the fuzzies is not a finished yarn, it a super thin roving from Estonia a wool and fox hair mix that they make mittens out of, or so I thought before I understood that it is rowing, not yarn. If This is spun it must make a super thin yarn, right? I have actually knitted a pair of slippers in this and then felted them. It worked ok.

Next is the first of the mohairs, the lavender kitten mohair.this was bought for  Christmas present project that never happened. it is super fuzzy though and oh, so soft! Love it!

And the other kitten mohair, a cute spring green. This is two full balls that I have started way to many projects on that have then been frogged. I have learned that mohair knits up to a much bigger gage than you'd think from its thickness, so not completely in wain, huh?

The luxury mohair! this is one of those yarns I have been lucky enough to get from somebody else’s stash it is very thin and super fluffy, I would guess there is no acrylic at all in this. And the colour is just heavenly.

And then the last of the mohairs, this is "POP with mohair" and I think that is a great explanation of it it is 80% acryllic and just 20% mohair but it is fuzzy all the same. It is not as soft as the lovely little number above but it is a very stylish charcoal grey and I do have quite a bit of it. It could become a shrug for me, perhaps? Even though projects for me seem to never get done...

Then we have the "not fuzzy at all but still in the fuzzy drawer because that was the only place they fit"-yarns. They are first the plastic something, that was going to be flowers for the edges of my rubber boots but I never got the new rubber boots so I think I still have a bunch of flowers somewhere but now there is only the blue and the yellow left... I honestly have no idea what too do with this.

And lots of black ribbon from this weird shawl thing I used to have, it is all cut up into pieces but this I do use quite a lot. horrible pic though now that I look at it... oh well....

That's all for this time...
Oh, and the coffee cups are sorted chilli seeds, I really like the way they look so they are still out.

måndag 9 maj 2011

The cushion covers!

So I told you about the cushion covers and Tah daa! Here they are! they are all made from the tutorial Jacquie posted over at her blog Bunny Mummy.

 But I didn't crochet a border on them I just left them with a oversized blanket stitch. I think it makes them look kind of childish and like they are even smaller than they are. Like big miniatures... dose that make sense?

 Anyway, I love them they make me happy just as they are now but they are gonna get even prettier they are all getting crochet fronts, all granny variations. But the first four will look sort of the same...

These are the start of a big blanket for me but first of all It was taking way to long to make and second it was cotton and even though cotton is washable it would just be to heavy to put in the machine and with a baby coming, well that just wouldn't do. So the full size blanket for me have to wait... Maybe that's what I'll do with the Indian acrylic... Anyway, there where four of these sets of four so I just put borders on them to make them fit the cushions and sew them on. I have made one completely finished and one that is done but needs to be sewed on to it's cushion.

But I have been doing something else today too.. What is that, can you guess?

The dog knows but he ain't telling...

It is a bohusruta, and it was not as hard as it looked! 
I have taken photos of the entire process and started writing up a translated pattern /tutorial. I also tweaked the pattern a tad because there was this one thing I found strange so I changed it. But you will get a tutorial soon!