30 December 2009

Review 2009

A little review from what I did in 2009.
I like to say "thank you " to my blog friends and followers, whether you are just looking or leaving a comment.
Please know that I really do appreciate the fact that you take the time to read and to look what I did.
I wish you all a nice new years eve.

29 December 2009

between Christmas and the new year


The last week I have been quiet, there was not so much news. I was knitting and reading.
Knitted 2 pair of fingerless gloves.
Above the pair I call: "picking berries", because of the color.
Below the pair I call "ocean waves".
I have used 'Frost yarn from Gjesdal, made in Norway. 75% super-wash wool,25% polyamide.
Knitted round on 4 needles 2,5 mm.
You can click on the photos to see them large.



I also read a book, original title: the Island by Victoria Hislop.
I liked it very much. It is a nice story, inter waved with history about an little island near Crete ( Greece). DH and I visited Crete late september 1986 for 11 days. We rented a car and have seen all the interesting places but also little villages on the country side.
When reading the book everything came back, the warmth of the earth, the friendly people we met in the little villages who didn't speak one word English but tried to help us with everything we want.The smell of the food, the ouzo, sweet grapes, the little cups of very strong sweet coffee.
We have been in all the places named in the book, visited also the island Spinalónga. We stayed in an little apartment in Ájos Nikólaos.
Therefore I could imagine a bit how it have been living there.
A good book for one who likes a novel combined with a bit of history.
The island Spinalónga was a leprosy colony from 1903 until 1957.





23 December 2009

Season's greetings


To all my blog friends and readers:
Merry Chtistmas.
Joyeux Noël.
Frohe Weinachten.
Prettige Kerstdagen.
Hijvää Joulua.
God Jul.
Buon Natale.
Hugs, Ati

20 December 2009

new coat and fingerless gloves

This is me with my new coat. The coat is made by Aud Hjelle, a Norwegian designer.
I needed a pair of gloves to match with the coat and have knitted those below.
Yarn: Tynn Alpakka,( Du Store Alpakka) color 133, magenta. Knitted on 4 needles , 3mm. Pattern: lacy fingerless gloves from Rosemary Falk. Free on Raverly.
When I looked at the photo, I think I miss a hat! Or maybe I have to knit a beret?



17 December 2009

Bought yesterday...








Yesterday I bought a few skeins of thin yarn to knit more fingerless gloves. They are so easy to use and quick to knit ;-)
The magenta Alpakka goes first to use with my own new coat.
Wait a few days......


12 December 2009

fabric book pages

Here is the fabric book page I made for Ritva in Finland. Ritva's theme is "water".
I made needle felted water falls. My inspiration came from the big falls in the Geiranger fjord in Norway, which is not that far from my home.
Below the page Doreen in Australia made for me. Cottage Garden is my theme. The cottage is a print and Doreen embroidered all the flowers on it. Isn't it beautiful?
The size of the pages are 15x15 cm. 6".



04 December 2009

Maureen's RR block

This is Maureen's step-by-step round robin block. Lovely warm, rich colors.
I did the fourth step, adding the 'items'.
I added 7, so called, items. The tatting piece in the upper left corner,the altered lace flower, the green tatted circle, the mokuba yellow flowers and the sre fargo roses around the silky. I have painted a piece of lace to make the fan in the colors of the block. And in the lower left corner I sewed a machine made flower. I kept the flowers around the silky little. The photo of the lady in
the middle is so nice and large roses doesn't fit with the picture.

Now it goes to the next person who will sew many beads on it and thereafter to the lady who does the "finishing touch". Maureen will have it home in April.

03 December 2009

Swap

Today the swap from Helga came in my mailbox. A very nice atc and a Christmas card.
Both made with gold threads on the swing machine.
Thank you very much Helga!

01 December 2009

AA pages

Here are the Album Amicorum pages of the December month for the swap in the Fibre-fever group. Above the page I made for Peggy in Germany. I used fabric-paper and sre again. On the back I wrote the words of mother Teresa: "we cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love".
Below the page Janny in the Netherlands made for me.
On the back she wrote an old children's rhyme in Dutch.



29 November 2009

wrist warmers

Wrist warmers are ready, matching with the shawl from friday.
I used the same lace pattern as the Lavalette shawl has.
The rest is my own improvisation.
With a crochet needle I have done one round on the thumb opening to make it more strong.
The yarn is very soft.
Knitted round on 4 needles 2 mm.
It is the same yarn!! I made the photos this evening by the light of a lamp.

Still a bit yarn left ;)



27 November 2009

Lavalette shawl ready :)

Here is my Lavalette shawl. It was easy to knit. Pattern is a free download on Raverly.
The size is 135 cm ( 53")wide and 65 cm ( 25,5")high. I have about 15 grams left and have started with matching wristwarmers.
The yarn is a mix of wool and cashmire, very soft, 3 ply ( thin fingering). I have used needles 4mm.
The shawl's weight is 45 grams.
As always you can click on the photos to enlarge.



25 November 2009

fabric-paper factory ;)

A few weeks ago I made a large piece of fabric-paper. Now it was time to make something out of that. After drying and ironing between baking paper I cut it up to postcards.
from the leftovers I cut atc's. They are on my Flickr site. Here.

Sewed on some gold lace, Christmas braid and now and then some hand stitching.
Some of them are in the mail already to a faaaaraway country overseas.


22 November 2009

give away winners are....

My DH has been so kind to draw 3 names from my comment list, here they are.

Annet (fat quarter) Annet, I need your address!

Anni ( Anni's Art ) address in my book :)

Susan. ( plays with needles) Susan, I need your address!

Sorry to all the others, I hope you come and visit my blog again ;)

20 November 2009

surprise in the mail

A few days ago I had a big surprise in my mailbox.
A package from Ruth who lives in Scotland. 60 grams of the most beautiful colored knitting yarn, soft and fine. And some tea and powder to make hot chocolate.
Thank you só much dear Ruth.
I have started the knitting right away, it will become a Lavalette shawl.

19 November 2009

fabric book pages

Here is the fabric book page I made for Mieke (NL). Mieke's theme is "being Lucky".
It was not easy to get an idea for such an abstract theme. But when I found those printed words I got an idea. I have made the background from wool with the embellisher, sewed on some organza circles and added some stitches by hand. Also a bead-swirl.
Mieke wrote to me: I love it!
Below the page Helga in Germany made for me. My theme: "cottage garden".
Isn't it beautiful? Helga didn't make only a garden, she also made the cottage!
Give a click on the photo to see the details, it is lovey.
We do a monthly book page swap in the Fibre-Fever group.
Those pages are 15x15 cm ( 6 inch)




16 November 2009

A milestone and some knitting

This morning I had a look at my blog and was very surprised to see that I have 100 followers.
O my, now I become almost embarrassed when I write something. My English is not always as it should be and I don't have to tell much interesting news very often.
I guess it is time for a little give away to my supporting readers :-)
When you leave a little comment here I will pick 3 names next week and send a fabric paper postcard. Check next week if I may need your address.
I also like to show a Moebius scarf which I knitted from 50 gram mohair, 90 stitches.
I just had to try how this phenomena worked. I think it goes to my daughter, she gave me the yarn long time ago.

13 November 2009

Anne's RR block

This is a Step by Step round robin block. It belongs to Anne in France, she sewed the naked block inspired by Allie. Anne wrote in the booklet that she will have the centre part as a sane quilt and will embroider flowers on the black velvet stars when the block comes home to her in April next year.
Here are the the stitches Margreet did. Photo above.
I did the second round.
The photo below shows what I added to the seams. I also added rig-rag around the centre part.
It is a large block, 40 cm ( 15,5 ") Now it goes to the next person in the RR.
I took a photo just before the sun disappears behind the mountains. The last sunny day today, tomorrow and the days which come, we get rain and grey weather.



05 November 2009

Album Amicorum pages

Here is the AA page I made for Cobi. ( NL) Half of it is made from fabric paper, the other half is fabric. I made some stitches and sequins to reflect the stamps on the fabric paper.
The flower is made from wired silk ribbon and silk ribbon french knots in the centre.
On the back a little poem.
Those AA pages don't have a theme. The front tells something about the maker and the poem on the back is for the receiver. We swap those pages every month in the Fibre Fever group.


Time.
Whether we count the years in numbers
you cannot slow down neither accelerate your destiny.
Toon Hermans.
( free translation)


At the same time Ritva in Finland was making this beautiful page for me. Just give a click on the photo to see her lovely embroidery stitches! On the back she wrote the wise words from John Keats: A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

How true this is!



04 November 2009

Beading a little :)

The last year I have followed a few blogs from ladies who were involved in a bead journal project.
I saw many fantastic pieces of work and all very different. The temptation was too strong to deny when I saw there is a new start in January 2010.
Yesterday I hit the JOIN button on the beads journal project 2010.
http://www.beadjournalproject.com/

A few days earlier I made a larger piece of needlefelt for an other project which I can't show you now.
From a left-over piece I made this circle, like a mandala, to try out if it works for me.
This will be my size for the bead project next year. The size of a CD.
Drawing mandala's has given me many hours of pleasure and satisfacation years ago and I hope this mandala-beads-project will do the same :)





02 November 2009

orchids

Two years ago I got two orchids as a present. Now they bloom for the third time in my kitchen window. I guess they like it there :)
The brown/orange one is a special kind, I have no idea what the name is, but beautiful is it.
I thought you might like it too ;-)



01 November 2009

update cardigan

It is certenly not the meaning that my blog is changing to a knitting blog but I must say I knit a lot the last weeks. My cardigan became a slow project.
A while ago I finished the second front part and began with a sleeve.
When the sleeve was ready I was not happy at all !!
I decided to unpick it and start allover again . Now I make the sleeves with the same pattern as the front parts and I think that will be nice. ( I hope so ;)



25 October 2009

Ishbel shawl

Here is the ugly duckling.... It doesn't show much.
Blocked: became a swan :)

Made from 40 grams Fyberspates 2 ply, 50% merino 50% silk. Very thin yarn.
I used needles 3mm. The size is wide: 170 cm. 68 ". high: 77cm. 30".
I think I will knit it again one day with a bit thicker yarn and thicker needles, it will be a bit larger than, I hope.
The pattern is very nice and not too difficult. You can buy it on Raverly.
As always you can click on the photos to enlarge.


19 October 2009

crochet shawl


Here is my crochet shawl. Made from "Lana grossa kid mohair".
60% mohair and 40% polyamide. Super light, warm and cosy.
I have used 200 grams, 800 metres. Crochet needle 5 mm.
My size is: wide 170 cm. 68". High, on my back: 77 cm. 30".
I found the "pattern" a while ago on Anne's blog. So very easy.
I made a sampler right away to remember that pattern.
When I was in the Netherlands a few weeks ago we had to drive long journeys on the highway which is very boring.
I bought this yarn in a local shop and began to crochet in the car.
But on the way home my yarn ran out.
I am so lucky to have many Internet friends in the Netherlands and one of them, Mieke, was so kind to go to the shop and bought 2 skeins more and sent it to me.
Thanks again Mieke !!

If you like it too , here is the pattern. You can enlarge the photo. You start on the top, make a simple chain as wide as you want your shawl. ( on the photo on the bottom)


18 October 2009

atc's and a change


Two atc's made from fabric paper.
The left one is for trade , the right one has found a new home at Cobi's.
I made a large piece of fabric paper a while ago to use it for AA pages swap in the Fibre Fever group.

And yes you are right; I changed the title of my blog.
When I started my blog several years ago it was only to show my crazy quilt work.
Now I do many other things also and I thought the title has nothing to do with 'crazy' any longer.
I make needlefelt, crazy patchwork, fabric paper, knit and crochet and like to show that too, to you.
Besides that, now and than a peek in my kitchen or garden.
Hope you like it ;-)

16 October 2009

fabric book pages

This is the fabric book page I made for Maureen ( Australia) Maureen's theme is "trees".
Because Maureen never get snow, I thought I make a Norway winter page for her.
The trees are embroidered with perle fine from Sassa lynne.
In the snow are angelina fibers for a sparkle.
This is the look I have from my front door during the time there is snow here.
I made the felt with the Janome embellisher.
The size is 6", 15 cm square.
Below the page Helinä in Finland made for me, theme "cottage garden".
I like it very much, it is lovely cq work.