We were away

Not far, still in our own little country, though close to the border.



We rented this cute little house.

If it wasn't raining to hard, we were here:



But inside was fun too.



What we did? Not much. Just cruising, looking around (I had never been in that part of our country before) and getting lots of rest.

in the garden


preview



No finished sewing to show again. But I am working on two very big project that I hope to finish soon now (I started these years ago).

An excuse to knit hats







Knit-a-square would like to receive some hats too. Isn't that great?
Yes, that's three hats. In a very short time. What can I say... I like knitting hats. And now I have an excuse... 

in the garden


for a good cause

These days I'm always knitting squares.


Ideal for stash busting. I don't have to make 35 matching squares, since I'm knitting for this project in South Africa.


It's simple, you just sent single squares and they sort them and join them with squares other people have knit to make blankets for AIDS-orphans.




In the sun



(this is how he often sleeps. I guess he's very relaxed when he does that) 

A tea cozy





Such a simple thing to make. I don't know why it took me so long to start it.
Finally, no more cold tea ;-)

Hats, of course

Long time readers know I love to knit hats. I knit a lot of them. More than I will ever wear. But it's such a fun little project. And they always find there way somewhere.
So when I found some real hand spun in the thrift store, I knew it had to be a hat.


A simple hat, that seemed best for that uneven yarn. But there was a lot left, so I started another one.


Soulemama's favorite hat. My favorite too. This is number sixteen. Oh well.

And when there was still some yarn left, I tried something more adventurous. A Carpenter Hat. That was fun too.


And now? Well, there's always something on my needles. Some other projects (more on that later). And more hats. Of course.

From my stash

I have a rather big fabric stash. Bought at the market or thrift shop, or handed to me from people that know I 'm happy to receive it. But lately it was just lying there and I was actually considering getting rid of most of it.
Luckily the green bag changed all that. I'm inspired to make things again.
This is what is left of a piece of fabric that has been lying in my closet for two, maybe even three years.



It was about 1.5 meter of thick cotton with a large print. I think it was part of a curtain.

This is what I made of it.



:: a giant grocery bag



(and I do mean giant It easily holds three A4 binders)


:: a small library bag (big enough for a few books)



:: and a fun purse

I used my serger. Fun and fast. Not that I need all those bags, but I rather have a stash of bags than a stash of fabric. Those bags usually find homes pretty fast.

Knitting too

It wasn't just my sewing that came to a hold these past months, my knitting basket was left untouched too. I was working on things, but not much.
That was my own fault. I wanted to knit a cardigan for my husband. The first was too small, so I frogged it. My own fault, I don't like gauching and usually just guestimate and start knitting. That usually works out fine, but not this time. The second version should have been right though. I counted, did the match and compared to one of his best fitting cardigans. But it turned out huge. At first I was in denial about that, but after knitting the whole body and a sleeve I made him fit the thing. Hmn. Okay, frogged it again.

After a while I realized that this project might be the reason I just didn't feel like knitting anymore. So I opened my new Elizabeth Zimmermann book and started a Tomten Jacket.



Finished in just a few days. I'm not sure how small this is, I think a nine months old baby fits into it, but I'm not sure, there are no babies in my life (and the ones I had were tiny). There are no plans for new babies or grandbabies either, so I'm not sure what to do with this. It was fun to knit though and that's what counts.


Oh, those buttons. The yarn was thrifted, so it could have been a cheap project. But although I have jars of thrifted buttons too, I couldn't find what I had in mind, so I bought new ones. Silly. But I love them on the cardigan.

And now... I'm back at it and started all kinds of things.
Want to look inside my basket?


It's loaded. With:




:: a hat



:: a cardigan (for me)



::squares for a blanket



:: another hat (actually two, there's another one one beneath the one I'm working on)


:: and the needlepoint I'm working on. My grandmother started it and I'm trying to finish it. It's going slow. I like knitting better.

Oh, and maybe someone remembers the giant granny square I started six months ago. That's still there too, but it didn't fit into the basket anymore, so it got it's own basket.



Upstairs I've got another big basket full of yarn. I won't be done knitting soon...

Finally sewing again

I sort of lost my crafting creativity. I hardly did any sewing last year and since february none at all.
Oh wait, there was. I did make this tiny cozy for the pocket camera I got for my birthday.


But that was it. Until this week. It suddenly hit me. I walked into my sewing room, pulled out a few fabrics and started cutting with only the vaguest idea of what I was making.
This is what I ended up with.











I love it.
And I love even more that I feel inspired to make things again.