My very own craft room

Just never ask me to tidy up or expect me to be able to use it and we’re good

Not pictured: About three giant sized moving boxes of yarn, fabric, and other craft stuff.

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Oak

The oak was hanging over the driveway and making it hard for cars to park, so I had to cut off a few very low branches. They were tiny regrowth branches in a giant tree, at about head hight. But… I can’t throw it away, it’s oak! So now I’ve got a a stash of oak. Maybe I’ll have to find a good way to make buttons.

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Firewood housing

Haven’t finished anything interesting lately, but during the week I helped my dad with his woodshed project. I was having severe stomach pains due to dehydration again (I need to behave with my supplements – but a steady diet of chia seeds in almond milk fixed me up) so there’s no progress pics unfortunately, apart from this one shot I snagged this one time I happened to bring my phone outside. (I had no pockets in my work outfit)

In the pic, we’ve just hung the festool saw track on the wall to start cutting the second door out of the structure. You can see the hinges on the side for the first door.

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Also, it turns out roofing is quite satisfying, and my dad is terrible at brushing off all the bugs before passing on the tiles.

Sewing-weekend where I’m at (knitting bag for mom)

So here I am, on vacation, trying to figure out why this awesome café on the island I’m visiting won’t open this summer… and I stumble over “Sewing Weekend in Grönhögen”.

…”I’M in Grönhögen!”

…”And it’s this weekend!”

So I called and said “hey I have no mats or anything, can I join this anyway?” and turned out Quilt-Lena brought her entire store, so I could just go buy everything I needed on location, and cutting mats and rotary cutters were available to borrow, so off I went!

Four days, of which I had only three, because the Sunday has to be spent driving back home. Frankly I think my time estimation skills are awesome, because I finished twenty to five in the afternoon on my last day.

 

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That red cord is just what I happened to have in the house – NOT what I intend it to stay with. I used it for the piping in the bottom, and then just to display that it’s a draw-string top. If I find some good buttons, I’m going to attach them on the handles too, and make a sturdy sew-through through them, because right now the handles are just sewn on along the edges with cotton, which isn’t super strong. But functional!

My inspiration came from pinterest, as always, where I’d previously pinned these items

The quilt pattern

The block tutorial:

 

And the bag I was inspired by since I first saw it 2008

Sampler scarf UPSIDE DOWN pattern

So I made this pattern today, but as I didn’t quite know where I was going with it, I drew it top to bottom. So just turn everything around!

It goes garter, to stockinette, to rib, to moss, to 1×1 cables on a purl background, to leaves, to an owl cable. I’m intending to use it as a teaching base for a friend. It was too annoying to insert cabling images in the sheet, so you’ll have to make do with my own ugly stupid notation, and hopefully you’re apt enough to figure out what it SHOULD be. Bold arrows mean “in front”, in the cable notation.

Sample Scarf PDF

It’s essentially half a scarf, made for worsted weight yarn and 3x garter rib on either side. So make two, with a length of stockinette in the middle, and graft together.

Malabrigo Lace

In the middle of cleaning out the apartment for showing it to possible buyers, my mom suddenly handed me a pattern, and with her big childlike eyes and shining face went “Could you make me this sometime maybe?”

…so, yeah, not a good time? But sure? Later?

And later on, once the first stuff was done, I called and asked for the details about the pattern because I was near the yarn store and thought I might as well pick up some yarn. She was surprised and happy (as she tends to bring me projects knowing that it may be in four years or never) and we settled on some malabrigo, because none of us liked the fiber choice of the original pattern, which was mostly acrylic.

And then, maybe three days later… I wanted a project. And she had good timing, because I’d been feeling like making a scarf lately.

So I got to it. At the hairdresser, hair full of really strong bleach, and thinking “if it splashes, it’ll be a partially white shawl!”, and then hair full of all the colors imaginable and thinking “it may be a partially very colorful shawl!”.

And then at the conference, I got a ton of time to knit as well.

And suddenly I was done.

It took me two weeks, I don’t think I’ve knitted anything even remotely this size remotely this quickly.

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It’s about 170 by 80 cm or so, or a bit under one by two yards. Took one and a half skein of malabrigo sock, and it was super simple – perfect to knit while watching whatever. (one skein blue, half a skein blue-green)