Monday, July 27, 2009

Sami bracelets

I really love all things handmade and if I don´t love it I can always appretiate the workmanship and the historical aspect of it.
In the north of Sweden lives the Sami people. They have their own language, their own traditional songs; the "jojk" and they still raise reindeers even though some of them are teachers, doctors and lawers. One of their traditional "crafty skill" is the making of pewter tread embroidery. Wired pewter tread are braided and sewed onto reindeerskin and made into bracelets, bags and a lot of other things. Of course I had to try this so I bought a kit a couple of years ago and made this bracelet. The button is from the horn of the reindeer.
The other day I found an add in english Elle about a company that sells clogs and sami bracelet, not only in traditional natural and black leather but pink, green etc so when in Copenhagen today I passed a store that sells leather as I had so many times before...but today I entered! I found a piece of pink suede that I will make me one more bracelet of, this time in pink! I also found the largest collection I have ever seen on studs, cabinhooks ( I bought one in shape of a heart )and buckets for belts, wristlets in whatever size and shape you could imagine

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bohus knitting

I decided to do something about the bohus and I decided to knit a hole one too so I contacted solsilke and asked about the new kit; the myrtle and about my bohus. The pattern on my sweather is called "tobacco" and she sells yarn separately for the body, not the yarn for the yoke. The yarn is a wonderful angora/merino blend and when I knit it it I don´t get that weird color that I recall the sweather had before frogging.

The yoke is a little felted so I have to use my mathematic skills here. There are 448 stitches on the finished yoke. The new knitting has a different gauge so I start by knitting two stitches together every 5 and 4 stitch and then I divide the stitches for arms and front and back using some kind of percentage.

The bohus sweathers where knittet on two sticks and sewed together; I do the knitting on circular needles but as for a raglan like the original. I use the Myrtle pattern as a reference.
Yesterday I went to look at an open garden in the next town ( Lund) The garden belongs to one of our wellknown chefs and his mother who is an author has written a book about the garden and the house ( Maryhill by Lotte Möller )
The Garden is open a weekend each summer and they serve the most wonderful Kakbuffé cockiebuffé with coffea the or whatever you like to drink and as much of it.
And Yes! I ate it all!

Monday, July 06, 2009

PR Designer Knock Off Contest

I´m going to enter the Designer knock off contest on PR and I´m knocking off this blouse:

with this beautiful back

but I´m planning to use this sleeve from a dress in the same collection

I have some eggshell cotton that´s been washed and some very delicate cotton laces, actually much nicer than original...and I´m planning to use Carol Laflin Ahles book and her tecniques to attach the laces etc. So I might enter the blouse in the new tecnique contest too.


She´s a beauty!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Sugar sweather finished

I spent a couple of days my parents house really doing nothing but knitting and visiting a fabricstore, a fleamarket and going to the local knittingcafé that´s in a yarn store and yes I bought some yarn too!

I finished this one, even blocked it. I´m especially fond of the neckline. I was going to make a wide neckline but it became to wide so I did a sideways neckline shaping it with the help of short rows and a Hanne Falkenberg edge

The Geilsk teal top is finished too and soaking, tecnically this was not an UFO but it´s finished anyway.

Well almost...

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

UFO pile finishing project

I decided it was time to do something about my big UFO knitting and crochet pile. This I had under the coffee table

It´s a beautiful cotton aran lace sweather that I knitted 3 ( three ) years ago and that will be sewed together. There´s also the ballet sweather started last summer. Needs to be sewed together to calculate how long the sleeves need to be knitted.
There´s also the "sugar" sweather. I have an excuse here due to lack of the thin dark alpackayarn that I needed to go to Copenhaguen to buy.

And this is a huge pile there we find the crochet cardigan

I will get the dark pink linen yarn that´s missing tommorow

There are crocheted cuffs that I just had to try...

There are also:
Vivian Hoxbo shrug
Hanne Falkenberg Mermaid
Crochet scarf in a blue silk yarn
The cotton bag a la Odd Molly
There are also on another place
2 spede sweathers
and I just found the most beautiful Bohus sweather...

Walk on the wild side

If someone havn´t noticed I´m into making lingerie these days...I´ve been wearing a very nice white bra today but this one is so cool. This is the kind of thing that´s hard to find in my cupsize.
There are two different weights of powernet supporting the fabric. The fabric is actually from Stof och Stil. Powernet from Handler and Elingeria there I also bought the elastics, The lace is from Handler too.