Friday, 30 January 2009

Work in progress

Reading other people's blogs I know I'm not the only one that just can't finish one project before I start working the next (not to mention all the projects going on in my head... ;)).
So, here's a look at what I'm working on right now:

An embroidery/patchwork project I'll tell you more about when I've finished.

I'm also knitting a baby cardigan.

My mum and I started to make these (and more) mosaic pots whe I was in Sweden during the Christmas holidays but I didn't have time to finish them so I was forced to leave them there until next time I visit my parents.

This video, by the very talanted Italian singer/songwriter Elisa, represents a song I'm working on but haven't finished yet. I started recording it months ago but got some computer problems and now that a good friend helped me fix it I can't wait to continue working on my song! Feel free to go to my site on MySpace if you're interested in listening to some of my older songs.

I saved my most important project for last... this is me today, 37+1 weeks!

Friday, 23 January 2009

Needle felted purses

I've been making these needle felted purses for about a year now and I love this technique. It's so much fun to pick the colours, the step from idea to realisation is pretty short and if you're not happy with the result it's easy to remove and redo. I actually sold some of these last summer and got an order for a new one (the one you see above). I've made them around 15x10 cm, sometimes with a contrasting fabric inside but the one above is a bit bigger and is supposed to be a small handbag (clutch).

I kept the grey/squared one for myself and use it to put my camera in because it's pretty watertight and the wool is thick enough to stop the camera from breaking if i drop it.

For the cat motif I was inspired by the classic Finnish/Swedish candy "Salta Katten".

By the way, I head that the pope proclaimed internet to be a gift from God to the human race so I guess we can all blog with a clean conscience now! :)

Thursday, 15 January 2009

A man bag for my brother

I made this bag as a present for my brother and since he got to choose the design more or less it's all black in a thick wool fabric with the lining in an adhesive cotton fabric (swe: tjock bomullsvlieselin) to make it more stable and at least a little water resistant. I sewed it together on the right side (swe: rätsidan) with a close zig-zag seam (swe: tät sick-sacksöm) both to give it a more rough look and because the fabric was so thick it was easier that way. The embroidery is from the old Nintendo 8bit ice hockey game that we used to play A LOT as kids. I found the pattern on this cool site and I chose what used to be our favourite teams and stitched it on the same black adhesive cotton fabric as the lining before attaching it to the bag. The bag also has a side pocket for the I-pod and two inside pockets for keys and wallet. (Sorry for my poor English description but I don't know all the technical terms...)

Speaking about my brother, he recently started his own blog so - if you're curious - have a look here!

Doesn't he look great in this!?

Click on the picture to see the pattern better!

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Knitting pattern and baby news

I'm back in Italy from my holiday in Sweden! A lot of people have been asking about the weather in Sweden so I'd better tell you... I come from the south of Sweden, Småland, and it's actually been sunny most of the time. One morning we had around -20 degrees but most of the time it's been around -5 and just a couple of cm of snow. When we left on Saturday it was actually colder when we arrived in Milano than in my home town!

It's been wonderful being taken care of by my parents but I have a lot to take care of here so it feels good to be back too. For two days now I feel like I've done nothing but going to various doctor's appointments and booking new (when I finish this blog post I have another two calls to make...). Since our car battery didn't work when we came home I've had to learn the city's bus system, but people are so nice and helpful here it really hasn't been much of a problem.

As I've written before, I'm expecting a baby girl by the end of February so there's a lot to prepare and learn but everything's proceeding well and I feel fine so I'm not worried at all. I made my third ultra sound on Monday and my baby now weighs around 2,4 kg and is positioned the way she should. Amazingly I've only gained around 8 kilos so far! Yesterday I started the preparation course (don't know the exact term in English) which was very nice although a bit late I think.

Of course I've been crafting quite a lot, some together with my mum, and I'll show you more pictures during the week. This is my first knitting project in maaany years. My mum showed me how to do it and it's a very easy-to-make baby "helmet" cap. The pattern is from a booklet from the 70's and I've scanned it for you but it's in Swedish and I have no idea how to translate it into English or Italian, sorry!

I used the yarn my mother happened to have at home so I didn't choose the colour myself, but I think it'll look great with brown or white clothes. I have a tiny, tiny doubt I haven't sawn it together quite right because it doesn't look like the picture on the pattern... I made my husband try it on and he looked fine to me, but I promised him I wouldn't publish any pictures of that :D

Last picture for today but not least, this is the hand made wash cloth I won from Mia with the blog Min Inspiration. Thank you sooo much, I love it! Can't wait to try it.... or not... ;)

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Greetings from Sweden

Since I'm still on holiday in Sweden I haven't had much time to update my blog, but here are some pictures I took this week. Today my mum's cooking meatballs and later we'll go for a walk, it's -10 degrees and sunny so the weather is perfect to take pictures!

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