Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Granny squares - testing a new pattern

Last night I found this exciting granny square pattern (I'm sorry it's only in Swedish) and I just had to try it. Here is the result!

It turned out to be considerably larger than the other (traditional) squares I've done, so unfortunately they don't fit together. However, I'm thinking of trying to make a smaller version of this one. If I crochet the two inner parts (the lilac and white) it's ALMOST the size I want it to be, so if I can just make a smaller square frame around it then... it could work. Not sure how to do it though, I'm still kinda new at doing crochet... Any suggestions? And when on the subject, do you have any favourite granny square versions? I'd love to see more! Do you know of any that fits together (in size) with the traditional (at least, the one I've heard is the most traditional here! You can see them in the second pic.) granny square?

Creating a stone path...

Laying down stones to form a path to what will eventually be an earth cellar... Like a puzzle, always trying to find the best way to fit the stones together. Marvellous, I love this kind of very creative and hands-on gardening!

As much as possible I want to avoid buying stones for paths and decorative features in the garden. We certainly have enough rocks to work with on our small patch of land, plus I really like things not to be perfect and symmetrical.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Crochet ("mormorsrutor")

I've finally learned how to make so called "mormorsrutor" (whatever it's called in english...), I'm so proud!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

First time ever - an entire dress sewn by hand! No sewing machine!

Good evening dear friends! It is getting late and I'm getting pretty sleepy, so I'll make this a short entry.

For the last two weeks or so I've sewn more by hand than I've ever done before; for the first time making an entire garment by hand! No sewing machine, not even a little! And here is the result: A short dress in 100% wool, by my own pattern.

As you can see, there is a decorative v-shape both in the front and in the back of the collar. The three buttons on the chest were also made by me, using the same technique that I use while doing medieval cloth buttons.

So there you have it, my first dress sewn all by hand! And I enjoyed it, yay!

(The grey blouse beneath the dress is the one I made a couple of months ago, shown here...)