Saturday, September 27, 2008

September almost over

Well, it's been about a month since my last post - but atleast Blogger seems to be playing nice again (I had some huge problems uploading my pictures last time, but - although it took some time - last night it seemed to work ok).

Fall has arrived in Oslo - and the mornings have become slightly colder for each week. There hasn't been much going on on the crafty side, mostly work, work, and work for me (actual getting paid for work - not fun, crafty-work that is). Hopefully things will calm down a little now, for all of us at work.

Yesterday I went into town and brought my camera. The fall colours have started to appear, and there are some pretty shades of colours all around these days. Give it a couple of more weeks, and the entire world (or so it seems) will have changed colour.

Like this bush - most of the leaves are still green, but I managed to find this cluster of leaves turning deep red.

And if you look up, you'll see lots of green, but also alot of yellow and orange.

Now, there are still some late bloomers on the rosebushes here and there..

And even some red berries amongst the green and yellow. Don't know what these berries are, though, so better not eat them. ;)

For the guild meeting in August I brought with me 4 UFO's to register for the UFO Lottery (it's a kind of challenge, register some of your UFO's and complete them by the last meeting before Christmas, then you get a lottery ticket for each completed no-longer-UFO, and you can win a prize). Well, the four UFO's I brought with me, are pictured below - in very non-good pictures (but I'd rather save the better pictures for when they are done).

The first one is "Annie's Calendar Quilt". All blocks were done, and sewn together, but I'm a little lost regardig the quilting and finishing of the wall hanging. I mean, it's gorgeous and all that, very naïve and pretty, and I like the colours I have chosen in the fabrics, but - yes - a little lost..

Then comes the first Christmas present of 2008. I actually finished the stitching on this piece back in.. what was is.. March? And ever since, it's just been laying there. I still don't really know how to finish it, but I know - sort of - what it's supposed to become, when completed.

And then we have the needle-book. I really need this one - and I have an idea of how I want it to function, when completed. So far, only the stitching on the to-be front has been finished.

And then we have the big one.. my "Winter Wonderland". I had the pattern shrunck to about 70% of the full-size (I seriously do not need another huge quilt) and I'm thinking about skipping
the stars around the edge (again, it gets too big..) but I need to finish this.. It's been "in pieces" - but most of the stitching was complete - since some time back in March-April 2007.

Otherwise, we have been invaded by plushmonsters! Just look at M's bookcase! And these are just a few of the monsters that keep appearing in our - well - rather tiny apartment. There are limbs and teeth and eyes all over the place! Kinda scary, isn't it? ^-^

I've been knitting a little again now - about a year since I started these wrist mittens (they're called pulsvarmere - pulse heaters in Norwegian, to be worn around the wrists, and they actually help keep your hands warm). Not a very good picture, I know, but they are knitted in black yarn, and the beads are bright green.

Following the knitting frenzy, here are a couple of "ladies" who will - if she wants them - be off to a friend of mine when they're done. Again, black yarn and bright green beads (I really like these beads.. as if you didn't get that). So, I think you know who you are - and I hope you like them. ^-^

Oh my, forgot to flip this last picture.. oh well, you see what it is anyway, don't you? It's the October block for the "Sunbonnet Sue Calendar Stitchery" (no, not the official title, but you get it, right?). I'm a little ahead of schedule on this one - October doesn't actually start for another couple of days, but I really like these little stitcheries - I'm making them on slightly yellow fabric, and the thread is a light brown silk thread. I have plans for the borders and finishing fabrics, but I won't show you until it's time. ;p

Another finish this last month is the Crabapple Hills "Halloween Town" block no. 9 (no, I have not completed 9 blocks, I decided to start on block 9). There are a total of 12 of these incredible detailed houses - all done in black - and I _think_ I'd like to finish them all, but for now they are a just-for-fun and not-a-priority project. For some reason, working with black only is a little more boring then working with red only or brown only. But, I do like the design and the effect it has on these houses - and I'm imagining a good excuse for attacking the all mighty box of Halloween fabrics I've been collecting and saving.

Otherwise I'm thinking and planning - and being a naughty Elf - towards the SSCS. I have made some decisions, and I hope the people who receive them will be happy. Yes, people! But I won't say anything - you'll have to wait. ^-^

Toodles! for now - hopefully things will calm down a little, so the next post won't be 24 days away. :)


Laila said...

Hi. How fun to see what you have done latly.You
realy have done a lot. Great work ;-)

Vigdis said...

Hei. Jammen er du flittig. Fikk en påminnelse om at det er jammen flere som har et "winter wonderland" liggende;) Trivelig å lese bloggen din :)

Anne Ida said...

Wohoo! This was one heavy post! (breathe! heehee!) You really was busy in September!!! But so much great stitching you managed to do! I really have to get down the road and inspect some day! And those monsters - scary, but kind'a cute :o)

The "pulsvarmer" is fabulous! Love those dancing ladies! ...hmmmm... do I know who is going to get it? Heehee ;o)