Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Home Sewn Sampler Bag - a finished object

In the fall of 2014, Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched came to Norway to teach a class. My mom and I participated, and brought with us our copies of Anni's book The Home Patch - which she so kindly signed for us. This is the reason why I know how long this object has been in production. First thinking of it, then planning for it - and then, finally, starting to sew it.

The Home Sewn Sampler Bag.

It is a bag made of 6 panels - two with stitcheries, two with wool applique and two with epp hexagons (and a few hexies with stitcheries).

I started working on the stitchery panels, I think, maybe the summer of 2018 - or was it 2019? Anyway, they were stitched up pretty fast - and then.. the whole project idled..

Next came the hexie panels. I started out cutting from a small charm pack that I had with fabric designed by Anni Downs, which my mom gave me after one of her quilty trips (was it Birmingham or the Netherlands? I can't remember). This gave me about.. 1/3 of the hexies I needed. The ones with stitcheries were also made around this time. And then the project went back to rest.

This winter I realised that I might have a mini charm pack that might match kinda sort of with the fabric Anni designed - and which I had already made into hexies. Well, I found one from Basic Grey (Persimmon) and thought the colours matched pretty well. Thus the hexie panels were completed.

Thinking it'd be stupid to just let the project idle once more, I braced myself for the wool applique, took out two charm packs of handdyed wool (I don't remember when I bought these.. I should start writing it up or write it on the labels) and went to work..

The applique went by like a breeze, and after a week of Teams meetings and working from home - they were done!

With all the six panels ready, it'd be silly to put it back in the drawer, right? Well, yes.

Pulling out fabric for the lining, ironing on some batting, sewing a few (haha..) seams - following the instructions provided in the book - and suddenly, it's done!

It's larger than I thought, colourful - yet not in a loud way, and I absolutely love it!

I may not be the quickest one to finish projects, but I get there - in the end. :)

Monday, July 06, 2020

The Story of My Day sal - Week 5

Block 5 is complete!

This is originally the first stitchery in the pattern, but seeing as mom and I started with the first stitchery presented in the book - it is the fifth one. Oh well, all the blocks will be completed eventually - it doesn't really matter which order they're completed in - does it?

In other crafty news, I'm still knitting.. getting close to finishing a tshirt, and I've knitted my first ever pair of proper socks in adult size!

M and the kids are off for a week with his parents this week, they've all started their holidays - while I've got one more week of working until I'm off. I'm home alone, in other words, working during the day - crafting and watching movies and podcasts during the evening. I have a couple of projects I'm trying to finish this week, we'll see how much I'll get done. Yesterday I watched two movies while knitting and stitching - first To the Bone, which was absolutely fantastic and sad and hopeful, and afterwards I finally got to see A Star is Born. It was available on Netflix, and I'd been curious, wanting to see it for quite some time. I really liked it! Good music, catchy story - and a little sad..

The Story of my Day sal - Week 4

Block 4 of the Story of my Day mini-sewalong is complete!

It took me two weeks to finish this one, due to work being completely crazy. I got involved in a task at work taking almost all of my waking hours, even a full weekend.. (M took the kids to see his parents, so that I was able to work "in peace".)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A surprice!

I received a parcel in the mail a while back. And boy, was I surpriced!

It was from the wonderful Naomi, who's behind the sewalong on Instagram called #fussycuttingsewalong

I was honored to meet her in Birmingham last year, at The Festival of Quilt. We'd originally planned to meet up again at this year's festival, but it was cancelled back in April..


She knew my birthday was in April, and she made this wonderful project bag and sent it to me, with the most gorgeous butterfly card and fabric with animal prints!

I've moved one of my newest projects into this bag - my very first pair of knitted socks in adult size. I'm not entirely happy with the way my knitting goes, but as these are my first pair ever (and I'm keepng them) I think they're pretty good for my first attempt. Will post about them at a later time - the first sock is getting close to finished, and then there's the second sock to be knitted.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Week 3 of The Story of My Day sewalong

Week 3 and this lovely little block is finished. Not quite sure when I'll be having lunch with friends again, but until then I'll be having lunch with hubby. He's spending a few days a week in his office or at the storage, but on the days when we're both working from home, we'll try to eat together.

Block 4 (already?!?!?!?) is ready for stitching!

Week 2 of the sewalong

Well, week 2 finished a week ago - and I had uploaded the picture as a draft, but I seemingly forgot or got distracted before I was able to write the text and press publish.

Oh well.. These things happen when you're working from home, trying to do quite a few things at the same time (my home office is at my sewing desk, so you can just imagine the level of distratction that happens on a daily basis *giggle*).

Week 3 is already stitched, and it's post is waiting to be published.

How are you doing these days? Do you have a project you're working on? Have you learned something new?

Monday, June 15, 2020

One stitch/bead at a time

My mom and I went to The Knitting and Stitching Show in London back in October 2018. While walking around the gorgeous Alexandra Palace, we stumbled upon a boot where they sold - amongst other tings - these adorable kits of cross stitching and beading.

I think we ended up going past the same boot at least 3-4 times before we caved in and bought a small kit each for Halloween.

I finished mine last year, and I believe I posted it here on the blog.

This spring mom asked me if I wanted to complete hers too - and after a short week (with quite a few "listening in"-meetings via TEAMS) it was finished.

The glass beads really gives the finished ornament a shine!

If I ever get to go back to The Knitting and Stitching Show, I'm currently in the mood to find a new project/kit from this shop, perhaps a bigger project. It was fun - and frustrating (I don't like it when I make mistakes..) - and I love the results from both of these kits!

Monday, June 08, 2020

A little sewalong

My mom and I talked a couple of weeks ago about sewalongs and doing something together. We both had the book "The story of my day" by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched (published in 2015). 25 small stitcheries (about 4,5") sewn together in a quilt. And, well, now we're off!

We decided to follow the book, and start on the first stitchery pattern featured in the book (opposed to doing it in the order of the stitcheries in the quilt). I'm not sure why the stitceries aren't in the same order as they are sewn together, but, well, it's not big deal.

This is my first block - "Sew the day away".

I'm using background fabric from my stash, so there will be quite a few different prints and shades, but it'll give the quilt a nice scrappy feeling (or so I hope). And the floss.. well, it's DMC. Where I had the floss number Anni used in her pattern, I will use those - but I've had to replace a few colours with different ones (so, it's a from the stash-kind of project).

Thursday, May 14, 2020

May might bring surprices

April gave both temperatures for winter coats and shorts-weather. And then May came. Warm at first, and then suddenly icy cold.. Sunday it rained...

Tuesday and the kids were back in kindergarden and school - and then hail! P explained when he came home that the hail had begun when they went outside for "outdoor-school" and didn't end until they were going home. Their homework for that day? Spend an hour on the couch and drink some hot chocolate (no, I'm not kidding..).

After dinner, hail really stated falling. I mean, I can't explain it any better than one of out neighbourhood kids, who exclaimed that it was raining popcorn! I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves..

One of our freshly planted flowers died.. at least we got to enjoy it for three days before it ended it's pretty, flowery life in the hail. I'll have to replace it, but I'll give it a couple of more days to see if the temperatures will stabilize again.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Found a new hobby in these Corona-times

A short month before COVID19/ Corona struck Norway and everything changed, I went to a class at varbitt.no to learn how to spin yarn using spindle. Afterwards I let the spindle and wool lay down, thinking that when I had more time I'd work more on the technique. Well, cue Corona and working from home.

I quickly found out that I needed something to keep my hands busy when attending (listening, not speaking) TEAMS-meetings, and I suddenly remembered the spindle and wool. And that was it!

Now, 8 weeks later, I've spun all of my wool - both from the class and the one I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show in London in 2018. And my mom asked if I wanted to spin her wool to, to get some more practice. And, well, I said yes. (What else could I say?)

So this Saturday, mom's last wool was spun. This is a picture of the last of it, right before it was made into a two-stranded yarn.

The tools I use, a drop spindle in wood, and a "hespemaker" also in wood.

Don't tell my mom, but her finished yarn is hanging behind me - relaxing after a warm bath and some TLC. I can't wait to give it back to her and see what she thinks of it..

Monday, April 27, 2020

In these times of social distancing and staying at home

It's been 6 weeks (or more?) since the last time I went to the office to work. The actual, real office, with coworkers. Since march 12th I've been working from home. Schools and kindergardens closed March 13th.

It hasn't been the best conditions for us adults to be working from home with a 5 year old and a 10 year old, but we've managed to do some things, and other things have been done a little later or the next day.

The school has been issuing work to be done every day, meaning that P has been working as well for a few hours every day - needing help every once in a while, so the parent that did not have meetings those mornings spent some hours assisting him.

The kindergarden sent a parcel to all the kids before Easter, giving A a little crafty time and fun. It hasn't been easy being her - or P - these weeks - getting told more than enough times that they'll have to wait and wait a little bit more.

But we've managed.

Last Tuesday A went back to kindergarden, a little bit different than before March 13th - but being able to see and play with her friends has been good.

Today the school started again for 1st to 4th grade. P will be returing home soon, and we're both anxious to hear how his first day back has been. He was really looking forward to seeing his friends again - and to be challenged by more complex school work again.

How long the two of us will be working from home I don't know. I just know that it will at least be this week, and most likely a while more. The government will issue a statement some time this week, and at least my office will adjust to the recommendations given by the government.

None of us have been ill. No members of our families have been ill. But there's been too long now since we've seen grandparents and great-grandparents. And we do not know how long it will be until we can see them again.


Hang in there. Remember to breathe. Enjoy the sun when it's shining and find comfort in the sound of rain when it falls.

This too shall pass.