måndag 28 mars 2011

... and what I bought at the fair

Just in case I later on write a blog post about using the things I bought, and to get av overview of the costs.

6 skeins of Garnstudio's Drops Paris (13,50 euros)*
1 free ticket to Billnäs bruks Antiques fair**
1 free ticket to Fiskars Antiques fair***
small silver ring (5 euros)***
Clover rotary cutter (45 mm) (15 euros)
Hammer (8,50 euros ) and anvil (16 euros)
small bag with random chosen orange beads (2 euros)
brown wooden beads (2 euros)
3 sunflower buttons and one metal clasp (1,85 euros)
black satin cord (4,50 euros)****
silver wire and tiger-tail wire (last one missing from pic!)

*from Lankatalo Tapio, needed to finish a forever-WIP
** thank you, random book dealer
*** thank you Bowallen Antique!
random antiques dealer with a suitcase filled with old buttons
****Yes, black! Thank you, Charlotta/Askarelli!

Can't wait to get that forever-WIP (a blue shawl) finished, and to try out that Clover quilting tool. I'm sure it's gonna be fun to use... or I really hope so, because it was the only thing I bought that I hadn't planned on getting. I knew, however, that they cost around 20-30 euros, so 15 euros might be okay after all. Especially since I (now) don't have to pay any shipping costs. Just don't know where to get more blades for it though, but that's a later concern.

Turku Arts, Crafts and Antiques fair of 2011

Browsing through my feeds at Google Reader, I noticed that oh no, someone didn't like their fair (the post is in Swedish and about "Symässan", the Sewing fair held in Malmö, Sweden). How sad! Although, most of hte things she's written is true about fairs in general (everything about the fair, like tickets and parking, is too expensive, and there's too few vendors with 'good' and 'good-value' products).

Good thing I did though. Like the Turku Arts, Crafts and Antiques fair, that is. Only thing I didn't like was the price of the tickets (12 bloody euros!), so it was good that we in the Turku Ravelry group had managed to somewhat (heh! :P ) coordinate us and get in as a group. That way, it was only 8,40 euros.

It was fun to walk around with Ulrika and Fredrik - I learnt a lot about 'antique' Finnish handicrafts (mostly glass and silver) that way. They collect (well, I think it's mainly Ulrika's passion, but they're both into it) hand-blown glass bowls and wases, and even though I don't always understand the design I could still appreciate it.

I'll leave you with a few pictures.

Sitting on the bus, Elli is holding our group sign.
The one I made. You can tell, right?
Wooden beaded jewelry for sale.

Surreal art on display. I kinda liked most of the pieces.

Ulrika and Fredrik really didn't like this one.
I think it's BRILLIANT! I mean, just LOOK at it - it's got candles, and a
kind of organic design that reminds you of coral.
It's glazed ceramics (hand-painted and burnt).
160 euros.
A red piggy bank.
It's looks like a really sly little pig, this one.
I have no idea what this one cost.
And I'm not sure if I've ever seen a spindle quite like it.
It is a spindle, right?
A red UFO?
No, I think it was a kind of kettle for when you're preserving stuff
by reducing (swe. inkoka). But I'n not sure. It's cool, though.
Nice coffee pot, found at the stand of Bowallen Antik
(an antique's dealer from Skultuna, Sweden). Didn't buy this one,
but I've bought the lilac tea pot I've blogged about earlier from them.
Here's those posts (1 and 2). This time, I bought a ring for 5 euros instead.
Nice dresses at VintagEijas.
I would have liked to have tried on the ochre one.
124 euros.
A display of quilting tools, at Lankabaari's stand.
I went and bought one of these.
Done for the day - that took 4,5 hours!
Thank goodness that Ulrika and Fredrik offered me a ride home :)

lördag 26 mars 2011

Earth Hour

Last Saturday, I was getting myself ready to go with Micke to Axelbandet's yearly concert. Since it just happened to be Earth hour at the same time... and since I think the concept of reducing the amount of electricity you spend an important one... I showered and put my make up on in candle light.

Now I know why traditional 16-18th century make up is so gaudy - it's not easy to apply a subtle amount of make up if you only have candle light. I overdid my rouge. Although no one said anything about it at the concert.

And on a more personal note: even though the idea of reducing you energy consumption is a noble one... the fact that even though the house was dark and I showered, made up and got dressed by candle light.... Micke was still playing World of Warcraft on his computer. Such hypocrisy. And I showered - in warm water. More hypocrisy. That's why it's important to reduce your overall use of energy every day.
I'm right, aren't I Tove?

I'm so not good at taking photos with my Nokia smart phone, but I think I managed pretty well with these. I took them while waiting for Micke to get ready. And yes, he had the lights on in the bathroom. I sat in his room, crocheting in candle light.

Voilà! Just adjust the light intensity on your camera, and press the button.
This grand candelabra is one I inherited after my maternal grandmother Ida.
The same lady whose whiskey-stained Bible we have in our library. 

I Heart my Kitchen

What can it be?

Ah, heart shaped breakfast rolls.

What should I decorate them with... eney miney moe!

Into the oven they go!

Mmmmm... smells delicious!

With sunflower seeds.

With caraway.
Or with linseed.
I know I shouldn't bake bread (because of the diet), but I just wanted to do it so badly. And who knows, maybe I've inspired you to use ginger bread cutters while baking ordinary bread?

fredag 25 mars 2011

Turun Kädentaitomessut

Turku Ravelry goes to Turun Kädentaitomessut :)
To everyone who's interested, we're going this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Meet up with us either at the buss that's leaving at 09:40 a.m. from the bus stop outside Turku's Orthodox Church or at about 10 a.m. by the ticket office inside Turku Congress Center.

We'll be happy to have you :) The reduced price for members of a group is 9 euros, instead of 12 euros (full price). Remember to bring a large enough bag with you, if you want to carry your own jacket and not pay 2 euros for cloak room storage.

torsdag 24 mars 2011

A "non-favorite" visited: Fair-isle knitting and Intarsia

Argh, to many skeins and bobbles to keep track of!
- my original comment about this non-fave

I consider myself to be more of a crocheter (a hooker, if put correctly. Yeah, you go ahead and laugh, but apparently it's a word used to describe oneself in crocheting circles) than a knitter.  There's nothing wrong about knitting, but I still like crocheting more. But, there are still a few things that you can't learn to do without resorting to needles. Knitting needles, not the other kind.

In light of this non-fave, I decided to try my hand at making the Totoro mittens I've seen knitted at least once on the Nekku and/or Turku Ravelry knit-meets. Riikka made one pair in lovely soft dark merino wool, and she had made a pair in green wool too. And since they were so lovely, I really wanted a pair of my own.

So little left! Only a few more rows!
This was how far I had gotten on Monday the 15th. I was so proud, and more than a little impatient to loose my "knitted mittens virginity". There, I've said it. These are my first pair of mittens. Ever. So sue me - I had wood crafts and not textile crafts in secondary school.

Done! Okay... how does one do the thumbs?
First time I had to unpick some rows and knit in a separate element too... This part about making the "thumb" made me slightly nervous, but I think the instructions were really simple to follow, so it actually went really well.

Careful now!
The blue yarn made it really easy to pick up the stitches. I like easy. Especially beginner-easy. On magic loop. Thank goddess for magic loop, otherwise I would have gone slightly bonkers. Thank you Emmis for recommending it to me :)

Oh, a hole! And some long 'floats' of yarn around the hole.
And here are the ready-to-be-used ones :)

On the one on the left, you can see how it looks inside.
Lots of floats, since I opted for having the yarn "follow along"
instead of knitting with only stumps.

Well, this wasn't actually so bad.
It might have been because I really liked the motif.
Or because it was quite an easy one, and the project not so large.
- revised comment

söndag 20 mars 2011

Infå's 30th birthday celebration

My boyfriend's student association Infå (it's the one for the computer science students) celebrated their 30th year with a grand party at Åbo Akademi University's Student Association's House "Kåren" this weekend. Me, Micke, and about 70 other people attended, dressed to the teeth in formal evening wear.

I was 'representing' the student association "Otakt" at this event, which meant that I gave a 'birthday' present from Otakt to Infå. I even held a little gift speech, clutching Otakt's mascot "Odjuret" in one of my hands for mental support. I'm not sure, but it could have been the first time "Odjuret" has been to one these gatherings. As a jaunty ploy, he worked splendidly.

The party in itself was great, even though we didn't get any midnight snacks at the nachspiel. That was the first time that has happened, but the organizers had managed to get a live band to play, so I kinda forgave them immediately. We just snuck off to the nearest Hesburger (Turku's local burger franchise) for a bite to eat. Otherwise, I would have gotten seriously cranky. I'm no fun when I'm hypoglycemic.

I'm gonna leave you with some picture's of the party. Sadly, I have no pictures yet of myself in my green dress, because I find it real hard to take photos of myself. I do have a few taken of others though. Oh well, I'll just have to wait for Infå to put up some photos on their web page.

If you want to, you can look at me in their photo album from their 25th year party (e.g. here and here). I think the last photo is the first one EVER taken of me and Micke before we became a couple. Which was about one month after it was taken.... *giggle* 
I'll just post the 'good' pictures here for you to enjoy.

"Odjuret" ate all my dessert. Oh well, he's so small
and cute that I couldn't be mad at him for it.
Minna and Henrik sat at our end of the table.
And Minna's short hair looks SO nice :)
Josefin and Johan sat opposite us. Behold! Rare are the times when you
can actually take a photo of them both, so that Johan doesn't move or make a face.

In the following photos you can see what the ball room at Kåren looks like. The mural of the far wall is really grand, especially since it was cleaned and restorated during 2002.

There's a two formally given speeches at these sort of student gatherings;
the speech to Men, and the speech to Women. Here Magnus is giving us the latter.
Panorama pic 1.
Panorama pic 2.
Panorama pic 3. 
That was it. When I get any photos of me and Micke, I'll post them here, too.

A "non-favorite" visited: Embroidery

Even more needles, and I can feel them creeping in under my nails!
- original comment about this

Well... where to start?

As mentioned before, I talked with Maria. Thanks to her, I did get to borrow - not one but - two embroidery hoops. The sizes of these actually defined how the embroidery turned out in the end, since I actually didn't have that much  pre-planned for this project. Oh, had made a few sketches in my notebook, and read up on embroidery in the book "Bonniers Stora bok om Broderi". It's a really good book, I might add. A summary of the history of embroidery, pictures of different techniques, and example projects - this book is really extensive. I couldn't have done this project without it.

One of the embroidery hoops.
Well, about the projects. I had made two knitting project-bags (just regular bags that are supposed to hold your knitting when you lay it aside for a while) out of some spare fabric I once bought from IKEA. The hoops fit these, with some room to spare. Which was a great thing, since thus the projects weren't too bulky, and you could keep them comfortably in your lap.

The 2 projects I did were:
  1. the stylized cherry tree (planned beforehand, used embroidery thread, worked in free hand)
  2. the childish flower (not planned beforehand, used sewing thread, worked in free hand)

This didn't feel at all like a "granny" craft, because you need really good eyes and steady hands to be able to do it prettily. A strong, working light is crucial. Patience was a good thing to have, too. Real good. Since I had to do some un-picking...
Oh, and embroidery thread is waaaay better, and prettier, to use than polyester sewing thread. 
- revised comment

tisdag 15 mars 2011

The "non-favourites" of 2011

In January, I posted a list with all my personal crafts "non-faves". For those of you thinking "huh?", this is an excerpt of what I wrote then:

These "non-fave" things are supposed to be things and techniques that you yourself haven't yet wanted to try out, because of lack of time/childhood traumas/other personal reasons etc. The reason for the list is that YOU are supposed to try out these techniques during this year, and see if they were as bad/awful/Armageddon as you imagined them to be.

I'll be posting more about my non-faves (see the list here and below) soon, so stay tuned. You'll be able to find them under the tag "the none-faves of '11".
  • Fair-isle knitting and Intarsia
  • Doily(-crocheting)
  • Cross stitching
  • Embroidery
  • Cernit-clay sculpting
  • Seed pearl beadwork

Today's news and print screen

On my brother's blog, he posted today a short note on how he definitely should clean up the trash box on his computer more often. While reading this, I glanced on the YLE-widget he has in the right column.
Today's print screen. Follow the red arrow.
While the people in Japan desperately fight to save peoples lives and stop their nuclear reactors from going into meltdown, and the people of Libya are fighting for their lives, Finland's railway corporation announces that they'll be lowering the prices of 30-day tickets (by 20 %). Oh, the irony of news.

torsdag 10 mars 2011

Library rat

Ah, how a trip of 30 min in the library can turn into a few hours of reading bliss at home. I'll just put them up on my "Borrowed from the Library"-list on LibraryThing, and then I get to see if the same authors have any other interesting books.

I so love reading. Especially things of "no great importance", to quote my dear father.
Dancing shoes-bag, library books, and all the
other things a girl has in her handbag.
Above, said things, only wet. Meeh.
Crappy photo, I know, but what can you do, when you get home at 20:30 and you're soaked from the slush-rain that decided to prolong winter for a few days more? I'm sorry books, I know you're wet, but I'll dry you right away. Nobody likes crinkly pages.

The "non-favourites" of 2011

In January, I posted a list with all my personal crafts "non-faves". For those of you thinking "huh?", this is an excerpt of what I wrote then:

These "non-fave" things are supposed to be things and techniques that you yourself haven't yet wanted to try out, because of lack of time/childhood traumas/other personal reasons etc. The reason for the list is that YOU are supposed to try out these techniques during this year, and see if they were as bad/awful/armageddon as you imagined them to be.

Well, since spring is on its way soon (I hope, even though it started raining slush as we all walked home from dance practice), and I hope to actually get some of these techniques off my chest, I did some planning regarding the non-fave list. Tove, remember our 'talk' (more like write :P) about lists?
Mom's embroidery book (which I gratefully borrowed).
Do note the amount of micro-post its' on the pages.
I like to make my "research" visible to others.
And using color is nicely motivating.
Most of the things on my list involve needlework.

I hate needles.

This has nothing to do with dentists (I'm a recovering dental braces patient :P )

Nothing to do with Mr Pinhead either. (Especially since I haven't seen any of the movies)

It's just that I'm quite okay with syringes, but needles sometimes creep me the * out.
Being highly empathic, I can mentally "feel" someone pushing needles under my nails. I don't know why. It's just... a thing with me. Just writing this down creeps me out.

This makes sewing something by hand - to my opinion - a necessary evil and not something to embark on lightly.

Anyway, I think I'll get to borrow an embroidery hoop from Maria. This is so super sweet of her and will help me a great deal, because then I get to start right away and not wait for eons until I'd finally get to buy myself one. It's nice too that she knows more than I (obviously, since I know so very little) about embroidering, because then I can ask her for tips if I get 'stuck'.

tisdag 8 mars 2011

Color streak of spring (MaMa haaste 5)

Oh dear, oh dear.
This is a true challenge.
And, since I've so far missed/bummed out on nr 2 (wool), and nr 4 (lace), I simply MUST find something to do for this one.

The theme this time is "The colors of spring". See the picture below.

The colors of spring.
Truly, really, absolutely not the colors I would normally use (more like never!) for a project, but...

We'll see. Will post more after some brainstorming.

You fail, try again with the next MaMa

I've just realized that there's no way at all all for me to participate with the fourth MaMa-challenge.

Since this is the last day for that particular challenge, and bit too late for me to finally "find" something to contribute with, I must simply throw in the metaphorical towel and fold. You see, this time I 'failed' because of 3 things:
  1. I didn't get my sewing machine back until today. I could have gotten it back last week, but I got the flu last Tuesday. And I just couldn't ask Micke to go and fetch it for me, no no no, that would have been too degrading. I can actually picture such a scenario: "Honey, could you get my sewing machine from the shop 8 blocks form our house? It weighs a ton. And btw you're not allowed to put it down on the ground while you walk home, because I don't want it to get dirty. Oh, and it will cost you 95 euros.
  2. If only I had cleaned up my stash of fabrics before today. That way, I would have found the 2 lace doilies that Micke's paternal grandmother had crocheted.
  3. Seeing those doilies got me thinking, and I now have an idea for black table runners with them sewn on. Black & White, I think they will be really nice. But for that, I need some black cloth.
My sewing machine.
Mine, all mine! Muhaha!
As you can *cough* see, I made up for the lost time...
One doily.
Another doily.
"Doily". Such a strange word. And thank you MacBook dictionary for pointing out to me that that word comes from the surname Doyley.


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