Knitted hat and bookmark


It’s past midnight, but I decided to post this anyway.

Yesterday (as it is a new day now…) I finished knitting this hat with a 100 % polyester fur ball. I just wanted to point out that it is fake. The yarn has reflective thread, so it lights up in the darkness when a light source hits it. I haven’t really tried it, so I don’t know how well it shows in darkness.

It was a Christmas gift  from my brother and sister-in-law. There was a little basket with two balls of yarn (one was not enough), the fur ball and instructions. But no picture of the hat, so I did not know what it would look like.

I started knitting on Monday at the knit and crochet café that started again after the Christmas break.

The bookmark I just finished. Started earlier tonight, so it didn’t take long. Just a little rocking horse to cross stitch. It came with double sided, really sticky, tape, as the bookmark is folded in half vertically. On the backside is printed little horses with pink manes and tails.

Now I need to sleep.


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! We don’t usually celebrate it here in Finland, but I guess more people start to celebrate it, especially younger generations. Kids love to dress up and have a plastic skeleton hanging somewhere, or eat spooky food. But so far, no trick or treat (at least I have never heard of that here).

I’m having trouble with the picture when writing on the phone, so I will put it last.

A few years ago I had a Jack-o-lantern pumpkin carved out. But not since then. Tonight I did want to do a little Halloween craft.

I made a pumpkin corner bookmark and a little origami ghost. 🙂 Instructions on the YouTube channel Red Ted Art. Search for the playlist about Halloween crafts.

I love watching R.T.A. videos, but I have never actually tried making any crafts until today.

It was quite easy making the corner bookmark, except for drawing a mouth and eyes! I am not a good drawer at all! But I got it okay.

The ghost was quite easy as well. The crafts on R.T.A. are designed so kids can try making most of them (maybe with the help of an adult).

You really should check out Red Ted Art on YouTube!

I will for sure make more of Maggie’s crafts in the future. 😀

So, again, if you celebrate, Happy Halloween!


Flower bookmark


Here is a flower bookmark (Vervaco) that I finished a few days ago. I decided to post it now, because I make very slow progress on the matching bookmark. And I am no where near finishing the other project I am working on. I have to go to work now. I will continue crafting tonight.


My first Jack-O-Lantern! :D

Today I carved my first pumpkin! 😀 It was difficult! Click on the images to make them larger.

The Jack-O-Lantern first had two teeth, but one was accidentally lost when I carved some more… Oh, well, at least he has one tooth. 🙂

It’s just a small pumpkin on a little plate. I now have a little candle inside it. It looks nice where it burns. I have taken off the lid.

And here are some bookmarks I made today:


I don’t know how well you can see some of the bookmarks. The stickers, which mum got from Sweden, shimmers. There’s ghosts and pumpkins, a few bats and a few candy corns and stars.

I like to make photo copies of different small templates and use them for bookmarks etc. For the horizontal bookmark I used such templates (in orange). I put a piece of yellow paper behind to make it look like they are burning. The eyes I just cut out free hand.

I always cover the bookmarks with book plastic so they will last longer.

I have lots of bookmarks. Last time I counted them they were 1178 bookmarks, but that was quite some time ago. I think now it is probably 1250, or more, or less… I will count them later this week.


Bracelet # 2


It’s difficult taking pictures of the bracelets. But I think you can see the design. I made it last night at the beading class.

Three shades of purple, three different sizes. The beads are of course much smaller than what they seem to be in the picture. The small beads form an x.

It’s a little loose for my wrist, so it glides along the wrist, but it’s fine. It is fastened with a lock and it’s made with a non-stretch thread and needle.

The technique was called zig zag I think. You go up and down, up and down, forming tear drops of pearls, attaching them to a bed from a previous drop shape.

The next class will not be until November 4th, because in two weeks (when the next class should have been), the school kids have autumn holiday and the adult schools that offer these classes I am taking, are closed all week. So there is no beadwork, no Italian and no knit & crochet café during week 42.

Update on the sock and the blanket…

I have made the heel on the knitted sock. I now have to pick up stitches along the sides so I can start knitting around again. I’ll do it later. It’s the trickiest part of making the sock, so I am not looking forward to it.

The blanket, well, it still has only 6 rows attached. But I have been stitching two rows together and I am attaching a third row to it. Those three rows will then be attached to the blanket. I will do it today, so I think tonight I will have 9 rows on the blanket.

I am also cross stitching an owl bookmark. 🙂