Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! We donโ€™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).

Iโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Maggieโ€™s crafts in the future. ๐Ÿ˜€

So, again, if you celebrate, Happy Halloween!

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A bit of this and that

Well, I wanted to make an update on what Iโ€™m doing.

I am crocheting the blanket from the previous post. It now measures about 72 cm. Havenโ€™t decided how long it will be yet. Iโ€™ll just keep crocheting a bit more and see where I end up. I am working on my third green stripe.

Iโ€™ve mentioned cross stitching bookmarks. One is finished and one is maybe 70-80% done. Iโ€™ll show you when both are done. Maybe on the weekend.

I knit socks for my niece. Itโ€™s the first time I knit with different balls of yarn and creating a pattern. One sock is almost done and Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll make the other one faster when I donโ€™t have to wait for the knit and crochet cafรฉ on Mondays to ask the teacher how to make the sock.

Today I got something fun in the mail, which Iโ€™m super excited about! ๐Ÿ˜€

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A large piece of Aida fabric and lots of thread! Canโ€™t wait to get started!

I better start today. The sooner I start, the better it is. I did decide to make a new cross stitch diary, so I hope you will want to come back and see what I have been cross stitching.

I will not show you the picture. It will be a surprise. Just a little hint: I got lots of red threads and I really hope Iโ€™m finished in mid-December… ๐Ÿ˜‰ย It will be 63 x 27,5 cm.

Iโ€™d better get started now! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will post my first cross stitch diary later tonight if I have had time to start cross stitching. Quite a lot of measuring and counting in the beginning to make sure you position it correctly. ๐Ÿ™‚ And it is already 6 pm. But I do hope I will make the first stitches of this tonight.

New year, new projects

Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€

It is now January 1, 2017. I spent the midnight knitting socks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent quite a long time at my sister’s house this evening (from 6 pm to 11 pm). We got home at 11.30. I almost immediately started knitting. It’s a good method to stay awake. I am sure I would fall asleep almost at once if I put my head on the pillow.

My niece wished for some long socks that she can use when she skates. She will fold them over the skates, I think. I am sure she will use them other times as well. Today she was wearing a pair of purple knitted socks that I knitted a year ago! They are pretty worn out by now.

This is what I have knitted so far:

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I have knitted socks for myself with this yarn, and the yarn in the picture was left over. I will knit as much as possible with this yarn, and then I will buy a new yarn from the store, with the same colors of course.

I am not sure if the store where I get the yarns is open tomorrow or not. Or I should say today, as it is past midnight. It’s almost 1ย am.

Usually I knit 15 cm before starting on the heel. My niece want these to be 25 cm before the heel starts.

She is 11 years now and my feet are the same length as her feet! I am sure she will soon have longer feet than me. ๐Ÿ™‚ We measured the foot, so I know how long they need to be. She wanted them a centimeter longer than her foot is now. That way she can wear them for a long time.

I am sure I will do lots of crafty things this year! ๐Ÿ˜€ I would like to learn how to knit better than I do now. I mean, I want to knit dolls, and may be something else. I will for sure knit leg warmers and I also want to make arm warmers that are longer than the ones I have know.

And then there is of course crocheting, cross stitching and all sorts of other crafts! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Merry Christmas! :D

Merry Christmas to all who reads this! ๐Ÿ˜€

In Finland (and some other countries) Christmas is celebrated on December 24. So today we get gifts from Santa Claus, eat dinner and meet relatives and family. It’s also a tradition to go to the cemetery/grave yard, whatever you want to call it, and put candles on some graves.

My sister will come and get us in about 30 minutes, we will go to the grave yard first and then to her house to eat dinner and later in the day open the gifts that Santa left under the tree… Well, Santa left some here too, that we will take with us. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I have been knitting like a maniac… I really wanted to finish these socks:

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The yarn is called Joulu, which is Finnish for Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜€ I finished the socks at noon and now it is 1 pm. I am wearing them now and I am going to wear them all day! Many other days too of course. The yarn is only sold in December in a couple of stores in town.

For the first time, ever, I have finished the socks myself! ๐Ÿ˜€ It doesn’t look as good as when mum finishes the socks, but it’s okay.

The other thing I wanted to show here is the wreath (if you can call it that) that I have on the door to my bedroom:

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This is something I made last year (if it wasn’t 2014…) I don’t really remember when I did it. It’s a very long strand of crocheted chain stitches, wrapped and glued around a styrofoam ring. I also added a ribbon.

For the teddy bear I made a Santa hat and a scarf of fleece and cotton. I also made the little gift that he is holding in his hands. I think I glued the hands to the gift or attached it with a little stitch.

Well, better get myself ready. And I’ll cut a couple of herrings for the cat, so he can eat them while we are gone (pretty much the rest of the day).

 

Matchbox crafts

Sorry for the absence… I have now decided what my next bigger project will be.

I really like tiny things. The smaller the better. Miniatures.

There is this thing on Pinterest called matchbox crafts. I would like to do that over the next weeks.

I have these matchboxes:

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50 empty white boxes. The idea is to decorate the outside of the box and then make a little thing to put in the box. It might be a little mouse, a cute baby of some sort, a snowman etc. Anything small that fits in there.

On Pinterest they have a lot of these matchbox crafts. Usually it is a little creature sleeping in the box, with a little pillow and a little blanket. We’ll see what I come up with.

Apart from that I am putting together a crazy jigsaw puzzle with 1000 pieces. I have got the frame and a little more. It’s a picture of Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawing “The Vitruvian Man”. You can google the Vitruvian Man to see how the jigsaw puzzle looks like. It’s like a sheet of paper with the drawing of the man and above and below written text.

It is very difficult. I might put book plastic on it when I have finished it and put it on the wall. I don’t want to rebuild it…

Well, over the next few days I also want to make some simple Halloween crafts. We don’t celebrate Halloween so much. But I want to make some bookmarks or similar. I’ll show you when it’s done.

A while ago I wrote that I’d show you the socks I have been knitting. I’ll do that tomorrow.

Keep checking this blog! I’ll keep you updated what I do. ๐Ÿ™‚