About living a creative life in a small commuity approximately 300 kilometres above the Arctic Circle

Monday, January 29, 2007

Siggie swap

I've signed up for a blogger swap. At Cynthia's blog you can read about the swap and it still isn't too late to participate. So today I started sewing the blocks. I picked two fabrics and pieced after Bea's directions. As you can see, I've made triangles for sixteen blocks. I couldn't find the muslin I bought 6 months ago, which I intended to use in thye middle. Maybe it's time to sort all my fabrics again. They used to be sorted by colour, but now it's only a mess.

Last, I wanted to post another picture from our skiing trip the other day. It was so beautiful.


Sunday, January 28, 2007

The S-week

Describe the last week with one letter and the letter is S. A lot of Snow, seeing the Sun for the first time this year, a heavy Storm almost preventing us from getting home from work Friday afternoon, the two first Skiing trips this season and finally some Sewing done!

We didn't get much snow before Christmas, but that has changed now. The week started with minus 10 degrees Celcius and lovely weather. We went for two skiing trips. The first one on Monday, but then we started too late to be able to see the sun. So we decided that if the weather was still ok on Wednesday, we would try get out before noon.

We took quite a long walk, more than 15 kilometres and we ended up in a place called Koven, which seemed almost untouched by humans. The slopes were excellent and we only met a couple of other skiers. It felt like being on the moon because of the silence and the cleanness of the snowcovered hills. And yes, we saw the sun!

On our way back we felt that the weather was going to change and boy it did! The next day it blowed and snowed and we just decided to stay indoors. It continued even worse the next day. We had to go into town for work and we had trouble getting there and even bigger trouble getting home. One of my DH's students called and said she couldn't come because they where captured by the snow.

Yesterday and today it has calmed down, but it still snows. My DH has been out removing snow three times this weekend. I did volunteer to help him, but he wanted to do it for the exercise. I've stayed indoors and worked on my Dear Jane. I've made four blocks this week and so far I've done 86 blocks. I've almost finished one of it's corners also. It grows slowly,but it grows


I've also posted a picture from the skiing trip on my webpage, if you're interested.


Sunday, January 21, 2007

Finishing stuff

I dug into my closets earlier this week, because wanted to make a presentation of crocheted projects I've done earlier. Guess what I found?

A table cloth for my dining table, crochet all finished. The only thing missing was securing thread ends. Probably the reason why it still is in the closet. A gazillion thread ends to be sewn in. Since it's high fashion right now with this kind of table cloths, I've decided to finish it. I'm doing quite a lot every night and have done this for a week, but I'm still not more than halfway through. So I can not share it with you yet.

The project in today's picture (photo: DH) is the first large crochet project I ever did. I found the pattern in a Norwegian magazine Allers. The pattern is actually 20 years old so I guess the project is approximately the same age.

And if you wonder who the cute guy on the picture to the left is? It's my husband portrayed by his uncle 40 years or so ago. Lately he's also started blogging. You can visit his blog here


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sunday update

It's time for an update of todays efforts. Finally I've started working on Richard's quilt. It's basted and ready to be quilted. I plan to quilt teddybears (see next picture) in the bright squares and also quilt straight lines 6mm from the edge of the block. In the coloured squares I'm only doing x-es and in the outer border just straight lines one inch apart. Nothing fancy but I think it will suit this quilt.

I've also updated my webpage and I needed to shoot pictures of a couple of old projects. This cute heart was quite a challenge to do because of it's tinyness (4.5 x 4 cm). But it is sooooo cute, that it's worth the effort.

I've also finished a pair of mittens. I plan to open a small webshop where you can buy them on February 1st, but I won't promise that it will be up and running from that day exactly.

Now I'm going to read your blogs:-)


Sunday, January 07, 2007

New year - new projects

Hello and happy new year everyone. Today's first picture is taken on the last day of 2006 and shows the river Nidelven in Trondheim. The sky was stunning and I just had to share it with you all.

Yesterday evening we played for 2000 people! It's not often we do that, but our new years concerts are almost sold out every year. Nice music, a festive audience and champagne on the back room afterwards is a nice start on our professional year.

Crafts wise I've set some goals. In January I'm going to:

  • work on Richards quilt

  • finish the crocheted bed spread

  • knit mittens

  • make Dear Jane blocks

I'm also making new curtains for our dining room. I bought some lovely fabric in Trondheim and I'm looking forward to redecorate the room.
Last year someone asked to see a closeup of the quilting in my quilting etude. I do not know if this is close enough, but here's at least a better photo than earlier published. The thread is the gorgeous silk thread I'm using for quilting, redwork and embroidery.

I wish you all a creative new year.