Inspiration

April 5, 2009

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This picture comes from paintedfish’s blog. I think it’s such a good picture, and impressing that something so beautiful as these bowl can be made out of paper. So many things to make! And here you find a tutorial for making papermaché things.
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And why not make your own lamp? By first sight, this looks quite expensive and maybe..Italian? But no, no this is made of egg-carton. The tutorial is quite comprehensive, though, I haven’t read it through yet. But check it out: Tutorial for making egg-carton pendant lamp.

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This fabric pattern I found on Flickr. I don’t know the designer’s name, or the fabric company. But it has a distinct japanese feel, I think. The colors are great, the turquoise background, the mustard yellow, bright red and white. Bright, but still subtle. Lots of movement, but still harmonious.

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knittingpatterns for FREE

March 31, 2009


Honeypie babysweater, originally uploaded by Thorvalda.

Now you can download my knittingpatterns for FREEEEE from my blog!
See the headline “My pages” on the left? OK. See the title ” my FREE knittingpatterns”? Good. That’s where they will be hidden.

You have to follow the link a couple of clicks before you reach the pdf-file.

I will update this page with my other free patterns, just have to fetch them from Ravelry. Again, see to your left. Down a little, maybe. Click on “I’m on Ravelry”. If you’re on Ravelry too, you can download from there. If your not on Ravelry, and like to knit or crochet – I strongly recommend you to enter.


print

March 30, 2009

print, originally uploaded by Thorvalda.

A tablecloth? A pillowcase? I don’t know what to do with this fabric I just printed. I’m pleased with the colors, but I think it will be a bit too much as a table cloth. maybe I’ll make a pillowcase out of it.

(hm, what’s wrong with size of this picture? I uploaded it from Flickr, what did I do wrong?)

See other prints on my flickr homepage:

I’ve changed the look of my site for the ?th time. I settle for the time being for a very minimalistic look. Why do I bother? I don’t know. I wish I knew how to make a website from scratch, so I could get it precisely how I want it.


Being productive

March 18, 2009

I’m all into stencil printing these days. It’s so easy, and so fun! And it makes one feel so productive, because it’s fast, so very much faster than knitting. I have attacked my stack of fabric, and printed away. Mostly flowery patterns, that I have cut out of stencil plastic with a stencil knife.

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These are my colors..

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These are not really my colors, but this is nevertheless a finished item. A little reversible table cloth. I’m not a very good seamstress. I blame my cheap machine, but maybe it’s unfair.

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Sewing brings out the perfectionist in me, even though the result is far from perfect. Corners. They are such a challenge, I find. I keep humming that stupid 80’s hit by Huey Lewis (?), It’s hip to be square, while I crouch nervously over my sewing machine, trying to get those seams straight.

And I have chosen a rather unconventional (as far as I know) method: I sew the two pieces of fabric together wrong side against wrong side, folding the fabric underneath and ironing. Normal procedure would be to sew them together right side against right side, sew three sides together, leaving one side open, wringde it and sew a nice little seam around all four sides.
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This is, as you see, the same motif but on a different fabric. These are those things you put under your plate. I have made four of them, reversible too, with a different print on either side.

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This is my favorite print so far, I like the colors and I like the flower. I drew it from a Flora book, the flower is called “Reinfann” in Norwegian and has mustard-colored flowers. Here I made several repeats on a rather big piece of fabric. I toy with the idea of making a wrap-around skirt for summer. Anyone know of a good pattern for a skirt?

(See my Flickr site for more pictures, if you like)


Milk, anyone?

March 17, 2009

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Milk? Me? I don’t take milk anymore!

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I’ve moved on from that babystuff.

She actually won’t take milk anymore. Seven months, and refuses to have anything to do with the white stuff that comes in a bottle (not in a breast, due to circumstances when she was born).

What to do? Well, she gets formula milk camouflaged as banana milkshake, for one thing. In a cup, that has to be carefully tilted towards her little mouth, her chin has to be supported with a napkin in order to prevent dripping all over. So bottle was easier, and by far less time-consuming. But I respect her for being headstrong and eager to move on. Porridge, fruits and vegetables are now an important part of her diet. I read about food and seven months, and it’s all about problems introducing solids. Well, not in this case.

(Did you notice the bib? It’s made by Gry at Fintfôr)


Home alone printing

March 2, 2009

My baby daughter and I have been home alone this weekend. So during her naps I have been productive; the print has been running at a fabulous speed! This is what I’ve made so far, and ideas are just crowding in my poor little brain. Printing is so different from knitting! Knitting is quiet, meditative, sensual almost – while printing is such a rush! At least after all the preps are done. My method is simple and amateurish, but it works pretty ok. Here some pictures:

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I used a plastic sheet, stencil plastic (?) to cut out the motif. Mixed some textile colours I got from a hobby supply store, and dipped the foam roller in the paint and off I rolled. I found it worked best with just a small amount of paint, almost dry roller. It was great fun, and a thrill to peel off the plastic to see how the print turned out.

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The little girl has behaved very well in the absence of her big four year old brother. Patient and good-humored. But her table manners.., hi, hi..

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I didn’t do much out of the cooking… had me some anemic looking fish’n macaroni.

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no big job doing the dishes after dinner either

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but on Sunday I had a delicious dinner at Gry’s place. Real fish, cod (skrei), and great company, so no need to feel sorry for me at all.

But what happened here?

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I have moved my stuff!

February 24, 2009

I have a new blog! Go see me at https://thorvalda.wordpress.com

Shooting away

February 17, 2009

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Sometimes I just can’t help myself. I keep seeing a potential motif in all that surrounds me.


first print

February 16, 2009

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Piece of paper, watercolours, potato and potatopeeler. That’s what you need to start printing. You might want to invest in more specialized gear after a little while, though, if you get your print going.


Award

February 14, 2009
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Tora has given me “The Marie Antoinette A real Person, A real Award”, thank you Tora! I pass 

the award along to these bloggers, some of whom I know in person, some whose blogs I visit often but do not know in person, and some whose blogs I have just recently discovered but would like to keep an eye on: gryda, penelenepinneguri, slipped stitch, needled, siepsfabriek and paintedfishstudio. 
I am not totally sure of the rules, as I have been a bit sloppy with the awards in blogland, but I think you are supposed to pass the award on to seven bloggers you think deserve, well, an award.
(No matter what I do, I can’t get the picture of the Marie Antoinette award to show on my blog. You’ll have to go to Tora’s blog to see the picture, and I can assure the trip is worthwhile)