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The Figurative and Literal Strings of My Life


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And a niece was added

As I mentioned in another entry a new family member was added by my sister last August. A gorgeous little girl they named Camilla – after our paternal Grandmother, who died January 1st last year, just after my sister found out she was pregnant. Providence…that what we in return were given this little girl.

The cutie

The cutie at about 7 months

So true to tradition I embarked on my ‘baby basket making’-frivolities. I love making these – it’s fun and noth to mention cosy – and gives way to making a lot of little different things for baby…and mother. I get to try out new things and knitting patterns – so something in it for everybody.

Only difference this time is that I didn’t have time to finish it for the first baby visit which I usually do. However, then my sister called me and asked if I would be Godmother to Camilla (of course I couldn’t or wouldn’t say no) – and this meant I went even further and crazier than usual.

The simple blanket…(my nephew is still using his)

Propellor blanket

Propellor blanket

A cardigan. Usually I don’t go for the boy-girl colour chart. Don’t like to box it like that – but then…I found this cotton yarn in lilac and pink – and it was really cute…so what the h…

Baby multi colour knit

Baby multi colour knit – will become the mentioned cardi

First came a cardi…then booties…then a hat or rather and owl hat. It took a while but now it fits…

Owl hat...

Owl hat…worn in the vampy-teeth-stage

And socks…of course you can never have too many socks.

And…(somehow most of my project pic have vanished…well must be somewhere)

And then the other things…stuffed animals. (Almost) Can’t have enough of those…and then there was the Piggy…this vintage piggy bank – too cute to let go of. I found it at a flee market on my birthday with a special edition copy of the collected works of the Brontë Sisters. That was a good day.

More things…more socks…

I have so many yarn scraps the sock production will go on for some time…luckily my sister doesn’t mind. I get to repurpose, remake and ‘invent’ fun little projects which are usable – and they get to use it all. Everybody wins.


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High and Low

Started my weekend on a high with my parents annoncing their were coming from the other end of the country to visit. Love that. So seldom I see them – miss them so much. I do know compared to other countries living at opposite ends of Denmark might not seem that far apart. However, when you take into account our very low speed limits for all kinds of transportation – so, driving the 325 km takes well over 3,5 hours. To long to just pop by…shame…

AArhus (Hornslet) – Copenhagen – 324 km give or take

But in more ways than one it was great they came – when I got home Friday everything in the hall way leading up to my second floor apartment was blackened and sooted – really revealing all the cob webs. As it turned out someone had got in a set a fire at the base of our steps in the basement – my floor neighbour told me. Luckily, the first floor residents came home soon after, saw the fire and put it out. But if they hadn’t come home by them – I would have had nothing at all to come home to. The building is old and dry – it wouldn’t take much to take it down.

Unfortunately it is just one in a series of horrible events lately – involving excrements on doors and ruined hall way floors with ice road salts. And I was told the fire incident is not the first.

What makes it worse is that the police didn’t have time to come (they did come very very late anyway…saw them from my window only by chance…). And the insurance guys aren’t coming til Monday – so we can’t clean or do anything about the look of it all. One other lucky thing here was that no smell got into my apartment even though the smell is really bad in the hall way.

LOOKING for a new apartment – PRONTO…

So this made me even more happy my parents were coming as I didn’t really feel like being alone that night.

We also try to see or do stuff when they come here. You live a place and in your own country and you often seem to know less about these things than you do of foreign places. So we decided to go on a flea market spree around the city and then end the day with seeing some classic tourist attractions in Copenhagen. This time we went to see the Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid (H.C. Andersen) by Edvard Eriksen has been sitting in the harbour since 1913 – with a few exceptions. She went to China to one of the world expos, and a few times she has been removed as some have stolen her head.

We managed to go to 5 markets which is quite good – and we did happen upon some great finds. Mostly early in the day – all the good stuff vanish quite fast, so really there is no point to rummaging  that much if you are out late.

The beautiful little girl. Most given comment have been “My she’s got a lot of hair”. And in this pic Camilla (named after our paternal grandmother who died earlier this year) is just 2 days old…

With the pig i found a new anniversary edition of the collected works of the Bronté Sisters – great find.

Bronté

I found an adorable piggy bank which I’ll add to the baby basket I am making for my sister and my little niece (a tradition I have to fill a basket with things, mostly home made, you can use for and with the baby, and also a little something for mom). Got it really cheap also – so cheap the other stall holder got a bit cranky with his wife. And also a patent-lid jar for just under a dollar – normally they cost at least $5.

Le piggy..

At another market – a more high end one…and no so cheap…well, I found the loveliest shoes. Normally I wouldn’t buy used shoes – or at least I am very careful if I do. You have to be nice to your feet. But these – I almost didn’t care what the condition was…a pair of very lovely Chanel. Cream and blue with an anklet in cream and blue knit. Tasteful decorated with only little gold enhancements – to my liking, not into that much bling.

Vintage Coco Chanel shoes. So lovely and different – love the blue tip and strap up along the middle of the foot.

They just drew my eyes. They would look every so good on my little feet – but alas…little feet not small enough. And pulling a Cinderella stepsister move is just not my thing – I like my feet too much. But they were hard to leave behind…So were these…

Lola Ramona. Beautiful Danish Design. Vintage feel with twists and fun – they are a story in themselves. So great – def. have too few of them.

Last find of the day was a cute little box – or almost the last. But the last I didn’t buy – too expensive. A shame it was a very beautiful oil lamp that would have gone so well with my other lamps…but $350 was to much. But oohh…

Chokolate Box

Last item of the day.

We went through some of the oldest defence areas in Copenhagen – and in the middle of them we saw a strange monument comprised of a series of polished granite walls and lighting. One wall named all the places where Denmark have had soldiers both in peace and war after WWII. The other wall listed the fallen guys in war also after WWII as it turned out there it was the name of my friend who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2007 – I didn’t know about that wall. I’m not that much into the whole military thing, and i general I do not condone war and our involvement in them – which did lead to somewhat heated discussions between us at times. But it still made me happy to see him and the others honored in a tasteful way.

In memory of T.O.R.

Nice day to all.


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Baby Patch

In my family it has always been a tradition to make things for any kind of occation…big or small.

David – 3 years – loves Cars

And three years ago my sister had her first baby – georgeous little boy – and I of course wanted to make something special. As it so often happen with me and my crafts need one idea sort of expanded into several.

I ended up making a patchwork baby blanket – hand sewn from one end to the other – perfect for going home from the hospital wearing new garb. The blanket is also a perfect fit for the baby carriage. It actually didn’t take as much time as I would have thought. I made it in a wind mill 3D pattern in blue tones with a triangular quilting pattern. Very cute.

My inspiration for Davids blanket

I knitted a carriage suit, a matching hat, several pairs of booties and a sweater. I also made an embroidered keep sake with his facts. Lastly I made a very simple double layred fleece comfy blanket with a hand stitched edge. My nephew still uses it – perfect for those hot summer nights where a duvet is just too much.

Windmill

Well, three years on and another baby on it way – new plans. Actually, I going to do much the same again – with a few variations. No need to make the same – the items are fine and can be used again. But still, she… (yes, my perfect sister, doing everything the perfect way is now having a girl :-)…no love that gives me opportunity for variation in my creativity)…she needs to get something new, that’ll be just hers.

The finished blanket – patch, quilt and all

So firstly I made her a patchwork baby blanket matching the first one. The patterns are sort of similar – but then again not. This one is also made with a 3D windmill pattern – looks very much like the plastic windmills on a stick you can get children at the carnival.

The four different blocks assembled

Even though it is for a girl and made more girly than the first one I made – I really didn’t want to go all in on girlyness – so I was carefull to tone it down.

I had the three in front (yeah) – the fabric for the back side I bought

I chose four different kinds of cotton fabrics. For the back layer I chose  pink fish on a white background. The front I cose to compose of a classic candy striped, one with tiny roses on green and then a sort of kitchen things/flower theme print on white. It was a bit of a gamble whether they would work – but you got to live a little on the dangerous side sometimes.

Quilting pattern consists of circles and half circles

I’ve started a mutli-coloured cardigan – and I’ll make a hat and some booties again. The booties mostly beacause I’va found two great vintage magazines with some cute suggestions. But I not as pressed for time with these things  as I was with the blanket – she needed to get that before she had her little girl.

Other than these things I have only got one more set plan – the baby fact embroidery (klokkestreng – still not sure what it is called in English or if even is something used outside Scandinavia).