The Handicraft Master plan

The end of last year was quit hectic, which you might have noticed in how late I’ve been about posting about trips and finished projects. The good thing is that I’ve been busy meeting friends, going to exhibitions and even doing a bit of travel.
One thing I’ve decided that I’ll do no matter how hectic my days get is handicrafts. Finishing my green basket weave crochet scarf took too long because I was constantly putting it aside for things that usually involved sitting infront of a computer. Once I started experimenting with embroidery and rediscovering how relaxing and therapeutic it was, I decided that I need to always have one crafty project going. But since I’m a very restless person and I easily get bored I’m gonna try to have several pieces in progress at once. So that’s my master plan! Nothing revolutionary really, it’s basically what I’m doing with my sewing but when I thought of it I got very excited. Unlike my sewing (which takes up almost half of my room with patterns, fabrics and machines) handicraft projects fit in my lap and I can also take them with me when I travel. So here’s to a very crafty 2016!

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Random freestyle embroidery. I’m new to embroidery so I’ve been making it up as I go along. At some point I started practicing French Knots. I took a few tries before I got it right.

I’m an avid crocheter and I’ve also started to learn how to read charts so I feel I might be ready to try crocheting an entire garment. First I have to find a pattern, so if anyone has any tips let me know. Until then I’ll be trying out new stitches and crocheting scarves and pouches.

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I came across the Star stitch in one of my Pinterest sessions ( I can spend hours there!) and decided to try it out. Here a good tutorial.

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I really like this stitch, the only bad thing is that the reverse side doesn’t look the same. I make a lot of scarves so I prefer stitches with identical sides.

I’ve also been trying my hand at knitting. Basically before this fall all I could knit was a garter stitch. Once my friends taught me how to knit stockinette I got ahead of myself and tried really advanced stitches.

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Failed Bee Stitch. Too much to keep track of for my scattered minded brain. I’ll try it again when I’ve practiced more easier stitches. 

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Seed stitch. This is a good stitch for beginners like me. Once you learn how to identify your knits from your purls it goes quit smoothly. Here’s a good tutorial.

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Moss Stitch, which is a variation of the Seed Stitch. I really like the texture of this stitch. I think I might knit a scarf with it. I just need to work on the tension of the stitches so the finished piece doesn’t become so crooked. Here’s a good tutorial for the Moss Stitch.

There you have it, what I’ve been trying out lately. If you have any tips on more stitches I should try out, let me know!

 



2015/2016

Date : 02/01/2016
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2015/2016

2015 was an event full year in many ways. I turned 30! It was a birthday I feared might cause some sort of existential crisis but what I found motivation. I decided to stop putting off things I want to do, ’cause if not now, then when? I guess it was me finally realising that with some things there’s never really “a perfect moment” so waiting for thos moments is a waste of time. For me, the thing was travelling. It’s what’s always on the top of all my new year’s resolutions and what I in 2015 vowed to do something about. So I decided to treat every trip like an adventure, even if it was the antiques market an hour from where I live.  Sometimes it was only for a day or a weekend but I still found something to marvel about. I also rediscovered the perks of travelling alone. It’s not worse or better than travelling with friends or family,  it’s just different. Like walking through museums and shops at your own pace? Awesome! Dining alone in crowded restaurant? I’m working on it!

What are my goals for 2016? Definitely more travel and stepping out of my comfort zone but also better time management so I have more time for my creative projects. I also want to really challenge that inner voice that’s always doubting and makes me opt out of possible opportunities. So 2016 will basically be about getting things done!
So here’s my 2015 in  travel pictures! May 2016 be even more adventurous!

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The year started with my first ever trip  to Tallin. An awesome birthday present from my friends.

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During easter my youngest brother and I went to explore the cool city of Berlin. It’s a place that has a lot to offer so I’m definitely going back again in the future.

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During a weekend in July I went to Stockholm for mini solo trip. It was a much needed break.

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In November I went to Lund to visit my brother. I’ve already warned him that I’ll be back for another visit.

On my way to Lund I passed through Copenhagen. Definitely one of my favourite cities.

In December I went to Scotland with Kea of Deep Red Blues. It was an mazing trip in so many ways and much of it is thanks to Kea’s excellent travel planning. I have a gazillion of images that i’ll be sharing with you in the coming months, stay tuned!


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