zondag 21 februari 2010

Off the needles

I am so proud of my new cardigan.
The yarn was a pleasure to knit and the colors are so warm.  It was the first time that I had to do steeking. I used two methods, first I crocheted a chain along the stitches where I wanted to cut, then  I  used the sewing machine to reinforce the stitches.
(A steek is a narrow section of stitches developed to provide a place to cut along to create openings in circularly knit garments)

There'll be no posts for about 10 days because I'll be in Holland.

vrijdag 19 februari 2010

New blogs to visit 3

On Quiltcrazygal's blog I love the two portraits she quilted, they are absolutely fabulous.

Jill from the United States has a blog named: 'untie the ribbons'. You have to read her post 'memories and regrets'.........

Love making things is Ann's blog, she is from United Kingdom. You can find all sorts of things on her blog. This is the picture of  'in memory of my gorgeous cat'. 

donderdag 18 februari 2010

New blogs to visit 2

I like the blog of Steph, she lives in the south-West of China.  When you visit her blog you should  click on the video with the title: 'Did I have a pain'. It's so full of humour .
On her blog she talks about her family, her life in China, her crafting......

Another blog that I want to show you is MrsMoen 's blog, she lives in Norway and I like her work.

The last blog is My pink turtle. Lulu lives in Canada, she loves gardening and painting. Her folk-art paintings are very colorful .

woensdag 17 februari 2010

New blogs to visit

I promised you some interesting blogs.

The first is Alice in paris loves art en tea. I like her paintings, very colorful and with a touch of humour.
There are also recipes on her blog.  She sells reproductions of her paintings in her Etsy shop.  I'll show you some of her cat paintings.

Another blog is 'Turn left at the pigs'. Diane lives in a little house in the woods of Ohio. You can read about her life with the animals, her recipes. And you can see her beautiful earrings.

To be continued.

maandag 15 februari 2010

And the winner is......

The winner of my OWOH giveaway is number 296, Daydream Retreat from The U.S.A.
She said:

Beautiful work, fun family photo too! I love that my craftiness came from my mother and grandmother too; fingers crossed, that scarf will match my eyes, ha ha!

Congratulations. I hope you'll  like the clapotis.
I want to thank all the others who left a comment, you were 461  .....
Again the event was a great success , there were 1088 blogs participating. I have been visiting them all..... and I can tell you that was quite a job!!
I saw very interesting blogs and I'll show you some of them next days.

vrijdag 12 februari 2010

Two packages arrived

My two Giveaway prizes arrived .

From Noeks the felt scrap package.
 And from Alison arrived my Sewmamasew present. She mailed the package the 11th of december and it arrived two months later!

I am longing for SPRING. The snowdrops are peeping out of the grass but since yesterday you cannot see them because of the snow. I found a lovely snowdrops picture , made in England by Saidos Da Concha .

donderdag 11 februari 2010

New bags

I made 2 new bags , you can wear them as  handbag or  shoulderbag.

They are both very nice but I love, love the fabric of the blue one.

maandag 8 februari 2010

Knitting and sewing in Japanese

There are so many lovely Japanese knitting and sewing books. They are famous for their beautiful photos and simple (not always), but stylish patterns. You can use them without reading Japanese, because the illustrations are excellent. When I am in Paris I always go to the Japanese library JUNKU. They have shelves full of craft books. You could spend hours and hours there......
Many, many sewing books, lovely patterns for woman, children.

And bag patterns, last time I bought this book.

Knitting and crochet patterns.
These shawl is a crochet example.

On this site you can find more information about Japanese crafting. 

zaterdag 6 februari 2010

Package arrived

Barbara from misspelicano had a post on her blog about HAITI. She auctioned fabric to collect money for the victims of the HAITI earthquake.
I donated money to 'doctors without borders', so I received the fabric. The package arrived today, beautiful fabric  in rose/blue/brown .One piece  was traditional Portuguese fabric, called "chita".
In the package were also 2 lovely felted flowers.......

Thank you so much Barbara.

woensdag 3 februari 2010

Three new bags

Here are the new bags.

These days I've spent most of the day blog browsing. There are already 969 blogs participating in the OWOH magic carpet ride.
I 've learnt new words like ATC and Magic Media Art. Do you know what means 'priti' ? It's a Sanscrit word that means satisfaction from creating beauty and joy. 
I became follower on several blogs. When this happening is over I'll  look around on those blogs.