Do or do not

We love Star Wars in this family, but we like the old films the best. My husband and I use the saying Yoda has: ”Do, or do not. There is no try.” … or something like that…
I think it works on many things. Like don’t feel bad about the dishes waiting, decide to do them, or not to. They wont go away and when you’ve decided that you wont do them, you can find peace to create something instead. Art before chores might be my new saying. 😉

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The little house I see on my daily walks in a green space close to our home. It’s like a mini forest just around the corner.

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Remember, do or do not. Guilt is a negative feeling and leads to nothing creative. 😉

Love
Jos

Yarn, yarn and yarn

Today my yarn orders arrived! Yay! My excuses for ordering more yarn were that I had to use up the rest of my Birthday money, and I had to order more yarn to a current wip. I know, good excuses right!?

I have stared with big eyes on yarns from Malabrigo and Cascade for ages. Totally yummie and gorgeous colours! So when I received  some money for my Birthday I decided that I should buy some of these gorgeous skeins of yarn.
In the first picture you can see one skein of Malabrigo’s sock yarn in the colour Aguas. Unfortunately they only had one skein left, I had an idea of using it for a shawl pattern I have on my waiting list. But I’m sure I’ll come up with something. It’s a bit darker than I thought, but still beautiful shades of grey/green/blue. The other skeins are Cascade 220 Fingering yarns in the colours Cyan blue (8891), Azure (8892), Anis (8908), Flamingo Pink (7805) and Natural (8010). Difficult to photograph so the colours come out right, but I love them! Maybe I’ll use them for a blanket… All of these yarns are ordered from Garnkorgen, a Swedish site with lots of gorgeous yarns to dream of.

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The other package was from Garnaffären another Swedish site with lots of yarns to choose from, I mainly order Drops Paris from them and that’s what was in the package this time also.
Last week I started making a cover for a stool I bought at a flea market ages ago. I found this pattern at Pinterest and I thought it would be perfect. It’s a total yarn eater though, so I soon realised that the yarn I had wouldn’t be enough… Too bad, right? 😉

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So when I had to order some yarn for my project, I just had to order some extra colours right? It’s good to have for small projects and I feel another pillow is coming up… or a market bag… or something totally different. You can never know when the crochet bug strikes. The colours are Pistachio (39), Vanilla (35), Off white (17), White (16), Light ice blue (29), Dark turquoise (10), Light light pink (57), Apricot (01), Rust (46) and Light mint green (21). I think I’ll continue with the stool cover right away… or maybe I should just sit and squeeze the Malabrigo and Cascade skeins a bit more, maybe turn them into squeezable balls…

Another thing I’m waiting for is a package full of seed beads from Spirit Bear Beads over at Etsy. She has absolutely gorgeous beads in various mixes, Emerald Isle mix and Beaches mix are two of five mixes I bought for the rest of my Birthday money. I plan on trying some crochet with beads, one is a shawl with a Malabrigo yarn I’ve had for a couple of years. I bought it as a newbie in crochet and have not come around to use it until now… I hope. It’s the same yarn as the Aguas I wrote about earlier. It’s so soft, merino wool and a beautiful deep red. The pattern is one of the reasons I wanted to learn how to crochet and now might be the time to try add some beads in the mix.

Many thanks,
Josefina

Nordic shawl

After looking and thinking and admired, I finally bought the Nordic shawl pattern made by Annette at My Rose Valley. A post about this pattern you can find at her blog here. She has been a darling and given me some input about yarn choices, since there are no yarn shop where I live that holds the yarn she’s used for the pattern. I’ve seen a couple of photos of different versions of this shawl, all very inspiring. When I first saw this pattern, I thought of a version in colours common in folklore. A shawl in black with red, green and blue in bright colours for the mixed stitches. I finally decided to use Tilda yarn for this and started picking out colours…

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Since I was pretty eager last night to start with the shawl, I decided to do some test crocheting with a dark grey I already had… and I actually like it! Maybe a bit softer against the more brighter colours. We’ll see how it turns out.

First thing this morning… well after I left the kid at school…  I went out and bought me some more dark grey Tilda yarn so that I can continue with it today. When I was in the yarn shop anyway… you know how it is… I just couldn’t resist some yarn of Tilda’s limited colours. Let’s call it an early Birthday present for myself. Hehe…
Not sure if I will use them for this shawl though, but the colours were so bright and scrumptious. A beautiful, sort of light emerald green, a turquoise and a bright apple green. The colours doesn’t show up so good in my photo, maybe because I’m using my smart phone… or maybe the Vignette app I’m using…
I also bought a bright orange, but forgot to take a photo of it.

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Then to decide what colours I’ll use for the mixed stitches… I think I’ll use the red, coral, emerald green, light green and a turquoise. Haven’t decided yet if I’ll go with the white or the off-white though… So right now my colour mix looks like this, and I think it’ll work well with the dark grey. Thought of adding an orange and a darker blue, like petrol blue… but it didn’t feel right for this. I have feeling there will be, at least, one more shawl… I can see it… Bolder colours… a red or green as base colour… But first I’ll get going with this one and finish it too. Yes!

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I’ll let you know how it goes.

Now time for lunch and some crochet… All is good.

Cheers!
Josefina

Sunburst Granny Square pillow

A lot has happened since my last post. It’s been a tough autumn/winter, which caused me to stay home and take care of myself… but that is a completely different post than this one.

Something that is definitely lifting my spirits is one of my current crochet projects, I do have like five going on right now. It’s going to be a pillow, 50x50cm, maybe with fabric on the back. It’s great to work with! I got the idea and inspiration of this from the lovely Dragana from Dada’s Place. She might use a different palette than me, but gosh I love her creations! If you haven’t  visited her blog yet, I truly recommend you to pay her a visit. Beautiful crochet and beautifully displayed.

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The pattern for my squares is from Nittybits and is called Sunburst Granny Square. It’s a great pattern with lots of pictures, and after you have done a couple of squares you’re pretty much on autopilot… but I do recommend to count anyway… this based on experience… 😉

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The yarn I use is Drops Muskat, it’s a mercerized cotton. I’ve never used this yarn before, but I love it! There’s a wide range of colours, and I like the feel of it. Sometimes it has a tendency to split, mostly when you’re doing stitches that are a bit complicated, like a puff stitch.

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I still have to decide if should crochet the back or if I should use fabric for that. I have a couple of squares to crochet until I have to make a final decision… right now it’s in favour for fabric backing…
I also have another cushion going, using the same pattern, but different colours. It’ll be a gift when it’s finished, I’m only waiting for more yarn that I’ve ordered. Hopefully they’ll be delivered later this week. I’ll show you that in another post.

Until then,
take care and happy swimming.
Jos