Category Archives: Diverse

Reviving and moving the blog!

So. I have decided to revive (and move) the blog. Why?

Because I’m also in the process of reviving (or up-viving) and redesigning ShopONION.com (and perhaps even my professional life!)

The blog will show and reflect my life – including the sewing and knitting stuff!

Finished objects, designs, fashion, styling, work in progress.
Passions, inspirations, difficulties.

I want to inspire you to sew and knit and create. And have fun. This is my mission.

We are moving to http://blog.MariaDenmark.com. Come!

This inspires me today!

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Iantha loving Evilla yarn…

Iantha loving the Evilla yarn

Originally uploaded by mariafabaech

Jeg er hjemme igen, og fortæller og viser snart en helt masse. Men det her ku’ ikke vente: Da jeg pakkede mit nye garn ud, udsete Iantha sig straks Evilla-ulden og gik helt amok. Hun elsker det. Jeg har aldrig set hende reagere på den måde før (og hun er 10 år!). Har andre oplevet det samme?

I am back at home and I have a lot to show and tell. But this couldn’t wait: When I unpacked my new yarn, Iantha went straight after the Evilla wool and went crazy. She loves it, wants to own it and eat it.. I have never seen her react like this before (and she is 10 year old!). Has anyone else experienced their cats reacting like this??

Trying

Well, I haven’t been feeling like blogging for a looong time. I’ve been posting about my knitting/crocheting on Ravelry [Ravelry Link], which I finally discovered in October, and my garden on Danish site Havelyst.dk.
But recently I have been feeling the urge to start blogging again. I miss the feedback and also I need a place to keep track of my sewing projects etc.

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Tip-Down Baby Mittens, first one

So I’m having another go. Instead of trying to catch up on all the things I’ve been up to, I’ll rather just jump in where I am right now, and then see if I’ll tell you more about the other stuff at another time:-)

I am going to be an aunt this month. This is a big huge thing, since the last baby that was born in my family was Rasmus (my son) and he turned 11 in November.

I’ve been knitting a lot of baby stuff and right now I’m on the last project for now: Mittens for a newborn baby. This is the first project I’m designing from scratch and I’m having a lot of fun, even though I am also having a lot of ripping going on 🙂 

I’m going to post the pattern here in both English and Danish as soon as I have it ready (wow! My first pattern!)

See you soon 🙂

Strikket: Pulsvarmer



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Originally uploaded by mariafabaech

Jeg blev faktisk færdig med de her i starten af december.
De er lavet af rester af Rasmus-garnet (hvoraf noget blev til Woodland tørklædet) som jeg fik sidste år til jul.
Jeg var startet på nogle sidste år,men blev aldrig færdig, så jeg besluttede mig for at starte forfra med nogle jeg kunne strikke på strømpepinde. Det blev så de her. 17 masker rundt på pinde 5 mm, udtagning til kile, og til sidst en hæklet picot-kant rundt. De er ret lækre og bløde!

Leftover yarn from the gift my son gave me for christmas last year. I think he gave me 4 skeins and I made a lace scarf then. I also cast on for wrist warmers then, following a pattern from a book, but never got far. Also that pattern had a side seam, so I decided to make my own.
I did a swatch, then counted stitches per cm. From reading several patterns I figured out I needed 17 cm around. Simple math. Made a small vedge in the middle for the thumb.
Edged with crocheted picot edge in another mohair.

Something for a rainy day…

Prøv at hør! Hvis du bliver trist – så kig lidt på hende her – det kan næsten ikke undgås at man bliver i godt humør igen:

 

Really! If you are feeling down, have a look at this one – you will most def (Hi Carmen!) feel much better! 

Too much candy from Capucha on Vimeo.

Sewing again: ONION 2026 – tunic

Trying to post via Flickr

I have been sewing again! Among other stuff (not garments for me!) I’ve made this ONION 2026.

Oh, and before we move on, I want to tell you, that I have created a Facebook group about ONION sewing patterns.. You can find it here (Facebook link).

Here is the review (also published on Patternreview.com):

I finished this tunic in the beginning of October (was my September/October garment), but never got around to take any pictures – and the light just gets worse every day.
Finally the other day I was home early-ish and was able to take pictures… but they didn’t turn out great, I’m afraid.

Here are some more (at Flickr):
2026 pictures

Black is really not my colour, but I like this tunic anyway.. It has the tunic look (although it might be difficult to tell from the pictures) with the gathers over the bust and all, but doesn’t make me look like I’m 8 months pregnant!
I didn’t have enough of this mystery jersey, so I shortened the tunic/dress by 15 cm and left out the sleeve hem edges.

Pattern Description:
Pattern is for a raglan tunic or dress made in knit fabric (but you can use woven fabric for the hem and neckline edges). It has gathers under the neckline edge, and back darts.

Pattern Sizing:
It’s a multisize pattern that you trace in your size. It comes in XS (bust 84 cm = 33″) to XL (bust 108cm = 43″).
I made shoulders and neckline size XS and the side seams and darts size S.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think it looks like the pattern drawing. I made it with out the belt and I didn’t have enough of the fabric, so I shortened the tunic/dress by 15 cm and left out the sleeve hem edges.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes I think they were, all though I didn’t follow them completely. Because I hate waiting for seams to cool after pressing, I like to construct garments, so I have something to pin and sew while I wait. In this case, I sewed the slleves to the front, then the back darts, then the sleeves to the back and the side seams, before I attached the neckline edge.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the style and the shape, and the possibility to play with woven fabric for the edges, allthough I didn’t do that this time.

Fabric Used:
I used a mystery jersey that I also used for my strap top with twisted yoke.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Except the shortening of the dress and sleeves, due to fabric shortage, none…

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I would and will. I have already worn it a lot, and I like the relaxed look and fit, and to wear it over trousers (even though I am wearing jeans in the photo). So I have another version planned (but not cut yet.. you know how it is – work gets in the way of sewing all the time…)

Me in Threads Magazine!!!!?

I just found out that an article about sewing in Copenhagen (which includes (I assume) a mentioning of me and Jette (the designer of ONION patterns)) will be in the next issue of Threads magazine.

One year ago (precisely) we met up with the writer and talked about sewing and the patterns and the shop. Wonder why it took so long – they must really have a long production time.

After the interview I spend a great afternoon with the writer, her friend and their husbands walking around and having coffee and just talking. 

I can’t wait for the magazine to hit the mailbox!

giraffer og andre dyr / giraffes and other animals

Nå!

Giraftaskerne er endelig færdige. Jeg har broderet og sammen med veninde syet 45 små tasker:

45 Giraffe bags. Done!

45 Giraffe bags. Done!

Det varer noget tid inden jeg skal brodere giraffer igen (håber jeg). 

Knirke hyggede sig. Hun lå nærmest og krammede symaskinen (hun kan vel godt li at den spinder:-)) i stort set alle de 10 timer jeg brugte den anden dag.

Knirke hugging the sewing machine

Knirke hugging the sewing machine

ANdre dyr:

Vi bor jo på landet nu og her er et ret varieret dyreliv, som vi ikke så noget til da vi boede 2 km væk. Vi har dådyr, frøer, tudser, harer og altså… en flagermus? Jeg synes det er ret sjovt, men resten af familien synes det er klamt….

I think it's a bat..

I think it's a bat..

Lige nu er jeg ved at gøre klar til at vi skal på Langelandsfestivalen. Jeg er ved at sy nogle crew t-shirts ind (de findes kun i Large, og så drukner jeg altså!) og slapper bare af.

Jeg er også ved at finde strikketøj frem til at tage med. Jeg skal være væk i 10 dage, og kan jo ikke sy, så vil gerne have nok projekter med. Jeg tager selvfølgelig baby-sokkerne med, og vil også lave et par sokker mere til mig selv. Så overvejer jeg en babytrøje, som jeg har købt garn til. Og så er der en opskrift i The happy hooker på et lille hæklet dyr som jeg vil lave i noget af al det bomuldsgarn jeg har liggende…

Ellers nogle gode idéer til små projekter?

Well.

I’m finally done with embroidering – and sewing – 45 giraffe bags. I hope it’s going to be a while before I’m embroidering that many of the same motife again.

Knirke had a great time the 10 hours the embroidery-machine was running saturday (finishing up). With small trips to the litterbox and the food bowl she spend the entire day hugging the sewing machine. It must be the vibrations reminding her of purring…

Other animals:

Now we live in the countryside (2 km from our old house) we are experiencing an assorted wild life. We see deers, toats, frogs, hares, lizards, salamanders and…. bats? I think it’s kind of interesting. But the rest of the family are not amused!

I’m sewing a bit.. resizing crew t-shirts for the Langeland festival. They only come in Large, and I just disappear if I wear that. So I’m resizing and changing the neckline and just relaxing listening to podcasts.

I’m also beginning to pack for our trip, and also need some knitting projects. We are going for 10 days, so I need more than just the baby socks. I’m thinking of making another pair of warm socks for me. And also there’s a baby sweater I want to make. ANd there are some fun projects in The happy hooker  such as small stuffed animals that I could make with all the cotton I have in my yarn stash…

Do you have any other suggestions for small projects I could make? 

Tilbage på pinden / Back on the blog (ck):-)

Jeg har haft et rigtig dårligt forår… Som tidligere beskrevet klage, stress, efterfølgende fysiske sygdomme… Nok om det. En af måderne jeg valgte at håndtere det på, var simpelthen at lukke ned for al unødvendig computeraktivitet… derfor ingen blogindlæg så længe…

Men jeg har da lavet lidt. Jeg fik nederdelen færdig, og har strikket og hæklet. Og broderet en milliard (cirka) giraffer for en ven…

Nu er jeg tilbage. Jeg har ferie!

Tini har ligeværet her i 4 dage og vi har råhygget. Vi har strikket, grinet, shoppet, og hele dagen i går syede vi.

Jeg lavede ONION 2024 i en stretch jersey (tror det er viscose/lycra) fra Stof og Stil:

ONION 2024.. ja den er lidt dyb

ONION 2024.. ja den er lidt dyb

 

og bagfra

og bagfra

 

Den er så ikke sømmet på billederne, men det kommer i morgen 🙂

Jeg er ret glad for toppen, men tænker at hvis jeg skal lave den igen, vil jeg rette mønsterdelen til det øverste forstykke til så jeg kan have en bh under…

I dag har vi så sorteret i mit garn og jeg er blevet inspireret af Tinis organisationssans til at lave mig nogle ruller til alle strikkepindene…

Tini and Knirke.. The cat who\'s afraid of cows

Tini and Knirke.. The cat who\

I’ve had a really bad spring this year, as I wrote about earlier. The complaints, the stress and the diseases afterwards. Enough said about that! One of the ways I decided to deal with my stress-disease was to avoid any unneccesary computering, so that’s why I haven’t been writing (or reading other blogs) for so long.

But I’ve relaxed by finishing the skirt, knitting, chrocheting and doing tons of machine embroidered giraffes for a friend (don’t ask :-))..

Now I’m back and I have vacation!

Tini was just here for 4 days and we had such a good time. We’ve talked, laughed, knitted, and spend the entire day yesterday sewing.

I made ONION 2024 in a mystery stretch jersey (I think it’s rayon/lycra, but can’t be sure). I love it, but feel that it’s a tiny bit too plungy, so if I’m making another one, I’ll adjust the pattern piece for the front yoke and make it a little bigger, so that I’ll be able to wear a bra underneath…

Today we have looked through and organized my yarn and inspired my Tinis great organizing skills, I have started making rolls for my crochet and knitting needles. Oh and you know what? Maybe I should make some more drawstring bags for my projects 🙂

I’ll be back writing more tomorrow!

forår?? / spring??

Efter en vinter hvor der kun har været sne en gang – og det var 2-3 cm – og meget få frostnætter, så kom vinteren altså her i slutningen af marts. Billederne er fra i lørdags

 Her i indkørslen 

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Og i bunden af haven, med udsigt over engen og markerne:

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Nå, men foråret skulle vende tilbage på fredag….

After a winter with only one snowfall (and that was about 1″) and very few frost nights, winter came to my part of Denmark in the end of March. The pictures are from Saturday

The first one shows the driveway, the second the bottom of my garden with views over the meadow and the fields.

Spring will return on friday, they say…