Tuesday, 15 May 2007


My favourite t-shirt (from way back when):

My new bag (for holding my crochet):

Friday, 4 May 2007

In felt

A pink windmill...

...and two cool penguins!

Friday, 20 April 2007

Random projects

I bought an embroidery kit from sublime stitching. I wanted to try it out. I did this kitty cat in green. This is a slip stitch, I think! I can't keep track of the names of stitches. I'm just glad if I know how to do them.
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My sister wanted to learn too, so I let her do a few. This one is in blue:

This is a kitchen cloth with two strips of aida which we have been using for our embroidery. I see now that aida isn't the best fabric for this sort of embroidery - it has those holes, which don't help much unless you're cross-stitching. But it's an experiment, I suppose.

Cross-stitching has been kept to a bare minimum. I'm making this pouch for a friend who is pregnant. They're staying in our house in Azeitão. Still not sure if it's a girl or a boy. They think/hope it's a girl. So I picked this pattern which seems gender-free.

I haven't cross-stitched in a while, but I need to. I have three projects started - two small, one largish; I'd like to finish the two small ones in the near future, if it's at all possible!

The other day, I was in one of the many cheep chinese stores you can find anywhere in Portugal. They had something I was dying to buy: suction cups! They're actually hooks with suction cups attached so you can fix them to the tiles of your kitchen or bathroom. But these ones in particular are great, because the hooks are removable.

I bought one packet of eight last week and have since bought two more packets. Just because I want to have as much as possible in case of an emergency! So, if you need a dozen suction cups in a hurry, call me!

Anyway, one went to attach my pig to the rear window of my car. My car now has three pigs!
And I've used two more. One is for a friend. I made this cute cat, inspired by one I saw in a store somewhere and would have cost me about 10 euros. I thought "I could make that!" And so here it is:

Please don't say it looks like an owl! It's a cat! He has a tail and whiskers!

Fixed to our mirror:

I also had a few crocheted flowers hanging around. I made a couple more and sewed on some beads and crocheted leaves, joined them together. I was sort of experimenting and thinking how nice it would look on my uncle's gravestone. Not sure if I'll actually make one for him or if it's too corny...

Fixed to the window:

How about a baby blue Mickey Mouse? I made one! One ear is a little bigger than the other, though! Oh well.

I also made a small pouch. I was putting everything into the one my sister "made" for my birthday last year. It was holding wools and finished objects and the suction cups... It was overflowing with stuff! Finally, I thought it better to get another pouch for FO's and such, and leave the original for wools only. So it came out like this:

The red border was discarded fabric from the cherry bag. The blue flowery one is super cute! I bought it at the same place as the red with white polka dots. And I'm going back there, of course!

As I had time on my hands, I made a second one for my sister. It is holding her crochet at the moment. (Note that her ribbon is red. Although you can't see it in the photo above, mine has a white ribbon. Again, odds and ends I had lying around)

And so, the other pouch is for wools only:

That bright orange just doesn't seem to want to go away! I love it!
And I'm using rubber bands to hold each ball of wool. The stray ends were getting on my nerves.

Oh, the contents of the new bag:

It's full of flowers, leaves, crocheted hoops... whatever I made and doesn't have a proper home yet!

These are a few projects:

A felt apple. I saw something like this on Etsy. Better made, and smaller. But I had to have one for myself. The crocheted pieces are one apple, two oranges and a lemon. They're really tiny and are hell to amke, but cute. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, though. I have this idea of a Carmen Miranda doll. Or I could make an origami bowl to place the fruit in. Or earrings? Not sure...

And that's it. I'll post when I have more.

Friday, 13 April 2007

Some things I made

It was an eon ago when I made these... I haven't made anything since (naturally)

Red with white polka dots. Sitting in a closet somewhere, wondering why she was so abruptly put away.

Pointy kitty in an Ikea fabric. She came out quite symetrical. But I loathe her! She was very difficult to make.

Friday, 30 March 2007

Teeny tiny projects

I will invariably intersperse largish projects with smaller ones. I am on a crochet kick at the moment. This comes in bursts. So I am in the mood to experiment and make small crocheted objects. These objects will usually not even see the light of day. I will carry them in my projects bag until I can't bear to face them anymore and so I will hide them away with my other long forgotten projects. For your viewing pleasure:

A pink cupcake (excuse the crappy photography - it's late and I want to go to bed!):

A granny square. I want to make more, but unfortunately, I made this on the spur of the moment. If I tried to replicate it I would fail miserably!

A couple of mini friends. You can't see it, but the orange one is actually a gold fish!

And a couple of turtles. I was on a turtle kick for a while - I just had to make one! (or two!)

Monday, 26 March 2007


Future projects include:

1. Another bag like the brown one in the photo (a present for my sister's friend)
2. A new ripple blanket, but a lot more thought out. With only three alternating colours.
3. And three cross-stitch projects in the making. But I stitch very slowly...

I wish there were more hours in the day.

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

How to finish a ripple blanket

Answer: I got bored real soon!

I don't think I'll be rippling a large project anytime soon. Although... I am thinking of making something a little less random in the near future. Maybe a pink and purple ripple blanket. But not just yet!

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Rippling till the end

How will I know when to stop?

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

A postcard I made for postcrossing:

A girl sent me a card (I am going to guess it was from Finland, as I only get postcards from there!) and I saw she liked cows, so I wanted to send her something back. I just got the idea in my head and I had to make this postcard, whether she wanted it or not!

And my substitute piggy:

I made him to go in my substitute car. Maybe tomorrow I can get my regular car back.

Ripple Update

Just a tiny update on the ripple blanket:

Sunday, 25 February 2007

The Ripple Blanket

The ripple blanket half the world is making at the moment:

I started seeing these in loads of crafting blogs and had to make my own. It's not very colour coordenated, and the beginning is a bit crooked because I don't have any instructions and worked on a trial and error basis, but it seems to be on track now. My sister is hopefully getting me some more wool soon... Or I'll just go down there on my lunch break.