Master and Servant

Long time no blog. Now that’s about to change (at least for the upcoming month).

I’ve enrolled in the Meistaramánaður initiative, hopefully managing to fulfill some of my new years’ resolutions these past few years. And, yes, maybe think about start working out. My physician would appreciate that. Although, nothing extreme, my doctor gave me strict order to never attempt Mjölnir-related exercise regime again. In that respect, we’re completely on the same wavelength.

I have decided on one goal (more to come before the end of the week) and made the necessary arrangements to see it through. I’ve enrolled in a tatting course. I meant to teach myself how to tat for some years(!) now. I bought the tatting thingamajig in Tokyo (this would be November 2011), and I took a couple of self-help tatting books when I went on my around-the-world trip in October of last year, but to no avail. I still have no idea how to tie those tricky little knots. However, with Heimilisiðnaðarfélagið‘s due diligence, I’m sure I’ll finally master the art of tatting. The fun starts tonight, wish me luck!

Pink bullets

Holy home #DIY

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Across 110th street

It’s finally over. After 36 skeins, which sum up to approximately 4 km worth of 50% cotton 50% acrylic blend thread, I’m finally finished with my adult blanket. Took me one month (to the day) to complete. Read More…

Heart of Glass

I believe my eye-sight is getting worse, which I guess is a bad thing, however this gives me the excuse of renewing my spectacles. This time around I’m head-over-heels-in-love with cat-eye frames. I guess that’s due to my crazy-cat-lady-collection.

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Part of Your World

I just loved (and still do!) the little mermaid growing up. I may have at times only responded to Ariel. She was my hero! Her flowing red hair and beautiful singing voice and adventures under the sea.

Original Merry Mermaid. Free template available from Lark Crafts.

As serendipity has it, on my casual walk through the infinite abyss that is the internet I came across a template for DIY mermaid doll, apparently some expired sew-along/sweepstakes. Well there was just one thing to do, scrap everything until I would have a mermaid of my very own and printed out the free template.

My Buenos Aries Babe

Now, I didn’t quite like the minimal facial features. Instead I mimicked the asymmetric facial features of a doll I bought a year ago in a tiny boutique in Buenos Aires’ Palermo district. I did a rough draft in pencil (which I know is very bad of me) on the muslin and used free-motion sewing to embroider it. As luck would have it, the pencil marks magically vanished. So no harm, no foul, right?

FIY: All materials are up-cycled. The hair is a former pillow case (duvet case is missing, beats me), the fin is an awful green dress, filling is lining from a coat I’m currently up-cycling the fleece (stay tuned!), etc., etc., etc. Making this a very eco-friendly mermaid!

I’m very well pleased with the results, despite slight early onset female baldness (right side) which I might just cover up by adding another bow.

Kaleidoscope Eyes

For a very long time, I’ve been wanting a proper bedspread — that fully covers my enormous 4m2. Alas, my size is online-shopping unfriendly. I’ve already tried, in good hope, acquiring one. Apparently I misjudged some of the conversions — apparently I have some dubious novelty definition of a King-size bed.

Since most store-bought goods in Iceland are not to my exquisite taste, I will have to make me own. I have been keeping a look-out for scraps to make a patchwork quilt, such as this one from UO (which I grant you comes on the cheap, alas, not in my size):

Urban outfitters

Now, due to my pinterest addiction, I’ve come across some gorgeous geometric shapes that have been suggested to be “great for quilt-making” and I must say I completely and utterly agree with my fellow pinners. Here’s what I’ve been mostly leaning towards… Read More…

Tongue Tied

Once upon a time, when I rekindled my relationship with long-lost knitting needles, I dyed my own yarn: Don’t take a sip of the Kool-Aid, it’s to dye for. It was somewhat tricky business, since there were meters upon meters of yarn that had to be kept untangled (at all cost). Other than that, it was relatively easy monkey business. Since then, I’ve been dying to dye again.

There are mainly two techniques that are #DIY friendly, namely, Tie-dying and Dip-dying — the yarn adventure from 2011 belongs in the latter category.

There are a lot of inspirational dyes out there, worth aspiring to recreate. I remember a ruffled bag from Royal Extreme from Hönnunarmars a few years back. It was an ombre mix of crimson red and mustard yellow. Simply divine. Alas, no pictures available from the internet. Luckily I a very vivid memory of it, so it’s all good.

Dip-dye


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