Thursday, December 18, 2008

...keeping busy...

I'm a lousy blogger these days...most of what I makeis unbloggable, because of this thing they call Christmas...;-)but I have a couple of things to show off- AND I have a couple of awards to accept! Thanks!!

Yesterday the kids and I went Christmasshopping. We're almost done, but not quite...I was looking for "something special" for someone special, but didn't find any. On my way home, it suddenly struck me: I have a piece of crocheted lace! And I have a piece of a linen/viscose blend that was meant to become a blouse. The lace was already joined in a square, I've had plans for that for quite some time, just waited for the right fabric- and then it somehow got "lost" on the bottom of the drawer. So home we came, and I dragged out my sister's sewingmachine, I borrowed it this summer, but haven't used it a lot yet.

It didn't work.

The underspool jumped out of place again and again. Finally I gave in and found the old machine that was given to me some years ago. It's not a good machine, but it will do.

It didn't work either...

In the end, I called a friend and got to borrow her machine...and here's the result:
(and I might keep it myself...)

A square tablecloth, 115x115 cm. I like it. It's not perfect in any way, but it was fun making it. Apart from the sewingmachineincidents, that is...

A detail of the lace. Crochet is what I started with, when I was around five. My grandmother lived nearby, and she taught me. I make mostly smaller items, not having the patience for those big tablecloths and bedspreads that Gran used to make.

I'm sure I did it all the wrong way too! I cut out the middle part, and hemmed the middle and the inside of the square, and the zigzagged the lace to the fabric...I'm not very fond of handsewing...

These are cheap kitchentowels made a little more personal with appliqued hearts. Fun to make, and really easy.

Then over to the awards...sorry I'm so late in passing these on!

The first one came from Beyla .

"The blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and realationship! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prices or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prices are cut,even more friendship are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eightmore and include this cleverly written text into the body of their awards."

"Denne bloggen investerer i og tror på NÆRHET- nærhet i rom, tid og forhold! Disse bloggerne er usedvanlig sjarmerende og søte, og formålet er å finne og å være venner. De er ikke opptatt av utmerkelser og selvhevdelse. Vårt håp er at når båndene på disse utmerkelser er kuttet, vil enda flere vennskap ha forplantet seg. Vær vennlig å gi litt ekstra oppmerksomhet til disse! Gi denne utmerkelsen til åtte bloggere, som igjen må velge seg åtte nye. Inkluder denne teksten på utmerkelsen deres".

I'd like to give this to:
Lucy Locket

and I'll also add Ruth! Go check them out, and enjoy:-)

I know some of you have already gotten this award, but you deserve another one;-)

The second award came from Melanie over at JellyBeanAngel- check out her blog- she writes daily through December, and it's sooo fun and interesting to read!!! Great pictures, and great crafting.

This award came from:Melanie

The rules of the award are:
1. The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you got the award from in your blog.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Blueberries in the field

There are many more bloggers out there that I read on a regular basis, and you all deserve an award- I really need to update my links so that you can find them!

I'm off to send the gifts to my sisters...late as usual, they might be getting the gifts for NewYear instead...

Have a great day!!!


Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, wow! I am very honored that you nominated my blog -- an award like this means a lot coming from someone whose blog I really enjoy reading, like yours. Thank you!

And I love that tablecloth -- it turned out well; I think I'd keep it, too :) Good luck with your holiday knitting!

Anonymous said...

Hia Marit- I keep meaning to tell you that often I leave commenting on your blog until the end as I love listening to your soundtrack. :-)

I think you did well with the tablecloth. That trim is so special. I know what you mean about looking out for the right project for things. :-)

Congratulations on your awards. You deserve them.

Ruth said...

Tusen takk skal du ha!

Den duken ble fin og jeg kom faktisk på at jeg har sånne nedgravd rundt omkring, jeg også. Jeg hadde en periode da jeg heklet lange remser med blonder - og så har de blitt liggende. Kjempelur ide. Jeg skal dra frem den symaskinen min igjen. Så tusen takk for den.

Ha en flott helg.

Hege said...

Takk for awarden :)
Får se om jeg får gitt den videre.

Ha ei fin helg!

Heidelweiss said...

Love the lace! You are amazingly clever. Thanks so much for the award. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Rebecca said...

BEAUTIFUL tablecloth!

And I love the idea of appliqueing the hearts on the towels.. what an easy fun gift idea!

Sonja said...

Takk fyrir kveðjuna og gleðileg jól.

blueberries in the fields said...

Dear Marit, i am so glad you wrote, i intended to write you a little note before x-mas day. i am very surprised to read that you hardly have any snow. In my mind, Norway is a northern country and i really beleived you had a lot of snow. Is it a view of the north sea you have from your living room window ??? Oh my, this is even more beautiful than all the snow we have here. I love the sea. I want to tell you also your tablecloth turned out really great!It is absolutely lovely. A nice gift for yourself. :)
I hope you spend a lovely and wonderful christmas holidays with your family...yes, i am so happythatmy husband is coming back tomorrow. I miss him a lot.
keep in touch :)

blueberries in the fields said...

huh ?? I just noticed you sent me this award ?? Oh Marit, this is so sweet of you ! Thank you sooo much. I have some x-mas knitting to do,but before i am off to bed, i will put it in my blog and send this award to some wonderful women who deserve it even more than i do. thanks again so much. :)

Caroline said...

What a beautiful tablecloth, Marit. I haven't had my sewing machine out since this summer. It's just so much easier to pick up my knitting needles.

Hege said...

God jul til deg og dine!

Hilde C. said...

Blonden ser nydelig ut. Jeg vil ønske deg en riktig hyggelig julefeiring :-)

Anonymous said...

That was very clever how you made the table cloth. And it looks reall nice too.

Hope you have a fun Holiday season and all the best to you and yours for 2009. :)

Ragnhild said...

For et fint heklearbeid! Godt å få det fram på bordet! Og takk for award'en - koselig at du tenker på meg! Ønsker deg ei fortsatt god romjul!!! Klem

Moogsmum said...

Thank you so much Marit!! I'm just catching up on some blog reading and what a lovely surprise when I got here!!

Your tablecloth is lovely - I'm so impressed with that very fine crochet!


Rani said...

Thanks for the award! I have been so delinquent lately! I started a new job as a preschool teacher and I am so tired at night that I pass right by my computer and head to bed.

I'm off to check out your other awardees before I drop to sleep.

Take care, Marit!