Saturday, 17 February 2018

FOX COSTUME

Last week they had a day of dress up in Oscar's nursery for Fastelavens, and on that occasion we decided to dress him up as Mikkel Rev from Dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen. Graeme sourced the clothes, while I sat down and made a fox tail and a set of fox ears.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about: Mikkel Rev is a much loved character from the stories of Norwegian author Thorbjørn Egner. I grew up with these stories myself, and they've recently had a bit of a revival as they've been made into a stop motion animation (looks like it's also been translated into quite a few languages?). It's really cute and Oscar is a big fan. (He also has a fox teddy which is his favorite, and was actually the original inspiration behind the whole fox costume idea.)


Now, of course we could have just bought the costume online, but I thought it was kinda pricey and mainly, where's the fun in that? So after doing a bit of research around pinterest and the web, I decided to make the tail out of yarn. It's a pretty simple technique, where you essentially just make a bunch of yarn tassels and then brush them out to make the yarn look more like fur. I was a bit sceptical of how it was gonna end up looking, but I'm so happy with the result and it was so much fun to make haha. I mean how cute is that little fox butt? I used the same brushing technique for the ears and then used a ton of hairspray to make them a bit sturdier and sewed them onto the hat. Hey presto, there's your fox.

Wonder what other animal costumes I could make using this technique? Or maybe Oscar will be going as Fantastic Mr. Fox for next Halloween? Haha

And lastly, of course, a couple of photos of the costume in action:

Sunday, 11 February 2018

FEBRUARY STATUS REPORT

It was starting to feel a little bit heavy on the project posts, so thought I'd break it up a little today and do a little post with what's been going on around here. Might make these kind of posts regular? Anyway, here we go!

drinking my coffee out of my new favorite mug that Oscar gave me for mother's day which is today here in Norway! It's pretty much the greatest mug of all time.

reading Station Eleven and Little Fires Everywhere. I like reading more than one book at a time so I can change it up a little depending on what I feel like.

working on a photo heavy blog post about an album I made for all of 2017. Spoiler: I love it.

laughing while playing hide and seek with Oscar. Yesterday I hid behind the curtains, and he couldn't find me until I couldn't take it anymore and burst out laughing. Sitting upright on the couch under a blanket also proved to be a good hiding spot haha.

attempting to complete the Apartment Therapy January Cure (yes, in February, I'm a bit behind). Mostly I've just been buying myself flowers. I also cleared out and organized a junk drawer.

eating fastelavensbolle, as today is also fastelavens! Graeme surprised me with some fastelavensris on Friday. In his words "I bought you some birch sticks with feathers? I don't really get this tradition, but I thought you might like it." I certainly do. Well played, Graeme.

knitting two projects right now: the No Frills sweater by Petit Knit for myself, and a Hipster Hat from Petit Knit for Graeme as he's always complaining I never knit him anything.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

ANKER'S SWEATER

The funny thing about this sweater is that it was supposed to be so much bigger. Basically, long story short: I knitted this sweater for Oscar in a size 4-5, thinking this would be a sweater he could fit into way in the future, but accidentally chose the wrong yarn, resulting in a much, much smaller sweater fit for a one year old. I only even realized when I was far too into the project (I really dispise undoing my knitting and would rather give it away to someone else than start over), and basically held my breath as I finished it up and tried it on him. To my great surprise, it fit him perfectly!



The pattern is from Petit Knit, and it's called Anker's Sweater. I love the ribbed yoke detailing. Mette from Petit Knit has so many awesome patterns, both for kids and adults! I knitted it in Sandnes Garn Tynn Mernio, though I should really have just used regular merino, hence the sizing getting all messed up! Luckily Oscar's gotten plenty of use out of it and it still fits him now, though he is very close to growing out of it. It was a pretty quick and easy knit though (yay for kid's clothes!), so maybe I should knit him another one?



Wednesday, 31 January 2018

THREE KNITTED BEANIES: GUTTEBASSLUE


I mentioned in a previous post that I was planning on sharing a couple of knitting projects I completed last year, and this is one (three?) of those. Graeme surprised me one day with a knitting book from Klompelompe (he's lovely like that), and this pattern for the guttebasslue was the first one I tried out. I enjoyed the pattern so much, I ended up making three!



First, of course, I made one for Oscar. Then I ended up making a smaller baby-sized one for my friend who had a little kiddo in July, and then an adult-sized one in blue for another friend (to match her eyes :). All three are knitted in Sandnes Garn's merino wool.


The pattern doesn't actually call for a big oversized fur bobble, but I'm kinda loving that look right now so decided to go with it. They just look so cozy! They actually come with litle snap buttons too, so you can easily take the fur bobble off if you need to wash the hat (something I forgot to tell my friend, who ended up sending me a pretty distressed text as she had accidentally popped off her bobble and thought she'd ruined the whole hat).

I've been very tempted to make more of these, perhaps one for me and one for Graeme so we can match Oscar?

Friday, 26 January 2018

OSCAR'S BABY BOOK

Here's something I've been working on on and off for over a year and half now: Oscar's baby book. If you're not familiar with the concept, a baby book is a memory book filled with journal prompt type pages where you can record your child's first year (or first few years). The way this book is set up is that it's about 90% from the first year, and then a couple pages to fill in between the ages 1-6, so this is obviously still a work in progress, but as I'm done with most of it I thought I'd share a couple of pages from it.

I actually spent a long time looking for the "right" book, because there were so many out there that I was pretty disappointed by. I eventually ended up with this one, and while there's definitely nicer looking books out there, I felt a lot of them really lacked in substance compared to this one. And either way, I planned to make my own cover for it and fill the pages with as many photos as I could, so the design wasn't really that important to me.



One of the things I really like about this project is that I've used so many photos from my phone, which I normally don't do when I make albums. Quite often I tend to only use SLR photos as they tend to turn out nicer, but I just had too many photos of my phone that weren't necessarily of the best quality but still too good not to include. Like the one of his first smile (above photo, bottom right), or the photo of that time he had a giant blow out and pooped all over his chair (above photo, middle), or the one where he's lying in his crib with the cheekiest smile, and he's thrown all of his dummies on the floor (below, middle). You can't always have your SLR ready to capture moments like that!

As for the cover, I made a simple slip cover in navy cotton embroidered with white embroidery floss. I basically expanded on this project I made for a friend years ago, and embroidered his name and birth date along with the constellation of his zodiac sign, and I love how it turned out, as I basically just eyeballed it. I also added this little detail on the back of the book:



Another cool detail is that I added a QR code to one of the first pages. It's not the prettiest, but it links up with a video Graeme and I made of one second long clips from every day of his first year. Graeme got the idea while I was working on my other 1SE project, and I think it's one of my favorite projects ever! It's a bit long, but I love it so much and it melts my heart every time I watch it. I can't believe how much he grew in that first year!



And if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the monthly portraits I've been taking of Oscar with one of his teddies. I decided to put them all in order and cover a page with them.

I'll be the first to admit that these books can be kinda cheesy, but I also love stuff like this and I love flipping through my own baby book that my mother made for me. Can't wait to look through it with Oscar when he's older, and I hope he loves it as much as I do!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

WOOL ROVING WALL HANGING

So somewhere along the line, life got a bit busy and I stopped finding time for creative projects. Don't get me wrong, I've still had a couple of knitting projects on the go and I've completed three photo books too (I'll share these later), but it feels like it's been a long time since I sat down and focused 100% on making something new.

And last weekend, after a bit of a hard week, I sat down, brewed myself a cup of tea, put on a favorite podcast, got some materials out and started making a wool roving wall hanging. I've never made anything like this before (though I do remember doing some basic weaving back in school when I was about six—does that count?), but I googled a couple of tutorials and looked at Pinterest for some inspiration, and it was just so wonderful to just sit down and try something new, something just for fun. I need to do this more often. Making stuff is my zen.



So one of my goals for 2018 is to complete 12 projects. I'm counting this wall hanging as my first. And then I thought maybe if I share my projects here on this blog, that might make me a bit more accountable and likely to finish them all, so here I am, writing away. I haven't made a set-in-stone plan for what the next 11 projects will be, but I've had a good brainstorm and just really looking forward to trying new things in general and being creative.

For this wall hanging, I used the lid of a pizza box to make the loom, some old weaving threads that I inherited from my grandmother (she was an avid weaver and did huge, complicated tapestries), and three packs of wool roving that I bought for 20 kroner each. So in total, this project cost me 60 kroner. The little wooden beam I just had lying around, leftover from an orchid I managed to kill a while ago.



I went for a pretty abstract look, where my only plan was to try to make some thick braids that faded into thinner braids, and then do some basic weaving in between to even it out. The wall hanging is far from perfect (and I'm not actually sure it fits the space it was originally intended for), but I had such a good time making it and would love to make something similar again.


So here's to a creative 2018 and hopefully 11 more creative projects!