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A Beastie at mine

Hello, my friends!

I think that you have noticed that I didn’t talk about my BM’s Christmas gift in my last post… That is because I didn’t craft him anything… I asked a friend to do it for me… that because I have seen this post a long time ago and I said to myself that this could have been a perfect for him!

So I wrote to Helen from Crowcrafts Beasties and asked her if she was avaiable for this project… AND SHE WAS!!!

So, after an hideous and long journey, our new family member was dropped on the the doorstep on December 30th, on my BM’s birthday… What a perfect timing!!!

Our Dr. Who made himself at home immediately…

…. and found his favourite place ….

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He has a passport…

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… and he carries the Sonic Screwdriver…

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And what to say about the Tardis… ????

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AWESOME!!! Simply AWESOME!!

I do not know how to describe Helen’s work… it is neat, well finished, you have that clear feeling that she put her heart in it… every single detail is at its place! My MB and I, we felt so well while opening Helen’s parcel… So, my dear friend, thank you a lot! My BM appreciated your creature and its space time vessel so much indeed and thank you for the Beastie calendar and the lovely postcard too, they were a really beautiful and unexpected surprise.

Have a happy and crafty week everybody!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

Beanie, Christmas, Craft, Crafting, Family, FO project, Fun, Gift, Giving, Great crocheters online, Great knitters online, Holidays, Home, Homespun pleasure, Knitting, Shawl, Shetland lace, Socks

I’m still here

Hello, my dear friends!

Yes, I am, I’m still here! I have been neglected the blog for a while and that because I’m on a big delay with my Christmas gifts cratfing… Oh, well, I will be able to make everything on my “to do” list but I’m not sure if I will have the scarf I want to knit for me before Christmas…. I hope a miracle will happen but I’m affraid it will have to wait until next year… :/

Oh, never mind, here are my latest FO…

An off the scedule hat for my BM…

The pattern is the same I used for my hat, the Cabled Hat by Debbie Bliss.

My Mother in law Stone Tulip Shawl

I have to admit that I like it a lot!

The Lace Scarf for my Mum

I followed this pattern and even if it is in Finnish it is easy to understand.

All the gifts for the ladies are done and now it is gentlemen’s turn…

Socks, socks, socks!!!

I have started with my Father in law…

…. and I’m going on with my brother’s pair…

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Oh, I feel I’m working so slowly….

Some more Christmas tree ornaments are ready too….

Making all those things by hands… Insanity! That’s the most suitable term to describe how I’m feeling in these days!

So…. since the last few months were so discouraging because a lot of bad things had happened (Brexit, Trump president of the USA, Italy stroken by two terrible earthquakes…. I stop here!) I’d like to share with you some random photos of this still beautiful autumn…

Places we have been….

My dears, enjoy and relax! Of course, if you have time for πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Bye!!

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Ponti sul Mincio (… yes, I love to make selfies πŸ™‚ )

Love

xxx

Tajana

Christmas, Craft, Crafting, Fabric, Family, FO project, Fun, Gift, Giving, Great crocheters online, Great knitters online, Great tailors online, Home, Homespun pleasure, Knitting, Sewing, Shawl, Wandering around, WIP, Yarn

Holiday fever! Already????!!!!

Hello, my dear friends!

Those of you who knows me best know very well my obsession with handmade Christmas gifts….Β  There’s no need to talk about that much… but did I tell you that I want to have a nice Christmas tree this year… ? Since I’m so insane, I’m not only crafting gifts, I’m making tree ornaments too….

I have a precise idea about how my tree should look like and I’m playing a lot with the hook and different kind of yarn. I’d like to have sparkling garlands, nice white snowflakes, macarons and some felted embroidered hearts…. Let’s see if I’ll be able to finish off all the ornaments in time…

In the meantime I have finished off, blocked and stored the stole I was making for one of my sisters in law…

This is Luule pattern by Susanne Visch and I love it a lot! The yarn I used wasn’t the best one I have ever knitted with but it was worth the effort. The colors of this stole are too bright, in my opinion, but are perfect for the lady it is meant to. And I’m happy I was able to store it at last!!

As you can imagine, a new project is on my needles which should be finished off in three or four days… The Stone Tulip Shawl for my Mother in law ….

What can I say… I can’t wait to have it finished off and blocked!!!!!

My Mother in law is going to have a small pressie before Christmas, though… three pot holders…

I’m not satisfied with the finishing of those, however. Sewing is still my weak spot which has to be improved a lot… Sometimes it happens that my projects turn out nice but sometimes they do not…. I have to work a lot on appliquΓ©s….

At last, I knitted myself a hat! It was a while that I wanted to make this for me, a pattern I saw for the first time on Sewchet’s blog

This hat is perfect! I love this pattern very much and I love to wear it during our waks… By the way, we spent a few hours outdoors this weekend and here are some photos of the Lake seen from above!

I hope that you will enjoy this views!

I have to go now and have lunch ready!!

(Breathe, Tajana, breathe….)

Love

xxx

Tajana

Christmas, Crafting, Family, FO project, Gift, Great knitters online, Great tailors online, Knitting, Sewing

Back Again!

Hello, my friends!

It was about time to be back blogging again! Oh, I was quite busy with my Christmas crafting but I also had some health issues, nothing serious, I’m on my way solving my troubles, but all that kept me away from my blog. Well,to be honest, I hope that I can be online more often but I’m not sure… Life has become busy lately and I kindly ask you to not judge me too hard for my absence… Oh,I almost forgot to tell that I have started to attend German language lessons too, I need to know German if I want to work here around and learning it is taking a great part of my free time…

But I don’t want to bother you with my troubles, I want to share my last FO projects! Crafting is great and creating is still the best antidepressant for me πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ And sweet lovely things are worth sharing!!

The scarf I knitted for my FIL suits better my Big man so I decided to keep it at ours! (My FIL will have a new pair of socks instead!)

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You can find the pattern here πŸ™‚ It is so simple to knit and it turns out so beautifully!! Yeah, I’m so pleased with this scarf πŸ™‚

I made myself a slouchy hat following this pattern

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I have taken some photos from the back but they had turned out very badly…. Well,have a look to the pattern, my hat is so very alike the original photos. Oh and I have used the yarn I had bought at Abilmente. πŸ™‚

My MIL has her Christmas gift ready too…

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Three fabric baskets for her stash…. I followed the tutorial found here and I do hope that she will like them…

The first of three blankets for the family children is FO too…

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I have followed several tutorials foun on Pinterest to sew this blanket and I like to see my handwriting embroidered…. πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

And last but not least, a detail….

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I can’t tell you what it is but I had to show you this dragonfly…. A nice gift from Uncinetto e mille fili colorati ❀ ❀ ❀

I made more little sweet things but I still can’t show them to you! I promise to make a lot of photos before giving my pressies away!!

I wish you a great day and hope that I’ll be back as soon as possible!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

Craft, Embroidery, Friends, Fun, Gift, Great crocheters online, Great knitters online, Great tailors online, Knitting, Shetland lace, Wandering around, WIPs

WIPs and Wandering Around…

Hello,my friends!

I’m a bit away from blogland in these days but that is because my Big man has some days off and we are spending them wandering aroun a bit… Two days spent in the Apennines and tomorrow we are travelling to Croatia for a three days trip. I’m still crafting a lot and have some projects to share with you but they are not FO yet. More about when we are back home. For now just a photo of one of them, the gift excange with Sewchet.

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I’m knitting a Crescent Shawl for Sheila but wanted to add something more to my parcel to be so I tried myself with some embroidery πŸ™‚ Well,I’m satisfied….. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

….and a close up to the yarn for the shawl, brought home last night πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Sorry for being so short but have to go and wash my clothes for tomorrow!

Love

xxx

Tajana

Circular needles, Craft, Family, Great knitters online, Knitting, WIP

Christmas season 2015

My Christmas season has officially started today, August 2nd, with a scarf in a simple seed stitch…

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This one is for my BM’s uncle. I started with this one because I’m a bit affraid to run out of yarn so have to have enough time to find something to add,just in case… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Love

xxx

Tajana

Bike, Craft, Family, Friends, Fun, Gift, Giving, Homespun pleasure, Wandering around

Let’s talk about…

Hello,my friends!

Oh,yeah,let’s talk about,but with a smile as always πŸ™‚ because after annoying things there the good ones happen, as it should be. This morning I got out for a ride with my bike and I lost one of the pedals :/ :/ :/ for my sake it happened quite close to my Big man’s workplace but neither he nor me were able to fix the damage… The nice owner ot the bookshop/coffee bar I used to spend my time the first days we were in Peschiera gave me the directions for ‘bike doctors’ who solved the problem in half an hour. Oh,lucky me πŸ™‚ because now I know where I have to go in case of troubles πŸ™‚ Well,my plan wasn’t exactly that but at least I got out,had a ride,had a walk and sweated like a donkey!! πŸ˜› Oh,and enjoyed the view…

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Unfortunately there’s never an end to annoying troubles…. I pulled a thread out of my mustard dress… 😦

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….grrrrr…. why does not that happen to garments you do not care about at all!!! Fortunately the thread wasn’t broken and I fixed that easily. I washed the dress and now you can notice anything but I must be much more careful with my knitted goodies from now on… well, that happened on Sunday when we got home from my in Laws …. that to tell you that I was proudly showing my new garment all around and will continue to do that despite the awareness of the pulled thread in the inside…. πŸ˜›

There’s was a street market in Berceto on Sunday… I realized that I don’t talk much about my Big man’s home town and that’s not nice from me.I often refer to as ‘my in Laws’ but I don’t do justice to this nice burg on the Apennines. Maybe I still don’t feel at home there but that does not mean that I have to not talk about at all. Berceto deserves a better ambassador for sure! So from now on I’ll try to do better and I’ll start by telling that during all Summer there are a lot of small nice happenings and village fΓͺtes in Berceto and its surroundings. As I said there was a nice market with a lot of interesting stalls, mostly by handmade items. But one of them had used books and I’ve found this on it…

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Artistically speaking, the ‘Art Nouveau’ period is my favourite… It is so easy to feel both the desperation and the visceral need for beauty in the work of the very beginning of the 20th century artists. My mind stops to think as I see this…

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…. and this….

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…. and not to talk about Gustav Klimt paintings, absolutely my favourites!! I tried to use his colours in my craft but have to admit that it is not easy at all. Maybe my mustard dress and Jennifer’s origami necklace could slightly recall his style but slightly indeed… A friend of mine told me that my granny square blanket reminds her on Klimt’s work and I have to admit that her words made me feel so good… I’ll try to use more yellow,white, black and gold in my work from now on.

My friends, do you remember that Sheila from Sewchet had a giveaway for her Bloggiversary a while ago….? and I was the lucky winner!!! Well,some days ago her parcel arrived at mine!! I was just writing this post when the postman rang the bell…Β What an excitement!! Now I’m more calm and more aware of the beauty I’m surrounded with. Hers like all the others gifts I have received up till now talk about the skill and passion and time and fondness put in crafting them. This makes me move to tears!

Enjoy Sheila’s lovely goodies!

Love

xxx

Tajana

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