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Sewing and other crafts

Hello dear readers,
I haven't yet brought my sewing machine to my new home, the reason is that I don't have a table to use for sewing. And I really don't like sewing on the dining table in kitchen, it just doesn't feel nice knowing that there might be some leftovers on the floor with you fabrics, even if you have cleaned everything quite well.
This past week I've helped my sis to sew trousers, that were a success in the end and at the same thing I did sew some of my use-all-ugly-fabric projects.
I still don't know what made me do kids clothes in the first place, but at least those super quick to make.
Here are just a few I made, all overalls or something like that. I found an old sewing magazine form around -98 with good baby patterns and made overalls on the left. And on the right I also made the overall from an old magazine. I wasn't happy with the pattern and the result is not-so-good. But at least the fabric is nice, right?
And this is a head for a doll…

Dolls and more dolls

Hello all,
I had a lot of free time last week (and I could have used it better though) and of course I was looking for new ideas abot what to make instead of finishing all the school essays.
When I was in 4th grade or so my mom's friends organized a day where I made a clay doll and for the past week my fingers have been itching to make one. Where I live now, there are no craft shops near, so today I finally managed to go and by some airdry clay.
In Finland I couldn't find any retailers selling good doll clay, so I opted for air dry children's clay and I ended up with my. I hope it is a good idea, I haven't tried it at all. But it was mistakenly on sale, so that's why I bought it...
So my next post will probably be about how I managed to do a doll from that. I'm thinking of making the head and hands/feet from clay, and the body will be probably made from cotton fabric.
And when I went to the shop I was so happy that I found dollneedles from there, I've wante…

Back to normal life

My studies still continue and I still do knitting during boring and not-so-boring lectures. Yesterday and today I've spent my time totally multitasking: Reading to a test/listening to a test/ Knitting, so it is time well spent.
I did an argeological adventure to my yarn stash and found my skin colour yarns and decided to test knit my own basic body pattern I had written down in April. The doll turned out nice, though it is still in pieces.I used DK yarn (drops muskat) and 2,5mm needles. Last time knitted the doll with 2,5mm needles and fignering yarn. I think this doll turned out a bit too large, but well, it is cute enough. I took over 100grams of yarn. Next time using DK yarn, I'm going to do some adjustments to the pattern to make the doll smaller.
My idea was to make a wedding couple, but I don't know about this one. I can picture it in baby or toddler clothes in my head mostly, which is totally crazy. It probably depends on the eye colour I decide to use.

Wedding dress Final part

Hello dear readers!

I got married yesterday and so far I've liked my married life. This past month was very hectic but I managed to get my dress done in the end.
I had so many troubles during the process, but the dress turned out fabulous. It took weeks to finish, but it was totally worth every tear, all the sweating and blood stains on the white fabric. My wedding was just so perfect!
Almost everything I wore on my day was DIY: my dress, petticoat, bolero, veil, rose for hair. Well the shoes I bought.
So because this is a knitting/crocheting/sewing blog,  I need to give out basic insturctions or ideas for people that want to make their own wedding dress/evening dress
I'll post the picture of the finished dress after I get back from my short trip and I have time to go through all the pics taken from wedding.

This  posting is about the dress, I'll make next post about other wedding accesories
1) Take your time deciding the pattern and consider different options
2) Choose fa…

Wedding dress part I

Hello all,I had a loooong week at work, normally it is not that peacuful in a hospital ward, but the past week was. So I was quite energized after coming home and had time to start sewing my wedding dress and this posting is  about what I've learnt so far:

1) Choosing the pattern
  It can be tricky to find a pattern that matches your tastes. I went through my old sewing magzines and borrowed magazines from my friends. There were many good options or patterns that were usable for a wedding dresses like ball gowns/evening dresses/dancing gowns/party tops and shirts/skirts.
I had an idea what to do but  I changed the pattern midway thorugh, because I couldn't find a decents pattern for an illusion neckline and I saw the price tag for the prettiest laces. And I didn't want to use lace that costs 70 euros/meter, so I opted for a more ball gown type style.
I got an suggestion to visit dress shops to see what kind of a dress style suits my body type, but guess who never had time …

Wedding preparations II

Hello all readers,

I just love summer! It is the most best season during the year, at least this summer has been amazing. I've notived that I've really started to stress about my wedding, but that is quite normal isn't it?
This past week, we have finalized the menu and planned most of the whole reception. In Finland we traditionally have outdoor weddings and self-written wedding vows. But we're gonna have those. So I'm totally planning to do an untraditional Finnish wedding.

This week my work hasn't been so intense, but designing decorations and planning the schedule for wedding has taken quite a lot of time.
Well at least I have a design for my flower girls' dresses. They're going to look absolutely cute. I'm happy that I don't need to sew their dresses. The dresses are goinf to be pure white, with navyblue sash/belt and roses on the hem. And if the girls want, their mom can add a layer of organza to the waist.

 As for decorations and placing c…

Wedding preparations I

Hi all,

Sorry for not posting anything in June. My June was just so hectic with making wedding invitations, planning THE dress, moving back to my parents place and doing an internship with a surgical department. I just didn't have the energy to pick up ctochet hooks or knitting needles at all.

But all in all everything is going fine, we bought bridemaids dresses today (from summer sales of course) and I even went out to try shoes (pity that the pretties shoes were blue...). I've done a few sketches about how my dress should look like and this is the best version:
For the fabric I'm going to use either satin or taffeta, I don't know which one yet, but probably the cheaper one. I plan to use a zipper and sew blue buttons to the back just to look nice and add some blue pearls or sequins to the front. And straps? I haven't decided yet.
My friends have promised to make the veil and now I just need to figure out a pretty hairdo, that won't be too hard, right?
And I s…

Warm weather and warm feelings

Hello all, My summer vacation is halfway thorugh and then I'm starting my practice. I went to my grandparents summer cottage and because it is so far away from my home and I had to time crochet during the drive.  I know that not everyone can knit or read while driving, but for me I'm happy that I can use that time well and do something. When I was a kid I just felt sick in car but in high school I had to go by bus and I didn't like sitting in a bus for a long time so I started reading and knitting and somehow I manged to survive through those boring bus rides to school.
But this is what I made this week: a flowerfield dress for someone aroun 2 years. The pattern was from an old magazine I got from great-great-aunt years ago. I had stored purple yarn but I used all the yarn for my laptop case, but these yarns are way much cuter. I had decided to make this dress already when I first received the crochet magazine.  First I thought that it was too hard to make, but in the end…

*Lynx* free pattern


Getting things done


Weather is getting better and spring flowers are already blooming here. I love the smell and sound of sunny spring days when grass starts to grow and birds are having their early morning concerts. This week has been my 2nd to last week in school and I've been standing almost everyday for almost 6 hours straight, you can imagine how I've felt in the evenings.

Yesterday and today I stared cutting my sewing projects from the fabrics I mentioned last week, I still have a few more to make.Somehow I ended up making kid's clothes. My mom told me that when I was a small kid my godmother had done my clothes from the same fabrics, so these fabrics have been in my closet for quite some time.

I started planning my next amigurumi project. I've never seen a Eurasian lynx in the wild, so I'm planning to make one for me. I'm not sure how to do it yet, but its going to fun to figure out during my summer break. I bought Drops Muskat and those new safety few months ago and…

Few weeks until summer

Hello all,

I got my last examens done past week and now I have a couple of weeks some extra courses to study. This weekend I went through my fabric stash that is even bigger than my yarn stash, believe me. My boyfriend kindly said to me that after the wedding he doesn't want that all my fabrics fill the closets. He thinks that I have a problem with giving away my fabrcis, which is probably true :) So I did some oraginizing and found out that I also have a need for uglyfabricstashbusting -project so that what I've been planning this weekend and my list includes: few overalls and kid's dresses/shirts/leggings should be enough.
I also have nice fabrics from old dress projects that are going to be turned into decorations for the wedding. My youngest sister and I made few prototypes of the flowers we're gonna use. My poor fox from my last posting had to stay as a model with roses.
I spent last week going though dozens of different fabric flowerpatterns and how-tos (I didn'…


This week I've had a practice week and every day has been so eventful and I've learnt quite much. And then I'm planning a wedding so I try not to tuen this blog into รค wedding blog. I actually like having many doable diy ideas and trust me when I say that the world of wedding blogs and forums and diy sites is scary and totally addicting at the same time. It is like a HUGE forest o:t desert where you can get totally lost.

And I've had time for #uglyarn. I made cardigan and a pair of gloves. The cardigan pattern is called Oakley.  Found it from Ravelry. I love the little pockets. Gloves are from garnstudios website, but the snowflake design was from Ravelry also.

Then for the wedding stuff: I want some random cute amigurumis for deflaation and this fox is the first protoype. I used Drops Muskat that is a DK yarn. He is probably a bit too big. Next one is going to be done from 4ply and 2mm book. Then I'll probably get the size right. The design is my own and ideas…

Mr. Sea Turtle *free pattern

Hello and very blessed Easter-time for everyone ๐Ÿ˜„

I have a short break for Easter and it feels nice. I've had a hectic week with very much to do besides studying: visiting friends and relatives and so on and I had also time to write down my turtle pattern. The pattern isn't tested so please tell me if you find any errors.

I used:
Worsted yarn (green 1skein, yellow 1 skein and brwon skein) and 3mm hook, but 3.5mm hook is totally fine
DK yarn for cap and aran red for bucket
Safety eyes
Pattern is Us terms