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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Getting out the decorations

It was the 1st Sunday of Advent a few days ago, so it’s time to get out the decorations. I lit the Christmas countdown candle and put on some Christmassy songs!

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Christmas cross stitch

The first crafty activity I ever did was cross stitch. There was a shop in my grandmother’s town that sold lots of starter cross stitch kits and my mum bought me one. I can’t say I’ve done loads of projects, but I’ve made a few. My main annoyance with cross stitch is how it’s usually purely decorative, which is a shame because I love doing needlework. If you knit a jumper, it’s useful and you can wear it for years. If you cross stitch a fairy on some aida, unless you frame it or make it into some sort of decorative hanging for your wall, there’s not that much use to it.
Going through my sewing box today I found a kit my aunt bought me years ago. It’s a simple Christmassy table cloth.

The only thing that bothers me is that it’s printed and not a counted cross stich. I suppose having a counted cross stitch this large would be pretty difficult to get accurate though!

So until my new crafty supplies arrive (new yarn and some felt) I’ll start work on this Christmas table cloth!

Back from København

I’ve been back from Copenhagen for a while now and I’m glad to say my little trip to my favourite city went very well, and rather too quickly. The weather wasn’t great, but it didn’t rain and seeing fog was a nice change. There were some lovely shops, it’s nice that not everything is part of a chain. I found a wonderful cupcake shop; lovely tea, cakes, decor and staff (Serenity Cupcakes on Grønnegade, in case you’re wondering!).
My mum and I went to the national museum and of course I only took pictures of the textiles. Folk costumes, of which few came out well because of the lighting

and beautiful embroidered caps

I only bought 2 skeins of yarn and 1.5m of an orange herringbone fabric.

The absolute best bit about Copenhagen is how polite and friendly the people were. Maybe it’s all the pastries?! So my plan for now is to save up as much as I can so I can go again.
I’m not even going to talk about my time in Norway because it was unfortunately expensive, depressing and a waste of time overall.

On a more crafty note I’m still working on my Icelandic jumper, and planning what I’ll be making for Christmas- if anything!