søndag den 20. juni 2010


I’ve become brave – I’ve started crocheting!
Yes I know, this might not seem something special for many of you, but to me it is.

My SIL had crocheted some really nice cakes (yes, cakes) for her daughter, and she taught me to crochet them too (a true achievement). That is, I’ve always known the most used stitches, but I cannot figure out a pattern and patience is not one of my virtues. I don’t have much time neither, which you might have guessed due to the low update frequency here on my blog. But I discovered that I relaxed when I took a few "laps" after work. Since DH was so nervous about our house being drowned in crocheted cakes I had to find something else to make and went to the local yarn-pusher. I told her I'm a crocheting-novice and asked for a really easy pattern, she suggested this top (which I crochet in white):

I have many times asked myself if that shell-pattern was such a good idea, but I'm almost done - and I'm VERY proud of myself.

But it doesn't end here. Next project is to learn to knit. I've already bought yarn for this cardigan:
I know, it doesn't look especially pretty in the picture, neither the dishcloth-shape nor the bad-stomach-brown colour, but I saw it on a dress form in a shop and made a sudden braking. I simply had to own it. The shopowner had knitted it in a mixed grey yarn that was a little shiny - so lovely.

And I've also invested in yarn for this lovely shawl a few days ago - with the bad Summer we have here in Denmark I'm sure to use it a lot: I think it is so lovely and simple. I have bought furry yarn in mixed grey, since it matches all the colours in my wardrobe (and that is many!) and also looks good both Summer and Winter. Now it seems like I'm crazy about grey, but I'm not.

... and this is not going to be a knitting blog either.

tirsdag den 8. juni 2010

Shopping - with a Clear Conscience

I have shopped ... with a clear conscience. Last week I got a magazine from the Danish Red Cross and saw this cool purse:
At first I thought that about 62 dollars was a little too much for a purse made of recycled paper, but rereading the text - then I suddenly considered it a really good buy:

"Handmade purse from Ecoist.
The purse is made from recycled Red Cross magazines. Every purse is unique and the purses are braided by poor women, who produces them at home or in small production units in e.g. Mexico and Peru. The purses are made at fair trade principles, and for every purse sold, two trees are planted.
Size: 190 x 100 x 450 mm
Danish Red Cross receives DKK 50 for every sold purse"

You can buy it at www.drk.dk/webshop. I don't know if it can be bought outside Denmark.

I'm looking very much forward to receiving my purse.

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