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Chelsea handbag

Pikku-Ketun seikkailut ompelun maailmassa jatkuvat… Seuraava ompelukseni lomalla oli Amy Butlerin Chelsea Handbag. Tämä laukku oli jo astetta vaikeampi kuin Stash and Dash- laukut. Laukkuun tarvittiin nimittäin paksu kovike, jotta se pysyisi muodossaan. Myös kahvojen teko keskelle kangasta oli vaikeampaa kuin kuvittelin.

The sewing adventures of Pikku-Kettu continue… My next sewing project was Amy Butler’s Chelsea Handbag. This one was a bit trickier than the Stash and Dash bags since it also featured a thick interfacing to make it keep its shape better. Making the handles in the middle of the fabric was also more difficult than I first thought.

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Kankaaksi valitsin suurikuvioisen sisustuskankaan, myöskin Eurokankaan alesta. Kankaan leikkaaminen oli todellinen oppitunti, sillä kuvioiden saaminen kohdalleen pitämällä kuitenkin langansuunnat kohdallaan vei reilun tunnin (Tällainen aloittelija kun olen.).

I chose a home dec- weight fabric with a big, strong print, also from the sale at the local fabric store. Cutting the fabric so that the patterns matched took me over an hour (I know, I’m a total amateur.)

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Jälleen kerran laukussa on paljon parantamisen varaa. Erityisesti paksujen saumojen ompeleminen suoraan tuntuu täysin mahdottomalta. Mokasin hieman myös vuori-kankaan valinnassa, sillä jäykkä ulkokangas ja hieman venyvä vuorikangas oli todella hankala yhdistelmä. Kuten alla olevasta kuvasta näkyy, vuoren kiinnitys olisi voinut mennä paremminkin.

Once again the bag is far from perfect. Especially the thick seams seemed impossible to get straight. I also made a small mistake when I chose the fabric for the lining: it was too stretchy. And combining a stiff, home-dec fabric with a stretchy lining turned out to be very difficult. You can see the wrinkles in the next picture:

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Virheitä on kuitenkin hankala erottaa kauempaa, joten tämäkin laukku pääsee käyttöön.

The mistakes are luckily hard to see from farther away, so this one gets the thumbs up too.

Tikrimari on vihdoinkin saanut viimeisen Secret Pal- pakettini, ja hänen blogissaan voi myös käydä ihailemassa (?) ompelujani. Viimeiseen pakettiin nimittäin pääsi myös suurin Stash and Dash- bag.

Tikrimari has finally gotten my last Secret Pal- package. She was my spoilee and you can see some of my sewing in her blog also. The final package contained another Stash and Dash bag.

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SP Wrap-up

Yesterday I came home late, as usual per this week, to find a huuuge package on the sofa. I was so excited! Look at the size of that!

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Inside, there were so many packages that I started to jump up and down. My SO was a bit startled by my squeeking. But tell me, wouldn’t you squeek? :

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And there was another layer of packages under that!

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I think it was very big of me to actually take time to photograph these packages before I ripped them open.

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Inside there was all sorts of goodies. Chocolate (I love Green&Black’s Organic chocolate!) and wonderful teas. I tasted the Apple&Cranberry yesterday. So good! Beautiful stitch markers (did you make these yourself?) and a pretty little notebook were also included. Yarn goodness was provided with 6 (!) skeins of wonderful merino wool. This is probably the best red you could have chosen to break from my SP questionnaire. I love it! There’s probably enough for me to make a sweater! And the hand-dyed, oh my god! I absolutely love the colors. It will most certainly become a colorful hat for Autumn. And the package fest didn’t end there, no way. There was a wonderful dutch book on hand crafts and a craft magazine with Japanese craft projects! It’s my first one. Now I get why there’s such a craze for Japanese craft instructions.

And last but not least, I got hand knitted crocheted socks! And sock blockers with cute birdies on them! I’ve never seen a pair of crocheted socks and the construction looks so interesting. They fit perfectly, see:

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Now my SP did not reveal herself yet but I am beginning to have some very strong suspicions. I sent out an e-mail today to confirm them. I’ll let you know if (or when) I’m right. :)

Thank you Secret Pal! This was the awesomest package in the world!

EDIT: I was right! My spoiler was Breibeest from the Netherlands! Thank you so much, you are awesome!

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Ensimmäinen Secret Pal 10 pakettini saapui tänään! Ajoitus oli täydellinen, sillä olen jumissa kotona hirveässä kevät flunssassa. Jo pakettien ulkokuori lupaili hyvää:

I received my first Secret Pal 10 parcel today! It was perfect timing, since I’m stuck at home with a terrible Spring flu. I knew I would be getting something great:

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Pakettien sisällä oli Jitterbugia kauniissa sinisen sävyissä, sockblocker- avainrengas ja siihen pikku sukka Trekking XXL:sta, pieni vyyhti ihanaa lankaa, joka on kuulemma lupaus jostain tulevasta (nyt jännittää!), lemmikin siemeniä, suklaata sekä kortti. Aivan ihana paketti siis!

Inside the parcels, there was Jitterbug in lovely blue colors, a tiny sock blocker complete with a sock in Trekking XXL, a small skein of some wonderful yarn that was marked as a taste of something to come (how excited am I?), forget-me-not seeds for my balcony, some chocolate goodies and a card. A totally awesome package!

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Thank you Secret Pal! I love everything!

Viikonloppuna tapahtui muutakin jännää, sillä osallistuin perjantaina ensimmäistä kertaa Misterin kanssa agilitykisoihin. Kyseessä oli epävirallinen kilpailu, jossa osallistuimme ns. mölli- eli aloittelijaluokkaan. Ja sijoituimme loppujen lopuksi 6:lle sijalle tehtyämme hieman hitaan, mutta virheettömän (!) eli ns. nollaradan. Olen itse niiiin iloinen tuloksesta, joka ylitti kaikki odotukseni. Ja Misterkin tuntuu nauttivan suorituksesta, eikö?

The weekend contained something else that was exciting: my first agility competition with Mister. We took part in an unofficial competition for beginners. And we actually managed to come in 6th after a tad slow but un-faulted! (no mistakes) course. I am so happy about this! The result was beyond all my expectations! And Mister looks like he’s enjoying the sport as well, isn’t he?

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Ja älkää huoliko, en aio muuttaa tätä koira-blogiksi, mutta tämä ensimmäinen kisa oli vain niin jännittävä.

And don’t worry, I won’t write too often about my dog but I just had to share this first exciting competition.

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Secret Pal – emäntämme pyysi meitä kertomaan tarinan siitä, miten opimme neulomaan. Oman muistini mukaan opin neulomaan neljännellä luokalla niinkuin useimmat muutkin suomalaiset lapset. Olin tuolloin 10- vuotias, ja käsityönopettajanani oli tiukka keski-ikäinen nainen, jolla oli kuitenkin loistava huumorintaju. Muistan, että pidin hänestä todella paljon. Sain vähän aikaa sitten tietää, että hän jäi eläkkeelle noin vuosi sitten ja kertoi äidilleni, ettei halua enää koskaan nähdäkään käsitöitä. Uskon, että hän on kuitenkin väärässä, sillä hän on uskomattoman taitava ja asialleen omistautunut käsityöihminen. Luulen, että hän vain tarvitsee vähän aikaa toipuakseen 40 vuoden urastaan ala-asteen käsityönopettajana

Our SecretPal- hostess asked us to share the story of how we learned to knit, so here’s mine. As far as I can remember, I learned to knit in school on the 4th grade like most Finnish kids. I was 10 years old at the time, and my crafts teacher was kind of a strict middle aged woman who still possessed a good sense of humour. Despite her strictness, I really liked her. I recently learned that she retired about a year ago, and told my mom that she never wants to see wool or needles or a sewing machine again. I think she’s wrong though: she’s going to miss them after awhile since she is an extremely talented craftster and all kinds of crafts have been her life’s work. She just needs some time to recover from 40 years of teaching elementary school crafts.

4:llä luokalla opimme siis neulomaan ainaoikeaa, ja neuloimme tossut, jotka olivat periaatteessa ainaoikein neliöt, joista ommeltiin sitten valmis tossu. Seuraavana vuonna vuorossa oli lapasten neulominen ja sitä seuraavana sukat. Tossut ja lapaset ovat hävinneet jonnekin vuosien varrella, mutta minulla on edelleen käytössä sukat, jotka neuloin 6:lla luokalla:

Anyway, on the 4th grade we learned to do a knit stitch and did a pair of slippers that were basically constructed from a square of garter stitch. Next year it was time for some mittens and then socks the year after that. I no longer have the slippers or the mittens but I still wear the pair of thick woolen socks I knitted back then:

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Nämä sukat ovat kestäneet uskomattoman hyvin aikojen saatossa, vaikka tietenkään en pidä niitä enää usein. Haluan säilyttää nämä pienenä muistona lapsuudestani. Muistan vieläkin ne suuren suuret ongelmat, jotka minulla oli näiden neulomisessa. En mitenkään kyennyt käsittämään, miten toisesta raidasta tuli aina yhden kerroksen pidempi kuin ensimmäisestä. Luullakseni neuloin raidan noin kolmeen tai neljään kertaan ennenkuin tajusin, että vaikka kuinka laskin valmiit kerrokset oikein, minulla oli vielä yksi kerros raidan väriä puikoilla. Tämä oli aikamoinen valaistuminen siihen aikaan. Ajatus hymyilyttää vieläkin.

These socks have stood the test of time incredibly well. Of course, I no longer wear them often since I want to preserve them as a piece of my childhood. I can still remember the troubles I had with those two measly stripes: I could not figure out why the second one always came out one row longer than the first one. I think it took me three or four tries to figure out that no matter how many times I counted the right amount of knitted rows I still had one more row of the color on the needles. This was a big realization for me back then. The thought of it still makes me smile.

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Secret Pal 10

Liityin mukaan kansainväliseen salaiseen neuleystävään. Tässä kysely:

I joined the Secret Pal 10. Here’s the questionnaire:

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I like to knit all natural fibers, but I prefer animal fibers (cotton really isn’t my thing). I can’t stand acrylic or other non-organic fibers (except in small percentages when it comes to sock yarns).

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I’ve got one metal box where I’ve stuffed all my needles and crochet hooks. It’s not pretty.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I learned to knit when I was 9 or 10, I think. Since then I’ve knitted more or less continuously, so I’d say advanced. There are some techniques that I haven’t tried yet but I intend to try all of them, I really do. (:

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

No.

5. What’s your favorite scent?

Apples or vanilla.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

I love everything sweet. I like all candy except marmalade. Chocolate is always good. (:

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I do origami and I’d love to learn how to spin.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Yes, my computer can play mp3s. I like all sorts of music which basically means nothing to anyone. I mostly listen to punk or ska though.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?

I’m picky about colours. I love greens and blues the most, and I really don’t like reds or pinks unless their broken (something more earthy and natural). I like all earthy tones like brown and orange.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I live with my boyfriend and we have a small terrier.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

Scarves, hats, and mittens yes, ponchos no.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I’d probably have to go with socks.

13. What are you knitting right now?

Pomatomus- socks from Koigu KPPPM.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Yes, unless they’re something to wear, since I’m oddly shaped (really small hands/feet etc.) and they rarely fit. But stuff that doesn’t need to be my size I love.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I use circulars for bigger knits, but I always use DPNs for smaller projects. I use both wooden and aluminum needles.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

I own both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

I don’t have any UFOs (except the one I’m knitting), since I’m pretty anal retentive when it comes to finishing my knits. I’m just odd that way.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas. No doubt about it.

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Yarn, knitting books… But you knew that already, didn’t you? I love Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and I have collected some of the paraphenelia over the years.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

Lately I’ve been trying out different sock yarns and I’ve yet to try Socks That Rock. Other than that, almost everything goes. I don’t have any subscriptions but I try to buy Interweave Knits and occasionally try other knitting magazines. I’d love to get to know more craftsy magazines.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

Entrelac. I’m looking forward to the Spring edition of IK.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Yes, I am. I have small feet: US size 6 (Finnish 36).

23. When is your birthday?

3rd of November.

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