Where does all this yarn come from?

Within two days the weight of my stash has increased by 3,4 kilos. Outch.

Yesterday I received a huge sack of yarn from Secretwool. I’m about to start an interesting project, and I needed some yarn for it. Thought that I might as well buy some more yarn while I was at it, and so at the end of filling the shopping cart there was 18 skeins of yarn. Oops.

Cascade 220 Wool in grey and burgundy

One can never have too much grey. Or burgundy.

Cascade 220 Wool in purple and brown

But on the other hand, I love knitting colourful yarn.

Cascade 220 Wool is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, and it knits like a dream.

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Read in the paper that local shop was selling out Novita Saana for half a price. Saana is somewhat heavy yarn but 100% wool. Just recently I had pondered over buying some for caps for kids.

Well, I bought a bit more than just for caps…

Novita Saana in brown, pink and blue

I ended up buying 16 skeins altoghether. Brown and blue are for kids, and of the pink yarn I thought of knitting a sweater for myself. We’ll see how it goes.

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Next question: where am I going to store all this yarn?

Fabric, yarn, beads and sequins

I have been into handicraft of all sorts since my childhood. As a kid knitting and crochet became familiar, as well as embroidery and cross-stitching. Later on I took up sewing, and at some point I sewed a huge portion of my clothes.

In university, oriental dance entered my life, and along with it came the sequins. Oriental dance costumes are decorated with sequins, and I found sewing them by hand both fairly fast and rewarding. (Yes, I know that most of the people wouldn’t describe sewing sequins as ‘fast’, but it is fast compared to embroidery, for instance.)

A few years back, somewhere around the end of year 2004, I finally realized that one can make jewellery herself. Within a couple of years I was totally hooked with beads, chrystals, semi-precious stones and silver.

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So what to expect from this blog?

The plan is to introduce handicraft both from my personal and business fields. There will be

  • sewing – most of them for myself and kids, but occasionally there will be some garments and accessories for sale, too
  • knitting – there are always a few UFOs
  • dance costumes – either folk-style or fancier costumes decoreated with beads and sequins
  • jewellery – some made for me, most made for sale
  • and other FOs and UFOs which somehow relate to handicraft

The plan is to present both newly made items as well as favourites (and disasters?) from previous years. Hopefully over the years this will become an archive of handicraft items I’ve made.