Lots of rain, slowly drying laundry, ajisai (hydrangea), Calpis and first kakigori (shaved ice). And new rubber boots. Time for expeditions and twirling around.
A no-pattern skirt with a little saddle yoke (thanks Sooz!)and elastic, finished in no time, and a new cardigan that took forever. Started some time earlier this year and was almost done before the move. When I picked it up again only one front part had to be knit but I had a hard time remembering what I did exactly with the first front... the pattern is to be found here and sized for up to 24 months. I modified it a bit to make up for a larger size and different gauge. I haven't taken notes though and can't say anything about it now. Only that Dagny fell into a muddy puddle that day two weeks ago and the cardigan had to be washed, ending up even larger after drying.
I used yarn I had on stash, but I didn't have enough of the off-white for the band and had to distract from its different colour there by using two additional contrasting yarns (red and blue). That worked well and I even like it better this way.
The yarn is Munsell King from Yuzawaya, nothing fancy but really soft. I don't expect it to be looking well for too long though, too bad because this cardigan will be fitting for quite some years.
To see the skirt better, two pictures from yesterday:
Thank you so much for the craft room love and have a good day everyone!
Not necessarily a craft room, my room, just a small room (a little bit over 10 m²), with some storage space, two desks, two sewing machines and a view. Pretty fabulous view if you have an idea of how not-so-fabulous views canbe here in Japan. So what is outside the window makes me most happy. Amazing sound when it's stormy, by the way.
The room, suitable for crafting.
With exception of a lamp I got nothing new for the room, just put in what I already had. Actually, I took my things and tried to move into that space without causing too much of a stir. Keeping it simple, trying not to overdo things. Maybe it will change over time, perhaps there will be curtains, pictures on the walls or other kind of things that will be added to enhance the cosiness of the room (or those that simply are accumulated and lead to clutter sooner or later)... we'll see.
Hopefully not the beginning of clutter, my inspiration pile. Containing future projects. And sleeping projects, like my hexagon blanket. So it's a pile to not only inspire but also remind me.
A stool I had got some foam and wool. I like it better this way and it is more comfortable.
A drawer I found on the street a year ago. Keeping my scissors, rotary cutters, threads and items like that.
The desk is quite small, so this is how it looks with my sewing machine on it.
It's possible to place the serger next to it when needed, it does work.
And there also is space left for those little things we all needtosurround ourselves to make us smile because they remind us of something or someone.
The same goes for the wall behind the desk... little pieces with a history.
On the other wall (the room has two walls I could do something to, the remaining ones are occupied by the window, door and a huge built-in closet), there is that old kitchen you already might have seen on Flickr.
With the pullout desk.
And space for the machines.
I like to put away the machines while not working on something with them. My knitting needles and crochet hooks aren't on display either all the time - gives me room to think in all directions, or daydream better.
Who if not me would not have enough time to get all those things out when actually staring to sew, knit or crochet?! I am so slow in all I am doing, I really have that extra minute to open the cabinet doors and get the needed items out.
Like the thread for my serger... would be getting too dusty in the outside anyway.
And there is that little drawer on the floor which I keep the buttons in... a found item again, like most things that surround me.
I hope to find and old wooden desk and stool some day, to replace those two pieces I have now, but I will patiently wait until I stumble upon them.
Something absolutely new and completely boring yet highly pleasing are those built-in closets I use for storing my books, fabrics and yarn. 2.20 m high, very deep and altogether 2.50 m wide... Part of my closet is outside my room, in the hallway just opposite to my door, unburdening my little space of a great deal of matter - so good!
Here a look into my closet in the hallway.
I apologize for the load of pictures but I am just too happy about my room to not go into detail here. Even more photos, larger, too, and some additional explanations over on Flickr.
I just realized our seemingly endless summer holidays are in fact more than half over, only 72 days left! Japanese kindergarten ending in March and German school starting late August brought us the impressing amount of 162 free days. Finding a balance between play and what needs to get done to supply everybody here with nutritions and clean underwear is my daily struggle. Guess you know how that is...
Anyway, we are having fun everyday and the laundry is under control, too. Only blogging about all of that and writing mails still doesn't work well.
But I have come to think that it is not a lack of time that is keeping me from it (or the constant doubt if anybody would still be interested to read about what I am doing because after more than three years of blogging I can only repeat myself). The greatest obstacle rather might have been sitting on the floor with crossed legs, bending over to reach the keyboard that's placed on the ground, too. Until yesterday. When I decided to give in and vacate my beloved but unfortunate position, moving the whole thing upwards... No more numb legs, typing so much easier and it's better for my back, too.
Yes, I have reached that age...! But this stool I am now sitting on really does wonders :) I type! A picture of my desk is here. The rest of my room tomorrow, off to bed now.
PS: You asked for a recipe for the mochi? Add water would be my answer. I am making the no fuss shiratama dango (mochi dumplings), using a little package of shiratamako (a lumpy glutinous rice flour) and water. And as topping either ready made kuro mitsu ("black honey", not really honey but syrup made from unrefined sugar), like in this photo, or a mix of brown and white sugar together with kinako (ground roasted soy beans). Not much to it. As to many things here in Japan.
Hi, I said I'd be back with the photos of my room but I thought it would be a nice exercise to get back to more frequent blogging by showing you more of that everyday not so exciting that's going on in this house instead.
Early afternoon means snack time here in Japan and of course that darling girl of mine expects something sweet to be presented on that occasion... today's oyatsu (snack) was homemade mochi with a blend of kinako and two kinds of sugar, emphasis on the kinako (soybean flour).
And there was some knitting on the table, too. I started making a simple cardigan for me in Beaverslide Fisherman Weight (old 2-ply), Granite, lovelovelove that yarn.
This year's summer is strange. So slowly getting warmer, often still chilly enough to wear cardigans or woolen sweaters, even during the day... a bit odd. Maybe it's only here in my area? I think I have a good chance to wear my new cardigan before next autumn, when I am hurrying a bit with the knitting. However, now it's time to go to bed. Bye!
I hope you have as much fun with these simple book covers as I have.
They are quick and easy to make and once you finished the first you wonder if there are more naked books that could use a nice dress...