martes, noviembre 17
jueves, octubre 29
downloadable for free. I Could not just leave it and added some little extras to get the fun in the knitting. The photos in general are not soo good, because I did them all at night. The color is much darker. I'll make nice photos when finished.
The little lady of the house wants a special dress for the coming holidays and I found this blue velvet cut and also the perfect pattern as I put some order in my sewing things. I can show you now the upper part. I'm very proud to say that the borders in light blue are made from a shirt belonging to my husband that I could not throw away without cutting the best parts of the nice fabric. Lucky me to have kept the trims for more than two years now.
martes, octubre 20
After lots of thinking I'm convinced of being more than a lawyer, a general social sciences person. I also found the right thing for me in the Master of Advanced Studies in Diversitiy Management from the Lucerne University. Sounds very good to me if only the financial part was not so...say..difficult (about 25´000 USD of difficulty?).
And so I somehow always get people to lighten me up. This time Elise and her big buddy Jacke (dog) came to our door to give us the first reminder of Halloween festivities. This Dracula fingers are absolutely real. We were actually scared to eat them, but they tasted delicious. Elise, get me the recipie here right now!!!
martes, septiembre 15
jueves, septiembre 3
Funny about this organisation ist that first they tryed to aid the mapuche families by teaching the men and generating jobs for them. After a few years work, they wanted to know how the families life standard had progressed with the proyect and dicovered that the men were earning more but this was not at all reflected in a better life for the family (i let you guess why). So, they took up the work with the women and started by offering a knitting course and saw that there were much more people interested as expected. Now with the old knowledge of the women and some new techniques learned in the courses, the families are getting by much better than before and the women do not have to spend hours and day in the markets selling their textiles for ridiculous prices.
Help women, change the world.
And so I leave again to paint a table for my doughters room, cook, clean and do administration all in an our before the kids come back from school. Bye!
martes, agosto 25
And, Noah my eldest decided to take the production of football T-Shirts in his own hands for the school championship and is doing very well without any help. I teached the basics and he is doing pretty well alone. The numbers on the back are made of an old white linen sheet. He zigzags everything. The T's have a very cool grungy look.
This week, as impulsive as I'm I wrote to Elaine Lipson from the Red Thread Studio to just tell her how I very much love her blog, and I was lucky to gain a friend. Her blog is a treasure for all who share the slow cloth passion. She explores the web and other places to find her textile treasures. Elaine is absolutely worth visiting.
martes, agosto 11
In november I'll be going to Chile for 6 weeks, Noah, Elias and Isabelle will be going to school there and I expecto to be able to get some research done about chilean slow clothes development.
I will be visiting Araucania Yarns (http://www.araucaniayarns.com). They are doing an amazing slow work. They produce yarns with row materials of mostly local provenience and dye it all by hand with local labor in socialy responsable maner.
Also will be visiting the women of Fundación Chol-Chol http://www.cholchol.org. Mapuche people from Chile working with self produced and self processed wool. The beauty of their work lies in simplicity and in the natural dyes they use.
Will be posting a very nice video about fundacion chol-chol (that is when I find out how to embed it, anybody there to help?)
miércoles, agosto 5
I also wanted to knit a hat from some Noro beauty I had but Iended up making a bag. Used some old piece of silk with a stitched fish I made for the insides. Yes...you can say I was very busy...
Reading was also in the list. I wanted to know more about textile arts in africa and found for ex. that the most apreciated wax printed fabrics whi
ch decorate the bodys of african women who look very gracious and beautiful in their traditional garments are MADE IN HOLLAND???!! Why? Because the Dutch have been a long time now in the african market. They send their peolple many times a year to the african countrys to search for trends. Why wax fabrics?
"In the mid-eighteenth century the Dutch recruited troops from the Gold coast to fight their colonial wars in Java. The troops returned to Africa with a taste for Javanese wax-resist textiles, which subsequetly were introduced into the region...By the 1920s, firms in Switzerland, France and Japan had adopted the process and fierce competition ensued to develop designs that would appeal to local tastes and reflect topical concerns" (The Poetics of Cloth/Alisa LaGamma). Now the predominant industry is Vlisco followed by Akosobo Limited Textiles in Accra, whose designers are trained in schools such as the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana
And the textile traditions that have existed for at least a millenium and continue to be practiced in west africa today? They have a hard time competing with the industrialy produced staff, many workshops must close as the big producers get bigger and bigger.
I wanted to try and see this wax prints and bought some at the very nice and recomendable site of Rosa Pomar http://www.rosapomar.com, and did as you see just some cute experiments with it.
sábado, julio 4
martes, junio 9
domingo, mayo 31
martes, mayo 12
World Wide Knit in Public Day
June 13th 2009
Join us as we knit with hundreds of other knitters around the world on the same day!
Where: Ennetbaden, Switzerland, right next to the Catholic Church St. Michael in the house of the day care center (Tagesstrukturen)
When: On June 13th 2009 from 16:00
Bring: Your Knitting and the best piece you have ever made.
Welttag des Strickens
Samstag 13. * Juni * 2009
Wir stricken mit tausenden von StrickerInnen überall auf der Welt!
Wo: Ennetbaden, gelber Pavillon (Tagesstrukturen) neben der katholischen Kirche St. Michael
Wann: am 13. Juni ab 16:00 Uhr
Bring: Dein Strickzeug und vielleicht dein Lieblingsstrickstück
martes, mayo 5
Isabelle showed us her cache cour or gilet or pullunder made of Araucania handdyed yarns and some rests. All cotton...
and the cute little Livio showed us his little cardi made of merino superwash with little dragonfly buttons simbols of reincarnation and of the soul itself. Both are own designs. If somebody wants the instructions I will try and write them.
jueves, abril 2
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand...there you go.
The STEFETUI is born.
A while ago I asked my friend Stefanie, queen of the felting art, if she would make for me a kind of pencil case but for knitting needles (she is also a very inventive designer).
With three children, a perfectily managed houshold (yes, I'm envious) and a beauty of a little garden plus a big felting education project I thought she would get back to me in a couple of years, which is something I would understand. Well, I was totally wrong...
After two months since the first conversation THE STEFETUI is here, all made by hand. Stefanie you are amazing!
miércoles, abril 1
Better yarnaddict than depressed...and don't you ask me about the weather hier.
viernes, enero 30
miércoles, enero 21
When I was a child sometimes I saw old men walking around in beautifully made cossy sweaters and always thoght: This man is fortunate, he must have someone who loves him. This is what I really love about the knitting (ok, just looking at woll and its colours and textures makes quite nervous too)
martes, enero 20
Absolultly crazy and fantastic video. The worst part is that I feel I'm not far from this!
I do not read Cosmopolitan or else for going to bed no! I look at knitting books! When I have a minute free I knit or spinn and can't think of anything else. If I have the time to go shopping I think first of the wollyshop near in the next village. When I'm watching a bad movie and one of the actors wears a cable sweater I start to wonder how was it done and afterwords I actually do find the film was alright even if it was James Bond himself who was wearing the sweater! What is happening to me...
martes, enero 13
For the ones thinking a five year old is too young to knit! I was in the textile work class of my eight year old son and heard one or the other child saying they can’t learn knitting, it is much too difficult. To all of them and to all of us who may sometimes think something could be too difficult for us to knit, I dedicate this photo.
Knitting teaches us not to give up and to trust ourselves and what is in us. As the Buddhism says:
What is in our past and what is in our future is nothing compared to what is in us!
I found this photo in the very precious book by Marcia Lewandowski