Monday, 29 October 2012

Inspiration, ideas, tutorials

I haven't posted in some time inspirational pages I have found in the internet and I intend to do so now, even in bulk. :P

First some random stuff, like How to make a Celtic heart knot still have to learn this!, How to make Henna tattoos at home, Making Pom Poms in bulk, a Pixie tutu, Indian Shisha embroidery, and a free pattern for French cuisine embroidery.

I was mesmerised when I found out about arm knitting, which definitely must require strength. But it's totally awesome, yes?

Lingua Franca

Random fact finding of the day:
The original Lingua Franca was a mixed language composed mostly (80%) of Italian with a broad vocabulary drawn from Turkish, French, Greek, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish. It was in use throughout the eastern Mediterranean as the language of commerce and diplomacy in and around the Renaissance era. At that time, Italian speakers dominated seaborne commerce in the port cities of the Ottoman empire. Franca was the Italian word for Frankish. Its usage in the term lingua franca originated from its meaning in Arabic and Greek, dating from before the Crusades and during the Middle Ages, whereby all Western Europeans were called "Franks" or Faranji in Arabic and Phrankoi in Greek during the times of the late Eastern Roman Empire.[3] The term lingua franca is first recorded in English in 1678.[4]


Zitat des Tages

 The secret of health for both mind and body 
is not to mourn for the past, 
not to worry about the future, 
not to anticipate the future, 
but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

326/365 - 330/365

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Bandana Cowl

Well here is a disappointment I haven't seen in a while.

I did this cowl 3 times, but still managed to make a mistake. Of course by the third time I had no will to try and fix the problem. So I just left it like that. And hope that someday I will finally make it again.

Zitat des Tages


The most basic and powerful way to connect 
to another person is to listen. Just listen. 
Perhaps the most important thing 
we ever give each other is our attention.... 
A loving silence often has far more power 
to heal and to connect 
than the most well-intentioned words.
Rachel Naomi Remen

321/365 - 325/365

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Road Trip - Norway pt. 2

Day 8 and we started with a van in a ditch. Unfortunately while trying to get the cars closer to the road, our 9-seat van fell into a ditch. After 2 or 3 hours of trying almost everything to get the car out, we managed to get a fellow Norwegian farmer to pull the van out with his traktor. This small misfortune made us fall behind on schedule, so we concluded that we should drive the rest of the day without stops, so that we would reach Trondheim in time.

Zitat des Tages


They say that time changes things, 
but you actually have to change them yourself.
Andy Warhol

316/365 - 320/365

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Two more free patterns!

Autumn is here, the time for hats!
I revisited older designs I had made in previous years and the result, two easy and quick patterns!

The first one is Rose, a crochet slouchy hat (one of my personal favorites)

and the second one, Die Ohren der Katze, a simple and quirky hat for everyday.

You can find both on Raverly or in this page:

Also, I recently got positive feedback on my very first design, Water Drops. I was very happy to know that people enjoyed making those earrings. ^^  And even took the initiative to use the motif to use something more! Cool!

Zitat des Tages

 Time and tide wait for no man. 
A pompous and self-satisfied proverb, and was true for a billion years; 
but in our day of electric wires and water-ballast we turn it around: 
Man waits not for time nor tide.
Mark Twain

311/365 - 315/365

Reading In a Digital Age

SUDDENLY IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE a world in which many interactions formerly dependent on print on paper happen screen to screen. It’s no stretch, no exercise in futurism. You can pretty much extrapolate from the habits and behaviors of kids in their teens and 20s, who navigate their lives with little or no recourse to paper. In class they sit with their laptops open on the table in front of them. I pretend they are taking course-related notes, but would not be surprised to find out they are writing to friends, working on papers for other courses, or just trolling their favorite sites while they listen. Whenever there is a question about anything—a date, a publication, the meaning of a word—they give me the answer before I’ve finished my sentence. From where they stand, Wenders’s library users already have a sepia coloration. I know that I present book information to them with a slight defensiveness; I wrap my pronouncements in a preemptive irony. I could not bear to be earnest about the things that matter to me and find them received with that tolerant bemusement I spoke of, that leeway we extend to the beliefs and passions of our elders.

By Sven Birkerts