The Darling Little Flower

April is just around the corner and I have a tiny project to make as a dear friend has a birthday coming up.

So I started making these small little flowers to go in the project and they are so sweet I thought I might as well release the pattern on them asap rather than wait for the other project to be completed.

So here we are! You will find the patter under my pattern page or through the direct link under the picture below!

Happy crocheting

The Darling Little Flower

Creativity 

I’ve always made room for creativity in my life. 

I have lyrics written on every different kinds of paper you can think of, everything from napkins to empty envelopes. 

Creativity happens wherever you are, not depending on the material you have access to or the place you’re in. Although these things can obviously also inspire and help the creative process.

Creativity has always been a natural part of me and my life. I come from a creative family so creativity has always been encouraged. 

Also I’ve always believed that creativity crosses borders, if you’re creative in one field it’s likely that you can also excel in other creative fields. You yourself set the limits. 

As I’ve mentioned before, music has been such a big part of my life that there’s been little room left for other things. And to now open this other door of creating, it’s just such a great thrill. 

Although it’s great, it is also taking over every inch of our livingroom as I’ve written about previously. But we’re almost there, not a lot left to do before my creative studio is complete, and I’m so happy with the results so far. Here is a sneak peak 


Making lists and having a deadline


The plan was not to start a zillion different CALs but it’s been hard to resist. Every CAL inspires and teaches you something new; a new stitch, way of thinking or new combination of textures or colors.

When I started seeing pictures of the Spring Lane CAL by Drops I just had to participate as I’ve already written about earlier here.

Obviously you can always do already completed CALs, one I really want to do some day is Sophie’s Universe. But for me it’s actually easier to do it “live” cause it gives me a clear deadline, clear boxes to tick and proper progress week after week. Everyone’s different but I need that. 

Lists of what to do and when, without them days just blur past and nothing has really been done. Being organized is so important for me, with that said when I drop the ball I drop every ball I’m trying to juggle. It’s actually quite funny, cause I think people find me really messy, but I always know where everything is which is why when we were clearing everything for the moving of all the rooms my husband moved things without telling me (for obvious reasons) so now I can’t find anything – and he mostly thought he was just moving one messy spot to another. Man we are different, and thank god for that! 

That’s another reason why I just can’t wait for my creative room/office to be completed. So I can get myself organized and the room will stay in the state I left it. My husband is doing a fantastic job in there and it’s going to be so exciting to show the end result. A part of me wants to show you a sneak peak, but I’m keeping my cool so I can do a behind the scenes later instead. 

Back to lists and deadlines. I’ve always been like that, needing structure and lists and deadlines more than I care to admit. It’s without them both my home and head is a mess. Lately I’ve been terrible at it, mostly because I’ve been crocheting every minute possible and it’s left little time for anything else. I think this horrifies my mother whenever she comes to visit, she has the tidiest home ever – she probably thinks she did an aweful job raising me haha. On the contrary, she did an awesome job, in my opinion. 

In previous jobs I’ve had (at the moment I’m on maternity leave) I’ve worked day and night to complete tasks and I have most certainly left things to the last minute but I’ve never missed a deadline. Right now my deadlines are quite fictional except for the ones for someone’s birthday etc – but they help me to stay on track and complete things. 

My lists help in every way. I even make lists when I do housework, it just makes my day so much clearer. 

I don’t know if this is a common way for people to do things, maybe I’m a bit strange? Everyone has to find their way, what works for them. As mentioned my husband and I are very different. I have several things going on around me and in my head whilst he does one thing at a time. Again, thank god we are different, it makes things work better for us. 

But my husband also works after deadlines, like when he’s building things at home – however his deadlines are more based on “ok this should take one day, then it has to dry for 12 hours which means I can put another coat on at this hour and everything is complete by Thursday” so logical. Mine are more “I want this done by Friday.” If it’s at all possible doesn’t really matter, I just get it done til then. His way is probably better though if you need to pick one, but hey I do it my way! 

What’s your way? 

Theatre, vegan pear cake and park life 

It’s been one of those amazing days where Spring is in the air, the sun is out and birds take a dump on your baby carriage. Thankfully J was safe in the Tula carrier and nowhere near the bird poop. This was also at the end of our outing today so we were close to home and the antibacterial spray. 

As my husband is working round the clock to complete the things that need doing in my room I’ve taken the girls out both yesterday and today so that he can focus, because the sooner he gets done the better! 

Yesterday it was a day in the park with their grandma, with pony riding, looking at animals and drinking tea. Today it was theatre time with a dear old friend and her son (who incidentally was born on the exact same day as M) and oh my what a lovely production it was. All of us loved it, J fell asleep though but I didn’t really expect more from a 6month old. Anyone with kids between the ages 3-8 who are in Stockholm I recommend you go see Sagan om den lilla farbrorn at Boulevard Teatern – absolutely precious. 


After the theatre we went to a park where we had some really good vegan pear cake that my friend and her son had baked the day before, then we let the kids go a bit wild on the swings and after that it was time to go home. 

Now, both of my kids are sleeping on the couch and I actually have a minute to do a mini square or two for the Spring Lane CAL. I’ve already completed my green ones but still have to do 8 more of the purple. I only had time to do two this morning due to typical family things like feeding the kids breakfast, getting dressed and ready etc! Why do they have to eat, right? 

Let’s see how many I get done…the lighting is not at it’s best, and J is sleeping on me so I can’t really turn the lights on, but the sky is very beautiful, all pink and orange giving hopes of a lovely day tomorrow.  


The picture really doesn’t display the sky in its rightful pride, but hey I tried! 

Looking at space differently


We live in a big apartment in Stockholm, we’re very lucky that way – space is a luxury when you live in crowded cities.

(View from our apartment)

Sometimes we take it for granted, we definitely did B.C (before children), and now that that’s changed we don’t anymore. We look at the space differently than before and now it’s more about planning and getting the most out of the space we have. Trying to make every square foot count. 

B.C both me and my husband had our own separate rooms for our own stuff, mine for my music and creative stuff and his for his music and video games. 

For a while a close friend of mine needed somewhere to live so she moved in to one of the spare rooms for about a year.

When M was on her way we rearranged, and we started sharing an office. 

When J was on her way we again rearranged but this time it was about getting the kids bedroom and playroom sorted. T (my husband) also custom built a bookcase for one of our walls in the livingroom, wardrobes for the front hall and several other things that took all summer to make. I decorated and sorted out the playroom, we thought it important the M had her own space for when the baby was due and also the possibility of sleeping in her own room in case the baby cried all night. (We co-sleep so everyone’s together in the same huge bed)

Now we’re rearranging yet again, two out of three rooms are done. The children now have one big play/bed-room, we’ve moved our bedroom into a much smaller room and my creative studio is the one room left to complete. 


My very messy non existing office at the moment


My livingroom is longing to be cleared of all my yarn and mess and my fingers are itching to get in! I will update about it here, it’s all very exciting and many things need to be done before I can move in. 

Now off to buy material and paint! Watch this space!! 

A non-crocheting evening

I was up early today…too early. So now I’m really tired. 

I had a creative meeting at 08 and I had to drive as J was coming with me so the alarm went off at 06:45. Zzzzzzzz

I had to wake J up but she was so tired she got to go in her pjs the lucky little thing. It was easier and quicker that way, and it meant I was actually at my meeting on time!

It was a great meeting, not anything to do with crocheting though, but still great.

After that I had other errands to run, so I’m sad to say that my day has not been on the couch crocheting. I did do my stripe on my temperature blanket, and I managed to do my stop-motion for the week. But now I’m so tired I’m not even tempted to pick up a hook and I actually think I’m off to bed already, which is almost 2-3 hours earlier than usual for me. Well miracles happen right! 

Tomorrow though, I will crochet!! More!! All day!! 

Drops Spring Lane CAL

It’s not like I don’t have anything to do. I’m working on two blankets, one cushion, I’m part of one CAL already so things to fill my day? I have them. And then I haven’t even mentioned my two kids.

Still when I saw the Drops Spring Lane CAL I wanted to do that one too. The other CAL I’m doing at the moment, Hygge, is amazing however I really don’t feel like doing cross stitches and it’s full of them so I’ve paused it. 

I hadn’t planned it, but when I was a my local yarn shop today just to get more white yarn for my temperature blanket yarn got the better of me. So I started looking at loads of different yarns trying to figure out how this was not going to cost me a fortune and remembered I had a box full of yarn that I bought there ages ago, hoping that I could just top that up so I didn’t have to buy 1100g of yarn (!) and break the bank. Of course they don’t stock that specific yarn anymore….

Even though I don’t have enough yarn in weight I’m hoping it will be fine as this yarn that I had, BC Garn Semilla Fino is 240m/50g unlike the recommended 80m/50g. Time will tell, and atleast I didn’t end up buying loads of new yarn that I don’t even have room for. 

I love crocheting with this yarn, it’s the same I had for when I did the rose blanket for my goddaughter: 


And it’s organic wool, so warm and full of goodness. 


I finished my 2 first squares yesterday and I love them! They are, however, a lot smaller than the they are supposed to be..mine are about 16-17cm and in the pattern it says 25cm…that is a lot! 


(Top one 4.5 hook, the two underneath 4 hook)

I went down a hooksize from 4.5 to 4 as that worked better for the yarn. So combined with the fact that the yarn is so much thinner it’s no wonder that my squares are smaller. 

I love the colors, maybe not so much Spring in them, maybe a bit more Autumn but still, beautiful! Can’t wait to see where this pattern is going to go! 

The Spring Flower

So I started on a mini project the other day. I needed a doorstop for the kids room as the door keeps sliding shut on its own. Really irritating!

So I made this door stop, and it kind of looked like leaves so I thought I’d make some flowers for it.

The flowers I love and the doorstop looks awful, however it gets this job done!!

This is the terrible looking doorstop:

 

So I’m not posting the pattern for it cause I’m not happy with it at all, however I am posting the pattern for the little flower that I’m now calling The Spring Flower.

 

 

My big girl thinks they are lovely and really wanted to help with pictures, this is the result of that:

 

So I got her to hold them and that was better! You can find the pattern here or under patterns!

Doing what you love

Are you? 


Since the age of 4 there has only been one main focus in my life, music. Singing, playing and writing. Writing has been my greatest passion. There has been no room for any other creativity to steal my focus away. 

I have a love hate relationship with music, I love it fiercely and sometimes hate it with almost the same passion. 

When this year began and I started crocheting more and more it was like something shifted in me, it’s so hard to explain, but a spark of creative passion grew into a massive fire. I was not prepared at all.

So now I find myself crocheting whenever possible, and also, smiling as I do so. 

One of the aspects of this new creative field that I simply love is the fact that it’s all me. If something isn’t complete there is no one to blame but me. And oh my goodness that is a great feeling. 

I don’t know where this road is heading, and maybe not knowing is what keeps us all going on whatever path we’re on, and I’m trying to ignore all the questions, hopes and dreams that keep popping up uninvited in me head. 
So for now, quietly, I’m doing what I love. 

And that is one of my goals in life. To do what I love so I can love what I do.

Aren’t The Princess Jars just beautiful from underneath? As is The Sunshine Jar…maybe I should write down that pattern too…
Are you? Doing what you love?