Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New year

A new year is coming, and after a few months of getting used to this new life, I'm ready to write a little bit more about my crafty experiments.

First thing first: baby blanket for Endre baba! (Endre is the name of my friends' son, born in October).His parents are Hungarian (Endre baba means baby Andrew), so a few friends and I decided to knit him a blanket that we embroidered with traditional Hungarian patterns coming from the Transylvania region his father comes from. I looked in the many books I brought back from my many trips to Europe, chose yarn that would match the colours of traditional craft in the region (furniture, gates, etc.) and here is the result:

My finished square (but why is it uploading in this direction?)
the finished product

the pattern

And this was the inspiration for the colours (from this web site)

It is the first piece I finish, since learning how to knit a few months ago! And I was so, so happy with the result, I love the colours, I love the patterns, I love everything about it. I was so happy to be able to use traditional patterns for this, it gives it so much meaning!

I'm working on a few more things, hopefully I'll write more about them soon!

Monday, September 13, 2010

new life

I've always lived in Montréal (or its region), but about a month ago, I moved to Trois-Rivières, a small town (9th in size in Québec) between Montréal and Québec City. I moved here to be with my boyfriend, as I was getting more and more fed up of organizing all our weekends in function of the distance that was between us and the little time we were able to spend together.
So far, so good.
I was able to keep my job working from home. In November I will start to work 4 days a week, and I hope this enables me to do more crafts, cooking and all those things I recently got back to. Maybe having a boyfriend makes me want to cocoon? Or it is this new beautiful apartment?
Anyway, I'm not really good at any of it, but I am full of good will. More to come on my experiences! It's starting tonight with me joining the local chapter of "le cercle des fermières", a women's association dedicated to improve women's conditions while ensuring the transmission of the the cultural patrimony. I'm looking forward to it!