January

I never liked January. Somehow it seems like a long long cold month.  

Maybe I'm not a beginnings person. I take time to adjust. 

Well and while I adjust, I knit. And unknit. Yes, I have been over and over the same pleated front on my folded sweater. It never looks perfect. Is it me?? At the third attempt I began pattern alterations. I just couldn't knit 6 perfect triple pleats! And I tried makind double ones... but I'm not sure I like it. I think it takes away the magic. 

Double pleats, Malabrigo yarn

Double pleats, Malabrigo yarn

Knitting has been my go to handmade this month, and mainly I have been knitting hats.

They say we have great weather here in the South, but I don't think we have great house building technique, because the cold gets in and I bet it is colder in my house than in a Sweden one! 

Anyway, the hats are for exterior use, only. And also some gifts.

Does anyone have a special technique for knitting pleats easily? 

 

Janeiro, o mês de que gosto menos. O mais longo, o mais frio.

Este Janeiro tricotei. E destricotei. A minha camisola Folded tem andado para trás e para a frente sem que eu fique satisfeita com as pregas tricotadas. De pregas triplas passei a duplas mas, não sei se o efeito é tão interessante.

Fala-se muito do clima no Algarve, de como é perfeito e sempre verão. Bem, em minha casa entra tanto frio que penso que há um problema grave de construção no Algarve. De certeza que na Suécia têm menos frio em casa, do que eu aqui.

Este frio faz com que me enrole no sofá a tricotar, principalmente gorros, para usar lá fora, ainda não chegámos ao ponto de usá-los em casa!

Alguma sugestão para tricotar pregas??

 

 

 

December

My month. Time for family, for staying home, for baking and cooking, for hugging and laughing, for late mornings and pajamas.

With December comes the hope of a new bright different year. A year of healthy new habits, of exercise, of blog posts written on time, of school mornings of big breakfasts and laughter, of sunny summers in a faraway blue island, of breathing slowly and having time to process life as it happens.

This December was for family. I had planned some handmade gifts but then time took over and I only made a small shopping bag for a friend. I followed a pattern from I love Patchwork a book I love, from Rashida Coleman-Hale and I had plans to make about five of this bags, ... well, I made one, better than none.

In my family we cook a lot, and we follow old Christmas traditions from different origins that always result in too much food! Adding to that, I always try some recipes that I find online and really catch my eye.

Christmas Codfish before oven

Christmas Codfish before oven

 

During the time I have had to think and restore my energies, I had some time to think about things that I want to sew for myself. If there is one thing I am sure of, it is that I want to sew and knit more of my clothes. Every time I have to go shopping and get near the big shopping centres, I get more and more concerned about the future. I always remember listening someone saying that if you buy a t-shirt for less than 5€, than there has to be something wrong in the process of making that t-shirt. And now that I can make my own t-shirts and I know how much that costs me, I understand even better that someone, somewhere, along the chain of clothes production is being explored. Of course this is one of the many many things that are wrong with our world.

I try to help some projects that I hope will make a little diference, like the Dress a Girl around the World, that I think will bring joy to some girls. And I have also been recently informed of this crowdfunding, that is trying to start some sewing courses for women in São Tomé. This are small steps to try to make something different but they can change some lives.

So, about the making, I have been knitting. In a way knitting is more of a winter thing, right? You get to be all cosy in your couch, watching some corny eighty's movie on TV, laughing about how is it possible that the eighty's fashion is now fashion again?! So knitting is easier.

I made the baa-ble hat in some malabrigo rios yarn , I wanted to experiment knitting with colors and this was the ideal project, quick and funny.Of course, I love the hat so much I am afraid my son might lose it and I tend not to let him wear it all the time!

Baa-ble hat in Malabrigo Rios

Baa-ble hat in Malabrigo Rios

 

I am also knitting the Folded Sweater and this is a bigger project. I have come to the point where I have two sleeves and one body part, now I have to attach everything. This is new to me, so i will let you know how it went!

I havent been sewing much lately, because I get cold. This is the truth. But I have cut some a few patterns and hope to sew it soon enough!

 

 

Heather Dress by Sew Over It London

The heather dress caught my eye as soon as it was released. Just what I wanted, a comfortable good looking dress to wear almost to any occasion. 

I downloaded the pdf pattern and had it printed in a shop. So easy! It took me two evenings to finish it. It is a really quick make, and my only problem was with sizing. I don't understand why but this keeps happening to me. According to my measures I was a UK size 8 and that was the size I cut. Just reduced the length, because I am a petite size.

Well When I tried it on, it was really large and I ended up reducing it to a size 4. Is it me? Is it my measuring tape? I don't know, but it is not the first time this happens to me.

I sew it in a lovely black knit that is not very thick and it feels just perfect.

The dress itself is so comfy and put together that I even wore it my sister's birthday dinner!

Yep, not easy to photograph black dresses...

O Heather Dress da Sew Over It London é mesmo aquilo que eu queria, um vestido super confortável e com bom aspecto. para vestir naqueles dias em que não faço ideia o que vestir e mesmo assim ter um ar arranjadinho.

Tive alguns problemas com o tamanho, comecei por cortar um tamanho 8 inglês e reduzi para um 4, não sei bem como isto aconteceu mas, não é a primeira vez!

Usei uma malha de algodão preta e penso que foi a escolha perfeita porque é uma malha quentinha, confortável e que não é muito espessa, o que faz com que se adapte bem ao corpo sem parecer uma sweatshirt gigante.

Estou muito contente com este vestido.

 

 

November 2016

November is the first really cold month after summer, or at least it used to be. In fact we have had beautiful sunny days most of the time and a few very rainy ones.

I have made this decision to write this blog in english, because the sewing community is an international group with lovely people all around the world. I will however write a small identical text in Portuguese, because that is where I live.

So, this November has been a sewing month, more than usual. Why? because I have invaded the living room table and I will not abandon it unless there is a really important dinner in the house, in which case I promise to think about it.

The truth is my husband works really faraway across the Ocean and I like to work near my kids, after dinner. It's so cosy. And I keep some space for the three us to have dinner.

November came with a trip to Lisbon, visit to the Oceanarium ( it's a family weakness, we really like fish... ) walks through the city ( could there be any more tourists in Lisbon??) and good old family lunches and dinners. I did control myself and didn't visit any fabric shops. You might think that having a fabric shop would be enough, but it isn't, I love fabric shops, yarn shops, it is never enough!

So the first important sewing thing this month was the arrival, by mail, of the Maker's WorkbookI wasn't sure I would use it but the truth is it helps me keep track of things and it didn't take long to have some projects registered there which is in fact kind of funny to look at. Yes, it makes me feel productive.

Makers book by Creative Industry

In the meantime I cooked a lot, its just for three but the kids take their lunches and snacks to school and it can get overwhelming! So, since Autumn arrived i have been using the slow cooker often, I just prepare it in the morning and it is ready for dinner time. Also if I cook bigger batches it will be enough for two week days, with school lunches included.

This is pork tenderloin slow cooked for 10hours, the onions just disappeared.

Now, I have sewn about 6 garments this month but the difficult part is photographing all of it. Sometimes its the light, sometimes its that there is no one to help and sometimes there is just no time.

So, how do you blogging sewers manage to do it all? What is the secret? Because I never seem to have time for everything, and apparently I should, because I work from home. That is what I hear people say.

 

Novembro chegou cheio de sol ( com uns dias de chuva intensa pelo meio ). Um Novembro cheio de Primavera.

Tomei a decisão de escrever este blog em inglês por ser a lingua comum a toda esta comunidade internacional de amantes de costura e saber fazer.

Novembro foi um mês de costura mais intensa, talvez porque invadi a mesa da sala, e assim posso coser à noite, no quentinho e perto dos meus filhotes. Deixei um espacinho para podermos jantar os três : )

Estivemos uma semana em Lisboa, onde andámos pela cidade ( de onde vêm estes turistas todos??), fizemos almoços e jantares de familia e visitámos o Oceanário ( corre-nos no sangue a paixão pelo mar).

recebi o meu primeiro  Maker's Workbook, que foi uma surpresa agradável, e que me faz sentir muito mais produtiva quando vejo as páginas já preenchidas!

Têm sido dias de cozinha, de começo de frio, e de uma certa falta de tempo. 

Digam-me a verdade, como arranjam tempo para fazer lindas fotografias para os vossos blogs?

Um novo blog| A new blog

 

Um blog novo para uma etapa nova. 

Há muito tempo que queria mudar o aspecto do blog, o conteúdo, o nome, tudo! A verdade é que eu mudei, o mundo todo mudou, e Maçãs d'Amor tornou-se algo distante com cor-de-rosa demais. Aqui no Sul, parece-me um nome mais verdadeiro, mais azul.

Então, neste novo espaço, tenciono partilhar essencialmente o que coso e tricoto. Os tecidos e as linhas tornaram-se uma parte importante dos meus dias, e o tricot das minhas noites, por isso parece mais do que razoável criar-lhes um espaço exclusivo.

 

A new blog for a new step in life.

For some time now I have been thinking about changing the looks of my blog, the name, the extreme pinkness, well everything! The truth is Maçãs d'Amor  has become somehow distant from who I am now, from where the world is now. This new image, this new name Aqui no Sul ( here, in the South) sounds more realistic, more blueish...

So in this new space I intend to share what I sew and knit because sewing has become such an important part of my days and knitting of my nights.

Jagged Triangular Scarf em Araucania Puelo 100% Llama.