Money saving game

I’m gonna get rich!

I’m joking, of course. I don’t think I could ever save up enough money to actually feel rich, but I’ve found a neat way to at least spend less, and maybe even save enough to buy something fancy at the end of the year. Who knows?

The idea, which I got from some people in a knitting group on Facebook, is basically to stop buying new yarn and try to use as much as possible of what you already have in your stash. And for every skein you use up (this counts for scraps as well!) you put some money in a jar or something. I knitted a little coin purse for just this purpose, because a) I couldn’t find a suitable jar or piggybank (I’d have to buy one, and that sort of defeats the purpose) and b) I got to use some of my stash πŸ™‚

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So this is the basic rule of the game:

1 skein used up = 10 kr (equals something between 1 GB pound and two US dollars)

And my extra rules:

1 project finished = 10 kr

1 finished project started before 2014 = 20 kr

The two extra rules will hopefully give me a little more incentive to actually finish things and not just start a bunch of new projects as an excuse to use lots of yarn… Because that won’t help with clearing out space in our house, and that is seriously needed right now. So I really have to get some things done to sell or give away, because we have no more room for my yarn stash and growing pile of unfinished things. I hope this will be a productive year πŸ™‚

And what am I going to do with all the money I save up? Maybe I’ll use it to replenish my yarn stash next year, or maybe – if it ends up being a lot – I’ll get a new tattoo or something πŸ™‚


Ravellenic Games!

Formerly known as the Ravellympics… The opening ceremony of the London Olympics is just about to start, so I’m sitting here with my yarn, crochet hooks and gimping tool, ready to go πŸ™‚


Over the next couple of weeks, for the duration of the Olympic Games, Ravelry hosts a number of events that crafters participate in to make things. For some events we will start new projects, finish old ones, and even frog projects that will never happen. Find more info about the various events HERE.

I will be finishing up some things that I haven’t worked on for ages, using up some old yarn from my stash, and make a pair of wrist warmers. If there’s time, I will make some new amis for the Toy Toss event as well.

I will have kind of a slow start to my games, because most of my things are back at the apartment, and I won’t get there until some time next week. Also these games happen to end just around the time when school starts, so I can’t let the crafting take over completely. But this is a nice incentive to get things done and finish up some old WiPs.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting quite excited πŸ™‚

I’m still here

Just thought I’d post a little something to let you all know that I’m still alive πŸ™‚ I just finished taking notes from a really long chapter about eukaryotic cells, and I thought I’d take a small break before I start doing the exercises. *sigh* I read through the chapter last week, but for some reason I didn’t take notes. Don’t ask why… Next week I plan to start on the math. I haven’t done it sooner because I need to borrow a fancy calculator from a friend who won’t arrive in town before Sunday :/ Hope I have time to do it all. I figure that if I don’t spend more than two weeks on each chapter, I’ll get through the whole book by the end of November. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚
Though I really need to focus on my studying this fall, I hope I’ll be able to get some crafting done as well (I have to do something, or I’ll probably go insane). I’m almost done with a new Great Big Bug – a firefly – and I have another one started. Plus I’d like to make another firefly as a mate to the first one. I have only four legs left to make! I’ll do my best to finish it by this week πŸ™‚ For the body I’ve used glow-in-the-dark yarn (yellow Bernat) for the first time! I ordered it from here, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it to people ouside of US or Canada, the shipping cost was insane compared to the price of the yarn :/ I tried ordering another brand (white Nightlights) from another site, but they had problems with overseas shipping, so I didn’t really have a choice. Of course I could have waited until they had their issues fixed, but you know me :p Anyway, here’s a sneak peek at the firefly:

She’s quite large, and the back end really does glow! I’m pretty pleased with this one πŸ™‚

Oh, another thing… I’ve managed to get tangled up in a craft project with a deadline ofΒ  August 31st, so that naturally has priority right now. Not sure how much I can talk about it yet, so if you feel like I haven’t posted much craftyness lately it’s not because I haven’t done anything πŸ™‚ I promise I’ll tell you more about it when I know how it turns out!

And then there’s the tatting πŸ™‚ I’m hooked! On the bus here I started a new project, and during the next two or three days I finished my first “big” item, a crocodile bookmark πŸ™‚ Thought it would be cool to put in my biology book. The pattern is called “Alligator bookmark” from the book Animal Bookmarks – A Tatted Zoo by Dianna Stevens, but I think it looks more like a crocodile than an alligator. I like crocodiles better πŸ™‚

Bookmarks are both practical and fun to make, and I think it’s becoming a new obsession πŸ™‚ I’m not at all a fast tatter, so I can only make a few rings and chains every night, but I’ve just finished a thistle bookmark from this pattern. It doesn’t say how many colors to use, but I made mine in green and pink. Pictures will probably be up on Flickr and Facebook tonight or tomorrow πŸ™‚

Give-away & contest!

Cheryl of Bingle Bears is celebrating her one year anniversary of blogging with a give-away, and the prize is this really sweet bear:
He’s so adorable, I want him! πŸ™‚ His name is Sammy and he’s 11 inches tall and fully jointed.
Fiffel & TrΓ₯d is celebrating 1000 visitors with a contest! The first prize is this lovely pile of yarn:

Second prize is some other goodies like pompons and hearts to decorate amigurumi:

Congratulations to the both of you πŸ˜€

Magazines, stickers & yarn

Last week these magazines came in the mail:

The two latest issues of Simply Knitting, my first ever purchase on ebay! I’m very proud πŸ™‚ I paid enough for them, though, the lady who sold them to me (used, but with all free gifts still intact) probably made good money, but I still paid less than I would if I’d bought them in a Norwegian store… I guess I should subscribe to the magazine, it’s a lot cheaper than buying single issues, but then I only buy the ones with the Alan Dart patterns that I want, so I don’t really know.

Then I got a letter from my mother-in-law, containing these really cute hedgehog stickers:

Aren’t they lovely? She accidentally found them in a store and just had to buy them for me πŸ™‚

Yesterday I went out to get a few balls of white yarn I need to finish a project, but as usual the store was all out of white… But there was a 30% sale on all DROPS yarn, so I bought a pile of Eskimo to make more hats:

After that I came across a new and exciting craft magazine, Cross Stitcher:

I stood in the shop for a while and wondered which magazine to buy, because there are LOTS of them, but when I discovered what the free gift was I simply had to buy it!

Have you ever seen such a cute hedgehog? (Well, yes you have, if you’ve seen The Great Boll!) The world can never have enough hedgies πŸ˜€