29 October, 2014

Wissa Wassef again

Having guests 

gives me a reason to re-visit 
some of my favorite places, 
is high on my list.
It is located in the Harrania district,
near the Giza pyramids.

You can read more 
about the center here.

The buildings are surrounded by 
green fields and beautiful gardens,
much different from the life on the outside.
The architect and founder
 Ramses Wissa Wassef wrote:

"I had this vague conviction 
that every human being 
was born an artist, 
but that his or her gifts 
could be brought out only if 
artistic activity was encouraged
 from early childhood 
by way of practicing a craft..."

 Children from the village
was invited to learn the basic technique
of weaving:

"these young artists 
have only their own conception 
of their work,
 drawn from their own experience...
They know nothing of 
the hesitation of sophisticated artists... 
who are continually tempted 
to express themselves 
in the style of some other artist."

These artisans creates their tapestries

with no patterns involved,

every tapestry is one of a kind,

showing rural scenes

and telling stories of life in the village. 

The fingers works fast,
and seams to me
 with no hesitation.
A lot of experience involved
after years of practice.

Fabulous colors.

Very impressive,
and outstanding beautiful pieces 
of art!
Worth a visit!


18 September, 2014

My summer vacation is over

... and what a summer it turned out to be.
Story continues below, 
I just want to show of my last creation first.

These are my last half mittens,
"Winter Morning"

They were created and worked
with a cast on my hand,
slowly, row by row...

Within the first weeks of summer,
I slipped on my kitchen floor 
and fractured my right wrist.
As a knitter and other wise a busy bee,
this was very bad news...
But knitting aside,
I had more serious things to handle.
Getting through the day
using only one hand,
turned in to being a bit of a challenge.
days and weeks have past, 
and I am back in business!

Before I broke my wrist,
I finished this jacket for my daughter.

The pattern is called 
Nordkappkofta or Odajakken.
Older Norwegian,
 traditional "kofte" patterns,
have gotten a huge interest lately,
especially among Norwegian knitters.

Then, as I was slowly healing,
and since I had a lot of yarn
left over from Odajakken,
I knitted this jacket from Ann Myhre.

The pattern is called Angry Sheep Cardigan,
a very popular design,
and perfect for remnant yarn.

So I got a bit done,
although my yarn basket
still has a couple of
unfinished projects.

Did I mention that I also managed
to step on a golfball size rock,
in a parking lot,
two weeks after the first fracture,
flattened out and broke my foot.
Good thing I don't knit with me feet...

And yes,
I am debating if bubble wrap might be
the way to go...

Have a great day
and be careful out there!

12 July, 2014

Going to Alaska


These two sweeties are about to move 
from the heat of Texas,
to a much colder climate in Alaska.

They are so exited,
hoping to see a moose,
and to get to play in the snow.

A lot of their days in Texas
are spent inside due to the heat,

so their existing wardrobe
will not fill the requirements 
for outside playing.

My brain is busy deciding
 what need to be on the needles next...

For anyone wanting to knit 
the above sweaters,
the sizes are 3 - 4 and 5 - 6 years.
More info here...

Have a nice day!

28 May, 2014

Barnekofte til Tyra

Jeg blir nok aldri arbeidløs 
med 7 barnebarn å strikke til! 

Strikkede plagg trenger de alle,
enten de bor i et kaldt eller varmt klima.

Denne er til Tyra,
ca. størrelse tre år.

Det er et gammelt koftemønster
Sandnes Ullvare.
Originalen var strikket i Per Gynt 
og modellen heter Flipper
for de vil lete den opp.

Fargene er utradisjonelle,

garnet ble kjøpt i Roma i vinter.
Det heter Mini, og produseres Laines Du Nord,
70% ull og 30 % akryl.
Godt og mykt.

Småjentene i Texas
fikk seg kofter rundt juletider.


Det kan saktens bli kaldt der også i vintermånedene,
men ikke så kaldt som i Norge.
Disse koftene er strikket i Smart.
Mønsteret heter Turid,
og er også et eldre mønster
fra Sandnes Ullvare.
Veldig kjekt å strikke.

Link for isettelse av ermer er her

30 March, 2014

Palm leaf furniture

We seem to go for return visits these days,
and visiting with this man, 
his business and his family,
is definitely one of my favorite destinations.

With arms held wide open,
he welcomes us like family.

And before long
we are nestled around him as he works
and give us an insight
to a piece of fabulous handwork
that can only be achieved by
someone who has practiced as he has,
for a long time...

Egyptian tea is served
with a little sugar and mint leaves
from the garden.

On our way here
we picked up bread and tamia
from the local marked.
It could not have tasted better
if it was served on silver plates!

The sun just came out,
we are having a perfect day
in the most relaxing and peaceful setting.
Away from the busy city traffic....

Not far from us is the archaeological site of Memphis.
founded in 3100 BC.  

Not a lot can be seen on the site itself,
but we have the feeling of that the world
around us has not changed
for hundreds of years.

Not my first ferry trip

across the Nile,
and probably not my last.

Every time I experience something new.

The ferry goes back and forth all day,
bringing the farmers to town in the morning,
and back again at the end of the day.

The line to get on it,
on each side of the river,
gives us an indication of
how important it is for the locals.

The first ferry left us on the river bank,
as it was all ready full.

As we wait, we are in good company,
others have to wait as well.
The guy to the right was just about to jump,
but changed his mind
as the distance from the ferry to the bank grew larger.
To bad,
it could have made a great picture...

As we weren't in a hurry,
we didn't mind waiting for the corresponding ferry
starting from the opposite bank.
The air was very dusty this day,
as it can be this time of the year.
Sand everywhere so close to the desert. 

As the next ferry approach
my camera captures
a couple of near by boats.

A little bit of sunshine
is peaking through the dust,
and gives us hope for a nice rest of the day.

This ferry is not the best kept boat I have seen,
and would possibly have failed a control elsewhere,
but it doesn't seam to have any problems running.
Not sure if the small boat above is a life boat,
or if it by any chance would float at all.
I'll say probably not,
but in lac of another,
this was the only one on board.

A handful of passengers are eager to get off,
moving out on the ramp
as we get close to the other side.

This little passenger was hitching a free ride.

Whats next for us this day is another story...