Sunday, August 2, 2009

Still crazy ... doing malfatto

I found this wonderful unplugged version of "Still crazy" with an aged but still irresistable Paul Simon on YouTube and I think I have to share it with you:

Doing this and that, just playing, having fun ... Maybe I have to realize that those imperfect things are mine.

I've made two booklets to send to my cyber friends, Paula and Elizabeth - go check their blogs, they're both very good at what they're doing and have grown to be very dear and special to me!

(The booklets are punched with wool, yarn, fabrics on wool fabric, using the embellisher.)

I've found out there is a word for those imperfect, self-crafted things: "malfatto" - actually, it's Italian for "badly made", but it doesn't necessarily mean it has to be bad or ugly - just a bit rough, often made out of recycling materials and with a bit of vintage charm.

(By the way, I've discovered a very nice Finnish book with lots of pictures and ideas regarding stylish recycling of old things, written by Liisa Hellemaa-Hautamäki and Marjo Koivumäki. The German title is: "Aus alten Sachen Schönes machen" - unfortunately, I don't think it's been translated to English yet.)

It's not so easy to find or figure out minor projects which can be realized with a small amount of (handspun) yarn, but these are two bags - the left one is actually a cover protecting my GPS, the right a normal one - which I've crocheted lately:

(German summary: Die beiden Notizbücher sind mit dem Embellisher gepuncht, Wolle/Fasern/Stoff auf Wollstoff, die kleinen Taschen aus handgesponnener Wolle gehäkelt. Das Buch von den beiden Finninen kann ich wirklich sehr empfehlen - und natürlich auch die Blogs meiner Freundinnen!)


Jacky.Jones said...

hej mum! The video/song was nice. YOU are still crazy. :) The books are nice too, and the doll is very funny.

With love,

Paula Hewitt said...

Im a Paul Simon fan, too! Thankyou (in advance) for the felt book - it looks wonderful, i look forward to seeing it in real life. im glad to see you are getting back into the swing of things. Another reason for me to be gruntled! Paula xx

Clare W said...

Lovely little purses. Glad you are feeling better xx

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Dear girls,
what a joy to read your comments again! Thank you for still hanging around!

Micki said...

Love the little bags and the doll, too. Your little book covers are great.