My mother is from Denmark. I never really learned Danish though, I can only understand. But I don't really speak at all... So I thought I would try learning. My mother has always been very bad at teaching me (mainly because I think she doesn't feel like keeping it up) so I thought I would get a book. I told my friend Elina about it who is very into learning new languages and so we decided on this book and then we'll both learn so we can use it as a secret language at school! Hehehe... :D So we will see how it works out...
Talking about school, it was our first day today! It was great to see everyone again although we didn't really do anything. It was just the day of the "Agiasmos" which means.. blessing (?) I think. Basically a priest comes and he has a little bunch of basil, a cross and a little bowl of water. He blesses the water. Then we all line up and he wets our heads one by one with the basil, one by one, dipping it in the bowl of blessed water. Oh and we have to kiss the little cross too.
Anyway so we are getting our books tomorrow and we are having 4 hours (actually 4 45-minute lessons) ! I am very excited! :D
Today I went to a store to look at some clothes and I saw these two dresses that I liked quite a lot. So I went to try them on and I thought I would take some pictures so I could maybe make them myself because they cost 35 euros each from this store... :D
I am going to post all the projects I am working on at the moment.
I am trying to learn Danish. My mother is from Denmark and I was just there for two weeks so I got inspired. :D I could always understand pretty much everything in normal conversation but I need to learn to speak.
I also did German for four years and got the Zertifikat, but now I have stopped official lessons. I am trying to read the third Harry Potter book in German. "Harry Potter undder Gefangene von Askabaaaan"! Haha it's proving quite difficult since I never studied my vocabulary very well... :P
I am also involved in an amateur video team called VK (Vrasmena Kounoupidia, which is Greek for "Boiled Cauliflowers"). We started at school, doing a video presentation of a Greek poem called "Tou Nekrou Aderfou" for class. You can watch it here but it is in Greek. :( Anyway, at the moment we are working on a video based on a poem called "Pali Methismenos Eisai" (="You are drunk again") by Kostas Varnalis. We are working hard collecting material for it.
Furthermore, I volunteer for www.librivox.org recording free audiobooks. The books we use are published before 1923 which means the copyright is expired and they are in the public domain. I just recorded two chapters for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and am planning on recording a chapter of Huckleberry Fin, although it's quite hard.
Lastly, I love sewing and doing things with my hands so I have loads of unfinished projects in that category. :D
This is a jacket for my mothers' birthday. I have to finish it soon!
Then there is a very simple skirt. I wanted to try out this (very simple) pattern I drafted myself and I was thinking of putting various different colored buttons to close it in the back. :D
Um... then there is a dress for my friend Eleni that I have to hem (when she comes over next time)
Next is this sweater that I have been "working on" since 2006! :D I finished this piece which is the front one weekend when I was watching Project Runway episodes literally from the moment I woke up till I went to bed! :D
In Denmark I got this thing with pegs that makes a result similar to knitting. I don't know what it is I am making but I wanted to try it out!
I am also knitting... something out of an old t-shirt that I cut into a long strip.
I found these nice patterns for knitting (sort of like Fair Isle) so I thought I would knit some mittens.
Now I also want to sew these shorts and top from the amazing magazine Patrones that I found in the library in Denmark! Unfortunately I don't have the pictures, but here are the technical drawings: