2018 / 2019 – Week 5

Sorry, no quilt. *sigh* Oh, wait – hello my dears, how are you? As you can see, it’s socks again this week. I did manage to cut some more squares for the quilt but then the heatwave got the better of me, and I spent most of my time reading („The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society“ – I’m madly in love and cannot recommend it enough), and more or less unable to move a muscle. Fortunately, we had a fabulous thunderstorm over the weekend, and temperatures did cool down a bit. Not for long, though. Ah well, before we know it, winter will be here, and I’ll be complaining about the cold. Might as well enjoy the warmth and the sun while I can.

As for the socks, these are going to be a present for a very good friend, and I just hope they’ll fit. I don’t usually knit socks for anybody other than Steve and myself because I’m afraid I won’t get the size right, and honestly, why bother with all the work and effort if they don’t fit in the end? The friend these are for has almost the same size as I have, so if they end up being just a tad too big for me, they should be perfectly right for her. I hope she’ll like the colours. (Actually, I know she will. She’s one of the few people who are absolutely knitworthy, and she’ll be so happy and grateful to receive something handmade.)

Other than that, all I did this week was change the blog template and layout. I do like to work with WordPress because it’s easy and fast, and there’s a ton of free themes and plugins out there for practically every kind of website you want to design. Some of these themes and plugins come with a price, though – and I’m not talking about money. I found out that the theme I used made six (!!!) duplicates of every photo I uploaded, in just as many different sizes. And the plugin I used to make those lovely tiled galleries even added a few more duplicates in even more sizes. I found as many as fourteen (!!!) duplicates of one photo that I had used as a featured image as well as in a gallery. Maybe I’m weird but that was something I wasn’t prepared to live with. I self-host my blog and pay for my webspace, and all those duplicates were using up an awful lot of that webspace. So I went back from my fully responsive, retina ready, mobile friendly theme and fancy tiled galleries plugin to an older theme that is much more webspace friendly and still very adjustable, and a gallery plugin that allows me to add photos from URL and still open them in a separate lightbox window. It might not look as modern and en vogue as before but it’s much more me.

And then, there’s this:

Our very first self-raised bell pepper. It’s still pretty tiny but hey, it’s a start! We also have teeny tiny tomatoes on one of our plants, and snacked on the blackberries for the first time today. This is all so exciting! If I’m not careful, I might be turning into a good housewife with all the gardening and vegetable growing, and the ironing I did today …

The Shed

Look look look, this is THE SHED aka Lillys bedroom. It’s still not finished but isn’t it lovely? Steve built it all by himself, it was hard work since he had to dig lots of holes and move an awful lot of dirt (and fell my dear old apple tree and comfort his cry baby of a wife who, as it turns out, is severely allergic to tree felling), and I’m so proud of him.

Those funny looking leafy sticks on the left are actually forsythias. We had this huge mess of a forsythia in front of the house, and when Steve removed it, he cut some stems to plant in front of the shed. They seem to be doing great, here’s hoping they’ll survive the winter. (By the way, the mommy plant is coming back as well. Apparently, forsythias are extremely hardy plants, if you don’t uproot them completely, they’ll be back! Did you just read that in Arnies voice? If so, brownie points to you.)

The apple tree had to go because it stood right in the middle of what has become the new driveway. The red currants were destined to share that very same fate but Steve managed to rescue them and find a new spot for them at the side of the shed. And mind you, they even produced some few berries!

Speaking of berries …

Can you tell what this is? Those are our very first blackberries. So our pick and taste garden is taking shape, if ever so slowly.

Yummy! Well, not quite, to be honest, even though they have this beautiful colour, they’re still rather sour. A few more days in this heatwave, and they’ll be fine, though. Speaking of heatwaves, here’s a fun fact for you: did you know that chilis get even hotter if you let them ripen in the sun for longer? I’m a little afraid to try the habaneros and chiltepinos we’re growing …

2018 / 2019 – Week 4

Socks! Again! Can you believe I finished a pair of vanillas within a mere week? Open that bottle of bubbly, we’ve got a reason to celebrate!

Seriously, I can hardly believe it myself. Inspite of a week full of travelling and long work hours, I managed to get this pair done, and even started a new project:

I started cutting the squares for my rag quilt. I got 46 of the 80 squares I need done today, and yes, there was a change of plan, I doubled the squares in size. I wanted to do 10 x 10 cm squares but now have settled for 20 x 20 cm. Of course, being the busy bee I am, this was not about getting that quilt done any faster, it was all about showing of the beautiful pieces of cotton I assembled for the quilt (that’s my story, and I’ll stick to it).

Another 34 squares, plus 80 squares of batting, and I’ll be ready for the sewing and assembling part which will be the quickest of all. I want the quilt to look similar to the pillow cover I did some time ago:

I have a couple of days off next week so who knows, I might actually finish the entire quilt. At least I should get some progress done, and make quite a dent in my fabric stash. I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to get back to being creative and crafty, and to just take the time to make something with my own hands. All of a sudden, I’ve got lots and lots and LOTS of ideas and plans and projects in my head, and I’ve got another two week holiday coming up in September, and a few vacation days left for November. The second half of this year could well turn out to be rather productive. Wish me luck, please.

2018 / 2019 – Week 3

Hello my dears, welcome to the „We’ve Got Vanillas!“ edition! Inspite of a very exhausting week, I actually managed to finish my second sock AND even darn in those ends:

Just plain vanillas done in Aldi yarn my mother gave me ages ago. I really like all the different shades of blue but the yarn itself wasn’t too nice to knit with, the ply was kind of irregular, with thicker and thinner parts throughout. Ah well, I’ll live, I guess. Anyway, they’re finished and will keep my toes warm next winter, and that’s all that matters in the end.

Since I had my darning needle out anyway …

This is the pair of socks I started back in May, finished knitting some time in Idontevenremember – I think it must have been June, though – and just now got round to weaving ends in. The yarn is an ONline Merino, and it’s so beautifully soft soft soft, and will be wonderful to wear.

So all in all, I proudly present FOs no.s 2 and 3 for this year (the first being the pair of silk vanillas that I never took a photo of). I cast on another pair of vanillas right away (seriously, why change a winning team? At least I’m getting SOMETHING done, right?) because I really need a take along project for this week. It’s going to be a week of travelling and long work hours, and I will definitely need something mindless to work on during breaks.

2018 / 2019 – Week 2

Aaaaand we have a sock, ladies and gentlemen, yes, you read that right: we have a sock!

I finished the first one yesterday night and cast on the second one right away. Other than that, I just crocheted a few rows on my Fruit Salad Wave blanket. By the way, I’ve decided to rename it, that name is way too long, so maybe I’m just going to call it The Waver.

I bought a new pattern this week, I think I saw it on Facebook first, and fell in love instantly. I know I have a ton of patterns, plus there’s another ton or three free patterns on Ravelry, but this one is so amazing, I just had to have it. I guess you all know this feeling, don’t you? It’s the „Medina Mosaic Tiles“ pattern by Mark Roseboom, and it’s gorgeous and reasonably priced. It took all my willpower and then some not to cast on right away.

Other than that, we spent a lovely few hours today at a local fair. It’s an annual event all about gardening and plants, at the manor in the next village. We didn’t buy any plants, though, but I so enjoyed taking photos and getting inspiration for our own garden. Let me share them with you, please:

 

If nothing else, at least I’ve succeeded at rekindling my love for photography this week. And that’s a lot, I think.