3 – 2019

Hello my dears, and here we go, we have progress and new beginnings and even a finished book, can you believe it?

So, I made amazing progress on my Surf & Turf stole, and it’s beginning to look really interesting:

The pink does make all the difference. I’m on the 4th repeat of section B, or in other words, about two thirds in, and I’m definitely going to finish it and enjoy wearing it once the dreaded blocking is done. Something tells me this pattern is going to need some hardcore blocking but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. For now, I’ll just knit, admire, and then knit some more.

I also made some progress on the Opal socks (first sock almost completed, 15 more rounds on the leg, and then 15 rounds cuff) but decided on another carry-on project. We went out for dinner with a group of bikers we met last year, and while a vanilla is a great carry-on because of its mindlessness, I always have to carry a notepad of some sort because I’m a little (okay, who am I trying to fool – awfully) obsessed with making both socks the exact same size, so I take notes of how many rounds I’ve already completed. Juggling a sock-to-be plus notepad at the dinner table is a bit too much even for my taste, so I decided to bring a very simple crochet granny project:

It’s the Chocolate Box pattern by Jan Eaton, and I’m using self-striping sock yarn with longer colour repeats. I love the way this one turned out, I’ve completed two more in the meantime, and am aiming to make at least one per day. Not really sure yet whether to collect the grannies until I’ve got enough for a blanket, or put a few together as soon as I’ve got a matching pile … I’m determined to take my time and just enjoy the process, maybe think things over while I’m crocheting, and just let the world be for the time it takes to complete one granny.

And since I had my crochet hook out anyway, I decided to give another pattern a try:

It’s my first attempt at the Medina Mosaic Tile pattern by Mark Roseboom aka the guy with the hook. I used a cotton yarn in whatever colours just to try and see how it turns out. I love the texture and shine of the cotton but I think an entire blanket might get too heavy. Also, I’d rather work with lighter colours next time, I think it gets too gloomy with the purple. Overall, it’s a well-written pattern with lots of photos to help you through, and I love how it turned out so far.

On to the book I finished:

I might have picked the weakest one in the series (it was one of those free promo offers) but I didn’t like it much. The characters were okay but the story was a bit boring, and it felt like the main character said and thought the same lines over and over and over. But at least there was knitting.

All in all, it was a good week, inspite of Steve passing on his cold to me. Oh, by the way, if you ever wanted to know the true difference between men and women, I think I’ve found it:

Steve: *coughs*
I: „Honey, shall I make you a nice hot cup of tea?“

I: *cough*
Steve: „Yeah – I passed on my cold – mission accomplished!“

He’s lucky he’s cute (and the ground is frozen). 😉

2 - 2019

Hello my dears, she huffed and puffed as she hurried in late as usual. Yes, it’s been one of those weeks again *sigh*. And guess what – I still haven’t got a photo of my finished pair of vanillas. I do have a photo of the pair I’m currently working on:

It’s Opal sock yarn from my mom’s stash. She had one of Opal’s subscription packs for a while – you get six balls of sock yarn four times a year, if I remember correctly, and among them are experimental colourways that never make it into the shops. This one’s definitely one of the subscription packs but I really couldn’t say if this colourway was ever available for sale or not. Anyhow, I think it looks so much better knitted up than in the ball. Plus I really need some more pairs of socks, and who cares what colour they are when they are inside my boots? I could have finished the pair by now but I decided to keep them as my carry-on project.

Then there’s my Surf and Turf Stole. I’m almost through the first repeat of section B and was a bit torn. But see for yourselves:

I love the pattern but all of a sudden, I’m not so sure about the way the colours play out. It seems like a rather harsh colour change … Then again, I can picture the lovely little brook starting at its spring, happily meandering along, going underground for a while and coming back out a little worse, or rather, muddier for wear. I think I’ll just let that little brook float on for now until it gets to see its first sunrise (aka until I reach the pink that’s already visible in the ball), and decide then and there if I like it or not. As for the pattern, I had to tink two rows because I had misread the pattern – so if you think about knitting it yourselves, do read carefully. Tinking two rows is not that bad, though, but I’m definitely going to pay more attention in the future.

As for reading, well, I’m currently reading three books at a time, one is a cosy that I might well finish some time this week, and the other two are health-related. I collapsed again in December, just before the holidays, and spent a night in hospital. Check-ups showed no signs of anything out of the ordinary. There is absolutely not even the slightest hint for any disease or difficulty – and still, I keep collapsing and get migraines. My doctor tells me it’s stress-related, and that I should see a shrink, and there may well be some truth in it – and still, I feel I owe it to myself to find out if there is anything else I can do.

To end this on a positive note: I have a ton of new crafty ideas, and the neccessary materials for many of them. I’m not going to add all of them to my AYOP list just yet because I know some of my ideas will not make it beyond the „wouldn’t it be nice“ stage but at least I’m back to having all kinds of crafty ideas and plans, and am ready to get creative again. And that, my dears, is one of the greatest gifts I can imagine.

1 - 2019

Hello my dears, how are you all doing? So this is the new year … funny how we make such a fuss about a mere change of numbers, isn’t it? Anyway, I’ve decided to start a new Year of Projects in January so that hopefully I won’t forget what week I’m actually in.

This week has seen the completion of a pair of vanillas – mind you, I actually finished two pairs in a mere week! I’m only counting the one pair for 2019, though, because I had knit about 90% of the other pair last year. I have yet to take a photo of my new pair of socks, the light was abyssmal due to heavy rain, overall greyness and snow.

I started my new lace shawl on the 1st, I blogged about it here, and have since started working on section B, the wave pattern. I’m not too far in, though.

Other than that, I was out taking photos:

And I managed to read two books:

Not exactly a productive week but I’m getting there.

If you’re curious about what my fellow YOPpers are up to, or would like to join in the fun, find our group on Ravelry.

Airs and Laces

So here’s my first project for 2019:

I’m back to lace knitting, hurray! This is going to be a rather light-weight and small stole, following the Seascape Stole pattern by Kieran Fowley (note that there are two versions of the pattern, I’m following the longer written pattern because I love the lace ribbing and the way it merges into the actual wave pattern). I’ve completed section A so far. Coming next will be x repeats of the wave pattern.

I’ve named this my „Surf & Turf Stole“, you’ll understand why when you see the yarn:

It’s „Filigran“ by Atelier Zitron, a lovely merino lace yarn, and the colours are so yummy! There’s some light sky blue, ocean blue, a bit of misty grey, earthy browns, and some sunrise pink. All in all, I kept thinking of a rainy day by the sea when I wound the skein into a ball. Hence the project name. I can’t wait to see how it progresses.

This is also my first new Ravelry project. I finally got rid of my Flickr account after receiving an email that Flickr was going to limit the amount of photos non-paying users would be able to upload. It made me wonder how long it would take them to change their entire system to paid membership only, and since I already pay for the webspace I’m hosting my blog on, I just wasn’t prepared to pay extra just for the sake of having a Flickr account. So I deleted it and all my photos with it. I only used Flickr for my Rav projects photos anyway, and the majority of the projects were old and the actual pieces I made don’t even exist anymore, so I thought this was a great opportunity to start anew.