Now That’s Our Girl

Everybody, this is Lilly. Lilly, this is everbody.

Lilly is a Yamaha YZF 1000 R, also known as Thunderace. No, she’s not mine, infact, I’m too small to drive her (even climbing up to the passenger seat is an adventure equaling climbing Mt Everest). She’s Daddy’s girl, and a dream he had had for many years.

I wasn’t comfortable with the idea at first. It actually took me four years and many months of counselling to be able to embrace the idea of two-wheel driving (I’ve been known to say „I’d prefer a horse, it’s got one leg at each corner, how’s that for balance“), but now that we’ve taken the plunge, I realize that I actually like swimming. Or rather, the idea of swimming. Steve hasn’t finished driving school yet so it will be a while before we’re ready to hit the road.

Funny thing is that even though I prefer naked bikes and choppers, I’ve come to like Lilly – seriously, who could resist that face? – and I do look forward to sitting behind my beloved, holding onto him and enjoying the ride. Most certainly with eyes wide shut and teeth chattering a jolly little tune.

2018 / 2019 – Week 1

So here we go, a new start to the Year of Projects that I tried (and failed) to participate in the previous year. The idea behind it is to create a list of projects to complete within the next twelve months but I found that while I’m really great at writing lists, I’m not so great at sticking to them, let alone completing items on said list. This year, I’ll just make stuff and blog about it without putting pressure on myself. If I get things finished – great. If not, so what? It’s a hobby after all, not a competition.

I do have a few WIPs that I would like to finish off, though, and a few plans and ideas about what to make next, so here’s my mini list:

  • Seed Stitch Blanket (knitting) – I’ve been working on this for quite a while now, have completed nine of the 16 coloured stripes I intended to knit, and I think it might be doable to finish this before winter. By the way, it’s the blanket pictured above.
  • Fruit Wave Salad Blanket (crochet) – I’m not that far in with this one but since it’s a pretty mindless pattern, it works up really fast. This is another one I think I might be able to finish before winter.
  • Picnic Shawl (knitting) – Almost feels like cheating to include this in the WIPs list since it’s almost done, all I have to do is finish the 20+ single leaves of the border. I already finished two last night and yikes! I love the look of the shawl, though, so it’s worth it.
  • Vanilla Socks (knitting) – I’ve learned the hard way not to say that „they’re so simple, they’ll be done in the blink of an eye“ because … yeah, right.
  • Spicier Life Blanket (crochet) – I started it, put it down for a while, picked it back up, realized I hadn’t kept any notes, forgot where I was, found that I didn’t like the fabric, and decided to just start over and keep better notes next time.
  • Rag Quilt (sewing) – I’ve collected lots and lots of old cotton duvet covers in a variety of colours and prints, and I’m going to make a very simple quilt with it. It’s not a difficult one, just time-consuming, but I’ll try to get it done in time for winter so I’ll have something pretty to snuggle under when it gets cold.

Another ongoing project Steve and I are working on together is our R&R – „Remodel & Renovate“. We’re still working on renovating our house (let me put it this way: renovating an old house you already live in is a form of torture that hasn’t been declared illegal yet), and have plans to remodel our garden.

This project is almost done, it’s a new shed Steve added at the back of our house. It’s already painted and sealed on the outside, he is busy working on the inside, all that’s missing is the gate. Since this is going to be a kind of garage where he’ll keep all his tools (and Lilly), and can work on our cars (and Lilly), it needs a garage door that we haven’t been able to afford yet (partly due to Lilly).

Okay, so much for a start. If you feel like joining in on YOP, please visit our Ravelry group and jump right in. And if you’re curious about Lilly … well, I’ll introduce her soon.

Cordial-ly Yours

I did it. Finally. I’d been talking about it for ages, and now I finally made elderflower cordial. Wow. And guess what – it’s good and drinkable, though a bit too sweet for my taste (I usually avoid sugary drinks).

You see, we have these huge elderberry bushes in our garden that the former owners planted. Steve kept saying he wanted them out, and I kept saying I was going to make „something“ with them soon but somehow, I never got round to doing it. Until now, that is.

Making elderflower cordial is so much simpler than I thought it would be. All you need is water, sugar, elderflowers and lemons.

And voilá, here’s the outcome. I only made a small batch because I wasn’t sure if we’d like it at all, and since I only add tiny amounts to my drinks, the two and a half bottles I made are going to last me forever, I guess.

So here’s the first drink I used it for: this is green tea with about two tablespoons of cordial and a mint leaf fresh from the garden. Let summer roll around, please, I’m well prepared, drinkwise.

Week 20/18

Wow, so this is week 20 already! It’s been a while since my last weekly post. Now on the plus side, I finished the socks I started at the beginning of the year, started another pair but frogged it almost immediately because I didn’t like the yarn, and bought this lovely ONline merino yarn in those beautiful pinks that you see above instead. I’m still on my first sock, though. I keep dragging my knitting around, determined to sit and read or watch TV and knit along but somehow I hardly ever do. Life is just so full of amazing things right now, and somehow, knitting gets pushed to the back burner all the time.

Among the amazing things is this:

We built a raised bed last year – or rather, I kind of requested it and Steve, kind as ever, did all the manual labour that I wouldn’t know how to do – and planted a few herbs. Parsley, basil and chives, to be precise. When winter came, I totally forgot to take them out and pot them to take them inside. The basil and parsley did not make it, but just look at the chives! Growing strong, about twice as much as I planted last year, and blooming so beautifully! Every time I walk past the bed, I stop to admire them.

Then there’s rosemary, we planted it this year and it takes much longer to grow. I have no idea if it is as hardy as the chives, so I’m definitely going to bring it inside when it gets cold (would somebody please remind me in, say, November? Thank you so much!). We also planted mint that has grown into quite a bush already, and Steve added a bell pepper plant yesterday. I have no idea if bell peppers will grow in a raised bed but I’m all for trying. Steve also bought three tomato plants, a cherry tree and a peach tree. The plan is to grow some kind of „pick and taste“ garden all around the house. We already have five varieties of grapes and a yellow raspberry in front of the house plus the wild raspberries and strawberries that self-seeded a few years ago, and let’s not forget the elderberry bushes the former owners planted many, many moons ago.

So while I’m not exactly a successful knitter / crocheter at present, I have rekindled my love for photography. My Canon DSLR is still the love of my life but just recently, I decided to give snapping away with my cellphone another chance. The main purpose was to take photos of the shop and post them to Instagram, and one day while I fiddled with it, I discovered that my cell actually has „professionel“ settings. It’s no comparison to my DSLR, of course, but the more I try, the more comfortable I become with it, the more I realize it’s a nice tool and just as easy as shooting a polaroid, but with better quality results. So I’ve started taking one photo per day to post on Instagram and share on Facebook. It’s quite an exciting learning curve for me, and I’m so curious to find out where it’ll lead me in the end. You can find the link to my Instagram account in the footer if you’re interested. I’d be so honoured if you followed me. As for Facebook, I only share things with my friends, and I don’t accept random friend requests, so if you’d like to follow me on Facebook, please PM me first.

So much for this week. I still owe you the list of books I’ve read in the meantime but I’ve decided to write an extra post for them to catch up, and get back to posting them in my weeklies from next week on.

May Showers Bring Lots Of Flowers

Hello my lovelies, is it just me, or does anybody else feel like you’ve just come out of hibernating? March and April were so dreadfully cold and wintery, I was seriously beginning to fear for my plants. I’m pleased and relieved to report that not only did they all make it through, apparently they are also trying to make up for the lost weeks by shooting out of the ground. Just see for yourselves:


I love to stand under the lilac tree and just breathe in that heavenly perfume. May definitely is my favourite month of the year so far. Last Sunday, I sat outside in the sun, knit a few rows on my seed stitch blanket, and when that got too heavy and too warm, switched to knitting a new sock, while listening to an audio book („Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy“ by John Le Carré, in case you were wondering). It was the most hygge thing I had done in ages, and I thoroughly enjoyed that day. Here’s hoping the weather will be just as brilliant for Pentecost – I have a shawl pattern, matching yarn, and determination ready to go.