Week 2/18

Hi there, my dears. I’m so embarrassed – I’ve got nothing new to show. I did manage to finish the first sock (except for the bind-off, that is) but I didn’t get to take a photo. For some reason, this week just flew by, and all of a sudden, it’s Sunday and I’m busy preparing for my business trip tomorrow. I’m going to Hamburg trade fair with my boss to get a tea selection for the shop I work at. We had a few selected varieties (mostly flavoured) for Christmas, and since they sold surprisingly well, my boss decided to jump in and let me pick an assortment. I’ve got my list of must-have teas ready and written, and even managed to narrow it down to only 25 teas (I’m so proud of myself, I started out with more than double). Wish me luck, please, I’ve never done anything similar before, and am equal parts nervous and excited.

I did manage to do my homework, so to speak, by finishing this book:

It’s an amazing book full of information on all things tea-related, and beautifully written as well. I do think I’ll have to re-read it a couple of times to make sure I’ve really got the important stuff memorized, though. Another six weeks until we hold our first Tea Party at the shop (again, equal parts nervous and excited), I’m sooooo very much looking forward to it.

So since I don’t have anything crafty to show today, I thought I’d just leave you with a pic of Melvin, my very own darling fish:

He’s a Betta Splendens var Halfmoon, and a beautiful specimen, I think, but then again, I’m absolutely, totally biased.

Week 1/18

Hello, my dears, and welcome to the first edition of my weekly review where I’ll show you what I was up to this week. Let’s get started right away, shall we?

This beautifully soft ball of yarn is ONline Supersocke Silk Color, a superwash sockyarn containing 55% merino, 25% poly and 20% silk. Yes, it’s just as soft and yummy to touch as it looks! And aren’t the colours just gorgeous?

I decided on plain vanillas, I want the softness of the yarn and the beautiful colours to speak for themselves. Isn’t it a shame that all that gorgeousness will be invisible to the world at large? My toes will be happy, though. I’m trying to finish the socks before the 15th so I can wear them on my business trip to Hamburg.

Next, there’s Chai by The Firefly Hook. It has taken me incredibly long for such a simple pattern, and it’s still not finished.  A few more rows to crochet, then it needs to be blocked before I can add the tassels. I chose this pattern because frankly, I just didn’t know what else to do with the yarn. I used it for the mosaic socks I tried last year, and it just wouldn’t play nicely with other colours. This is a much better use, and once the shawl is blocked and doesn’t resemble an old crumpled fishing net anymore, I guess I’m going to be in love. By the way, I love the name of the pattern – Chai is one of my favourite teas, and that business trip to Hamburg will be all about tea, so it kind of fits.

I also managed to add a few stitches to my Fruit Salad Wave blanket. The original pattern by Sue Pinner is for a scarf but I really don’t need any more scarfs in my life. I have this awful lot of sock yarn leftovers plus entire balls of sock yarn in what has been described as „man colours“ – you know, the dark, dank, depression-inducing castaways of the sockyarn community – and so another blanket taketh shape.

On to the books I’ve read this week:

I don’t plan on writing book reviews, I simply don’t have the time between two jobs, my family, and my crafting adventures. Suffice to say I absolutely loved „Ender’s Game“, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I was a bit disappointed by „Alice“, though, somehow it just wasn’t as exciting as I remembered from my childhood days. I should finish a book about tea next but I have a feeling I’ll be off on another trip to Enderverse first.

New Beginnings

Hi, I’m back, did you miss me? 😉 It’s been a while, I know. Last year when I joined the „Year of Projects“ Ravelry group, I practically burst with good intentions. I was determined to blog weekly, or maybe even twice a week, I had a list full of fabulous projects, and not only was I going to make them all, I was also going to take amazing, breath-taking photos of them all.

Ha. Ha ha.

Let’s face it, I’m just not that kind of person. You know, the organized kind, the kind that sticks to a list and actually gets stuff done. (I do get stuff done every once in a while, though rather accidentally than intentionally.) I’m more of a „try something new and see where it takes me“ kind of person, which naturally leads to an awful lot of WIPs and UFOs, and to a lot of frogging and tinking and starting anew. I kid you not, I might set out wanting to knit a sock, and end up with a blanket of sorts because sock knitting is too boring, or I decide half-way in that the yarn would be so much better for a different project, or I suddenly prefer crocheting to knitting.

So when I read through my old posts, I realized that they didn’t reflect the person I truly am, and that I wasn’t happy with my blog. I felt it was time for a fresh start so I deleted all my old posts (all those of you who have been kind enough to leave a comment – fear not, they are not lost, I saved them all),  and am quite ready for a new adventure.