YOP 2019 #3

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). ­čśë

YOP 2019 #2

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.

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.

2018 / 2019 – Week 21

Hello my dears – mind you, with starting the week in hospital and all, I didn’t even realize I still had time to post my YOP update until just now! Well, here we go …

I finished crocheting the basic net of the Tea Flower Shawl, and have started the flower border. I decided on pink sock yarn for the flowers. It’s difficult to tell in artificial light but the pink looks lovely against the various shades of blue, green and yellow.

There will be an awful lot of lose ends to weave in, though.

Then there are the „Call Them Cherry Blossoms“ socks I started in hospital:

I’m using a light grey as main colour and red variagated as contrast colour. I might switch the colours for the second sock, though. Having red flowers on a light grey background might look even nicer… Hmmm, maybe I should frog and start anew? What do you think?

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.

2018 / 2019 – Week 18

Socks. I’m getting a bit bored of them, I must admit. Seems like all I ever finish are socks, and even those here aren’t actually finished because I still have to weave in the ends. *sigh* Anyway, the two pairs are for my knitworthy friend, and the single one on top is for me. And just in time, I might add, since we had our first batch of snow today. (Totally makes sense – we switched back from daylight savings time last night and are on what is called „Winterzeit“ – „winter time“ in German – so yeah, winter totally hit the spot this year!)

As usual, this is the time of year I finally come up for a breather and a bit of contemplating. The year just wooshed by in such a hurry, looking back makes my head spin. I think I mentioned before that I work two jobs, one in that little shop I wrote about earlier in the year, and one for a fashion chain. Both couldn’t offer me the 20 – 25 hours / week that I actually want and need to work, but since each offered 13, and since chain was okay with me working weekends for little shop, I could combine them almost perfectly well. It worked well at the beginning. Then, once the 2017 Christmas rush was over, business quieted down in little shop, and my boss had to cut down my hours. Fortunately (well, that’s debateable, but let’s stick to that word for a while), one of my coworkers at chain quit, and I could take on her hours and work in some overtime to make up for the loss. Until about two weeks ago when the arrangement came to a rather abrupt halt. I was told by my boss at chain that I can’t work any more overtime, and they can’t up my hours anymore, so I’m back to working 13 hours / week with no extras. At my other job, I’m lucky if I get 13 hours / month! Steve and I have been calculating and contemplating how to make it work, since I actually like both jobs, and being happy is important as well. However, the truth is it won’t work in the long run. So whether I like it or not, I’m out job hunting again. Well, not right now, though, since I’m on sick leave with two broken ribs (no, I didn’t fall off my bike, I mobbed the floor, slipped and fell, and crashed ribs first into a chest of drawers) and hardly able to move at all. Even breathing is painful.

Crocheting still works, thank heavens. This is the beginning of the Tea Flower Shawl by Mijo Crochet. I bought the yarn at a yarn store in Forchheim in April, it’s Katia Spring Rainbow, and though it’s nice enough quality-wise (a cotton / acrylic blend, soft to the touch and a pleasure to work with even though the four strands aren’t plied), I’m less than thrilled with the colour changes. Usually, those multi-colour cakes just replace one tiny strand at a time which makes for practically invisible knots, and you just have two tiny strands to weave in. Not this one, though – one colour changes but all four strands are cut and re-knotted, and need I mention that knots of that size do come apart easily? Well, guess I’ll live. And the shawl is going to be lovely, if I do say so myself. I’m going to use up the entire cake for the net pattern, and add flowers in a contrasting colour, maybe some red or pink.

While I really could do without the pain, I’m trying to be positive about this broken ribs histoire – just think about all the crafting time I’ve got now, since I’m not allowed to do any housework or lift anything heavier than a sheet of paper (or a ball of yarn). Who knows, I might even get something finished! *gasp*

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.