Retro Beach Party

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My life is still lazy and not necessarily by choice. Still not feeling quite well, so while I’m waiting for the new meds to kick in and do their job, I spend my days mostly at home and have plenty of time to read, binge watch Netflix and crochet or knit. Life’s not bad at all! And since the last week brought the so-called “Irish heatwave” (meaning temperatures around 26 degrees Celsius – crazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), I felt inspired to work on summer projects. Of course, as soon as I finished them, it got cooler, but I hope we’ll have a few more warm days during the summer months.

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Winter Focus

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I’ve been feeling bad for the last couple of days, with swollen joints and energy-draining fatigue. Luckily, as I wrote in my previous post, I don’t have to work now, so I can allow myself to spend a few days snuggled up on the coach, with Stella on my lap, a mug of green tea, a book and some yarny project in my hands (not necessarily all at once of course).

Stella is my best medicine. She is such a loving, affectionate cat with the best purr ever! Every now and then she looks at me and very gently touches my face with her paw, as if trying to say “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine!”.

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Ciri, her younger sister, is not affectionate at all, but she makes me laugh with all the mischievous things she does. I really can’t imagine my home without them!

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King Size Doily

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Last week I’ve managed to finalise the revision of my last work project in the 2016/2017 season. It’s official: I’m on holidays until late September! It’s both good and bad news: good because who am I to complain at having three months off to gather my strength before the new year of work begins, right? Especially that as usually, autumn is going to be very intense and stressful. But it’s also bad because it’s unpaid holiday time of course. Well, unless I manage to catch a short-term contract for the summer, but to be honest, it won’t be so easy. So at least at the moment it looks that I’m going to have a lot of time for crochet and knitting, because most likely we’re not going anywhere for holidays except maybe some weekend excursions to the Irish countryside. I have many ideas for my summer projects which include a jumper for the Boyfriend and a knitted dress for me. And doilies!

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Dog jumper trouble

A long, long time ago, in November last year, I have decided to crochet jumpers for my parents’ two rescue dogs. Those jumpers have never been finished, as I thought it would be cruel to force any living creature to wear them. I decided to wait until my knitting skills improve enough to knit some nice dog garments instead.

Unfortunately, the older of the dogs, Tosia, passed away some time ago. I still find it hard to believe that she’s gone and we all miss her a lot, including her adoptive sister Nika, who still refuses to sleep on Tosia’s favourite sleeping spots and eat where Tosia’s bowls used to be…

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So green!

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Let me introduce to you my Sage Remedy Top (pattern by Sarah Shepherd). This is another (and not the last one!) of my spring/ summer projects knitted with Louisa Harding Colline yarn.

I bought this yarn some time ago without any particular plan for it, simply because I loved this colour so much. It reminded me of young spring beech tree leaves and I really couldn’t resist it when I saw it on ebay. Side note: there are also a few other colours of Colline in my stash, so be prepared to see them in more projects in the future ๐Ÿ˜‰ My first idea for this yarn was Madigan by Melissa LaBarre for my Mum (because this is exactly the kind of sweater she loves, with short sleeves and the wide collar), but after knitting a few rows, I decided to look for something more stretchy for that sweater, like superwash wool or alpaca. Colline is mostly cotton and it is better for more spring/ summertime garments.

When I found the Sage Remedy pattern, I just knew that this yarn was made for it. And the colour of the original top knitted by the designer is similar, so I could see that it looks great in bright green.

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Winter preparations

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So… it’s May, spring came to Ireland and it seems to be here for good, with more sun than rain to the point that if the weather stays as it is now, we’re planning to go to the beach on the weekend. I mean REALLY to the beach, to lay down on our towels in the sun, which I’ve only done once in Ireland before, because usually it’s just too windy or cloudy. Yay! However, as you can see on the photo above, this lovely weather doesn’t distract me from planning ahead and preparing for autumn ๐Ÿ˜‰

The thought process that made me knit a hat and a neck warmer in may was simple:

a) I have leftover yarn from my first cardigan project and it doesn’t really match with other yarn colours in my stash, so I should use it for something small;

b) I really want to try knitting more cables and perhaps some easy lacework;

a) + b) = c), where

c) I have to knit a cabled hat! and if there is enough yarn left, then also gloves or a cowl!

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Speckled summer top

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I bought Conway + Bliss Lolli yarn as a part of my Wool Lotto shopping spree. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, even though it’s apparently designed for kids projects ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like the structure of the thread – like an airy tube, a bit thicker in its colourful parts. And I like the speckles too, and the fiber content (cotton with some polyester)… so I decided to give it a try, and use it for a summer top. I chose the grey version as I like how the bold neon speckles work with this calm, neutral background.

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Falling leaves

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I’ve been knitting a lot recently. After my Morning Glory cardigan, I finished a sleeveless top which still needs to be blocked before I can take some photos and write about it (spoiler: I’m really not sure what to think about it). I have a lot of free time now, since my work is less intense these days, but it also keeps me at home as I have to be close to the PC most of the time. This, of course, is a perfect crafting situation ๐Ÿ™‚

After all this knitting I felt the sudden need to crochet something. And it was a brilliant opportunity to clear up my cotton stash a little. I have a lot of cotton yarn that I’d bought long ago for amigurumi, and then I focused on other projects and never crocheted those toys. I also really needed new coasters and cotton yarn is perfect for that.

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My first cardigan

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It took me a month, during which I had a two weeks long break for holidays, to knit my first cardigan, but it’s finally finished!

The cardigan isย  based on the Morning Glory pattern by Pam Allen and knitted with Louisa Harding Colline in deep raspberry pink. It’s worsted weight cotton and alpaca yarn and I love it: the addition of alpaca makes it a little more soft and stretchy than pure cotton, but it is still good for spring and autumn knits, when the weather is warm but not hot.

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