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Hibernating

Hello! I hope everyone is fine and enjoying these first days of October!

Autumn finally arrived and it already feels colder. I started using one of the heaters and feel tempted to open another one, but I still feel it’s better to keep it for the real winter. Kind of silly thinking because hey, when it gets colder I could just adjust the settings, but for now I’m surviving with one heater on. And when it gets rough I can always use these crocheted legwarmers:

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I made them many months ago, to use up the leftovers from the bulky star-shaped bedroom rug, and they’d been waiting patiently in my wardrobe ever since. But now is their time! Unfortunately, the pom-poms had to be removed, as they were too tempting for my cats who kept hunting them all the time. And as much as I adore my cats, I also prefer when my legs are not scratched.

I’m really busy with work now, and will be for a while more. I set up my temporary “office” on the kitchen table, and I sit there for hours a day with my laptop. I moved from the desk because for work I prefer to use the laptop instead of PC as I have it exclusively for this reason and I have everything that I need installed on it. And what’s also important, moving to this “office” space is a bit like changing into work uniform and getting into a different head-space, to separate my private and professional life. Working from home can be challenging as it’s so easy to get distracted and find many things which are better to do than working, and so I need to use all these funny tricks to feel that no, watching youtube is not recommended when I have 200 pages of technical text to read and analyse ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately, we don’t have many rooms to choose one that could be adapted as my office so I use the kitchen and it works fine for now.

But the point to write about work was actually to explain that all the more demanding projects had to be postponed for now. Especially knitting, as it requires a lot of focus from me, so it must wait for the less busy period (which should come in December). But I can still crochet while reading something work-related, as long as it’s not a project that would require following a complicated pattern. So during the last week I kept working on the golden-brown scarf for my Aunt (part of my Christmas gifts series):

I used two photos to show the beauty of this yarn (Katia Air Lux, colour 62) – the one on the left, looking more golden, was taken in artificial light, and the one on the right, looking more brown, was taken in the daylight.ย  So the scarf becomes more luxurious and rich when worn in the evening, and more casual by day. It’s also wonderfully soft. I don’t show it in its full glory here, because this project is currently hibernating – turns out that I need another skein of yarn to finish it. When it’s finished, it will need to be blocked to open up the lace and show the pattern, and I will certainly post some better photos then.

I ordered the lacking skein on Loveknitting.com yesterday, and together with it two kinds of merino lace (but don’t judge, I had a good reason – I needed to buy enough to get the free delivery ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I am currently obsessed with shawls and wraps, so I chose the lace with new shawls in mind. I just love to wrap myself in a soft, beautiful shawl on the cold days.

And now, whenever my hands are free while working and when I don’t have to type, I am crocheting very simple but useful dishcloths, using up all the scratch cotton yarn I have. This is easy, doesn’t distract me from work, and still keeps me happy because crocheting definitely increases my serotonin levels ๐Ÿ™‚ And finding something like that is what I wish to anyone!

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2 thoughts on “Hibernating

  1. I love the leg warmers especially. Everything you have shown is just wonderful. You have many projects going at the same time like I do. I find it better to have a lot going at once. Do you have a pattern for your leg warmers? If you would like to share, I would really appreciate it. If not, no worries. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you Julie! I don’t have a pattern for the leg warmers, I just made them in rounds, with double crochet and half double crochet on the fake “cuffs” (where I used the darker yarn). I just kept trying them on as I crocheted, checking if I needed to increase or decrease. I also left the bottom part wider than the leg in case if I wanted to wear them with thick socks ๐Ÿ™‚
      I still plan to start writing down the patterns whenever I make something without any pattern but the problem is that most of the times I don’t count stitches, just check if whatever I’m making fits me and that’s it. Need to work on it a bit… ๐Ÿ™‚

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