Hats and scarfs

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As my quest to crochet all the Christmas gifts this year continues, I’m feeling stuck in the world of manly hats and scarfs. These projects tend to be fast and easy, but sometimes… sometimes they’re anything but that. But let’s start from the beginning.

Men in my life, who are going to receive gifts from me this Christmas, include my boyfriend, my dad, my brother and my nephew. And at least two of them are difficult… I can never figure out what to give them so that they really like it. Those are my dad and my boyfriend. I don’t think it’s a coincident that they are both mathematicians too? 😉

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November strawberries

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I’ve been feeling quite exhausted recently. Spending day after day by my laptop, typing and reading and thinking about the dreaded deadlines and not being outdoors enough = not the most stimulating lifestyle. I have to endure that, in December it’s going to get easier and I’ll be able to be more outdoorsy again, so no real reason to complain, but I really wish I could make November end sooner.

I crochet either mindlessly while working or in the evenings – I actually go to sleep later than I should just to have some time for my hobby. It doesn’t really help with the tiredness of course, but I need it to unwind… The thing is that I don’t have patience for long or complicated projects these days, so things like my two queued shawls have to wait. And whatever I’m working on, must be in lively, intense colours. I actually started crocheting snowflakes recently (I’d like to add them to my Christmas cards this year) and I had to stop because they were so white and dull!

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Rug and other mishaps

So… the doggie jacket was a project from hell. I frogged and restarted it about million times or so, and in the end it turned out so stiff and ugly that I felt sorry for the poor dog who would have to wear it. So I didn’t even frog it one more time, just threw it all away. And then I turned to an old, tried pattern to crochet a rug which would finally use up the long stored aran wool in my stash. This wool was just too coarse to use it for a hat or a scarf.

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That was both super easy and super fast and will replace an old similar rug, which was completely ruined by my cats (because it’s so awesome to wrap their toys in it and then search for them, using the claws of course). I hope it will last a bit longer than the previous one, especially that winter is coming quickly, days are shorter, and cats sleep more too – on their crocheted blankets and cushions of course 😉

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Long post about nothing in particular

A little warning: this is going to be a post with my random rambling about anything crochet and knitting related. No finished projects to share except a small pair of baby booties:

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That was a very quick project based on this lovely pattern by Sarah Zimmerman. A friend of mine, who used to be very close but now we only talk on Skype sometimes (which I really hope to fix once our lives are sorted – she’s a migrant like me and not settled anywhere at this point either), has had her second baby recently. She waited with notifying me until the baby’s birth and well,  I just wanted to make something very quick to send instantly and welcome the little guy to this world – hence the booties. I am actually excited that I now have the reason to make some baby stuff, as there are so many nice patterns and all the family and friends kids are already older. So I guess, small booties now, but something bigger for him and his brother for Christmas 😉

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