It’s the last week before Christmas and we haven’t really planned anything yet, meals included, but I’m feeling absolutely relaxed and stress-free about that. The only plan we’ve made was to go to the south of Ireland this week for a few days since we haven’t really had any kind of holidays this year. The plan included a stay in a SPA hotel, and I’ve been really looking forward to soaking in the Jacuzzi and sweating all the stress of the year in the sauna. In addition, we’ve planned a couple of interesting places to see. And guess what? That’s right, I’m sick again! I really don’t know what’s going on with me this year, I can’t recall anything like that since childhood when I used to be sick all the time but tonsillectomy took care of it. There is nothing left to remove now though so this solution is no longer an option 😉 Anyways, I am trying to cancel the reservation today and hopefully reschedule the stay to January but it may be tricky since the hotel has 48 hours cancellation policy and we were supposed to go there on Friday. I hope they will consider my argument that checking in starts at 4 p.m. (so I’m not in the 48 hours window yet) and won’t make me pay for a cancelled stay.
Well, to sum it up, I just gave up on making plans and stressing out about them. Luckily my wonderful Other Half has offered to prepare all our Christmas meals this year (usually we both prepare something from our national cuisine) and of course my Mum has added some yummy food to her Christmas gift package, so we won’t starve. I think my Mum secretly believes that I don’t have anything to eat here, even though I’ve gained weight and keep reminding her that there are two Polish stores in my neighbourhood, not to mention the huge shopping centre just across the street!
In the crafty news, I have started a new large crochet project recently. I want to crochet a bedspread in crochet thread, which sounds a bit like a suicide mission or at least something that’s going to take months, if not years to finish. But I’m not in a hurry, I’m going to crochet it when I feel like it, one hexagon at a time. So far I have an amazing amount of three hexagons ready (out of the required 300 or more…).
If I ever really finish it, this is going to be a real treasure. If…
I’ve also received some dishcloth yarn from very kind Tracey from the Yarn and Pencil blog recently and I immediately had to try it out. I knitted two small dishcloths and I think especially the stripey one has a very “Christmas-y” look so next week I’m going to put it to use. Knitting with this yarn was fun! It’s not very forgiving so I decided not to risk any fancy stitches or shapes, just basic rectangles in moss and garter stitches, as any mistakes would have been hard to fix. I like the texture and the feel of these dishcloths a lot.
Beside these projects, I have started knitting a new cardigan in Drops Lima yarn. Drops is having the “Alpaca Party” until the end of the year with 30% discount for all their alpaca based yarns. Their Puna yarn for my Buttonside Jumper was a part of this deal, and I have enough Drops Lima for two more projects, including the current one. I think it’s been a very good deal altogether, as I spent under € 70 for good quality, warm alpaca yarn for 3 sweaters and some more to knit a hat or gloves.
I haven’t shown it here yet so I need to do it now as I think it’s pretty awesome: my new progress stitch markers to show the right and wrong side of the project. Usually I know from the look of the work which side is which, but sometimes it can be tricky. That was the case with my brother’s scarf, which made me constantly making mistakes in the cable pattern. That’s when these stitch markers help. And just look at them:
I mean, is there a better and more obvious way of showing which side is right and which is wrong? 😉 These markers are from the same store as my previous ones and if you’re looking for good quality, cute stitch markers for a reasonable price, I really recommend shopping there! Plus you always get a little extra gift with your purchases.
Alright, time to end my ramblings and get back under the blanket with a box of tissues and maybe a few sweets from Mum’s gift. I hope everyone is having a good time and that you’re not letting the pre-holiday stress get to you, no matter what (and if) you celebrate. And if you are stressed out, remember – knitting and crocheting helps!