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Greetings from a spooky hotel room :)


It’s the time of the year when I visit Brussels again. Unlike in September, when I take part in the training at the beginning of each new working season, the winter panel meeting is filled with arguing intense discussions and can be quite exhausting. We start at 9 each day (for 4 days total) and finish in the evening, in theory around 6 p.m. but it’s never true – we usually stay much longer. Plus we always have a “European party” one of the evenings when we eat and drink food and wine typical for the country of each person in the team. Since we have nearly all European nationalities represented in our team, it’s a very interesting experience! And as for me, I usually bring some whiskey-based Irish sweets – fudge or chocolates. They’re a nice change after all the cheese and hams and other salty snacks πŸ™‚

I’m going to stay here until Thursday evening and let me tell you, the hotel room I’m staying in is creepy! It’s a two storey room for 3 people (but I rent it alone of course), with the 80s interior design and super big windows, covered with spooky dark red curtains. I’m on the upper level because that’s where the bathroom and wardrobes are, and I can hear some strange noises from the lower level from time to time. As someone who watches too many real crime documentaries, I’m feeling uneasy. I’ve checked the whole room a couple of times already and it seems that it’s going to be a long night πŸ˜‰

So to feel a little less anxious I switched the TV on. I don’t know French or Flemmish, so the only option I have if I want to understand anything, is an Austrian TV chanel. Right now they’re playing a movie about Hercules and let me tell you, hearing Greek heroes speaking German is entertaining enough to feel a little less spooked out. I also did what I usually don’t do in hotel rooms and I emptied the mini bar from any beer I could find. Sometimes a bottle of liquid courage can help too.

Alright, but let’s focus on knitting, shall we?

I brought my latest hat and cowl here with me, and since I didn’t have any matching gloves, I used up all the remaning scraps of the same yarn to knit fingerless gloves. The scraps were not enough so I had to add light beige/ cream shade. I used it to knit the cuffs because it’s covered by the sleeves anyways so it doesn’t matter if it matches or not.

I’m quite happy with them and I loved how fast and easy this free pattern is – it took me under 2 hours each!


In fact this project was so quick that I think I might try to knit 5-fingered gloves soon! The thumb didn’t really take much effort and didn’t feel too fiddly, so most likely the other fingers shouldn’t be much different. Who knows, maybe the next time I have some scrap yarn I can try πŸ™‚

So while I’m going to end the post here, I must ask you: please send me some positive thoughts to help me survive in my creepy room. And also, a note to myself – it might be a good idea to stop watching these real crime documentaries…


14 thoughts on “Greetings from a spooky hotel room :)

  1. That was clever thinking to do the unseen cuffs in the different yarn. They look lovely and cosy πŸ™‚
    It’s probably just pipes or thin walls. When I get anxious at night I recite the following from Psalm 4v8 ‘I will lie down and sleep in peace for you alone, oh God, make me dwell in safety.’

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    1. I do hope it’s walls or piper, or air conditioning! But when it’s dark I’m not that convinced πŸ˜‰
      Thank you Tracey and have a good night!

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  2. Good work with the gloves!
    Some buildings are noisier than others, so hope you don’t worry too much. Your intense discussions sound scarier! πŸ˜‰

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  3. can you leave the TV on an “empty” channel? The static noise will help mask those creepy little”stray” noises our brains latch onto in the dark. if you left it on a station, and played the TV all night, that might disturb some of the other guests, but static noises can be more easily ignored by them as they blend in to the usual “background noises” of the city such as traffic noise and equipment noises. I find that since I lost my cat Jaks, and am actually alone in my house now for the first time in 21 years, I find I am easily spooked at night by “stray” noises.

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    1. I can’t sleep with the TV on , I’m a very light sleeper unfortunately. That’s a pity as it would probably help. I left the light downstairs on and it made me feel a little better but in general I’m not very happy to think about 3 more nights here…


  4. Those gloves look fantastic!

    Oooo that hotel room DOES sound creepy! I also watch too many true crime documentaries…I had to stop watching them when my fiancΓ© was out of town recently because I got so creeped out.

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    1. Once when my boyfriend was away I read the Unresolved Mysteries forum and got so spooked out that I had to wait until morning to go to sleep 😐I was only able to go to bed when it was bright outside again πŸ˜‘ so you did the right thing that you stopped watching!

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  5. Ooh what a fabby set! I love the colours and even the beige on the gloves doesn’t look out of place. At least it’s not neon orange πŸ˜‰
    I watched the X-Files once when I was younger, and to this day I can’t even listen to the theme tune. It creeps me right out!

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