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So it’s winter!


Last time I posted here, I was surprised that it was already November. Time keeps flying fast and December has started; with its cold, short and rainy (that’s Irish winter: it rains instead of snowing, pretty much like during any other season, but the rain is colder and accompanied by equally cold wind) days, Christmas songs on the radio and me decorating our apartment with Christmas ornaments without any self control.


I’m really enjoying the cold weather and the darkness, they don’t seem hostile but friendly, and I try to take daily walks even on the worst days. I’m also in holiday mood and surround myself with shiny, red, green and white decorations. Even the lipstick I use these days is more red than usually, because Christmas! All of that is strange because I’m normally not a very sentimental or holiday-loving type of person. Maybe that’s just a sign of getting older?


Last weeks have been very lazy for me when it comes to knitting; I’ve been working on a Christmas jumper (I won’t call it an Ugly Christmas Jumper though, because I think the pattern is really cute) but mostly spending my days reading one book after another and playing Detroit: Become Human on PlayStation (yay Black Friday sales!). After about two weeks I only had the yoke completed… and now, to paraphrase Monty Python, the jumper is no more. I frogged it yesterday and I’m not sure why, except that I just wasn’t feeling it. I am a very pragmatic person, and I really need to have a justification to the things I make (even if my justifications make zero sense for anyone else but me). I kept wondering what was the point of knitting a sweater that I’d only wear a few times and then have to put it away to wait for another Christmas? Or I could wear it after Christmas and feel totally out of place, because Irish people are faithful to their traditions and Christmas jumpers disappear from the landscape as soon as Christmas is over. So yep, I frogged it and my knitting enthusiasm returned instantly.


Since I have all this bright red (and some white) superwash wool, I decided that it’s time to knit another hat and a matching shawl. My favourite winter coat is very light beige, and I bought a new, light gray jacket this year. Both of them could use some intense colour, and I think red is going to work great with them. I’m only getting started on this project, so I’ll post an update when it’s finished or at least when I have something to show. I’m also thinking about thick, Scandinavian-style socks, and maybe, if I have enough wool, a pair of gloves?


Oh and have a look at my Winter Wonderland stitch markers from KoPoUK on Etsy! I love them so much, and I already regret that winter doesn’t last forever, just to keep using them ๐Ÿ™‚

10 thoughts on “So it’s winter!

  1. I know what you mean about knitting a jumper only yo wear it once or twice. it’s such a pretty pattern though! I’m sure you’ll find something fun to do with the yarn though! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Especially that I chose red and white combo, which made the jumper even more Christmasy โ˜น
      I’m already knitting a hat, and I have a few more ideas for the yarn, it will all be used up quickly!

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  2. I dipped my toes in the “colorwork” water making Christmas balls. Now I’m thinking with all that red and white yarn I have, I should dive right in and make me a red hat with white snowflakes around the brim and maybe a white hat with some kind of Norwegian design in red. I’m doing one of my hemmed toboggans ( ) so the hem will hide all my floats!

    This sweater is not so Christmasy you couldn’t wear it all winter:


    1. I’ve been thinking about this sweater but I don’t have enough yarn for it (the one I chose requires a little less yarn) so I’m keeping it for later, in my queue. May be much later but one day I think I’ll give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚
      Red hat with white snowflakes around the brim is also on my mind!


  3. The pattern was pretty, but I too wouldn’t have any regrets frogging if it results in something that will be better used!
    And the stitch markers – they’re really cute. โค

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    1. Thank you! I think the sweater would feel more neutral to wear if I sticked to the original colours, but in red and white it just felt too festive ๐Ÿค”

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