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New Crochet Along and Changes

Last year I participated in my first CAL – Arizona Blanket. It was fun, I liked working on it in the slow pace of the weekly pattern releases, and I really loved the final result. This blanket now is in my parents home, and my Mum claimed it. The good thing is that it’s machine washable and easy in maintenance, so even if one of their dogs decides to use it as a placemat and drag a bone or jump on it with muddy paws, it’s simple to fix the mess.

I’ve been thinking about making another blanket, for my Father this time – and finally I found the right opportunity when I saw the announcement for a new Scheepjes CAL: the Rozeta Blanket. The pattern is crocheted and incorporates some embroidered elements, and I really like the look of this blanket. The original kits are sold in a number of colour versions and in two types of yarn: acrylic Colour Crafter and the luxury version, 70% Merino Superwash and 30% Polyamide Scheepjes Our Tribe. For me the choice was simple, both because of the price and the yarn content, and I ordered a Colour Crafter kit in the Twilight colourway.

As you can see, I wasn’t the only one excited about the new delivery ๐Ÿ™‚

Ciri took charge of unboxing

I’m a little late to the CAL, so I have two first weeks to catch up on before the new release on Wednesday. This shouldn’t be a problem as I’m really eager to start!

In the meantime, I also managed to knit a pair of socks for my friend in Poland. I’m planning to make more socks for her, as she, like me, loves colourful, warm socks, and I love knitting for grateful recipients. The pattern is – yet again – Mustard Toes from Drops Design, and the yarn is from Wollelfe. All those socks projects leave me with a growing stash of scrap yarn and I’m already thinking about the ways to combine them in the future (possibly socks) projects.

In non-crafty news, changes are coming. Our landlord is planning to sell the apartment and we’ll have to find a new place to live. It’s not urgent as we don’t have to move out before Spring, but it’s a bit stressful considering the rental market in Ireland. Our current apartment is warm and not humid or moldy, and it’s not at all that common here, it’s also conveniently located and relatively cheap. Plus having pets really limits our options; usually searching for properties within our price range and with pets allowed returns 5-6 results, many of which are rural (which would be fine as long as there’s good public transport nearby). On the other hand, I would like to have a spare bedroom for guests and to use it as an office (and maybe a craft room? Just a thought), and I would love to have a small garden, so if we can find something nice, I would be happy to move. But we can really start working on it in December (when I get my summer contract payment) and it would be ideal to move in January, before the most intensive period at my work starts mid February. Fingers crossed that it goes well!

10 thoughts on “New Crochet Along and Changes

  1. How exciting! I look forward to seeing your progress. Me and both cats ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice socks, too. Lucky friend. Oh, and good luck with the house hunting. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you’ll find what you’re looking for.

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  2. Moving is such a bummer. I hope you find a good place to move to. If you think it’s hard to find a place when you have two cats, try looking for one with three! My apartment home of 21 years was condemned to make room for a highway and I had to move. If my prospective landlady had not been the sister of the daughter in law of my long-time landlord (got that?) I’d have never found the place I lived in for 13 years. Her sister’s voucher that I was a good tenant got me the new place. .

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    1. Here the demand exceeds supply so much that the last time we’d had to move, we only managed to find something because the bf’s boss knew someone at the real estate agency. It was a nightmare, and we didn’t even have pets back then! Nowadays some agents demand fees just for the viewing, because there are so many people looking for apartments or houses that they can make any crazy demands and they will still have people willing to comply just to find a place to live. Plus many houses are really nasty, and Irish houses are notoriously not insulated which is crazy in this wet climate, so there is often problem with humidity, mold and very expensive heating. We’ve been lucky with this apartment that didn’t have any of these issues so we’ve been staying here even though it’s not pretty and only has one bedroom. I’m trying not to be too anxious and hope that we find a new home…

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  3. The moving sounds like a challenge, and I do hope you find something that works for you folks. At least until you start hunting for a place, you have crocheting and knitting projects to keep you occupied. I’m looking forward to your CAL updates, and eventually, your update on your new home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. The CAL looks like so much fun! keep us posted!

    I’m sorry that your landlord is selling your apartment. Moving is stressful enough without having your place sold out from under you. I hope you all find a nice space with enough room for the pets and a craft room/office!

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    1. Thank you! I hope so too ๐Ÿ™‚
      I had to take a break from the CAL as I have tendonitis in my shoulder and crocheting seems to be making it worse ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Luckily knitting is fine, so at least I have that!

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