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I lost at yarn chicken

This strangely looking WIP is not an amigurumi octopus (pentapus?) in the making. It is, in fact, a cardigan, designed in an interesting way, with sleeves, back piece and both front pieces knitted separately and then joined together at the yoke. The yoke itself is what drove me to this Paisley Cardigan pattern by Sarah Hutton in the first place – I just really like the contrasting, cabled detail that adds a twist to the plain, simple sweater.

The cardigan is a part of patterns collection designed for the beautiful aran weight yarn from the West Yorkshire Spinners, The Croft Shetland Colours. When I first saw it on their Instagram account, I knew I wanted to knit it, and exactly in the same colours as the original. I love that two contrasting, neutral colours are used together, and work so well. I thought it would be a great way to be able to wear this cardigan both with cooler and warmer shades. And I just needed a reason to buy some of this yarn and try it out!

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Challenge accepted!

The title of this post is my reply to a friend who received my Aphrodite shawl for her birthday and told me that she loves shawls, even though she might already own an impressive collection, so if I like knitting them, she is more than happy to receive them 😉 Which suits me just right, as I have a lot of shawl patterns in my queue, own some shawl pattern books, and in general, love knitting and crocheting them. But I feel guilty when I think of making so many shawls just for myself, so her confession is a very welcome excuse to knit more!

However, my most recent knit – based on the Kindness KAL Shawl pattern by Jaala Spiro – was made for another friend. I wanted to knit something special for her as a thank you gift, for inviting me to take part in a project we’ve been working on together with her research team (she’s in academia and I used to work in research, so since they needed someone with specific skills, she asked me to join them) for the last several months, outside of my normal job. That really helped me find a new focus in my work, exactly at the time when I needed it most (and to refresh my CV a little which I really needed, too). Beside that, she’s just always been a great friend, so did I really need more to knit something for her? I also knew right from the start that I wanted it to be a shawl, with at least some lace elements, or maybe fully lacy.

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Candy Stripes Jumper

It’s official: my new favourite sweater is ready! In fact, it’s been ready for over a week now, I’ve just been lazy to update the blog and post some photos, so it’s high time to write about it.

I was super enthusiastic about the pullover in my previous post, and I still am. It turned out just as I hoped for: very soft and squishy, with a comfortable, relaxed fit. This yarn apparently stretches a little after blocking (I haven’t washed or blocked it yet as I don’t think I’m going to wear it anytime soon, it’s too warm), so I guess it will be even more relaxed once I decide to do it.

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Winter Pullover in the Springtime

It might be Spring already(and surprisingly, even the weather seems to confirm it these days!), but I have a lot of beautiful wool yarn in my stash and many sweaters lined up in my knitting queue. Sweaters and shawls. I need to refresh my wardrobe when it comes to sweaters anyways, and I guess if I do it now, it means I’ll be prepared when it gets colder again in the Fall, right?

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My Redy is ready!

In my last post, I mentioned that I probably wouldn’t be able to finish my Drops Alpaca Bouclé Redy pullover before I travel to Poland since I always slow down at the stage of knitting sleeves. But surprise, surprise! This pattern is so straight-forward, including the sleeves (no body shaping and no decreasing in the sleeves), that it took me only two evenings to knit the both sleeves and weave in the ends. And now I can enjoy all this cosy squishiness and wear it on my travel to feel comfortable and warm!

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Currently on my needles and other stuff

At the end of the year I’ve started working on a new pullover in Drops Alpaca Bouclé bought during the end-of-the-year sale of alpaca-based Drops yarns. This yarn is very unique – the main thread is thin, but because of the loops it requires bigger needles and knits up like worsted weight, therefore it required a special pattern, suitable for a very lightweight (for its thickness) yarn. While browsing through the projects knitted by other users on Ravelry with Alpaca Bouclé, I found Redy Pullover by Ankestrick. I knew instantly that it was a perfect choice; with its relaxed fit and wide collar, and so I decided to knit it right away.

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My last finished project in 2018

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you are having an amazing final day of 2018 and that the coming year brings you joy and many new, exciting projects – including crafty ones!

I am spending the night just how I love – being lazy at home with my cats (I wouldn’t really like to leave them alone tonight, they’re scared of the fireworks so I feel better keeping an eye of them), knitting, playing games on my PC and drinking some sparkling wine. I’m not the biggest fan of New year’s Eve celebrations in general, so a cosy and slow night at home is just perfect for me.

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Hats, plain and simple

I was planning to write a short Christmas post with wishes to all my readers and visitors to the blog, but as the saying goes – if you want to make gods laugh, tell them your plans! That concerns not only this blog, but also all our Christmas plans, including the meals we were going to prepare which I mentioned in my previous post, and some light holiday hiking along the coast. Instead, I spent almost a week mostly in bed or on the coach, because my chronic condition (unclassified IBD, which has been mostly dormant for the last several years and only acts up mildly from time to time) decided to remind me about itself.

Still, even though I didn’t feel like updating the blog, and all of Christmas cooking had to be done by the Boyfriend (he did well and didn’t complain even once!), it wasn’t a bad time at all. My yarn arrived and I had knitted two new hats for the Boyfriend – since he refuses to wear scarfs or gloves, but actually requested new hats himself. I wanted to knit something a little more fancy, with cables or maybe some colourwork pattern, but both these options were rejected instantly. He just wanted plain, “normal” hats, and so I chose the Classic World War 2 Watch Cap and the Boyfriend Beanie, knitted in brown Drops Nepal and gray Drops Lima.

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Instead of a Jumper (part 2)

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It’s less than a week left until Christmas, and it seems like there’s not enough time for anything, even without any big holiday plans. I’m still enjoying a break from work (starting again in February), but there’s always something going on these days. To make things more interesting, my mobile, vacuum cleaner, and finally the washing machine all decided to stop working around the same time. I also didn’t notice that something went wrong with the laundry and I opened the washing machine when it stopped without checking – which resulted in flooding our kitchen pretty badly. I’m super lucky that it didn’t sink through the floor to the neighbours below! And also that there is a nice launderette nearby, because the washing machine pump needs to be replaced, but since it’s an old model, it won’t be delivered until the beginning of the new year. Fun times!
At least the timing for all of this technological drama was good, right when I got paid for my work in the summer months, so at I was able to replace the old vacuum cleaner. And to my excitement, the store nearby has a Christmas offer for the exact model I found on Amazon, for the same price, but with a free steam mop as a bonus. Now, admittedly I’m a bit of a clean freak so you can imagine that it’s like the best Christmas gift ever! I redeemed the mop voucher online and it should be delivered in about a month (which is way longer than I want to wait, but let’s not look gift horse… etc.) I know, I know… what can I say, cleaning (contrary to cooking) is the one housekeeping task I enjoy 😉

But apart from these little disasters, things are going well. We’re going to have a quiet and nice Christmas, as usually with the combination of Polish and Greek meals (and other regional food when we meet up with our friends). Then, after Christmas, the Boyfriend is going to Greece for some time (while I’ll be here dealing with the pump replacement), and when he comes back, I’m going to Poland in the second half of January. In between our travels we’re going to Belfast for a weekend away, because due to his work we can’t go in December, so I’m already excited and planning what we’re going to see and do there.

I don’t usually make any plans or resolutions for the new year, and don’t really make any summary of the passing year, but I have to say that it was overall a good year for me, and my only 2019 plan is to make it even a better one. And to keep knitting 🙂

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Alright, so let’s talk about knitting. In addition to the socks from my previous post, I used the red yarn from the Jumper That Never Was to knit a set of gloves, shawl and a hat for myself. Initially I chose the Aubergine hat and shawl pattern. Knitting this set was fast, easy and really enjoyable, but I didn’t really like the hat. I mean it was cute but just didn’t feel comfortable on my head. So I kept the shawl, unraveled the hat and made a new one, together with matching fingerless gloves.

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This set is awesome; it’s very warm, comfy, and I love the leafy pattern. It works surprisingly well with the shawl, and I love how it brightens up my gray coat. Just a perfect match all around 🙂

And now I think I’m done with the jumper yarn, and even though I still have almost 3 skeins left, I’m going to put them away for another time.

I mentioned it before on my blog, but I’m not making any knitted or crocheted Christmas gifts this year. I made a few small items, like socks or gloves for my friends, but they weren’t specifically planned for  Christmas – they’re just “because I like you” gifts. I’ve also received some yarn for the Boyfriend’s new hats (one gray, one brown) today, so they should be ready before he goes to Greece. Other than that, my knitting queue is filled with selfish project and I hope to finish at least one sweater before our Belfast getaway. All in all, I’m looking forward to my peaceful and crafty Christmas!