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Gifts and good news

Life’s been peaceful and quiet recently. I work most of the day, with not much time left for anything else, but it’s going to get a litter easier in about 3 weeks when the busiest phase of my work is over so I just have to survive till then. Still, I keep crocheting my Sophie’s Dream squares – a round here and there, between other things to do, and it’s such a great project to work on now! Unlike knitting, I don’t need to be super careful not to drop stitches, and it’s easy to keep track of rows since each round is completely different.

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Failed attempt

Some time ago I bought additional crochet thread to finish my Pineapples Tablecloth, which had been hibernating for a while as I run out of thread (that’s what happens when you buy unusual thread size on sale!) and couldn’t find any more of it anywhere. And then I bought a different thread in the same size, which looked similar enough and it seemed that I’d be able to continue my project after all.

Alas, it didn’t happen. It may have looked similar in my drawer, but as soon as I started crocheting, the difference was just too visible to continue. The new thread will have to wait for a different project, some time in the future – but what about my tablecloth? Should I wait more, until (if) I find the right thread? I decided against it. I crocheted the last 3 rounds in the old thread, frogged the part made in the new one, and called it a day. It may be missing the final round of large pineapples, and it’s a pity, but it looks fine as it is, too.

And because it’s quite heavy I didn’t really have to block it beyond normal flat drying!

So I tried, I failed, I’m happy anyway 🙂 This is going to be a gift for my parents one day, and in the meantime, it’s waiting in the box in my wardrobe.

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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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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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Yarn Bowl and other stuff

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Look at my new crafty purchase! It’s a beautiful yarn bowl from the Flying Tiger. Not something I’ve been planning to buy, even though I’ve thought about it a couple of times because of my cats. They always hunt my yarn so I have to be extra careful not to drop it while knitting (and the ball of yarn tends to jump all over my desk or coach which gives them many opportunities to catch it), and they always shed, even if it’s much less now than in summer. We buy lint rollers in Ikea in crazy amounts and I keep vacuuming all the time, but I can’t eradicate the fur in 100%. And when I drop the ball of yarn to the floor, it inevitably collects some cat hair which end up knitted into my work and I hate it. So yes… that, combined with a good price (6 euro) convinced me to give it a try and buy a yarn bowl.

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A pair of autumn socks in the making

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Current WIP and some Irish landscapes

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Some cables, some lace – my new cardigan in the making

Ever since giving up on the idea of knitting something summery, I’ve been working on my new cardigan, Sweet as Honey by Drops Designs. So far, so good! It requires more focus and attention than my most recent, mindless knits, but it’s going well and I’m really enjoying it.

And I thought that it may be a good opportunity to share my yarn winding method with you!

I don’t have a winder and I don’t feel the need to buy one, as I actually enjoy winding yarn on my own – except for lace I guess, but I don’t use it very often so it’s not a big deal. I do it at my work desk, because the arms of my chair are just what I need.

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Yes, that’s how I sit on a chair – my boyfriend always says his legs hurt just from looking at me like that, but I find it comfy!

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No summer knits for me

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As I mentioned before, the main and most busy part of my current work project is over (for now) and I can finally relax and rest a bit, taking advantage of the last sunny summer days. After two months of sitting at my PC into the wee hours of the day, seven days a week, I find it difficult to stay home for too long, so I go out a lot, taking any opportunity to walk or hike. Like, for instance, that day last week when I had to pick up Stella’s medication from the vet clinic and decided to take a 6 km stroll instead of driving. Totally worth it!

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Some parts of Dublin are very rural, and the gentle Wicklow Mountains make it even more charming

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And update, plans and general rambling

 

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I made this little guy yesterday just because I felt a sudden need to crochet a toy. I wanted it to be small (to use up this colourful scrap yarn), easy and fast, and so I chose Three Little Cats pattern by Sarah Lyons. It’s the Daddy Cat – there is also Mummy Cat and their Kitten in the collection, but I’m yet to crochet them when I have scraps of some different colourful and cheerful yarn.

The kitty is standing on my desk, watching me as I’m typing this, and I’m really curious how long it’s going to take before Ciri kidnaps it and claims it as her own 😉

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Holiday memories

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Nika will be our guide today

Not a knitting-related post – just some photo memories from my springtime holiday in Poland.

First of all: unlike last year, the weather this time was just awesome! No return of winter, just sun and 20-25 degrees Celsius, which for me is the perfect temperature. It’s warm but comfortable, without the need to wear thick clothes but the evenings can still get a little chilly which is a perfect excuse to wear some knitted garments or shawls 🙂

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