life

Altamont Gardens

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Summer was a little harsh for me. I have some chronic health issues, and since my visit to Poland around Easter and the cold I’d had there, I’ve been in a light flare-up. Not very serious, but bad enough to keep me indoors more than usually during holidays. That’s when knitting came to the rescue, keeping me in good mood! Still, I’m happy to say that I’m feeling better again and I’m trying to take advantage of this fact and of the last days of fine weather as much as I can. And so this weekend we got into a car and drove to the beautiful Altamont House and Gardens in County Carlow.

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clothing · knitting

Finished!

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Hurrah! My Appleby Pullover is ready!

Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post and shared your seaming knowledge and experience – I read everything carefully, followed the advice and managed to finish the sweater. But first I took a week long break from it, which let me return to this project with new energy. And I definitely needed that energy, as seaming took about three hours!

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knitting

Stuck

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The long planned pullover for my boyfriend is finally almost ready, and all pieces are blocked. All it still requires is sewing up and knitting the neckband – sounds simple, right?

Not at all. I’ve never experienced such a mental block with any project before. Each time I prepare everything for seaming, I spend a lot of time worrying, thinking and analyzing, only to put it away in the end. Ouch…

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life

Taxes, gifts and cooking

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Paying taxes is not the most pleasant part of my year. As a self employed person, I must send my self assessment for the previous year and cover the difference with the preliminary tax paid the year before. Oh, and pay the preliminary estimated tax for the current year. I have time to do it until the end of October but of course I try to send my assessment earlier, depending on the time when I am paid by the company I work with.

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Out with knitting and problems with scrap yarn

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I never knit or crochet outside. It’s not that I’m embarrassed or anything, I just don’t like to knit in the car or tram, and I don’t like carrying my projects around. I prefer the comfort of my home, when I can take as much space as I want with my work, and where I have anything I might need, including scissors or measuring tape, or a crochet hook if I drop a stitch.

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crochet · crochet for home

Linen

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I really don’t know how to wear linen. Not even the modern type, which theoretically doesn’t require ironing – it always looks so folded and worn out on me. Unlike on my Brother, who loves wearing linen shirts in the summer and actually looks well in them. Apparently I didn’t inherit the linen gene from our ancestors like he did!

In the home decor however, linen is one of my favourite fibres. It’s so fresh, crisp, simple, yet at the same time luxurious.

But I swear I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I bought the cotton and linen Drops Bomull-Lin yarn on the July Drops Cotton Sale! I just wanted to try this different type of yarn, because I’ve never used linen in my projects before. I also really wanted to make something special for my Parents, who are in the middle of buying and moving to a new home. I wanted to crochet a big doily and a set of coasters for their new place and I figured that linen would be a great choice.

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cats

Here’s what happens when cats find yarn. A photo story!

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This is going to be a photo glimpse into life of cats who happen to share a home with a yarn-obsessed person. Cats LOVE yarn, and they never miss an opportunity to steal and ruin play with it. Usually when I finish a project, I keep tiny scraps of yarn only to give it to my cats as a toy, and I’m sure that most crafty cat people do the same 😉

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clothing · knitting

My first dress!

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I absolutely love warm, woolen, cozy dresses and I wear them a lot during the colder months of the year. Starting from autumn, until early spring – with nice high boots, a cardi and a scarf wrapped around my neck, they are my favourite winter “uniform”. I have a small collection in my wardrobe, and knitting dresses was one of my ultimate knitting goals and reasons why I wanted to learn at all.

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cats · crochet for home · knitting

An Update

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I’ve been away from blogging for a while recently. My first blogiversary is approaching and I’ve been trying to figure out what do I want from my blog. You see, when I first started blogging, it was just to write about crochet and I seriously wanted to try writing amigurumi patterns and to publish them here. But then I started knitting and I am constantly thinking about new things to try, and somehow the initial idea for this blog just ceased to exist. And I’m not really sure where to go now? I enjoy writing about my projects, as much as I love visiting the blogs of other crocheters and knitters and reading about their latest projects and ideas. So I decided to just leave the blog as it is and keep it as my crafty diary. It’s actually quite awesome to look back and read about my first knitting attempts and see all the progress I’ve already made!

However I decided to rename the blog. I’m the worst with titles, and “Kat’s Crochet and Knitting” sounded like a name of a small countryside Bed & Breakfast rather than a title of a blog. My new title is “Cats and Threads” – and while it probably sounds equally strange, I just want to focus on my favourite things here. Sure, there are also other things I love, like reading, hiking, video games or kayaking… but my cats and my yarn, knitting, crochet and sometimes sewing (hence “threads” and not “yarn”) are what I deal with everyday and what always brings me joy. So no worries, this Crazy Cat Lady is still going to focus on her crafts, but she wants to acknowledge her other source of joy too 🙂

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accessories · knitting

Entrelac for the first time

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I’ve had a few skeins of Noro Silk Lite yarn (the same as used for my first ever real knitting project) in my stash and I couldn’t decide what to do with them. While I love the magnificent colours of Noro yarns, I found this particular colourway a little too much, especially when it comes to pink shades. So I knew I didn’t want to use it for garments, but I had no idea what to do with it. I thought about a throw or another granny squares bag – but in the end, I decided that this yarn was just perfect to try entrelac knitting.

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