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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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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!

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So it’s winter!

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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.

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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?

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Quick destash

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Summer is really over… and yes, I know I already wrote it before, but now the fall is here for good, with the leaves changing colours and its chilly, crisp morning air. Although according to the weather forecast, the temperature can rise to 21 degrees Celsius tomorrow, I’m skeptical. We’ll see when tomorrow comes. For now, even though I love the weather outside, I struggle a little with how cold it is in our apartment. I turned all the heaters on, but they’re not really working yet so my new blanket is a real blessing now.

Cats also tend to sleep in more cozy places, where they can feel a little warmer. Such as this old Ikea wardrobe that they had claimed a few years ago and use as their bunk bed combined with playground. We don’t keep our clothes there anymore (except for some rain coats I wear when I run and other equally bad looking but useful stuff), we just gave up and bought a normal wooden wardrobe which can be closed securely.

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Just no so much into summer knits…

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T-shirt, cowl and hat – Irish summer is here! πŸ˜‰

I have some really lovely, summery yarn in my stash waiting for me to knit something proper for early August. But I’m just not feeling it. My heart is fully set on nice, winter wool, sweaters, hats, scarves (I’ve even had a passing thought or two about gloves!) and blankets. I LOVE BLANKETS. So my beautiful cotton blend is waiting for a better time (probably in winter, when I’m fed up with all the cold weather knits….), while I’m knitting with Wensleydale wool from the West Yorkshire Spinners. It’s still “leftovers” from a Christmas project for my Friend , and judging by the fact that even now after knitting the hat and cowl I still have 1 whole skein left, I’m not the best yarn-strategist in the world. Oh well, at least I don’t have to play yarn chicken I guess…?

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Boo!

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Because it’s still winter…

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I’m not sure why but I can’t resist knitting more and more hats and scarves. There’s just something I love about it: instant gratification because they take so little time to knit, so many awesome and very different patterns and ideas, and how they can easily change the character of an outfit. They also don’t require large amount of yarn which makes them perfect de-stashing projects.

So yes, I knitted another set this week πŸ˜‰

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First projects of 2018

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Hello, welcome in 2018! I’m really amazed that it’s already this year, I remember thinking as a child how old I would be in 2000, much less 2010 or later – yet here we are!

I hope you are entering this new year with great plans, ideas and in awesome moods. To be honest, my beginning of the year wasn’t the best, but not the worst either so I’m trying not to complain. I have some goals for this year, mostly related with my professional and financial situation, but who knows if I manage to achieve them… Well, at least I’m going to try! Beside that I’m still recovering from the bronchitis, and I think I can finally say that it’s almost fully over. Still coughing a little, but it’s really just a residual dry cough, nothing serious. Worst thing is that my Boyfriend is sick now, and he is in Greece visiting his father who is going through chemotherapy, which means he can’t see him! That sucks. I’m beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with our house, because as much as I can somehow justify my own illnesses (due to meds I’m taking because of my chronic intestinal disease my immune system can be weakened), the Boyfriend being sick so often is really unusual. I have actually spent the last couple of days disinfecting, bleaching, and laundering in hot water everything around the apartment (although I didn’t dare to bathe the cats, but luckily they take care of it themselves πŸ˜‰ ). If there was some bug hidden in these walls, no chance that it survived this purge!

Anyways… at the end of the last year I have started knitting my second Lotus Shawl. I made it differently than the previous one, because I needed a longer scarf rather than a shawl this time. So I made more pattern repeats but less rows of repeats. Since it’s a scarf and will be worn wrapped around my neck once or twice, I didn’t bother blocking it very carefully. I just washed it and blocked lightly on the dryer, but I skipped careful pinning, so as a result the edges curl a little. It doesn’t really matter. I used exactly the same yarn as previously so knitting it was a little boring – obviously I’m not a fan of repeating the same projects, especially without yarn variation! The yarn however is just as soft, squishy and cozy and previously and I love it.

Here is my new Lotus Scarf:

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I’m ready for Christmas (sort of)

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The photo shows all my knitted Christmas gifts (except my Aunt’s shawl which had been posted separately earlier) waiting to be wrapped and posted. Somehow I managed to finish the last gift set just on time – and there’s no way I could also knit Mum’s top before tomorrow, so I’m glad I gave up on this idea and spared myself additional stress.

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This time in gray

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I’m still neck-deep in my Christmas projects. I must’ve miscalculated the time completely, and I don’t know how it happened (where did all the time disappear?!) but I only have one week left to the postage of my package. For bigger parcels to Poland I always use the transport company which not only offers better prices than An Post, but also allows me to send stuff like cosmetics, whereas at the post office they consider them liquids and don’t allow to send them abroad. Anyway, the last day to send the parcel if I want it to be delivered before Christmas is next week. And that means that there’s no way to finish the Madigan top for my Mum – so I’m focused on hats and scarfs only. That’s not really a problem, my Mum gets more of my knits than anyone else anyway, and I have other things for her (and she’ll get her Madigan as well, just later), but I’m surprised at how fast time flies when there’s work to be done!

Well, with little time left I need to keep knitting – only my cats can be lazy all days long! πŸ™‚

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Stella doesn’t care about deadlines

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