Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everyone! May your days be filled with good food and a wonderful time with your loved ones. And some yarnie goodies under the tree wouldn’t hurt either I guess 🙂

Lovely lovely winter

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These past weeks I’ve seen so many wonderful pictures of people celebrating Thanksgiving and I felt quite envious. But to be honest my December has been quite festive as well! Starting off with my birthday on the 1st, I had all of my family over and we had such a cosy afternoon.

This past weekend we celebrated Sinterklaas. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s an old traditional children’s holiday celebrated mainly in the Netherlands and Belgium, and some parts of Germany as well if I’m not mistaken. The basic concept is that Saint Nicholas arrives in the country ‘travelling by boat from Spain’ and we get to put our shoes by the fireplace, which in the morning will be filled with traditional candy and presents. Before the actual celebration we draw each others name out of a hat, and we prepare little gifts and a poem for the person we drew. On Sinterklaas eve (December 5th) you spend time with your family, opening presents and reading out the poems. The more creative families will also craft a ‘surprise’ (pronounced the french way), which is used as packaging for a gift. We usually skip the whole crafting bit, but writing each other poems and exchanging presents, together with a nice meal makes for a lovely evening.

I’m generally enjoying the arrival of winter a lot. Sure, I often find myself biking through icy wind and cold rain and I’ll complain endlessly. Sure, I dread leaving the warm house to walk the dog. But then coming home, settling myself by the fireplace with a blanket and some knitting makes it all worth while. Ever since I started my Spring Prairie socks I’ve been knitting very monogamously, leading to great progress (almost done with sock #2!) but also makes for very boring blogging apparently. I do have many new projects planned though. I’ve put most of my birthday money in a savings account, since I just booked a trip to Canada for next year, so I should do some yarn dieting. Yarn abstinence is not in my dictionary though, so some yarn is on its way to my house, however it has not yet arrived. So hopefully more on that later this week.

How about you, do you have any favourite winter traditions and do you enjoy the season?

Blog hop!

It’s time for a little blog hop! I got tagged by Kat Riddell of The Wayward Knitter blog to answer a couple of questions, so here are my answers 🙂

1) What am I working on?

So this question at first freaked me out a little bit, because in my head it feels like I’m working on literally everything. But then I took a deep breath and counted my WIPs. It turns out I only have 8 WIPs! Which I don’t think is THAT much as two of them are very near completion (Rainbow Wanderer, here is proof of one sock done and sock #2 is past the heel; and Two at a Time Toe up, almost at the cuff!) and this number even includes things like the Beekeeper’s Quilt, which actually doesn’t count. So what am I working on mostly? I think that’d be the Tiller scarf I blogged about last weekend, it’s such a pleasure to knit even a couple of rows every night.

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2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is such a hard question to answer. In a way I don’t feel like my work necessarily differs a lot from others. I just kind of do whatever feels right and hope that it will lead to a nice end result 🙂

3) Why do I write/create what I do?

Not to make this into a sob story or anything, but I have a very clear vision of at least why I write what I write. And the reason is simple, there is no one in my life that really knits. Sure maybe one or two people will make an odd scarf or hat when winter comes, but they don’t feel particularly passionate about it or anything. I could never share my thoughts with them on the level that I’d like to, and I’ve come to find that the online knitting community is so warm and loving (and chatty!). It’s just nice to reach out to other people about something you enjoy so intensely and know that they understand what you’re feeling. And the same goes for the downs that inevitably happen with knitting sometimes as well. There’s people out there that know what you’re going through and actually feel your pain when you share that you’ve had to rip out an entire project.

And the reason why I knit what I knit is even simpler, the peace of mind it can give me in an otherwise hectic world. The sense of accomplishment you feel when learning a new technique or simply creating something awesome. And as an excuse to buy pretty yarns of course.

4) How does my writing/creative process work?

I enjoy reading other blogs, checking instagram, pinterest or twitter to see what other people are creating. It really inspires me, and whenever I see a pattern I like I get into a frenzy to find that perfect yarn that would complete this project (that always has to be knit immediately). Then it takes me ages to actually complete the project, but once it does I try to take some pretty pictures of it and post it up here, on the blog 😉

Next I tag Pia from Noget Uldent!

A tiny song to fill the silence

It’s been a bit silent around here, basically due to the fact that stuff happened. With stuff I mean mainly me first being busy, then getting sick, and ultimately still being sick right now. The vision of being comfy sick whilst knitting is unfortunately an illusion and I’ve spend most of my time lying on the couch making sad noises. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and I’m starting to feel like my old self again. Regular blogging and knitting will be resumed soon, but to fill the silence in the meantime I just wanted to leave you with this teeny tiny song about knitting by Swedish/Icelandic duo My Bubba. I had the pleasure of hearing this song live a couple of weeks ago and their voices are truly magical. If you don’t know them yet be sure to check them out!

Knitting confessions

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This post is a link up which was initiated by Brandy from the blog Stitched up in Toronto. As she so well described this idea:

Like most things in the world, knitting has a set of rules and conventions. Sometimes, we knitters break them. This is my knitting confession.

I can already reveal that there are more than a few knitting conventions that I tend to break, but let’s start with one I am annoying myself the most with.

I am a lazy pattern reader 

Phew, there I said it! A good knitter would probably happily receive their newly purchased pattern and first have a good read through, thinking ahead of things that might come. My style in general is that I skim through most of it, arrogantly thinking that there will be no surprises for my surely superb knitting skills, only to later on freak out because ‘this is not what I was expecting!!’.

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Also I will tend to read repeats only once, after that relying on my memory and finding out after a couple of repeats that it is not really looking like the picture in the pattern. One example being these Storm socks, where I had only lazily read the pattern and after finished the first sock finding it too deviated from what it should look like. Turned out I forgot one row of ribbing between the cable rows. Stupid and completely preventable.

And more recently I was happily starting the daisy stitch on my (almost finished!) New Girl skirt. Again I read the repeat once, after which I happily knitted on from memory. Few rows further along I noticed my blobs weren’t lining up, because I had AGAIN, memorised the pattern wronly. I guess I’ll never learn.

How about you, do you have any confessing to do?