A week of extremes

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Two events I knew were coming up, one deeply dreaded, one happily anticipated, happened last week.

My dear dog Duke was getting old (nearly 13 must be like 100 in German Shepherd years) and his legs were slowly giving up on him. We were still trying to make his life comfortable, trying all sorts of pain medication, but the decision that it simply was enough seemed so subjective, we were living in a grey area. When is it really enough, when do you decide he would be better off gone, is he in pain, is he still happy? Questions continuously on my mind for months. There seemed no right or wrong answer, but I did set one clear cut-off; if he cannot walk anymore it would be too much stress for him to have a joyful life. And then last week Thursday night while wandering through the house, his hind legs give up and he couldn’t get up again. On Friday there were no improvements, at his age surgery would seem a folly. So I decided the dreaded moment had come, I wish I would never have to do this but I had to say my goodbyes. 5 of his 13 years he spend with my boyfriend and me, adopted at the age of 8 as a dog that was deemed by many as better put down. Not socialised, horribly insecure, constant tail-chasing (and chewing even) and growling at everything he did not know. Well, never underestimate the ability of dogs to bounce back, to still gain trust. With a little love and patience he turned into the most wonderful, loving, sweetest and cuddly dog, accompanying me on so many walks through fields and forest (and as it turned out addicted to eating apples). Thanks for all those wonderful memories Duke, you will be dearly dearly missed.

And then exactly one week after saying goodbye I got the keys to my new apartment, the first one I ever really own. And we move on, busy with painting, packing, and demolishing. Even though it seems like such a cruel coming together of events, I’m thankful for the distraction. The idea of an association free new home is appealing, not expecting your dog to appear out of certain rooms, simply because he has never been there. Not expecting the noise of his feet approaching, because he never walked on those floors. Making a clean start, making new memories, but never forgetting the wonderful times we had.

Baby knits

Arc_en_ciel3 Thanks to everyone for the very helpful yarn suggestions for baby knits! My urgency of casting something on just became a little bigger, because apparently my friends baby shower is in less than 2 weeks, so my needles had to start clicking.

Arc_en_ciel One pattern that stood out for me while browsing Ravelry was the Petit Arc-en-Ciel cardigan, because I have the perfect yarn for the rainbow! You might remember the skeinbow I also used for my Rainbow Wanderer socks, and there’s still plenty left for making this pretty little yoke. I found a fingering weight yarn that is supposedly machine washable (Lana Grossa Cool Wool Baby) so I’m hoping this cardi will be a hit for the mom to be. In any case knitting this is making me HAPPY! Combined with the budging spring weather it’s difficult not to get cheerful from this project. And reallly, there’s no going wrong with a knitted rainbow is there?


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And since I’m optimistic about my knitting speed I also decided to make one additional gift. I’ve been adoring the Little Cotton Rabbits patterns for ages and always told myself I’d make one once I’d needed a baby gift. So I’m going to make the Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress with this Drops Saffran. Drops_safran

Now I’m going to have to continue knit knit knitting to finish all of this on time, happy Sunday everyone!

Spring Knitting

SpingFern3 Happy beginning of Spring/Easter everyone! Hoping you all enjoyed some relaxing days spend whichever way you wanted, with some knitting on top. My weekend was good, but I’m a little low on knitting time lately. Other than the usual hectic at work, I actually bought an apartment since my latest blogpost. Does this officially make me an adult now? I certainly hope not.. Most of the paperwork is done and the wait for getting the key has started (which is end of April) and packing has been on my mind already (although actually doing it is apparently a whole other story). Which is not to say I haven’t been knitting at all!

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Spring is definitely already showing itself just a tad bit, and I felt some Spring inspired socks were in order. The pattern is called Spring Fern and I’m using the magical Wildflowers colourway from the Snailyarn I got for my birthday last December. It’s certainly knitting up like a dream, beside the fact that for the first time ever I’m knitting socks on 2mm 15cm long DPNs. Makes me feel like I have ginormous hands and progress is noticeably slower. It will give me a great fit though so it is worth it. And I actually have child-size hands in real life so it’s nice to finally feel like a person that isn’t so challenged in the hand-size department.

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I haven’t made a lot of progress with my Evening Stockings for a Young Lady, although I have moved on to the foot. Still really like the grey-yellow mix, these are going to be awesome.

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I also cast on the first sweater of this year (pattern is called Char). Even though the pattern collection is an ode to black (and I totally feel that with my usual wardrobe), I’m using some purple Rowan Pure Wool DK I still had lying around. I’ve linked this stash to so many sweaters and cardi’s by now but never loved the combination enough to cast on. I am digging this so far, and I think the first attempt may actually be my size (unheard of!).

I also need to start baby knits soon! No I am not pregnant, but a friend of me is due this May and she already hinted she certainly wouldn’t mind a hand knit gift. But having never knit anything for baby’s before I need some advice on good yarns to use! I guess the most important requirements are softness and being machine-washable. So any advice/recommendations would be extremely welcome!

FO: Adama cowl

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The first FO of 2016! Whenever I start complaining again about not finishing enough projects, please remind me that 95% of my knitting is in fingering weight is it’s pretty much my own stupid fault. This cowl is knit in worsted weight and I finished it in under a week without even trying very hard.

Pattern: Adama cowl by Hilary Smith Callis
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Birdbook colourway

Adama3 Never having worked with any Brooklyn Tweed yarn before I’d say it was a good experience. It’s a shame it’s not so easy to get your hands on it in Europe, because I’m especially charmed by their range of colours. This shade of green is pretty darn close to my favourite colour, although I could’ve knit this in almost any of the other colours they offer and still love it as much as I do now. The first picture probably reflect the colour most accurately, but taking decent FO pics on a cloudy winter’s day will forever remain a challenge to me.
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The pattern itself was a relatively mindless knit and is an excellent candidate for tv knitting. I did need to keep an eye on the pattern, but most of it was smooth sailing and it pretty much felt like it was flying off the needles. And I actually like it in the tweedy yarn! I’m sure this’ll be keeping my shoulders warm for still many hours to come this winter.

Knit deprived

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Hello dear readers, how has to first month of 2016 treated you? I found myself in a serious state of knitting deprivation in January. I figured I’d make a *super quick* cross stitch as a birthday gift for a friend (which was in the beginning of January), which I only finished just last week. We both love Community, so I thought this would be a nice little gift, but I was SO over cross stitch for the last 2 weeks. I didn’t want to start knitting because the temptation to just forget about the whole gift would be too great. I’m glad I pushed myself to finish it, now I just need to nicely frame it and it can finally be gifted. Just one month too late, that’s not so bad right?

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I don’t foresee doing any new cross stitch projects in the next few months, so I indulged in casting on new projects. The first had to be socks of course. It’s been so long since I knit my last pair of knee socks, plus I had some beautiful leftover yarn from my Golden Leaves socks that I wanted to use up. Yellow as a contrast colour for gray knee-socks seemed like a fail proof idea, and so far I am LOVING them. I just need to calculate if I have enough yellow to also make yellow heels and toes, which I think would be my favourite option. If I don’t have enough yardage left I’ll at least try for yellow toes.. because YELLOW TOES! The pattern is called Evening Stockings for a Young Lady, ha! I guess I am a young lady, so perfect fit of pattern & prospective stocking wearer.

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Next to that I cast on a cowl with the Brooklyn Tweed yarn I bought in Canada. The pattern is Adama, although my project doesn’t look like much yet. Had to share this picture though, because Iva demonstrates why she deserves the title of top photobombing cat of the year title. Her little head with those blue eyes full of mischief popping up behind the knitting cracks me up.