stop all the clocks

I met the love of my life when i was 19.

I wasn’t even looking, but there he was. I was at a weird stage in my life, kinda in the middle, between the teens and my twenties. I had just moved. I was lonely. I was stuck in the middle of everything.

He was described as a brat, behavior problems, that just made me want him more. We always want the bad guys, don’t we?
It wasn’t love at first sight at all, actually, he refused to sit next to me on our first car ride together, and I thought he was a bit ugly to look at. But we had patience. I had more patience with him than I’ve had with anyone, and the brat with behavior problems turned in to a spoiled cuddly bear. A ‘well just because I am 40 kilo, doesnt mean I wont sit on your lap’ cuddly bear.

And we did it all, didn’t we? It was you and me. We moved a cross the country together, left family and friends behind. We fell so low, but then we got up again, together. I stumbled, I fell, I got up again, and you were there, always.

I met the love of my life when I was 19, and on Friday, exactly one week before my 30th birthday, on the floor in the vets office, his head in my lap, his paw in my hand, we said goodbye.
It’s like an era has ended, but I have no idea how to start a new era without him.

Sleep tight, Emil. You are terribly missed <3

 

 

FO purple shawl

 

I’ve really started to like the half circle shawls, I think half circle is the new triangle! It’s great for summer shawls, something to cover your shoulders but still showing your new summer dress off.  Summer is passing.
I enjoyed knitting this, it didn’t take long, and it was fun to do. I had never done a picot bind off before, never really liked the look, but now that I’ve done one I am starting to like it. The yarn was never tried before too, it was very smooth, and worked great with my cubics circular needles.

The pattern is from the spring + summer issue of this years Knitty, and you can find it here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss12/PATTtea.php

the yarn is Silkbloom Fino, made by BC Garn. It is a very wonderful blend of 55%merino and 45%silk.  the pictures are not kind to this color at all, the color is much more clear and vivid and richer and darker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FO striped sweater

I’m rather boring when it comes to colors on anything thats not nailpolish, boring and picky. I prefer purple, grey, and beige. Sometimes I’ll do a little affair with red, a little hug with green, hold hands with orange. But I am mostly faithful to my grey, purple, and beige. So how I ended up making this sweater I don’t know. A moment of boldness combined with nostalgia maybe. I used to have something that reminded me of this sweater when i was younger. It was mostly black, but with some rainbow colors across the chest. I got the very colorful yarn in a yarn club and I had no idea what to do with it. I was planning on maybe giving it away, or knit a blanket for the cats, or something. But then I thought it might look good in stripes, and I had my favorite Abuelita 3ply in my favorite color, and then that moment of boldness came, and I started this sweater. It took a while to make, and I had some issues and had to re-do this and that, but all in all I really like this! Though the colors are wayyy out of my comfort zone, they are not too bad, I was afraid I will end up all HEY, LOOK AT ME, I AM A RAINBOW while wearing it, but its more like a hello, look at me, I dare to use some colors once in a while.

I’ll do the bombard you with pics part first, and then bore you with the details. (the handsome man in the pics is Hugo the cat)

the details

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/honey-13

I used 4mm needles. The yarn is Abuelita Yarns Merino 3ply, and Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi. I used around 1,08 of the Abuelita, and around 2,3 skeins of the Mini Mochi.

copied from my pattern notes on Rav:

My changes:

  • no pockets
  • no cable cast on
  • on the rib on the sleeves I didn’t change to larger needle, nor did I double the stitch account, and I only did 2” of rib.
  • did the bottom rib as in pattern, but it was too flairy and large, I wanted a snugger rib, so I ripped back, and did it on 4mm needles, without changing to smaller needle or making more stitches.
  • after blocking the neckline was way too big, almost slipping of my shoulders, so I ripped, and re-did the neckline, gradually narrowing it down before the ribbing.

My opinion about the pattern: I think the shaping is a bit weird, but we all have different body types, and mine probably doesnt match this sweater. I did want a roomy sweater (so I can wear a thin sweater underneath it), so I made it one size larger than I usually wear, but still.. The arm shaping is a bit too much, I have rather skinny forearms, and the shaping on the arms was tight even on my arms.

so, whats your of of your comfort-zone colors?

DIY birdfeeder hanger

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Go and find yourself some driftwood. Put a nail in it. Hang your birdfeeder on it. Voilla! This winter i dont have to stumble in deep snow to fill the feeder.

copycat

As I am impatiently waiting for yarn to arrive in the mail so I can make the pretty, awesome, timeless owl sweater, I come across this on twitter:

http://katedaviesdesigns.com/2012/07/08/the-o-w-l-sweater-a-design-story/

Now I want to make it more than ever, I might even sew on a tag that says Designed by Katie Davies.

 

Read it

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Finishing this book in the sunshine. Have you read it? you really should. Its one of the best books i have read in a while.

Morning has broken

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