AND WHAT ABOUT RESOLUTIONS?

Well, my resolutions were kind of thrown out of the window. There was so much I wanted to do and not do (like keeping up with this blog and not buying yarn…) and somehow it’s just not happening.
The blog thing I’m fixing now. The yarn thing will be harder.
So let’s recap quickly on what’s happened in this past month (and some) since my last post:
-I explored The Hague and visited the yarn shop there (again).
-I went to the beach (yes, in winter, yes, the north sea, yes it was windy cold but wonderfully sunny and nice to breath in a little sea breeze…)
-I was in Amsterdam and visited ‘Stephen and Penelope’ and didn’t do much else there.
-I got home and wanted to declutter my apartment and don’t know what else and basically just sat around knitting for a week?
-I might have been to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival… (pft, might. I was there and my backpack was considerably heavier on my way home…)
-There are some finished projects to document for my monthly review – which is now a two month review? Oops.

But in this instant here I’d really like to rave about something entirely else:
The Hedgehog Fiber Yarn Club.
I joined that on a whim while travelling and kind of forgot (or rather I put it out of my mind to quell the guilt at having so willingly ignored one of my resolutions?) I received the shipping notification on Wednesday, it shipped on Thursday and I pulled the package out of my letterbox on Saturday. Say what? While I live in Europe I’m not in the EU which usually makes quite a difference on the package border control. Usually that takes up a day or two or five. And I know that and don’t mind (why be annoyed when there is nothing you can do to change that? No, moving is not an option 😀 ) it feels absolutely luxurious to receive a package so fast and know I’m probably one of the first in that club to see the yarn. So cool.
I’m really excited for the next package and as I am very bad at keeping my resolutions I’m very much looking forward to the A Homespun House Harry Potter Yarn Club I will receive this month. Now I’ll have to weave in some ends and take some photos of my other finished objects so I can share my monthly review. I hope I don’t get too distracted with other things… (I cast on a sock yesterday and I’m just about to finish that, while there was other stuff I wanted to do it’s kind of awesome to say I knit a sock in a day, right?)
-With love, the queen of procrastination. (Prove to that? I wrote this post on the second of April and just forgot to post it… oops?)

p.s. for your enjoyment, a photo of one part of the duo of the cutest bunnys out there:

 

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Starting this blog…

Starting this blog I thought I’d just post about my yarn adventures, visits to yarn shops and stuff like that.

But I don’t actually visit all that many yarn shops. And as I work full time my knitting isn’t as fast as I’d like it to be. But right now, knitting is what keeps me going.

Starting this blog, I never intended to write rambling posts about what I’m doing, how I’m feeling what I ate that day or what sadness is eating at me. But somehow, that’s a way to remember the good days, the bad days and everything in between. And with the fast pace life is progressing, the year almost over again I have to cling to something. I need something to look back to and think ‘yes, that happened and that’s how I felt’ and not ‘I think that’s how I felt when something like that happened’.

Starting this blog I never thought I’d put something like this here: Tread carefully; this is a sad post about loss and appreciating your friends.

The past few days have been hard, I’ve slouched through my days with a heavy heart and I know it’s the season and the dreary weather. But I also know it’s because last year wasn’t a good one.

There were lots of changes, and I lost someone very dear to my heart. In medicine they say if you grief (are sad, unsocial, unmotivated, lose weight…) for longer than two weeks, you’re probably suffering from depression. A year on and there’s still a heavy weight on my heart and I don’t think it will ever go away.

I hope it will never go away.

Yes, it’s gotten easier and I’m not sad all the time but is the expectation really, that after two weeks it’s as if a person you loved dearly wasn’t just ripped from life? As if the person didn’t exist in the first place? That is completely ridiculous!

I want to remember my friend. Her laugh. Her sadness. Her stuttering when she tried to explain something we purposely misunderstood. I want to be sad thinking about what she missed. I want to see places in the world and think about how she would have loved that place. Always with a fondness in my heart. Certainly, linked with sadness but enjoying my life because there were so many things she wanted to do but did not get the chance to experience.

Two weeks ago we celebrated her birthday. She’d have turned 29 this year. There probably would have been jokes about how we’re looking forward to celebrating her 29th birthday again next year. Instead there were murmurs of memories, whispers of wishes.

L we love you and we remember you. I hope wherever you are is grand and you get to pity us for scrambling around on earth without you.

I’m not suffering from depression, I’m honouring a friend’s memory by remembering her and letting myself be sad for having lost someone amazing. And regretting not having told her enough how amazing she was. Feelings are not something we should hide. Not being able to smile shouldn’t be something that’s frowned upon.

I don’t have to feel bad for being sad. I don’t have to be embarrassed to still sit here and cry while writing this. I am proud to have known her and I am proud to admit that no, it’s not okay that she’s gone.

To everyone out there, appreciate the people around you and tell them how you feel about them and how fantastic they are.

 

 

P.s. Youtube knows my mood – sad music is my tune right now…

London Calling

loop-london

It’s been a while since I’ve been to London. I used to visit quite frequently but recently I’ve decided I wanted to explore other ‘new’ places. (As I love travelling…)

But when my best friend – who now lives in Hamburg just about an eight hour train ride away from me* – asked me if I’d join her in London for the “Welcome to Night Vale” show I just couldn’t refuse. At first we wanted to go to the Brighton show – we love Brighton – but I wasn’t able to take Friday off and that show was on Friday evening.

So I worked on Friday, caught the evening flight and arrived – two hours delayed – at 2 in the morning at my hostel.

I was beat on Saturday but my inner clock is pretty nasty. Sleeping past 6:30? Psh, in your dreams! I’m seldom able to fall asleep again. I’ve trained myself to idle in bed longer but I’m awake and my brain is working itself silly…

So I got up, sat myself down in Starbucks and knit a bit. I was there for more than an hour, and I have to say it was a very peaceful Saturday morning considering I was in the heart of London. I met up with my friend at 10; we got breakfast together and then walked through Covent Garden which is cute and luckily not too busy if you are there early. After Covent Garden we went to Loop London.

I’ve heard so much about that shop and I’ve ordered online twice from them so I really wanted to go there and my friend agreed to come with me even though she’s not a knitter. Her comment on Loop was “you only choose that yarn shop because it’s got a bunny in the logo, right?” which is somewhat accurate. If I hadn’t heard so much about Loop that definitely would have been a reason for me to go there.

I have to admit, I was somewhat overwhelmed, there’s just so much to look at! And what I really wanted to get was yarn for a sweater (and I decided I’d actually use the yarn it was designed with) but then I didn’t really like that yarn which was very disappointing. The look and structure just wasn’t what I expected. So I knew I wanted to knit a sweater but had no pattern or yarn in mind. Which is quite a bad combination paired with a huge selection of all the different yarns!

I ended up buying Madeline Tosh yarn in a pretty grey with crazy colour speckles on it. I really wanted to get yarn I never used before but I just couldn’t decide and those speckles caught my eye. When I asked how much of it they had left and the answer was ‘those skeins and then the colourway is discontinued’ I was sold.

I also bought two patterns, the book “Journey: A Collaboration”, Sock Blockers, Plane Scissors, a Hare Broche and spent quite the amount of money there. After the night I’d had thought I deserve a ‘treat yo self’ moment.

The show was fantastic, so so so many people! And then Sunday was exhausting. I spent more than four hours in different coffee shops just because I was so tired. And I was so excited for my bed too! And then when I arrived at the airport the screen said the worst thing possible: delayed.

I spent some more time at Starbucks and in the end the one hour delay turned into three which I think is absolutely ridiculous! When I got home I just fed the bunnies and fell into bed.

 

(* I could fly there too, but the flights are always rather expensive if you book spontaneously, I only took the train once and it was alright, exhausting but alright. Flight time from where I am at to London or Hamburg is about the same, just something over an hour. Living in Central Europe does have its perks…)

 

 

 

 

Hello again, there!

I’ve been pretty bad with posting but my Yarn and knitting game has been strong, I took a break in July & August but otherwise I’ve been very consistent. I’d love to post some finished projects on here but first I need to photograph those. Also, I’m hoping on tracking my yarn usage. How many skeins I use and how many I buy per month. Or something like that. I’ve started a Yarn Journal (I got a pretty one from Paperchase in London) to track it and I thought I’d update my progress on here at the end of the month. But we’ll see how that goes.

Right now I’m working on a very big scarf for a friend. She’s been telling me since spring that she’d love a really big hand knit scarf and I told her that she’d just have to tell me what pattern she’d  like and I’m game. We finally got organized and I cast on two weeks ago. I might be about a 1/4th done with it. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue at this speed or even faster so she’ll be warm with her hand knit very soon.

 

The pattern is “Alma’s Scarf” by Mareike Sattler. It’s on Ravelry but you have to buy it through Interweave. (I sent my friend to Ravelry to browse so she could give me a few examples of what she likes because ‘a big scarf’ is a pretty open description…)

The yarn I’m using is Madeline Tosh DK in the “Cardinal” colourway. She wanted something ‘brick’ coloured and that was the closest I could find.

 

Now I’m off for tea and more knitting.