Handmade! Or: Stash additions (TONS of pictures!)

Ausbeute Handmade 2014

Hi folks! :D

Are you okay? I have been really busy last month, we still haven’t unpacked all of the boxes – since today, Philipp’s CDs and most of our DVDs (I never knew we had so many!) have found their place and it dawns on me that Continue reading

Almost there … (LOADS of pictures!)

Hello lovely people! :D

One and a half weeks after the official move, we are almost there … The kitchen is almost finished (some plates and things have to be moved and the oven is not working properly), the bedroom is almost finished (my piano is missing and won’t be here until we’ve got everything sorted out), the “home office” is almost finished (Philipp hasn’t had an opportunity to put his books and everything there yet) and the living room …

It’s still a mess. ;)

There are still loads of unpacked boxes, the couch will arrive mid-November (around my birthday!) and we neither have a dining room table nor a sideboard (were all the big plates from the kitchen have to be and the sweets, too.).

Soooo … Yeah.

I know that I have promised you photos of our new flat and I will show them here in this post. Please understand that I won’t take you on a “room tour” when everything is done – part of me wants to, because, well so many people do it, but my privacy is precious to me and so you’ll have to do with the occasional snippet that comes with photographing projects. ;)

Shall we start?

The Kitchen!

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I always wanted to have a green wall and a stone-coloured floor. I don’t know why, I just like that colour combination. I have recently been told that everyone is painting their kitchen green these days, but yeah … If I like it, I don’t care. ;) Wanna see how green it really is?

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Yes. ;) This green. It’s a mixture of Zelda-green and Yoshi-green, by the way … The kitchen furniture is made of birch, so bright wood and we really love how it came together. :) When we went shopping for the laminate, I saw this and immediately declared that I wanted this and nothing else, because it really does look like stone. (My dad loved it as well).

 

The living room:

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I have had red walls before and since red is my favourite colour, I really liked the idea of having another red wall here … Philipp was surprisingly enthusiastic of having one coloured wall in each room and because this room is the largest and very bright, we decided that this was perfect. It’s very bright. but it doesn’t hurt the eyes so much; and we’ll have a few darker things in there as well (the couch, for example, which is chocolate-brown).

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This is the floor we selected for the living room, the “home office” and the little “hall” in our flat – I wanted something that looked at least a bit natural and was so, so happy when we found this!

 

The “Home Office”

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Or rather, “the place where I work on my dissertation, keep all my notebooks and KNITTING SUPPLIES and wool and our board games and everything. ;) This is a blueish gray on the wall and you don’t really notice it. Not such a good choice, but ah, well … ;)

 

The bedroom:

 

 

 

 

 

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Natural colours! Over the years, I have come to love brown and when we were searching for a flat, one of the tenants had a lovely cappucino-coloured wall in her kitchen. We loved it and decided that we’d like that for our bedroom. It has turned out really beautiful and calm – there will be loads of wood colours mixed in there because our wardrobe doesn’t match my chest of drawers and my piano is still another shade of dark wood, but oh, well. ;) Our bed is white and the room doesn’t seem crammed (yet). ;)

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This is the other floor we selected for the bedroom – the photo isn’t really good but this is more of a grayish brown, very beautiful. :)

And last  but not least – the view from the bedroom window! :D

 

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Of course the flat looks why better than that now. ;) As I said, most of the furniture is where it’s supposed to be, the hall looks almost cosy (also, because I already managed to fill one entire bookshelf and you can’t make yourself feel more at home any other way).

All the flooring and the wallpaper and the colouring and stuff has been done largerly by my dad and my granddad and my sister and Philipp and me, by the way … My mum also helped a lot with providing food and helping my dad out with flooring. It was absolutely amazing and I am more thankful for that than I can say. We still have to get used to living together but we both agree that it feels like it’s been months, not almost two weeks we’ve been living together – and that’s a good sign, I suppose. ;)

I really want to sit down and relax for a couple of days, but the guys from the moving company accidently dropped an old little cupboard in my old kitchen, which tore two holes in the kitchen floor and this still isn’t sorted out … I have to hand in my exposé (another version of it, that is) next week and have to do tons of work on it … When we wanted to clean the oven, it turned itself off a couple of times so we’ll have to do something about that as well …

 

But! The Handmade Convention will be in town next Saturday. And I intend to go shopping. ;)

 

Have a lovely, lovely week my friends! Take care!

Love,
Julia :D

 

The day after tomorrow.

We’re moving on Tuesday.

The apartment looks like … I don’t know what. It’s chaos. Sheer chaos. Chaos galore. I’m worried that I won’t make it until Tuesday, which is ridiculous, because I’ve got no other chance. ;)

Nanny Ogg is still in her box and since she decided to sit on the wall, we couldn’t get her out. Tomorrow has to be the day then.

On Tuesday morning, I’ll leave this space. I have spent almost six years here, most of my studying years. I have changed a lot during this time – I am not the person who moved in shortly before December, battling a flu.

Sometimes I think “this is the last time I’m walking home this way. This is the last portion of porridge I will ever cook on this stove”, but nothing inside me moves. That’s good. I don’t want any more drama.

I’m really looking forward to it and I’m scared at the same time.

On Wednesday, I’ll come for the last time, cleaning the flat, getting my deposit back and taking a last look with my landlord’s son to see if everything’s in order.
Another big part of my life ends on the day after tomorrow. We’ll see how the next one goes …

Have a wonderful morning, folks! Take care! :D

Love,
Julia

Getting a move on!

Hi folks,

I know I have been away for a long time now. It wasn’t planned, but life got the better of me. Thank you that so many of you have not deserted me, but took a peek every now and then to check out whether there was something new! Thank you so much! :D

The reason for my long silence, missing blogposts and not participating much in anything is a BIG one: Continue reading

Projects In Between (Picture Heavy!)

Hi folks!

The weather is … woah. During the last week, the temperature in my flat was constantly something between 26°C and 28°C … Add a handful of thunderstorms and I think you can imagine how I feel. ;)

My shawl is finished! This:

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is now a beautiful, slightly crazy shawl that I love already and that was so much fun to knit! It hasn’t been washed and blocked yet, however, so I’ll show it later, with decent photographs …

After I finished the shawl, I still hadn’t decided about the colour for my next project … I’ll knit the Widsith Socks next (link to ravelry pattern), but I was wondering wether I’d like them in a solid colour or a something variegated … This will be the first time I’ll take part in the Kal of the German sock knitters group “Sockenstrickereien”! It’s such a beautiful pattern … And free, too!

These are my choices so far: Continue reading

DONE!

Hi all!

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I am most pleased to announce that the Hat for my Dad’s Head is officially finished! … After overcoming certain difficulties (a-HEM), I sewed in the ends last Monday.

I like this hat very much. Philipp tried it on a couple of times and it was a bit big for him, and I haven’t managed to kill the little “nipple” despite my efforts, but my dad was very pleased when he opened the package and happily announced the moment he’d unwrapped the hat: “Oh great, for holiday!” He is also away for a three week trip in late fall/early winter this year (it’s a recreational holiday, like when your doctor prescribes a trip to Bath in England) to the Eastern Sea, so this will suit him very well. He can wear the hat with no problem and I don’t think it is too big … I might have knit it a bit shorter, but so far, it seems fine.

Wanna see what the finished hat looks like?

 

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I think this is the cutest thing ever. If you have read this posting, you might remember that I told you of a family of stuffed bears that I have – Little Bear modelled my North Sea Hat last year.

Since I knit this during the chief amount of Round 2 of NerdWars (we have our own blog! Come and see!), I used Philip Pullmanns “His Dark Materials” series as a tie-in:

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Ravelled here.

Okay, folks, I’m off to some more knitting … After all this gray I needed a bit more colour:

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This is almost finished and I intend to get it done this weekend.

Have a lovely, lovely time so far! I’m trying to establish a more regular blogging routine and I hope you’ll like it!

 

Lots of love!
Julia :D

WIP-Wednesday: Almost there …

Hi there! :D
Hat for Dad's Head 02Sooooo …. After what took ages of k2,p2 …. ENDLESS slipping the stitch marker and pulling on cables …Hat for Dad's Head 03There are only 4cm to go until I can start the decreases! YEAH!!!Although knitting ribbing dark gray can become quite tedious after a while, I am very pleased with my work so far, if I may say so. The stitches are even, Philipp tried the hat on and it’s a bit big for him (luckily, as he’s got 57cm of head circumfence) and the fabric isn’t so scratchy now that I have knit a larger part of it.

I have knit this hat on commuting to and fro work, watching Let’s Play’s on youtube and part of the first Harry Potter movie, in the car and at Philipp’s and it definitely helps to keep knitting and not getting distracted. Also, I have laid everything aside for now – I long to knit something lacy and colourful again (I’ve already decided on my next project), but

I want to finish this first so I won’t have to do it last minute.I used the German Twisted Cast on for this hat for the very first time and I’m very pleased how it turned out. The edge is neat and very stretchy and I do hope that it won’t become sloppy after a few times of wearing.As I flipped through those projects marked “helpful” by others, I found a suggestion to spread the decreases by diving the stitches not into 4 groups, but 8, and I think I’m going to do that, too. I still have ten days to go, so it should be totally manageable. :D
See you soon, everybody, and take care!Love,
Julia