Warming up Autumn

Hi folks!

When we first moved into the new flat, I had my next projects planned, for a change – usually, I just grab something that strikes my fancy and knit. Except there is someone to knit for.

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This time, however, I had planned ahead. Winter was coming (wasn’t that well done? Yes, thank you, I agree. I am quite proud of myself. Reading “A Feast for Crows” right now and can’t wait to meet Tyrion again) and I needed a really warm shawl. Continue reading

What Happened in Between

Hi all!

Did you have a good time since my last posting? I had been so determined to enjoy my week off work last week (despite working on The Exposé). The Exposé is for a scholarship I am trying to get for my dissertation and I have never done one and find it challenging. Not impossible, but challenging.

The plan was to work on The Exposé during the weekend and on Monday, then take Tuesday off, since that was my 28th birthday. Then working more on The Exposé and throw some blogposts in.
YES, my birthday is on the 11th of November. I was born at 11 o’clock, to be precise (I was for sure!) – my mum told me that the midwife actually said: “You know what, I don’t care … If the baby comes out at 11.05 am, we’ll write 11.11.am on the birth certificate. It’s just too good an opportunity to miss.” (For everybody who’s confused right now: The 11th of November is not only St. Martin’s Day, but also marks the beginning of the German carneval season. German carneval is different from Venezian an Brasilian carneval, and it PRECISELY begins at 11.11am on the 11th of November. I have been called “carneval’s child” since the day I was born. Even though I was 11 minutes early. ;) ).

BUT! On Monday evening, at 11pm (HAHA) – get ready for this … I poked myself in the eye with a sheet of paper I was gonna read for The Exposé – and managed to cut myself in the cornea of my left eye.

Do not try this at home.

It literally hurt like hell – and, what was more, the eye watered like it never wanted to stop. One moment, I was in full swing and all hectic (NaNoWriMo hat begun and I had JUST managed to catch up on my word count, but hadn’t done enough on The Exposé, so I was frantically trying to get some text reading done and then somehow cram some writing in as well) and the next one I was literally reduced to tears.

The eye was incredibly sensitive to light as well, and I slept about 2,5 hours that night because it hurt so bad. Philipp offered to take me to the hospital, of course, but as far as I know, an ophthalmologist is rarely to be found in the emergency at night, and any other doctor would have probably just given me something for the pain.
So, instead of sleeping late, getting up, baking my birthday cake (apple cake!), taking it to my parents’ (we still don’t have a dining table) along with a nice roast and all the ingredients for a salad and enjoying a really nice, realxed time with my parents, my sister, my grandparents and, of course, Philipp, I got up at twenty to seven in the morning, washed my hair as well as I could and sat in the doctor’s waiting room at 9 o’clock.

From there, I was sent to see my ophthalmologist, and he sorted everything out.

My ophthalmologist is really good (or so I think, I am, of course, no real judge), so when I had told him what had happened, he simply nodded and said: “Ah, yes, don’t tell me anymore. I don’t even have to examine that (though, of course, I will, don’t worry). But before I start – I have had lots of people coming in with that and they’re all afraid of their eyesight and they have all recovered, I promise you. It’s harmless. Just very, very painful … Now, if you’d put your head here …”

Now, I was lucky – it seems that a cut in the cornea isn’t dangerous. Indeed, the eye can deal with it fine, there is just the danger of getting a bacteria infection, because the protection is of course broken in one place. Apparently, the cut wasn’t small, because during some point during the examination, he said: “You’re a brave woman by the way, that’s quite some cut …” Yay me.

So I got some paste to smear into the eye against bacteria and the advice to get something for the pain indeed (why do the English say “for the pain”? Shouldn’t you say “against?”) and to keep the eye closed a lot, so it could heal fast. I was REALLY relieved – I’ve got bad eyesight and can’t find my glasses when I don’t have them on, so everything about eyesight is a touchy subject (but I think that everybody joins me in that – as my granddad said on the phone later that day (we had, of course, cancelled everything, because if I couldn’t SEE the cake then I couldn’t bake it): “Eyesight is too precious not to be worried about.” Very true.).

Did I mention that I got THREE books for my birthday? My parents gave me an awesome book with baking recipies and Philipp not only got me Haruki Murakami’s new anthology, but also (get ready for this again) …. The Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman.

I love that man.

In the evening, my sister called and asked whether we’d like to come round and, having slept a lot during the day (I was really exhausted, my body has never been one to pull an allnighter), and having taken some pain killers (the first in years. Normally, I don’t take any and just sit it out), I agreed.

The evening was really nice, I didn’t see anything, of course, but we had made some sort of eyepatch (my sister went and got me a real one that very evening), so I could stand the light, my parents gave us cake (Philipp had bought cake as well! He’s so sweet!) and we sat and talked a bit.

The next two days were spent knitting granddad’s Christmas socks (eyes closed), peeking at the Knitter’s Almanac, listening to music and sleeping every now and then.

So ,yeah. I’ve finished granddad’s socks, by the way. And blocked my Multnomah. And started the Christmas socks for Little M.’s gran. I should get round to taking pictures this weekend, so I’ll show them. :)

 

Have a great, great Friday, folks! Weekend is almost there. :)

Love,
Julia

P.S.: The eye was fine by Saturday, by the way. The paste worked fine, no infection whatsoever and we celebrated on Sunday – with a roast and the apple cake. Anybody want the recipe? It’s awesome!

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