Going red, no, green

If there is one thing I am really passionate about, it’s … the environment and recycling. I kid you not.

Growing up, recycling and preventing unneccessary waste was a big thing in my family (it still is), and that includes not using tons of chemicals for cleaning, but simple stuff, like, for example, vinegar to get off chalk stains, and using baking powder and vinegar to clean pipes. Taking cloth bags instead of plastic ones. Choose the loose fruit, not the one in plastic packages.

Recently, I’d like to take this a little step further. Over the last few years, I have knit a couple of dishcloths, and Philipp and I have agreed that I will make more, and, in the long run, use self-made ones instead of storebought ones.

But there is more. Simple cleaning is something that seems to sit in the corner of my brain and climbs on top of my thoughts from time to time, and a few days ago, I googled for recipes to make your own cleaners and found a great website that tells you how to make your own (they also have tips for saving money, and recipes, and upcycling stuff – it’s a German website, but you might want to have a look).

I got the ingredients to mix our own washing powder, and I’m really excited to try it! We also debated mixing our own dishsoap, but Philipp is a bit hesitant (he is willing to give it a try though, despite being sceptical).

I know that this probably sounds really hippie for a lot of folks, but it’s important to me. We have lavender and sage on the balcony for the bees and bumble bees, we take care to buy eco friendly and local, we recycle, we donate stuff we don’t need anymore, and the next thing is to safe a bit of money and consume maybe a bit less in the cleaning department.

I am also planning on making a small string bag like this one when we buy fruit so we can put an end to these small plastic bags we do not have use for anymore (at least not that often) and which tend to pile up in the kitchen, but shh. Don’t tell Philipp. I think it might be a bit much right now. 😉

Pattern: Boxy Dishcloth (freebie on ravelry!)

Yarn: Wolle Roedel Universal cotton, 66,3m / 72.5y

 

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! I’ll be on the sofa, nursing my sore throat and drinking lots of tea. 😉
Julia 🙂

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For the New Year

I wish you peace.

I hope that you are happy, and that you are content with what you have. I hope that the people you love are well, that there won’t be many worries next year, that you sleep well, always have enough to eat and that you are in a safe place where you feel good. I hope that you stay healthy and that, if not, you recover speedily.

May you always have enough time for the things you love.
Whether you write, draw, paint, craft, knit, spin, crochet, or create otherwise, I hope that you find inspiration and joy in your work, and that you get recognised and praised for it. I wish you lots of good ideas, lots of Flow, and sleepless nights which are spent doing what you love and which leave you exhausted, but happy.

I wish you confidence – in yourself, in your work, in your life. I hope that the people around you treat you with kindness, and I wish you nerves of steel when you need them, a kind heart and inner strength if you have to forgive someone. I hope that, if you screw up, people forgive you, too.

I hope that you will find, that, if you are unhappy with something in your life, you have the strength and the courage to change it, and I wish you the power to look upon yourself with love and goodwill and with a sprinkle of humour, because sometimes we all need that.

2016 was a wild ride. I hope that we can show that hatred won’t win, that love and respect are not signs of weakness, but of strength, and that we will all look back on 2017 next year and say: “Wow, that was pretty good, overall.”

Happy New Year, everybody.

A Ton of Tiny Stuff

Apart from the socks, the last two months have been busy …

I think I told you that points play a very important role in the HPKCHC, so lots of people make small things like potholder or dishcloths to hand them in for classes and obtain 15 points for their house (and maybe something extra).

Since a big, big goal of mine is to do some stashbusting this year, I thought that I might kill two birds with one stone …

First of all, there were the potholders for E. and her husband. These were finished in January and February – one pair on white and blue, the othe one in yellow and black:

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Not the best picture I ever made, but I hope that they will serve the two of them well. Her husband’s potholders are a little bigger (bigger hands and all that), and hopefully, they are to their taste!

Talking about kitchen-related items – I also made a lot of dishcloths!

Dishcloth blau
I know I have often said that I would never ever knit one of these … but now I have become really fond of them.

Dishcloth weiß
They are quick to knit, hold up a lot better than sponges and the small cloths and can be washed at 60°C in the washing machine.

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We usually use about three per week – to wipe down the stove top and the counter, and to clean up water stains. That’s about everything we need to do, so we don’t change them every day. I thought about making a few for general cleaning, but Philipp isn’t too fond of that idea, and I can see why.

Tiny Black Sun
This is the most recent (and maybe the most impractical and ugliest) one. It is a small version of the Almost forgotten dishcloth, and I might try and make the big one some time … But right now, this one will suffice as a scrubby or whatever. We’ll see.

I also did a bit of charity knitting for the cup – all of these items are going either to the “Tafel” or to one of the refugee lodgings in my hometown. You have seen the tiny mittens already:

Tiny blueish hands

But I also made a pair of socks (using leftovers from my mother’s Christmas socks the year before last)Tiny Fairy Feet
and, finally, another tiny hat in preemie size …

Tiny Hat 01

… for which I even found a model. 😉

Tiny Hat 02
Have a great start into the week, everybody! See ya later!

Love,
Julia 😀

Small Gifts

Hi there!Jule the Cat

Man, that took a long time. Don’t you hate it when there is nothing much wrong with you, but you simply feel worn out and sleepy? Last week was like that again – on Friday, I felt too tired and groggy to go to the library (!), so I went to the doc again to make sure I didn’t catch bronchitis. Good news: No bronchitis. Bad news: The cold simply hadn’t worn off yet. Argh … I didn’t have to call in sick again, though, and so I spent yet another weekend on the couch, with lots of knitting, a new game for my DS (“Golden Sun – The Dark Descent”) and (since I didn’t have any new library books) Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things”.

Rest was only interrupted on Saturday, when we went to E.’s birthday party.

Apart from the book she had asked for (a crime novel – E. will read just about anything if it contains corpses, a detective and gruesome murder), I had a surprise present in store.

The Blueberry Shawl.

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Current WIPs: Variatio delectat!

Hi there!

15-stitch blanket 14

Somehow, I am seeming to fall into a bit of a hiatus, huh? Well, blame it on the cold I caught this week – it had been developing since the week before, I felt chilly every now and then, slept more than I usually do … So I went to the doctor’s on Thursday and he told me to stay home, drink lots of tea and keep warm. Next week will be in full swing with my French course starting again (yay!) and lots of work and a Birthday/Halloween-Party to go to … Lots of stuff to do!

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A Very Bunny Wedding (Pictures. Tons of pictures.)

Hi everybody!

Today I finally want to show you how the bunny-saga ended. The wedding was …. wonderful. Simply wonderful. The church service was long, but not boring (E. surprised us all with an amazing solo – she sang John Legend’s “All of me” in Soprano. That woman has got nerves of steel!), the food was fantastic, we danced a lot, the flashmob we had to practice (to Fergie’s “A little party never killed nobody”) went well … It was an amazing feast. E. and her husband radiated happiness and looked stunning. Both of them. I wish you could’ve been there.

After a good long break yesterday, during which I did nothing but knit and relax, I gathered the best pictures and I am ready to go!

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