Last haul for 2017

HO HO HO!

Is everybody getting into the Christmas spirit at last? I hope you are … I have a bit of a problem, but maybe it will hit me full force tomorrow.

The last few days were busy for us, and I am really glad that I finished my Christmas knitting on time this year … I wouldn’t have had much time to finish it this week. On Thursday, we baked the last two batches of cookies (we decided to give homemade cookies as presents to some people, as it’s nothing that will collect dust and cookies are always appreciated) – in between that, I made two trips to the post office to get a package. Yesterday, I worked on the PhD dissertation for almost three hours, answered emails for my second job, wrote an important email for the first job (I will have to meet my boss before the year ends, because there was some mistake with my extra hours, please keep your fingers crossed for me, if you can), and made a last trip to the post office and the drugstore, while Philipp cleaned the flat and did some last minute grocery shopping. Then we put the tree up and wrapped the presents; everything that was left to do today was cleaning the shower (me), dealing with one more load of laundry (us) and decorating the tree (also us). Now, Philipp is at the local Christmas market, meeting some friends, while I am taking the evening off, having wrapped his presents. I did the rest of the laundry and ironed the last tea towels and blouses, and now it’s writing this blog post and tea and knitting for me, while listening to some cyberpunk ambient sound.

While I was working away on my chores, I was always hoping for the doorbell to ring – because I expected YARN. (or YARRRRRN).

It came at last.

Now, if I did one thing in 2017, it was buy yarn, but this is the last haul for a while – that is set. I have so much of it now that it spills into the living room, and I will flash my stash after Christmas so we can have a better look at it. For now I want to show you what I got from this wonderful, awesome shop I found online (a lot of the yarn I bought was purchased there. Ahem.).

All of this yarn came Angelina, a very talented indie dyer who lives in London and operates the etsy shop gamercrafting. She has sock yarn, lace yarn, superbulky yarn, stitch markers, and lots of cool stuff, shipping is superfast, and while this package took almost two weeks to arrive, I was 100% sure that it is worth waiting for. Let’s have a look what I got …

This lace yarn was going out of stock, and I am happy to say that I got the last skein! It belonged to the Halloween themed series, and has the wonderful name “Pumpkin spice”. I’m not a Starbuck’s fan, and I don’t drink coffee usually, but I do love brown and can wear it well, and I am seriously looking forward to knitting this up into something nice (it will be nice. More than nice. This is 100% Merino we’re talking about).

The next skein is also lace yarn, but the theme is very, very different …

Meet Angelina’s Alien themed hand dyed lace yarn in the colourway “Weyland-Yutani”, the company that employs some of the biggest arseholes Ellen Ripley probably ever encountered! (we did watch Aliens on Sunday, and I hated Burke. Passionately. Sorry for the outburst).

I already have two other skeins of this series, Faded Stompers and LV 426 (the planet where the Nostromo-crew finds the aliens), and I have made myself a shawl from the latter yarn that I forgot to show you. Lace yarn from gamercrafting always comes in singles, but it’s sturdy and knits up like a dream (because it’s 100% Merino. Just sayin’).

The last yarn is the exact opposite of lace …


It’s superbulky yarn from the Harry Potter themed series in the colourway Patronus. Knitting with superbulky yarn is very unusual for me, but since E. got me two balls of it the year before last for Christmas, I have somewhat made my peace with it and I appreciate how quickly it knits up. (does anybody want to guess what kind of fiber this is? Yeah? You in the back? That’s right, me luv, it’s 100% Merino!)

These three skeins added another 315g to my stash (skeins are always genereously weighed, another feature I appreciate), and, provided I don’t get any yarn for Christmas, this will be it for a while.

And so, this is it for today, I think …

I hope that you have a very jolly and peaceful Christmas, my friends, I hope your family gathering will be great, that there will be no fights and no arguments, that everybody loves the gifts you got them, handmade or not (or at least are polite enough to say thank you!), and that, while it can be a bit much, you have a great, wonderful time.

Merry Christmas!

Julia.

P.S.: In case anybody is wondering: No, this is not a sponsored post. I pay for my yarn like anybody else, but I’m all for supporting the artists. 🙂

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The long silence

Dear friends,

I haven’t written since summer. There are a couple of reasons for that, but I don’t want to talk about why I didn’t write really (it was mostly stress-related), but rather share what I am working on right now.

My stash has grown excessively this year – I’ve surpassed the 13kg of yarn (which is … well, kind of counter productive if you wanted to stashbust), but to be honest, I have given up on trying to refrain from buying for this year, and I’ll shift stashbusting to the next year. (please remind me of that. 😉 )

Philipp and me have been on vacation in Scotland – and while we were there, I did not only buy another kilogram’s worth of yarn,

but I also asked for his hand in marriage, and he said yes! So now, after almost 13 years together, we are happily engaged, and while this is a BIG THING for me, I am really, really happy (he is, too. The first thing he said after we were done hugging, kissing and crying was “You beat me to it”, and I don’t think there is a better reaction to a marriage proposal. 😉 ).

So, just a quick update on what I am working on right now!

Of course, it’s socks. I’m always knitting socks. Earlier this year, I treated myself to three gorgeous Opal skeins of the “Schafpate”-collection, and although the blue ball was originally intended to become socks for Philipp (I frogged his hideous birthday pair in the end), they ended up too small.

The first one is done, and I am FINALLY at the gusset decreases for the second sock!

The other WIP (which got shoved aside a bit) is a Mousseux-shawl in natural white:

And I am just showing you this photo because it’s the first time that I did not fuck up the garter tab. It looks really nice when done right, actually! 😉

Since this modest beginning, the shawl grew significantly:

and I worked on it on train rides in Scotland and in the hotel rooms in the evenings. I’m making it a bit bigger than the original, and so far, the garter stitch is working its magic again, I love this knit!

Christmas knitting has also started already, and I actually have a pair of mittens that I can show you at the end of next week. 😉

So, to keep this sweet and short – would you like to see some pictures of Scotland? Is anybody still reading this blog? It feels awkward to write here again after being silent for so many months, but I’d like to get into the habit again, and I’d be thrilled if you wanna come with me!

All the love, my friends! Take care!
Julia 🙂

The Calm after the Storm

Merry Belated Christmas everyone! 😀

I hope you had a wonderful couple of days with friends and family (or alone, which can be a blessing as well), you got a bit of peace, good food and lovely presents!

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Today was a very quiet day after three days of constant family company. On the 24th, Philipp went to see his father, brother and gran, while my parents picked me up at half past two to get to my sister’s, who had announced she wanted to do this year’s Christmas. It was Continue reading

Aaaand …. done!

Yay!

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I’m done! At about a quarter past 11pm, the socks were done and thus, I have finished all of my Christmas knitting for 2015! Yay! More info (and better photos) will follow after Christmas, when he will be allowed to wear and model the socks. 😉 Continue reading

On the Problems of Stealth Knitting

In my humble opinion, stealth knitting is one of the coolest things you can do. Especially when you are living with the lucky recipient. Nothing is sweeter like the stunned look on a beloved face when they eye their gift and stutter: “But … how did you do this? When did you knit on it?” Ah, sweet triumph!

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Stealth knitting has also one big disadvantage, though. Continue reading