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Do you remember when I told you that E. is going to be a mother at the end of August?

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Hello there … is anybody here?

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Two months of silence lay behind me, and I have to say that, while I have been writing and knitting a lot, Continue reading

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!

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

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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.

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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:

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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 …

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… for which I even found a model. 😉

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

Love,
Julia 😀

A Spec(k)tacular Hat! (With a truly? spectacular premiere!)

Technically, I am busy enough right now – with granddad’s scarf on the go (I am finally binding off and have to be done by tomorrow) and Rabbit (who still sits in Frankenstein mode) on the needles. Oh, and the socks for E. They are not done yet either, but I want to give them to her next week. Because, apparently, I don’t have enough on my plate as it is.

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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 😀

WIP-Wednesday: Almost there …

Hi there! 😀
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. 😀
See you soon, everybody, and take care!Love,
Julia