Monthly Archives: November 2013

anniversary…(just pics)

…what a lovely weekend we had…

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Secrets…

There is a strange Christmas thing going on around me. Every year, family and friends all around me (including myself) are getting fed up with that huge machinerie of shopping and consumerism around Christmas and we all agree: “we are not going to give presents this year, aren’t we?” – however, on Christmas day, most of us still end up with giving each other “just a tiny little thing I saw and just had to get for you”…

Don’t get me wrong, I love presents (receiving them and giving them, in particular since I re-discovered knitting), I’m just wondering what this urge on Christmas is about. I guess it has something to do with the rituals around Christmas, the candles, a Christmas tree, the snow, Christmas songs, the smell of cinnamon and cloves, Christmas markets.

Now that I’m writing about it, I think Christmas is a very “physical” thing: it’s all about the senses: lights, smells, food, sounds – and a physical present to unwrap is just in line with that…and although from an intellectual point of view I might be able to “understand” it all, my heart still yearns for these rituals…which is something different to getting caught up in a shopping spree in a desperate attempt to find the right present for everyone.

I like the idea of that – which is why I’m off now and can’t post any WIP pictures…not giving away any Christmas secrets, you know.

Oh, just one more thing: had a lovely walk yesterday, despite the rain,...and funny enough, the colours I found outside were the same as my current project’s…so I’m up to date with my knitting, it seems.

current mood: wrapping up

current soundtrack: Shantel – Dunarea

current projects: that’s a secret now…

Back to the roots…

I had one of these weeks, where one thing just led to another…On Wednesday, I stopped over at Drachenwolle, and they had a Sale there…so I bought this really lucious, soft, berry-coloured alpaca yarn for 3.50 Euro…for 100g.

I was quite unsure about buying it, didn’t want to increase my already big stash with something else that I wouldn’t know what to do with it…but I bought it, it was just too lovely to leave it…

…then, on Thursday, as I told you, Mollie Makes arrived on my doorstep … and I just knew what to do with my lovely yarn…

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They are cosy, warm and just so very nice – and knitting them is quite addictive…so you might expect to see some more in the future…I just need to find some mohair yarn and get myself to crochet some snowflakes…

The pattern, as I told you, was published in the current issue of Mollie Makes, and is by Stephanie Dosen, aka tiny owl knits http://tinyowlknits.wordpress.com/ .

In other “news”: I met the probably last of our garden roses for this year on my daily walk on Thursday…

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…and yesterday, we met with our knitting group…ten women chatting and knitting away, it was great fun…

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I did not use to think of knitting as something one would do in a group…or that had any social aspects. It used to me a very solitary excercise, comforting, yes, but no really good for socialising – and look at it now: it’s done in public, within a group of friends, discussed in the internet – you HAVE to visit ravelry, if you haven’t been there yet!

And if you think about it, isn’t this where the craft originally started? Women sitting somewhere in the middle of a fishing village, knitting Aran sweaters for their loved ones? So, I’m all for going back to the roots…yay!!

…though – perhaps not to Aran sweaters…just a tiny tad to0 complicated for my basic knitting skills…

PS: I promise a pic of Miss Winkle, and there she isMiss Winkle 5

current mood: lazy on a Sunday afternoon

current soundtrack: Suzanne Vega – It makes me wonder

planned projects: more wristwarmes, likely!