Friday, December 6, 2019

Crafty goals



So, that thing I learned about me not having a clue about how much time things take? Also applicable for crafting. I thought those slippers were a quick knit. Turns out they weren't really (I think it has something to do with having to use dpn's) and of course I needed two of them. But I did finish them this morning. Something about checking off that list that makes me want to keep going ;-)

Last week's list:
(I'll just repost the knitting, since there wasn't any sewing again - that thing about time, you know)

✔ finish the slippers (the pattern is no longer online, but I have it written down in my notebook) to keep my feet warm when we're in Holland - done!
✔decide if I'm doing handmade gifts and if so, what I need to knit (or sew?) - decided not to. But it's still in the back of my mind.
/ knit a hat (or more slippers) - cast on for a hat yesterday
X start knitting another cowl? (I have this great pattern that I can't wait to try) - decided to wait until I can buy some really nice yarn for it

I also rewrote the "patterns" on the berets (so if you saved them, please go back and get the right version). Now I remember why I decided not to do patterns anymore... I forgot to write out the first rows before the decreases, so I added that and had to renumber all the other rows. I think I'll stick to wordy instructions next time, that's how my mind works anyway. I usually "translate" patterns for myself to "just do this and then that for a while, and decrease along the way".
That's also why my knitting is still really basic. I rarely work up the energy to knit row by row patterns.

This week's list:

We have a busy weekend ahead and on Monday we'll fly to the Netherlands. I will take some needles and yarn with me, but I have no idea how much time I will have to knit. I usually don't knit with company (feels like I'm not giving them my full attention) and there will be a lot of that. Not that I mind ;-)
Sewing is not an option since I won't bring my machine. Well, hand sewing maybe, but no, don't think so.

- knit a hat, because that's what I like to do
- shop for yarn, fabric and embroidery material

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Knowing Thyself's Power

Three things I learned about myself this week:

1. I have a really, really hard time relaxing. On Monday morning I found myself without any big deadlines. I did a bit of reading and a bit of knitting, but after fifteen minutes I was already making lists of things I could do now that I had more time: start blogging in Dutch again (on all three blogs), write some short stories for my website, start writing a book, revisit social media, etc., etc.
Ahem. Wasn't I supposed to rest? (the black circles around my eyes tell me so...)

2. I also have the worst sense of how much time things actually take. That's probably also because I'm a bit (ha!) slower than I used to be. But as the week progressed I found that I don't have that much extra time anyway. This is a big house to clean (and it was a big mess too) and the "little" computer tasks that I knew I had to do took me much longer than I thought they would. I should probably make a list to remind me how long things actually take, but I fear that will also take me much longer than I think.



3. I can actually wear flipflops daily -trying to insert a lighter note- and yes, that's notable for me. I always thought I had an issue with "something between my toes" and only wore them occasionally. But two weeks ago I put them on them for a night out (because they sort of matched my dress) and I just realized I've been wearing them daily and all day long ever since. I even wore them yesterday for a whole afternoon of shopping. That's at least one part of my integration on this island to check off the list ;-)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A beret for my mom - part 2



As you can see this beret is a lot bigger than the one I showed you yesterday. I think this will be a much better size, though now I worry it's too big.
But I've actually got photos of my mom (the girls sent me pictures of them celebrating Sinterklaas with my parents) wearing one of her store-bought berets and I think the size of this one is similar. I hope so.


Sidenote: yes, I cried when I saw those pictures. In public (we were at a beach bar with friends). Because - as you probably know if you've been reading here for a while - Sinterklaas used to be a big thing in our family and I loved hosting and preparing for these loud and chaotic gatherings. And now I wasn't even there. And I also cried because I hardly recognized my mom in those pictures. She aged so much!
But she's still there. And I know now that I have some real friends here on the island. Because they sat next to me and hugged me and comforted me, without even once saying how silly (and selfish) it is to cry when my family (and most important, my mom!) obviously had a lot of fun.


What I did

CO 78 stitches (5 mm needle, worsted weight yarn), join in the round
1-10 garter stitch
11. Kf&b of every stitch (156 stitches)

12-16 K entire round
17 P entire round
18-22 K entire round
23 P entire round
24-28 K entire round
29 P entire round


30. K24, ssk, repeat till end of round
31. K entire round
32. K23, ssk, repeat till end of round
33. K entire round
34. K22, ssk, repeat till end of round
35. P entire round
36. K21, ssk, repeat till end of round
37. K entire round
38. K20, ssk, repeat till end of round
39. K entire round
40. K19, ssk, repeat till end of round
41. P entire round
42. K18, ssk, repeat till end of round
43. K entire round
44. K17, ssk, repeat till end of round
45. K entire round
46. K16, ssk, repeat till end of round
47. P entire round
48. K15, ssk, repeat till end of round
49. K entire round
50. K14, ssk, repeat till end of round
51.K entire round
52. K13, ssk, repeat till end of round
53. P entire round
54. K12, ssk, repeat till end of round
55. K11, ssk, repeat till end of round
56. K10, ssk, repeat till end of round
57. K9, ssk, repeat till end of round
58. K8, ssk, repeat till end of round
59. K7, ssk, repeat till end of round
60. K6, ssk, repeat till end of round
61. K5, ssk, repeat till end of round
62. K4, ssk, repeat till end of round
63. K3, ssk, repeat till end of round
64. K2 ssk, repeat till end of round
65. K1, ssk, repeat till end of round
66.  ssk, repeat till end of round

Cut yarn and use darning needle to thread through remain stitches and pull to close top.
Weave in ends.









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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A beret for my mom



It's kind of silly to realize that over the years I've been knitting so many hats, but only one beret (over 12 years ago). 
It may have something to do with the fact that this style of hat went out of fashion. I'd never know that for sure though since fashion has never been my thing. But it's a fact that I only knit one beret (and probably about 100 hats) in all those years.

I guess that I used a pattern for that very first one, I don't remember.
These days I usually wing my knitting. So, when I dediced I wanted to knit a beret for my mother, I did just that. And that's probably the reason that it turned out a bit small. As in 'you can hardly see it's a beret"-small.


I do have a big head. Most hats that are smallish on my head are perfectly good on other people. But if I remember correctly (from trying on her church hat when I was a girl), my mother's head is even slightly bigger than mine. So I decided to cast on another hat and try again.

To be continued...



 What I did

CO 78 stitches (5 mm needle, worsted weight yarn), join in the round

1. K till end of round
2-9 K1 (twisted), P1 -  repeat till end of round
10. K1, K1f&b - repeat till end of row ( 117 st.)
11-15 K entire round
16 P entire round

17-21 K entire round
22 P entire round

23. K18,  k2tog, K19, repeat till end of round
24. K entire round
25. K17, k2tog, repeat till end of round
26. K entire round
27. K16, k2tog, repeat till end of round
28. K entire round
29. K15, k2tog, repeat till end of round
30. K entire round
31. K14, k2tog, repeat till end of round
32. K entire round
33. K13, k2tog, repeat till end of round
34.P entire round
35. K12, k2tog, repeat till end of round
36. K entire round
37. K11, k2tog, repeat till end of round
38. K entire round
39. K10, k2tog, repeat till end of round
40. P entire round
41. K9, k2tog, repeat till end of round
42. K entire round
43. K8, k2tog, repeat till end of round
44. K entire round
45. K7, k2tog, repeat till end of round
46. P entire round
47. K6, k2tog, repeat till end of round
48. K5, k2tog, repeat till end of round
49. K4, k2tog, repeat till end of round
50. K3, k2tog, repeat till end of round
51. K2, k2tog, repeat till end of round
52. K1, k2tog, repeat till end of round

Cut yarn and use darning needle to thread through remain stitches and pull to close top.
Weave in ends.
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Monday, December 2, 2019

December!



And now it's December.

The last month of a year that was... well, hard. On so many levels. I deleted a lot of words about this because I don't want to pour negativity, sadness and fear into a world that needs just the opposite, both online and offline.

So, let's just forget about that. Focus on the good stuff. I want to remember 2019 as the year we made our dream of moving to CuraƧao come true, the year we found and bought and renovated and moved into that wonderful house with the amazing view, the year we met so many great new friends.

And now it's December and it's going to be a great month.
I'm going to allow myself to take it easy this week. Just a little bit of work to do and a lot of happy homemaking and gardening and packing.
Next week we'll travel to Europe and I'll see my family for the first time since July.
My mother is still alive and reasonably fit and that fact alone is worth being very happy about.
I have a date with some old friends that I haven't seen in years.
We'll celebrate our youngest 27th (!) birthday and meet her boyfriend for the first time.
We're going to do a belated Sinterklaas and a lot of Christmas celebrating with family.
Oh, and I get to do a lot of shopping. Most of the practical kind (cotton sheets, vitamines, things we can't get here), but there will be some thrifting, yarn shopping and fabric buying involved too. Fun!
And when we return we'll be just in time to welcome a fresh new year here on the island we love so much.
Yes, it's going to be a good month.

Wishing you all a happy December!
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Friday, November 29, 2019

Crafty goals



Well, that was some week! But that's what I say, write or think almost every week, so I guess it was a normal one after all. I did finish most of the bigger deadline work I had on my plate and that's a big relief. I've also prepared most of the things I need to do when I'm in Holland and I'm looking forward to next week. Last week before we travel, not too much computer work to worry about, so I'm going to clean the house and do some gardening. Bliss! I may even get to my sewing machine.

Last week's goals:

 Knitting:

✔  finish second beret
/ knit some of these slippers (the pattern is no longer online, but I have it written down in my notebook) to keep my feet warm when we're in Holland (started one this morning!)
- decide if I could make more of them as gifts (maybe better than hats?)
✔  use up the rest of the Christmas yarn (knit my first circle, fun!)

Sewing:
Not at all, I'll just copy and paste my list to next week...


This week's goals:

 Knitting:

- finish the slippers (the pattern is no longer online, but I have it written down in my notebook) to keep my feet warm when we're in Holland
- decide if I'm doing handmade gifts and if so, what I need to knit (or sew?)
- knit a hat (or more slippers)
- start knitting another cowl? (I have this great pattern that I can't wait to try)


Sewing:

The fact that I'm not sewing doesn't mean I'm not thinking about the things I want to do. I keep adding to that list... Oh well, we'll see.

- hem that plaid cotton I bought to use as a tablecloth
- make placemats (the ones we're using are stained and not washable - not my smartest buy)
- purse for daily use
- quilt (or maybe start small and make a table runner?)
- drawstring bags to use in my suitcase while traveling (I love the packing cubes like these that I see all over the internet and of course I could either order them or try to make them, but I think simple drawstring bags could help with the packing chaos too, so I'm trying that first).

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thank you!


Three things I want to thank you (yes, you - daily readers, occasional readers, new readers, all of you) for:

1. the fact my little blog gets some pageviews at all really helps to keep going. I've had periods without any readers and though I love blogging for a lot of reasons, it's more fun to see that some people are actually reading here.

2. comments. I know commenting on blogger can be hard sometimes (especially when you're not signed in to google), but I appreciate it so so much when someone takes the time and effort to actually react to my daily chatting. It makes me feel like I'm having my morning tea with all of you, instead of alone with my laptop.

3. friendship. I notice that each time I post something really personal, I get so many encouraging, loving reactions. It feels like I've got some real friends out there. I really can't put into words how much that means to me.

So, thank you. For all of that (and more).

Wishing you all a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving!

Linking up with Carole's Three on Thursday
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