52 hats :: 33 - it really is my favorite pattern

Yes, it's that pattern again. I'm not going to apologize for it, I just like knitting it. It's like talking to an old friend or something like that.

I did something funny a few weeks ago. I have this beautiful notebook that the girls gave me for Sinterklaas years ago. I started using it as a knitting notebook after months of not knowing what to do with (didn't want to ruin it, but most of my notebooks end up like a mess, tearing out sheets etc.). The first year of notes is 2015 and I sort of kept it up through the last years. But I thought it was a shame that the years before that were missing.
So one lazy Sunday I browsed through my blog archives and took notes of every knitting project I posted. Starting with the red cardigan and working my way through 12 years of blogging. Oh my.
I know there are some projects missing from the blog (like the hats I made for a friend and her family and my first shalom cardigan), but at least now I have a bit of an overview.
And at least now I was able to count how often I actually made this hat.
This is number 25.  Ahem. No wonder I can knit this without thinking about the pattern too much...

Adding to the stash

Because my time, budget and storage are limited, I have this rule for myself that I can't go (thrift) shopping for yarn unless I'm completely out of it.
I'm not, obviously.
But this morning I was in a few thrift shops, searching for something else and I happened to run into some yarn. So I decided my rule didn't apply here. I mean, my time wasn't wasted, since I was already there. The basket can handle just a little bit more yarn (I hope) and for a total of Euro 4,50, it wasn't exactly a big chunk out of my budget.

Or maybe I'm just making up excuses now. Anyway, I'm happy with it. The shiny yarn on the left is really beautiful and I think I can make a shawl with it (it's two skeins). The rest will probably end up as hats, though I'm also thinking I have so many shades of grey* now, that I could make an ombre shawl or maybe even a blanket.
I do love that about having a bigger stash. Dreaming up projects, making plans.
Good thing I didn't find what I'm looking for, so I'll have to visit a few more thrift shops soon...

*nope, no reference to that book. I didn't even read it

Last week in pictures

Well, last week was not the best week ever. I have an ear infection again and even though the leaflet that came with my eardrops states there are no side effects, I do feel tired and sick. T.'s heart acts up again too, but now that we know what it is and that something will be done about it (eventually - stupid waiting lists), it's not as scary as it was before.

Anyway, we did manage to reach an important milestone in renovating that back room on Monday. The ceiling is in! It's really starting to look like a real room again.

Also on Monday, I played around with some mini plants as a gift for my mother's birthday that evening. Made me want to buy some for myself. I love to buy baby plants and see them grow. Some of my biggest plants started out tiny. But I behaved. I already have a lot of plants and I can't take them with me when we move. Then again, the girls will gladly take them off my hands (they all have their father's black thumbs). So maybe I will let myself have some of these little ones to play with.

I couldn't decide what to knit (besides hats) and realized I actually needed some more dishcloths. Not the most exciting thing to knit, but it feels satisfying to make something I need.

I prefer a clear blue sky, but clouds can be beautiful too... (hmn, I could philosophize about a deeper meaning here, but I think I won't)

We spent the weekend doing smaller chores (instead of wallpapering the back room). I still felt sick and did a bit of organizing around the house. T. had to move around some pipes (heating, water, gas) to finish our 'technical space' (where our air system, central heating boiler, solar system and washing machine are/will be). That resulted in this mess (keeping it real ;-) ), that I will be cleaning up today.

I also have to finish some editing and of course the bookkeeping. No time to get bored ;-)

52 hats :: 32 - Butterfly Hat

Such a fun pattern! I loved knitting this as much as I did the first time. And though this yarn was thinner than what the pattern called for and the hat ended up smallish (next time I'll add an extra row of butterflies), I love the result.

Three things making me happy today

1. My yarn stash. I know it's not that much, but it's enough for me right now (with a move to the other side of the world still in the works). I love being able to browse through it and choose what to use for the next hat.

2. Rain! Oh, I'm sure I won't be that happy about it in a few weeks. Or months. Because this is actually normal around here most of the year. But it's been unusually dry around for two months. My garden (or in fact the whole country) really needed a few rainy days.

3. This leather backpack I found at the thrift store yesterday. It needs a bit of love (it was completely dried out and stiff, I'm working on cleaning and greasing the leather), but it's still in very good condition. I'm really looking forward to using it.

Linking up with Carole Knits' Three on Thursday

in my kitchen

This week in my kitchen:

:: I experimented with adding radish leaves to the spinach I was stir-frying. We didn't taste anything different, so I guess that's good.

:: there was even more stir-frying later that week. It's my favorite way to cook. I love gathering ingredients, cutting and changing plans half-way because I find something that needs to be used up first (in this case some mushrooms).

:: I made pasta sauce. I learned how to make 'real' Italian sauce from our Italian landlord in CuraƧao. It's a simple recipe, but it tastes oh so good (forgot to take pictures of the sauce though).

:: I added a can of sweetcorn and some corniches to our salad for a change. Everybody loved it, so I'll do that again (forgot to take a good picture again - need to work on being a better blogger).

Last week in pictures

Bbq for eight! All three girls, our son-in-law, and my parents stayed for dinner. I love it when that happens. And it's even better when the weather is good enough for a bbq.

The floor is in, wiring done. Next: ceilings. It will be a finished room in a few weeks. Oh, my! This took so long, but it will be worth it.

Work, work, work. One day of bookkeeping and taxes (already told you how that affected my mood) and lots of editing. I love that last part. It's a new (free-lance) job for me, but it's slowly building up to a real income.

This part of the garden is always a mess. I try to keep up, but some of these plants are growing so fast that it needs some good detangling and cutting every once in while.

I was knitting a summer top, but it's not working out. I had an idea based on some other sweaters I made, but my measurements were off.

Although I'd love to spend more time in the garden, I did take some time to weed. It's actually looking quite good now. Hope to keep that up.

Started the next hat. I'm using a pattern, so that's kind of surprising. But I made this one before and I loved it, so I thought I'd make it again.