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.

52 hats :: 31 - spiraling up

This one was really fun to make! I'm sure there is a more sophisticated way of making spiralling hats, but I usually just cast on one stitch less than I need for a rib (this one is k4 p4, I cast on 71 stitches on a 5 mm needle) and just keep going round and round. It's really easy but very satisfying to do.


I'm tired, probably getting sick (again) and it's (too) hot outside and inside. I have to finish bookkeeping and taxes for my husband's businesses. I actually have been working on that almost all day already and there are still some things on my list that I have to check off and then I have to clean and organize and cook and ...

Well, before I start whining (I already did, didn't I? - so sorry) let's take a moment to dream about three things I'd rather do today:

1. find myself a good spot on a beach or something - shadow and a breeze that's all I need - and just knit and read all day

2. set up a sewing space and start making that basket of fabric into something. It's been too long and the urge is getting stronger (but my time is limited)

3. work in the garden or rather: go out to buy lots of fun plants and put them in the garden

Well, maybe tomorrow...

linking up with Carole Knits' Three on Thursday

In my garden

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

52 hats :: 30 - pointy hat (finally caught up!)

I've loved this type of hats since I first saw them online years ago. Elf hats, leprechaun hats, gnome hats, pointy hats. Love them all. I could have downloaded a pattern to make it easy on myself, but hey, where's the fun in that? So I just went ahead and tried to get a pointy top.
I think it worked out alright, though it didn't end up as pointy as I envisioned. Also, it was meant as a hat for a child, but it still fits my adult-sized model. Maybe I need to cast on fewer stitches next time (did 66 stitches on 5 mm needles). So, in conclusion: loved making this, but needs some tweaking.

Also: finished this hat (number 30) on Saturday, July 28th., which was the end of week 30. Finally caught up! (also posted two hats today, since I wanted to be back on track in August).
Trying to knit one hat a week for a while now and work on other projects too. Though the thought of keeping this flow of three hats a week up and finish early still appeals to me too. Hmn. We'll see.

linking up with Frontier Dreams' Crafting On

52 hats :: 29 - ribbed

So I actually think this is the best design I came up with so far. It's interesting to look at and fun to knit, though not too hard. I think I'm going to make it again and write a pattern for it. Would you like to knit this one?

52 hats :: 28 - slouchy again

So, after running out of yarn on the previous hat, I thought I might be able to finish all this blue yarn in a good slouchy one. But I had to decide to cast off before I reached the end of my yarn. I do think this is slouchy enough...

52 hats :: 27 - for bigger heads

This hat looked much better on my head (the model has a rather small head). I wanted it to be a really slouchy hat, but I ran out of yarn. It is big enough to stuff my hair in though. Even though the colors are a bit much for me, this is one of those 'might want to wear it' hats.

52 hats :: 26 - deep purple

Sometimes yarn doesn't need a fancy pattern. Like this one.  I love the color and it's incredibly soft. So wonderful to work with and comfortable to wear.
Too bad there wasn't enough of this (thrift shop find) to make a sweater. But I do have enough to make another hat. I'm actually looking forward to that ;-)

Posting in a weekend is not what I normally do, but I'm determined to catch up with the hat posting. Especially now that I finished hat no. 30. On Saturday, week 30. So my hat knitting can go back to one a week now and I thought it would be fun to get the hat posting to real time too.

52 hats :: 25 - simply blue

The only part that could be described as 'design' on this hat is the brim. I did a K3 P1 K1 P3 rib, to make it a little bit different. The rest of it is simple stockinette.
I found a lot of this yarn (that I also have in green and rainbow colors) at a thrift store a while back. It's nice and thick, so it knits up pretty fast. Perfect for catching up with the hat knitting ;-)