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another year over

The obligatory Christmas sickness hit me late this year so I’ll spend new years eve at home with my sweetheart, which is great, I love cosy evenings at home.

2009 was not the most exciting year ever but some things did change:
– my address, I officially live with my boyfriend since February 14 (yes I know, cheesy date, was not intended)
– my job, since September I’m a scientific staff member of the university of Vienna and get real money for a real job!

this is my list on what I plan to do in 2010:
– finish socks for mum
– make a hat for sweetheart
– make another hat for myself
– finish the Hanami stole grmpf
– make more lace
– make more socks
– buy less yarn (hahahaha)
– finish my thesis
– get better
– sleep more
– eat healthier
– go to KnitNation 2010

Sounds like a good plan right? Should all be manageable in a year. So I wish you all a happy new year, may 2010 be just as great as 2009 – I’d like that 🙂 I’ll be back with news and pictures of my newest projects next year aka next week.

socks and socks and …

Once you start knitting socks, you can’t stop. It’s like an addiction – a pretty senseless one given the fact, that you can buy warm and cozy socks quite cheap in every color of the rainbow. Still I love knitting them and I understand everybody who does. Handmade socks make your feet just a little bit warmer than bought ones, they fit a little bit better and of course, they just look great. I especially love lace socks and have just recently finished my second pair:

pattern: Rick by Cookie A.
yarn: handpainted sock yarn bought on etsy
modifications: none intended
happyness: yeah hurray woohooo

I really like them and I’m currently wearing them 🙂 The yarn is not as soft as I had hoped, but it’s okay. At least the socks are warm and comfy and the colour is nice.

Right after I finished Rick, I started another one of Cookie A.s designs: the Baudelaire socks. The first one is already finished and is officially my first toe-up sock:

The leg is a bit too tight but I’m still quite happy. Though I don’t think I like toe-up socks … the boring part (knitting the leg) comes at the end, that makes the socks even harder to finish … and the heel part contradicts all logic and common sense (at least mine 🙂 ).

Happy holidays!

the yeti and the yarn

My boyfriend and I share our living room with various stuffed animals. The newest addition to the family is Yeti. He is white, fluffy and has a warm heart (espcially when you fill his belly with hot water). It seems, Yeti has taken an interest in knitting, because every time I look at him, he has some yarn in his paws. To prove this, I took a picture:

the yeti and the yarn

He does look a bit shocked, maybe he didn’t like the color? Who knows what these plushy minds are thinking.

And here’s another one where Yeti is trying to finish my sock. It took me hours to unravel the mess he made.

the yeti and the yarn II

Maybe he was trying to send me a message? ‘knit me some socks too, my feet are always cold!’ ? Maybe I should really do that. In the meantime I’ll try to catch the little fella in action again and take some pictures.

long time no knit

That was a hell of a summer pause. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything, I didn’t knit. I was really sick of it … last week I started again. It’s awfully cold in Vienna, so I wanted to knit a hat. Everything went perfectly fine, until today, when my cable broke. My KnitPro limited edition gold platted whatnot extremely expensive cableneedle-cable broke! Just like that! After half an hour of glueing and swearing it’s still broken. The world doesn’t want me to knit.
Here’s what happend:

Maybe I should just stick to the socks. No cable needles … makes me sad 😦

to dye or not to dye …

During my recent sock obsession I found out that getting pretty yarn is kind of impossible. I adore semi-sold yarns with light changes of the tone. Multicolored yarns look great as skeins, but as soon as you turn them into a knitted garment the magic flees screaming.
So I found myself looking through dozens of yarn shops, clicking through 200 hand dyed yarns and nothing, really nothing caught my eye. No, that’s not true. Some colors are really great but I don’t want to pay 30 € for a skein of yarn! (Okay, I confess, I ordered some …)
After some research I found out that dyeing would be the perfect solution. So I bought myself a book on dyeing wool and as soon as my sock yarn stash is gone (or maybe a lot sooner) I’ll try out dyeing.

Sorry, no pictures today, although I have some projects in the making. Next time, next time 🙂