halfway there..

hi there! Yesterday we finished a big part of the remodeling and today I’m taking a break to blog about some knitting. The working room is now actually a place where work can be done, and I’m very happy with the changes we’ve made. This house is simply too tiny, but thanks to IKEA we’re making it work haha. I’m going to say this in advance but I’m really sorry for the phone quality of the pictures this post. I haven’t had time to grab the camera to take pictures, but I really wanted to post an update.

I finished both February socks a while ago and we’ve been wearing them constantly. I decided to take this picture to show them, and I’ll try to get an actual FO post up as soon as I’m done with the remodeling.

Last week I cast on for linesx3 and I’m loving it! I’m almost done turning the heel (this picture was taken a few days ago), and I can’t wait to finish this pair as well. I’m still a month behind but I do feel like I’m making progress.

At the moment one of the most important projects is the handspun baby blanket. The socks can wait really. I’m probably not going to wear them while it’s so warm, but the blanket really needs to get finished soon (or she’ll grow too big and won’t be able to use it).

One thing this project has taught me is that two-plies are actually very nice. What I like about chain plying the yarn is that you get to use all of it. For a 2-ply you’ll need to get about the same length on both bobbins. What I hadn’t thought of is that you can andean ply the remainder and tie it neatly to the rest of your yarn. It’s not as neat as all the yarn on both bobbins in one go, but it’s a lot less wasteful than I imagined.

Another reason why I absolutely love spinning yarn.

Another older picture. The blanket is nearly done, I think there may be about 3″- 3″ left to knit and I can move on to the edging. I’m thinking of using a larger needle and to knit a simple garter rib edging all around. The colors in the last batt are a bit darker so I think it’ll frame the blanket nicely.

I haven’t measured the length yet, but I think it will be enough for at least 1″- 2″. Hopefully next time I’ll have some better pictures and some finished objects to post!

Nowruz and remodeling

In my culture (Iranian) we celebrate our new year (Nowruz; “new day”) on March 20/ 21st. We celebrate the coming of spring and spend nearly a full month preparing and celebrating. Mostly preparing. We spend a lot of time on spring cleaning and cooking and visiting family and friends.

I personally love these traditions and try to share in all of them. This means that things can get a little hectic and life turns into a roller coaster ride. Normally I would take a lot of pictures, but this time my phone broke down and I wasn’t able to touch it without getting frustrated. Thanks to my awesome cousin my phone is in working order now and I’m able to take pictures again.

The spring cleaning part is usually supposed to be done before Nowruz, but I took ┬áit a bit too far and now I’m remodeling my house again. I’ve moved the bedroom to the other side of the house and I’m working on my new office/ working space. I worked in the bedroom (small house) and I was getting tired of the work-vibe in my bedroom and the sleep-vibe in my workroom. So my entire life is all over the place and I’m taking advantage of this little working break to post about the breidagen fair :)

I visited Dutch Wool Diva’s booth and took some lovely lovely sockyarn with me! I also got some beautiful single ply yarn with me (to combine with the pink one I bought way back).

Last time I went to the fair I met this elderly couple who own an angora goat farm and sell yarn made by their own animals’ fiber. Last time I bought a bag of 100 grams of kid mohair, and now I bought two hanks of single ply, laceweight yarn (about 700m each).

I bought 1 ball of yak yarn. I know.. what’s 1 ball going to do for me right..? Well they were a bit expensive and I just wanted to try some out, but I might be tempted to buy more (spread over the summer I might buy enough for a large blanket….but don’t tell my BF)

I also bought a fuzzy ball of kid mohair. I don’t know why and I don’t know what it’s going to be, I just knew I wanted to have it..

I bought this book! A book about traditional Dutch Ganseys! I know I’ll be making quite a few of these in the coming years! I absolutely love these things!

In the mean time I finally finished my Fietsen handwarmers!

And got a blonde ombre and spent a week clipping in 250 micro ring extensions..

I’ve also managed to finish my February socks and if I’m lucky I may be able to finish one pair of the March socks! I’ll keep you posted!


Aaanddd it happened again.. *le sigh*

As you may (or may not) know I’ve spent the middle of February traveling and I haven’t had the opportunity to blog (due to filtering and censorship I might add). I did take a lot of pictures and I’ve spent some time knitting so I do have some things to show :)

Now let me start by saying that I realize that for some of you this tiny bit of snow is not something worth posting about. But this year we had the warmest winter of all time (I don’t know how long but we only had two or three nights where the temperature dipped slightly below 0 degrees Celcius). So we didn’t have a winter at all.. we only had a stretched out fall. This picture was taken in the northern part of Tehran, where it hasn’t snowed like this since my mother was a toddler. Of course we missed the actual snow and most of it was gone by the second week of February, but it was still an awesome sight. (It actually snowed in the desert, and the northern part of Iran had 3-4 meters of snow to deal with…)

So I spent a lot of time knitting and I finished my Fawnberry cowl while travelling between family and friends.

I like this picture so much :) I did notice that for me it’s a lot harder to knit when it’s not really ‘winter’. I think part of me wants to knit when it’s very cold outside and nice and cozy inside. We didn’t have any of that this year.. strange :P

One of the best things about going to Iran (aside from the family, friends, the architecture, history, culture etc. etc.) is the food. I’ve eaten so much in those 10 days. I ate most of these while nobody was looking. I don’t have other food pictures mainly because I kept forgetting to bring my camera *sad face*

We usually stay at my mom’s friend’s house (who is more of an aunt than moms friend :)), and this picture always feels like ‘coming home’.

Usually when I go to Iran it’s a lot of fun and filled with awesomeness, but the drawback is that I need a whole vacation afterwards to relax and catch up on sleeping :P When I came back home I felt it was time for spring cleaning and we spent a week remodeling our home. Now the bunnies are free to walk around (safely!) in most of the house instead of just in the living room.

This room has a much softer flooring so they hop around like crazy :)

I always manage to forget how many cables and stuff I need for my computer (and other things). Re-doing the cables was a total pain, but at least now I know that the bunnies are safe :)

Bam has made a new friend (it’s the unplugged printer underneath my desk) Apparently he approves of the new roaming space.

I’ve also been knitting. I took these pictures last week and by now this blanket is 4″ wider than it was in this picture.

I used my Dutch Wool Diva yarn (loki) for a pair of Maelstrom socks. I started knitting these in the plane towards Iran, and after knitting the cuff I realized that 2.5mm was too big. So I frogged it and restarted with 2.25mm needles and now they’re exactly my size.

Even though I still haven’t finished my February socks I still planned to get some March socks done, so I had my BF order these two hanks of awesome-sauce for me while I was away. The left one will be a pair of socks, and the right one will be a featherweight top/cardi. I’m not sure which one but It’s summery.

Here’s Noodles. Noodles is a diva when it comes to finding things to sleep on. She has two kitty beds in this room alone, but she chooses the handspun merino/silk baby blanket to sleep on.

This kitty is a huge hoarder.. she takes after her mommy.. (that would be me). If I leave knitting around you can bet that she’s going to sleep on it.

The picture is a bit blue-ish but here’s the progress on my maelstrom. I absolutely love this pattern and I’ll probably knit another pair of these when this pair is done. I must say that there’s a huuuge difference between this sock yarn and the regular sock yarns. It’s so much more comfortable to knit with and it feels amazing on my foot.

Socks are so photogenic. I love this yarn (did I mention that already?) Also: please ignore my nail polish…..

Here’s a picture of my February BF socks. I think this is a great color for my jeans loving BF :)

So now I’m up to date again. I hope I’ll remember the restrictions next time I go to Iran.. :P I hope to have some FO’s to show soon!