Procrastination crochet..

One of the things I love most about deadline knitting is the procrastination knitting it brings on. I honestly don’t understand the how and why of it, I just know that it works that way. So I have one week left to finish the two stranded knitting projects I have left and all of the sudden I’ve never felt a greater urge to crochet myself a large poncho. I mean a BIG poncho.. I bought a ball of Katia “big to knit” as you may have seen in the previous post, and I made a knitting swatch. I love the yarn and the feel of it, but the knitting didn’t do it justice I felt. This was going to be a nice crochet project so I went searching for some patterns I liked.

In the end I settled on this pattern. It’s Gaucho from Garnstudio and I absolutely love every bit of detail in this thing. The pattern calls for a 5.5mm hook, but my yarn is much heavier than the yarn that’s used in the pattern, so I’m using 9mm and I adapted the pattern for a custom fit. The design is the same, it’s just a larger. I have 500 grams/ 700m of yarn, but my mom has a ball of this stuff as well, so if I run out I’ll have some backup and I won’t have to spend another 30 euros for an extra ball if I need just one or two more rows haha.

The project seems simple enough, the only catch is that you have to be able to use your brain, and that’s where it went wrong here people.

crochet Gaucho wip

It started out fine (or so I thought). I read (sort of) the pattern, and cast on. I really loved the way crochet and this yarn go together so I was very happy and just worked on. After a while I thought the project was eating a LOT of yarn for how big it was getting and decided to actually think about what I was doing. See this is why you shouldn’t cast on at night when you should actually be sleeping..

crochet Gaucho wip fail

This is what I was doing. I’m not sure if you’ve ever made a standard crochet poncho, but there are only two increase corners (mid front and mid back). It’s not supposed to be a square. Obviously I had taken the time to take this picture before knitting halfway through the ball of yarn.. I can’t believe I didn’t see what I was doing back then.. The stupid is strong in me I guess haha.

when frog needs to happen

So I obviously end up frogging the thing. Did I mention the yarn doesn’t like to be frogged a lot? So I cast on again and started happily crocheting away. Until I noticed that somewhere along the way (some 5-ish rows back) I had forgotten to increase and I’d been crocheting along for the last 5 rows. So I had to rip those rows out again because such is the nature of crochet. Knitting can be fixed, but crochet, sadly, cannot. I didn’t take any pictures of that part..

third attempt

I restarted and now everything is fine. Surprisingly, it only took 1 day to get as far as I am again, so it’s really a very quick project for ‘in between’. Which is what I don’t understand about myself and deadline knitting. I want to have those two projects finished first, but something in me screams “procrastinate!!” At least it’s a quick project, so once this one is done, I’ll get back to the sock and mittens 🙂

In 

Under Dutch Skies fiber

In other news: a new webshop has opened for lovers of fiber and spinning: Underdutchskies. Last Sunday was the grand opening and because of it there was a 10% discount. I’m still on a yarn diet so obviously I jumped in head first.. I’m the worst. So much for discipline right? Anyway, it’s not as bad as it sounds, because these two lovelies where a present from my mom <3 THANKS MOM!

hairpin lace loom

I also ordered another hairpin lace loom. I had ordered one a while back, but I wasn’t able to find it, and I also felt that it was a bit small. The loom I had was perfect for finer works, but I want to be able to make artsy, BIG looped stuff with it, so I ordered another one from Draadpracht. I had bought the first loom at the breidagen a few years ago, so I remembered where to go for my online purchase 🙂

Ma'iqs blanket wip

I’m still knitting on Ma’iqs ten stitch blanket, and there’s some actual progress. I love how the colors blend and how we’re moving onto the turquoise and the ball is visibly shrinking! I hope this won’t take as long as the first ball because I’m really impatient to see all the colors combined in this blanket!

Progress is slow..

It’s there! but it’s a bit slow at the moment. This post was supposed to be published two days ago, but that’s when my kitty Noodles disappeared and didn’t come back home. Maybe your kitty does this too, but it’s very out of character for our little Noodlekitty. She always checks in for some pettings and food, and then she’ll go off to play with her new kitty buddies. But this time was different. I let her out an hour earlier than I usually do (which is when most people go out for work), and most people have their cars parked on the backside of the homes, so they don’t go through the front door, but rather through the backyard. So it’s very easy for a curious little kitty to slip inside unnoticed. But then she was trapped and couldn’t come back.

Obviously we now know what happened, but we were worried sick, and we walked around the entire neighborhood and spent a lot of time searching. The next day we printed posters, asking neighbors if they would see if she’s hiding in their homes, put them in our neighbors’ mailboxes, and what do you know.. We hear a car park, and 10 minutes later Noodles walks back in and starts munching 😛 It was freezing out, but she was nice and warm (so obviously she hadn’t been staying outside. We don’t know where she’s been yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough haha.

So she returned yesterday evening and two days of stress is not good for your knitting mojo.. or anything else mojo. I feel like I need a brain massage 😛

We ordered two trackers, so if she goes missing again at least we’ll be able to track her down. It’s really sad because we get stressed out, but her little sister Kiwi gets stressed out as well. Last time (a few years ago she slipped past when we were coming home and we didn’t notice), she was lost for a night in the staircase of our appartement block. She couldn’t get out, but Kiwi got so stressed out she started peeing out of fear of abandonment. It’s really sad and it’s something that permanently changed the way she behaves. We can no longer leave her alone in our bedroom because she’ll smell our stuff and she’ll pee on it so “we’ll find our way back to her”. Poor kitty. She never pees anywhere, and no she doesn’t have a bladder infection. It ONLY happens on our bed. We have a new bed (and sheets and everything), but I’m honestly not willing to find out if she’s over it already.

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Anyway, that’s why progress has been a bit slow. A lost kitty and a clingy baby will make short work of my knitting time 🙂

dream silk and invicta

So let’s move onto the knitting 🙂 A while ago I was reading Jeanets blog and fell in love with these yarns for the Sonnensegel. I’m making Jeanets version which is a bit different, but really works with these yarns.

I wasn’t sure how it would work out at first, so I followed the pattern to see what it would look like. The Traumseide is 800m and invicta is 420m, so it’d mean I’d have to buy another ball of invicta. In the end I felt the other version would be better and frogged and restarted. I’m now knitting on the project below and I’m liking it a lot more. The gradients works much better this way imho.

Sonnensegel
This is one of those amazingly brainless projects that’s also very enjoyable. I’m really needing my brainless knitting at the moment, so I’m really not too bummed about starting another project before finishing the ones I was supposed to finish.
Roll the bones socks wip

I’ve been knitting on these socks as well! I messed up a tiny bit, but you can’t see it, and I’m honesty not that bothered by it. It gives them a bit more character haha. I’m supposed to finish these by the end of this month, so I’d best hurry.. I heard my brother likes longer socks, but at least his feet aren’t that big.. I guess a normal 41-42-ish. If he’d been a 45 he’d be knitting is own socks 😛

Roll the bones socks wip

 

I know I can’t be the only one who thoroughly enjoys the backside of stranded knitting projects. I sometimes enjoy this side even more than the other side. I love how the floats look so peaceful and even-ish.

Roll the bones socks wip

The backside of the front side (lol does this even make any sense?) is also very nice. This side looks messier because I didn’t want very long floats here, so I had to twist my yarns to keep everything snug.

How cold is it mittens v2

These mittens are growing as well. I still need to hurry, but this is a very quick knit compared to those socks. I’ve knit these at least twice, and they’re smaller than the socks I’m knitting.

How cold is it mittens v2

Ahh. This makes me very happy. I hate and love knitting on 2.25mm needles. I usually knit socks (and everything else on 2,5mm, but the first time I knit these they turned out waaay too big, I’ve now learned to knit all my mittens on 2,25 because apparently I have tiny hands).

This new to me yarn I discovered

While working on all sorts of very tiny gauged projects, I felt the need to make something big. Like 9mm or 10mm needles/ hooks big. I didn’t know of this yarn, but it’s really nice and I’m really happy I found it. Did I mention our dry cleaners? Yes. there’s more yarn than other things out there, and I love it <3 I’m going to make a big poncho-ish thing for winter/ spring/ fall.. and probably for summer as well hahaha…

I bought this rather huge ball of yarn because I was depressed about my kitty and needed something to take my mind off. Buying yarn works amazingly in that sense. The monster weighs 500grams and contains 700m of yarn. On 9/10mm that’s going to be a very big poncho me thinks 🙂

New age spinning

In other news: DH got me a present for Valentine’s! Or actually, I asked for it and he said “Sure go for it!”, which basically translates to the him giving me a Valentine’s present whaha.

New age spinning

This little cutie pie is from New Age Spinning on Etsy, who sells 3D printed spindles and stitch markers. I love how you can see that the spindle is really made with a 3D printer. The box was wrapped with a ribbon, but I was too impatient to take pictures when it arrived so by the time it was picture time I had already opened the box haha oops.

New age spinning

Not only was the box cutely wrapped, so was the invoice. The envelope was also cute and color themed. The owner has a lot of attention for detail, that’s for sure!

New age spinning

As you can see (on the closeup of the spindle) I’ve already spun a bit and plied it on the fly. What I can say is that this spindle, though it’s very tiny, it’s extremely comfortable and it’s really well balanced. One of the problems that plague light weight spindles is that they’re so light they tend to spin backwards very quickly. This spindle, however, spins on for quite a long time!

I’m going to go ahead and take today off from ‘deadline’ knitting and work on a nice poncho with my 9mm hook. Tomorrow is a new day 🙂

FO’s and tutorials

vanilla socks

I have finished objects to show you and I’m very happy about that! I’m on a serious finishing spree and I’m really enjoying the feeling. Though I’ve had a few instances where I caught startitis and started casting on for 20 projects at the same time, I’m not so sure I’ve had finishitis that many times before.

vanilla socks

It really helps to focus on one project at the same time and not to be distracted by all other things that seem nice. I guess after a while you get bored with a certain project (if you don’t work on it, it won’t get finished and it’ll seem like you’ve been working on it for ages, while in fact it’s been lying around for ages). I really like how these socks turned out and they fit me perfectly. And there’s the problem, they were supposed to be for DH. You may remember this post, so you’ll know I have enough yarn to knit a few pairs of socks, so he’ll get the next pair 🙂 I believe it was about time I knit a pair of socks for myself anyway.

mittens :)
Another FO I’m going to talk about are these mittens. I usually don’t take orders and I don’t do any commercial knitting. The first reason being that I’m not fast enough and the yarn can’t be cheap enough to make it worth it. My own time, obviously, is not cheap either because I do not work for minimum wage. For these mittens I was willing to make an exception. I was contacted through FB to make a pair of mittens for a little girl, the left mitten had to be a bit smaller than the right. Since it was such a tiny project, I went ahead and knit the pair and shipped it. Unfortunately, they turned out a bit too small, and by that time it was Christmas and then I wanted to try a few different things with the mittens, and in the end it all worked out and I sent them out yesterday. I’m still not sure if they fit, they may be a bit big, but that’s usually not such a bad thing. The yarn is Finlandia Shetland and is really warm.

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In other knitting news I’ve restarted my “how cold is it” mittens. I readjusted my goals for this month because all the knitting projects I had were already done and it was the 5th of February, so I extended the list by two more projects. One of those projects were these mittens. I already had one of the mittens 3/4 done, but in the end I decided to restart. One of the reasons (this is also the reason it’s been hibernating for so long), is that there are a few (tiny) mistakes in there. These mistakes bug me. Maybe they shouldn’t, because you can’t really tell that they’re there, but they bug me enough not to want to knit on it. So I guess that settles it.

How cold is it mittens
Another reason is the corrugated ribbing. I learned this very quickly, but in all honesty I don’t think it’s very functional because it doesn’t really stretch. I like the look and I find it very decorative, but mittens are functional things and I like them to be tighter and stretchier around my wrist, rather than have them be pretty but floppy (and let all the cold air in brr).

So that’s the first thing I decided to skip (as you can see in the picture I used 1×1 normal ribbing). I also felt the colors were a bit too light/ bright. I like moody and muted colors, and though I loved the pink at first, at the moment I’m not really much of a fan 🙁 The yarns I chose for the new version are (left) Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in colorway “bombeere” and Tosh Merino Light in colorway “Mary Ringwald”. I really loved the color effect of my handspun ‘deep in the forest’ mittens, and the Zauberball would give me some of that effect.

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In the mean time I’ve been working on my Baa-ble spinning project I talked about in the previous post. I’m using the ply-on-the-fly technique, and somebody on Instagram mentioned that they would love to learn how to do it. So I decided to do a short photo tutorial on the ply on the fly technique, because there might be others out there who’d be interested.

dropspindle fun

This is what the spindle looked like yesterday (I’m got a bit more spinning in but I’m focussing on my mittens right now so there’s not much progress anyway).

The big difference between spinning a normal single and plying on the fly is that you ply immediately after spinning and then you wind the yarn onto the cop.

tutorial: ply on the fly

Before you begin you’ll need to be able to spin comfortable (it’s easiest if you can produce a yarn that doesn’t break), and you need to know how to make a navajo/ chain plied yarn. The ply on the fly method means that you chain ply your yarn before you wind it on the cop.

I always attach the single to the bottom of the shaft, below the cross, and I also use it to anchor my first navajo loop. The first loop is always a bit tricky, but after that it’s easy. If you’ve done it right you’ll have two loops on the bottom of your shaft below the cross, and you’re holding the singles in your other hand.

Note: you can also just divide the single in 3 layers and make a knot on the bottom side and slide this over either the cross or the shaftt.

Tie a slip knot on the top of the shaft (like in the picture) and -this is important– turn you spindle the opposite direction. We’re plying after all, but it’s an easy mistake to make. I usually add a bit more twist in the first one because the twist will have to travel down to the the part below the slip knot as well. Now remove the slip knot and wind the fresh plied yarn onto your cop, and let the loop stick out like in the picture above.

tutorial: ply on the fly
tutorial: ply on the fly
Spin like you normally would and butterfly the yarn onto your left (fiber) hand. Now you would normally do this with your free hand, but I had to do this with the same hand. Open the loop and pull the new single through

tutorial: ply on the fly

Continue pulling the yarn until the loop is just below the fiber you’re holding in your hand.
tutorial: ply on the fly

Hold the strands together, tie a slipknot and ply the yarn like before.

tutorial: ply on the fly
Try not to lose the loop because you’ll need it 🙂 This method has a huge benefit: when you’re out of fiber, you can immediately start knitting. I would recommend either washing it first or letting it rest before knitting though. In my case this is the perfect method because I’ll be able to keep my yarns separate but in neat little packages and measure them all before washing and knitting.

spring time
In other news, I’m not sure how the weather is where you live, but in Holland we skipped winter and moved straight to spring. 

spring time

Excuse the poor quality, I haven’t washed the windows yet and I was too lazy to step outside. I’ll be sure to take some better pictures next time, but at the moment I just feel bad because I haven’t had the time to fix the garden yet…

Big plans!

Before I start I’d like to say I just finished my vanilla socks, so even though I didn’t manage to finish them on Monday (as I planned), I did finish them this week, w00t! I also managed to finish another side project (for the second time) as well, but I’ll talk about those two project on the next post. I just wanted to put it out there haha.

So you may (or may not) have heard of the Baa-ble hat, it was/ is the official pattern for Shetland wool week 2015 and is free to download via the website (also on Ravelry I believe, just click on the linky). I think it’s one of the coolest hat designs out here, especially with a huge pompom <3. I’m not entirely sure how, (I think it was a featured project on Ravelry) but I stumbled upon this glorious version and an idea was born. I’m making my baby a Baa-ble hat too! But what fiber to use.. I was almost thinking about ransacking my fiber stash and taking matching colored chunks out of braids I have lying around when all of the sudden, like it was meant to be, Dutch Wool Diva posted pictures of these beauties on her Instagram.

(This image is “borrowed” from Dutch Wool Diva’s Instagram feed)

I believe it was on a Saturday evening when I decided that I wasn’t going to wait because these mini batts are perfection and they were exactly what I needed for my babies custom, handspun Baa-ble hat! So a little back and forth over Facebook resulted in me getting not only these gorgeous minibatts on tuesday, but I also got a little minibatt in black for the sheeps heads and legs, because she’s just that awesome <3 (I’m such a groupie lol).

Anyway, I’d only seen them on that picture, but I feel like they’re even better in real life. I took some pictures, but I can’t to them any justice, and capture the soft shades in the mini batts themselves.

my new minibatts!
I took this picture under my daylight lamp, but it might’ve been a bit too much haha. I love this idea of gradients, as it’s hard to keep the colors clear when spin from a braid. This way you have complete artistic freedom when it comes to working with the colors.
Love this gradient :)

In total it’s 100 grams, so it’s about 10 grams per minibatt, and there’s two minibatts of each color (except the black of course, which is not part of this gradient). Since I’m going to spin a baby hat, I’m going to use only one set of gradients to see how far I’ll get. The pattern calls for aran weight yarn and is knit using 4 and 4,5mm needles, which I think is a bit bulky for a 7 month old baby. Since I’m going for a soft gradient I’m going to spin the yarns into light fingering weight and hold them double while knitting on (probably) 3,5mm needles. This way I can achieve a nicer gradient by alternating between colors.
not so small after all
Even though 10 grams doesn’t sound like much, it’s a lot more than it seems when you open up the minibatt. 

Jumped right in and prepped some fiber
One of the things I always do before spinning is fiber prep. In my opinion, your yarn and your spinning is as good as your fiber prep, if you don’t spend enough time preparing your fiber before you start spinning, you’ll end up prepping your fiber while you’re spinning in the end. You’ll have to stop more often, you’ll have to draft a lot more and the process of spinning is overall a lot less enjoyable and less consistent. What’s also a lot less consistent is the yarn you’ll end up with. So prep your fiber before spinning people! I usually separate the batt into strips and then pre draft my strips into little balls. When I’m going to spin one, I’ll wind them around my wrist and spin away. This way I can spin one color in one go.

busting the kolibrie out again
Even though I love my wheel, some things are best done on a spindle. A spindle is by no means in inferior tool, mind! You might enjoy the book “Respect the spindle” by Abby Franquemont if you do haha. It’s a very good book! Anyway, I feel like I have more control over my yarns when I spin them on a spindle. One of the reasons being that I have only 10 grams of color to work with at one time. This way it’s so much easier to just spin on a tiny spindle, rather than to take out the big equipment. I also noticed that I spin a lot more on a spindle because I can squeeze a lot of spinning in between other chores. The wheel is more suited for longer spinning sessions (imho).

I really love working on this spindle. The balance is amazing and I noticed that it’s the perfect weight for the kind of yarn I’m going for. This project is spun using the ply on the fly method, in which you (as the title suggests), ply, while you’re spinning. This technique seems a bit slow at first, but when you’re out of fiber you’re done spinning and end up with a finished yarn you can use immediately. I personally love using this method with my dropspindles because I feel like I get results faster. I’m very careful obsessive about winding my cop and I feel like I get prettier cops and better results when I use the ply on the fly method. 

I also feel like I have more control over the final yarn. If I ply and I end up with a chunkier yarn than I intended I can still un-ply that piece of yarn and adjust the weight a bit until I’m happy with it.

In other news, this is what my “roll the bones” socks look like at the moment. I’ve been focussing on finishing my vanilla socks and I haven’t touched them yet, but I’m very happy with the way they’re turning out. I actually wanted to get a few rows in, but I forgot my dice at my moms place, so there will be no knitting for me haha. I really love the idea of having dice and a very interesting (and constantly new) pattern to work on. I thought it’d be a fun pattern, but it’s a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I may need to knit myself and DH a pair as well..

I’m going to blog about this (now finished) vanilla sock as well, but I noticed that I didn’t have any real progress pictures on the blog and I should have at least two pictures before I can post an FO. Otherwise it’s almost as if this project never even existed at all haha. I have to say I’m very happy with vanilla socks, even though I love a good, complicated sock pattern, a nice, brainless vanilla sock is all I need at the moment (since I’m seriously brainless lol). 

In non-knitting news my baby learned to sit on his own (when I place him in a sitting position that is, he can’t get up by himself yet), and apparently that’s all the excitement he’s willing to handle at the moment.

By baby can sit <3

He loves sitting and being able to play without being held upright all the time (because he hated lying down haha), but at the same time it’s all very scary and exciting and he needs to make sure mommy still exists in this sitting world. I can’t move away or he’ll panic, the poor cute thing. It’s really adorable, but it also means that I’ve had quite some difficulty knitting (or getting anything else done for that matter, my kitchen has exploded). I was planning on blogging last Monday, for instance but I spent most of Monday hugging Ma’iq (how horrible hahaha).

I feel it’s time well spent, because I know it’s just a phase and there’ll come a time when he’s going to be too busy exploring to cuddle with me, so I’m enjoying it as much as I can for now <3

This was a triumph..

I’m making a note here: “huge success..”

(Still alive – Portal)

So apparently focussing on one project at a time really pays off. Who would’ve thought. I’m actually shocked (it’s stupid, but I really am). Apparently I do knit a lot during my days, I just never focus so nothing ever gets finished. Or I work on blankets in light fingering weight yarn and get all disappointed when I don’t see any progress.

Today I’m showing off two FO’s! I finished my gramps cardigan and the mini skirt I was knitting for little Yara. On top of that, I also finished my closet business (I nearly threw all my clothes out), at the moment the working time is 19+ hours and I’m working on my vanilla socks. I guess all I need to do now is post 6 more times (after this post) and lose 1 kg of weight and I’m all set. Not bad for the first 5 days of the month right? 🙂

I guess the finish 3 wips was easy in this case because all three of them are small, a baby vest, a baby sized mini skirt and a pair of vanilla socks. Since everything is going so well I’m going to expand the list of wips to 5 wips this month. I have to push it (at least a little bit, because these vanilla socks are going to be finished before monday..). I’m adding the “roll the bones” socks and the “how cold is it” mittens to this months list. Both are smal projects, but they’re a bit more intense than plain vanilla socks, which means they’ll probably get finished even quicker haha.

Ma'iq

So here’s the first FO, the gramps cardigan in Madelinetosh Pashmina in colorway Thunderstorm. I really love this cardigan because it’s so serious. It’s extra cute on babies and toddlers, and it’s super easy to knit. The buttons are from a local wood working shop and are handmade.

Ma'iq

I didn’t actually have the time to properly block it (and I don’t really think it’s that important in this case), so the picture below is a bit weird (because of the raglan shaping), but that’s just because of the way it tried up. It’s a baby cardigan and babies drool and generally make a big mess of their clothes, so that’s why I just laid it out to dry instead of blocking it. This thing will (probably) never get blocked anyway haha.

Ma'iq

I love how they’re thicker than average buttons and that the holes aren’t always centered. These buttons have personalities and I think they work really well with the cardigan. As they come in 5 per pack I now have 1 extra in case we lose one. 
Yara's mini skirt

My little niece Yara is a very expressive young lady. She’s a little ball of cuteness, but she knows what she wants and she can be very bossy <3 So what do you gift this girl? I usually don’t mind buying stuff, toys and whatnot, but in this case I felt like this would capture her personality a lot more. It’s hand made with love and it’s made of scheepjes stone washed (cotton, acrylic so it can be machine washed). I didn’t have the time to properly wash it so the stitches are a bit wonky at times, but I’m confident most of it will even out during the first washing.

Yara's mini skirt
I guess now I’m going to finish my vanilla socks and then I’ll move onto the next project 🙂 If I’m going to evaluate this experiment, I’m going to have to say that it’s a success and I’m going to make better goals each month. It also helps that Ma’iq is getting more and more independent, so I’ll have more time for myself from now on. <3

goals

While working on one of my goals for 2016 I stumbled upon a very good idea (not by me of course). The author of  this blog makes monthly goals, and at the end of the month she evaluates if and how she achieved her goals. I thought this was an amazingly good idea! Why only make yearly goals? (and fail to keep them because it’s such a long period of time). Monthly goals are that much better. A restricted amount of time is much easier to control and plan than the whole spread of 52 weeks.

So, February, I guess it’s you and me now. I have some goals I’m going to try to achieve this month.

  1. Finish at least 3 WIPS.
  2. Blog at least 8 times (2x a week is the bare minimum people..).
  3. Work at least 15-20 hours a week (average).
  4. Finish KonMari-ing my clothes.
  5. Lose 1kg.

So the first one should be easy. The first WIP I’m going to finish is the gramps cardigan 2. This is the second version and I’ve already joined the sleeves so there’s no much left. The second wip is Yara’s skirt, because this thing was supposed to be her birthday present (January 23d..), and the third project will be my vanilla socks. If I have more time I’ll work on other projects as well obviously, but these must be finished before March. I’ve been trying to take Andi’s advice and focus on one knitting project at a time, and lo and behold I’m actually finishing things! Who would’ve thought it’d be this easy.. 😛

The blogging is going quite well so far. I’ve blogged a lot more than I did in 2015 and I’m starting to feel like the old me again. Like I’m on top of things and I’m in control of my life (lol). I actually love blogging and I feel like it’s the most important ME-time. I love to over-share and I see it as my diary. I also love to read other blogs, and to see what you are all up to. It’s so inspiring to see all the other knitting projects and the yarns <3

Working at least 15-20 hours a week is actually sort of a joke. I always work at least 20-25 hours per week, but what I’m trying to achieve here is a bit more focus. I already have a to-do list of things that I need to finish and I’m going to make sure they get done. I’m not setting any concrete goals because I can’t work with a deadline at the moment, but I’m definitely going to try!

The fourth one is a very important one because I started and now I have to finish it. Last week I threw out a LOT of clothes and reorganized all my shirts, tops, vest, cardigans etc. Now what’s left is my leg-wear (lol) and accessories. I’m going to give the first series another serious look, because I think I can get rid of a lot more. I’m not saying I had a lot of clothes, but because of my pregnancy I couldn’t wear a lot of them, and now that I can I don’t really like them anymore. I’m also interested in creating a capsule wardrobe. It’s better for the environment, and I’m getting sick of being so wasteful. We are so used to just throw things away and buying things crazy cheap.. as somebody who makes garments herself I should give a better example both to myself and the people around me. Fast fashion is not only horrible for the people who work in the sweat shops, it’s horrible for the people who plant the cotton, spray the pesticides, dye the garments (think: stone washed jeans), the people who buy it (because the quality is rather sh*t), and overall it’s horrible for the environment, because so much clothing is thrown out. <end of rant>

Lose 1 kg may not sound like a whole lot, but in January I already lost 1.8 kgs 🙂 I’m not on a diet, and I’m not going to go on a diet. I’m just drinking a lot of green tea (a 1.7 liter pot a day) and I’m trying to eat more veggies and less meat (simply because I love veggies and I get less and less excited about meat). Apparently my body noticed because this morning I had dropped from 66.8 to 65.0 (yay!). If I just lose 1 kg a month I’ll be 60-59 kgs  a year after giving birth. If I want to weigh 58 I’ll need to lose a tiny bit more, but I’m not in a rush to be honest. Just 1 kg a month is a fine goal 🙂

So today we went to my MIL and FIL and had a great time. I got to spend some time with Ma’iqs blanket and they got to spend time with Ma’iq. I’ve made quite some progress (it’s slow as you can imagine) and one half round is a lot of knitting to manage while keeping a baby sleeping in the wrap carry (lol).

The day started out gray and stormy, so we both decided to wear our knitted socks (supplied by yours truly of course). I have to say that I’m impressed with DH, he really rocks knitted socks like a champ! That’s also why he gets socks <3

I posted a picture of the new malabrigo hank, but I couldn’t find the other yarns to show the colors. This will be my next Oranje! The skein yarn in barley will be the main color and the butterscotch Dutch Wool Diva sock glitter and the Malabrigo will be contrast colors. I can’t wait to see how this knits up, but I’m washing the malabrigo first!

Sorry for the lack of original pictures (I linked these from instagram/ facebook), but putting baby in bed took a bit longer than usual tonight and I have less time than originally planned. Ohh well.

So let’s get back to the goals for a minute. I didn’t have any specific goals for January, but I can already say I’m on the right track when it comes to my “yearly” goals. I’m blogging, I’m posting, I’m commenting, I’m reading and I’m taking more pictures of knitting progress. I haven’t had time to be more active on the forums just yet, but that’s ok, I’ll sneak some forum time in as well. Even though I didn’t have any real goals for the month of January, I still think I accomplished a lot of what I really wanted to achieve. By setting monthly goals I’m hoping to have even more focus and to achieve even greater things each month! Down with mediocrity! *picks up pitchfork*

*puts down pitchfork*

*picks up knitting*