A night in June

Nu går solen knappast ner,
bländar bara av sitt sken.
Skymningsbård blir gryningstimme
varken tidig eller sen.

Insjön håller kvällens ljus
glidande på vattenspegeln
eller vacklande på vågor
som långt innan de ha mörknat
spegla morgonsolens lågor.

Juni natt blir aldrig av,
liknar mest en daggig dag.
Slöjlikt lyfter sig dess skymning
och bärs bort på ljusa hav.

/Harry Martinsson 1953

A night in June and you never want to go to bed. When life is at its high point and the living is easy. Wistful and beautiful and the knowledge of transiency. To live here and now and not then or soon. The present and the light and to remember the good things. There are a lot of good things.

Out for the summer

School is finally out for the summer and I’m happy, happy, happy! Knitting awaits me and chilling in my new sun glasses. I will try to make the most out of this summer and enjoy every single moment one way or another. Soon a new chapter starts but first I deserve a well earned break. 

It all starts now!

Spectacular and a little scary

The weather is giving us whiplash injuries, it changes to often. It’s sunny, and snowy, and rainy and hailing, all in one day, multiple times a day. It’s dramatic and powerful and also a bit annoying. At the same time, weather impresses me. I like weather. I find it humbling that we can fly to the moon and do so many things but the weather can still kick our asses, without even breaking a sweat. We can do so much but rain still wets our heads and snow forces us to wear boots. A big thunder storm is a spectacular performance and just look at that sky. So amazing and impressive!

Yes, I made it home before the hail started again.

It arrived this year too

This has been a very weird week weatherwise. On Tuesday we woke up to a snowy world and today I met these beauties in flower bed. Two days ago they were not as big as they are now, they have really exploded.

There are even crocuses! Spring is here!

In search of a heel

Socks are flying over here. Socks are super quick and the perfect project. Stripey socks, heavy socks, light socks,business casual socks. Yesterday I started another pair while the asparagus and tooth paste socks will have to wait. I have plans for socks for friends and co-workers, people who help me a lot right now without even knowing it, they deserve socks.

These stripey ones are pretty but I did an afterthought heel in order to keep the stripes and an afterthought heel doesn’t really work for me. I’m not sure why but they just don’t fit very well. I need to find another type of heel but I’m not really sure where to start looking. Interesting problem, it’s going to be fun solving it.

Pattern: my own, I cast on 48 stitches and knit just as far as a student theater performance took me, and then knit for the foot till about an inch and a half less than my foot and then I did an afterthought heel. Yarn: Aurora from Viking of Norway, color 675. It pleases me to no end that they look alike.

Tools

Today’s word is tools in the #yarnlovechallenge. Since the most I have time for knitwise is simple projects without too much difficulties and I have absolutely no time for finishing the projects, like weaving in ends and block and such. The closest I get to a blocking mat is the gym mats where I do my crunches and stretch my muscles and that’s about it when it comes to knitting tools. My water bottles sees more action than I do since it accompanies me to the gym almost every day. My water bottle, my locker key and my gym card are the tools I use the most right now. And my project bag of course, since I bring one with me every day but rarely have a chance to open it. This will not be forever though but might be for a few more months. Bear with me.

 

BodyPump 100 – A smug post-work out post

I know this is a knitting blog but I’ve finished this week’s MKAL clue and I just have to tell you about the most important thing today. For months we’ve been working towards a certain goal. Today was the release of the 100th body pump choreography and our instructor has been drilling us for weeks and weeks with extra work outs just to hone our skills and technique.

It was a big event and we were nervous even though it was just a regular class. We had four instructors and the music was great, the choreography was fun and there was swag – a shoe bag and a water bottle, all with a logo. Yay!

I am super pleased with myself even though it actaully only was a regular work out with some special features. Who would have thought it could be this fun to lift weights? Now we’ll just keep doing the same thing for the next three months, but without features.

Three months towards an even stronger me.

 

At least there is progress in one area

Lately I’ve become a bad procrastinator. I’m not sure why but I am. I know I could be worse but I definitely could be better too. Too much procrastination just leads to anxiety and that’s just an unnecessary path to go. Once I actually get some action in my work it’s time to finish for the day and attend other things. I know it will work out in the end, I’m still sure I will meet the deadline, but I also know I could have been almost finished by now, had I not procrastinated.

The good part though is that my procrastination leads to something. It gives me finished garments and a sensation of moving forward, which obviously I am, just not in the way I thought I would be. I’ve almost at the heel of my second sock and since I’m anxious to finish it, this is a good thing. I have other socks in pipeline (in more intriguing yarn btw) and these were socks I started last year, I want to cast on something new for 2017. Also, best to finish all the socks I want to make, before the sock urge wears off (I’m surprised it lasted this long). So, I need to knit fast. But also try not to procrastinate as much.

Haven’t slept a night since 1994

It’s a new year and I don’t know how I know but I do know that this is the year we’ll make it happen. I think that every year. Or rather, I sing that every year. So far 2017 has brought me cookies, knitting, crêpes and tea and best friends. If today is any indication, this will be a good year. So far I haven’t slept at all in January but I have high hopes for the next few hours.

I don’t believe in New Year’ resolutions but we have picked two words to live by: brave and adorable, that’s me for the next days. My other possesion was given to me by Agnieszka. I will keep these words in mind during the next year. It was a lovely evening and it actually resultet in a few resolutions.

  1. Brave and  adorable
  2. Do not stress too much, it’s good to keep one’s brain intact
  3. Still enjoy working out
  4. To knit 12 bigger projects for myself
  5.  Learn to appreciate whiskey

This should be doable during this new year, right? Brave and adorable, that’ll be my mottom through that I can handle anything.

Happy New Year!

I’m surprised myself

wpid-dsc_8908.jpg Despite this fall being the busiest ever, I was actually able to go on with my plan, to have everything in order before Christmas and to sit and drink whiskey on December 23, knitting for myself. Earlier this week I thought “good enough” as I wrapped the last of my Christmas gifts. Wednesday was a horrible day in many ways but yesterday evening I had one of the best workouts ever and the energy and endorphines from that made me tidy and vacuum the entire apartment today and also put up the Christmas tree (not to self for next year: get more colored and golden glass baubles as the tree is almost exclusively white and red right now) and change the curtains. This was a bit of a surprise, I had not expected that, but still, here I am, on the evening of December 23, knitting for me and all the rest is finished. I’m not drinking whiskey though, as I’m driving tomorrow, but I am feeling very smug about being done with it all. And I have a tree up!