And back again

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After another day of mostly sitting on a plane or waiting for a plane I’m finally back home again. I’m tired, I have an evil cold but I am back.

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With me I have 19 skeins of yarn and a backpack full of pattern books. Spring knitting is saved!

Knitting Amtrak

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Just a quick update since I happen to have Internet access. I’m sitting on a train

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between NY and Boston, happily knitting away. It’s been an intense trip so far and I’ve had so much fun. I’ve fallen in love with a building, I’ve found out I know absolutely nothing of American art history, I’ve sung the “Spider song” about forty-eleven times and each time was as fun as the first time, and I’ve finished a shawl and started a new one. I’ve been inspired to multiple cross-stitch kits and I’ve bought the most amazing yarn you can imagine.

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Now I’m going to continue my train knitting and I’ll talk to you soon.
Knit on!

Go West

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Tomorrow the adventure starts. It will be a long day, eight hours longer than a normal day. Tomorrow morning, at a completely ghastly hour, I’m going to board a plane and then I’m going to sit down for twelve hours straight (if you don’t count a short lay over and bathroom breaks) and when I stand up again I have travelled to the other side of the world, sort of. I’m going to the States to visit some of my dearest friends. It will be amazing and fun and sweet and lovely. We will eat good food, drink good beverages, have long nice talks and buy delicious yarn. I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog much but I’ll be back in the country before you can start spelling the word April.

Now, a long plane ride requires good knitting and I’ve been planning and thinking and organizing for the last week. Color is the collective word and from that I’m bringing:

1.  A knitting that is mainly stockinette stitch because it’s easy to do when you don’t have much time in between flights or have found a really good movie too watch that you need to concentrate a bit on. -A shawl.

2. A knitting with lovely soft yarn and an interesting lace pattern that will be enough to concentrate a bit on an keep up interest but not so lacey I will get tired of it. -Another shawl.

3. A knitting that has a really complicated colorwork, just to challenge myself a bit. -A third shawl.

4. A knitting that is quick and easy breezy but with soft yarn, just to get a sense of progress. “If I’ve gotten this far on this knitting, it can’t be many hours left in the air.” -A baby sweater.

Now, will this be enough? It’s probably enough for the trip over but then what? I will be gone for two weeks, I have altogether 27 hours on a plane and lots of knitting time in between. Shawl no. 1 is half way done and shawl no. 2 is cast on but none of the others are on the needles yet. I think I will settle for these four knittings (I also have books, real ones, audio ones and iPad ones and that should keep me occupied for a while too), and, from what I’ve heard, America isn’t completely out of yarn just yet (but they might be when I leave in two weeks…). It should all be fine. Times passes even if you are bored (I mean, I actually did go through every single Christmas Eve between age 3 and age 9 even though I was convinced I would never make it, due to boredom).

See you on the other side of the pond!

Golden sonar

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I was so bummed yesterday to find out that I have accidentally kept this piece of goodies from you, that I need to show it to you straight away. This is my delicious shawl, where every ingredient was delicious and it turned into a perfectly marvellous shawl.

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It’s my (since I’ve knit another one in the same pattern for Agnieszka) Sonar Shawl, pattern by the ever so clever Cindy Garland. She knows how to work colors in her patterns and the result is always delicious (unless you have bad taste in colors or you realize a little too late that your colors don’t match (yes, that might have happened (do not make me talk about it again, I’m still traumatized))).

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The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in colors Sunset and Sandbank. I had hoped for the Sandbank to be a little more brown than now, it’s more towards gray, but this way my shawl is both gold and silver. And it’s warm and fun to knit and the yarn is lovely and I can go on forever but I think the pictures say it all.

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The pictures

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were taken on a 40’s themed photo session and my hair and make up are according to that theme. I think it looks pretty nice together with the shawl. Also, that hair-do is to die for, thank you mum for making it! Too bad it takes too long to be able to do it every day.

And then the knitting for me

In 2012 I only knit a few things for myself. Nothing big, just a few pairs of wristwarmers, a hat and a pair of socks. In 2013 I was going to change that. I was going to only knit for myself. Then people started telling me they were pregnant and I realized that I had to change my original plan to only knit for myself. Instead I settled for twelve bigger projects that I was going to make for me, one for each month (but not necessarily knit during that month). It resultet in 12 bigger projects and one small one.

Amount of projects finished for me: 13
Most used needle size: 4mm and 3,5 mm with four projects each.
Biggest needles used: 6 mm
Smallest needles used: 2,25 mm
Most common garment: Shawl! I’ve knit myself ten shawls and scarfs last year.
Most used yarn weight: Fingering weight.
Most used hair style while taking pictures of knits for myself: Bun used four times, French braid used four times. 40’s hair style used one time.
Most used pose while taking pictures of knits for myself: with the back to the camera. Looking towards right four times and towards left four times. One pose with front towards camera.

No. 1

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The Rococo Shawl by Elena Rosenberg. Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, color Paris Night. I can’t even begin to tell you how warm this shawl is.
Needle 5mm

No. 2

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Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier. Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Fino. Color Bramble. Those last rows just too forever and even though I really tried to make the sleeves long enough they are still a bit too short. I love that cardigan though.
Needle 3.25, 3.5

No. 3

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Misty Meadow by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Fingering. Colors Puget Sound and Citron. My first ever mystery knit along.
Needle 4mm

No. 4

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Rosa dröm by Yllotyll. Yarn: Yllotyll Lin. Color 47 Ljusrosa. This sweater taught me that I do not like knitting in linen yarn. I do not. I need to repeat this every time I get seduced by a nice color in a linen yarn.
Needle 3,5 mm 2,5 mm

No. 5

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Windward by Heidi Kirrmaier. Yarn: Ullgarn extra 1 from Yllet. Color 165 Malört (sage brush). This was knitting to make me happy and it sure did.
Needle 3,5 mm

No. 6

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Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Yarn: Malabrigo Sock. Colors Naural, Ravelry Red and Cote D’Azure. A wonderful shawl, which I happen to wear as I write this, but it took a few tries to get it right.
Needle 4 mm.

No. 7

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the summer of… by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Stunning Superwash from Stunning String Studio. Colors Sprout and Petal Pink. My second MKAL.
Needle  4 mm.

No. 8

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Suki by Miriam Pike. Yarn:  Yarn: Malabrigo Sock. Colors Ravelry Red and Terracota. A shawl that was almost a year in planning.
needle 3,75

No. 9

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Is it spring yet? by Constance M. Cole. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino. Color Cape Cod Gray. A hat to match my grayish spring coat.
Needle 4 mm 2,5 mm

No. 10

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Multnomah by Kate Ray. Yarn: Malabrigo Sock. Colors Pocion. A project that started as an epiphany when I by chance put the skein down on my coffee table.
Needle 3,5 mm

No. 11

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Gateway to Fall by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Malabrigo Sock. Colors Terracota and Lettuce. My third MKAL. Needle 3,75 mm

No. 12

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Sonar shawl by Cindy Garland. Yarn: Malabrigo Rios. Colors Sunset and Sandbank. A truly delicious project that I apparently have forgotten to blog about for some reason. Shame because it’s delicious.
Needles 6 mm

No. 13

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Ophidian by Sivia Harding.  Yarn: Malabrigo Sock. Color Natural. A shawl I wore at the Warsaw opera. Apparently I forgot to blog about that one too. What’s wrong with me?
Needle 3,75

Color Boost

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I continue cheering myself up with color. This knitting started up

looking like a mushroom, a chanterelle to be precise, but now it’s more resembling a sunset. We’ll see how it turns out in the end. Delicious, I’m sure.

Blocking weekend continued

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Spring has arrived! Sun has shined all weekend and my daffodils are blooming. It’s all very lovely!

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The Big Blocking Weekend has continued. There haven’t been time to block Divergence but the something red is blocking, the dusty colored thing is drying and…

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…the something blue is prepped with a label and the ends are weaved in. Very efficient, if I may say so myself.

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This weekend looks like it’s going to be the Big Blocking Weekend. Some finished objects are piling up and I haven’t gotten around to block them but this weekend we’re doing something about it. I don’t have enough blocking mats (nor the livingroom space) to block it all at the same time so I’m trying to sandwich the finished items, once one is dry those mats can be used for something else.

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Something blue is cooking since this morning and this evening something dusty got pinned down on a few mats. I hope the blue thing is dry by tomorrow morning so I can block something red. If that dries up quickly I hope to be able to dry Divergence tomorrow too. Then I’m done blocking for now. Tomorrow I will also wind a ball of yarn and hopefully cast on a new shawl if I have time between celebrating my mother’s birthday, finishing the book for tomorrow’s book club, hand in my Polish homework, finding the clothes that are still in moving boxes and you know, just sort things through. I’m pretty sure there will be some knitting somewhere though, it’s almost always is.

Top shelf

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It’s Friday and the begining of a nice semi-empty weekend. I’ve celebrated with some icecream. You should keep the most important things so you can easily find them and therefore the icecream and the yarn share the top shelf (keeping the yarn in the freezer is partly just a precausion and partly a simple way of storing yarn). Happy Friday everyone!

Searching for spring

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We’ve finally got to see the sun today, after waiting forever. While out on my lunch break I was able to catch these snowdrops which really made me happy. I remember being a kid in elementary school and we were out looking for signs of spring to show our teacher. Birds singing or a bunch of butterburs. When I got older, in junior high, I felt that I hadn’t caught up with my age and even though I was

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