Lovely jubbly

A we were heading off to Bath t’other night I did behold a wond’rous sight.

image from Knitiffi – click to link

The ever serious statue of Queen Victoria on the edge of College Green had been decked in a sumptuous knitted robe and looked cosy and festive despite the greyness of the day.

Some excited squeaking followed but unfortunately we were late and traffic pressed so I wasn’t able to jump out and photograph it.  I hate spotting good photo ops from a moving car…

It gets worse…when I came back on Saturday, she was all undressed.  Very undignified, and what’s more, still no photos for me.

Surely, surely, someone else must have appreciated the sight enough to take some picachures and share them with the world.

another Knitiffi pic

So, of course, I asked t’interweb for help and discovered that it was the most excellent work of Knitiffi, a collection of Knit artist out the make the world a brighter, happier place.  Mission accomplished, in my view.

Do check out their blog and see more of their good work.

I’ll be back soon with more queen related goodness, a bit more knitting and a whole lot of plants.  I’ve been hoarding instead of blogging lately, but I’ll try to fix that.  Night kids x

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Woolly

I’m a little bit woolly at the moment. It’s quite enjoyable but not always the most productive state to be in, which means that I haven’t got anywhere at all with finding myself gainful employment for UK reentry, nor made much progress with Christmas present prepping.

first try at colourwork, earflaps and pompoms

On the other hand I have ‘finished’ the hat I was working on for skiing.  It’s my first attempt at colour work and after ripping it apart a few times and getting used to holding a colour in each hand I really enjoyed making it.  The problem is that despite using the ‘child’ pattern it came up pretty big, and more upsettingly the gorgeous grey I chose for my stars doesn’t really show up too well.  I like it close up but it’s pretty subtle as you can probably see from my pic.  Yeah, I know, you can’t see the pattern at all can you?  It’s better in daylight, I’ll show you soon.  But anyhoo, all this means that in pursuit of perfection I’m going to have to do something funky to line this one and make it fit a bit better (fleece or fur?) and I pretty much ‘have’ to make another one.

That’s right, I was forced to make another visit to the wool shop on Saturday.  Off I went in the crisp cold sunshine on my bike, reminding myself how much I need exercise before I start falling down mountains.

just one corner of inspiration heaven

Somehow I’ve become awfully attached to that bike, it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to her. Some bike oriented person in Brizzle is going to have to help me find another sit-up-and-beg-this-isn’t-exercise-it’s-too-elegant bike when I get home.  I’m just saying. You know who you are…

But back to Loops. I’m not complaining, far from it, but oh my gosh I have a hard time in there. It’s all so very very desirable, run by people who clearly love knitting and wool, and not only display the yarns beautifully but also have lots of sample knits and swatches around the place to show you what’s possible. Yearning to be able to do it all…I’m a bit limited at the moment as I only have DPNs and a circular needle here but if you want a wool stocking filler please send me specs so that I can stock up with wool before I go home.

I’ll be back to the shop soon because I got struck down by indecisiveness and was completely unable to choose 2 colours for this hat ‘take 2’.

just a few of the pretty colours

I finally narrowed it down to four shades (I have a 3 green hats, so no green, 2 red hats so no red…) and then got stuck.  Luckily the shop lady came along and told me that the dark blue would make me a good jumper but not hat, and she suggested the smokey blue and oatmeal.  I had to go away and think about it but I’m almost convinced she’s right and I’m looking forward to my next visit.

So now the question is how much to mess with the pattern.  I definitely need to take some rows out, but I’m strongly tempted to try a different motif as well.  I find knitting exactly the same thing again almost as hard as waiting for buses when I could walk instead.  This doesn’t bode well for my first pair of socks!

And that must be enough hat talk.  If you’ve any wonderful ideas, please comment, it appears that I need help….

Eingezogen

Here endeth the 2nd weekend of moving in Berlin.  Thanks once again are due to the strong arms and endless patience of the much tried LTN.  Not only did he help me carry everything across Berlin again (and somehow my meagre belongings keep growing into more bags but I don’t really have anything here, I just don’t understand it) but he also took me to IKEA, twice!    Honestly, this deserves a medal.  I am not good at IKEA.  It has many things that I’m not good with: a confusing layout with evil intent, too many people, too much choice.

I must say that he handled several potential nervous breakdowns with much aplomb and we managed to equip the new room with some stylish essentials so that I feel quite happy with what I’ve got, even if the bigness of the room is somewhat unfilled.  Maybe this is my year for minimalism.

In other news, I have more strange classes to look forward to for next week – some 1 on 1’s.  Alarming, but hopefully they’ll turn out to not be too scary.  I’m also going to get a haircut, finally!  That’s more money I don’t have, but since I look like a scarecrow with surprisingly long hair, I think it’s time for a tidy.

Plus, I’m looking forward to coming home and seeing everyone.  Really can’t wait!

And because I just read it, I need to quickly mention one blog I particularly enjoy following –  the Yarn Harlot.  There are many things to be said in this wonderful woman’s favour.

  1. Best blog name ever.  Harlot is a brilliant word, and yarn harlot just sums up so beautifully the wanton relationship addicts have with all things knit related.
  2. She knits ridiculously well.  For example, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able (skill/patience) to make socks as beautiful as these. (her picture right). Bear in mind that I’ve never made even a single sock and you begin to get the idea…
  3. I love the way she writes.  Even if I weren’t interested in her knitting skills I’d probably follow her anyway just because she’s so very entertaining, whether discussing triumphs or tribulations it’s always witty, gently poking fun at herself and her foibles…
  4. …she hoards, she starts too many projects at once, she gives herself impossible deadlines and is astounded if she meets them/not so much if not.  She seems to particularly enjoy making things for her family, but also has projects simply for the love of the wool/pattern/both.
  5. She reminds me of myself and my Mum for all those reasons.
  6. She always puts nice pictures of her projects into the blog, and it’s pretty inspiring.  I think I need to start planning my next project, somewhat limited by the fact that I only have the left over wool from LTN’s hat here, and the needles from the same project. Hmm…

tired now and must get up to lesson plan betimes in the morn.  Goodnight and sweet dreams x

Prenzlauer berg

Saturdays are for sleeping, cleaning, reading, studying and exploring – in no particular order.  I’ve accomplished all of these today and have some photos as a result.  My target location today was Prenzlauer Berg because I needed to visit a Strickwaren shop for some needles. Yesterday night I messed up and had to unravel the Mütze I’m knitting at the moment, and only realised afterwards that I’d left my double pointed needles at home and therefore couldn’t start the damn thing off again.  This morning, I was very proud of myself for locating a shop to replace them in and decided to buy new circular needles as well so that I had the right length cord- the one I was working with was a bit too long.  Having found the shop, chatted with the lady to work out that I wanted 60cm, 5.5 needles, and managed to resist the gorgeous wool that was on offer, I was pretty chuffed.  Then on the S-Bahn home I discovered that my prize was not so golden after all – they’re the perfect length but a size too small.  That’s what you get for not double checking! I guess I’ll be heading back there on Monday if I can find the receipt….

Still, it was a good excursion overall, we found a most excellent food and handmade stuff market with some totally gorgeous stuff and a stall quite fabulously called ‘Lust for Cheese’ and accessorised by a kid in an all in one suit (see photos).  We also wandered through the Kulturbrauerei (cultural brewery, I loves it) and found the Mauerpark, where an old section of the Wall is now used as a testing ground for budding graffiti artists.  I hope the pictures amuse…