Okay, so I survived my first week at work after my vacation. Though I couldn’t have been more moody on a Monday morning, every day from then on got easier. What was also lightening my mood was the prospect of a free weekend that I am celebrating now. My man is out of town so I made myself a cozy weekend full of knitting, browsing the internet (…always so time consuming…) and cups of alternately tea and coffee. I only left the house for a Saturday morning stroll to get some flowers and food. What I really liked about this week ist the undeniable shift from Winter to Spring (not to be compared to mallorcan Spring,
What a week! I am writing these lines with my suitcase packed and ready to leave our beautiful Casa in the middle of spring-like and warm Mallorca. It’s a little bit hard not feel sad sitting one last time in front of our huge glazed door with a view at the garden with its now slowly withering almond blossoms. Instead of soft pink, honey-smelling blossoms delicate tiny leaves take their places at the clubbed and twirled branches.
And though I try to be happy or let’s say thankful for this experience I am rather depressed right now. I try not to, but I can’t stop thinking at my oncoming everyday life that will start on Monday again.
It’s almost March and I just realized I did not even finish one single proper project! Towards the end of last year I started knitting the Vertices Unite Shawl (by Stephen West) wich I had to frog due to several reasons. Since then I began and discontinued working on several minor projects as I wanted to minimize my stash. So the plan was not to buy any new yarn within the first weeks of the new year. None of these projects I liked and I started to think that I may had lost my knitting mojo.
Okay, actually there is only one thing I knitted twice and that is the Strokkur sweater (left picture). To be honest the first Strokkur I had knitted ended a bit tight (frankly not just a bit) as I did no gauge swatch at the beginning. Yet I did love the pattern so much that I reknitted it once again one year or so later and that one ended just perfect! Not only me but also my mother fell in love with the beautiful nordic style sweater and so I gave it to her. So after knitting that pattern already twice I still have no well fitting Strokkur sweater for myself so I guess I will knit it a third time one day.
Yes I am late for week seven as it’s already day one of week six. Just a quick word. All things worth mentioning had happened from Saturday on (previously only dull everyday life and ugly work). We escaped the grey and damp middle-european February and took a shortcut to Spring. Less than two hours in a plane took us to a sunny spanish island called Mallorca (all the Euopeans know it). Now we are in the middle of a one week vacation. The sun had already tickled my nose and a few fine freckles appeared. Mornings and evening are still chilly but the afternoon sun is already quite strong and you don’t need a jacket or even a long sleeved shirt at all.
In the last post in mentioned that I feel a strong urge to cast on a new major knitting project. I am clearly a sweater/cardigan knitter and have done quite a lot yet. The trouble in the end is I wear them not very often. This is because of various reasons. I am quite happy with most of my projects but some of them are not so perfect for me considering size, color or fit. At the beginning I thought this won’t matter but meanwhile I noticed that it does! And after all I just have too many sweaters to wear them on a regular basis (and I don’t want to wear a sweater every single day).
Yes, I skipped week 5 since I didn’t really find time to make some pictures and after all nothing really happened. I keep working on my flowers in the snow blanket though I have a strong urge to start a new knitting project. Honestly I would love to cast on a new sweater again but my brain says that I have enough sweater I don’t wear regularly and even more I have this huge amount of stash that really needs to get minimized before ordering 10 brand new skeins for a major project. The stash is huge but there a only few skeins of the same color or strenght so it will only be good for minor projects (like lots of socks).
Another week has passed and also this one has been full of wonderful clear and cold winter air, frozen fingers in the morning and beautiful pink-orange sunsets on my way home from work. If it was for me this weather could last non-stop from December till February. Unfortunately temperatures are slowly rising again and the snow will soon be gone. But I am not too sad as in three weeks we have our first one-week vacation this year.
This week I also rediscovered my flowers-in-the-snow granny square blanket and with that my love for granny squares as such. Isn’t this beautiful? I started it like two years ago and now I can’t wait to finish this one.
So another week has passed and it has as always been stuffed with work.Temporarily I leave when it is still dark and I get home when it is dark again. But I notice that the days slowly get longer! Nevertheless I managed to dye some yarn last Sunday. It was super exciting and so much fun. I wanted to try some different techniques and not all of them have turned out so well. I prefer rather soft and pale colours so in fear of getting too much colour at my yarn I took it out of the dye bath to soon I think because once my yarn was dry it lost a lot of its color.
Okay, those last few weeks since Christmas have been crazy in a kind of bad way. They have been crazy exhausting in the first place. It feels like all I have done is work, eat and sleep every single day. I had no motivation to do much more than essential life stuff (you know like taking a shower, change my underwear and so on). Since I work in shifts every now and then there were nights I couldn’t sleep at home and had to work 24 hours in a row. Isn’t this bad? Okay enough of all this inbearable self-pity. Here are the good news. This weekend I am free of work!