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knitspiration #1 | and a word about knitting lots of sweaters or the way of mindful knitting

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).

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Week 6

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).

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Week 4

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.

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Week 3

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.

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January

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!

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works in progess (wip)

Finally Winter and only 2 days left for Christmas! I have a few days off until the end of Christmas and I thought this would be a good time to demonstrate my projects I’m working on right now. As shown in the previous post I just finished with the driftwood sweater, a major project I had been working on from september until now. As it has been my fourth sweater/cardigan in a row I started/ reactivated a few small projects for a change (and to get rid of my huge stash!).

After a long time of absence I started crocheting again in the form of Amigurumi. When crocheting before I preferred doing Granny Squares (pillows,

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