motivation of the month

Good morning to all of you lovely creatures out there!

I had my last exam yesterday night and there’s only a talk I have to give next week plus my thesis which stands between me and my Master of Laws degree. It’s super exciting but I’m also super tired. The stress is halfway gone by now and I really should work on my presentation but I can’t get myself into it at the moment.

So I’m writing a blogpost for you to tell you about my latest motvational project.

I did my master degree in nine months (excluding the thesis) and I will be heading of to an exam course one day after I held my talk. So everything is really packed and I try to stress myself a little (= a lot). So I really need long term and short term motivational goals to keep me on track with everything.

As it was hard to motivate me in the last weeks I came up with the perfect thing: I’ll gift myself something after I finished my talk, which means next friday. I always wanted to have an Gameboy backpack. Yes, really. Like supernerd of the nerdiness. So I bought it for myself. But as it wasn’t enough I put in every yarn package I got over the last few weeks (at the Moment that’s one from Lichtfaden and one from Dyeforyarn) unopened!

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A backpack, totally in style of the old Gameboy on a wooden box in front of a purple and white structural wallpaper.

 

I’m super excited to finish everything to get to this package.

Plus I bought myself a pattern for a large project I really want to do soon. It’s called High Country Circle and it’s a large pi-shaped shawl. Here you can see the version of Mary-Anne, a fabulous designer called the LaceEater, you really should check her out!

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Picture from the Lace Eater, no copyright belongs to me. A person standing in the field, surrounded by green and brown grasses, covered from head to knees fully in a large offwhite blanket with a beautiful lace pattern emerging from the middle.

Did I mention that I have yarn for this project in my backpack? No? Well there is yarn. Really bright pink yarn.

And last but not least I do want to fill it up with some chocolate treats I get myself hopefully next week!

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend, I will go and attack this presentation making and learning for this last step now!

xoxo
Kathi

I don’t love you anymore.

When I first met you on the Internet you introduced a new world to me. You gave me confidence by singing „Baby you’re a knitter“. This was my start as an adult to finally learn something  I was alway too impatient to do. I powered through your 2015 mKAL and I fell in love with colours, speckled yarn and your patterns. But then there was a moment this year where I found that everything new you produce still looks like something I know. I was sad at first but then I thought it would be lovely to have different interpretations for your pattern to choose from. But the longer I thought about this, the more frustrated i felt. I felt betrayed. That wasn’t the famous creative world I thought I would live in. Everything new seemed like a mass product.

But I wanted to give you another chance, so I started this years mKAL. Yeah and what can I say? It wasn’t special anymore. I love how some finished objects looked, especially the colour matching ones – but I still got the feeling that this is mass ware. I feel like the creative brain is gone. Don’t get me wrong, there are still around ten patterns I wan’t to knit from you – but they are all old.

It took me a long time to come to this conclusion, but finally here it is:

I’m sorry. Stephen, I’m over you.

knitting knits us together

Long time no see fellow yarn friends out there.

It has been a busy time. I finished my Bachelor degree plus I applied and got accepted for my master degree (starting tomorrow).

So what happend in this time?

I finished my Walk on the Moon, which I was knitting together with a bunch of friends of mine. I must admit it was a really annoying project – I really like the outcome but I will never ever knit this again. (While reading this again this sounds really horrible – but I have to correct myself it wasn’t – I just got bored easily)

But first let’s appreciate this lovely thing:

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A finished knitting piece, hanging on a white canvas in front of a white structured wallpaper. The piece has three colours and goes from light dusty pink, over grey to a dark burgundy. The colour changes begin in the first half of the pink part, where pink and grey rows are alternated. Then the whole colour switches to grey also alternated with dark burgundy before being finished in a ruffled burgundy edge.

 

So why do I get bored so easily?
For me a pattern must have a variety of things:

  • interesting stitches
  • being repetitvie but not monotonous
  • challenge me in some form

And this pattern uses the same stitches and combinations of rows when alternating the first to second section and second to third section – which is really lovely if you’re looking for some really really mindeless knitting with over 500 stitches at your cable. (I motivated myself to knit this while watching Supernatural – but even this sometimes scary series wasn’t able to overshadow this tiresome project) Plus I have to admit that my yarn choice wasn’t the perfect one. I used Dye for yarn Silk lace yarn – which are untwisted silk strands. Lovely outcome but a pain in the ass to knit. At least for me.

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A close-up of my knitted piece, showing the left part of it. The ruffle border takes up a lot of room in the picture and is falling in waves down from the canvas. 

 

But in the end all that matters is that I have created a lovely thing with my friends.

So I searched something new for myself – I wanted to knit a fluffy mohair cape from a free pattern from Lana Grossa but this also turned out annoying. Even more than finishing this huge shawl. So I’ll try to knit this square on the knitting machine instead of trying to produce a huge thing in stockinette stitch.

Here we can see a character trait of mine: I can’t do things which annoy me.
I have a huge inner barricade against boredom. Sounds a bit weird, even for me but that’s who I am. Looking for new challenges or at least returning to pleaseant repetitive things. And this leads me to my current project!

I’m knitting a Spark of Grey by Melanie Berg together with a really amazing friend of mine. And I love this pattern so much!

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A printed knitting pattern from Melanie Berg near two skeins of fluffy yarn- in a dusty rose violett – called “Withering bunch of roses” and a grey skein beyond called “Dolphin in my bathtub”

It’s repetitive but not boring, challenging but not overwhelming and its varieted in between the rows, but let’s see how far I am:

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The knitting piece is started in grey and creates a pattern where the grey and the violett layer each other. It’s a triangular scarf and it’s behaving soft and cuddly.

I’m using Dye for Wool Merino/Babycamel in the shades Withering bunch of roses and Dolphin in my bathtub and I really like to soft texture of these yarn.

The pattern is exactly the thing I need at the moment because on my other needles are two non portable projects . ( I want to finish my Danse Macabre by Boo Knits before the next mKAL, but this is another story coming soon and on the other needles the Celestarium waits for my attention, but also with beads – which I’m not into this week.) and I needed something which I can take on the train to university tomorrow plus I’m sick at home and want to binge watch all the series (Sherlock season three at the moment).

I will knit another one – I’m really sure of that because I saw this beauty on Ravelry, it’s knitted in cashmere and I love the blurred effect this yarn gives the pattern.

So that was quite a huge update on what’s going on at the moment, I hope you enjoyed my excessive desriptions of things and we’ll read us soon!

xoxo

Kathi

finding ease

What?
Finding ease?
While creating shawl no. 1001?

Yes. Knitting changed my life. And I think that’s why I came from 0 to 100 with this new hobby. Before I started knitting I was a very impatient person. I quickly lost pleasure when things got tricky and even worse: I got mad very easily. It was hard to control my temper on the one hand and on the other hand I got bored when things werent’t challenging. I was angry at myself because I wasn’t able to relax and I was even angrier because everytime I knit a thing in the past it reminded me of my first knitting-action in my childhood. Back then I knitted a small cloth and it was so hard it stood by itself. Today that’s a funny thing to tell but I hated it so much, I lost every will to learn more about it as a child. And deep inside me I really wanted to be a knitter.

Propably thats why Stephen Wests Video “Baby your a knitter” catched me that hard. It took some time to finish my Doodler, especially because I choose heavier yarn than recommended. As you can see – i knitted a blanket, but I really love it.

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Woman sitting on a couch, wearing her knitting piece as a blanket. It covers everything from her feet up til her head. Only the arms are showing. The knitting piece is unfinished an really huge, a strand of white yarn lays on her knittingcovered belly.

So – back on topic, it made me relax. I learned to be more present in the moment itself and to enjoy the process of making things. It washs away every bad feeling inside of me when I grab my project bag and get to touch the fabric. I can understand why people use #knittingismyyoga. For me it’s the same feeling of ease and peacefulness.

I take my knitting with me everywhere I go. I can’t stand to wait somewhere without doing something (and if I’m not knitting I’m reading).  So I can open my comfort zone everywhere I am, I just need to take out my project and I feel myself relaxed. Especially when my project is super fluffy and cuddly.

So for me, everything I need to relax is my project and perhaps a huge cup of coffee to go with it. How do you relax? And does it take more than your knitting project? Perhaps a good cup of coffee? Or music? Tell me about it!

Best regards
Kathi

Where should I begin?

Good morning my yarn friends all over the world!

So this is my first blog post here and I’m really excited to share my addiction with you. So what can you expect from this crafty blog? Basically I’ll share my passion. So I’ll give you updates on my stash, my projects, new designers I discover, yarnshops and brands and everything in between.

But first, let us start with some basic informations about me and my addiction!

 

Name: Kathi

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Woman with light brown hair wearing a bun, huge brown glasses, pink Lipstick, smiling and wearing a dark lilac handknitted shawl.

Knitting since: 2015 / “the Doodler” by Stephen West

Other crafting stuff: I’m able to do basic crochet stitches, but I’m not as passionate about it as about my knitting stuff. Also I spin yarn and I’m looking forward to buying a new spinning wheel for me.

Favourite colours: Team Pink! (everything that has to do with it)
The most yarns in my stash are pink. All shades. And I like grey and purple too.

Favourite yarn brands: Hedgehog Fibres, DyeforYarn, Lichtfaden, La bien Aimée

Favourite yarn types: I love love love lace! And Mohair. Mohair is so hot right now. I can’t find words for how much I’m in love with this base. ^^ I also own fingering yarn but not as much as lace. I love to knit everything in lace, the smaller the needles the more I love it.

More yarn stuff about me: I love singles. And I must admit I hate everything with a high twist. Ugh! Two-ply with twist ist lovely, but more than two strands twisted together, where you can see the different strands, are really difficult. That’s one reason why I never knit a sweater or a cardigan, I just can’t find a yarn I like enough. :O

What do you do while you’re knitting? Most of the time I drink coffee and enjoy the silence. I really like the moments when everything is silent and I can hear the dogs snore, everything feels so peaceful then! Or I’ll watch some series with my significant other, at the moment it’s Supernatural.

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a sunny balcony and a brown couch, covered with a white fluffy blanked. On top a knitting piece in different shades of, half moon shaped. On the bottom the second section starts with vertical stripes, which were added to the outer corner of the knitting piece

 

 

How many WIPs do you have? At the moment there are five projects, but one of them will get frogged as soon as I find the time. So that makes four projects but I’m only working on three of them at the moment.

Here’s a picture of my favourite project, it’s Cosmic Dandy by Julie Dubreux, more information about this will follow in a seperate blog post!

 

 

Where’s your favourite knitting place? I love to knit on the balcony, as you can see in my Dandy picture, but normally I sit on the couch and one of the dogs keeps me company beside me.

So I hope you enjoyed this little personal description of me!

Have a great weekend and keep knitting!
Kathi