FAL finish: Ross Poldark

This week I finished the gorgeous blanket by Catherine Bligh – the Ross Poldark. I had only the middle square left to do as well as all the joining and the border. I decided to do an alternative border as the originial one was a little bit to flimsy to suit my hubby. I went for a plain moss stitch with just some colour accent. It fits the blanket well in my opinion. However when I was finished I realized that it was way to small for my tall husband. No way he can snuggle into it when it get‘s cold – it hardly covers his legs. I am so frustrated! Not sure how I will sollve this issue – I can add to it but at the moment I don‘t have the heart for it. Maybe I just leave it like that and make another one – one that‘s big enough for him.

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Now with a project finished, I was again looking for something to do next. Even though I should continue finishing WIPs, I decided to start something new for the upcoming holiday season. I‘ll give you a sneak peek to what will be up next week.

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FAL progress – Ross Poldark

C48FE79B-7705-46CD-818B-B54DF7BA4042After cleaning up my craft space last time I really found my crojo again that got lost a little during my vacation. Also seeing my current WIPs all displayed like that made me realize that finishing them was not an unreachable goal. With only one project in my project basket again I set off to work on finishing the first one – my Ross Poldark blanket. I was actually surprised by myself – never before have I progressed so much in only one week before. I had week 4–7 still to work on – with tedious 8 squares in week 4, four rectangles in week 5 and the central big square.

E776B464-97CF-4B59-AF46-94F70D467AACI had one square of week 4 finished before my vacation and now worked the missing 7 squares in paralell. This works really great with repeating patterns as you don‘t have to read the pattern over and over again. I did week 5 once in total to get a feeling for the pattern but did all three others the same way again. Those rectangles need some serious blocking though.

I even started with the central square and got already pretty far. So hopfully next week with a public holiday coming up I am able to finish this project. Just in time for the cold season – my hubby might need his blanket pretty soon.

48C5818B-F7C5-4D55-8CEA-7FD6189C09E1There‘s also one reason why I want my WIPs finished: I got squishy mail this week! I was lucky for doing home office on Friday when the postman came. It‘s the current running Spirits of Life CAL by the amazing designer Lilla Björn. I always wanted to give one of her patterns a go – they are quite challenging even for a long time crocheter like me. I will learn C2C and her gorgeous mosaic stitch for this project. Isn‘t that something to look forward too – and the yarn is so soft and squishy *sighs happily*. But I am not allowed to start something new until something is finished ….

Storage clean-up time and preparations

IMG_0463Over the last year I collected a lot of stuff for my crafts. This year was really productive and therefore all the stuff started to spread from my craft room to the living room for easier access. Now though it might have been easier to have everything close, the solution was less than perfect. I ended up with a punch of boxes stacked next to the couch which were hard to access nevertheless.

IMG_0464Recently my hubby started. to talk about this – he was quite annoyed whenever I started something new or got additional material. This was the time where I realized that I had to do something about this. I searched for a solution and finally came up with one based on the Ikea Eket series. This can be stacked however you want and has doors to close everything in so that it does not gather dust. Now after several long minutes figuring out the instructions – who ever said that those are easy to understand? – and building the 3D-puzzle, I am now proud owner of my new craft storage in my living room. Now it’s fun to work on my WIPs again and hubby is happy too.

Speaking of WIPs – Polly Plum is hosting a Finish Along CAL where the goal is to finish as many WIPs as possible in ten weeks. In the progress of cleaning up my craft space I also made an imventory of all my current WIPs to set my goal for this CAL. Here is the list I came up with:

  1. IMG_0474the second Nuts about Squares in Earth colours
  2. my beach bag that needs some fabric added
  3. Sophie’s Universe
  4. a shawl I started quite some time ago but am not happy with the design
  5. Ross Poldark which I am currently working on tomget finished
  6. a lalylala bunny which is missing the cross-stitched roses
  7. Charlotte – 2 of 25 squares finished
  8. a gothic amigurumi doll
  9. some squares that should have become a throw for my couch but now will end up as a bag instead

Let’s see how far I can get in the next 10 weeks – especially as I have several new projects on my mind.

Drinking coffee with Genevieve Cogman

Everyone that knows me in person, knows that I am a total book nerd. Even though I have already a rough count of 800 books – not to count the digital ones – I am always on the look out for something new.  I blame my mother for my passion for books as she gave me books to shut me up when she needed some quiet time.  However it’s not easy to find good quality fantasy books that are not plain copies of the same old plot: Good vs. Evil – and the good always wins. Worse are stories with dwarfs, elves and other magical creatures that so call out Tolkien-write off that I just can’t even try to read them.

IMG_0459Recently I stumbled over a new face on the block – so to say. The story of a heroine (yes, these are rare creatures) who even was a librarian. What better can a book worm such as I wish for. Of course the library was not a simple library but quite a magical one and the librarian was not a plain simple working woman either. It’s fantasy after all. And therefore it has a good amount of magic, romance and the fight between Good and Evil too – though it’s not always easy to see who’s who.

I have the habit to stalk authors that I love to read on Goodreads – if they are there and active. So first thing after finishing the first book, I added Genevieve Cogman to my favourites list. I also try to follow on what those authors blog but it’s hard to fully keep up to date with all of them. However I was lucky to read her latest blog entry recently and skimmed over the comments of other readers too. She was talking about a trip she planned and someone commented something about Australia. I was like “Oh, yeah sure – Australia, what else. None are ever coming to this tiny little country called Austria”. I really hate it when authors come over whatever ocean to Germany or other big European countries and never ever consider that there might be a fanbase in Austria too. But than Genevieve Cogman corrected that she actually planned to visit Austria and not Australia. I almost dropped off my seat in surprise and had to restrain myself not to hop up and down lest the people in the subway would have wondered about this crazy woman. I thought I might give it a try and ask if there was a possibility of getting some books signed – and guess what: even though it was her vacation (it really was not even a business trip as an author!), she agreed on meeting in a small coffee bookshop.

IMG_0460When I went there I was so nervous – I had never met an author before and feared that she might be enoyed of fans bugging her. I got my friend who got hooked on the books recently  too and my husband who has read and enjoyed the books to accompany me, so I had a solid base of support. However I could throw my fears overboard really soon – Genevieve Cogman is such a nice and great person! We had a great chat about her inspirations (she is an avid book and comic reader as well as a roleplayer), her future projects (yes there will be more about Irene and her companions) and her other hobbies (she does beading and knitting – how cool is that!). She gave us 1 1/2 hours of her precious private time – and we gave her some insider tips on what to see in Vienna. I hope she found everything she was looking for and enjoyed the rest of her stay afterwards. I for my part need a new set of her books to read now because those three are too precious to read in the train on my way to work. As well I might need to put them in a safe now – seems like she is sending Irene to steal some books here soon and I won’t make it easy for her :P.

Thanks Genevieve Cogman – you are fabulous!

Bucket List #2: Visit Filitheyo Island

20170903_100914In my last post I have been half way to Maldives already, so it was only a short jump from Dubai to Malé. We found the lounge, where we were supposed to get our tickets for the water taxi, easily thanks to the good description from the local agency Maldives Exclusive we had booked our holidays wih this time. Actually it’s really not easy to get lost at Velana International Airport as the support there is really good. By bus we were brought to the waiting area for the water taxi and only after a short wait we were ready to fly. It takes 40 minutes by plane and 15 more minutes by boat to Filitheyo – but that time flies by quickly as you watch turquoise water passing by underneath.

20170910_164247The first you see when approaching Filitheyo Island are the water bungalows – bungalows build over the sea with a special entry to the water. No sand and beach though so we actually are not a fan of those – you just won’t get that special Robinson feeling there – and I don’t think  that they are worth the extra money.

20170903_112108As soon as we stepped from the boat we took of our shoes – it’s a barefoot island after all. We were seated and brought a nice mocktail and some fresh coconut to get into the tropcial spirit. After a short information session – we were returners after all – we were brought to our bungalow. We were so happy as we actually really got the one we had last time as we had requested.
IMG_0452Honestly – it’s the best one right in front of the best part of the house reef. And most people pick water bungalows or bungalows closer to the bar areas – so it’s much more secluded. We had no neighbors during the whole stay and we also never had to share the beach area.

We settled right in – jumped into our bathing stuff and settled down on the beach beneath the trees (not palm trees as those tend to drop coconuts and old branches – and you really don’t want to get hit by those). We were very tired after the flight, so we mostly slept and actually went for a swim the next day for the first time. The house reef was just as beautiful as we remembered and we were hard pressed not to stay too long each time as the sun is pretty intense. Never swim without a shirt! We tried to shoot underwater pictures for the first time, so hopefully I am able to show you some fishes soon.

IMG_0443Every day when it was nice and sunny (almost every day :)), we went to the sunset bar. It’s one of two bars on the island and actually the one we prefer. It’s situated next to 20170910_164823the pool – you could even order your cocktail from inside the pool itself. However we preferred to stay dry and just enjoyed the sun and the nice view while sipping a cocktail. Best of all – there was a happy hour every day from 3 to 5pm and as the sun starts to settle at around 5, it’s almost perfect.

 

Filitheyo Island is simply paradise.

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Visit Filitheyo Island – double check ✅