January Recap

 Well, February has started so it’s time to look back at January and the goals I have set myself for 2019:

1 big tatting project finished – 0/1

Nope, nothing there so far – have not even thought about the design yet.

2 quilting projects finished – 0/2

Nothing here either. I didn’t even take them out to have a look. I guess I might pick up the table set in February so that they are ready when the warm weather hopefully kicks in soon. I would love to eat breakfast on my balcony using those but it’s still freezing cold, so no pressure 😂

3 sewing projects finished – 0/3

Now it gets embarrassing – nothing there either. At least I cleaned the sewing table and have distributed almost all Christmas presents that have been cluttering up the table. I still need to deliver the final one but my hubby’s stepmother was always busy, so I just had no chance to hand it to her.

4 new recipes tried – 1/4

It is not baking but I did the Beef Fajitas with Guacamole and Pico de Gallo. Does this count – I decided it does 🙂

5 WIPs finished – 1/5

I finished the Grinda Shawl beginning of January and I am really loving it. As I was sick of waiting for the correct Sheepjes yarn which has been out of stock for months, I just used a yarn from Wolloase. It’s lovely soft and snuggly.

Additionally I am working on my summer shawl. Picking it up after such a long time was terrible and then it happened: I dropped a stitch and it went all the way it could go (which was VERY far). The pattern was a lace one and I was not able to figure out how to pull up that stitch again. I was devastated. But, no regrets – I unravelled the whole thing as I was never really happy with the pattern anyway and just restarted it as a Hopscotch scarf. I am halfway done with it now and am really happy about my decision. I think I will be able to finish it in February.

My Havana I just finished the body and started the border. I got confused with the number of stitches needed however and am undecided if I should redo what little I already did there. But if then only after doing my math 😉

6 new beading projects finished – 0/6

No beading this month – I bought the beads for my friend’s birthday present though and will start working on it soon. As well some additional beading project might have jumped into my shopping cart all by itself ….

8 miniatures painted – 0/8

No miniature finished but I based my Confrontation Wolfen Asgarh, Alpha-Wolfen that is almost finished, so it only needs some brush strokes on his weapons and his moon banner clued on. As well I build the limited edition Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt Darrakar, Guardian of Souls, so that it is now ready for painting. I love the details and can’t wait to get started.

9 times hand lettering practiced – 0/9

No handlettering yet but I plan on designing a card for the Tatting around the World tatted hearts exchange this weekend.

10 language session each month – 3/10

Lazy me – just did three sessions. They did not go badly but I just could not force myself to continue. Knitting was just too interesting…

11 training runs each month – 5/11

I was just able to get 5 runs in this month due to the cold (it was freezing -10 degrees o.O) last week and getting a throatache this week. Those 5 runs though have been promising as they were at a faster pace than I ran last year. So I am confident that as soon as I am feeling well again, I will be able to continue with training of my personal best until April. I also signed us up for another race in April – the Love run that has to be finished together as a couple. It’s only a 5k but I believe that I can do a personal best there too with the help of my hubby.

12 books read and review written – 1/12

Yes, January book “Witchmark” read and reviewed – check. Even started already with my February read “Good Omens”.

52 pictures taken and post-processed – 0/52

Nope – not even one yet. I still need to get the pics from my vacation in New Zealand off my camera, before I can seriously start working with it for my blog pics… At least I am playing around with my daylight lamp to get better pictures.

Additional things done – 3

Ups, I did it again – some small projects sneaked in while nobody was looking.

First I did the little added gift from the latest Molly Makes magazine. It’s a small banner that will look nicely in my crafting room.

As well I finished my celtic tatting earrings (Euro coun added in pic for size comparison). It was the first time I tried this technique and I am loving it. I messed up the finish however and really do not like the final result that much. I have already ideas how to redo them and as they do not take a lot of time, I can squeeze them in easily.

Last but not least I participated in the Tatting around the World tatted hearts exchange from the facebook group Just Tatting. I decided to give Heart’s Desire by Georgia Seitz & Susan Fuller a try. It was pretty challenging to connect everything correctly but I am pretty proud of the final result. I added a tail and a small clover at the end, so that it can be used as a bookmark as the recipient loves to read.

Now I am off to work on my February task – and I can at least tell you already that there will be some unexpected things coming your way again 😉

More Havana and the end of race season

Last week I was not able to crochet as much as I liked. It’s difficult if you have only the evenings for private stuff – and if some of those are not craft related than I cannot reach my own personal crochet goals. I was able to finish part 5 though and start a little bit on part 6. So by now I am delayed by one week as everyone else is already working on part 7 that was release today. The fun thing when crocheting this blanket is that by now I am able to snuggle up beneath it while still adding sections ;). I checked with my hubby and it seems that it might still end up too short to cover him though. Not sure if I am extending it by adding another section or by just creating a bigger border. I will have to see as soon as the border pattern is out how easily it can be adapted.

Since three years the “Er&Sie Lauf” marks the end of the race season for my hubby and myself. It’s a pretty short relay race with only 4 k for each on of us but it is usually pretty much fun. I was preparing for this race for a couple of weeks now with continuous runs for 30 to 50 minutes aiming of course for a better result than last year. Race day was nice weather – not too warm and not too cold, no rain but no blazing sunlight either. Just perfect racing conditions. I went off first and it started pretty well – felt relaxed and easy just checking my watch now and again. Half way done I passed by my hubby and my running buddy cheering me on which gave me confidence to push on. Afterwards my hubby told me, I looked a little worse for the wear but I actually felt quite okay at that time :). In the end I was successful in running this year’s personal best with 30:16 minutes for the 4 k – a pace of 7:34. I was so proud of myself as I was almost 3 minutes better than last year and even 1 minute better than the year before! However only another runner can understand that little frustration concerning those tiny little 16 seconds that crashed my dream of running it under 30 minutes :). But let’s see what next year will bring …

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Havana Part 5 – not quite there yet …

This week I was binge crocheting to catch up with my Havana. I did have two days off, so I thought that I might actually finish part 5 on time for part 6 being updated. However too much crocheting left me with a sore hand and I had to take a break. I did not know that you can get blisters from a crochet hook 😂. I so enjoy the pattern though and celebrate the changing of colours all the time. Now the pinks start and the whole blanket looks gorgeous already. It is too big to shoot without draping it over something, so I created a collage instead. Still some colours do not show as in real – the blues are more bluish and not as bland as in the picture.

So I just gave up trying to be on time and did some more clean up of my craft room. I now have all my yarn and fabric stored in identical boxes. It looks so tidy and I can find whatever I want now! Creating will be so much fun again! Now I just need to finish my bead storage cleanup and then I am all set – until chaos kicks in again 🙂

Havana Update

Last week I was ill and therefore have not been able to post. It all started with terrible headaches that just made me want to crawl into bed and hide from light and sounds. I was not able to craft a lot – no sense in trying to crochet when you cannot focus on your stitches.

However I was lucky that there was a public holiday on Friday, so I was able to play some catch-up. I am not so terribly behind that I loose focus to continue. As well I am enjoying it so much whenever a new colour starts. Now I am heading into the pink section and I just cannot wait until I see the final piece. I decided to try the production line concept during catching up – work two rows at the same time. It works really well and speeds up the process a little bit. So instead of 48 single rows I have to only crochet 24 doubles. Though I just might be cheating my own mind 😉

Sadly in the pic I took the colours look different to the real looks. I had to shoot the picture in artifical lighting which does not help at all. I hope that next week I am able to take a pic in natural light, so that you can also enjoy the colours I have really chosen. It’s getting difficult to take a picture of the whole project though as now it starts to get really big 🙂

Havana CAL and getting ready for painting

The Havana CAL is keeping me pretty occupied at the moment. With the increase in size it is really not so easy to fall behind too much. I finished part 1 in the middle of the week and now still need one more repeat of part 2 before heading to the next pattern. I love the colour transition and how the pattern transforms between parts though. Today I saw a preview of Tinna’s new pattern from her testers and I really need to do that too. Probably not a blanket but there was one cool idea of a table runner with that design.

Additionally I finally cleaned up my miniature painting area. It is getting cooler now, so it’s the perfect time to do some serious painting again. The table however is some kind of different universe where a black hole seems to dump all the crazy stuff. Usually whenever I want to paint, I am not able to do so without getting rid of all the chaos first. So this time I hope I will be able to fend of entropy long enough to finish some long runner projects.

My running practice is coming along well too. I have been practicing with my hubby this week as my running buddy was ill and this gave me some serious push. My hubby is much faster than I am but even though he was holding back really good, I was able to slightly increase my average speed and still be able to chat with him. I don’t even have sore muscles after my long runs at the moment. I think that if I am able to continue my practice that way, I might seriously hit some personal bests in the races this and next year.

Havana and running for a good cause

Last week I was busy, busy, busy as the new Havana CAL started. I have been looking forward to it as it is an amazing piece of art and it is the perfect pattern for an adjustable in size blanket. So I did some advanced mathematics and calculated the number of repeats needed for a blanket my hubby and I can snuggle up underneath together. It is pretty big and needs much more time than expected – so sadly I will be falling behind pretty soon. However I am totally in love with it already, even though I have not finished part one yet. Still 6 more rows until I can switch to the next pattern and colour. But look how it even looks lovely on the back side! Luckily all those ends will be covered by a border because I would be hard pressed sewing them all in….

My running buddy, my hubby and I have decided that 2020 will be out year and we will do the half marathon at the Vienna City Marathon. Therefore we started training for it already and decided to do some more races this and next year that will prepare us well. So on Saturday I did not have much time for crocheting as I participated in a charity race. Each mile run contributed to raising funds for research against cancer. My goal was to run through at least 50 minutes and aim for 6 miles. I ended up with 1 1/2 hours of running and 6 miles in total – a result I am really happy with as I restarted training only one week ago.

On Sunday a really good friend came for a visit so I rather chatted and crocheted and did not work on the pictures from my vacation. So sadly you’ll have to wait a little bit more before seeing some more vacation impressions. But I promise that I will work on them this coming weekend!

Summer in the city

It’s really hot here at the moment. Almost every day it’s 35 degrees which makes crafting really tedious. My crochet hook is sticky in my hands and even cleaning them over and over again does not help much. I know that we were all complaining about the cold in winter and should be happy about warm weather but I really prefer a temperature up to 28 degrees. I was able to finish my summer scarf nevertheless. I am still not happy with the color scheme of this bobbel – don’t know why I actually bought it as it is way out of my confort zone. I love the green and gray but the orange is just so not me. I can’t even blame the heat as it was much cooler when I bought it. I had hoped that it might grow on me during making but even finished just I can’t see myself wearing it. So I need to find someone who would be happy wearing it and gift it to her.

After that I comtinued on my diamond painting picture and might be able to finish soon. As well look forward to some more jewellery next week!