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 😉

One sock, two socks – red socks, blue socks

What happens if a woman has leftover yarn in her to do basket? Of course she has tons of ideas what to do with it, doesn’t she? Well, not quite …

I have knitted a scarf for my hubby last year – with a yarn he himself picked and which I myself probably would not have chosen. It’s really soft, warm and cozy for sure – but it’s so colourful! It’s Dream-Lace Nr. 186 from Pro Lana (75% Wool, 25% Polyamid). I had a little bit less than two balls of yarn left – definitely not enough for a shawl or anything else big.

I then remembered that I have bought a book on crochet socks some time ago and set out to find it. I have to say that I recently cleaned up the place where my creativity happens most of the time – but however much I looked, I was not able to find this one booklet. I am still wondering, were I put it….

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I found a booklet on knitted socks though. You have to know that I really don’t like to knit socks. The one time I tried it, the result was – well let’s say – mildly catastrophic. Starting – no problem. Ending – easy peasy. But in between there’s this terrible thing called “the heel”. I totally messed that up last time, which is usually the reason I throw things into the next corner, furiously vowing never ever to do it again.

So I opened the booklet, skipped through the pages and put it back again. Checked some more for the crochet socks, came back to the knitted socks, put them back again. Repeat the last two sentences several times in order to anticipate my struggle. I even went back to the living room once to consider starting something totally different. But this balls of yarn kept bugging me and begging me to be worked with.

Well, in the end I gave in – picked up the booklet, picked a pattern and started while watching Amazon Prime series. We are now almost through season 2 of Witches of East End now. Need to find myself some new series to watch now. When the heel came into view, I read the instructions on creating a heel with shortened rows. Sounded easy enough.  And guess what – was easy enough in the end too!

So here they are now – my shiny new self-knitted socks with heels! They are probably not something I will be wearing out in the open, but they are nice and warm inside some boots – really big boots ;)img_0174