#LeLoBabyKAL

Hello everyone!
Writing to you out of bed as I’m sick, the third day stuck in bed… What I first thought was pollen turned into a massive cold. In May? How did I deserve this? Especially now that I have so much writing to do for my thesis… Very bad timing.
But to cheer me up, well no, this was planned way before haha. But, the lovely Lea from A Freeze Frame and her All You Knit Is Love Podcast and me are having a joined Knit-A-Long together!

LeLoBabyKAL picture by alinor89 on instagram

You maybe have already heard about it on our podcasts or read about it in the ravelry groups, but since Monday 11th of May until the end of June we are hosting a Baby KAL ! We were both knitting the Newborn Vertebrae and got chatting about baby patterns which ended into hosting this KAL together! So far we have the lovely Vicky from Baerenwolle who will give a skein of her yarn to one lovely winner! And also someone will win a pattern, which is yet a secret 🙂 If anyone else wants to sponsor, get in contact with us !
So we have a chatter thread in Leas ravelry group and a FO thread in my group and at the end we will have winners out of each group. You all, this is so exciting!

And for all of you who are just as undecided what to knit here is a bit of an inspiration:

Bobble Sheep Pillow by Purl Soho

Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down

Baby Moccasins by Purl Soho

Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker, here my version!

Estelle by Maja Karlsson

Sea Monkey Baby Hat by Kelly McClure

more free baby patterns can be found on Leas Blog here! And don’t forget to use the #LeLoBabyKAL hashtag on instagram and raverly, come join us in the groups and share your works and progress with us! Happy Knitting!

PS: Drops is having a massive -35% deal going on at the moment, it is worth checking out, as I love working with their yarn!

I’m alive

life had been very busy lately but I have something really fun coming up and am in a very happy place right now, or just as happy as one can be with the deadline of the final thesis being like end of May?! Haha. 

So what has happened? I went to Desden with my lacrosse team and we came second in the Lax in the Box tournament! Which is just insane! My knee was and is still hurting a lot though but coming second?!? So awesome! We even got a medal!!!

  
I’ve been at university almost all week long and working with the data from my eye tracking experiment! It has been nerve wracking but also very interesting and the whole thing has so much potential, I have to watch out not to get too much into it all as I’m only writing a bachelors thesis right now and not yet a masters! 

  
On Sunday is the last game of this season and it is a win win situation as in its either us or the other team who will get a place for the play offs! So we want to win this game so badly and it would be just amazing to go to the play offs!!! It would be such a great ending to my time playing for Victoria Lacrosse Berlin! 

Time is flying bye so so quickly. I still have so much things to organise before my move to Australia and I can’t really do any of them as I have my head focused on my thesis! 

Weather in berlin is getting nicer and nicer and I’ve been wearing my Birkenstocks and dresses without tights! So awesome! Well I leave the house in the mornings with leggings and as soon as I’m at university the leggings go straight into my backpack 🙂

  
I went to a talk about the Russian Ukrainians crisis at the GMF in berlin and it was very interesting and I’ve learnt a lot! 

But now I’m going to sleep. I have to get up extra early tomorrow cause the train personnel is on strike and I have no clue how easy it will be for me to get to work tomorrow morning as I have to take the Sbahn and not the Ubahn which I take to get to university… 

Oh and tomorrow night we have lacrosse team night at my place! All the girls at mine and we will order food and talk and have a great time 🙂 

I also hope to record a new podcast episode on Saturday with a special giveaway coming up! 

knitting WIP’s and more links

So today I thought I will share a bit about the projects I am working on at the moment!

WIPs #1

WIPs #1

ok, So appologiese from the beginning for these very bad iPhone pictures. I have my Olympus camera right next to me, but can’t be bothered. Sorry…
My WIPs at the moment:

  • My first LOKI cardigan, which I am knitting for my little niece in Australia. I finally did the steek on Sunday, which you probably have read about already 😉 so now it is again on my to do list, find a zipper and sew it in… how long will this take?
  • The Age of Brass and Steam kerchief made out of yarn I bought in Chile back in November last year! The first project with any of the many yarns I brought back. I’m on the last rows but still undecided how to end it … Been like this for weeks now  oh oh.
  • My rainbow blanket! I started with the edging now and boy is this stupid to knit! So many stitches! I’m onto row three now out of nine maybe? I’m also wondering if I should add some colour to the edge or not? Probably not, the grey and the coloured yarn is not the same ply so it might not look too nice?
  • My first pair of socks I am knitting for myself! Its the free Hermione’s Everyday Socks Pattern and I am trying to enter the KAL hosted by Yarnderwoman
  • I started the Riddari Jumper for my boyfriend but so far I don’t have a lot going on… But I know as soon as I am into it, this jumper will fly off my needles quickly! Remember how I knitted mine in only NINE days???
  • I am test knitting the Olivia shawl for my lovely chilean friend Nina ! I’m happy I don’t have to finish in time, but I really enjoy knitting on this. It is very easy to memorise and I can’t wait to see it all blocked. And this is a special project to me as I bought the yarn together with Nina in Santiago!
  • And the Fabel yarn on the top is going to become a cardigan! One of my boyfriends cousins is expecting a baby in August, a girl, so it will be fun to knit this. There is so much baby knitting going on at the moment, Lea is knitting for her sister who is expecting and yesterday I found out that a dear friend is expecting a baby in late October too! So exciting! I think most of my stash will go to projects for little ones 🙂

Other then this, what else is going on knitting or yarn related wise?

The lovely Lea has started a podcast which is so adorable 😉 She lives in Paris and I love following her on instagram and seeing all the things she knits!

I don’t have to tell you that I am a big fan of Ninas podcast, right? If you haven’t checked her out, go and do it now! It is just as if we were back in Santiago having lunch, seems like she is a podcasting natural!

I am also following Vicky on both instagram and her blogg, she has recently started to dye yarn and the pictures just look so so great! I’ve contacted her about maybe collaborating for a giveaway on the podcast? Stay tuned for more information on that, so exciting!

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The Berliner Dom and the Alexander TV Tower

I have been working today again, we had a really lovely day in Berlin today! It was almost up to 22°C ! I was missing my sandals badly but soon. I just can’t get sick at the moment, too much going on! But I got all my plants back (I had them at a friends to take care of them while my apartment got renovated while I was in Australia), had a jummie vegan Burger with friends and just enjoyed the sun!

I am not too sure when I will have time to record a new podcast, make sure to follow the Chanel on youtube and come and join the group on Ravelry, it always makes me happy if you comment and interact with me :*

Steeking Sunday! 

Today was the first day this week where I did not had anything planned. So when I went to bed last night I switched off my alarm and hopes to sleep long and tight. Of corse I woke up at around six the first time and then around nine, I couldn’t sleep anymore. 

So I was not sure what to do with this Sunday. It was a lovely day and I don’t want to go to a fleamarket as not buying anything is kind of depressing sometimes. There is just no point in acquiring more stuff as I’m moving overseas in 92 (!!!) days. 

So I overcame my fear and decides to finally do the steeking in two projects. The Loki jumper to turn into a cardigan and a blanked knitted in the round. The first one is knitted in lett lopi, a really nice low processed yarn from Iceland, perfect for steeking and the blanket in different types of cotton. When I first came to the point where the steek would have been necessary in my blanket, I started reading and so many places suggested not to steek cotton as it doesn’t felt. Bummer I thought and put the blanket in a bag and on the bottom of my closet. It was there for many months! And then I knit the Loki cardigan. And then put it aside for quite a bit because of the steek. Last week I was talking on ravelry with Mina about steeking and she said talked about a tutorial about steeking cotton. While I never found the one she was talking about, I did find others and so the steeking bee stung me and I got my sewing machine out! 

I first started with the Loki, as it is smaller and the perfect wool for steeking. It worked perfectly but I would have hoped to have knit the steek some stitches wider, the pattern asked for three stitches, five would have been better I think. 

And then I just continued with the blanket. The pattern said to sew each row three times but I only did it once each. And then I cut. And it worked fine too. 

So now I only have to decide on weather a button band or a zipper for the cardigan and to knit the border around the blanket and attach a fabric on the back to protect the blanket a bit more, all those floats… 

   

     

Monday already?

Time is flying fast right now people! It’s only 97 days until I fly to Australia! So excited!

So what has happened lately?
I have done my first two pre tests for the experiment for my thesis and both of them went very well. Or of course I had little problems with the equipment but the actual thing I am doing and investigating or how ever you would call it, worked just as I hoped for! Bähm! Great.

We have had wonderful weather over the weekend, which was great! On Sunday after the test a friend of mine and I went and had some soy icecream in a newly open cafe in my neighbourhood, which is crazy, we then went to a garden around here and enjoyed the sun. Lovely.

I’ve been writing with Nina (fuzzyloveknots or nlafountain) and she motivated me to finally finish my Amber vest !!! I was so worried the whole time that I wouldn’t have enough yarn, and yes, I did actually buy one more skein of the one yarn (the whole garment is knit out of four different yarns!)  and I got to use some scrap yarn as the other type has still not arrived at one of my LYS… don’t care anymore. And I’ve been wearing it ever since 🙂 I hope I will get some nicer pictures at some point (wow I’m hoping this about my Riddari too… so it won’t happen probably…)

The week ahead:
Monday: work on my thesis, do washing, grocery shopping
Tuesday: work, maybe another test, then university
Wednesday: experiment! 10-17 o’clock
Thursday: experiment!
Friday: experiment!
Saturday: experiment Hopefully only one

Other then that, I have also finished my Nurmilintu shawl as I though I would need the needles for the test knit I am doing for the above mentioned lovely Nina 🙂

So now I will continue watching Juniper Grace, look at some more apartments in Melbourne and think about dinner…

Taking Stock

missing spring again. Berlin weather is unpredictable.

missing spring again. Berlin weather is unpredictable.

Making : I’m into my Hermione’s Everyday Socks, actually onto the second one now! fighting the second sock syndrom!
Cooking : homemade fries in a honey, sea salt, thyme and olive oil marinade!
Drinking : good old plain water.
Reading : Just finished reading Hunger by Knut Hamsun, interesting one.
Wanting : More time and be able to sleep well.
Looking : At maps, the whole time. Maps, Maps, Maps… being a cartographer that is…
Playing : Candy Crush, to help me get tired and fall asleep faster, not working :/
Wasting : Soy and Coconut yoghurt, as it is not yum at all.
Sewing : The Maya dress 
Wishing : I had more time for my thesis, but then time should go faster so my boyfriend would already be here!
Enjoying : Getting back into listening to music!
Waiting : For an appointment about my knees…
Liking : Knitting, being in bed, listening to music and drinking tea.
Wondering : How my parents managed to find my lost gloves in big Berlin.
Loving : The fact that I’ll move soon.
Hoping : I won’t fail my lecturer with my thesis.
Marvelling :
Needing : To get to bed sooner.
Smelling : Nothing as my nose is blocked.
Wearing : Pj’s, the whole day, my Lacrosse sweater and, of course, hand knitted socks.
Following : Too many people and feeling a bit stressed about it sometimes.
Noticing :  I’m so much more relaxed since my parents have left again, they were visiting for six days!
Thinking : I should get this presentation for tomorrow done and then sleep.
Feeling : Not tired, even though it is past 1 am
Bookmarking : Places in Melbourne I want to go to.
Opening : Vegan chocolate I got for Easter. so yum!
Listening : Asgeir

What have you been up to?

thanks to Veggiemama for this.

Not according to plan…

so this morning I somehow ended my alarm and continued sleeping just until I woke up by my flatmate leaving for work, at around ten. Wasn’t I supposed to be in university for a meeting at ten? Oh shit. So I wrote a quick mail to my colleague asking if it would be ok to reschedule to tomorrow, no biggie. So instead of then using the time and read for my thesis my knees hurt so badly I just moved to the other side of my bed and continued sleeping, until midday or rather one thirty… Worried about my knees still being in pain I finally got up and dressed and on my way to a friends uncle who is supposed to be a really good doctor… I missed my bus stop and had to walk in this shitty rain, as weather in berlin just sucks atm, arrived and it was bad. The waiting room full with people and the line to get to the reception almost leading out into the hallway… So I waited for like 45 min, nothing really happened during that time but my knees getting worse from standing the whole time, so I then decided to just go home again and try again, maybe tomorrow… 

Back home I took some time to get my papers organised and to clean my desk, a never ending story, did some mapping but still can’t decide on a route and three rows of unravelling and one row of knitting. 

Now time to sleep as tomorrow’s sure can’t oversleep again! 

How can time fly by so quick?

its almost april people!!! Just too crazy! 

Today I was walking around in Spandau, that’s in the west of berlin, in the rain for my stupid thesis. It was no fun and I missed my lacrosse teams game, which they won 17:2! This is too crazy, too. 

So now I’m on the coach with tea and dinner and watching the traditional german Sunday show. With a busy week ahead 😦 

Monday: go to university and play with the eye tracking device and continue working on the route 

Tuesday: work on thesis and get stuff organised, my parents are coming to visit

Wednesday: work and my parents are coming

Thursday: work 

Friday: babysitting

Saturday: babysitting

Sunday: thesis, parents are leaving again

Monday: thesis

Tuesday: presentation!!! 

What I do at work…

so I work as an intern at a company who sells navigation devices, and that’s about it. Most of the time I’m in a car with a colleague who drives me through berlin, or I’m in a taxi, yes fancy I know. Back at the office I have to save all the data and stuff and cause the company recently hired more people then they actually can fit in their space, I share a desk and a computer and we got the very slow, slow, slow network connection. It sucks. I don’t care, I get paid by the hour. Their loss. But what to do with all the time infront of a slow computer?

Good question. Today I read the newspaper, as in a actual paper paper! Looked up appartments in Melbourne and ikea too, I worked a little bit on my thesis and read some more papers for it. Now I’ve been stuck at my desk for almost 3 hours and it’s just ridiculus boring! Bähm. Rescue me! Or have fun with my #ceilingselfie yeah.