WIP: Stripy Socks

I have slept 8 hours in total the last two days.

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The reason?
Stripes!

If we aren’t working, we are at our HIP (House In Progress) so I turn on my needles at the end of the day, at about 9pm, thinking that I’ll knit for an hour to take off the pressure and go straight to bed.

F falls asleep on the couch immediately, covered by his blanket (I know I must write a FO post about it sometime).

I’m knitting and knitting and the stripes are forming on their own and I’m getting so excited that I don’t feel sleepy!

At about midnight, F wakes up, sees me still knitting and drags me to bed. I’m still full of adrenaline, my mind is on the stripes and how I’ll make the next sock matching.

Two more hours pass without me sleeping.
At 6am the alarm starts buzzing and as I wait in the car for F’s morning inspection at the construction, I knit a couple of rows.

The same happened the next day.
Fatigue and insomnia is showing on my face.
But can you blame a stripe addict?

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I very pleased on how the colors look on the heel turn.
I used the shadow raps short rows technique.
The result is very neat and exactly the same on both sides.

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It is the first time I knit on such small needle size (2,5mm).
The stitches are so delicate and easy to drop.
So I asked my wonderful man to make me a DPN case.

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Literally 5 minutes later I had my case!!!!!
He cut off a rectangular piece of a plastic tube and added rubber tops.

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I LOVE HIM!!!! ♡♡♡♡♡
My stitches are secured!!!!

Tonight I’ll go to bed at 10 no matter what!
I hope you’re getting more rest than me….

Joining Frontier Dreams and Yarn Along

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32!!

Yesterday I turned 32 years old!

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(Yes, there is a tiara on my head! I’m the queen on my birthday!)

As long as I remember myself, I was always nervous about getting older. Mostly about doing things so that I won’t regret not doing them when I’m older. Does it make sense? 

The last year I have grown as a person. I try to live more in the moment, to be grateful, to smile every single day, to have only positive thoughts, when something bad happens to see it as a lesson and not to get upset for the little things.

The change was noticeable and I dare to admit that I’m happy!

So this year, it felt ok that time passed. It felt… normal! 🙂

Knitting has helped me find happiness more than anything.
It kept me sane, peaceful and calm. It took away my worries, problems and bright up my dark moments.

No wonder why I treated myself with yarn gifts 😀

I wanted to knit with more luxurious yarns forever but the yarn stores I’ve visited only had wool that I found itchy.
I thought about ordering online but I’m not comfortable buying yarn without touching it.
Couldn’t help also drooling over your merino projects.

About two weeks ago, I accidently found out the store Plectorium, here in Greece, with all those yummy yarns.
I announced F that he didn’t need to worry about what he’ll get me for my birthday! I knew what I needed!

I chose three skeins of yarn just to try them.
I didn’t want to get a sweaters amount and not like the feel.
I got:

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One skein of Malabrigo Silky Merino in the Lluvia colorway.
It is a dream! It will make me the softest cowl ever!

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I hand winded it on my thumb making a centre-pulled ball.
I saw how on Little Bobbins podcast. Thanks Dani!

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One skein of Malabrigo Lace in the Cadmium colorway that lighted up my day!
I don’t wear shawls but I think I’ll start!
Such a bright color will be perfect for cloudy days.

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And a self striping sock yarn!
Opal Best Friends collection.

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I hope the finished sock will look that.
I also ordered aluminum DPN in size 2,5mm and 2,25mm hoping that I won’t break them knitting tight.

Oh, I don’t know which one will be the next to cast on….
I’m still searching for patterns.
If you want to suggest any one-skein pattern, I’ll be thrilled!

Thank you all for remembering and wishing for my birthday!

FO: Marina’s Garter Cardi

Wasn’t this a quick one?

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Marina’s cardi is finished and already at its recipient 🙂

On Saturday, I found out that a colleague of mine was called on a business trip to my friend’s town on Tuesday. 
It was the perfect opportunity to send her my gift along with some other goodies 😉

By that time, I was about to finish the back of the cardigan.
Time was limited but fortunately I had two days off work to focus on my knitting.

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As you see the structure is very simple.
Plus knitting on needles size 10 helped the whole garment to fly off my hands quickly.

Seaming was the most time consuming part.

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The sleeves were seamed before the shoulder shaping.
This makes the cardigan slouchy but not boxy.

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On my first Garter Cardi I seamed the sleeve into a tube and then attached it to the body.
This time I seamed it flat and it was so much easier!

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Then I folded the whole cardigan to seam the sides using the mattress stitch.
I saved hours this way.

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Of course there was no time for blocking but the cardigan grows in length by wearing it.
Mine wasn’t blocked and you can see how the garter stitch grew.

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Marina really really liked it and that made me feel such a happy knitter 🙂

It was a bit tight on her because she has put on some weight but she will sure wear it a lot after she gives birth.

My ravelry notes are on your disposal along with my help if you want to knit your own Garter Cardi.
I would love to write a pattern out of it but, let’s be realistic, I’ll never find enough time.
One day maybe….

Joining Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams.

WIP: Marina’s Garter Cardi

This winter so far is the mildest I can remember.

Don’t get me wrong but I’m almost always cold.
Everybody at work usually wear just a t-shirt and I’m under 3 layers at least!

But this year felt like an endless spring.

Yesterday afternoon though there was heavy rain followed by hail.
After my yoga class, I wanted to curl in my chair, with a hot cup of tea and something wooly to knit.

My Reindeer is growing fast. Only the sleeves are left to be knitted.
But its yarn is cotton.

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So I casted on for another Garter Cardi.

It is the same yarn, in the same color as my first Garter Cardi only smaller since it is for my best friend and koumpara(=I was something like a maid of honor in her wedding), Marina.

Last time I saw her, I was wearing my cardigan and she really liked it. I told her it was the warmest cardigan I have ever wore and let her try it on to see for herself. At that moment I secretly took her measurements! 😛

Marina is petite. She struggles to find clothes in her size.
And I have knit her only a scarf and a pair of socks.
It was time for a proper garment.

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Three strands of yarn in garter stitch make a very warm texture.

Since this isn’t a pattern but mostly an improvisation, I was more than happy for keeping “notes” for the numbers the first time.

I casted on for 46 stitches for the back, that’s 10 stitches less than my cardigan.
I also need to make the body and the sleeves shorter.

I think it will be a great and unexpected gift for her since she doesn’t read my blog.

I think of her a lot lately because she recently found out she’s pregnant and I’m far away. I will miss seeing her belly grow.
But I will love to see her wearing the cardigan I knitted for her with a big belly or later with her baby in her arms.

Oh, it’s raining again!
Back to needles! 🙂

Joining Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams.

WIP: The Gifted Reindeer

I feel the need to express my gratitude for this place and for all the wonderful people I have “met” here.
I live in a place that there is no one to share my passion for knitting, thus the existence of this blog.
When I say that I really enjoy knitting, I get some very weird looks.
I’m sure you know what I’m talking about 😛

But I found my place here!
What I never expected to find, was friends!

Alina from The gift of knitting is a true friend to me even if we have never met. She is sweet, kind, generous, a true gem!

If you don’t follow her blog, you really should!
She’s inspirational!

And now she’s designing!
Her patterns are jaw dropping!

When she released her Reindeer, I was drooling over my screen! 

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It was exactly the cardigan I was dreaming about!

I wanted to knit an open cardigan with a cable pattern down the back but since I couldn’t find the perfect pattern, I had to improvise.

I had told Alina at some time and not only did she remembered,
she gave me her pattern as a gift!!!!

I could be more happy, grateful and moved by her generosity!

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The yarn was patiently waiting for F’s blanket to finish.

I have regretted million times my promise not to cast on anything till the blanket is ready.
I learned my lesson…. 😛

While swatching (applause please, this is rare for me), I was off.
Being a tight knitter, on size 4,5 needles, I had 20 stitches per 4 inches instead of the pattern gauge of 17 sts. 

I tried going up some needle sizes but I liked the fabric on the 4,5 needles.
I was thinking modifications, doing crazy math until I got a headache.
I decided to take a break and visit my favorite blogs.

And then the weirdest thing happened!
The first post on my feed was this one.

I was aligned with the universe!

Everything turned crystal clear and I casted on for the large size hoping to get a small size.
So far it works! Thanks Karen!

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I’m so in love with the cable pattern!
The cotton yarn really makes the stitches pop.

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The color is really difficult to show. It’s more like the first photo but I think it changes depending on the light.

I’m going fast with it because I can’t wait to put it on and proudly say that I knitted this! 😀

A huuuuge thank you to Alina!

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FO: Flax

Hi there!

How is your weekend so far?
Mine is busy as the week before! It will be a while until I get some rest but it’s the “productive fatique” that gives me strength to carry on! I’ll explain what I mean after my FO which I’m crazy about!

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(Yes F took the pictures and this is as good as it can be!!)

I couldn’t love more this sweater!
I love the slightly oversized fit, the wide neckline, the stripes, the colors and how warm it is!
I wear it all the time and still can’t get enough of it!

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It will be the first of many sweaters that I’ll knit using this pattern.
I was thinking knitting one more for myself but some good news changed my planning.
Next will be a baby sized little flax for my best friend who is expecting her first.
I’ll cast it on when they are sure for the baby’s sex.
I’m very excited! 😀

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Knitting in round is definitely my favorite.
Off the needles and straight into wearing.
I’m too impatient to seam. Ok and lazy!! 😛
And if you think that I am not lazy enough to weave all the ends from all the stripes, guess again!

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I did a twist on my yarn every time I had to change the color.
Minimum weaving and in case of frogging the sweater, there will be no knots.

Now, did you noticed the background on the previous photos?
Why would I choose a construction place for the photo shooting?
Because my dear friends, this will be our home!!!!
We started building our home!!!!
We couldn’t be more happy, excited and tired!
It will so worth it though.
I’ll keep you updated on that….

Have a great Sunday!

Liebster Award

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A sweet sweet girl named Rachel from the blog From Bad to Worsted, nominated me for the Liebster Award! It is the second time I get this award. The first time, I was writing in Greek so it was great to have the chance again to answer Rachel’s questions in English.

Before I start, here is how the Liebster Award works:

The rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to them.
2. Answer the questions given to you.
3. Nominate bloggers and present them with questions of your own.

The questions:

Q: Why did you start blogging?
A: It was after the earthquakes of 2014. The house had enough damages so we were staying everywhere we could for about a month, like the rest of people here. I started this blog for two reasons. Firstly, I wanted a space of mine that no earthquake could tear it down. And secondly, to connect with other people that loves knitting as much as I do.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I always said that I wanted to be an ichthiologist and I became one! I thought it would be more of field work and research but it’s ok. I could never do a desk job.

Q: If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?
A: Time travelling! I could relive good moments and different eras!

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Hazelnut 😛

Q: Tea or coffee?
A: Tea! Buckets filled with hot tea!

Q: What do you think is your best trait?
A: I react well in difficult and stressful situations.

Q: What’s the weirdest event you’ve ever witnessed in person? (Story time!)
A: Have you heard that somewhere in the world is a person that looks like you? Well, mine lives here! When I first came in Lixouri, so many people were waving at me in the streets. I thought that it was just a very friendly little town! Until they started calling me Aggeliki! I was telling them that my name is Zeta. They answered ” Aggeliki’s sister?!” It was the same dialogue over and over! When I finally met Aggeliki (by the way, I saw no resemblance), she told me that everyone was telling her about me! How much we looked alike! Crazy weird! Later on, I had my hair cut short and people weren’t that confused. Now that I decided to grow my hair again and let them in my natural color, it started again! Even her 3 year old boy came running at me in the supermarket! When he saw both of us side by side he didn’t know which one was his mum!!!! I told Aggeliki I’ll cut my hair again….!!

Q: What’s your favorite color combination?
A: Grey with red. Like my Flax!

Q: Cats or dogs?
A: Definitely dogs. I hate cats.

Q: What’s your favorite flower?
A: Freesias for their smell and tulips for their looks.

I know that by the rules I must nominate other bloggers for the award, but last time nobody accepted it. If you would like to answer the same questions, please feel free to pick it up yourself! I would love to know you better.

Have a wonderful week everyone 🙂