Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday knitters!

I’m just popping in to join you in Ginny’s Yarn Along.

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The Chevron Baby Blanket is almost done. Just two color sections left and then the border.
Tomorrow they will find out the baby’s sex! I-can’t-wait!!

I also finished today my Ugly Socks.
It definitely didn’t worth my knitting time. The yarn shouldn’t be called yarn. I think it is muted plastic sting! Ugliest thing ever! A friend from work bought it for me. A non knitter friend.
Anyway, I knitted this pair for wearing it with my rain boots at work. A pair of socks that will not make me feel sad if it gets ruined.
In more exciting knitting, I’m hoping to cast on for my skirt later this evening.
Thank you all for your help! You are the best!

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WIP: Chevron baby blanket

I have crazy knitting plans!
A long knitted skirt, a dress, a top. All that for me.
I have the yarn and the patterns.
A skirt for my mum. I have half the yarn needed and waiting for the rest to come but I have the pattern.
Also (drumroll here) all of the patterns are mine!
I don’t think I’ll have the time to write them down any time soon and have actual patterns for anyone interested, but when things calm down I’ll do my best 🙂

But there is also a baby on its way. My best friend’s first.
My baby knitting is a little delayed by the excuse that we don’t know yet if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl.
Stupid excuse since I  know I’ll make everything neutral-gender.

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I started a baby blanket hoping that it will be finished before the weather gets very hot.
You all must know my love for stripes by now.
But do you know that is better than stripes?
Chevron!
I just love chevron.
The pattern is very simple and using a 5mm crochet hook makes the blanket fly off my hands.

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I chose white, grey and beige acrilic yarns for easy washing.
I know my friend will like the colors since her house is decorated in grey and beige.

I don’t know if it’s just me but I find blankets…. healing!
Having a hook and yarn and ending up with a blanket, is soothing for my soul. I feel grateful and covered by love as the blanket grows and starts covering me.
Have you ever felt that?

Joining Frontier Dreams and Yarn Along.

Last but not least, thank you so much for the comments on our house.
You put a big smile on my and F’s face.
You all are the best!

Blanket. Progress

It’s been less than a month since I started crocheting F’s blanket. It grows pretty fast but not fast enough for F who just can’t wait to snuggle with it!

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Right now it’s 58 inches or 148cm long and 1090g in weight. It has 75 stripes of color and I think it will take at least 100 stripes to get to the 2 meters. And then the border! Sigh!

I enjoy those long meditating hours on my hook. Each row takes about 20 minutes. I haven’t count how many stitches there are in a single row because I thought that the number itself would discourage me. I will count them though, on the very last row 😉

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My bedroom’s light is awful and I must find another place to lay it so that I show it to you in all its glory when it’s finished. I think I’ll intrude into F’s parents bedroom for the photo shoot….

Another thing I want to discuss with you all, is your amazing response on my previous post about Greek words.

My blog’s name “Πότε καλή & πότε ανάποδη” is still in Greek, even though I prefer writing in English, because it can’t really be translated.
I thought it would be nice to explain to you what it means….

In Greek knit is pleko kali and purl is pleko anapodi. Kali is also the right side of your knitting and anapodi the wrong side.

Have you heard of the Greek language’s majesty? Here it comes!

Not knitting talking, kali also means good (like Good morning is Kalimera) and anapodi means upside down.

So, we say that in some situations or even in life, sometimes things are going fine and sometimes…. not so fine!
Did you get it? 🙂
Pote kali & pote anapodi! It is a real greek expression!
It’s like knitting! Sometimes you knit, sometimes you purl!
Either way, you’re still knitting…..!
And that is why I say that life is like knitting, a work in progress!

Since I started writing in English (please excuse the mistakes I make), I have thought of changing the name but I’m not ready yet to lose all of my Greek character here….

I only hope that was clear enough for you and that you like a bit more my blog’s name….

Joining Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams

Flax. Progress

Flax was my holiday knitting.
It was the only project I packed to take with me when I visited my parents in Athens.

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While packing the yarn, I was already on the stripes, just a few rows before separating the body from the sleeves. If you remember, I had a third color in mind for the body.
I should have taken the dark grey yarn with me but I didn’t because I really liked the red/light grey contrast and also because I hadn’t use much yarn.

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I thought the 4 skeins I had would be enough for the sweater. Even though I held two strains together, the yardage was generous, 400m or 437.44 yards per skein. Feeling stash-basting, I left the dark grey yarn behind.

And I run out of yarn!
I could have made the sleeves shorter but I love long sleeves.
The grey will be enough for the rows left but I have to buy me some red.

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I’m not regretting sticking with this colorway. I enjoy changing my mind half way through the process because something seems better! Don’t you love that part about knitting? 🙂

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My mum got me yesterday the extra red skein for Flax, 14 more skeins for F’s blanket, and some yummy yarn that I had ordered for my very special next project 🙂
She will mail them to me next week.

On F’s blanket, I’m on the 25th color or the 50th row or at the second repeat of the colors or at 19 inches or at 49cm or at 380g of used yarn!
I try, I really do!
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On watching, we started the first season of Black Sails that F’s brother suggested.
F likes it so far, but he is a guy and there are pirates!
I’m on the blanket’s hook while watching so I can’t really have an opinion.

Joining Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams!

WIP: A colorful blanket

Actually a FO and a WIP….

On September I participated the Spice of Life CAL and I loved it!
It was exactly what I needed at that time.

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I made my blanket small. I wanted to have it on my feet to keep me warm while knitting and maybe (a gigantic maybe) use later it on a crib.

Anyway.
On that blanket I used my amigurumi stash yarns which are acrylics and, as you see, extremely colorful!

The idea of the CAL was to practice on new stitches.
Mission accomplished!
Even though on some rows I ended up with much more stiches than supposed that makes my blanket saggy in the middle, I love to cuddle with it!

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Now, remember when I told you that F’s soft spot is color?
Do you want to guess what he ask me to make him?
A blanket!
Not just any blanket.
A colorful blanket for when he falls asleep on the couch.

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Have I told you that F is a tall guy? Almost 2 meters tall!
That means that his blanket could easily fit a double bed!
And that’s a lot of crocheting!

Luckily his demands didn’t include fancy stitches.
Half double crochets and every second row change the color.
Of course every time he chooses the following color 😉
It’s like living with a big baby!

I must admit though, it’s fun!
I love that he supports me and motivates me to crochet more!
(Putting aside the -I’m cold. When will my blanket finish?- part!)

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This fabric magazine holder came very handy.
I put in there those big skeins and they unravel without me chasing them!
It even have pockets for my hook and scissors!
It was my sister’s Christmas gift! Great, right?

I’ll keep you posted on this project since it will take a while until becoming a FO!

Have a great weekend everyone!