Krrrriono Sweater 

First of all, Michele Wang has started podcasting!! I’m talking about THE Michele Wang who has designed all those gorgeous patterns. Don’t miss an episode! 

On my needles there is my Krrrriono sweater  (=I’m freezing in Greek with a few dramatic rrrs). I’m knitting this sweater for wearing it at work. Working in a fishfarm is really challenging in every season. Summer is too hot and winter is too cold. Knitting for this dirty environment is a waste of yarn and time but I believe this sweater will keep me warm. 

Thank you all for your response on my Essential Sweater. 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?

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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!

FO: The Gifted Reindeer

I’m inexcusable!
There’s been more than two months that my Gifted Reindeer is finished and I haven’t show it to you yet.
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Truth is I was planning on a more organised photoshoot.
Let’s all agree that is not going to happen!
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But I have something else, equally special for you….
First let’s talk about Reindeer.
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I couldn’t love more this cardigan.
The cable pattern down the back is so so beautiful.
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This pattern has everything I like.
It’s seemless. It’s an open cardigan. There is texture on the end of the sleeves. You can choose the length of the sleeves. You can have wider bands. Looks amazing in cotton and in more wooly yarns so it can be either a summer or winter garment. And it is Alina’s first pattern!
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I did this one in cotton since it was the best I could find but also because I wear cotton for more months.

As for the surprise I have for you….
What about our house first pictures?
Get ready for a bunch of them.
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(The view from the veranda with a sneak peek at our garden and the chicken coop)
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(The north side with the neighbour’s goats. He is happy to have young people in the neighbourhood so he is treating us daily with fresh goat milk which as it turns out I really like)
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(Still no walls on the main floor. Lots to be done until we can call it home. Can you see the ladder? It will lead to my craft room!)
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( The east side that has view to the sea)

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(Talking about my craft room 🙂
La la la!)
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(Hopefully next month I won’t be able to look out since there will be the roof done. Also, my hair is a mess, I know, but I’m growing them to donate them)
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I hope you enjoyed this little tour.
I know I enjoyed wearing my Reindeer which is so close to my heart while touring you around our House In Progress.
Thank you all for being so supportive.

And thank you Alina for everything….

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Thank you Veronica!

Don’t you love winning on giveaways?
I know I do!!

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Veronica from Ajugas was giving away this lovely silk bag.
She mentioned, she would randomly select one recipient for the silk bag on or around the Spring Equinox.

The word Equinox was unknown to me so I turned to Google translation 😛
I was thrilled to find out that she meant the 20th of March, which is my birthday!
(For everyone interested Equinox is Isimeria in Greek)

And what a thrill when she informed me that I was chosen!

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I absolutely love the old fashioned style of the bag. So granny!
It is perfect for small projects, like my socks.

But the rest of the goodies her package was having in, definitely outrun the bag.
Sorry beautiful bag!

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She so generously included 4 balls of the squishiest yarn I ever touched in orange!
I love that orange and it’s F’s favorite color.
He already tried to claim it 😀

The yarn is 80% cotton 20% casmir.
A delight!

Not to forget, she also sent me some hand cream and lip balm.
Grrrrrreat!

I can’t believe how generous knitters can be!
Every time I get so amazed!

Veronica lives in the other corner of the earth, in Texas, but our love for knitting brought us close.
I have more people to share my passion here than in my daily life.

Thank you Veronica for being one of them.
I wish you always give so much joy to others.

Thank you all for supporting me, inspire me and just be absolutely freaking amazing people!
I’m really grateful…

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!

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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Christmas gift: The giraffe

I love the lights on my little Christmas tree. I don’t want to take it away yet. I feel a warmth in my heart every time I see it and I cherish every evening when the sun goes down and the little lights glow brighter. Even though the last two years we put it on the top of a drawer cause of Naya, still knitting beside it is one of my favorites moments of the day.

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Pattern: Crochet giraffe pattern

This sweet and colorful giraffe was crocheted under the lights of our Christmas tree for my two year old niece. She didn’t like it much since she loves to wash all her toys! Plastic baby dolls are her favorite.
My sister also said that this is the ugliest thing I’ve ever made!! Too colorful and weird for her!
F on the other hand liked very much the “scrap effect” but color is his soft spot so I don’t know if his opinion counts….

I used leftovers from my stash. I’m not throwing away a single thread, as you see! I think that it turned out…. happy!

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What do you think?
Is it ugly or sweet?
As for my christmas tree, I think I’ll keep it for the weekend….