Restart 

If you see no progress in my Beach Cover, it’s because on Monday I used a larger cable to check how it fits and it was huuuuge. So I ripped it off and restarted from scratch. I didn’t mind since this stitch in 6,5mm needles will help this dress fly off my hands in no time. I believe that it will be finished by the next week. Or at least I’ll try.

Do you know Katie? She is a true performer. And a knitter. And amazing sewer. Can’t beat that! Tune in with Inside Number 23 Podcast. Trust me. You won’t regret it. 

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Summer around here…

Summer should have more than 24 hours a day. Anybody else feeling like that or it’s just me? Summer is busy. Having a full day job, feeling so tired of the heat, running around to keep up with everything, even trying to sneak in some free time to go swimming, it’s exhausting. And the garden? 

Oh, the garden! I love being sustainable. I enjoy our vegetables more than anything. All of us do. Even our turtles 😉 And I can’t wait for the pears, plums and figs to be ready for harvest. But those weeds! They are so winning me by this point. And the mosquitoes! Sigh. 

My happy time is when I knit. I’m knitting a bit after work, while F is watering and I’m holding Naya and late at night. I’m very content about my knitting time. I’m not that much about the finished product.

I steam blocked my Missoni Maxi Skirt today. 

I haven’t tried steam blocking before and didn’t know what to expect. I went slow and was very happy with the result. The fabric was flat and soft. But when I tried it on I realised that it had expanded very much. I was stepping on it even though I was wearing my high heels! I need to revisit it and rip off a few inches. Also I need to find a cropped top to wear with my skirt. Shopping feels like an errand to me at this point of my life. 

As for our house progress, we currently are in pause. The roof will be done in the next weeks and after that we will start again around October. It’s too hot now for the next steps.

Beach essentials 

This week I’m all over beach wearing since I’m living and breathing for the end of August when I’ll get myself on a plane and join my family on vacations. 

My Deep Blue Sea Top is half way done and I started knitting a Beach Cover using the lovely yarn Veronica gifted me. I don’t think the 4 balls of yarn I have will be enough for the loose dress I’m planning, but I trust my improvisation will lead me somewhere beautiful. 

My Creative Garage Podcast is accompanying me while I’m knitting. Vanessa and her daughter are great crafters. They count only 6 episodes so far, but their podcast is definitely worth checking it out.

Joining Frontier Dreams and Yarn Along

FO: Stripy seamless top

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I finally finished my top!! It took so long because it turned out to be my travel knitting project, which means that I got my hands on it only when I was going back to my parents house in Athens.

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I wanted a simple top, slouchy enough to drop on me with wide neckline so as to have my shoulder off to be more feminine.
I decided to knit it in plain stockinette stitch and seamless because I haven’t done seamless before and also -wait for it- because I hate seaming!!!!

There I said it! I’m not that good at seaming and I don’t like when something is off my needles, to need seaming to be put on. I get so impatient when it is close to finishing that seaming looks like an obstacle instead of part of the process.

Also, in this case, my stash was limited since I had 5 skeins of this cotton yarn: 3 in khaki (old top ripped off because I never wore it, it was tight on me), 1 in grey and 1 in beige. So knitting it in the round was perfect for deciding the length.

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This top had a lot of other firsts for me. Like the reversed single crochet at the front of the neckline (saw that from you Alina 🙂 ) and the icord bind off . Also it was the first time that my circular needle broke, my stitches went off and I had a knitting stroke!!! Did you ever have one of those?! I spent a whole afternoon just transferring the stitches to a new needle!

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I’m a huge fan of stripes. And even though they’re horizontal, I find them to be very flattering. As are V-necks. I had done the reversed single crochet around the neckline but I ripped it off. This roll at the back seemed better…

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I think that the icord bind off is my new favorite! I can’t believe it took me so long to try it! I really like the way it looks!

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Photos before blocking of course! Another thing I almost never do….! Don’t judge!

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I’m sure I’ll be wearing it a lot! Not to mention that I have received a lot of compliments so far for this top! 🙂

A special thanks to my mum for taking the first pictures and for modeling to the rest so I could have some close ups!!!!
Ευχαριστώ μαμά!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤