Visions #2

So, a week just disappeared there, didn’t it. Well, it wasn’t all that unexpected. I knew beforehand that going to Sweden for the weekend probably would drain my resources to some extent but then life decided to throw me a few extra curve balls to deal with and basically I ended up spending most of my energy last week on them.

It also meant that all my grand visions fell apart but I’m pretty used to brushing off the dust and get right back on the horse, so let’s see what it would be great to get done during the next week.

The Pattern

I looked for and found my old notes for the pattern I wanted to write but they turned out to be pretty much like an old-fashioned Victorian knitting pattern. Something along ‘cast on x number of stitches, knit the asters stitch pattern, add crocheted edging’. Nothing about which yarn I used or how I did the edging. Needless to say I would rather be knitting than playing yarn detective so I decided to settle on a different project for my first pattern and make sure to write down as it comes along.

Here is the project I chose. I call it Mondello. It’s the name of the village close to Palermo in Sicily where everyone goes to enjoy the beautiful beach. The colors of the yarn reminded me of the colors of the ocean there.

So far I’m done with the edging which is the 1851 Wedding Veil Lace from the book Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller. It consists of an insertion and an edging put together which gives you a pattern repeat of 84 rows. For the center of the shawl I have had several ideas. I’m still not excactly sure what I’ll be doing but I’m thinking short rows and the stitch pattern Old Shell also know as Old Shale. No matter what I choose to do, I’ll first have to pick up stitches along the lace edging and that’ll be plenty of work.

The Plunder

Going to Stickfest i Väst always means visiting Torget [the square or the market in Swedish] where different yarnshops, indie dyers etc. set up stalls and tempt us with their delicious wares. I usually go for things that are not easily available in the yarn stores here in Denmark and as usual I ended up with many exciting new things. I promise I’ll show them to you sometime next week and tell you excactly what they are and how to get them. Maybe I’ll even do a swatch or two from them.

Alright, those are my tiny visions for next week. Hopefully life will take it easy and not get too much in the way.

Saturday Chicken #1

Time for my first check in or chicken as Havi has taught me to call it. It’ll only be a very short one as I’m currently in Sweden, attending the knitting festival Stickfest i Väst. We’re in Marstrand, a wonderful little place an hour west of Gothenburg, and the sun is shining. 

  

Right now I’m just trying to wake up so I’m just sitting here with some coffee and my knitting while my friends attend a class.

  

 Later in the day I’ll go to classes too. First a class with one of favorite people in the world, Wille, who teach on how to crochet with multiple colors. Then a class on ‘hønsestrik’ which is a Danish term for a kind of fairisle knitting that emerged in Danmark in the 1970s. The technique is the same but the choice of motifs and colors very much reflect that period of time. 

Visions #1

This title is one I’ve shamelessly stolen from one of my favorite internet people, the fabulous Havi Brooks. She has shown me an excellent way to create structure through blogging and I’m going to try it out.

Every Monday I’ll post about my plans and wishes for the week and what I hope to achieve. Hopefully it’ll both help me to actually do more things and learn what my limits are. I know some days are going to be hard and just making it to the Knit Cave will be an achievement in itself. Other days I’ll hopefully be able to work both on my knitting projects and some of my other stuff, also known as Secret Missions.

As this is the first week, I’m going to take it very easy.

A bit of bread.

What I want.

A way to make sure I remember to eat while I’m here. There are no good take-out places nearby and I’ll need to bring my own food.

Ways this could happen.

Remembering how easy it is to bake my own bread. It takes less than 10 minuttes to mix the dough and then it takes care of itself during the night. If I prepare it between 9 and 10 pm then it’ll be ready to bake around noon which is early enough for it to be ready before I leave home.

What else?

Remembering to buy the ingredients. Right now I’m all stocked up on flour but I might need to buy fresh yeast. I’ll also need to make sure I at least have butter and cheese in the fridge.

Meeting an UFO.

What I want.

To make a decision about which of my many UFO’s I want to work on this week.

Ways this could happen.

I’ve already laid out the most promising UFO’s on my work table. Some of them are very close to being finish while others require a lot of knitting. Realistically I could probably finish one of the cowls while still get work done on the other things.

What else?

I need to get some tools for blocking so I can finish the projects properly. I can bring a plastic basin from home but I’ll need to order to order some proper blocking mats from somewhere. Or maybe I’ll be able to buy some at Stickfest i Väst this weekend?

Writing my first pattern.

What I want.

To write out a pattern I can upload and sell on Ravelry. It doesn’t have to be done this week but it definitely needs to be started.

Ways this could happen.

I need to choose a project. The best candidate is the cowl I finished around this time last year. It’s a very interesting slip and stitch pattern which works very well with self-striping yarns. Hopefully I’ll be able to find my old notes on it.

What else?

Figuring out how to use Ravelry for selling patterns and make sure my paypal account is working properly.

Secret Mission

Only one mission this week. It’s all about presenting the most suitable parts of me to unknown people which triggers all sorts of anxieties and negative thoughts in me. I’m not sure how to handle it but I’m making a promise to myself to remember to be curious and observant. I’ll makes notes on what works and what I need to remember.

 

Day Zero

This basement looks suitable. The location is easily accessible and plenty of basic supplies are nearby…

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No, the zombie apocalypse hasn’t arrived here in Copenhagen but I’ve watched way too much ‘The Walking Dead’ recently and it shows. This theme, though,  hasn’t come to me completely unexpectedly. The last few years in my life have been a slow decline towards catastrophe and reached the climax a year ago when depression and stress forced me to go on a prolonged sick leave and cost me my job beloved teaching job. 2015 was not a good year but everything must come to an end one way or the other, even bad things, and now it’s 2016, I’m officially not sick anymore, and things begin to look somewhat brighter.

Luckily, I’m member of an a-kasse, a Danish way of insuring yourself against unemployment, and this means I’m okay financially for now and even able to invest some money in building up a new future for myself. Once back on my feet I quickly realised that working from home is not an option for me. Because of my fragile brain I need a lot of structure and few distractions and my apartment is definitely not a distraction-free environment. It’s also very hard to create a structure for yourself in your own home where the bed and sofa always entice you to take a nap, the piano wants to be played and the dishes always need to be washed. I needed a room of my own and again very luckily, I have a friend, who could provide it to me. So now I have this very nice work space in a basement that I share with 3 other people. Most of the time I’ll have it to myself, though, because my hours have shifted drastically during my illness, and I work the best when most people are off.

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to here yet but I hope a plan will emerge slowly. I’ll definitely be knitting and working on creating my own designs a lot. I’ll also have to write a lot of job applications, something I hate, but doing it in my secret knit cave will hopefully make it easier. Nothing like a bit of roleplaying to get the annoying stuff done.