Crafting books: Socks, the 2000s, and my favourite knitting books ever!

There’s an abundance of free knitting patterns out there, of which I regularly make use of myself. It’s great if you don’t have much extra money to spend on your hobby, where even the cost of the material can be rather expensive. However, I like supporting designers whose work I love too. Plus, I love…

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Don’t buy Chinese wedding cabinets!

Like most knitters and sewists, I have yarn and fabric squirreled away in many dark corners. Before we moved in together, I used to have some stuff at my old apartment and some at my parents’ house. After the move, I consolidated my crafting collection and it’s been … well, overwhelming. We put most of…

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It’s meteorological spring, let’s start gardening!

Our roof terrace looks rather sad right now. I hope many plants will come out of hibernation alive and well. The yellow raspberry at least is already growing new leaves, the brave little thing. Fingers crossed for the various pepper plants! I couldn’t wait to go to the garden center the moment February was over!…

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March Works in Progress

I learnt a new fiber art! I’ve had this crazy idea for a while to make a carpet for our bedroom (spurred by the prize point of commercial carpets). Before committing to such a huge project I figured I’d try the knotted-pile technique on something smaller to see it’s something I’d actually like to do…

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Anna Karenina, a drug dealer, and nerdy art jokes

01) Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy Yes, I finally finished it! I’m completely fascinated by Tolstoy’s ability to create characters I loved and hated, but related to them and their thoughts and feelings as if they were real. The story may be far removed from the realities of the 21st century, but I felt for Anna…

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Eek, spiders!

DROPS Flora is the gift that keeps on giving. I bought it originally to knit a hat for my uncle in 2017, then tried to use up the leftover yarn by making a scarf for Phil. Unbelievably, I still had one skein left afterwards. (I could have used it up in the scarf, but I…

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Making a marble cake

I usually ask my mother to make marble cake for my birthday. It brings back lots of happy memories, because my Grandma used to make it for my birthdays when I was a kid. This year I wanted to make it for myself. After all, I finally have the necessary equipment (including, most importantly, an…

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