It wasn’t a handmade Christmas

For a couple of years now, I’ve prided myself in knitting or sewing most of my Christmas presents. My late grandmother, my mother, my uncle: they’d all receive something handmade from me. My father is the only exception, because I usually give him books. This Christmas, though? I just didn’t have the energy, to be…

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Mum’s Shifting Sands Scarf

Grumperina’s Shifting Sands Scarf has been in my Ravelry queue pretty much since I made an account there. A lot of scarf patterns languish in my queue from that time where I still thought I had enough patience for scarves. Besides, I have plenty of scarves and shawls to keep my neck warm. That said, when…

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Lilacs, or: The one where I don’t complain about a Kim Hargreaves pattern

I’ve complained so much about Kim Hargreaves’ patterns that it’s sort of become a hobby. Nevertheless, I can’t say too many bad things about this one! Sure, the pattern could be written and arranged more clearly, but I’ve learnt to decipher 18th century cadastres: I can deal with Kim Hargreaves, as well. No, more importantly,…

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This sweater warms my heart (and everything else)

In German, we call people like me a Frostbeule. That is, literally, a chilblain – and means a person that is always cold. That’s why I use four blankets in bed, coupled with a lot of pillows and knit socks. That’s also why I love this sweater, made from gloriously warm and cozy super bulky alpaca…

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