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of the sunny mornings

I knew it had been ages since I posted something here, but only today did I realise how long it’d really been. There is a reason, of course, and it’s called time, or lack of. My hands have not been that busy with crafty things because the rest of me (and my hands too, really) have had very little time to dedicate to said things. I also have a new hobby, photography. The reason why it goes unnoticed is because I’m really not that good at it, in spite of my efforts. I’ll get better.

Anyways, over the past 4 months, I’ve finished knitting all the parts of my first jumper which is now sitting patiently waiting for me to put all the pieces together. (no photos of that)

I’ve sewn another clutch for myself, quite a posh one too, to take with me to Ascot (yes, I have been to Ascot, wearing a fascinator and all, oh so very British!). (there is one photo of the clutch, but not very good)

I’ve started a woolly hat. For Christmas last year, I gave my little brother (who’s not so little anymore) a knitted hat (ravelry link). He lost it a few weeks ago and wrote me the saddest email telling me how he wore it all the time and now it was lost. I didn’t really mind he had lost it, things happen after all, but the thought that he wore my hat all the time filled me with happiness. Of course I promised to replace it with one just like it. Turns out that now I’m supposed to knit two, one just like it and another one in grey – I asked which colour he would prefer, now he could pick; simple, he said, you’ll knit both! Yes, I felt proud that he wanted me to knit him two hats 🙂 a little flattering will take you a long way! (oh, and no photo of the finished lost hat either!)

Judging by the *photo* comment at the end of each paragraph I can safely say my new hobby is in need of some TLC.

P.S. – Truth be told, I must admit it’s been difficult to keep two alter egos going (the Cientista in me is pretty demanding elsewhere) and this one is the one I ignore the most *blush*

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Scarf - WIP

January is nearly over and I have only now found something to say from the beach I don’t live in. The Christmas presents below were finished just after Christmas but still in time to be enjoyed by the people I have worked so hard to please. It was a great feeling to see them wearing the things I had made for them – much better than I had imagined, so I intend to do it in future years! Unfortunately, pictures of said items have not yet been taken, but my wee brother will provide them soon… he says!

Time for craftings of any sort is incredibly short at the moment and although my list of wish-to-do is growing by the minute, I’m only slowly concentrating on one scarf from the Christmas aftermaths…! For this year, I have planned two knitted sweaters, two baby booties, and several sewing projects. I’m determined to use more of my stash so I can renew the collection.

I’m not much of a new year’s resolutionS kind of person – I prefer to pick a couple of things to focus on during the year and work on those. This year, I have selected photography has my main topic. I’m determined to learn as much as I can about it and improve my photographs dramatically! Please feel free to opinate and give advice on this over on Flickr 🙂

I’m really looking forward to this year! Trying to keep a positive attitude amidst the doom and gloom of world news.

This week I will also be selecting my second Kiva loan – something that I should have done in December – and I know a great struggle awaits… The upside is that Hawa is doing really well and that inspires me to do more!

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Mum and Dad – WIP

Mum and Dad

Mum and Dad’s Xmas presents are on the needles… Socks! The dreaded present (usually from old aunts) will this year come from their beloved daughter! The socks are part of a nice but small pack of other handmade or custom made things! I hope they like it (and I sincerely hope they fit)!

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Second pair of socks WIP

This sock is the first to be finished (no photos of the accomplishment yet!), from the pattern by Rosa Pomar, with Trekking XXL 147 bought here. Although the pattern is very clear and I would recommend it to all Portuguese speakers, I still ended up with 2 tiny holes on the heel (need to perfect my technique) and I’m sure the toe wasn’t supposed to be done like I’ve done it (I’m under the impression I cheated a bit!, but can’t see where I messed up). In any case, it looks lovely (photo later).

It is addictive, I tell you! And now I’m facing such a hard dilemma – explore other patterns! Doesn’t seem like a dilemma at all, I know, but if you consider it takes me ages to finish one sock… I’ll have to wait at least 2 weeks before being able to explore and see the results of a new pattern! So I’m thinking that maybe letting this sock be an only child for a bit is not so bad… or is it? Needles, I need more needles of the same size, so I can have at least 2 patterns going on at the same time!

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first socks

first socks finished

I had been thinking about sock knitting for ages, but actually seeing the handmade socks of Crafty Doula and Claire gave me the motivation to get 2 (yes, not just one!) sock knitting kits. This sock is the proud product of kit one. Kit two will come shortly (?). Have to say – this thing is very, and I mean very, addictive! I can’t stop now, not even at pub quizzes!!

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