Downright Me

A crafter's journal


July 2016

A picture perfect day

The more I knit the less I have

Yesterday was one of those disappointing days in the world of knitting.

Last week I started to knit the Cancun Boxy Lace Top which is a wonderful free ravelry pattern by Erin Kate Archer  (There also is a youtube video ). I finished the front in just two days and I almost did the back in the same time but yesterday when I was knitting the last few rows I realized I made a mistake  with one of the stitches.  Instead of knitting after letting the dropstitch slip I purled and -how could it be any other way- it was at the beginning of my piece.

My first instinct was to keep it that way since it is a sample pattern top anyways, but I know this would bug me every time I would want to wear it. So I did what I had to do and unraveled the whole thing down to the mistake. I ended up with only a couple of rows left on the needle. Now I have less of a finished piece than when I started knitting yesterday *deep sigh*.  This shirt will keep me busy for a couple of days more than I expected, especially since I am not that eager anymore. Maybe I start something new before getting back to this project.

I am sure some of you know exactly what I am talking about.


Last year I read the book “Magic Cleaning” by Marie Kondo, a Japanese Woman who has dedicated her life to organizing her life and that of others. She uses some easy to follow but drastic rules to unclutter your space. Some of them are too extreme for my taste but the general idea is something to consider. I don’t know if there is an English translation of the book yet, I read it in German.

2016_Blog_Schrank0002I already applied her principles to my wardrobe and I got rid of almost everything I never wear (some items I am still holding on to for sentimental reasons) and organized my shirts in boxes. I had to go through all my clothes a couple of times to really feel the difference. Now I have less stuff in my closet but I feel I have more to wear, because I like all of my clothes. We hang on to so many things that we do not need or haven’t used in years just because we spent money (sometimes a lot) and we feel guilty by throwing it out. But this is something I experienced myself: it feels so nice to have only things in your closet you feel good in. I do not get annoyed by putting on outfits that do not fit or in which I feel uncomfortable.

Nowadays I check my closet for unwanted objects every three months, and every time I lose some items that I have not worn since the last time I reduced my wardrobe but I am at  the point where I can open my closet and find an outfit in less than five minutes and feel good about it. And If I am looking for something in particular I can find it and do not have to fight my way through all the shirts, pants and skirts that are just messing up my closet.

So as I am planning to reorganize the rest of my house and my belongings over the next couple of weeks I will try to apply Marie Kondo’s principles there as well. With a little luck with the same rewarding results. 

Will I really do it

Today I was cleaning the house and I realized that every room is in kind of a chaos mode again. This makes cleaning such a hassle. I will have to get in to action and get rid of all the stuff that is lying around, being good for nothing .

Hopefully by writing this down I will feel compelled to actually do it.

Shoulder bag 1.2

I did it again

My latest project is a typical example of how my projects seem to develop a life of their own.

The last time I was at my favorite Wool store the owner had just crafted a very beautiful shawl made in the tunisian crochet technique. I was very keen in trying this myself. Before starting a serious garment I decided to use some of the leftover yarn from my stash, that was lying around forever collecting dust.
I chose a grey wool and just cast on a couple of stitches. It turned out to be so much fun that I decided to do a little project after all. Since the result of my crochet efforts with the chosen yarn turned out to be very tight and thick I thought some kind of square seat cover for my balcony chair would be easy enough. So I started over with a larger number of stitches and went on crocheting. For a while there I was very content. But honestly once you figure out how to do the basic tunisian crochet stitch it is not very challenging. So I began to think about what other great things I might be able to create with this technique. This must be perfect for baskets, table runners or bags. The last idea sounded quite appealing, so I was trying out how I could transform the so far crafted piece into a bag without having to unravel everything.
Once I had an image in my mind I continued with more enthusiasm eager to see the result. I crocheted a rectangle which I folded in half, added a shoulder Strap and a closing flap, steam ironed everything, sewed everything together and voila: a brand new shoulder bag.

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