Door 20 – sharing

I was just reading through some of the blogs I am following and realised, that I am mainly knitting boring “useful” things. Apart from my mountain chain and the odd soft toy, I am only ever knitting things that will keep you warm or your belongings safe. (Ok, you can always argue if a knitted phonecase is really that useful ;))

On one of my last trips to Vienna I came across a few beautiful pieces of knitted graffitis, guerilla knitting, yarnbombing or urban knitting, whatever you want to call it.

I have often heard about it and also seen it on pictures, but seeing those huge knits wrapped around a rather dull and ugly scaffolding made me smile.

I am sure you have heard and seen a lot about it already but how about checking out these: Knit the City, Strickistinnen , Knit Vienna or Knitsforlife… just to mention some of many artists knitting for all of us 🙂

 

Door 19 – present time

Last day at nursery, play, party and a visit by Father Christmas.

So it was time for me as well to hand out Christmas presents.

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When we moved to London, I still wanted to make Christmas biscuits even though we would travel back for the holiday season and I realised that this would actually be the perfect gift for all my friends here. They do not have the same tradition of these biscuits so it would be a unexpected yet very appreciated present (who does not like home made biscuits) and I could still get into Advent baking spirit. So everybody wins 🙂

And today was the day of giving them to people, for some it was a new thing, for others what they have been waiting for… hopefully.

And there are still enough left for us 🙂

 

Door 18 – favourite patterns

I have just been browsing my ravelry-projects, wondering when I will ever have the time to add my latest projects and I have realised that I have used some patterns over and over again, just because they are really great and versatile.

There is, of course, the Little Rascals by Julia Stanfield.

I am not even sure if the gallery shows all the models I have ever knitted from that pattern, but you can see it is very versatile and all children in my family own at least one of them.

Another favourite for a quick and easy gift for a new baby girl would be the Versa by Shannon Passmore.

I almost always use this pattern when I have to knit something for a baby girl. It offers many choices to adapt the shape but I almost always knit a tunic as I feel it is the version that will fit the longest, first as a dress, later a top.

And last but not least, there is the Rainbow Dress by Georgie Hallam. I haven’t actually knit it this year but I think it is a great pattern and I am very fond of it. Maybe because it was the first time ever that I came across anything a seamless top-down pattern.

Whilst looking at my past projects I have also rediscovered a few patterns that would be worth to be knit again, but enough for today 🙂

Door 17 – where to shop

Today, I had to go to Oxford Street so I decided to buy those two balls of Debbie Bliss Chunky at John Lewis. They really have quite a good range of yarn, even more fancy brands. And it is the easiest to reach yarn shop for me but I guess the atmosphere isn’t great.

I also popped into Liberty, a very old and special department store, which I did not now about until very recently. It is really a beautiful building. And they have gorgeous fabrics (I did now their fabric line a bit though). Yarnwise they seem to have the entire Rowan range. All these shades and textures makes you want to knit a lot, isn’t it. I didn’t buy anything there but I guess that would be a nice shopping experience.

Since I can not always travel to Oxford Street when I need new supply I usually order online, mainly at Deramores. They have a great customer service and always some kind of deal. Last time, I couldn’t find my coupon code and emailed them. But I could not wait for their answer and just ordered without using my voucher. And guess what, they actually reimbursed me those 10% even if it was clearly my own fault that I didn’t use my discount.

And I usually get my order the next day, so this kind of shopping is really effective even though yarn shopping would be one of the things I do not necessarily want to have the most effective way.