Knitted Washcloths

Sunday, November 24, 2013

As I've been mentioning, I've picked up my knitting needles after having sworn off them for a while. I am not a patient person (although all the model building and technical drawing I'm doing in school is definitely forcing me to become better), and often get frustrated with complicated knitting patterns. Although after seeing this lady's impressive foray into sock making, I'm definitely tempted. Usually I want to knit after a long day as a way to turn my brain off, so I like to work on something I don't have to think about too much. I also prefer to knit while watching tv (can't feel guilty if I'm making something!), so whatever drama is happening on Downton Abbey usually takes precedent over which row I'm supposed to be purling. Lately I've been finding these washcloths to be the perfect project. Cotton yarn is super cheap, they are easily done during a tv episode, and require zombie level thinking power. I think they make great Christmas presents too, paired with a wooden brush or some nice soap. Am I the only one already thinking about Christmas? It seems like the only thing to do now that it is dark for what feels like all day. I've never written a knitting pattern before, but I'll give it a try in case it's helpful. There are also some good patterns here.

I used size 5 needles, and two different colours of cotton yarn at the same time. Cast on 30 stitches. Knit 2 x 2 rib stitch (2K, 2p) for five rows. Repeat ribbing for first and last 4 stitches of every row, continuing in stockinette stitching for a total of about 50 rows. Knit another four rows in 2 x 2 rib stitch and cast off.

Rosemary's Baby

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Until this Halloween I'd never seen Rosemary's Baby. I'd always had the idea that it was a Really Scary movie, so I avoided it, assuming I wasn't emotionally strong enough to handle it. Talking to my mom recently, it turned out that this preconception was inherited from her, who had watched it as a young girl and was found it terrifying. And while I can see how that would be the case, if you are over the age of 12, it's likely not going to give you nightmares. After about an hour of waiting for the scary part to come, I realized that it wasn't going to. I actually really loved it, dark bits included, since it balanced out the sweetness of Mia Farrow's character so well. I couldn't get over the aesthetic, and drove Mark crazy taking a billion screen caps through the film. Highlights include: the indoor herb garden in the old apartment, her bob!, all that plaid, the adorable maternity baby doll dresses, the pixie cut!, the old book about witches, and their bed with the striped sheets and brick and plank shelf/headboard combo (it was hard to get a good shot of this, but you can just make it out). Definitely recommended if you are up for a non-scary, scary movie. Does anyone else have any good movie recommendations? All I want to do these days is curl up with an old movie and knit.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

It only took me a couple of months to get these up, but here you go, the last of my travelling posts for the year. I have no idea how I ended up doing so much travelling this year. It was really a surprise, which I realize sounds silly. But this trip, for example, I hadn't foreseen at all. One of the perks (and added expense) of studying architecture here is that there are a lot of field trips included in the program. At least one trip per year, from what I gather. So when we started in September, we were told that our first one would be a few weeks later, to Barcelona. I hadn't been in years, and was even more excited to go now that I know I have family there (this trip was too busy to squeeze in a visit, so hopefully next time). It was a great way to get to know each other better (spoiler alert: everyone is awesome), and to learn more about Spanish architecture. Plus the weather was perfect, we had tapas pretty much every night and wine costs like one euro a bottle, so those are all good things. I'm crazy excited about our next study trip in June to Japan! I will die from all the kawaii, I am sure.

There are more photos of our trip, plus some peeks at our school projects, and general coolness over at my pal Christine's blog.

Some Things: November

Sunday, November 3, 2013

How is it November already?! The days are getting noticeably darker and colder here, and that hibernation instinct is creeping up again. I'm pretty sure we have extra short fall and spring seasons here and just a really long winter. Every year I try to brace myself for it and try to find ways to enjoy it more. Here are some things that I am liking for this strange month of transition, with a definite but unintentional new age-y vibe, from clockwise. 

1. With these longer, darker nights at home I'm wanting to spend more time making things, and I'm also starting to think about what to make for Christmas presents this year. I think this book looks so inspiring and I'm always a fan of Lena Corwin's work, so I can't wait to get my hands on it. 

2. I've been going to the yoga studio a lot more often lately and I am trying to follow some of my yoga teacher's ayurvedic fall recommendations (see more here). One of my big goals for this month is to do a regular home practice in the mornings, and I think a pretty candle would help with the darkness and to make it seem like more of a ritual. 

3. I've also been starting my mornings with warm lemon water and have switched entirely to herbal teas, which my tummy seems to be much happier with. I'd love to have a good mug for school, and I often miss the weight of ceramic mugs - a lot of the time tea or coffee is served in glasses here which is hard to get used to. This one reminds me of the west coast landscapes back home which is a bonus.

4. My manta lately. Being in school and trying to have a life means that I'll never be able to do all the things on my list, and that's ok. Or at least, I'm constantly reminding myself that it's ok. Work/life or school/life balance is hard! I love these affirmation banners, and think I might make my own version inspired by them to hang next to my desk. 

5. Again, I've been wanting to pick up my knitting needles again lately after a pretty long hiatus. I've realized that I'm never going to be a serious knitter, but I'd like to branch out from scarves and washcloths. These patterns look just about the right difficulty level, and I want to wear all of them.

6. Lately I've been into the idea of having a uniform to wear, just to make life easier. Have you read this article about decision fatigue? I think I definitely suffer from it, ha ha. I'm naturally indecisive (classic Libra, amirite?) but I've found that especially with having to make a lot of small, creative decisions at school that it is even worse. I'd love to have some more simple, utilitarian clothes, like this linen smock dress that I could just throw on in the mornings.  

What are you guys doing to prepare for winter coming?

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