My lack of posts this summer would make it seem as if I’ve either, not done anything at all, or done so much I haven’t had time to post. It’s a little bit of both. In June, MrNTR and I and went on a small holiday to Oslo, Norway and I had another mini holiday in July/August with my best friend.
Oslo was AMAZING! We had a great view of the Opera House from our hotel. I think I took this picture close to 11:00 at night. I never saw it get dark while we were there and I usually went to bed about 12:00am.
I also bought some yarn. I only found two yarn shops in Oslo and even though one of them was really small, they both had an absolutely stunning selection of brightly coloured yarns. I wanted to get several colours to do some colour work, but it was just too expensive. It took quite a while to decide between a bright pink and this bright blue and I’m very pleased with my choice. I plan on using it to knit the Shalom Cardigan.
As I said, we moved in June. In the move I acquired a craft room, so have been quite the busy bee this summer. The main problem I’ve been having is the motivation to finish projects, mainly because I start sewing or knitting a cute summer clothing project during a two-day sunny streak, then it rains for the next month and my motivation is washed away in the rain. Now I’m thinking about my autumn and winter wardrobe, so they may be unfinished until next spring. However, I have finished a couple of projects for the new flat.
The first is an improv hanging hand towel I knit up during the World Cup. Oddly, I enjoyed watching the US vs England match and the one where England got kicked out. The towel was knit with a double seed stitch and a garter stitch border. I don’t remember the number of cast-on stitches or anything, I just knit until it seemed like I was going to run out of yarn, did some dramatic K2Tog decreases and made a little fold-over tab with a yarn over button-hole. I used exactly one ball of Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes (colourway 21114).
My best friend came to visit, which was my second mini holiday, and I wanted to be sure everyone could lounge comfortably in the living room. Our new flat only has a three seat sofa, so we could all technically fit, but it’s not always the most comfortable. Since there really isn’t any room to add more furniture, my second project is a solution to a small living space – a floor cushion from Amy Butler’s In Stitches.
I am in total love with this fabric! I bought it to make the floor cushion, but it only became a floor cushion in the end because I got a veto from MrNTR when I draped the fabric around myself and asked, “Do you think it’s too much for a dress? What about a skirt?” Needless to say, he answered ‘Yes’ to both questions.
As a floor cushion, it’s comfortable, though I think I need to add more stuffing. Floor lounging would also be more comfortable if I made the second, longer cushion to go with it. My favorite way of using it is propping the gum drop pillow* behind the floor cushion and leaning against the two. It works well on the floor propped up against the sofa, or on the sofa, which is so comfortable it makes seam ripping a little less frustrating.
I also got a crafty souvenir on my bff mini holiday. Can you guess where we went?
*After some wear and tear, I can say that if you make the gum drop pillow, make it with a heavy cotton and reinforce the seams at the top. I’ve had it bust open in a few different spots and beanbag innards are not fun to clean up.