Juli 18 2021

Not That Much Happening

At least not on the crafting front. I worked two days in a new job and found out that it just isn’t meant to be. I do like the job (filling duvets and pillows with downs and feathers – I especially love making baby blankets and baby pillows, I keep imagining a pregnant woman opening the packet and telling the bump that her/his bed is ready and waiting) but I can’t stand the downs. They are so light and airy, just one touch sends them off flying, and they get into everything, and I really mean EVERYTHING. I even found some in my bra at night. (My mom said if I kept collecting them I’d have my own duvet in no time.) I wore a mask at work and still had trouble breathing for the entire day and evening so I suppose that even though I’m not exactly allergic, my body won’t tolerate working in that environment for long, so I’ll have to quit soon. It’s a shame because the hours are great (no night shifts, no weekends, mostly mornings) and they pay good wages – but my health is more important.

One of the projects on my list this year is treasure hunting for stuff to use in my bullet journal, art journals and junk journals, and here’s what I got this week. This is scrapbooking paper that I bought on Amazon. It was advertised as 360 pieces, and while I realized there would be scraps of different sizes, I wasn’t quite prepared for this:

Some of the scraps are not just small, they’re tiny, and the quality isn’t what I suspected either. The colours look faded, but not vintage-faded, just dull – ugly – „we don’t put much effort into this“ – faded. I know I will be able to use all of the scraps some way so I will get my money’s worth in the end but I won’t order from that seller again. There are some Etsy shops that sell vintage paper and ephemera, I think I’ll try one of them next time.
On the plus side – my mom gave me some magazines my brother didn’t want to keep any longer, and I think I’ll use some of them for journaling. After I’ve read them, of course.

The only „real“ crafting I did was cast on a new pair of Mojos, this time for my own feet. The yarn is a hand-dyed yarn from Wollpapst from way back when Marion still dyed sockyarn. The shop still exists but these days, she just sells the materials for dyeing. The colours in this 4ply range from deep purple and dark brown to dark petrol.

All in all, this has been a week of frustration, disappointment and bad news. Tuesday brought heavy rain and floods a few villages over where members of our congregation live. Fortunately, they were all okay, some had to cope with power outages for a few hours, and had to pump water out of their cellars but by Wednesday, things were back to almost normal over here. Other parts of Germany have been hit much harder, with houses collapsing and being washed away, dams breaking, villages being evacuated, and what’s worst, the numbers of fatalities still rising. More than 100 confirmed deaths so far, and still many more people unaccounted for and maybe trapped in flooded cars and houses. Watching the news is heartbreaking.

If I had to sum up this week in three words, it would be these:

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Veröffentlicht18. Juli 2021 von Ella in Kategorie "The Posts

22 COMMENTS :

  1. By Maureen H DesMarais on

    I’m glad you are safe. Hearing about the flooding is just so unbelievable.

    Your post page is just so cute!! That’s a shame the scrapbook pieces turned out to be a disappointment. I hope you do find a good source. Hoping your cute socks bring you some joy.

    Too bad about the new job. Do other workers have tips on how to manage all the feathers?? Wearing a mask all day would be a challenge for me too.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Maureen. I think I’ll use the majority of the scraps in junk journals, that way I won’t be sorry for losing the material if something doesn’t turn out the way I want it to.

      The other workers have gotten used to the feathers over the years. One of them told me she experienced all that I’m fighting with when she first started working there so here’s hoping I might adapt as well. I’m not going to push it, though, I’ve had my share of health problems over the years and I’m not really keen on adding more.

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  2. By Nicky on

    I’m so sorry to hear about what’s been happening in Germany over the past week. The idea that there are climate change deniers is horrendous to me when so many people are suffering or have lost their lives because of the weather phenomenons caused by climate change.

    Sorry the week has been so tough for you and here’s to this week being better.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Nicky. It’s true, climate change is truly happening, and it’s changing our way of living in many ways. Hearing about the horrible fires in the USA and Canada while parts of my own country are literally drowning … it’s hard to believe we live on the same planet.

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  3. By Marsha on

    I would love to know how you use the paper in your journaling. I am always looking for new ideas to use in my journals. It is too bad the amazon order is not what you were expecting. Another pair of Mojos! How fun. I found the pattern but I thought yours looked a bit different from the ones on the pattern photo. Did you make adjustments to them? We have been praying for all in the floods in Germany. It is heart breaking to see the destruction happening there. We are having flash floods here but nothing like what is happening over there. Sorry to hear your job is a perfect fit. I thought all down comforters, pillows and duvets were stuffed using machines. I can only imagine all the down flying through the air as you try and stuff it into material. It must look like a pillow fight gone wrong all the time there.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Marsha. I made a video and am just now uploading it to Youtube to give you an idea of how I use the scraps.

      There are lots of Mojo patterns on Ravelry. The original one was a freebie way back but the designer has since changed it. There are other patterns as well but basically, it’s just a mix of k2 p2 ribbing and k5rds p5rds ripples, you can knit them any way you want. The only adjustment I make is that I knit both socks alike instead of changing the succession of ribs and ripples.

      You’re right, we use machines to get the downs into the pillows and duvets but the downs have to be put into the machine by hand, to make sure we get the correct weight for the different pieces, and that’s when they take flight. Sometimes it looks like it’s snowing.

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  4. By Mary-Anne on

    Love the mug!!! Pew Pew indeed! Sorry about the scraps not being what you wanted – so disappointing. Yay for casting on socks though. The flooding sounds so awful. I have another friend in Germany although she is higher up and not involved. Take care

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Mary-Anne. I think I’ll use the majority of the scraps in junk journals, I wanted to try out some new techniques anyway, and if I mess it up, there isn’t that much good material lost.

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  5. By Anne on

    Stay safe! All that rain sounds scary! Glad you were at least able to get a new pair of socks started. Sometimes the basic things are just what I need when I’ve had a stressful week!

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Anne. You’re right, basic things aka mindless knits are so relaxing in times of stress. I was going for plain vanillas first but then remembered I wanted a pair of Mojos as well, and since they’re almost as mindless as vanillas, well, there’s that. LOL.

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  6. By Ramona on

    I was reading through your entry and I was like “oh no! I hope everything is okay” and then I saw the mug and nearly spat on my screen. That was awesome and my aunt agrees

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Ramona. Well, I know exactly how you felt because that was very much my reaction when I saw the mug for the first time. It’s my „a smile a day“ mug.

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  7. By Jennie on

    We’ve been watching the heartbreaking news of the floods, my thoughts are with everyone affected.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having some issues with the new job, it’s such a shame when it seems like it suits your needs. The sock yarn looks beautiful, I really like a petrol blue. Looking forward to seeing it take shape.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Jennie. I’m really sad about the job, it seemed such a perfect fit. I’ll stick to it for as long as I can, and hope I’ll find another position soon.

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  8. By Becki on

    Seeing the flooding in Germany on the news has been shocking. I just saw a Reuters report that estimates the death told to be 157 today – perhaps higher as I write this. I’m relieved that you and your home have not been harmed.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Becki. We’re at 160 lives lost now but still many people unaccounted for, and more dead bodies suspected in abandoned cars and somewhere among the wreckage and debris. It hurts to hear people say they still haven’t heard from family members and friends. Landlines haven’t been fully restored yet, mobiles aren’t working reliably, and all that mud everywhere – „dystopian“ is the only word I can think of to describe it.

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  9. By Cinna Knits on

    I really LOVE that coffee mug. And the socks. Bummer about the subpar scrap pack.

    The floods in Germany have been heartbreaking to watch unfold.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Cin. I love that mug, too. Steve bought it for me as a surprise gift, and I’ve used it almost every day since.

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  10. By Liz Highlandheffalump on

    Oh I hadn’t heard about Germany’s flooding, that is very sad to hear of all those deaths and people being evacuated. I love the mug and it must bring a smile even on your darkest days. I hope you find a job more suitable soon.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Liz. Yes, it’s very sad, and it’s not over, too many people still unaccounted for. Here’s hoping they have been evacuated and just aren’t anywhere near a working telephone.

      I’ll stick to the current job as long as I can while trying to find another one, and do hope I might just get used to the feathers and downs.

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  11. By Lucy+Bowen on

    I have been following the devastating flooding over there and am so glad you are safe, but so sorry for all of those people.
    I’m also sorry for the scrapbooking material and the job – I really hope this week is better.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Lucy. This week is turning out much better so far, I had a wonderful Zoom conversation with a dear friend this morning, I’ve worked on my October layout, and my husband took a couple of days off so we get to spend time together.

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