August 1 2021

Knitting Through The Rough Times

Hello lovelies, here I am, back home after a difficult week. I missed last week’s YoP update because Steve had to take me to hospital on Friday with stomach cramps and pains and a general feeling of „meh“. I was released this Thursday, and without wanting to go into detail, I finally have a diagnosis and know now what it is that has been bothering me for almost three years. Nothing a little dieting can’t fix, or at least amend. It was the not knowing that was the really hard part. Now that I’m back home, I’m determined to change my diet, go for walks more often, and generally do what I can to improve my condition.

This is what I did to keep me sane. (I don’t have to explain that one, do I?) I packed my knitting along with my nighties, undies and towels, and spent almost all of Sunday knitting and finishing that sock. This is what was supposed to become my pair of Mojos but I didn’t like the pattern with this yarn, so I frogged it and decided on plain vanillas. Sock 2 was started on Monday, with good intentions galore, but Monday around lunch time the nurse handed me the bag that Steve had left for me in the morning (he wasn’t allowed in because of Covid restrictions, and also because I was thought to be contagious – presumed tummy bug – so he left the bag at the information desk), and in it were – among more undies – my laptop and my Alpine Knit Scarf, so I spent most of Monday watching the Saturday morning part of our annual convention, and afterwards listening to an audio book while adding a few rows to Alpine Knit Scarf.

Now this is what I would have shown you had I not been taken to hospital. I’ve played around some more with my October journal layout and decided to add some more magazine cuttings and a few butterflies. I’m not totally in love with it but it’s a completely different layout from the other ones so far, and it was so much fun to try something new. As you can see, I did not add any shapes or outlines to the daily photo page (and here’s another pro tip: don’t use cheap glue sticks, they won’t stick – see the messy parts where the paper doesn’t stick to the page below? I’ll have to cut them open with a knife and then either glue the paper back on or rip parts of it out *sigh*). So to keep track of how many photos I’ve taken during the month, I will add … no, I won’t tell you yet, you’ll have to wait for October.

I’m starting August on a much more positive note than all the months before. I bought the „Strandwanderer“ pattern today and can’t wait to cast on. I’ve promised myself to finish the second sock first, though. And maybe add a few more rows to Alpine Knit Scarf.

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:

Juli 11 2021

That’s some Mojo…

Or in other words: Tadaaaaaaa!

Mojos for Steve

Friday morning was cold and rainy, very much like an autumn day infact, so I sat down with a cuppa and my knitting and finished Steve’s new pair of Mojos. They brightened my mood to no end. Other than that, I added a few more rows to my scrap blanket that unfortunately, I haven’t taken a photo of yet.


I’ve spent some more time with my bullet journal, have completed the August layout, and have started working on the September layout.

Here’s August:

August front page
August photo tracker
August weekly layout

I guess the theme’s pretty obvious, even though my lighthouse looks kind of strange. That’s what happens when you draw something from memory without bothering to look at actual pictures first. I’ve put my daily photo tracker on the second page, the idea is to colour one segment in a parasol for each daily photo I take. Each parasol has six segments but August has 31 days, that’s why there’s a tiny folded parasol to the right of the beach chair. That’s the last one to be coloured. Well, hopefully, that is.
I chose another dutch door solution for the weekly layouts, with the days of the week written on the left, and a mini calendar going from left to right on top. I’ve left the right page of the layout blank, I might add to do lists, creative ideas, a few short notes or maybe even the odd diary entry, I don’t know yet. My book list, or to be more precise, the list of books I’ve read or listened to in August, is on the last week’s page.
To be honest, I wasn’t quite happy with my drawing, and am growing tired of dutch doors, so I decided on something different for September:

September front page
September goals / notes and book list
September weekly layout

This is probably as minimalistic as it gets for me. I used some of my washi stickers (theme: „Forrest Fog“, which seemed so appropriate, considering that I woke up yesterday to a November sky, all grey and foggy), a few scraps from an old envelope, some black washi tape and a few newspaper scraps. I included the daily photo tracker on the front page, I’ll use the tiny polaroid frames to track my progress. I don’t know yet if I’ll just colour them, stick some washi tape in, or maybe cut some colourful scraps from magazines. We’ll see.
The pages for goals / notes and my book list are next, again, I’ve used scraps from envelopes, a tiny newspaper scrap, black washi tape and a white gel pen. Quite minimalistic, but I like the „no nonsense“ vibe.
I’ve also set up the first week for September, again, polaroid frames to be filled with events, plans, dates, whatever. I’ve left the top and the bottom on the right side empty for now. I don’t think I really need a mini calendar, and I’d rather have some space left for to do lists, notes, or maybe a sticker or drawing. I’m seriously considering getting one of those tiny printers that you can hook up to your smartphone, and print your own photos on sticky paper. That would be a nice addition to my journal. Then again, those printers cost an arm and a leg but lack in quality so I suppose I’d be better off getting some nice quality sticky paper for my regular printer, and print my photos from my desktop computer.
All in all, my September layout is my favourite so far so I think I’ll stick to it for the rest of the year. Less drawing, more scraps and washi tape and stickers.
In case you want to know – I’m using an Amazon Basics notebook in size A5, dot grid, 120 g /m². It’s an okay quality, the paper is quite smooth and white, and my usual brush pens and very thin fineliners don’t bleed through. Only the calligraphy fineliners do (the one I used to write the „36“ in the first September weekly) but I don’t mind too much. I haven’t yet tried watercolour or gouache paint on that paper, I suppose it will warp a bit – but then again, it’s just a notebook, not an artist sketch book, so there will be limits to what the paper can take, and that’s totally fine. I chose this notebook because it comes in a set of two (one blue, one black – the black / grey were sold out *bummer*) and is rather cheap. If I stick to bullet journaling, I can still buy a better quality one next time.

And that’s it for this week. Or, as Steve put it: „It’s only July, why in the world are you planning ahead for September?“ Because August was already done and dusted, dear.