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Super veggies

I’ve never grown anything before (aside from a daffodil in primary school), so I’ve been shocked by how fast and well my courgettes, carrots and basil have been growing.

I don’t think the picture shows just how big the courgette plant leaves are! I’ve also got quite a few left in the propagator waiting to be potted up, but I need more soil!

Aside from gardening, I’ve been working on finishing my vintage jumper and since I’m on the final few sleeve repeats it shouldn’t be long until I can sew it up and finally show a FO! I’m also contemplating making a simple dress for my cousin but need to find some fun fabric which might be a bit tricky.
I really feel like sewing at the moment, so I think I’m going to go and work on my strawberry dress and with any luck it’ll be ready for when (if!) the warmer weather comes.

Back from København

I’ve been back from Copenhagen for a while now and I’m glad to say my little trip to my favourite city went very well, and rather too quickly. The weather wasn’t great, but it didn’t rain and seeing fog was a nice change. There were some lovely shops, it’s nice that not everything is part of a chain. I found a wonderful cupcake shop; lovely tea, cakes, decor and staff (Serenity Cupcakes on Grønnegade, in case you’re wondering!).
My mum and I went to the national museum and of course I only took pictures of the textiles. Folk costumes, of which few came out well because of the lighting

and beautiful embroidered caps

I only bought 2 skeins of yarn and 1.5m of an orange herringbone fabric.

The absolute best bit about Copenhagen is how polite and friendly the people were. Maybe it’s all the pastries?! So my plan for now is to save up as much as I can so I can go again.
I’m not even going to talk about my time in Norway because it was unfortunately expensive, depressing and a waste of time overall.

On a more crafty note I’m still working on my Icelandic jumper, and planning what I’ll be making for Christmas- if anything!

Another quick project & too much on the go

Last week I finished another little project that took about 2 days to finish. I originally wanted to use this yarn to make a bobble scarf, but got bored with that quickly. It’s been in my knitting box for about 2 years now, so I frogged it and made it into a ribby scarf for winter. It was so simple to make, I just watched Skavlan while knitting it. I was actually quite pleased with how much I could understand, but I still find Swedish the easiest to understand and Danish easier to speak!

I decided I wanted to do another colourwork project, so I ordered Icelandic Lett Lopi yarn and have already started on my Aftur jumper. I’m hoping it’ll be done in time for Scandinavia.

I’ve also been working on some sewing. I’ve wanted a Kasia skirt from Burda for ages now, and have had the fabric sitting in a box. So the other day I stuck the pattern together, traced the pieces and am ready to make a mock-up just to see how it fits. I’ve gone with hips being 2 sizes larger than my waist, so hopefully that will work but we’ll see!

I’ll be using this dark blue fabric, which thankfully has stretch in it, so fitting should be slightly easier. I’m still not sure whether to do contrasting pockets, or whether to put the zip in the back instead of the front. Decisions!

Holiday

So I’m back from Spain. It was so hot, 35+ celsius every day. It’s nice to be back! I got to go to Montserrat for the first time and it’s really beautiful up there. There’s a tram that goes up the mountain, although when we got to the top it looked like some people had walked or even run up there! I climbed this angel monument before I saw the sign asking people not to, oh well!

Since I’ve been back I’ve been working on my vintage jumper and I’ve nearly finished the 1st sleeve after having to rip back to the ribbing when I realised I’d made a mistake the first time around.

I’ve also been going through my wardrobe. I bought this pencil skirt from River Island about 3 years ago, but still haven’t worn it. It fits on my hips, but if I wear it as a high-waisted skirt like it’s supposed to be it’s about 3″ too big. The perils of having 13″ difference between waist and hips – everything fits one or the other but never both! If I pull it down further the skirt doesn’t flare out properly.

So I decided to pin it at the side seams and put my own darts in so it’ll fit my waist.

How is it that my camera can pick up fluff I can’t see, but can’t manage to capture colours properly?!

I’ll be in Denmark for all of October and will mainly be going through Aarhus, Hobro and Copenhagen, so if anyone has any recommendations for shops, sights, restaurants etc. they’d be much appreciated!
Then in November I’ll be flying to Norway and visiting Oslo, staying in Gjøvik and hopefully seeing some other places nearby. So again, please send any recommendations my way!