Hello!I have spent quite some time traveling during the last 1 1/2 weeks and thus I didn't blog as soon as I intended to.
Last week I was on a work trip in Bayreuth (Bavaria). Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures. :-( Not that I saw much of the city anyway. I spent most of my limited time on the university campus and in the hotel. However, I did spent a lot of time on the train and got to crochet a bit. Some of the following baby / toddler shoes were made on the trip, the others at home. I fell in love with these two patterns from Tara Murray: Bodie Baby Booties and Toddler Slippers. The patterns are really well written and I will surely buy more soon! Some of the booties / slippers will go to friends but I am also thinking about opening a Dawanda shop. Dawanda is like the German Etsy and it's an awesome website. So many talented people sell their their stuff there! I could shop there for hours...
The booties all lack a ribbon. I think I will make will make black ones since the booties are really colourful themselves. What do you think?
Some of the shoes are made with sock yarn. It feels quite nice! I reckon I will make more shoes soon... It's such a rewarding project. My sister ordered slippers too, well, grown up ones that is. I already bought the Molly Slippers from Tara Murray, so I think I will give these ones a try.
My other major WIP is my corner to corner blanket. It's almost finished! All the rows are done but I need to weave in the ends. And there are so many of them. Sigh! I am however already deeply in love with the blanket. As I told you in this blog post, I used the Attic 24 Color Pack from Stylecraft Special DK. I think I might order some more of this yarn soon. Hmmm. Need to work on my yarn addiction.
The blanket has 147 rows. Every color except two has been used for 12 rows. :-) And there is some yarn left. Took me about 4 weeks to complete but I also did a lot of other projects during this time.
While I was at my parents place I came across the second blanket I ever made: It is a simple granny square which I made while I lived in Australia and sent to my mum as a birthday gift. I think the cat claimed it as his though...
I searched for these lovely yarn needles for ages:
The have a nylon loop on the top and thus there is no annyoing fiddling the yarn through the tiny hole. I highly recommend them and they are pretty cheap too (3,50 €). I got them from a local yarn shop in my parents' hometown but I think they can be ordered online too.
It was our four year anniversary yesterday and we spent the evening / night in Münster. The weather was quite nasty but we had a good time anyway. Hotels aren't really affordable in Münster so we stayed in the Nordstern Hostel instead. It is a lovely hostel in one of the old town houses. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and the price is alright. What more could one ask for? Well, perhaps a better heating system but we managed with some extra blankets. There is a great old pub downstairs which sells brilliant roast chicken. I would go back any time!
We intened to have breakfeast at Milchmädchen which is a tiny, tiny coffee bar with lovely waffles on Wednesdays and Saturdays but... they were on holidays! Unlucky us! We had our brekkie in a lovely French bakery instead and enjoyed it a lot!
Yumm! I could just tuck back in again! Reminds me of our holiday in Paris two years ago when the boyfriend and I basically ate our way though Paris. Who cares about the Eiffel Tower? It's all about the food!
We also had tea in Time for Tea which is a cafe that only serves tea. As you know I love tea and liked the concept. The tea was beautifully displayed, however it didn't rock my socks. Also, it was very expensive (13 € for two) and the waitresses were talking to themselves very loudly about personal stuff I didn't want to know about.
I don't think I will go back... Instead I will have lots of teas from this selection. In Weyhe, my parents town, there is a brilliant tea shop called Tee Kontor. I adore their tea! YumYumYum!
We booked tickets to Canada!! The boyfriend will attend a conference there in July and I will travel with him to explore Vancouver. After the conference we will spend two weeks on Vancouver Island. I am soooo excited! Should anyone have some advice on where to go, where to eat, where to buy yarn... send them in!