Crochet:: Blankets

As I’m hopping from one hostel to another I really miss my old snuggly bed back home with its plethora of blankets, second hand, hand made and handed down. Below is some crochet blanket eye candy from around the web. I am sort of looking forward to getting home and hooking up my own! A lot of new and exciting patterns have been springing up all over the shop and I know I have enough yarn in my stash for one! (Or two or three…)

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Love the different patterns here

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so many beautiful colours

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There are so many wonderful variations on the Sophie’s Garden pattern! *free on Raverly.

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This one with it’s cool tones and mixture of stitches is awesome. I sometimes get bored by the repetitive treble crochet and it’s nice to mix it up.

Well, as you can see I’ve been attracted like a bee to all the colourful blankets. They are just a pop of happy in these dreary cold winter days!

Thanks for reading
Dominique

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Travel:: Romania.

Romania, what a wonderful place. I didn’t really know that much about Romania before I went there, and i was curious and excited as the bus pulled in to Bucharest station. We arrived at 7am after a night bus from Sofia, Bulgaria following a day bus from Istanbul to Sofia. I bet you can guess that we were pretty exhausted. we asked a taxi driver for directions to the centre, and despite sending us the wrong way, we made it. A fantastic little hostel called The Doors, with a hand made mezzanine in the common room and a their very own tea lounge with over 30 loose teas!

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That day we had a little rest before gulping a lot of coffee and heading into the centre. After only half an hour of walking around we bumped into another bad experience, apparently jay walking here is illegal! The police cajoled us into giving them 30 euros, it should have been double but for whatever reason he let me off. Since then we have learnt that this is a tourist trap in many Eastern and Central European big cities so watch out!

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Street Books!

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The above is a statue of Vlad, probably the most famous historical person known in regards to Romania. But despite the vampiric legend surrounding being exactly that, a legend, his story and role within Romania during the Ottoman empire is gory, scary, hideous, horrific and so of course completely fascinating. If you have the guts i suggest looking up exactly what he did when he impaled people and where the “vampire” rumour came from, it might not be exactly as Bram described but i think it is just as, if not more, fascinating.

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This is the Stavropoleos church, almost hidden as it is tucked away from the main city streets in a small corner behind some large buildings. It is a painted monastary for nuns and it so beautiful.

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Here we have the ugliest statue in Budapest with his disproportionate sized butt! The statue is supposed to symbolise the merging of the Romans with the Romanian peoples.

So that was just a small, tiny taste of Bucharest. It really is a fascinating place, with a rich history. We went on the free walking tour and our tour guide told us all about the origination of the Romanian people, the history of Romanian, all the way up until communism and Nicolae Ceaușescu and his effect devastating effect on Bucharest and Romania, another topic, that if your interested is worth looking into, I mean have a look at this. The guy made people move entire buildings to make way for new buildings with railway tracks. Insane.

After Bucharest we headed a little north to a small place called Sinaia. A really lovely and tiny town. It is home to the famous Peles Castle.
Below are just a few snaps.

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Some wonderful Indian tea we had.

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This is Peles Castle

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So much snow! It’s crazy that we went from over 30 degrees in Italy, to 1 or 2 degrees and snow here!

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We took two cables cars to the top of the mountain, amazing views. But unfortunately we didn’t see any bears.

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After Sinaia, we headed west to another small town called Sibui. We like to try, if possible, and visit more than one city in a country, especially if that one city is a capital. It;s difficult to get a real feel for the culture and country by just going to the capital. Its like judging England having only been to London.

Below are just a few snaps of Sibui. This was also the start of the Christmas Markets.

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And thats it for now, I’m a bit behind with posts but stay tuned as my Budapest post is coming shortly!

Thanks for reading.
Dominique

Knitting:: Favourite Things Scarf

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Beginning my Favorite Things scarf

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Knitting away on a treason from Romania to Budapest

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My scarf/cowl (haven’t decided what it will be yet!) is coming along rather quickly, despite my initial concerns – ie stranded knitting would be hard and not only would I end up in knots but it would take FoReVeR. But it wasn’t very hard to pick up and so I’ve been chugging along. I’ve given myself the deadline of Christmas day, but preferably before!

Before I casted on I looked around the interwebs for various charts and patterns, there are loads – free and not so free! I bookmarked a few and began to think about colour combinations, order  of the patterns and sizing. However after realising that, as I was using 4ply yarn (the pattern suggested using thinner yarn as using aran/DK makes the scarf very bulky and I couldn’t imagine carrying around 10 balls of aran whilst travelling) the stitches and sizes would all need changing for each chart, therefore I bought a tiny graph paper book (you can see my drawings in some of the images but these are designs I have taken from other sources and altered slightly) so I could alter the sizes. However i got a little carried away and once I got the hang of it I began to design my own. I thought what better way to really personalise this pattern than creating my own original charts. Though I am still using a few charts I found on raverly/Pinterest.

I stopped looking at knitting charts and began seeking inspiration in other types of media like illustration, posters, paintings, cartoons and my travels to see what I could draw upon and how I could incorporate and merge the styles into teeny, tiny graph squares that would look, not amazing, but at least recognisable when knitted up.
It allows my imagination to run wild and try some new and different patterns – as well as doodling and having fun with colours.

You’ll have to wait and see how they turn out – just like me (with baited breath!)

The grey/blue/white row that you can see above is a produce of that inspiration and experimentation so I am excited and apprehensive to see what it will look like!

Can you guess what it will be?

Thanks for reading,
Dominique

PS – this is my 100th post!! Awesome 🙂