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Our home is still a mess and a chaos.

I’m still waiting for our sofa to arrive. It’s kind of a key piece in our living room, so I can’t put anything else in their places before I see where I want it to go. Magnus has been planning to build some book shelves himself, so that’s another important element I’m waiting for. Everything feels like a giant puzzle where you have to put the pieces in place in order: I can’t get the boxes away from our living room because the books in them need to go on shelves, but for Magnus to be able to build the shelves we should remove the old wall papers and paint the wall first. And for the sofa to fit in our living room, the boxes should be gone. So I guess the first thing I should do is go and decide the paint for the walls. The paint color didn’t feel important when we moved in; I thought I would have a lot of time to think about the color scheme. It always comes down to the little things…

In the past few weeks my time has been consumed by work and planning new Zumba classes and learning the choreographies, and the time I have left after that has been dedicated to knitting. Knitting is my “zen”, my meditation. It also helps me to concentrate and I used to knit in school during lectures.

The Knoll mittens are almost ready. I made some small alterations to the pattern: I thought the thumb was weirdly low, especially because my fingers are quite short. So I started the thumb gusset increases on row 6 (that is 4 rows later than instructed). After finishing the first mitten I noticed that I could have started the thumb even a bit later. I’ll have to remember that if I’m knitting these mittens again.

Also I noticed that the pattern shifts toward the thumb and thus looks a bit crooked. So I’m trying to fix that with the second mitten by moving the thumb gusset a bit toward the palm. I’ll see how that works and tell you what I did if it worked.

I’ve also been knitting the Stonecutter sweater. It’s actually not as hard as it looked first. The cables change only every 4th row so that leaves plenty of mechanical knit-purl in between. I often knit with quite light-weight yarn and small needles so it’s nice to knit something a bit bulkier (worsted weight is bulky for me and 5.0 mm needles are big).  


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