Sri Lanka, the start and a first day of travel

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Yeah, we are currently in the middle of nowhere, somewhere near Sigirya in the jungle and they have finally proper internet. It is kind of exciting to be able to connect with people outside of Sri Lanka again. So I can now show you some first impressions from Sri Lanka where I am on a two weeks trip starting with a wedding on our second day. I’m travelling with the girls as Michael didn’t get days off but I wouldn’t miss my best friend’s wedding.

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We arrived in Colombo after a hassle-free Emirates flight with a two hours stop-over in Dubai on Thursday morning. Immigration and baggage claim was a quick thing too so we were off in the taxi to our resort within an hour or so. Tine, the bride, had organised the resort for us. Fortunately I had printed out the location from google maps as our taxi driver had no idea how to get to Kumudu Valley Resort, our ok value location. The resort sits at the banks of a river and is a five minutes walk from an absolutely empty beach but we didn’t spend much time there.

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We only spend Thursday in the resort chilling out and getting rid of our jetlag and on Friday it was already time for the wedding which took place in a very posh resort, a ten minutes drive to the south, called Ranweli Resort. As some friends and the wedding couple stayed there we were already invited for a morning tea the day of the wedding and could spend the whole day there. It was really nice and a very funny way to get to know the other guests (or at least the European ones) before the ceremony when we were all swimming first in the sea and then in the pool.

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By afternoon it was time to do the bride’s hair and make-up which was my job. I think I never curled and hairsprayed that much hair. But it was absolutely worth it. At around six pm the registration took place and a few speeches later we cod head for a tasty Sri Lankan buffet. Contrary to European believes a wedding is a far quicker thing in Sri Lanka than e.g. in Germany. Having started around five most guests left already at ten and so we were also off to bed by half past midnight.

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This was a good thing as we were to leave on Saturday by 11 am. We woke up at around 9 am and now had time for a shower, packing and a good breakfast before heading to our tour. The tour was organized by the newly weds for all guests who wanted to see a bit more of Sri Lanka after travelling so far just for one wedding party.

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Our part-time guide, the groom & only Sri Lankan on the tour was very positive that we would be able to see a forest monastery in our way to our first stop, Singirya. But with loads of roadworks and therefore loads of traffic it took us basically forever to even Singirya, so we were dropped at our hotel (we stayed in two different places because we are so many) already in the dark in what seemed the middle of the jungle.

Yarn Along 4/15 – No knitting

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I didn’t get much knitting done this week due to a huge sewing effort I made on the weekend. And this is why today you get to see fabric instead of yarn today. By the way this also means this is not only a Yarn Along post but also Me Made Mittwoch worthy. As I already mentioned in my sewing post last monday, I’m facing different projects and last weekend I spend my time, starting, working on AND finishing one of them: My costume matter.

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The situation is this: I have a huge box with costumes and want to reuse one of them this year: the snow queen. Now the costume I have is more of a indoor costume and carnival in Düsseldorf is more of an outdoor thing. But carnival starts on the 12th of February making it a cold weather event and I’m old and wise enough to dress in layers that keep me warm outside and that I can shed when inside and not go half naked as some people tend to do. I have a long and wide skirt (can be made outdoorsy by wearing pants underneath), a small top and a fake fur shrug. This means that I needed something warm between shrug and top (oh and maybe I’ll get a corsett as well but I’ll buy that one if I decide on that). I had many bits and pieces leftover from my princess dress and decided to turn them into a vest. I even bought a pattern for this. It is NR. 7647-S from Simplicity. Now I already expected to be quite short on fabric but I ended up really patchworking bits and pieces together to get the shapes I needed.

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But I actually really like the look this is creating. Putting together the pieces was more work than actually sewing them together in the end. But it also meant that I could totally fit the vest to my body because making another seam didn’t show. There were so many anyway. I then shortend the vest quite a lot because I will wear the skirt at least waist high and the vest only need to cover the top of the skirt a little. The good thing about this was, that I then had enough fabric to make a collar. I also realised that the fabric without lining would be too thin to really keep me warm. Good that I have some more stash. I found a fleece fabric that my mum had made us winter coats of back than in the early 90s… Now the vest is super fitted, warm and cosy. Plus the good thing about lining is that you don’t see all the seams because they disappear between the layers.

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Finally I added the last nine buttons from my princess dress and it was done. You shouldn’t look to closely on the places where lining and vest are joint but hey, it is a costume so this is perfectly fine. I will show you the full costume with make up and asseccories on the 11th by the way. Now I can happily return to my knitting before I need to face my wedding guest dress if I want to wear it on the 27th of February.

Happy Yarn Along and Me Made Mittwoch to all of you!

Yarn along 3/15 – All WIPs

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Today I’m going to show you all this stuff that I’ve been working on and that are WIPs or in some cases rather UFOs that I want to finish in 2015. I know I already talked about them last week but this week I have pictures for you as well.

I’m going to start with my Aiken sweater. I told you about the sizing topic in my last Yarn Along post. Since I started it around New Year’s, I have been going strong on it. The body is now finished. I bound off my hemline stitches with a special methods that is rather sewn and not knit. In my directions that I have it is called the Italian Cast off method. When I google this I get something similar on youtube but not exactly the same. It basically is a very stretchy bind off that only works with k1,p1 hemlines. It does take lots of time but I think it looks quite nice. Now I need to integrate the sleeves. And when I look at the yarn that I have left I’m pretty positive to get about medium long sleeves out of it.

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I’m also working on my Q socks. I want to finish those time eaters. Every time I have time enough to knit a full pattern repeat (14 rows but feeling like 100) I do so. I need two more pattern repeats before starting to turn the heel and from there on some concentration on making the cubes slowly disappear on the upper front.

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Next to a knitting resolution for 2015 (again like in 2013 and 2014, yes I know…). What I want to do is to knit a hexipuff a day. So far this works well but also because I counted the ones that I did over the holidays into 2015 already. They are a great project when travelling because I can take several mini skeins with me in this tiny glasses bag and knit one at a time. Of course I then need to close them without filling and reopen them at home to fill them, but that’s ok.

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Now to some dormant projects: The oversized sweater is the way I left it in 2014. Eventually, probably when I have finished the Aiken sweater, I will move back to this project. Or maybe I will move directly on to some more summery knits that lie dormant here too, like the Pin tuck Tee that I forgot to take a picture of this morning.

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When rummaging through my project bags I also found this lace cowl I started to match the girls’ dresses. I did not put it yet into ravelry and didn’t save the pattern in my library so at the moment I have absolutely no idea what the pattern was called. But I’m going to look it up for next week. I’m not too sure if I want to continue with this cowl as I don’t know if I want to make one for each girl for next year and otherwise I don’t know who to give it too as the rest of my turquoise skein will only last long enough to make a small child’s cowl. Maybe I rip this out and turn all the left overs into something completely else. We’ll see.

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Last but not least there is the “ever since I bought that yarn long term project” called Tree of light shawl… It has been sleeping in a drawer for quite some time now but I think when I have finished the socks which are a high concentration project I could move back to the shawl so it gets finished one day.

As for reading I am currently reading a book Michael got for his birthday which is called “Kruso” by Lutz Seiler. It is a highly awarded book from last year and said to be very poetical. To be honest, to me it feels like one of these “high literature” books that I read about once a year to be able to say I did something for my education. It is ok so far but I honestly enjoy entertaining books more…

Joining with Ginny and the Yarn Along ladys.

 

 

Yarn Along 2/15 – Looking back, looking forward

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Happy New Year fellow Yarn Alongers! I hope you had a nice christmas and a nice New Year’s Eve and that your started chilled out as mine did. Now I’m back to work but one of my New Year’s resolutions says that I want to focus again a bit more on this blog so this is why you get a long Yarn Along post today. I want to give you a little resume on what I knit in 2014 and then give you a sneak peak into what I am knitting now. Continue reading

Happy New Year – A few resolutions

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It has been very quiet here in the last few weeks. This was due to lots of work, then Christmas and the New Year’s. This meant I was busy with christmas parties, getting presents, finishing presents, going to see my family then Michael’s family – just generally being busy. Now it is the 2015 and even though 2014 was not a bad year, I want 2015 to be better. And this is why I put together a few resolutions for the New Year and I want to share them with you. Maybe that helps me to follow them a bit better: Continue reading