Work In Progress: Craft Room & Other Project Plans

Finally, I started re-arranging my craft room / office! I’m so happy I finally got going. I moved furniture, boxes of yarn, thousands of books, and other stuff (which I didn’t even know was there). I think having a clutter-free environment will also help declutter the soul. And I DO need to declutter my mind! There are way too many unpleasant thoughts in my head.

So, the first step is done: My office is almost free of the worst clutter and appears to be more spacious. The next step will be to get back to crocheting because that’s one of the activities which calms me down and means a pleasant time to me. Unfortunately, I didn’t crochet much during the last weeks and months. When I have depressive episodes, I’m not able to do much – if anything at all. Thanks to sertraline I feel much better. Not perfect, not healed, but I don’t hate myself anymore.

Back to crocheting: I love reading Stacey’s blog “Fresh Stitching”. Stacey announced Knit & Crochet Design Week recently and I’m playing with the thought of taking part in it. Well, I have never really designed anything (except for my stuffed animal Paul’s knitted sweater) but I would love to crochet a simple garment for myself. I really, really hope I’ll be able to pull through with this!

Finally, here’s a question – or several questions – for you:

  • Do any of you enjoy reading ebooks?
  • Do you have an eReder? Which one?
  • Would you be interested in me reviewing ebooks I’ve read in my blog?
  • Which genres are your favorites?

Thanks for answering.🙂

DIY: turning a rectangle into a shrug

Good morning! It’s really, really cold in Germany today. I’ve been outside for a short while only (taking Flo for a walk) and it was freezing.

In addition to my current “depressive episode” (sounds nicer, doesn’t it?^^), I’ve been down with the stomach flu since Saturday morning. I’m better today and so I thought I’d share a cool link: How To Turn A Rectangle Into A Shrug (via Lion Brand Notebook).

This post addresses knitters and crocheters but I’m pretty sure this can be done by using any fabric, too. One of my friends suggested using fleece for the cold days which seem to lie ahead of us here. Not for me, though – I’ll be leaving for Florida in two weeks, woohoo!😉

I’m A CraftFox!

This is a THANK YOU-post – because I won something cool…🙂

Last December, I submitted the picture of one of my knitted projects to CraftFoxes, a social network for people who love crafting. Early in January I suddenly received a message – I had won a cool CraftFoxes t-shirt!🙂 How cool is that? I didn’t even know they were giving away a t-shirt when I uploaded my project. What a great surprise!

The shirt arrived here yesterday and it’s really cute. Thank you, CraftFoxes!🙂


What’s New & What’s Next?

The past weeks have been very busy. Many expected and unexpected things happened. I received good news and very bad news. Today, I thought I’d sum up what I’ve been up to these past weeks and months and let you know what’s on my mind.

In May, we found an apartment we wanted to buy. We succeeded eventually but it took us months of negotiating and renovating before we finally moved in last week. So here we are: in our new home! I’ve still not gotten around to put all my things away so there won’t be any photos for now. There’s still too much chaos in some rooms (well, in my office mostly).

We’re connected to the internet, too, so hopefully I’ll be able to resume blogging on a regular basis soon.

At first, we were very worried about how the dog would overcome the relocation. The last time we moved it took her days to accommodate to the new place. This time I started crocheting her a blanket while we still lived in the old apartment. I thought that maybe if she found something in the new home with my smell in it to lie on  she would be more at ease. I have absolutely no idea if it worked that way, though.😉

I finished the blanket just in time and fortunately it was a success. Whether it was because of my “love and smell” or just “because it was there” I don’t know.^^

Overall, the dog likes the new place much better than the last one. I just regret that I had to leave the old cemetery behind. I haven’t found a place of such beauty in the new town yet.

And what’s next? Well, I’ll do a book review very soon – and a giveaway!🙂 What will the latter be about? Well, fashion and Halloween, of course!

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Only a couple of days before we moved, I received very sad news. One of my co-workers comitted suicide on September, 21st. We are shocked. He was such a nice and fun person, a friend to all of us, and nobody suspected there could have been anything wrong. Farewell, D.G., we miss you.

I’ve tried to make sense of his death but I can’t. Nobody does. I still hear him laugh sometimes.

Monthly Theme Post: Lace

It’s October, 1st – and it’s time for the Monthly Theme Post (hosted by VictorianKitty).

Today’s theme is lace. Which means I’m in trouble – because I rarely wear lace. Right in this moment I’m not even sure I own any lacy item. So I browsed the internet instead and found some great lace patterns for the knitters and crocheters among us. All of them are offered for free! How cool is that? Just grab a ball of your favorite black or gray or purple yarn and visit these great sites:



I will add more if I find more.😉

You might probably want to pick different colors for most of these projects. Although I think one can not only add a gothic feel by changing the colors (black, purple, gray, dark red, perhaps pink, too) but maybe even create an item perfect for your Steampunk outfit (brown, copper, darker reds, dark blue and gray/silver).

Articles you might also be interested in:

P.S.: I was wrong! I DO own something with at least a little lace: