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Hello dear friends, it’s been a while 🙂

Where does the time go? Half way through the year already, it’s hard to believe!

After a week of beautiful sunshine we are now back to continuous rain with temperatures that remind more of autumn than summer, so what better way to spend an afternoon than with yarn and hook in hand making this month’ dishcloth.

When I was in Germany recently I came across a Cotton Yarn I had not tried before, so I thought what better way to give it a go than for my #12monthsofhappy feature. The yarn is by a Norwegian Company called Sandnes Garn and is called Mandarin Petit. It is so so soft and was a pleasure to work with, so why not give it a try.

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But now without further ado, here is this month’ pattern, a little crochet for a change:

What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 70m of soft yarn in various colours – I used Sandnes Mandarin Petit 50g/180m

Ungefähr 70m weiches Garn in verschiedenen Farben – Ich nahm Sandnes Mandarin Petit 50g/180m

3.5mm Crochet Hook – 3.5mm Häkelnadel

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

Finished size of the cloth: 20 cm diameter

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 cm Durchmesser

How to – So gehts

Ch5 and close to form a ring

5 Lftm zu einem Ring schließen

Rnd 1: Work 6dc into ring

Rnd 1: 6 FM in den Ring

Rnd 2: Work 2dc into each dc from previous round

Rnd 2: 2FM in jede Masche der Vorrunde

From here mark first stitch of every round with a marker or safety pin

Von hier markiere die erste M der Runde mit einem Markierer oder Sicherheitsnadel

Rnd 3: *2dc in first st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around

Rnd 3: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächste M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Rnd 4: *2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 2dc; rep from * around

Rnd 4: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächsten 2M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Rnd 5: *2dc in first st, 1dc in each of next 3dc; rep from * around

Rnd 5: *2FM in die erste M, 1FM in die nächsten 3M; von * für die Runde wiederholen

Continue in set pattern increasing the gap between 2 dc’s in each round until you have worked 24 rnds or the dishcloth is your desired size.

In diesem Muster weiterarbeiten, den Abstand zwischen den 2FM in jeder Runde vergrößern bis 24 RND gearbeitet sind oder das Spültuch die gewünschte Größe hat.

For edging work: *ss, [htr, 2tr, htr] in next st, ss in next st, skip 1 st; rep from * around.

Change colour as desired.

Für die Kante: *1KM, (hlbStb, 2Stb, hlbStb) in die nächste M, KM in die nächste M, 1 M überspringen; von * für die Runde wiederholen.

Enjoy! X. – Viel Spaß X.

As always, you can download a PDF of this pattern by clicking hier – Wie immer kannst du ein PDF runter laden indem du auf diesen link klickst.

 

 

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Recently we have seen an influx of publications cashing in on the term of “hygge”. From cooking and baking to decorating the home, and now even in the knitting & crochet world, the band wagon is getting longer by the day. But why the sudden infatuation with a word that roughly translated means nothing more than “cosy”, “clyd” (in Welsh) or “Gemütlichkeit” (in German).

In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life. The warm glow of candlelight, spending time with friends and family, eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life.

Originally Norwegian, hygge meaning ‘well-being”, first appeared in the Danish language at the end of the 18th century and has been embraced by the Danes ever since. Winter seems the perfect time for a large helping of “Gemütlichkeit” in our lives as days are short and long dark evenings lend themselves to lots of cosy time spend in front of the fire.

To me it also means spending some relaxing time with beautiful yarn knitting simply for pleasure! No deadlines, very little time spent in front of the computer, but rather diving into my stash, picking up my needles and enjoying the peace and quiet, working my own thoughts into every stitch I make.

No matter if we call it “hygge”, “clyd” or “Gemütlichkeit”, we can all create our very own by making the ordinary special and meaningful. Everyday activities can become special simply by putting technology to one side and embracing simple practices such as lighting candles, purchasing flowers or brewing real tea in china cups.

Photo taken from Mollie Makes Calendar

I wonder what you first think of when hearing the word “hygge”?, whatever it is, embrace it and enjoy!

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So it has hit me like a ton of bricks and I have to admit it to myself, as hard as it may be…

“I have lost my blogging Mojo”

I actually dread turning my computer on to write a new blog post as I know I will be staring at the blank screen with the cursor blinking and no words flowing from my brain to my fingertips! Having thought about it at length for the past couple of weeks, I think I have at least figured out what the main issues are:

1. I seem to have no new blog post ideas – This is quite a biggie as ideas are the staple for blogging and if I had fresh and new ones I could bang out posts in no time. However, I find myself rejecting most new thoughts as they feel stale, almost like I have written about it before, or I see others write about the same old things over too.

2. Concentration seems to be lacking and even mundane, and usually hated things like housework seem to look more appealing than blogging.

3. I don’t seem to be able to complete any posts, as self doubt is ruling and nothing feels good enough to publish.

4. Spending endless hours doing research looking for ideas and even swatching crochet and knitting seem to be a waste of time.

I am not at all closer to an answer and wondering if I am alone in this? What are your tips for getting your blogging mojo back? Any advise is greatly welcome and appreciated!

Maybe a summer break? Or maybe it’s time to re-vamp my online site completely?

Right now I am stuck and looking for an answer feels like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

Usually known for having a happy,sunny and positive disposition, for the first time I feel a little lost…and I don’t like it!

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