After risking a child’s size, I had to put into practice what I had learned and knit a sweater for myself. I did it during the last months of 2020. It was a piece of joy to wear it in the first months of 2021. Despite the unique year that we went through, 2021 brought us knowledge and perspective.
After finishing my knit sweater, I think I placed more confidence in myself, a reflection of what has been happening throughout this pandemic period. It is true that all our plans left us last year: ones more than others. But there are always dreams to chase that keep us whole. It is just a matter of opening horizons and, “knitting one point after another”. We are on our way to materialize a project that is increasingly bigger. Our “handmade sweater”.
What seemed like a huge disaster in March 2020 forced us to be resilient. Forced us to reorder and refocus the contents of our daily lives. It also forced us create new dreams and new challenges for which we had to count on ourselves and on those with whom we cannot part with. Don’t get me wrong: I won’t be missing this crazy period. Nothing can erases the suffering so many of us have been through. Is was like an earthquake that hit the whole entire world. But it is a period to show us what we are capable of: to surpass, to discover and use our hands to make dreams come true.
An emotional review of my handknitted sweater
I took these pictures on the first day that the sun peeked out after two big winter storms. My sweater felt like a hot cloud against the harsh climate, the icy waves the sand full of marine litter that did not stop arriving … It was like a raw reflection (that I preferred to assume in the photos) of the impact that we have on the world. A harm that didn’t pause in the middle of a global pandemic.
The winter season is here to stay. And my goddaughter keeps growing and growing! She needs clothes. Good and confortable clothes to keep her nice and warm when she is exploring outside.
So I decided to knit a sweater. I used the Flax Light free knitting sweater patterns from The Simple Collection by Tin Can Knits. This is a basic cut sweater that makes this model very versatile. The sweater is knitted seamlessly from the collar. It is the perfect project for your first knitted sweater experience! To knit the sweater I used two balls of Cool Wool Big Color by Lana Grassa that I brought from the sweetest little yarn shop in Delft, in the Netherlands. A very soft 100% merino wool yarn, perfect for children.
I knitted a sweater in the size 1-2 years because I think it is possible to extend the time of use of these projects using a good thread and a good pattern. Opting for a basic pattern that is both much wider and fairer makes the margin of error generous. Plus it is possible to adapt the use of the pieces for a longer time. Speccially at a time when children grow up visibly from almost a week to the other. So, hopefully, the sweater will serve her well during this season, may be the next season too. Who knows for how long could will it be wearable!
The pattern is very well designed, easy to follow and has beautiful results. Another great advantage of this free knitting sweater pattern is that it has sizes ranging from baby to adults. This means that you can also knit a matching set for your whole family. The pattern is also good for both male and female. You will only have to choose your yarn to please all the family members!
This Christmas I decided to try out my first gingerbread house.
I’ve done so many Christmas projects! A pom-pom wreath for the door, the decorations for the Christmas tree, advent calendars, there are a series of handmade Christmas adventures on the blog that you can check out and try. Right now I don’t really need anything else for my home since we spent so much time inside doors this year, I really wanted a handmade adventure to bring me the Christmas spirit that I usually absorb from these projects.So this Christmas I decided to try out my very first gingerbread house.
My intention was to make a small house. But when I started making it, I realized that this will be a proper sized one! To tell you the truth, this little experiment has dispelled many myths! The gingerbread house dough is very resistant and the gingerbread house icing, if done properly, is a very strong cement. It also is a decorative forgiving plaster that goes very well into the hands of an humble apprentice. Both make gingerbread houses much more resilient than you think!
Gingerbread house frosting
As I am not a fan of gingerbread houses full of candy and strong colors, I opted for the “basic” gingerbread house decorations. I just used icing that gives it a somewhat minimalist look. At least I did not want to venture into big juggling right on my first try … ah, but the maternal grandfather’s genetics that I preserve inside me (fantasy enthusiast) couldn’t resist adding at least a few windows glass using gelatin sheets… just to keep the cold outside!
Overall I am very proud if it and I assume that I will make more in the following years.
I wish you a different but merry Christmas, with the light that is missing in the streets emanating, this time, from the inside out.
Desde os incêndios na Austrália, às eleições americanas, passando pelas manifestações contra o racismo que não se compreendem em pleno século XXI e por uma pandemia mundial que ainda terá muitas repercussões, 2020 é o ano que todos iremos lembrar pelas melhores e piores razões. Foi um ano intenso. E o que mais me tem ajudado a controlar alguma ansiedade que advém deste tipo de situações (acho que todos sabemos o que isso é de momento) foi minimizar tudo ao essencial em todos os aspectos do meu dia-a-dia. Até o Natal este ano será é modo “menos é mais”. Desde aos eventos, passando pelos presentes, pela confusão, as decorações e os calendários de advento, em casa está tudo reduzido às coisas com maior significado. É triste, mas, ao mesmo tempo pertinente.
Por isso os meus postais de Natal não podiam representar melhor a simplicidade e, ao mesmo tempo, esta sensação de tempestade de neve que todos temos sentido nos últimos tempos. Este ano, mais do que nunca, estes postais unem corações: o meu e o daqueles com quem não poderei estar presencialmente.
This has been a heck of a year for the whole world.
From the fires in Australia, to the American elections, the outbreaks against racism that I simply not understand in the context of the 21st century, and going through a global pandemic that will still have repercussions from now on, 2020 is the year that we will all remember. For the best and worst reasons, it was an intense year. And what has helped me most to control some anxiety that comes from these types of situations (I think we all know what that is at the moment) was to minimize everything to the essential in all aspects of my daily life. Even Christmas this year it will be under the “less is more” mood. From events to gifts, confusion, decorations and advent calendars, at my home everything is reduced to things with greater meaning. It is sad… but at the same time very pertinent.
That is why my Christmas postcards could not better represent the simplicity and, at the same time, this sensation of snowstorm that we have all felt recently. This year, more than ever, these cards unite hearts: mine and those with whom I will not be able to be in person.