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KNITTING UPDATE #28 | UNEXPECTEDLY MUCH KNITTING TIME

Wow, this week went totally different than planned. I wrote my previous update at the airport while waiting for my delayed flight to The Netherlands. Turned out the flight got cancelled and I was back in my own bed that same night. It has caused me a lot of trouble with Transavia (my airline), who still haven’t agreed on a compensation yet (sigh), but it has also provided me with a lot of unexpected knitting time. And that’s always a good thing. I also finally shot all the product photos for the San Agústin facecloths that will hit the shop on Thursday (already)! So, it looks like I’m finally getting on top of things. Ha, that was about time.

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KNITTING UPDATE #27 | ALL SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTHS FINISHED FOR THE SHOP

Last week has been an incredibly busy one. We had some friends visiting the island and others having days off. So our week was full of good food and good parties, which has not really contributed to my knitting-productivity. Also, I’ve had to book another flight to The Netherlands (for not-so-fun reasons, unfortunately), so I’m actually writing this at the airport. My forever-zigzag-scarf project made it through security again though, so I’m sure I’ll be able to keep myself busy during my 4.5 hour flight. Anyhow, let’s review week 27!

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KNITTING UPDATE #26 | CHAIN TWENTY’S SHOP OPENS ON JULY 20TH!

Back in Gran Canaria since last Tuesday en slowly but surely getting into a routine again. Week 26 has been an exciting one, because I decided to open Chain Twenty’s shop on July the 20th! So, shit just got real. I’ve been playing around with product descriptions and I’ve researched shipping costs. The latter of which are insane, so I highly doubt I’ll sell anything at first — especially since my first products are gonna be relatively cheap. But one has got to start somewhere, right? The idea that it’s gonna start for real now makes me do all the happy dances. 😀 Here’s the overview of what I did knitting-wise.

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KNITTING UPDATE #25 | THE LONG ISLAND SWEATER IS FINISHED

Comparing myself to The Knitting Expat’s Mina, my knitting accomplishments this week are pretty disappointing to say the least. :’D I’m not quite sure if it’s a good idea to write this post so frequently, but on the other hand, I do want to get at a point where I’m knitting piles of cozy knitwear each week. So let’s say this blogpost series keeps me motivated. 😉 Since last Thursday, I’m in back in The Netherlands with only my forever zigzag scarf project to keep me busy. So knitting-wise, life hasn’t been exciting. In any case, here’s my progress of week 25!

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KNITTING UPDATE #24 | I SET UP AN ETSY SHOP

Welcome to a considerably shorter knitting update post than last week’s one. 😉 Which is probably a good thing, ha. I didn’t get a lot of knitting done this week. My dad’s visiting us, our cleaning lady is on a holiday, and I promised a study friend to correct some of her thesis writings, so I guess that’s it. I did make a new Chain Twenty planning though, which involves opening the shop in July, finally! So the facecloths are in full swing. Read on for the complete recap.

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KNITTING UPDATE #23 | ALL THE FACECLOTHS

As I’m writing a set-up for this first ever knitting update post, I’m starting to wonder why I refer to my knitting as ‘objects’, ‘works’, and ‘projects’. Because podcasters usually do that? Because it sounds interesting? Because I’m too uncreative to think of some other proper term? Hmm. Anyway, in imitation of all those lovely knitting podcasts out there, I’m introducing this new category of weekly blogposts. In these posts I’ll talk about the ins and outs of my maker life. Excited? 😀

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KNITTING A SWEATER FOR THE FIRST TIME

Have you always dreamed of knitting a sweater? But are you too intimidated to actually start one? Read on. I found myself in that spot about a year ago, decided to take the plunge anyway, and never looked back. The key?

  1. Some saved money (if you wanna do it well, it’s not gonna come cheap)
  2. A little beforehand practice (if you’re completely new to knitting)
  3. Loads of free time (a holiday worked wonders for me)

wool and the gang

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SOME BLOG CHANGES + STARTING RAVELRY + PREPPING FOR GRAN CANARIA

Sooo, I’ve been thinking long and hard about this. I’ve wanted the perfect format for my blog for ages. Back in the merely-merel.nl days (the archives of which you’re highly recommended to check out if you wanna have a laugh) as well as now. I wanted to know exactly what kind of blogposts I was going to post. What to talk about. Which categories and labels to give them. How to style them. All that stuff. As you can guess from this blogpost’s title, that didn’t work out. Again, haha. So I’m embracing my ever-changing self and today I tell you all about my plans. Plus a little personal update related to my prepping for Gran Canaria!

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CHAIN TWENTY’S NINE BEST INSTAGRAM PICTURES OF 2016

It certainly has been way too long since the last time I wrote a blogpost, but what better way to celebrate my comeback than with 2016’s nine best Instagram pictures? I’m totally stealing Jess’s idea here, so in return I’m telling you to all go check out her ah-mazing work. Gahh! <3 That being said, those of you following around on IG know what my life has been all about (master thesis + graduating) and why I haven’t been posting earlier (too depressed due to all the changes in my life), but here I am, feeling better than everrr. And this post is going to celebrate 2016 and the beginning of 2017 — because for me, the new year has only started now.

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WHY SIMPLE KNITTING PATTERNS ARE WORTH SELLING

To be honest, I didn’t get it myself at first: why on earth would someone sell super simple knitting patterns? Patterns that are so easy that you can make out the stitches used when looking at a picture of the finished piece? Who the hell would want to buy them? And where did you get the brutality to charge money for it? Well, I guess that was my old, little, ignorant me, because I totally get it now. And since I’m planning on selling simple knitting patterns myself, I’m gonna explain it to all of you in need of enlightenment. :’-D

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