A Queer Knitting Club

As I said in my post about my plans for 2018, I moved to a new city and I want to meet people! To be precise, queer people and knitters, sewists etc. So in order to make this plan reality, I created a little flyer and a Facebook group for this Queer/Feminist Knitting Club that is about to start here in Nantes. Join!

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A Knitted Patchwork Blanket

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I started knitting this blanket last year, before The Big Moving, as one part of reducing my wool stash (other parts meant giving yarn to friends and donating to a kids art school). So it looks like I have been really loving those natural brown-beige-grey-black-white natural alpaca colors and was lucky enough to have a lot of leftovers. So I started knitting pieces for a knitted patchwork blanket.

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Another No Frills Sweater!

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This is the last project of 2017 and the first finished one of 2018. I knitted the No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit before, so it was a quite straightforward sweater, perfect for Christmas holiday travels and cozy evenings in front of the TV. It’s the (late) Christmas present for my girlfriend, and the only modification she requested is a mock neck with a folded neckband, like I saw on another No Frills Sweater on Ravelry.

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Looking Back on 2017, Looking Forward to 2018

2017 has been an intense year, politically and also personally for me. I spent most of the year writing my Master thesis while working a part-time job, which was not easy at all and definitely not a nice process. I got a medium grade, which was a sad ending to a Master (in Gender Studies) that I largely enjoyed. So I am not a student anymore, and for now, not hunting after deadlines and not writing pages and pages for only one or two people to read feels nice! I handed in my thesis in August, and directly afterwards we left for a stunning hiking trip in the Dolomites (which was definitely a highlight last year!). In fall another giant project followed: My girlfriend and I moved to Nantes in France! The city has been great so far and there is a lot to discover, but finding your way, finding a job and friends is also a lot of work.

However, with all these big projects, I still managed to make things and even write about some of them here! My crafting and blogging highlights were the following:

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DIY Period Underwear Zine

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I made my first zine! Judging from the feedback that I got for my original period underwear article, you all are quite interested in making your own period underwear! So I thought it would be nice to improve the instructions, add extra tips and tricks and illustrate the whole process. And because I love zines and think there should be more sewing and knitting zines, I put it all in a zine! Working with a new medium has its challenges, but I really liked the process and I am already thinking of other zine ideas…

For this occasion I started an Etsy shop where you can find this little zine, and hopefully more in the future.

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DIY Waterproofing Wax

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For a few years now, my go-to workhorse backpack is the Fjällraven Kanken. Its minimalistic design, perfect size and the fact that it’s foldable and lightweight makes it the perfect everyday backpack for me. The daily use, dust, and a recent bird shit made it very clear though, that if I want to enjoy this backpack for many more years, it urgently needs some care. So against the warnings not to do it, I threw it in the washing machine at low temperature for a first cleaning. And it turned out fine! Over the years and now in the machine the fabric lost most its waterproof finish and I bought a box of Fjällraven Greenland Wax to touch it up. However, when I saw the minuscule package of wax that I had bought for 6€, I was a bit shocked.

I quickly googled how to make your own „Greenland-Style“ waterproofing wax for fabric and it turns out to be super easy and simple! I should have trusted my DIY instincts right from the start… So I send the tiny Fjällraven wax back and made my own. Here is how:

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Kalle Crop Top

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I made this Kalle crop top a few weeks ago, but with thesis work and other stuff, I just now had the time to have photos taken and to write some words about it. And I am a total fan of this pattern! It’s the first Closet Case pattern that I made, and I am completely convinced. The high-low hem is beautiful and the collar is the perfect width for me. I really like the short sleeve shape and the big pleat in the back.

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Summer of Basics – Part Two

The second part of my Summer of Basics outfit is done! My goal is to create an entire outfit, and now only the third and last part is missing. I am quite sure, I will manage to get the outfit done by the end of the month. My black silk shirt is cut and ready to assemble. So here is my second piece, my summer scarf! I wrote down the pattern, you can find it below or on Ravelry.

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