Did two things that frightened me

Sinterklaas is over, that means that it is tree-time. So this morning SO and went tree shopping. After yesterdays snow and the nights cold I was a little concerned about the roads this morning but everything was fine. We were at the garden centre before 10 am, which meant we got a 20% off early bird voucher. Considering the price of trees this was quite welcome. We got ourselves a nice tree and some nice extra ornaments. See last time the tree was not quite overloaded enough. 🙂 Tomorrow we will be decorating the tree. Bright pink this year.

The afternoon was spent doing the scary stuff. After my last very sucessful attempt at Chelsea Buns I dared to have a look at my still lacking skill of bread making. With all the virtual television lessens by Paul Hollywood I felt confident enough to try again. Sure worked!. It was by far the best bread so far. Almost bakery quality. The almost is due to my oven that is a tad low on temperature and I did not take that into account enough. But all in all it was very nice. With special thanks to the GBBO masterclasses again! I finally am starting to get a little faith in my breadmaking ability.

As if that was not enough to get my stress levels up I decided to put my knitted sweater together. Just a year ago I started knitting again. but this time, not only did I knit it, I also designed it from scratch, just based on an idea in my head, some ideas on patterns and the trial patch of 10×10 and a lot of calculus. It was not easy to put together as it knit on size 12 needles. I had to use a crochet hook effectively crocheting all seams together. It worked! It is together. Then the really scary part came; putting it on. Did my calculus work? Was it going to look OK? Oh I nearly chickened out. Really, but I could not not do it! One I put it on SO looked so proud that I knew it was OK. Well it is more than OK, it is pretty darn good for a first design I dare to say. It fits very nicely and the colours are great. It is not finished yet. I need to put the shawl together and then it will be finished. I did pick up the stitches for that but have not started yet. That was one scary thing too many for one day.

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About Gilraen

My blog is simply about my life. I moved countries for the first time in 1993. I lived in the Netherlands, UK and NZ. The initial idea was to keep my overseas friends up-to-date with what was going on in my life. The blog, like me, is always changing and evolving.
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4 Responses to Did two things that frightened me

  1. We were a bit naughty and put the tree up on Sunday, before Sinterklaas had been and gone. Old habits die hard!

    Any chance of a picture of your jumper? I’d love to be able to knit and crochet – my sister is very good, but it’s a skill that has escaped me completely :-).

    • Gilraen says:

      Once I finish the neckline there is a chance 🙂
      As for Sinterklaas, well we Dutch tend to be a little strict on that sort of thing I guess :-). It is just a tradition many of us are not willing to change.

      • I like that about the traditions – it’s nice to see them so enthusiastically observed and I was happy to see that one of my Dutch friends had her tree up before mine, lol.

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