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Geek Girl Meetup Copenhagen – Drupal Workshop

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Just a single photo to add to my good friend Karen’s summary of yesterday’s Geek Girl Meetup in Copenhagen. Go read it!

PS – I brought my knitting!

So…. bye-bye, my delicious list

But I’d already moved on to Evernote and Pinboard, so who cares, anyway?

Reverb 10 – part 1

One word
2010 in one word: Honesty. I have tried hard to be honest to myself, and to my family and friends. I’m still trying and I’m getting better and better at it. Next year I hope to describe 2011 with the word balance.

Writing
I spend too much time browsing online news instead of writing or working on other projects. I relish the time I spend plowing through my feedreader, on twitter and even on facebook – I seem to have found the way to use it as inspiration, not a waste of time. But news-sites, clicking update, checking the same news on different sites. It has to stop!

Moment
Walking with my daughter in Sokcho. First we hit the beach (this was a cool, sunny day in November) to get some fresh air and sun. We walked past gardens and houses, gardens with lots of vegetables, drying chilli peppers, mountains of cabbage for kimchi-making and drying octupus hanging on the roofs. Past the harbour with its little ferry, into the fish market, all while we talked and took pictures and talked some more. I felt very much alive!

Wonder
I try to appreciate all good things. The wonder of snow in Copenhagen this winter! A bicycle ride along Strandvejen and Øresund. Teaching young Ada to swim. Making new friends. Learning new stuff.

Let Go
It’s a habit of mine to let things go. I regularly carry stuff to the local charity second hand-store, I don’t buy books but use the library, I try not to spend time with people that make me unhappy or grumpy, I only follow 140 tweeps and ‘hide’ a lot of my facebook-‘friends’. Maybe I’m better at filtering than letting go?

Make
A crocheted blanket, knitted scarves, hats, shawls, sweaters. This I do because I love to craft. I make websites for a living and I want to make my dreams come true.

Community
In 2010 I was part of the community that initiated the first Copenhagen Geek Girl Meetup. It was grand! As I’m writing we’re planning the first 2011 event and it feels good.

If you want to be part of Reverb 10, please do!

Reverb 10 (#reverb10) is now an annual event, an inspired response to (and evolution of) #best09. It’s an open online initiative that encourages participants to reflect on this year and manifest what’s next. It’s an opportunity to retreat and consider the reverberations of your year past, and those that you’d like to create in the year ahead. We’re connected by the belief that sharing our stories has the power to change us. We look forward to reading yours.

Me, wear a beanie? No…

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Yesterday the 4th Annual Blue Beanie Day came and went.

As I can’t wear hats or beanies without looking way too drab for my liking I had to find another solution:

a knitted blue beanie earring

2mm dpns and 16 stitches.

 

 

42 granny squares

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Being a nerdy geek girl I made sure to finish granny square #42 today.

Please can I have the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?

Echo-echo

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I wasn’t planning on knitting yet another lace scarf but @kariebookish tweeted about her fabulous new shawl. What made me read the whole post and then realize that I too had to cast on for this lovely shawl was the lovely, lovely blue colour and the fact that she had overdyed the yarn with cake paste colouring!

Reasons why the Echo Flower Shawl is such a succes:

  • I learnt something new (nupps & 3into9)
  • The pattern is charted
  • The instructions are very well written
  • It’s pretty
  • It was a stashbuster
  • The bottom of the triangular scarf is not pointed so it gives the scarf a rounded finish

Notes:
I knit very loosely
I knit the nupps extremely loosely
I substituted the garter border stitches with a 4-stitch icord. It’s prettier and it’s tighter so it gives the scarf a nice shape.

The pattern is free via Ravelry (if you’re a knitter and not a member of Ravelry do sign up now!)

Size before blocking:
Height: 48cm
Width: 78cm

Size after blocking:
Height: 78cm
Width: 112cm

I have not (yet) dyed the shawl.  Might do it, might not. The white colour is a nice contrast to all my black clothes.

Oh, and I named the scarf Echo-echo as this is actually the second attempt because I didn’t actually read all the very well written directions while knitting the first Echo and ended up with something more like a hood than a scarf.
Hoods happen…
So does unravelling.
But hey, I like knitting, so I just knitted it again!

All aSkew!

Mostly I prefer to knit without a pattern or to use a pattern as an inspiration, a starting point. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to find patterns that are so uniquely wonderful that I simply have to start knitting them, and this is one of those!

10 days ago I received a newsletter from the knitty.com editor containing a link to the most wonderful sock pattern, Skew.

The fit is perfect, the knitting fun. What’s not to like? Well, maybe the fight with my mum. She wants those socks…