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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009


literally, close up knitting and crochet.Image by dead redhead via Flickr
There is certainly a part of my personality that is obsessive compulsive.  For example, when I golf, which I love, and golf badly, which I do all too often, I am driven to go back out on the course and repeat the holes that eluded me.  If you've ever seen the movie "Tin Cup," you get the picture.  It's not about the score--it's about achieving perfection.
Don't tell me I can't do something--I will surely prove you wrong. 

So, it should be of no surprise to those who know me well that when my mother-in-law told me this past summer that I will never be a knitter, I set out to prove her wrong.  Well, let's just say that the drive to do so has set me on a mission.  I'm not there yet.  There are far too many other things to do here in Munich than to sit and knit.  But, I have taught myself, thank you. And I can report that I'm doing very well.  Granted, I haven't tackled anything too advanced   complex  yet, but I can knit and purl with the best of them!   

Here are some of the items I've knitted or crocheted.  There are more, but they are meant for Christmas gifts to family,  and until they receive them, they are underwraps, so to speak.

This is a hat that I knitted for myself and I LOVE it!  I am so happy with it and how it fits me.  It keeps my ears warm in the cool weather and yet it is great to cover unruly hair.  I love to wear it on my walks.

 This lovely piece is a scarf I knitted from yarn and circular needles that a new friend in Los Cabos gave me.  I absolutely love it and it gave me experience using many different types of fancy yarns.  It is so lovely and I have had  so many compliments wearing it, that  I'm ordering two more skeins of this yarn so I can give knit some more prezzies from it.

I knitted this hat and scarf set for my five-year-old granddaughter, Lil' Miss Nee Nee,  and she was so thrilled with it she wanted to wear it in August when I completed it.  I hear the weather in Ohio is getting chillier, so perhaps she will finally get a chance to wear it.

I also knitted the hat below for her.  It is a bit more casual and she can wear it with a play outfit.  It turned out a lot better than I thought!

Finally, for my dear daughter-in-law's birthday, I gave her a slouchy hat. (Well, I also took her to lunch and gave her a bottle of  Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume--I may be obsessive, but I'm not cheap!)

I didn't know how she would like the slouchy hat since it isn't a hat that hugs your head.  She is blessed with beautiful long tresses and when she put it on she exclaimed, "It's so warm!  There's enough room to tuck my hair in!"  That's all I needed to hear!  She is a busy mom of three children, twins who are 5 and a six year old.  She needs something practical, warm, and yet  colorful.  I'm glad she likes it and her matching scarf will
accompany me back to the states in December. 

I think my family will be awash in socks, sweaters, vests, afghans, hats, scarves, and whatever else I can manage to knit or crochet.  I'll be darned if I'll prove my mother-in-law right. Just watch me!

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Corrie Howe said...

Beautiful! My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet. My mother taught me how to sew. I don't none. My personality is that I'd rather pay for it than take the time to make it. Because I'm a perfectionist too, without the skills. So save a lot of time and money by buying. :-)

Expats Again said...

You are right about buying. It's a lot cheaper and probably much better made. I enjoy the creativity of it and hope to one day be able to make my own patterns. At the rate I'm going, it will be a long way off.

lakatoslona said...

Thanks mom for the hat and for Neenee's hat and scarf, it's starting to get cold here in Ohio so we are going to be using them. Keep up the good work.

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