Tiny Homes

Cabin

Last night I watched a documentary called ” Tiny: A Story About living Small”. Lately I have been thinking a lot about living space. No wonder. For over 13 years I lived in a house with more than 3,000 square feet on a half acre lot. In July I moved into a 1,200 square feet townhouse with neighbours all around. They can see me, I can see them.

I used to call my townhouse tiny, but after watching the documentary, I have to say, it is just small. To my own surprise I really like it. It is cozy, it is bright. I enjoy making it my own, making it work. As I am typing this, I am sitting in my walk-in closet. It is actually a walk-through closet, separating the bedroom from the bathroom. My clothes fit all into one side of the closet and for the other side I bought a small table and sat up an office. It works really well for me. When I lean back I can even see out of the window – at my neighbours.

When we bought our house in 2001 we spent all our money on it. There was no extra to buy more furniture. That was a bit of a problem, because the house came with extra space we had no furniture for: a formal dining and living room. Later we filled the house with the appropriate furniture, but we never much used the space. Our bedroom was also overly large. I saw other people with large bedrooms bought extra seating for it, but I could not imagine I would use that. That extra space always annoyed me, because I would have loved for my daughters to have had larger bedrooms instead.

In March I spent a few days in a tiny cabin all by myself ( see photo). There was no wasted space and it had all you needed. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It got me thinking. Could I live in such a small space? What would I do with my stuff?

A few months later I found myself house hunting and I suddenly needed answers to these questions.

As I mentioned before I really like living in a small house. Of course, it looks messy quite quickly and there is the odd shuffle when I am doing laundry in the upstairs “laundry closet” and somebody wants to walk by, but all in all it works. I was very careful choosing practical places for things and you could argue, that the stuff that is still in boxes in the basement/ garage I will never need.

However there is one problem. There are boxes and boxes filled with fabrics, yarn and other supplies. I don’t have room for it. Do I need it? Not to survive, no, but working with it makes me happy. I miss it. So I guess, if I lived in a tiny home, I probably needed 2: one to live in and one as my studio.

As for now I have plans to build a room in the basement/ garage. Because in order to be happy I need to make things. Wish me luck. I feel confident I can make it work.

New Pattern: Sunnyside Cowl

I have designed this pattern for my daughter who loves to wear it. If you know teenagers, this is a big compliment. She picked the colours, of course. The stitch pattern is Half-Patent, which is very easy to knit and produces a very stretchy and warm fabric.

The yarn I have used is a very soft Merino Silk blend in Dk weight. It is a single-ply yarn.

You can get the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Baby Outfit

A friend of mine is having a baby and I wanted to make something special for her. It has been a long time since I made something for a baby and I had a lot of fun looking for different patterns on Ravelry. I picked this pattern, because it is easy to put on. There are no buttons in the way when the baby is lying on his or her tummy. I like that it has no collar and it is a pretty design for a boy.

I took so long to make up my mind, that I almost ran out of time. The baby is due in 2 weeks. I knit fast, but I don’t have much time for it, so I decided to make it my top priority. After my surgery almost 4 years ago I still have difficulties with my arm especially when knitting for more than half an hour, but when I knit in a chair with an armrest it is much better. While I knit I watched season 4 of Downton Abbey and after that The Paradise on Netflix. I quite enjoyed it.

The yarn is a DK weight 100% Superwash Merino that I have dyed in a deep indigo blue. The intarsia pattern is a Japenese quilt pattern called “Parent and Child”, so I wanted the yarn to have the colour of traditionally dyed indigo fabric. The yarn knit up beautifully and is very soft. It actually feels like cotton.

The cardigan would have looked nice with square white buttons, but I think round buttons are easier to fasten on a squirming baby. There is also a matching hat and booties.

Baby HatThe pattern is from OGE Knitwear designs and is called Baby Kimono Top. You can find it on Ravelry.

Mushroom Cake

© Tim

© Tim

My son is a passionate photographer. He has a great eye for details that others miss. I love his work. Last fall he developed a passion for photographing mushrooms. It rains so much here that we get a great selection of them. As his birthday came up he asked me for a mushroom cake.

Many years ago I had decorated a cake with meringue mushrooms. I was surprised he even remembered. I could not even remember how I had made them. After some research I settled on this recipe from the Food Network.

Meringue Mashrooms

The cake is a vanilla hazelnut cake with a banana and vanilla butter-cream filling covered in chocolate. It was delicious.

Mushroom Cake