Paris 2015

It’s finally here!! I leave for my first ever trip to Paris this week and I’m very excited as you can imagine!

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I am staying in Paris for a long weekend. Flying into Charles De Gaulle Airport and staying at the Generator Hostel in the 10th arrondissement from Thursday to Monday.. I hope to fill my time in the city with museums, cafe’s and yes.. just maybe a little bit of shopping. Perhaps a flea market or two? Wandering down the Boulevards and watching the world go by sitting outside cafe’s. A visit to the Louvre and Notre Dame, certainly. Paris is a glamourous city and this of course means that I can ‘dress up’ everyday! yay!

The news stories of pickpockets  in Paris means that I’ll have to leave my trusty backpack at home in Yorkshire and take my new Laguna crossbody in Bordeaux from Reiss, this means that my ‘Less is More’ packing will have to work overtime on this trip away.  985036-64-1

But this wouldn’t be a trip away without visiting a few wool shops along the way I am visiting :L’OisiveThe, inspired by many instagram posts from Stephen West and the wonderful account from Aimee herself! This is a must visit for me.. although an expensive one no doubt! Speak soon and have a great week wherever you are and thanks for visiting!

Bisous!

Gone West..Life lately

Life lately has done a complete turn around since my last post. Life has taken me to Yorkshire, I am now based in the rolling hills of the West Yorkshire countryside. This was an unexpected move for me as I now have a new job and my own place at last.! YAY!

So lets start at the beginning over the last 4 weeks I have been hiding a secret from you.

I have recently started work as a Marketing executive at West Yorkshire Spinners ltd! How cool is that! This of course, means that I am now doing a job that I thought would never happen, now I do what I did for fun and to keep myself sane from my last job, has now become my full time job. Not many people can say that and I know how lucky I am just to be saying that. Things have changed for the better and I hope to show you around my new patch of the country.

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Finally Ta – Dah! !!

My first socks are done! !! Yay!  So happy!! Casted on in Berlin and frogged and restarted many times since I bought  the yarn from the Galerie Kaufhof in the Alexanderplatz.. and finally finished in may! Who thought we would still be wearing wool socks in may..

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I casted on 24 stitches using a figure of 8 cast on and increased up the toe to 62 stitches.. I don’t like my socks too tight. With a short row heel and back up to 62 stitches up the leg.. this is now my sock pattern and I  know it off by heart.

The yarn is regia south sea island in 4 ply. . I can see lots of pairs of socks in the future.. Operation sock drawer has definitely started.

And yes it’s true what they say. . Socks are addictive!

GirlinKnits

Paris: August 2015

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This summer I will be travelling to Paris for the first time! I’m already planning and researching where and what I’m going to do whilst I’m in the city. I am flying out in the Thursday and back home on the Monday.

I am staying in the tenth arrondissement, Canal St Martin at the Generator Hostel.

I am very excited about it and can’t wait til August.!!

GirlinKnits

Travel 101- its a big wide world out there..

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Its a big wide world out there to explore, go find out about yourself, do the things you love to do and lets face it doesn’t everyone love to feel the warm sun on their face..? Do you daydream at your desk in work, office or school of those balmy summer days.

Well my friend you have a touch of the wanderlust. Wonderful isn’t it? Cities, Beaches, mountains and endless oceans there is a world to be explored. But what if you wanted to do it on your own.. This isn’t as daunting as you would think as through this mini series I will be sharing my experiences with you.

I have travelled to 16 countries on my own and love it. Exploring the world with my backpack, passport and of course a bit of wool crafts. All of this makes a very happy Girlinknits.  I have had to put Rome on the backburner for now.. again. And decided on Paris..  it will be my first time to experience the sights and sounds of Paris and i’m very excited.

I will be staying at the new generator hostel in Paris and what a base camp she is! Opened in early 2015, the Paris generator is the latest the line of design led hostel from Generator. As you will know from reading this blog I have stayed with 3 times previously and I love them and highly recommend them as a home away from home.

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I hope that during this series I will inform you but more importantly inspire you to experience the world around you.  Maybe not on our own like me but who knows the world is your oyster!

(please note I have not been paid for my opinions during this mini series)

Follow the wanderlust- Travel 101

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I am very fortunate to have travelled as much as I have. 16 countries in all and I love to travel on my own. My series from Copenhagen last summer was a typical trip for me.

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I have so far been to Berlin this year and hope to get out to either Barcelona or Rome. I have my heart set on Rome for the opening of the new generator hostel.

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During this mini series I hope to give you some of my tips for staying in hostels, for venturing out on your own for the first time. Packing tips and recommendations. But I would love to hear from you too!  Any recommendations you have would be great.. I hope to post on a Monday for the next 4 weeks.

Do you have a plans or trips planned this summer?

GirlinKnits

Gratitude #loveyourblog challenge

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Gratitude is a topic that I feel happy to write about. On Saturday I met some wonderful people and now thanks to their patience and knowledge I have a heel for my first ever pair of socks!! So happy right now.

Socks are something that I have always wanted to knit but failed to do so because of my insecurities. I have also found a pattern that I love to knit.

So far during my journey of knitting and blogging I have met so many people who have helped me and shared their knowledge with me. The heel of my sock was knitted on the coach to Wonderwool Wales with my new friend Stephen’s help. I couldn’t say thank you enough to him.

I have really enjoyed writing the posts for the Love your blog challenge with Laura and it has been amazing to see so many of you joining in! Thank you for joining me and for visiting my blog. This challenge has really given me the confidence to continue blogging!
Thank you x

GirlinKnits