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Here’s my other photo location in my new flat – the terrace/balcony. It was probably the thing that made me choose this apartment – it’ll be so lovely in the summer*. And yes, I did think, oh that’ll be great for outfit photos! The pictures of the buildings are the view from the terrace.

I wore this for my first time going to the Stitch and Bitch knitting group. I’ve been out with this group three times already, it’s very active and everyone is really nice. And there’s quite a few people from outside the ‘EU bubble’ in it too. I don’t actually think anyone I’ve met works in the institutions themselves, although lots of people work for NGOs that are just there because of the Commission. Anyway, this knitting group is a great way to try out cafes and restaurants!

Of course the knitting group is completely international and because of this I discovered that there are loads of different styles of knitting, dividing broadly into the British/French style, where you move the yarn around the needle with your right hand (I think this may be called ‘throwing’?), as opposed to the Scandinativain/German syle where you hold the yarn in your left hand and pick it up with the needle (‘picking’). I use the British one, but the Scandinavian one is so much better, particularly for me and my right wrist RSI. I’ve decided to start doing it, but it’s hard, after the years of doing it the other way the synapses in my brain have solidified and it’s a major effort to do it any other way. I have to really concentrate, and look, whereas the British way I can do it while reading etc. Hopefully I can re-route my brain soon!

Outfit stats: * dress – I made it * brooches – I made them * shoes – gift, they’re from schuh * rollneck – zara? * tiger duck bag – gift *

Today’s question: What do think of this way of presenting the pictures?

* Which it already is, pretty much. Since I bought that brolly it has hardly rained, though the weird fog still makes an appearance every now and then. But it is warm now so i can live with it!

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  • Vix 26 March 2012, 11:57 am

    Your new pad looks absolutely wonderful, what stunning architecture! Love the pictures, your dress is lovely and your smile is positively radiant! x
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    • Franca 27 March 2012, 7:05 am

      Aw thanks! it’s a great apartment!

  • SACRAMENTO 26 March 2012, 2:34 pm

    It really looks gorgeous, dear Franca, jut like you.
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    • Franca 27 March 2012, 7:04 am

      Thank you my dear!

  • Marzipan 26 March 2012, 2:49 pm

    Love your dress!

    • Franca 27 March 2012, 7:04 am

      thank you!

  • Marie 26 March 2012, 3:19 pm

    SUCH cute brooches, lovely.
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    • Franca 27 March 2012, 7:04 am

      thanks! they’re easy peasy to make!

  • Sadie 26 March 2012, 6:26 pm

    I switched from the English style of knitting to the Continental style a couple of years ago because I kept poking painful holes in my left forefinger knitting English style – it took a few weeks to get used to it and at one point I found myself randomly holding the yarn in one hand or the other, but these days the English style feels much more awkward. I think picking the yarn is quicker, too!
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    • Franca 27 March 2012, 7:00 am

      That was the most complicated thing actually, how to hold the yarn. the various people in the S&B all have different methods, some quite complicated! I’ve settled on just sort of holding it, no wrapping around fingers or anything.

  • Hedera 26 March 2012, 6:39 pm

    Great location, and I love this outfit!!!
    (is that the dress you blogged about recently, that you made yourself? It’s terrific!)

    About the knitting: I knit the English way, ‘throwing’ the yarn (although I’m trying right now to learn a refinement from that, where you keep the yarn wrapped around your right index finger the whole time, and all you have to do is sort of swirl that finger around the needle), but I *can* do it the German/continental way, picking.
    It’s useful for colour knitting, but I never did switch to continental for my regular knitting precisely because of RSI-issues; you still do most of the movement with your right hand (mostly wrist), manipulating the right needle through the yarn, but the movements are much smaller – and I’ve found that in order to avoid RSI playing up, bigger and less suble movements are way better.

    • Franca 27 March 2012, 7:03 am

      I suppose RSI can be different for different people! Mine is not just in my wrist, also my hand (it went all the way up to my shoulder at one point) and knitting is one of thw worst things for setting it off. i do have a splint i can wear, but that slows me down of course! Stupid RSI…

  • Terri 26 March 2012, 10:11 pm

    Ha! the new balcony appears to be quite roomy and picturesque. I had not known about these differences in styles of knitting. It’ll be curious to see how it takes for you to get the hang of it.
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    • Franca 27 March 2012, 6:58 am

      getting there! I had some long train journeys at the weekend, which helped.

  • Teresa 27 March 2012, 4:30 am

    I love the print of your dress, it’s fabulous. I also like the balcony location for your shots. It’s a great view!
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    • Franca 27 March 2012, 7:03 am

      Thank you, it was a sheet originally!

  • Sara 27 March 2012, 1:14 pm

    Oh what an amazing view! I could see why you picked this apartment! I love your jumper, it reminds me of the 90’s, one of my favorite decades. I cannot wait to learn how to sew and create pretty things. I am teaching myself how to sew slip covers, easy but I am learning, haha. You are very talented and this stitch & Bitch group sounds awesome.
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    • Franca 27 March 2012, 1:20 pm

      Thank you! So this is what anmericans call a jumper? in british English jumper = sweater, as i’m sure you’ll know, but i’ve never quite figured out what a US jumper actually is. A sleeveless dress?

  • Caroline72 28 March 2012, 4:28 pm
  • Liz 29 March 2012, 3:52 am

    Pretty cute. I like the background.LOL,