Winter… time for woolen accessories

Meanwhile it is cold and wintry here – I had a walk in our park in the morning nearby where I live. It is a park around a Castle – “Castle Borbeck” (Borbeck is the name of the part of our town). By the 14th century this castle became  the favorite residence of the princess-abbesses of Essen.

Until a surgery on my hand last year I used to do “excessive knitting” around the year. Most of all I loved to knit all kinds of accessories  – cowls, hats, scarfs, shawls, gloves, mittens… Most of it I gave to family or friends and I didn’t used to take pictures of the things I gave away; I take pictures  for a couple of years now.

Some wrist warmers and gloves…

The pattern for the mittens I found here.

This one is a simple triangular crocheted shawl, made out of stocking wool. I love that – its length is appr. 60”… in my childhood I loved watching “Our little house in the prairie” series – it reminds me on it.

This one is a very spontaneous work… a kind of collar – knitted out of grey wool, lined with fleece fabric and with multicoloured crocheted small bobbles out of 6ply socksyarn.

A simple woolen collar or shoulder warmer:


This was my first lace scarf – “Kiri”, the pattern is free and can be found here at Ravelry in several languages.

A crocheted scarf with matching knitted wrist warmers.

I really love that one – my “Mosaic-Cowl”, completely out of the smallest leftovers from 6ply socksyarn, lined with fleece fabric.

Very fast one evening project… festive cowl with matching hat.

Here my daughter is showing a nice fair isle knitted hat – the pattern’s name is “Selbu Modern” and it is free to download here.

An easy pattern I really love – can’t count how often I knitted it – is “Pimpelliese”, available for free at Ravelry: “Pimpelliese” by Spinning Martha. It is a 1-yarnball-project. While knitting you have to to weigh the yarn on the scales – you start at one corner and increase, if the half weight of yarnball is knittet you decrease and end with the other corner. And the nice border is directly knitted within the process. It is originally created for 4ply yarn (then it is a very pretty small shawl, out of cotton even for summer) – but I love to knit it with wool too – here are two out of thick yarn:

Next is the “Revontuli” shawl – a very easy and fast project from the Finnish blogger Anne. You’ll find the pattern for free on her blog or for free download at Ravelry.


Another lace project was a nice small asymmetric shawl – Lazy Katy. The pattern is just for sale, available on ravelry – Lazy Katy Pattern by Birgit Freyer. And yes  –  where is wool, there’s a cat!


Another pattern of Birgit Freyer is “Wave Of Color” – a moebius cowl. It is available in several languages at Ravelry – but not for free.


Beside knitting and crocheting I love felting very much (… yes, I’m crazy about wool! 🙂 ) Last year I felted a shawl with matching wrist warmers with natural wool curls:

It is a pitty that I can not knit a lot anymore – if I knit an hour, I can feel it for a hole week!

But still I am crazy about wool!

I wish you all a Happy New Year – especially health and the ability to persue your beloved hobbies!

DEUTSCH –> Seit einer Hand-OP im letzten Jahr kann ich leider nicht mehr so viel wie vorher stricken – von einer Stunde stricken, habe ich eine ganze Woche etwas. Gerade jetzt im Winter hole ich die ganzen warmen Woll-Assessoires hervor. Viel habe ich auch verschenkt – und bis vor ein paar Jahren auch gar keine Fotos davon gemacht.  Nach einem Winterspaziergang durch unseren verschneiten Schlosspark mit seinem Wasserschloss, vormals Residenz der Essener Fürstabtissinen, fand ich es passend, mal wieder so richtig meiner Woll-Liebe zu frönen und hier einiges zu zeigen… ich denke die Bilder sprechen für sich. Falls die Muster nicht von mir selber sind, finden sich über den jeweiligen Bildern die passenenden Links. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen (Möbius und Lazy Katy) sind die Muster kostenlos zu haben.

Ich wünsche allen meinen Lesern ein gutes Neues Jahr – vor allem Gesundheit und die Möglichkeit weiter allen geliebten Hobbys nachzugehen.

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  1. I especially love your fair isle knitting work. I plan to start a scraf but my arm is painful, i need to pay attention not to knit or crochet too much….. I wish you a happy, healthy and very creative new year’ ‘

  2. Happy New Year from New Zealand. What lovely knitting, and what a pity you can’t do it any more. I love the mittens and hand warmers, and how delicate the shawl is. I have to be careful not to overuse my hands either, but I would like to crochet a rug this year. I’ll just have to take it slowly.

    1. Thank you Wendy… of course I can’t stop knitting and I still do it, but I had to slow down a little bit… I wish you the best for the New Year too.

  3. All pieces you have posted are simply wonderful! My favorite is the Selbu Modern hat you have made for your daughter. I hope that you have found in patchwork and quilting an adequate hobby instead of knitting. Looking forward to read your posts in 2015, happy new year! Greetings from Spain, Barbora

    1. Thank you Barbora… when I finished the Selbu Modern (the circumference) was a little bit too big… and so I discovered that it is possible sewing knitted stuff with the sewing machine… with a few seams I made it a little bit smaller :-). I think in patchwork and quilting I am still a beginner… I’m still sneaking around, looking what is the best way for me. Before Christmas I started a handsewn treeskirt with appliqué – didn’t finished it yet – and I discovered that appliqué could be something I love doing more (but sewn by hand it is strenuous for the hands too). But definiteley there are several projects running around in my head for 2015! I wish you all the best for the new year too… and I am already curious what lovely thing you’ll make next year.

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