knitting

Changes

It is already the beginning of November… and I’m still a lazy blogger. I have not much motivation to write at the moment – but I’m sure I need some changes. As you can see I changed my header picture (it is self spun yarn now) and the that’s-me-pic… the new one was made last Saturday at a needleword exhibition in Osnabrück, Germany. There was a crazy hat exhibition and for a small fee you could have a shooting with your favourite hat. I really like the picture – that’s me (in a way I can’t explain).

My daughter turned 18 in September… so I have two adult kids now.

Last time I was busy with knitting, earlier this year, while I was off from work I spun a lot. After a few month I unwrapped my sewing machine now to sew a lovely little pouch – it is called “Good-Mood-Pouch” (that is exactly what I need 🙂 ) and I bought a sewing kit for it at StoffWerkTaunus – it is a German Patchworkshop and I’m sorry that the site is in German only.

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Another piece I’m just finishing – only the binding to add – is a small autumnal tablerunner for my kitchen table. I used some Kaffe Fasset fabric (yardage and mini charms) and Tim Holtz fabrics for the background:

At the end I decided to shape the tablerunner in a rectangle way

At the end I decided to shape the tablerunner in a rectangle way

img_20161028_102330I was shocked when I was diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis a while ago – I really was afraid I would no longer be able to knit and use my hands in the way I used to. But meanwhile with a good medication I’m really well, I’m back at work since two month after I was 7 month off…  At the moment I knit a lot, I entered a yoga course, I started mindful eating and try to do more sports. However – I’m back to crafting!

 

Last week I made this very simple felted acorns – small felted balls glued into  real acorn hats.  I really love how it turned out and I think I will use it not only for decoration but as a small giveaway or gift tags too.

 

I entered a lovely women’s project: The Sisterhood of the travelling Sketchbook – initiated by my friend Kate @talltalesfromchiconia and Anne @annelawson.

I borrow some of Kate’s words to describe the project: We are a varied and global group who will be passing the Travelling Sketchbook between ourselves, around the world (from Australia to America to Europe). Anne has created a small hand-bound volume of slightly different sizes, colours and weights of paper, with an emblematic ‘flying garlic’ bulb on the front cover. Into this, we shall each add our creative contribution, whether it be drawn, sewn, written, collaged or photographed. The Sketchbook will travel from Sister to Sister, growing in wisdom and beauty as it travels. Finally, after many exciting adventures around the world, it will come home to Anne, who saw it born and will now see it in all its glory. One of the participants has created a blog especially for this project, and you really should go over there and take a look; it gives a whole different perspective on the Sketchbook and the contributions. In addition you will find a map there… I can hardly wait and I’m really looking forward to holding it in my hands… At the moment the sketchbook  is at the last participant in the US before it will jump over the ocean to Europe. I suppose I’ll get it at the beginning of the new year.

As you see all in all I’m fine – back at work, busy crafting. But often I think I need a change with this blog… sometimes I’m in doubt if I should continue blogging in general. Sometimes I’m so tired to blog in English because it is much more time consuming than blogging in German for me. On the other hand I know most of my followers can’t read my blog in German … and some Germans can’t follow it in English… Perhaps it is a practicable way to blog less often but periodically once a month to give a summary… I don’t know  –  what do you thing?

 

 

I will be back soon…

At the moment I stay in Bad Camberg for a medical rehab until the end of July. It is a lovely mediaval small town

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I already discovered a local quiltshop, it’s lovely isn’t it?

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I took some stuff for sewing, quilting and spinning with me… but the days are overloaded with sports, gym, swimming, massage, aquajogging, relaxing exercises …

I’m knitting socks at the moment out of my self dyed yarn. I dyed the wool with my balcony harvested dyer’s knotweed.

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I have a wonderful room here … a room with a view.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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November Review

Oh yes… November is already gone… here a short post scriptum. As I told in my November posts I finished my first big quilt and we have ha winner for my chicken-run-chicken now. But there were  some other things I did:

1. FABRIC BALLOON COVER

For a working mate’s grandchild I made a fabric balloon cover… that is a really cool thing for little children – the balloon inside is protected by the fabric cover but when it pops the fabric cover will damp the noise and keep all balloon pieces inside…. and it fits in any purse 🙂 – insert the balloon into the cover and blow it up when it is inside (and you can use one balloon several times).

I found the pattern on a German blog and so it is in German language, but there you can find an illustrated tutorial (self explanatory) and a pdf-template. It is for personal use only.

2. THE BIG KNIT

In November I joined a charity campaign of Innocent-Drink-Company… they ask every year for little knitted hats. For every bottle sold with a hat a donation is given for old people in need (in UK it is Age UK, in Germany it is the Red Cross). The campaign is going on in UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I designed five little woolly hats.

3. Christmas is near… Christmas Ornament

Avis published a Christmas ornament tutorial on her lovely ohsewtempting blog. I couldn’t resist and had immediately to try. You find her detailed tutorial here… I’ll write a long version for German readers. Thank you Avis for sharing this tutorial !

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04/09/2014 More Scraps & Autumn Slippers

Today I took an online-test which offers to tell me which quilt block I am 😉   … I found out that I am a Log Cabin (… traditional and not afraid of problems)…

Therefore I directly did one … I made a Log Cabin Mug Rug out of my scrapbox… and cause it was so much fun and fast made, I made some (not log cabin) more, all appr. 4″.

And I finished a pair of knit-felted autumn slippers today out of all knit-felting carryovers (… and today we had 27°C here!) … it is always a small wonder – taking them out of the washing machine and feel relieved they have the right size then.

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Easter is near…

… and so I create something special: small knitted caps to warm our breakfast eggs… I published the pattern for free download at Ravelry: English Version / Deutsche Version

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