anniversary…(just pics)

…what a lovely weekend we had…

Secrets…

There is a strange Christmas thing going on around me. Every year, family and friends all around me (including myself) are getting fed up with that huge machinerie of shopping and consumerism around Christmas and we all agree: “we are not going to give presents this year, aren’t we?” – however, on Christmas day, most of us still end up with giving each other “just a tiny little thing I saw and just had to get for you”…

Don’t get me wrong, I love presents (receiving them and giving them, in particular since I re-discovered knitting), I’m just wondering what this urge on Christmas is about. I guess it has something to do with the rituals around Christmas, the candles, a Christmas tree, the snow, Christmas songs, the smell of cinnamon and cloves, Christmas markets.

Now that I’m writing about it, I think Christmas is a very “physical” thing: it’s all about the senses: lights, smells, food, sounds – and a physical present to unwrap is just in line with that…and although from an intellectual point of view I might be able to “understand” it all, my heart still yearns for these rituals…which is something different to getting caught up in a shopping spree in a desperate attempt to find the right present for everyone.

I like the idea of that – which is why I’m off now and can’t post any WIP pictures…not giving away any Christmas secrets, you know.

Oh, just one more thing: had a lovely walk yesterday, despite the rain,...and funny enough, the colours I found outside were the same as my current project’s…so I’m up to date with my knitting, it seems.

current mood: wrapping up

current soundtrack: Shantel – Dunarea

current projects: that’s a secret now…

Back to the roots…

I had one of these weeks, where one thing just led to another…On Wednesday, I stopped over at Drachenwolle, and they had a Sale there…so I bought this really lucious, soft, berry-coloured alpaca yarn for 3.50 Euro…for 100g.

I was quite unsure about buying it, didn’t want to increase my already big stash with something else that I wouldn’t know what to do with it…but I bought it, it was just too lovely to leave it…

…then, on Thursday, as I told you, Mollie Makes arrived on my doorstep … and I just knew what to do with my lovely yarn…

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They are cosy, warm and just so very nice – and knitting them is quite addictive…so you might expect to see some more in the future…I just need to find some mohair yarn and get myself to crochet some snowflakes…

The pattern, as I told you, was published in the current issue of Mollie Makes, and is by Stephanie Dosen, aka tiny owl knits http://tinyowlknits.wordpress.com/ .

In other “news”: I met the probably last of our garden roses for this year on my daily walk on Thursday…

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…and yesterday, we met with our knitting group…ten women chatting and knitting away, it was great fun…

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I did not use to think of knitting as something one would do in a group…or that had any social aspects. It used to me a very solitary excercise, comforting, yes, but no really good for socialising – and look at it now: it’s done in public, within a group of friends, discussed in the internet – you HAVE to visit ravelry, if you haven’t been there yet!

And if you think about it, isn’t this where the craft originally started? Women sitting somewhere in the middle of a fishing village, knitting Aran sweaters for their loved ones? So, I’m all for going back to the roots…yay!!

…though – perhaps not to Aran sweaters…just a tiny tad to0 complicated for my basic knitting skills…

PS: I promise a pic of Miss Winkle, and there she isMiss Winkle 5

current mood: lazy on a Sunday afternoon

current soundtrack: Suzanne Vega – It makes me wonder

planned projects: more wristwarmes, likely!

It’s that time of the month again…

I love the end of the month, as it is “Mollie Makes” – Time…

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do you know “Mollie Makes”? If you are British, you might have come across it, and there is a German version available in Germany as well.

It’s a monthly Craft Magazine, which covers a range of craft with a focus on needlework (knitting, crocheting, sewing), but they also write a lot about what’s going on in the crafty scene, blogs, trends, events, book reviews…

I like it a lot because a) it’s lovely made, great photos, there’s always a “goodie bag” with the monthly UK version with all the stuff you need for a little project so it b) gets me interested in the world beyond knitting and c) it is a bit quirky.

So. End of October it is, and I can sit down on a quiet afternoon, sip a cup of coffee, read my magazine, and get well again…

picaday 131031I love these fingerless mitts!

current mood: a bit tired
current soundtrack: Sophie Solomon – I can only ask why
planned projects: these mitts!

Life…

…has been a bit rough-and-tumble in the last few weeks…however, I should be on the mend now, hopefully.

By doctor’s orders I’m supposed to have as much outdoor excercise as I can- which is an easy thing to do at the moment: all around there are news of gale-force winds and terrible downpours – and we are having quiet, peaceful autumn days here down by the riverside.

Which led to some beautiful autumn walks…

…and a Saturday spent at Lake Constance – great views, not so great food at a very touristy place in Meersburg and a lovely walk through the vinyards.

Knitting related news: I finished “Miss Winkle” by Martina Behm (http://strickmich.frischetexte.de/shop/shop-misswinkle) and am just waiting for it to dry to show you some pics. Blocking is fun on this project, as it involves the abuse of household appliances, in this case a broomstick…

For Miss Winkle, I used Ponderosa Wool (http://de.dawanda.com/shop/PondeRosa-Wolle), just a simple sock wool blend, but it was nice to knit with, and the colourway – called “very British” of all things! – is beautiful.

My pic for today: some Autumn finds which remind me of the lovely walk I had today, up on the hills overlooking the town…

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current mood: are things getting better?
current soundtrack: Laura Marling – Alpha Shallows
currently on the needles: Mormorio by Heather Zoppetti, Strandwanderer by Lea Victoria,

…just a little reminder…

…for myself, and everyone else who’s in need of it

Just do...

current mood: very quiet
current soundtrack: Agnes Obel – Aventine
currently on the needles: Miss Winkle by Martina Behm, Mormorio by Heather Zoppetti, Strandwanderer by Lea Victoria,

Now…to the knitty stuff…

…I am very far from being more than a casual knitter, and have only recently returned to knitting  after years of absconding…however I’m enjoying it immensely. I am still wondering why this simple movement of two needles which produces (sometimes) something wearable is providing me with so much pleasure and entertainment…

…then, on the other hand, I discovered recently that I’m much more able to concentrate whilst I’m doodleling – a habit which is considered at least impolite by some, and very offensive by other people.

I guess there is a connection between the two – something about keeping your hands busy to allow the brain to process information or something – any brain scientist out there who might be able to shed some light on this?

Anyway: this is what I’ve been working on since this summer:

solar dyeing – something fabulous in my opinion, if you have little time and are willing to deal with surprises – you put stuff into a jar and leave it in the sun for two weeks…you’ll find lots of information on the net, for example here:

http://needlesinthehay.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/solar-dyeing-project-part-1/

or here:

http://www.thejournalforwsd.org.uk/application/workfiles/resources/art234.pdf

also, there are some groups for natural dyeing wool on ravelry, both in English and in German

Knitwise, I have finished my Hitchhiker on my way to France, and have currently a lot of stuff on the needles:

I am also suffering a severe case of “starteritis”, and I’m only glad that the lovely women of my local knitting group – and hopefully this blog! – are teaching me some perseverance…on the other hand: because of my parallel knitting several things, I had a time in June in which I finished about three pair of socks and a scarf within two weeks…

Some more, not knitting related news: We went for a walk yesterday – we had the first bit of sunshine for about a week, discovered a lot of nice spots in the Black Forest…my fellow knitting retreat guests would have loved all the funghi we discovered…

in the end, we went to a cafe with yummy cakes, salads and coffee…

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and then this happened:

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…I was definitely not amused, as you can imagine…no knitting for about three hours!

…but it was a lovely sunday nonetheless 🙂