Montag, 30. April 2007

Summer Dishcloth Exchange

I'm taking part in this exchange and here is my questionaire:

1. When did you learn to knit? Who taught you?
I learned to knit I guess when I was around 6 or so. I cannot remember if it was my Mum or my Grandma who taught me

2. What was your very first completed object? Your most recent?
The first one I really can't remember. The most recent was "Glee" from zephyrstyle

3. What was the very first thing you sent to the frog pond? (pulled out and started over) Your most recent?
There have been lots of projects I abandoned over the years. The most recent is "The Somewhat cowl" (the curse of a tiny waist).

3. What is currently on the needles for you?
I'm working on the Swing Cardigan by Margaret O'Leary in the Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 07 issue and some ankle socks and the Somewhat Cowl

4. What types of needles do you enjoy working with? What have you tried and hated?
I'm fine with everything depending on the project

5. Have you knit dishcloths before?
Just finished my first one!

6. What was your favorite one?
Can't say as I have only finished one so far

7. Least favorite?
See above

8. Do you use homemade dishcloths or face cloths yourself, or give them as gifts, or both?
I still have some left from my grandmother which I don't like to use up as she's been dead for a decade now, so there's only a limited number of her cloths left

9.What are your favorite and least favorite scents? (For your body, such as soap/lotion/etc)
In summer I love fresh and light scents and in winter I go for heavier ones but not too heavy

10. What are your favorite colors?
I have to admit I'm a pink lady. I love every shade of that colour and also violet

11. What colors (if any) are your bathroom and kitchen decorated in?
My tiny tiny kitchen is mostly in (let me have a peek) yellow and dark brown
My bathroom is mostly white with a hint of blue and mint

12. What other hobbies and crafts do you enjoy?
Cross stitch, crochet, knitting - I try everything
dancing (ballett and ballroom mainly, but tried out others as well) - if I only had the time!

13. Chocolate: Dark? White? Milk? Ew?
usually eaten so quickly I don't care but if given the choice: dark

14. Do you like salty treats? What kinds?
chips- I could live on them. The bigger the box the better

15. If you could go anywhere in the world for one day and spend the day any way you wanted, where would you go and what would you do?
To my sweetheart (wherever he is workwise) and just spend the day in his company

16. Do you have any allergies? (Yarns, foods, etc. that might impact what your pal can send)
Not that I know of. I belive as long as I don't know about what allergies I might have, I won't have them. It's all about believing and knowing as far as my body is concerned

Samstag, 21. April 2007


And now to something completely different. This is my "eternal" project, as I like to call it. Ever since I studied in England for a year, I am hooked on cross stitch. I have done tons of projects but I have been working on this for 12 years now. There have been long breaks, of course, and I guess it will take me some more years to finish them. The designs are from Lavender and Lace and they are four angels, one for each season. I started with "The Angel of Summer":

They all are done on 32-count linen and the design area is about 14"x17"

Next was "The Angel of Fall":

And my current project is "The Angel of Spring":

There is, of course, "The Angel of Winter" still missing.....I hope it won#t take me another twelve years to finish it!!

Dienstag, 17. April 2007

Back to school

Two days of work and I feel I didn't have two weeks off. I love my work! Anyway, there are some projects I want to show you:

I started on some socks in Regia silk. This yarn is great, it is really, really soft.

The pattern is called "Tidal Wave" (sorry can't find the link anymore...)

I had nearly finished the body of The Somewhat Cowl but then I realized it was far too large around the waist for me as I am very thin there, so I had to rip it up again. I guess I won't finish this piece very soon, although it would be perfect for the spring weather we are having right know.
This is how it looks like before I redid it:

After a long search, I finally found a website were I can order yarn by Brown Sheep Co. Why is it so hard to get some yarns in Germany?

Dienstag, 10. April 2007


I hate correcting class tests. Just hate it. This is the only aspect of my job I don't like! Although we are on easter break I have a stash of 27 year-11 English tests to correct as the holidays do count to the 2-weeks correction period. Fortunately, I am halfway through them and hopefully in 2 days I will have finished and have another 3 days to relax before school starts again.
Anyway, as you can see I have nearly finished my first top-down work! It is Glee by Zephyrstyle. I just have to finish the second sleeve and block it. I changed the sleeves to long ones as the yarn is more for cold than warm weather. I like the colour very much, it's a sort of blueish-grey. The yarn is a cheap German one from a big department store. However, I like knitting with it.

Sonntag, 8. April 2007

Happy Easter!

I hope you all have nice holidays and happy Easter to you! I stayed with my parents over the long weekend. Partly to get pampered and not having to cook (which is not one of my favourite pastimes) and to avoid feeling lonely now that my sweetheart is back in the sunshine state. And I have been busy! I moved to my own place last September and the last piece of furniture still missing is my sewing machine. It is an old "Pfaff" from the 50s and it is put into a sort of little cupboard, so that if you don't need it, you can hide it in there. Alas, it needs at least three strong man to move it and carry it up to my flat on the second floor.

So it still is at my parents and I always sew when I am there. Maybe it is as well, because otherwise I wouldn't work at home but rather make new clothes all the time!

So this is what I did this weekend:

I think this blouse is perfect for spring and with tight trousers it will look somehow "retro", right from the 70s. I like mixing retro with modern style. I think it gives fashion a special twist. I also started on a dress, pictures of which will be delivered when I could bring myself to putting in the second sleeve!

Freitag, 6. April 2007

Time is flying

Today I realized how long I haven't written anything here. Although we have Easter holidays, the last week has been absolutely crazy. My sweetheart has been here the last week and this has been a special occasion as the last time I saw him was during the football world championships last summer. How is this possibly you ask? Well, we live about 11.000 miles apart. And I only see him when he comes to town on business trips.
So last week was made up of little sleep, night-long conversations and trying to get some rest while he was working. As you can imagine - I'm knackered!
Knitting-wise I am working on "The Somewhat Cowl" by Knit and Tonic. More and that and some pictures when i have slept at least for 10 hours.