Montag, 28. Mai 2007


I made these two garments separately - and it seems like I created a complete outfit unintentionally! The top is "Green Gable" by Zephyr Style in Brwon Sheep Cotton Fleece. I love this yarn! It is very soft and it knits almost by itself. I ordered some more from the US to do another top with it. The skirt is from the last Burda Moden magazine. I was always afraid if doing pleats but I think the look nice with this stripy fabric.

I went to the wedding of a friend of mine from my teacher training course. The wedding was perfect! We had nice weather, the atmosphere was great and the show wasn't too embarassing. We danced and we ate and had a really great time. Here you see the goodies I brought home. The little gift on the right side (with chocolade in it) served simultaneously as a clace card.

Last but not least, I want to share with you a picture of yesterday's hailstorm. This photo is of the backyard of my apartement house. And the amount of hail came down in about 5 to 10 minutes. It really is Murphy's law. As soon as school holidays start, the weather turns bad.

Dienstag, 22. Mai 2007

I've been tagged

The rules, copy/pasted from my tagger's blog:"Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag 7 others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog."

Ok, here it goes.....

1) I wear one ring on each hand, my watch on the left wrist and some bangles on the right one. I cannot wear rings just on one hand - I feel unbalanced.
2) I haven't steered a car since 2001. I don't own one, either. BUT my flat came with a parking space (if anyone wants to rent it - contact me...)
3) I have to read in bed, be it only for 5 minutes, otherwise I can't fall asleep.
4) I don't do breakfast - only coffee.
5) Currently I am in my purple phase (thank God the black one is over). Nearly every yarn or fabric I buy is purple. Even my purse is in that colour!
6) I read all of Diana Gabaldon's novels several times
7) I prefer to write by hand (essays, grade remarks, letters). I can't think properly when I type it at once.

I really want to name other people, but everyone I know has been tagged already. So I'll leave it at that.

Montag, 21. Mai 2007

Sunday night project

Yesterday night I needed some mindless knitting to take a break from grading papers.
I bought one skein of this yarn because I liked the color and the texture so much (it is Gedifra Colourette) - the colour changes very inobtrusively and each colour has a different structure, yet all of them are "Bändchengarn" (sorry, but I don't know the English expression for that). But what else can you do with 50gr of yarn apart from a scarf? This pattern is from D. Stoller's "Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation" and it is super simple. Two rows dropstitch and two rows garter stitch. It is a rather short scarf admittedly but just crossing it around your neck and then fastening it witch a nice brooch would be a difference to "normal" scarf - wearing, i.e. putting it around your neck a couple of times.

Samstag, 19. Mai 2007

I am...

Dishcloth Swap Contest

I don't know if I'm too late, anyway, my answers:

If you were going to be whisked from your home and taken to a desert island to live out a year of your life....

What one CD of music would you take?
"Moon Safari" by Air - I would listen to "All I need" for days on end!

What one book?
"Microserfs" by Douglas Coupland - really funny, however, a bit outdated already

What one hobby-related item?
neverending cone of yarn - so I never run out of yarn to knit!

What one person?
my sweetheart - he wouldn't be able to leave and I had him for myself all the time

What one food? (no, you couldn't survive on a single food, I'm just SAYING)
chips - can't live without them

Old yet new

is this cardigan from Suss Cousin's book "Hollywood Knits". As the weather is very unpredictable at the moment, I got it out the other day when I was feeling really cold. As far as I can remember I made it last autumn. The yarn is "Flamme" from Junghans Wolle. I like the colour, it gives you a maritime feeling even in deepest winter. However, I had some problems with its structure. It is bulky with some very thin bits in between. And somehow the bulky bits and the thin bits always seemed to be at the same places, no matter how long or how short my rows were. As much as I like the finished object, I don't think I will use such a yarn again as it was, at least for me, a bit of a frustrating experience.

As the Abitur (final high school exams) is just going on, I am drowning in grading papers. Thankfully, I only have to check if my colleague has overseen mistakes, still it is a lot of work. As the weather is very nice today, I think I will do it outside!

Montag, 14. Mai 2007

Manic Monday

A lot of pictures this time!
First of all, I made my own sock blockers. I took the advice from Debbie Stoller's "Stitch'n'Bitch Nation" and made them out of coat hangers. So easy and so efficient!

Another finished object, but in chrochet this time! These ones are from Debbie Stoller's crochet book. They are a bit large at the inside of the hand, but I think they are perfect for cycling to school in autumn. I used the required Lorna's Laces yarn in purple.

This is the "Eurovision Song Contest" scarf. I really finished it at the end of the show (can't believe Serbia won - am still wondering what the hell she was singing about). I used some leftover mohair yarn I found at my parents' and used 6mm needles. The scarf isn't very long but perfect for spring or autumn as it is not very heavy. The pattern is very simple, so you can do it virtually without looking.

This is another project from J. Hoeverson's book. Isn't this bunny cute???

Samstag, 12. Mai 2007


This week has been one of the crazier ones in my life. My sweetheart was in town for a couple of days, which was really, really, really, really nice. But this meant a severe lack of sleep - this was not very good for teaching in the mornings and having meetings in the afternoons. This obviously had the effect of me losing my voice for two days which in turn meant not being able to work. (Have you ever seen a voiceless teacher?) I'm glad it's the weekend, as next week will be as stressful as the last. Thank God, Thursday is a national holiday - one day off!
Last Tuesday, I gathered all my courage and went to my local knitting group. And, as always, I am too worried beforehand about meeting new people and then everything turns out great! Gals, I will be back!

No pictures this time, but on the kneedles:
first sock for Sockapalooza 4, Swing Cardigan from recent Vogue mag (back and front finished, working on first sleeve) and mohair scarf from J. Hoeverson's "Last-minutes knitted gifts".

I intend to finish the scarf tonight as I will watch the Eurovision Song Contest from the beginning till the bitter end :-)

Freitag, 4. Mai 2007


Although taking part in Sockapalooza 4, I started randomly on a pair of socks for myself. They are plain stockinette top down socks - I didn' want to spoil the colour with some sort of pattern or other.

This is *again* a cheap yarn from a big German department store.