Freitag, 16. Januar 2015

A very girlie baby blanket - Ta-Dah!

Hello my dears,

today I want to show you a very girlie blanket. When I chose the colours I was thinking a lot about little baby girls and striped blankets. So I rummaged in my bag of leftovers (this time leftovers and rejected colours from the Blue Patchwork Blanket).

Most of the yarn is Rowan Pure Wool DK with the addition of some light yellow Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK:

Colours names are (top down, beginning with the light yellow): Primrose (Cashmerino), Pier, Raspberry, Avocado and Tudor Rose (all Pure Wool DK).

I knit eight rows of stockinette stitch, then changed to the next colour. First row of next colour was knit one, purl one and then again Stockinette. I saw a lot of blankets like this on Ravelry recently...

I added a border in raspberry. Stockinette Stich with increasing stitches left and right of the corner stitch markers. After a row of purl stitches I decreased left and right of the stitch markers. Finally I crocheted the live stitches with slip stitches onto the first stitches of the border (does that make sense? It's very easy but complicated to explain.

The blanket is quite small, about 50cm x 70cm but I like it's look very much. To be honest I'm even tempted to do a second one in boy colours - if I find enough in my stash that is. Somehow I run out of blues and greens way to fast. Fate of a boy-mama, isn't it? ;-)

Freitag, 9. Januar 2015

FO - Blue Sand Cardigan

Hello my dears,

unfortunately the weather wasn't good enough to get some decent photos of my baby girl blanket, so you will have to wait a little longer for that one.

In the meantime I have another F.O. for you. This was my Oh-my-god-I-need-to-keep-myself-busy-until-I-know-if-I-have-passed-my-degree-project. I deliberately choose a project with a lot new-to-me features. The Blue Sand Cardi fit the bill. Some new to me techniques were needed to distract me from my "Versagensangst" (oh yes, I soooo feared to have failed...).

I had to restart the cardi thrice. The combination yoke version demands a lot of attention, but finally I got it right.

To visualise my colour ideas, I used the pattern and actually colours a black and while photo of the cardigan. Quite ingenious, isn't it?

I used Drops Cotton Merino in light and medium grey, mustard and turquoise. Lovely yarn to work with, I can highly recommend it (especially when it is on sale in May and September it is an unbelievable bargain!!!).

I hope the weather changes soon because I'm running out of photos to show you....

Have a nice weekend!

Freitag, 2. Januar 2015


I've been thinking a lot these past few days. About the past and the future, about my family and me, about my blog and my creative work. I finished my studies and am now the proud owner of a Bachelor's degree. I decided that this will be the end of my academic career. It is time to work on a few other points. I want to work a bit, I want another baby (little guy is turning four this June!!!!) and I feel a bit torn because these two wishes surely are not ones to cooperate with each other.

I know last year wasn't my blogging year, maybe this one will be a better one. I decided to cold sheep a bit and work with the yarn I accumulated this last year (talk about sock yarn... I knit a few pairs and bought way too much yarn to knit more, which has not happened since May), so there will be a lot of scrappy and/or stripey projects in my future.

I started by knitting and crocheting Baby Blankets. Mostly in neutral colours but then the wish for something pink caught me and I knit a girly coloured one. I really hope, the next baby will be able to use it, since gender is a huge topic in baby terms for me. As much as I love my little guy, I'm yearning for a little girl - so much that it hurts sometimes.

You see, although I haven't been here for a long while, I'm still here. Thinking a lot about my future and my plans, but still alive and creative.

Freitag, 8. August 2014

Retro Baby...

Hello my dears,

I promised you to show my latest F.O. today, and here it is: the Retro Baby Hexie! Colours and layout are all thanks to Dover&Madden who did a fantastic job creating the original blanket.

Again I used my favourite yarn of all times - Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Would you believe that 80% of the yarn for this blanket are still leftovers of my first Cashmerino Ripple? Queen of overbuying, your name is Maree! I had to buy 3 or 4 balls, though, since the colours weren't in my stash or not enough of it left.

Here it lies on our brand new garden wall. Looks lovely together, don't you think? I used a picture of Dover and Madden's blanket to make this one since I have a hard time in placing colours.

Now all we need is a brand new baby to use this blanket. The owner of this trainer bike turned 3 in June, way too old for a baby blanket, don't you think?

Dienstag, 5. August 2014

Once upon a time...

I'm working hard on my Bachelor's thesis. I really do - even harder if stacking your source books does count (and since it does not I'm happy to say that I wrote 2 pages today, yay!). And these are only the books I bought. A lot of copys hide behind that Mountain. But I finished some crochet, too. I really hope to get some decent pictures for F.O. Friday.

Dienstag, 22. Juli 2014

Still there... and finished something!

Hello my dears,

I know haven't written anything in a while. I'm busy planning my bachelor's thesis, which proves to be a lot more complicated than I thought. My theme is Waking up Sleeping Beauty - The Development of Women in Fairy Tales. But I won't bore you with the story of how difficult it is to find enough sources and to plan it in a way that pleases me and my advisor.

Instead I'll show you a new F.O. and tell you the little story behind. See, I'm very fond of my parent's neighbourhood and the neighbours to the left finally got a baby. So I had to make a blanket, because...

In the 1930ies my great-grandfather built a house for his family in a small street. Over the years more houses were built and all of the residents were about the same age and had children. So over the years they became friends. My grandmother grew up in this great enviroment, so did my mother and finally along came me and my siblings. My great-grandfather gifted the house to my parents, as my grandparents built their own house, but still lived with us until he died.

I remember him standing at the fence talking with the neighbour to the left (the great-grandfather of today's neighbour) all morning. By lunchtime they were quarreling away and went inside to eat. After lunch they stood again at the fence, friends once more until dinnertime - by that time they were quarreling once more. It was kind of a ritual. And since we are talking bavarian men it is no strange behaviour at all.

So our neighbourhood is very close bonded, given that our great-grandfathers started out as friends and we all know each other since birth. Of course this newest addition to our close bonded neighbourhood (given that it is the first child since the late 90ies to grow up there, as I don't live there anymore, so my son doesn't count ) needed a welcome blankie. Just a giant granny as my dad forgot to tell me about the baby for whole 9 months (how dare he!!!)

I hope you liked my little story. I always feel good when I think back to my childhood in this small street in Bavaria. And I hope that little Ann-Sophie will like her blanket!

Freitag, 9. Mai 2014

The W.I.P List

Hello my dears!

Today I wanted to show you what is in my WIP Basket at the moment. I'm having quite a hard time sticking to one thing at the moment so showing you what I'm working on might help me (wanting to show the FO that is)

First my longest WIP. I did show this one before, these are tiny squares made out of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. They are meant to become a Attic24 Style ZigZag Baby Blanket once I'm done (in about 100 years or so...)

90 squares so far, but since they are so tedious to work on, I sometimes just can't stand doing them. The yarn is wonderful and I guess the finished object will be to, so I really need to finish this.

Colours on the left are the ones I already made enough squares, on the left are the ones I'm either not sure about using or where are still squares to be made.

Another Baby Cashmerino Blanket to be finished. This ones is based on the wonderful Retro Hexie Blanket by Dover and Madden. Theoratically this could be done in five days. Four more rows and a border. But I've watched all the Downton Abbey episodes to date and have a hard time finding something suitable to watch while working on (no The Paradise or Call the Midwife on the Video on Demand platforms I'm using :-( )

A pair of Vanilla Socks in Opal Hundertwasser. That's what I'm working on the most at the time. The yarn is a dream to work with though I don't really like the random striping and spots that appear on the yarn. I think I'll stay with handdyed sock yarn from now on. Or plain colours to make stripey socks!

Oh and what is that? A sewing project?!? Yes indeed. I finished this quilt top made out of a package of charm pack and now I'm unsure if I want to make a real quilt out of it or simply sew some red fleece on the backside and call it finished. I'll keep you posted about my decision.

Have a nice weekend!