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Crafts, Crafts, Crafts

Updated: 2015-09-16T18:19:59.833+02:00




Finally some FOs. School is already taking up most of my energy but at the weekend I could whip up this:


My sister-in-law is having twins pretty soon so they get a little set with a pair of baby Shedirs and matching shoes!


The shoes are so cute! I love the pattern. it is easy and well written (Baby Strap Shoes). there also a lot of other patterns and I am definitely making more of them!

Baby Shedir and a cold


My sister-in-law asked me to knit my niece another Shedir. So I did :-) I don't know yet, if it will fit her as I used another yarn this time and so it seems a bit smaller. However, with the cables it is quite stretchy. But ...her siblings are already on the way, so they will get it! This time I used Rico baby Cotton Soft DK which is really nice to knit with. Thank God that I can do cables without a cable needle so this project was doene in about 4 hrs.


The bad news are that I have a cold :-( I tried all week to kill it before it might break out properly and I thought I did, but yesterday evening we went to the Oktoberfest and it started to rain. My dirndl is a long one but not very warm. I was wet all over because we didn't have an umbrella and now I feel pretty bad. And in time for the weekend. I really am a good teacher...

Old and New


Something old:


I made this dress back in January for a ball we go to every year. It is Nora from Burdastyle. I think I made size 36 but I can't remember really. What you can't see is the skirt , I made it in black. I like the colour of the outer dress a lot! Sadly I can wear evening dresses only once year.

Something new:


This is the aforementioned Kirigami. I have to do about 4" more on the body. The sleeves are 7/8 at the moment but I think I will do them a full length as the sweater is rather warm and then my lower arms will be cold and then I probably won't wear it. The 7/8 are really cute but then you need to use lighter yarn than suggested (maybe sport rather than aran).

Today was the first "real" day at school and I feel tired. The first day is always the worst and I hope it will be better tomorrow. I think I have nice students this year which is a relief!



Sadly, no pictures today as I am on a school trip. everything runs very smoothly, my students are nice and well-behaved. And I will go to my favourite store now and shop for hours - yay!!

Knitting: before we left I started "Kirigami" from Twist Collective and I love it! I am (after three days) already doing the body. The construction is very unusual which prevents you from getting bored. I do it with Takhi Dove in Grey and White and I can't wait to finish and wear it.

Pics coming soon!

Baby Jacket!


Another UFO turnd FO that has been lying around for ages! This is the "First Coat" from Debbie Bliss's "Essential Baby" for 9-12 months and I used the rest of the "Sea Cashmere" from the Washington Square Vest. It's really cute I think.
I don't know who will wear this as my niece is too big... Well, let's see what will happen this fall...

Old FOs


As mentioned, I want to show you my old Fos of this year.The first one is the Zoe Vest from Interweave Crocher Winter 2009. I always wanted to crochet something out of this magazine but for me the project descriptions were all a bit daunting. This one was pretty easy and I did it on the train and during breaks in school - in the deepest summer :-) The yarn is some no-name brand which I inherited from my Grandma years ago.The second one is the Washington Square Vest from Interweave Knits Winter 2008. I did this during our skiing holiday in the Easter break when we went to North Italy (Sterzing - check out the Wiesnerhof, it's great). I'm not overall happy with the fit of this, it's very loose and floppy although I knitted it to the measurements. The middle part with the cables takes ages and goes very, very slowly. I made it out of "Sea Cashmere" from Lana Grosso which is sadly discontinued. I liked the feel of it quite well.The third one is the lightweight pullover from Knitbot which I made out of some old Junghans yarn. I don't have the ballband anymore because it was a dress before :-) I was feeling like doing some plain stockinette at the time as I had a lot to do at school and felt really stressed out. The fit is great and it is nice autumn pullover as it is not too thick (as suggested in the name...) The next one is Cerisara from Chic Knits. I saw it at Robin's and instantly wanted to have one, too. I especially orderd the yarn, Eucool, at Web's (which was pretty quick) - this is also a great yarn which knits up quickly. I haven't worn this one yet as summer this year was either brutally hot or bitterly cold so I hope Indian summer has mercy on me.The last one was originally the fitted rib Turtleneck from Hollywood Knits by Suss Cousins in GGH Goa. However, the yarn was so heavy and the smallest size rather loose on me that it sagged too much to be comfortable for me. I only wore it one or two times over the years and finally decided to frog it. And now it is the short-sleeved cardigan with ribbing from Stefanie Japel's Fitted knits (only with long sleeves). This is definitely a winner and also perfect for autumn!Sorry for the pictures, I should have cleaned the mirror before....[...]

Monkey business


This has been a very, very old UFO and finally I got around to finish it. According to the printout of the pattern it has been lying around since last November!
I think this is a very cute monkey and the pattern can be found here.


At the moment I am trying to "get rid" of my UFOs so that I will have a fresh start with the beginning of the new school year next Monday! And I'm making good progress!

Busy, Busy


Well, you see I have been pretty busy with this for the last year:


So sadly my blog got very deserted during the preparations. Nevertheless, I still found the time to knit and sew a lot which I will show during the next weeks.

We just came back from our honeymoon to the Seychelles and Dubai. It was really, really, really great!! We relaxed a lot which was desperately needed and I managed to come up with this:


The first pair are "Eleanor Socks" (found on Ravelry).


The second pair are just plain socks with a left row every thenth row.


The third pair are easy stripes.


And the last one are a variation of the "Snicket Socks" (also found on Ravelry).
Somehow it seems that I was in favour of reds but this was wholly unintentional. I just picked the yarn out of my suitcase without looking! I like socks as a vacation project because they are so handy. I even knitted at the beach but this was a bit difficult with the high humidity on the Seychelles.

At the moment I am on a big sewing mission but more next time!

My first amigurumi


May I present Ole, the pig? He is my first amigurumi. I was always sceptical of doing one of those patterns but I took a class at the Ravelry meeting in backnang with the great Diana and she showed us some very useful tricks. As I was lying in bed all week, I thought of trying this. And voila!

I am definitely feeling better and will start to do my fisrt test knitting while watching football (Germany vs. Russia) tonight.


Over half a year???


Believe it or not, I'm still alive. If anyone is still looking at this blog that is. To say my life turned upside down is quite an understatement. I don't know where to start. First of all, in July the bf and I movved in together. We have a huge appartment (5 rooms, 105 sq metres) in a very posh neighborhood - for less rent than our two smaller appartments together. It was a stroke of luck, because the money we pay is in no proportion to normal price here. And so far I haven't found anything bad about the flat. Apart from the fact that you can't shout from one room to the other because they are so huge! We had to move at the end of last school year which was absolutely horrible. Out of sheer exhaustion I got sick and it wasn't a nice feeling to leave the work of moving to the bf and friends.
Around mid-August we were relly settled and there were no more boxes. And then we went to the south of France on vacation. It was very relaxing, alas the weather wasn't that nice. It was very windy on the beach and a couple of days were cast over. However, we went to Andorra and Barcelona and we had a great time.
The new school year started well ,I have nice students - but yesterday I was supposed to go on a five day school field trip and I got the flu really bad. I have everything you can imagine I - don't want to go into details here. Suffice it to say that the doctor said I wasn't allowed to work for the whole week. I feel really bad because now another teacher has to go on the trip on very short notice.
I did a lot of knitting over the past months - not as much as I would like but I was productive. Everything can be seen on ravelry. On Saturday I finished the Manchester Jacket from Interweave and I like it a lot. At the Moment I am working on the Trellis and Vine Sweater from this fall's Interweave. Finally apattern that captivates my whole attention. Until I got to the lower body - stockinette stockinette stockinette....
In September I went to the German Ravelry meeting in Backnang. It was really a blast. Sadly I could only go for one of the two days but it was great nevertheless. I met a lot of people and bought a lot of yarn :-)
At the beginning of November we will go to NYC for a week. Yeah! I'm so looking forward to this. I have nevver been there so far. I went to the west coast a couple of times but never New York. Any advice on yarn shops (apart from Purl?)



I'm sorry I have been absent for so long but I was pretty ill in January. First a bad case of cysitis, then one tooth broke out while I was eating and now I had also a wisdom tooth removed. No good month! Work was also pretty hard ,too, yet I had some knitting done, however I lacked the time to put everything in Ravelry - but I'm working on it. On the good side: packages!
First of all the next to last installment of "Seven Deadly Sins" (theme: envy):


And I got a package from my SP 13 pal. The yarn is pure alpaca and so soft. I already started the Montego Bay Scarf with it :-) The magazine is beautiful as well - sadly I can't speak Finnish. Does anyone know if there is a Finnish- English translation of knitting terms on the net?


Dear secret pal - thank you sooo much for all the beautiful things!

Happy New 2009


Happy New Year! I know that I am a bit late on that but it's still the beginning of January, right? I had the most blissful (and needed) winter holidays - tomorrow I have to go back to work. Sadly I had the flu over Christmas but I stayed mostly in bed so I was over it pretty soon. After that we went to North Italy to a sweet hotel. The food was fantastic - I guess I have gained some pounds. For the bf I went skiing, something which I haven't done for 15 years and which I didn't really like as a child. But I have to admit thast it was kinda nice this time. Maybe because of the skiing instructor (the bf :-) ) ? Anyway, I think  I will keep on doing it - it's a good contrast to dancing anyway.

I did also a lot of knitting but I didn't have time to take photos yet. After months, I finally finished the second sweater for the bf (no sign of the curse yet), I mad a travel neck pillow and a felted bag. I also started a cardigan (I'm on the first sleeve) and today I frogged the silken scabbard and started on the baby cables. I also sewed an evening dress as I'm going to a ball with the bf at the end of january. As soon as the shoes are delivered you will get pictures!

I also got lovely, lovely yarn from my secret pal - it 's soo soft and the colour I really nice. Thank you again so much! Pictures of that also soon. 



Thank God this week is over - it seemed like neverending. Anyway, my birthday was super-great! And the biggest surprise: I got a ring from the bf!!!! And it's from Tiffany's!!!!! I was so stunned, I could just blurt out :"You are crazy!" And he is. And I love him for it.

I finishd the CPH in time to wear on my birthday and it's great. Actually I used some really cheap merino wool but it looks great and I love the colour - it's really warm.


I needed some instant gratification because of some annoying things at work and I made the aviatrix for the baby of bf's sister (due in March). Isn't it cute??? I used some old leftover yarn - Details are on Ravelry.


I started on a panel sweater from Classic Elite yarns and am nearly done with the front - pictures to come. Only one week to Christmas brak - can't wait.

Happy Birthday...

2008-12-08T21:17:02.105+01:00 me. 30, I can't believe it!



I am soo spoiled by packages this weekend! Back in summer one package of "The Seven Deadly S(p)ins" got lost in the mail, so in September I got two of them :-)
I have already made the Prezioso Hat, you can see it on Ravelry:


I haven't started on the lace project yet, I think I will take it on my winter holidays:


Yesterday I got this beautiful package - again it is soo beautiful and carefully assembled:



I am sooo tempted to cast on for the purse but I want to progress on the CPH and I got tons of papers to grade :-( As the bf is away for the weekend I really want to use the time for work but...aaah well, maybe tonight I will start it nevertheless ;-)

On Thursday I got my second Wollmeise Sockclub package - pictures of which can be seen her:

So many FO's


Being absent from my blog for so long, I have to show you a lot of FOs! You can find all the details on Ravelry.

First some baby soakers for bf's sister who is going to be a Mum in February. Isn't it cute??


Next a bowtie scarf made with some leftover yarn. I am really scarf addicted and wear them all of the time.


A really soft mohair t-shirt made with Rowan Kidsilk Haze. This is really a great yarn! So soft and luxurious.


And finally a cardigan from Phildar with yarn I bought on Corsica during our summer holidays. I love the buttons, they are made with bits of sea shell.


At the moment I work on the Silken Scabbard (but have some problems with the yarn), a sweater for the bf (too much stockinette at the moment) and the ubiquitous central park hoodie.

Life is really crazy at the moment so knitting kees me sane and grounded and makes me relaxed very quickly. Sadly it seems I don't have as much time for this as I would like to.

Secret Pal 13 Questionnaire


I'm sorry for this long absence but the last three weeks were challenging, to say the least. I went on a field trip for 5 days with 30 5th graders and - again - came home sick. I had the flu for the last 2 1/2 weeks, called in sick (which I hate to do) and it didn't get better. On Friday I had to cough so hard during a lesson that I left school after two lessons to go to the doctor. Now I'm on antibiotics and rest a lot so that I am hopefully restored by Monday.But now my Secret Pal 13 questionnaire:1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?I absolutely love Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece but there aren't really any fibers I detest.2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?In a drawer in my living room cupboard.3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?It feels like I have knitted forever and I learned it from my Grandma and mother. I'd put me between intermediate and advanced.4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?Nope5. What's your favorite scent?Lavender and vanilla6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?I absolutely have!!! No favourite candy - everything that's sweet :-)7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?I would like to spin but lack the knowledge and equipment. I sew, crochet and do needlework and dye yarn. Want to start handpaining and already got a book about it.8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)I can listen to mp3s but can't really define my taste in music.9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?I like all pinks and purples. I'm not really a fan of red and orange.10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?I have a boyfriend. Does that count as a pet? ;-) (ok he just read it..guess I have to delete this...)11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?Yes, yes, yeas and have never tried one.12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?Everything that's a challenge and not boring.13. What are you knitting right now?The Silken Scabbard by Stitchdiva.14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?Yes, please!15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?That depends on the yarn and the project but generally I do like bamboo.16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?No and yes17. How old is your oldest UFO?Some months I guess18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?I like the summer holidays because they are the longest. I celebrate Christmas.19. Is there anything that you collect?No20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?I'd like to have the new "Interweave Knits" (wink :-) ) I subscribe to the Burda sewing magazine.21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?I would like to learn how to spin.22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?Yes, I am. My shoe size is a European 38.23. When is your birthday?8.12. (the big 3-0 this year....)24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?My ID is Stoeps[...]



My trip to Cornwall was great!!!


We had the best weather and everything was good....


Apart from me getting a cold on the way there...


Knitting content comming soon!

A looot of things


The new school year has started and there is so much to do before I go to a field trip next week to Cornwall! What brightened the week was the first installment of the Wollmeise Sock Club!


The package is so lovely that I don't want to open it!


I also got the third package of my SP 12 and it was as great:

I really love everything that's in it!! Thank you sooo much!!!

It is surprisingly cold in Munich at the moment and I always have cold feet when I'm at bf's, so I knitted these slippers out of my stash with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. The details are on Ravelry:


On Corsica I found a Phildar store in Ajaccio and of course I bought some stuff (while the bf was reading a newspaper). On book I bought was full of toys and the bf especially wanted to have this pig:


It now resides on the bf's sofa and reminds us of a beautiful holiday. The pattern is ok for my French (I get the hang of it slowly) but there are many, many parts to sew together!

I'm back!


So two weeks of being lazy on Corsica are over now. Just to give you a hint - this is where we stayed :-) We had such a good time!!!


I was busy knitting, of course. First I knitted this:


You might wonder what it is. Well, a uterus. BF's sister is a midwife and she asked me to do one for presentations. And I love Ravelry - I found a pattern for it there! I hope the size is right for the "baby".

Next - beach projects: Socks! One pair in Tofutsies, which I found to be a really great yarn.


And one pair in Red Rocks Fiber Works which I got on a swap from Kelly. The colourway is really great and will always make me think of the sea at Corsica:


When we came back, the weather in Germany was very bad so I made myself a sun that I can take with me! Isn't it cute?


I also found a Phildar Store on the island which I of course visited and I just started a cardigan from one of the books I got there - my French is good enough to translate the pattern :-)

On insomnia


It's 5 o'clock in the morning and I'm awake. I listened for half an hour how the bf was sleeping and then I had to get up because it didn't make me sleepy but even more awake. So this is a good time to show you my latest FOs!

First of all the Shetland Shorty from Knitty. The pattern is interesting and you can finish this on a weekend. I did size S and it fits perfectly. I am still thinking about dyeing it but I'm not sure. The yarn is still the same from my MS3 and the Snowdrop Shawl and there is still a bit left on the cone!


Nest up is a Little Shedir which I made after this instruction. I made it out of Schachenmayer Jazz and it turned out quite stretchy so the recipient to be will be able to wear it for a long time!
I wasglad I could do cables without a needle when working on this!


I am currently still working on the February Lady Sweater but hope to finish it before my vacation next week!

Sp12 package received!


Thank you soooo much Sp 12 pal.!!!!! I love everything that's in this package. You've spoiled me rotten!!! I just wonder what the black thing on the chocolate is for?? I guess i have to learn Danish to do the pattern for the shawl ;-)

Cobblestone fits!


BF tried on the Cobblestone yesterday and it fits perfectly!!! I'm so relieved" Although I measuresd him up I was still pretty unsure while knitting it up as I have never knit a sweater for another person before. He seemed to like it very much :-) So much for the "boyfriend sweater curse"...
At the moment I'm working on "Shetland Shorty" from the recent Knitty and I guess I will finish it up today - so photos will be up soon!

Cobblestone finished


I know all about the "boyfriend sweater curse" but lacking inspiration and my bf pestering me about my knitting him a sweater I decided on the famous Cobblestone - and here it is!


Spending hours on Ravelry looking for a decent men's sweater I just had to decide on it. It looks neither gay nor 80s (which I think most men's pattern do) and is mindless enough to knitt in stressy times. I wasn't really sure about my choice of yarn ("Achat" from Junghanswolle) but I have to say the result is nice. It took a bit of figuering out how to start a new skein but I think the changes in colour make the design even more interesting than with plain yarn. The bf hasn't tried it on yet as he is away on a trip - so keep your fingers crossed that it will fit him. Well, otherwise I will use it as a lounging sweater for myself.
I still have to finish the February Lady Sweater but I don't feel like it at the moment. Maybe I will turn to some sewing instead or on another shawl. I don't want to start any socks becuase that is for our trip at the end of the month.

We are going on a summer holiday


Finally, finally the summer holidays have arrived. The last two weeks have been very hard indeed. It felt like I was dragging myself from day to day. But now - six weeks without grading papers, handling kids and doing paperwork. It feels great! And I can fully concentrate on knitting and sewing again - all the more as the bf is away next week :-) All I managed to achieve in the last weeks were these well- known baby booties. We went to see bf's sister who lives around 2hrs away and she is expecting. So I thought these would be a good gift. I made them out of leftover yarn from my Firestarters which I dyed myself with Kool Aid. I chose this yarn as we don't know yet whether it will be a boy or a girl, so neutral colours were the best in my opinion. The pattern is great - I knit them up in about 1-2 hrs.