23 Dezember 2007
I am wishing you a wonderful Christmas Holiday, cheerful days with a lot of time for talking, laughing and the joy of being together with loved ones. Enjoy the delicious food, your common memories and stories and I hope all your wishes and dreams will come true. Merry Christmas!
11 August 2007
13 Juli 2007
It must have been because of the recently cold weather. Early in the morning there was already some fog over the forest and at the evenings I wore again warm socks. As much as I love Marigold, and I am really longing to wear her, the rows are getting more and more sticky and deep in my heart I am much more longing now to knit with with warm, woolen, fluffy yarns. One of my 'golden' rules for knitting is to stay with only one design. One design after another, not one design beside another. I don´t care for starting some crochet, embroidery or a sewing at the same time, but I always have only one knitting on my needles. Simply because I am always afraid that 1. I forget the pattern or how many rows to the arm-shaping or which needle I used, and 2. that nothing will ever be finished when I knit several designs at the same time. But now I am seriously thinking about breaking my own rules, still I cannot decide which will be the next autumn knit. (No, of course I haven´t forgotten the lovely Debbie Bliss cardigan, but unfortunately the magazine is still not available right now!)
Vor allem die Tweedgarne haben es mir angetan. Immer, wenn es draußen so ein bißchen herbstlich wird, möcht ich am liebsten eine Tweedweste oder ein Trachtenjäckchen, schon komisch. Das oben auf dem Bild ist Yorkshire Tweed 4 Ply in Enchant 268. Es ist eine wunderbare Farbe, beschrieben als ganz zartes Lilagrau, aber eigentlich fast mehr grau als lila. Gekauft hab ich es bei Jannette für nichts Bestimmtes, andererseits gefällt mir schon lange Lisette und ich hab mir gefragt, ob sie nicht vielleicht auch in Tweed gut aussieht. Was meint ihr?
Since a long time I have a special liking for Tweed yarns. Every year, when autumn is coming closer and closer I am dreaming of Tweed cardis or traditional jackets. This is really peculiar, because during the rest of the year I would never ever wear any traditional clothes, but in autumn - always. The yarn on the picture above is Yorkshire Tweed 4 Ply in Enchant 268. It´s a marvellous colour, described as some kind of lilac-grey, but in real life it is more a grey than a lilac. I have bought it at Jannette with nothing special in mind. On the other side I fancy Lisette now for such a long time and I am thinking about whether the design would also work in a Tweed yarn. What do you think?
But at first I will finish the second front of Marigold, this is a promise to myself. I will not have time to knit during the next weeks anyway, because I am on a holiday trip. This was planned already for a long time, frankly spoken we talked about it vaguely nearly 3 years ago. But this July I am also celebrating my 50th birthday and everybody was asking me 'what do you like to do then and what to be given?' . It seems that everybody believes at such a round birthday it must always be something very special. But I am completly satisfied with material things, I don´t want more yarn or books, neither I need a new rose scissor or want to spend a day in a Spa. But to my happiness everybody agreed to make this journey, and so here we go with all the aunts and uncles and cousins and children. We are going to the place where our grandparents lived and I am looking forward it so very much. This is very sentimental and kitschy I fear, but typical for being a cancer. I am here again around the end of July, and I am wishing you a wonderful and merry time with all the ones you love!
04 Juli 2007
Und bitte bitte seid mir nicht allzu böse, weil ich immer noch keine eMails und Kommentare beantwortet habe, geschweige denn allzu viele Blogs gelesen, ich hoffe am kommenden Wochenende hab ich endlich mal in Ruhe Zeit dafür, es geht mir selber so ab!
Through a very lovely mail from a German reader I have discovered the preview of the new Debbie Bliss magazines. Immediately I was fallen in love with this beautiful cardigan, I definitely have to have it!!! Here and here are all the pictures. (Only in the case you don´t know them already, I sadly have to say that I am not 'up to date' anymore) And I hope you like them as much as I do.
20 Juni 2007
06 Juni 2007
02 Juni 2007
Like all of you, I am loving my postman a lot. Every parcel he brings delights my heart, usually it is filled with wonderful yarns and books I´ve ordered. So what a surprise when he brought me a big parcel today from Switzerland. It was sent by Mumintroll and when I openend it I could not believe what I saw. A charming, lovely doll, the most cute little thing I´ve ever seen. 'I am Lena', she said, 'and my Mummy Bettina sent me with her best wishes to you!' Oh, my godness, this was a big Hello and excitement, I really could have had a good cry. Lena was still a bit stressed by the long journey, so we first made some cheese sandwiches and big cups of chocolate for her refreshment.
Wir haben geplaudert und uns so gut unterhalten, sie hat so entzückende Manieren und ist überhaupt ein sehr liebes, freundliches kleines Mädchen. Da draußen der herrlichste Sonnenschein war, haben wir erst mal einen Rundgang durch den Garten gemacht, damit Lena ihr neues Zuhause kennenlernt.
We´ve chatted a lot and entertained so much, she has enchanting manners and is an extremely dear and friendly little girl. Because the sun was shining so warm and nice, we´ve decided to have a walk in the garden, to get to know her new home.
Sie war ganz angetan von den vielen Blumen, die gerade blühen.......
She was really delighted by the lots of flowers which are blooming at the moment.....
Not long afterwards the rest of the family came back home from work. Everyone was so charmed and delighted by our new family member, it was a big joy. Even Oskar, who usually is very shy and reserved against new friends, was sitting with her for ages on our window sill, giggling and whispering.
27 Mai 2007
Since a while I am collecting Cath Kidston fabrics. Everywhere, where I can get just half a meter for a good price, I have to have it. So my collection was growing and growing, I was dreaming about all the possibilities where to use them, new living room curtains, a lot of cushions, a chair cover, new bags - but sadly at the end I never dared to cut into them. I always feared to choose the wrong design - maybe a much more better one is waiting just around the corner, or above all I feared to make crooked seams and such things and destroy everything. But when I saw that such a lot of you are in a spring-summer sewing mood now and which lovely things you are sewing, I decided to jump into it, get out my scissors and start.
Den Anfang machte ein kleiner Badezimmervorhang. Nichts Aufregendes, nur zwei kleine Rechtecke, einfach und auch für mich zu meistern, um 'reinzukommen' sozusagen. Die kleine rote Rüsche unten mußte einfach sein, und ich glaub, ich werd oben auch noch rote Aufhänger dranmachen.
I´ve started with 2 small curtains for our bathroom. Nothing thrilling, just two tiny rectangles, very easy and simple and managable, to get into the rhythm so to say. The small red ruffle was a must, I like those playful things, and I think I will also make a red tie-top, too, very soon.
08 Mai 2007
Finally it´s raining here, too. And how! It´s pouring and pouring and the young blackbirds are sitting like small thick balls in our Wisteria, busy cleaning their wet feathers. Directly in front of my kitchen window. It is always so very touching to me when 'wild' animals are coming close to us, so very unafraid. Cause they can see me and hear me, as I am walking up and down, opening the fridge, breaking the eggs and switch on the mixer. I always love to be in the kitchen, it´s such a warm and friendly room, but I especially love to be there on cold, grey days, it´s so cosy. I felt very much for baking today, it was on my mind since yesterday after reading Minic´s recipe for an Apple-Ricotta-Cake. Sadly I had no ricotta at home, and so I decided to make a simple lemon cake, better said a Lemon Drizzle Cake.
Denn soll ich euch meine neueste Leidenschaft verraten? Ich bin total süchtig nach Koch-Blogs. Bis vor kurzem wußte ich noch gar nicht, daß es solche überhaupt gibt, Steph hat mich draufgebracht, und selbst da hab ich erst gar nicht begriffen, daß das ein Koch-Blog ist. Aber welche Welten tun sich da auf, die Fotos laßen einem das Wasser im Mund zusammenlaufen, am liebsten möcht ich immer sofort in die Küche sausen und loslegen. Und das Tollste ist, ich brauch keine Kochbücher mehr (na ja, fast keine), denn für jedes Gericht gibt es irgendwo im Internet mindestens zehn Rezepte. Also heute, an einem grauen, tristen, verregneten Tag, an dem Zitronenduft durch meine Küche zieht und ich nicht vergessen darf, in einer Viertelstunde den Kuchen aus dem Ofen zu nehmen, ein paar meiner Lieblings-Kochblogs. Manche davon sind in Deutsch, manche in Englisch, manche kennt ihr ja vielleicht selber schon, manche aber vielleicht auch nicht. (Ganz wichtiger Hinweis für deutsche Leserinnen: Vergeßt nicht wie ich, bei englischen Rezepte das Backpulver hinzuzufügen, sonst wird euer Kuchen wie bei mir das erste Mal nur 3 cm hoch. Anscheinend gibt es in England und Amerika Mehl, bei dem das Backpulver schon beigefügt ist, in den Rezepten als SR Flour bezeichnet). Ich hoffe, ihr habt genauso viel Spaß damit wie ich, schaut euch die Fotos an, laßt euch verführen und dann inspiziert eure Kühlschränke und los geht´s!
Shall I confess my latest passion to you? Food-Blogs! I absolutely love them! A short time ago I haven´t even known they exist. When Steph sent me a link to my very first food-blog I needed weeks to check what it is! It was a new world to me, most of the pictures are mouth-watering and I am always tempted to run immediately into the kitchen and start to mix and boil and cook and bake. The best thing is, there is no need to buy more books now, for every meal there are so many recipes on the internet, brilliant excellent ones, and all for free and all so very tasty. So today, on a cold, wet, rainy day I want to share with you some of my favorite food-blogs. Some are German, some are English, some you might already know, some maybe are also new to you. Enjoy them, have fun, get hungry and jump into your aprons and start! And I don´t have to forget to take my cake out of the oven in 1o minutes.
- Tea Time
- Delicous Days (this was my very first food-blog and I still love it, especially because the writers live in Munich and are talking about a lot of places which are so familiar to me)
- Cook (almost) Anything
- Fool for Food
- Cream Puffs in Venice
- Cherry´s English Kitchen (and don´t miss Cherries other blog, which is also such a lovely one!)
And this is for Carol, to whom I cannot reply directly: Thank you so very much for your friendly words about my Lizzi, I appreciated them so much. Thank you!
03 Mai 2007
Design by Sarah Hatton
Yarn: Rowan All Seasons Cotton, Farbe/Colour Remote 204
Needles: 5mm Bamboo
Das ist also Lizzi. Oder besser gesagt meine Ausführung davon, denn ich habe den vorderen Verschluß geändert. Aber es kommt dem Original doch ziemlich nah.
Finally this is Lizzi. Or better said my kind of Lizzi, because I have changed the front borders. Anyhow it´s rather similar to the original design.
Die Anleitung und meine Änderung: Die Anleitung war wunderbar einfach geschrieben, sehr ausführlich, klar und verständlich. Denn obwohl ich schon viele Jahre lang stricke, mag ich Anleitungen, in denen genau gesagt wird wie die Ab- und Zunahmen gemacht werden, in der wievielten Reihe sie sind usw. Das liegt wahrscheinlich an meiner Bequemlichkeit, und Rowan-Anleitungen sind da ideal. Das Einzige, was mir an der Original-Lizzi nicht so gut gefiel war die vordere Blende, sie rollt sich nach innen und ist nur mit einer Brosche zu schließen. Das sieht auf dem Foto zwar recht hübsch aus, aber ich bin einfach schrecklich praktisch veranlagt und wollte lieber Knöpfe und einen glatten Rand. Zwar mache ich bei einer Jacke die Knöpfe so gut wie nie zu, aber es ist immer gut, wenn man sie hat. Damit alles noch zusammenstimmt und die Vorderteile durch die Knopfleiste nicht zu groß werden, habe ich das Rückenteil in Größe M gestrickt und die beiden Vorderteile in Größe S. Und statt nur einer Reihe rechter Maschen habe ich 10 Reihen kraus rechts als Knopfblende gemacht. Und zu meinem eigenen Erstaunen hat alles beim Zusammennähen wieder gepaßt.
The instruction and my modification: The instruction was written very clear, detailed and easy to follow. Although I am now knitting for such a long time I love instructions which are telling me how to make the decreases and increases, in which direction and on which row. Maybe this is because of my laziness, knitting instead of thinking, and Rowan instructions are definitely the best. The only thing I didn´t liked at the original Lizzi was the front border, it curles inside and the cardigan is only fastened with a brooch. (This is very nice, yes, of course, but I am a very practical girl/woman and like to have buttons although I hardly ever close them) So to add a button band and prevent the fronts to become too big I have knitted the back of Lizzi in size M and the front pieces in size S. Instead of just one knitted row I have knitted 10 rows to make the band and sursprisingly everything matched very well when sewing the pieces together.
The Yarn: This was the second time I have used a Rowan yarn and I have to say this is a gorgeous yarn. My stitches are usually very uneven, especially when knitting with cotton, but All Seasons Cotton is very forgiving. After blocking and laundry the stitches are even and this I definitely love. But what I also have to tell you is, that this yarn is terrible full of knots. Nearly in every skein are one or two knots. And this is most terrible with such a thick cotton yarn. The lot of threads which are darned in at the side seams now are making them so awfully thick and stiff, not very comfortable. When I have knitted Jenny with Handknit Cotton last summer it was the same, many many knots and a thick cotton yarn. Usually I am knitting with cheaper yarns and they have very very seldom knots. Rowan is a very expensive yarn, so I really don´t understand it. Does this only happen to me or is it the same with yours?
Lizzi hat mir gleich gut gefallen, denn ich mag die A-Linie so gern. Leider ist sie bei der Jacke so dezent, daß sie eigentlich kaum auffällt. Andererseits vielleicht auch besser so, es soll ja auch nicht nach Umstandskleidung aussehen. Und obwohl ich nicht groß bin, sind mir die Ärmel fast ein wenig zu kurz, obwohl ich bei 45 cm Ärmellänge das Gegenteil erwartet habe. Aber das macht mir nichts, lieber zu kurz als zu lang (das sagen wohl die meisten kleinen Leute!). Mein Problem ist eher die Farbe. Auch im Heft ist Lizzi hellblau und ich mag die Farbe an und für sich sehr sehr gern, aber irgendwie erinnert sie mich auch ein bißchen an ein Bettjäckchen. Kann aber auch sein, daß das an meinen Knöpfen liegt, ich will jetzt nicht der Farbe allein die Schuld geben. Ansonsten mag ich sie gern, in meinen Augen paßt sie wunderbar, sie ist überhaupt nichts für Röcke und Hellblau zu Jeans mag ich auch nicht, aber mit einer schwarzen Caprihose, kleinem Tüchlein um den Hals und großer alter Sonnenbrille find ich sie richtig niedlich und wenn es jetzt endlich mal regnen würde könnt ich sie auch öfter anziehen.
When I saw Lizzi in the Rowan magazine I immediately liked her, I am such a big fan of the A-line. Sadly her A-line is very discreet, so you nearly can´t see it, but better this than looking like wearing maternity clothes. And although I am not tall, the sleeves aren´t as long as I expected when knitting them 45 cm long, maybe nearly too short. But I don´t mind, better too short than too long, that´s what a lot of small people are saying I think. My problem with Lizzi is the colour. Oh, I know that Lizzi in the magazine is also knitted in light-blue. And actually I love this colour very very much. But not for this design, it occures to me that my Lizzi is looking a bit like a bed-jacket. Kind of. It could also be possible that this is because of my buttons, I don´t want to say it´s only the fault of the colour. Apart from this all I like her, yes I really do. She is such a cute little cardigan, in my eyes she is fitting very well and although she is in no way a good partner for skirts and I also don´t like to wear light-blue with jeans (just a very personal opinion!), I could imagine her very lovely with black capri-trousers, a tiny bandana around my neck and big old sun-glasses. So when it finally starts to rain after weeks of very hot sunshine I will wear her very often, I am sure.
27 April 2007
I am sure you know all those pensioners, who are always in a hurry, who are always running out of time, are always too late and always so busy? Sometimes I am feeling like them when I make up my mind to do so many things, plan my days and at the end made so less. About 2 weeks ago I started with Marigold and I imagined everything so nicely. One week for the back, another one for the fronts and the weekend after next I am already wearing it. But it began with no bamboo needles in size 2 3/4mm as recommended, neither here in Germany nor in England and I am not able to knit cotton with metall needles. But anyhow I managed to get as closed as possible to the tension, not perfect but alright. Of course the first back was much too small, although I liked the look of the knitted fabric with 2,5mm needles a lot. Started again with bigger needles and now, as you may imagine, everything was much too big. Ripped again, and now I am knitting with 3 mm needles, the stitches are a bit loose at all (smallers would be so much better but if you have to choose between size XXL with tiny needles and 135 stitches and the small size on bigger needles and that means only 105 stitches - now, what would you choose?) and I fear it will be still too big, but this time I don´t mind anymore. I had so lovely plans for Marigold, but now I just love to sink into my big chair in the evening, some sweets within reach, a video-movie (and this time I absolutely love the new Agatha Christie movies with Geraldine McEwan, so many beautiful Vintage clothes and this lovely small villages and the characters and simply everything, I could watch them over and over again) and knit some rows. Not too much, just a few. And therefore, after nearly 3 weeks of blog-holidays, I could show you only the third, but actually first, exact 23 cm´s of Marigold, no way to wear it the weekend after next.
05 April 2007
When we´ve been in England last summer, each one of us had it´s own list of places we had to visit anyway. In my case it was a Rowan yarnstore, of course, Charleston Farmhouse and Monk´s House in Rodmell. But we hadn´t estimated the different opening hours of the single places, and being on a round trip we sometimes stood in front of closed doors. So at Sissinghurst, and so at Monk´s House. Monk´s House is the place where Virginia Woolf and her husband lived, and one of the reasons I wanted to visit it was that I read anywhere that Caroline Zoob is now living upstairs there. Deep in my heart I hoped so much that maybe possibly perhaps it would be her to let us in? But sadly, sadly "Closed today". And I am sure you´ll understand that I then HAD to buy her book "Childhood Treasures" instead, to comfort me a bit so to speak.
Some of the pictures are taken in the house of Vanessa Arbuthnot, a house I want to have a look inside, too, very much (look at the picture below left). And how about the embroidered baby jacket? Or the small patchwork blanket for the doll, just for exercising? Aren´t the buttons beautiful - who has the patience and the sensitivity to make such sweet little things!